Monday, March 31, 2014

My morning skincare routine ft Garnier, La Roche-Posay, Vichy, Shiseido & Alpha-H

My mornings are generally the same each day.  I set my alarm, physically can't get up when it goes off, snooze for another ten minutes or so, get up begrudgingly, run around the house like a lunatic promising to get up early the next morning so this doesn't happen again.

And yet it does.  Every morning.  So I've got my morning routine down pat and while it might be quick, it's effective!  Because I get to try out a lot of skincare products, it's easy for them to all add up and before you know it, I've eleven million things on my face every day.  So I've scaled things back a bit and generally give new products at least a month of trialling before I review them, so I've always a mix of new and older products on the go.

So these are the products that I'm using in the morning at the moment.  I know, only five!  Well, technically four, but I'll explain more below.


I generally use one of two products first thing in the morning.  The Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water which is The Actual Business and I've already bought a backup even though this bottle will do 200 uses, you can't be too careful.  The RRP is just below the €8 mark, but I bought a second one for €3.65 in Superdrug.  Why did I buy a second one when this is my first bottle and you can see how much I've left?  No idea.  Anyway, this cleanses my skin gently and quickly, without drying it out or leaving it feeling tight.  I'm obsessed with these cotton wool pads from Aldi and they're super cheap at something like €1.50 for two packs of 100.


My other go to morning cleanser is La Roche-Posay's Physiological Foaming Water (€14.75).  I've gone through about three bottles of this stuff so far and it leaves my skin feeling refreshed without stripping it and because it's free from soap, colorant, alcohol and parabens, it's a winner for my oily combo skin.  I massage it into damp skin and remove it with a cheapy flannel from Penneys, three for €2.50 if memory serves.


Usually washing my face will have woken me up a bit more, so it's time to get stuck in to the skincare and prepare my face for the slap dash makeup that I'll be applying in about ten minutes.  I use my Vichy Idealia Life Serum (€34.50) which I've written about here in detail.  It's a lightweight serum that absorbs quickly into my skin and the slight pearly sheen adds a bit of luminosity to my tired visage.  Come on, it's 6.30 am when this is all going on.  I need all the help I can get!


Next it's time for eye cream and I've been using the Shiseido Bio-Performance Super Corrective Eye Cream (€70) for the past couple of weeks after noticing some fine lines that had appeared as if from nowhere.  Except they didn't appear from nowhere, I lost the run of myself and hadn't been using eye cream, so decided it was high time I tried this having been given it to try last autumn.  This promises to promote the production of hyaluronic acid and I'm all about that.  The cream itself is nice and light, absorbs quickly and hopefully if I keep using it, will help plump out those fine lines before they become fat lines.


The final step in my routine comes courtesy of the newest member of my routine, the Alpha-H Daily Essential Moisturiser (Alpha-H is stocked on Misebeauty, but this product isn't listed, so I'm linking to Cultbeauty where it retails at £27).  I'll be talking you through the brand and products I have to test out soon, but I had to talk about this beaut because it's true love.  We're talking a moisturiser with SPF50+ in it and not only that, as someone with oily skin who can tend to "forget" to apply SPF because it can tend to make my skin greasy and makeup slide off my face, this stuff is fantastic.  It leaves my skin matte yet moisturised and makes the perfect base for foundation.  I got Joanne to try it one morning last week and she has dry, sensitive skin.  She texted me that afternoon asking for the name of it because she said her skin is super dry at the moment and usually by lunch time she's ready to apply more moisturiser, but not that day.  So it's one of those moisturisers that works for both of us which is very rare as we've completely different skin!  I absolutely love it and will purchase it myself when I'm done, especially being inspired by Tom Ogden, National Training Manager for Alpha-H who said that the best anti-aging cream is sunscreen.  So I'm going to 50+ my face every day now and products like this one makes it a pleasure, especially in the perpetual rush I'm in all the time!


So that's what I do every morning.  The evenings is slightly different and I like to make it a mini pamper session each evening to make up for the slap dash thing I have going on in the morning!  Stay tuned for that post next week and you'll be needing a cup of tea because chances are it'll be as long as War and Peace.  I'm warning you!

What's your morning routine like?  Are you a wash and go bridie or do you give yourself time to take care of your skin at stupid o'clock?
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11 comments

  1. Oh my god, as someone who wakes up naturally as I start work at 12, "6.30am" made me actually shudder! Love the garnier water too, esp the size of the bottle. I really really want to try the Alpha range, but its too spendy for me at the mo :(. Oh also Neutrogena sport face is an amazing sunscreen that leaves your face fairly matte if you want one...

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    1. I'd love to wake up naturally every day.... That's the dream, some day! I must give the Neutrogena a whirl if I see it in the shops, always on the hunt for new SPFs

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  2. I've got mine down to a tee as well. vichy and la roche posay are the dominant brands.

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    1. I think they're the tried and true staples aren't they?

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  3. I love the Alpha H, have the glycolic peel and its amazing. Great routine Karen!

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    1. I've been using the Alpha-H Liquid Gold too and it's fab!

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  4. Would you say the garnier one is just as good as the 'other most talked about one on youtube? I wake up really early, about an hour and a half before I have to leave. I [need] have a slow leisurely wind up making/eating breakfast, reading blogs! and then spend the last 15 minutes dashing round like a wild banshee washing face, brushing teeth, toning, moisturising, getting dressed, slapping on face (in that order) before I get out the house to sit in the traffic that is now gridlocked outside my house! D :)x

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    1. ....and reading blogs is the last thing I do at night! - wow I actually posted!! I haven't been able to do that for ages :)

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    2. I haven't tried "The Other One" so can't compare them but the Garnier one really is fantastic, I can't fault it at all! Thanks for the comment, woo hoo for being able to post!

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  5. I really want to try Garnier answer to the Micellar water, I also have the Vichy serum in my routine :)

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    1. Get the Garnier Micellar Water, it's faboosh!

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