The Skincare Restock
It's an all too familiar feeling between us beauty enthusiasts when our favourite products run out all at once. Suddenly, it's panic mode, alarm bells are ringing and when you'd rather spend your money trying out new products, that money unfortunately has to be spent on restocking and backing up our inventories. This isn't something I have to do regularly with my makeup as I don't go through it very quickly (minus NARS Sheer Glow and Chanel Le Volume de Chanel Mascara), though skincare is a completely different story. Not too long ago, I was down to my last bottles and everything was running out, so when my tax return came through, I took it as the perfect opportunity to stock up. A lot of these products were purchased on sale too, luckily! My skincare routine hasn't changed a lot, if at all, in the last few years. Sometimes I add and then take out a few products here and there, but what you see here is essentially the crux of it all. These are the products I can absolutely not be without and now that the backup basket is looking full again, these should last me a fair while before my next restock!
I feel like I had been waiting forever for Priceline to announce their annual 40% off skincare sale and when my good friend Jess alerted me that it was finally here, I could not wait to pick my French pharmacy favourites! First and foremost were two big 500ml bottles of Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution, which is my favourite for removing eye makeup. I've never tried any other micellar water out there on the market and I don't ever intend to. Plus, the verdict seems to be that Bioderma is the original and the best, anyway. They only had the pump up bottles in stock and I'm more of a fan of the original squeeze bottle, so I may decant it into my last bottle when it starts to run low.
In need of a new second-step cleanser, I decided to try the Nuxe Comforting Cleansing Milk with Rose Petals a while ago, and after just finishing up my first bottle, I bought a second in replacement. When it comes to the second step in the double cleanse, milk cleansers are my favourite as I find them the most gentle and moisturising on the skin. I don't need anything fancy because that's what my serums and masks are for. What also drew me into the Nuxe cleansing milk were the rose petals and also the fact that it's gentle enough to use around the eyes. I'm one of those people who loves the smell of roses and this cleanser is just lush. If you're after a basic, yet effective cleanser, this one comes highly recommended from me.
To round up the skincare purchases I made during the Priceline sale, I also purchased La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo [+] and the Avène Eau Thermale Thermal Spring Water. I really loved what the original Effaclar Duo did for my skin, but to this day, have still not yet tried the new (well, not so new now) formula. I've heard Effaclar Duo [+] helps diminish acne scarring and hyper pigmentation, which the original didn't, so I'll report back on whether I notice a difference between the two. I wasn't thinking about picking up the Avène Eau Thermale Thermal Spring Water at all, but when I saw it there and it was 40% off, I thought, 'Why the hell not?' You may think water in a can sounds absolutely ridiculous and I would even agree with you, but with summer on its way (!!!) and living in a hot climate like Australia, it's almost kind of necessary. In 40 degree heat, a cold shower is just not enough to keep you feeling refreshed.
I've been loyal to Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser going on four years now and it pains me that even after all this time, the only way I can buy it is online from the UK. During my travels around Europe in 2012, I remember being in London at a John Lewis store and it was a glorious day when I got to actually physically buy Liz Earle products! I will forever be in debt to the beauty community (specifically the British!) for introducing me to this beautiful, beautiful cleanser. It's been a part of my routine for such a long time, sometimes I feel as if it's not as indulgent as the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel, which I also use, but the love is still there and it's well and truly alive. A few months back, I almost contemplated trying something else in replacement, but then I cracked open a fresh, new bottle of the stuff and it was as if I had fallen in love with it all over again. Creamy and lightly fragranced with a refreshing herbal scent, Cleanse & Polish removes every trace of makeup with ease. The Instant Boost Skin Tonic is another much-loved Liz Earle product in my skincare routine and it's so gentle, I can't imagine a skin type not getting on with this. I've always preferred the bottle over the spritzer and with a few drops on a cotton pad, I wipe this all over my face and it leaves my skin feeling soothed, refreshed and revitalised. As much as a pain in the bum Liz Earle products are to obtain, it is absolutely worth it and and I'll never ever be without them.
I made a couple more online purchases - one from Adore Beauty and another on Look Fantastic. Adore Beauty were throwing an amazing sale where if you bought one 100ml bottle of Alpha-H Liquid Gold, you received another for free! That's right, free. I can't even believe that's a word that still exists in retail! Alpha-H Liquid Gold has been a staple in my routine for a good couple of years now and as a pretty potent product, it's not something I use everyday and so I should get another good two years out of these bottles! From Look Fantastic, I bought the Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist Intense and Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré. Look Fantastic always have some sort of sale going on (and free shipping!), so I managed to snap up these two products discounted too. I love the original Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist, so when I saw this limited edition Intense version, I couldn't pass it up. I mean, just look at that bottle! It's beautiful and double the size of the original too. Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré was a moisturiser I had been unsure of when I first purchased it a couple of years ago. I thought it was breaking me out, so I stopped using it and when I realised it was just there, taking up space in my bathroom cabinet, I decided to start using it again. Needless to say, I ended up repurchasing it because it's actually amazing and I expect nothing less from the French. It does contain that ever-so-controversial ingredient, mineral oil, though that doesn't bother me. It's been a saviour to my skin during the winter and acts as a really great primer for makeup too.
The last product to repurchase in my skincare restock was Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair. You've heard me sing its praises in the past, though I did put off buying it for a while because it's so horrendously expensive! After I received my quarterly Myer One rewards card, I however, finally bit the bullet and now have a shiny, brand new bottle of it back in my life! With a pretty long shelf life of two years, it's an extravagant purchase I luckily don't have to make too often.
What skincare products do you restock on?