I'm sure we all know Into The Gloss's infamous #ITGTopShelfie series, and whereas my photography skills are far from Tom Newton's level, I still gave it a shot (pun not intended). I've actually been putting off writing this post for a long time now, as I kept running out of things that made my ‘top shelf’ incomplete. Sadly, it's a vicious and never-ending cycle, which I only realised recently —especially with my lacking student budget. So here it is, an unedited version of my beauty cupboard. What you see is what you get...
I tried to section my skincare into different corners as much as possible. The top left corner is where my masks are. I'm a big fan of chemical exfoliants, so they're the most prominent in my collection as you can see. From left to right: NUDE's Miracle Mask, REN's Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial, S5's Vitality Mask and REN's F10 Smooth and Renew Mask, which, sadly, has been discontinued. (Just discovered that LookFantastic still stocks it, YAY!). The big ole’ pot you see is the delicious EVE LOM Moisture Mask, which is incredibly hydrating. On top are Peter Thomas Roth's Un-Wrinkle Peel Pads. These are definitely very intense and effective, though for that reason, perhaps not suitable for those with very sensitive skin.
Aside from loving brightening masks, I'm all in for a mask that will get rid of my blemishes overnight. Sadly none of these do, but they definitely speed up the process. I've got a travel-size Glamglow Mud Mask lying around from a goodie bag, but my faves are definitely Aesop's Parsley Seed Mask and their Chamomile Concentrate Anti-Blemish Masque. Though if my skin is both troubled and dry, I opt for Antipodes's Aura Mask, which tackles both areas with Manuka Honey. Another hydration fave is Jurlique's Moisturising Rose Mask, which smells just as incredible as the rest of the range and is very nourishing. On a particular dry-skin day, I slap on a very thick layer of this and let it sink in till it's time to wash my face again. That is if I'm not leaving the house.
Next, there some quick-fix makeup removers (I call them the post-night out cleansing squad) – SAMPAR's Dry CleanSing and the classic Bioderma Sensibio H2O. Basic toners, REN's Clarifying Toner – it's OK – and Sanoflore's Floral Mist Rose Water, which I absolutely adore. On the very right is Caudalie's Vinosource Overnight Oil, which is super hydrating without feeling heavy or greasy, though sometimes ‘rolls off’, and Raccine's Essentialift Supplement Serum, which I'm testing at the moment.
Bottom left starts with some of my precious body oils. I'll be doing a feature on REN's Moroccan Rose Gold Glow Perfect Dry Oil soon, as it's amazing and perfect before a night out. de Mamiel's Salvation Body Oil is by far the most luxurious (and expensive!) body oil I've ever tried. It has a woody scent to it, making it very relaxing and sensual in a way. Next are some of my cleansers, which I use based on what my skin desires. REN's No. 1 Purity Cleansing Balm is great for dry-skin days, Aurelia's Miracle Cleansing Balm is an every-day-all-day treat, Nourish's Kale Exfoliating Cleanser is great when my skin is really flakey, and in the very back, Mel Millis's Phytonutri Qi Plankton Skin Remedy is amazing when my skin is troubled and inflamed. I switch between DHC's Deep Cleansing Oil – my all time fave/HG – and Úna Brennan's Skin Renew Brightening Cleansing Oil based on which one is closer to reach. A very new addition is Nominoë's Gentle Foam Face Cleanser, which I've discovered through My Little Box. It's a 98% natural, 11% organic foaming cleanser, but so different from what we're used to —in a good way.
The next, and last, corner is home to more specific treatments. There's my EVE LOM Eye Cream, Payot's Spéciale 5 and Pâte Grise, a tube of Indeed Labs's Hydraluron, prescribed Retinol, Bioderma Purifying Concentrate, and a travel size of JUJUCOSMETICS's Moisture Lotion. My Odacité Boosters in Gt+L and Pa+G. A combination I've been using a lot lately is Antonia Burrell's Moisture Dew as toner/essence, S5's Replenish – amazing for dry skin – and Illuminate – a hyper pigmentation battler – serum on targeted areas, followed by Indie Lee's Squalene Oil and sealed with Embryolisse's Lait-Crème Concentré. Somewhere tucked in a corner is my Aesop Control Gel, which I've always got on hand and slather on when my skin needs it (which is very often. Sigh.).
And... that's a wrap. Holler at me if you'd like to read a detailed review on a specific product. As I'm writing this post right now, quite a few products have been thrown out (or into the ‘empties’ basket) and I'm hoping to add a few more new additions soon, but I'll keep you posted on that. Think Korean brands and natural/organic skincare products. Virtual shopping baskets: stand-by.