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Skincare routine (2019 edition)

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One of the first posts that I wrote when I started this blog was my skincare routine for redness relief. I’ll let you in on a little secret: part of the wild life of bloggers consists in revising and updating old posts (Google is watching us). When my initial feeling of shame in my early content subsided, I realised that my skincare has drastically changed over the last 12 months. Sure, it’s mostly because in constantly indulging in new skincare products, but also because my redness isn’t has invalidating as it was a year ago. So I must be doing something right, right?

Here are the products I’ve been using in 2019.

First cleanse

One of the big differences between 2018 and now is that I’ve actually understood that double cleansing doesn’t mean consecutively using the same cleanser twice. I alternate between these two products as a first cleanse:

  • Erborian Solid Cleansing Oil (review here)
  • Pixi + Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse (review here)

What I’m planning to use after I’ve run out of these two: Yes To Coconut Oil Cleansing Balm. I’d like to see how lower price ranges do in the cleansing balm category.

Second Cleanse

  • Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser: I have nothing bad to say about it. Like all the other products of the Ultra Facial range, the cleanser is very thick and is easy on the skin.

What I’m planning to use after that: I’m not sure how long I’ll manage to do it, but I’d like to start using a soap bar. Novel, right? Not any soap bar, mind you. I have an Embryolisse gentle cleansing soap bar waiting in my drawer.


You’re about to see a pathological obsession for brand develop before your very eyes here. Behold.


  • Pixi Retinol Tonic: for some reason the review I wrote about that toner is my most-read post. It’s a very gentle anti-aging toner and a nice way of easing yourself into (very gentle) retinols.


  • Pixi Glow Tonic: there aren’t enough words in the English language or, more honestly, my vocabulary, to describe how much I like the Glow Tonic. I had a brief spell of unfaithfulness and gave The Ordinary’s Glycolic acid a try, but I rushed back to Pixi’s 8th wonder. It has been one of the most skin-changing products I’ve ever used and will be my point of comparison for every toner that I’ll try.
500ml of commitment to a brand

What I intend to use later this year: nothing. All I want for Christmas is Glow Tonic. More seriously, Pixi have released a huge range of tonics earlier this year and I would like to try out the Vitamin-C Tonic.



  • Drunk Elephant C-Firma™ Day Serum: I can’t afford it, really. But I have wealthier and more generous friends.
  • Vichy Mineral 89 Hyaluronic Acid: I have reviewed this here. It’s a very pleasant and hydrating serum whose only flaw is the pilling it causes. I’m always careful to apply it when I know I’m not going to wear makeup on top.


What’s up next: The Ordinary’s Buffet, The Ordinary’s 100% Plant Derived Squalane,

Eye Cream

  • Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado: I use it in the AM and the PM and I really have to review it on my blog because I’m very impressed with this product. Spoiler alert: it’s possibly the best eye cream I’ve ever tried.

My next move: I don’t have one. I actually intend to repurchase the Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment for the rest of my life.


  • Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream. I know. Pixi isn’t the only brand I’m obsessed with. Truth be told, I got all these products in my Kiehl’s Advent Calendar last year and I’ve been working through them like crazy. Just like the cleansers, I have nothing bad to say about it. I wouldn’t use it in the summer because it’s extremely thick and will probably be perspired in no time.

What’s awaiting in the drawer: Dr Botanicals Kale Superfood Nourishing Day Moisturiser. I wonder who comes up with those names?


I tend to alternate between these two most nights. I’ll need to use for the rose hip seed oil for a while longer before I make up my mind about it, but my first impression is that I like it more than the Marula oil.

Next: Disciple Good Skin Face Oil, recently received in a Cult Beauty goody bag.


  • Drunk Elephant A-Passioni Retinol Cream: I can’t say much about it because I’ve only been using it for two weeks and it takes at least 12 weeks to give visible results. All I can say so far is that after three applications I’m only starting to see improvements. I will definitely write a post about it when it’s been long enough.


  • Ecooking Sunscreen SPF 30: Ergh. It’s not a bad product, but the smell is really overwhelming. It’s like a light version of Chanel N°5, which I hate. Also, it has a tendency to pill and that bothers me to no end.

Masks and Peels

  • The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution, which I’ve reviewed already.
  • Summer Fridays Jetlag Mask: Also received in a Cult Beauty goody bag. I was honestly hoping I wouldn’t like it so much because it’s really pricey, but… /sigh/ this is an awesome mask and, unlike a lot of them, leaves your skin hydrated, plump and much better looking. OK, Kim K. You were right.

I have used up quite a few bottles of mists, but I intend to write a whole post on them.

Do you use any of these products? If you have any recommendations for me, please sound off below.

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  • Reply
    Cordelia Moor
    March 14, 2019 at 12:24 pm

    That 500ml bottle of pixi glow tonic is a thing of BEAUTY. Unfortunately, the beloved formula doesn’t so much agree with my face, but I picked up a 500ml bottle of REN’s AHA tonic a month ago and it’s currently my most beloved item. There’s just something about miniature sizes and HUGE sizes that really does it for me. As for the rest? Well, we already knew you had skincare taste. Do you ever use a night cream?

    Cordelia ||

    • Reply
      March 15, 2019 at 11:35 am

      Usually in the winter I only use oils. I’ll probably switch to a light night cream in the summer 🙂

  • Reply
    Sunshine with Savannah
    March 14, 2019 at 12:47 am

    Great post! I’m going to check some of these products out. I also sometimes mix up my products between my first and second cleanse, but there’s usually no rhyme or reason to it. Thanks for sharing!

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