What’s on my bathroom shelf?



It’s not often that beauty products get any coverage here on Cider with Rosie, mainly because I suppose up until about about two years ago, I’d never really taken all that much interest in the beauty world at all. Beyond buying the odd lipstick on an impulse every once in a while, the only time I ever really dabbled in the world of cosmetics and skincare was picking out whatever crazy-looking cleanser or facemask caught my eye in Lush whenever I stopped by my local store, without paying the slightest bit of notice to whether or not it even would suit my skin type at all. And, if I’m being totally and completely honest with you- it was pretty rare I’d ever actually bother with moisturer at all! A quick once-over with a face wipe or two each evening to remove my makeup, and if I managed to not pull out half my eyelashes scrubbing away at mascara residue, I’d consider it a job well done!

All that began to change a couple of years ago, largely because that was when I first stumbled across the plethora of amazing beauty blogs that exist and suddenly product recommendations became oh so very easy to come by, and also because, strangely, though I’d had almost totally blemish-free skin throughout my teenage years, my skin went on the blink in a big way when I reach my early twenties. Almost overnight I was dealing with regular hormonal breakouts, blocked pores, and crazy combination skin that seemed to flip from oily to dry as the Sahara on an hourly basis. I tried an endless stream of different cleansers and moisturisers, until finally settling upon the holy trinity of products that’ve settled my skin right back down to a happy and (blessedly!) calm state.

I’ve had a few requests recently to talk a little about what my skincare routine looks like, and since I’m newly fascinated by all things beauty, I thought it’d be fun!

Cleanse :: L’Oreal Paris Skin Perfection Micellar Solution – £4.99

From everything I’ve heard about Bioderma, L’Oreal’s ‘micellar water’ is about as close as it gets to that most famous of cleansers. It’s totally fragrance-free and for me, strikes that perfect balance between being cleansing enough that it feels satisfyingly purifying (now try saying that ten times fast), and not so strong it’s like taking off your make up with nail varnish remover (looking at you, Clinique). I find it does a great job on eye make up too, and at controlling any T-zone ‘glow’ that might want to make its presence known in the mid-afternoon hours!

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Blemish control serum :: La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo – £15.50 {on sale at the moment in Boots, 25% off! I’ll be stocking up!}

This serum was the best product I discovered in 2014, hands down. I’ve used it religiously for months now, and aside from the very occasional spot, it’s cleared up all the problems I had with blocked pores and blemishes, and even scarring left by old blemishes too! It sinks in so quickly and is such a lovely lightweight texture, I never feel like my skin’s being overloaded with product. I use it each evening after cleansing and before moisturising, and seriously can’t recommend it highly enough. Total miracle product, for me!


Moisturise :: La Roche Posay Rosaliac cream – £16

Both my cleanser and serum leave my skin feeling clean and even a little tight, which balances out the richness of the LRP moisturiser like a total dream. I’ve struggled with redness in my skin for as long as I can remember, and have never, *ever!* found a product that solves the issue in the way the Rosaliac cream does! It’s got the most beautiful soothing feel, and makes my skin feel so balanced and smooth. Major bonus points for the factor 15 SPF too! I always to use it in combination with the serum and cleanser in the evening, but usually just on its own in the morning before applying whatever makeup I happen to be wearing that day.

Oh, and whilst we’re on the subject of evening moisturising and skincare- the final step for me is always a coat of Lush’s Honeytrap lip balm. It’s been my favourite for ever and ever- I’m yet to find another balm that knocks it off its 1st place podium!


And that’s a wrap! Next thing I’m after is a really lovely- but not too heavy- eyecream! And since I’m almost out of moisturiser and there’s a sale on La Roche Posay in Boots right now, I think the shops might just be calling my name…

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  • http://www.mirandasnotebook.com Miranda | Miranda’s Notebook

    Oooh, I really want to try that Lush lip balm now, as well as the blemish control serum. So fun to read about your skincare routine – thanks for sharing! xxx

  • http://www.by-rosie.com By Rosie

    I love the effacer duo, I swear by the stuff. Great post Rosie.

  • http://www.blondeofcarbs.com Jessica

    You have amazing skin so I definitely feel compelled to give la roche posay a go as I have heard mixed reviews actually and the negative ones put me off, definitely can’tbeat micellar water either xxx

  • http://www.gorjaeous.com/ Jae (@gorjaeous)

    I’m sorry if my comment will be a little off-tangent, but I think you look like Shailene Woodley in the above photos. :)

    • http://www.ciderwithrosie.com/ Rosie

      Is it lame I just had to Google to find out who Shailene Woodley is!? ;) I do kind of see a resemblance!

      • http://www.gorjaeous.com/ Jae (@gorjaeous)

        Hahaha I upvoted your comment because you’re adorable, not because you didn’t know who Shailene Woodley is! Both of you are gorgeous!

    • http://yourbeautyscript.com/ Josune
  • http://heyrita.co.uk/ Hey Rita

    Thanks for sharing your skincare routine! I love it when people share personal beauty tips and what they truly think of the products they use… :) I’m a die-hard fan of Lush and I absolutely must try that lip balm!


  • http://www.adventuringandthings.co.uk Becky

    I currently use Emu Oil eye cream but I’ve been dabbling with pure almond oil & I can honestly say of the many eye products I’ve used it’s the best at reducing my dark circles!

    Becky :: accooohtrements.wordpress.com

  • Anna

    Oh you have an amazing skin Rosie :) I’ll have to try this products


  • http://www.brittonloves.co.uk Lauren S

    I swear by the effaclar range, it really does help keep the old painful spots at bay and keep your skin fresh and clear

    Lauren x

    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Fashion Beauty – http://www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk

  • http://imogenscribbles.co.uk Imogen H

    La Roche Posay is so much cheaper in France (I think I got my Effaclar Duo for 11€, I kid you not) so I really want to stock up, and give the Rosaliac cream a go. I think I enjoy your beauty recommendations because you aren’t that into beauty products, but just want to stick to the thing that does the trick. So I feel like we’re on the same wavelength and I can trust your opinions!

    Imogen // imogenscribbles

    • http://www.ciderwithrosie.com/ Rosie

      Oh man, that’s amazing! I need to go to Paris, stat! ;) Thanks lovely Imogen, so glad you liked the post! I’m definitely a ‘find a classic and stick with it’ kind of person! x

  • Kirsten Wick

    Oh I love this post, thanks so much for doing it! Kirsten xx


  • http://Www.supernaturallyhealthy.org/ Kezia @ Super Naturally Health

    I am the same – only got into beauty stuff a wee while ago – but now I am all about the oil cleansing and facial scrubs! Beautiful photos as always!

  • http://yourbeautyscript.com/ Josune

    Your photographs are beautifull and well explained! I like!
    I recently started my own beauty-related blog, I’d love for you to come check it out! X Josune, Your Beauty Script


  • Pili G

    Used the La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo and i loved it! It is amazing!



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  • http://lizziedailyblog.blogspot.co.uk/ Elizabeth Rebecca

    Your skin looks amazing Rosie – I’ll have to grab some of the serum.

    Lizzie Dripping

  • http://www.beingashleigh.com Being Ashleigh

    I love La Roche Posay products! I swear by them haha :)

    Ashleigh | http://www.beingashleigh.com


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  • http://www.yvonnedzifa.com Yvonne Dzifa

    Hi Rosi, I just actually came across your post on the effaclar duo just now, and i must agree, i love it. I literally just saw this now and thought to comment cos i also wrote an honest blog post on yesterday on my own experience with it! I am looking to get one of their systems soon. If you are interested, you could red my post here http://www.yvonnedzifa.com/2015/08/la-roche-posay-effaclar-duo-corrective-unclogging-care-honest-review.html. Thanks for sharing yours :) Yvonne Dzifa xx

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