Wednesday, 8 June 2016

The Skincare Switch-up

The Skincare Switch-up, liz earle cleanse and polish, ren clarimatte clarifying toner, la roche posay toleriane fluide, mario badescu drying lotion, skincare, review

The Skincare Switch-up, liz earle cleanse and polish, ren clarimatte clarifying toner, la roche posay toleriane fluide, mario badescu drying lotion, skincare, review

In the last few months my skin's temperament has been through the roof. It's gone from oily to dry to combination to irritated, back to oily, all coupled with blemishes along the way. I feel like I've been on an endless quest these last three months or so, trying to figure out what my skin wants and which products I need to banish from my routine. I've recently taken it all the way back to basics, using only products that my skin is familiar with (and a newbie topical treatment) so I thought I'd show you which products I've been subbing in lately to help chill my skin out!

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish - I used this for ages up until about a year ago, when I decided to change up my cleanser and dabble in the likes of Lush and Oskia. This is just a really simple cream cleanser, nothing fancy here, but that's what I like about it. I'm avoiding expensive cleansers with dramatic claims and sticking to what my skin knows and likes. This gently cleanses skin, removes makeup residue (although I remove my makeup before using this cleanser) and leaves things feeling nice and soft. This also smells absolutely amazing and spa-like, so it's a step I look forward to in the evenings!

Ren Clarimatte Clarifying Toner - I think this must be about my fifth bottle or so of this. This used to be my absolute favourite toner until I took a hiatus from it to find a more affordable alternative, as this costs the equivalent of £25 in Zurich. I decided to pick this back up recently because my skin was so blemish prone to the point where I had texture all over my skin in the form of tiny bumps. I wanted an exfoliating toner that would help me resurface the texture of my skin and I opted to choose one that I already knew and loved. I use this in the evenings before applying my night cream and I've really been liking using it again!

La Roche Posay Toleriane Fluide - If any of you have been around since the very beginning of Troves and Roses, then you might remember me ranting on about this moisturiser last summer. I mentioned that my skin went from oily to dry and then back to oily again. That meant that all the moisturisers I'd bought for my skin when it was really dehydrated were too rich to continue using as my skin just ended up getting too oily. Cue me picking this product up. It's definitely an old favourite as it's so light. I've never used a lighter moisturiser than this one and despite it's texture, it does still pack a punch in terms of moisture. I use this in the mornings, let it sink in for a little while and then apply my makeup over it. This also only contains 8 ingredients, which is something I'm definitely a fan of!

Mario Badesco Drying Lotion - So this is the only newbie on the block in this lineup. This is a product I've been hearing a lot about and really wanted to try out for myself. For those of you who aren't familiar with how this works, this is kind of a bi-phase product as it has two separate layers. Despite me thinking that you shake it before use for the first week of me using it, you actually only use the pink sediment at the bottom of the bottle, using a q-tip to collect product and dotting it on any blemishes you want to dry out. Of all the products here, this is the one I've used the least, I've only had it for about two weeks. So far it seems to be doing a good job, but I will keep you updated!

I know that this may not be the most exciting skincare lineup but over time I've realised that using lots of fancy skincare is wildly overrated. I have sensitive skin so when I do try new things, half the time they break me out. I'm all for trying new skincare, but it's not something I want to be doing every other week. For now, I'm sticking to what I know and keeping things nice and basic! Have you tried any of these products?

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  1. Good post! I definitely agree that it's better to keep your skincare simple, product overload is just going to confuse it! I really like the sound of the REN toner - did you ever come across a cheaper alternative by any chance? x

  2. I'm intrigued by the lotion! So I'm looking forward to hearing you final thoughts. I've still not tried Liz earle cleanse and polish sounds like I need to though, i prefer simple cleanser too xx

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  3. I've been meaning to try the Liz Earle cleanser for months, need to get my hands on it!

    Parie x

  4. i really love the liz earle cleanse and polish, it's just one of those products i always find myself coming back to! i have heard a lot about the drying lotion, all the rave reviews make me want to get it so bad!

  5. I really want to try the REN Clarimatte Clarifying Toner! I've never really tried a decent toner before and I feel like it's the main aspect of my skin care routine that's really missing.

    Steph -

  6. Great post. I definitely love posts about skincare because I have really sensitive skin and always I want to know more about skincare products.

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  7. I've heard so many good things about that Mario Badescu lotion! I'm so keen to try it.

  8. I have been eyeing up the Mario Badesco drying lotion as well! My skin has also been terrible as the weather here is cold but I have normally oily skin so it's a bit of both.
    Kathy x


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