What’s on my bathroom shelf?

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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!
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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!

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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!

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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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