Friday Five: Skincare Essentials

friday five flatlay_skincare essentialsWelcome to edition number 12 of Friday Five. This week’s Friday Five is my list of skincare essentials.
I feel like after a lot of trial-and-error with different products over the last couple of years, my skin and I have finally settled on a good bunch of magic potions that make my skin feel soft, calm and comfortable.

[[Flatlay clockwise from left to right: Lush Rosy Cheeks Fresh Face Mask, Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream, Bio-Oil with PurCellin Oil, Aēsop Purifying Facial Cream Cleanser, Dermalogica Sheer Tint spf20.]]

  1. Rosy Cheeks Fresh Face Mask by Lush

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I purchased this facemask on a whim one day, and I’m so glad that I did. Firstly, it smells absolutely beautiful, like fragrant roses on a sunny morning. If something smells as good as this, it’s already half way to being a great product.

This mask is a ‘fresh’ one so it must be stored in the fridge and used up before its expiry date. I love the cold feeling when I put this on my face – I can almost feel the pores on my face tightening up. As the mask sits and develops on the face it hardens slightly, satisfying the anticipation that the product is doing its job. After 15 minutes on, it becomes clay-like in texture and to wash off, I massage in circular motions with cold water to rinse off. After all of the product has been rinsed off, I pat my face dry. There’s no real need to cleanse or moisturize afterwards as the mask is softening and moisturizing. The mask reduces redness, tightens pores and leaves skin feeling soft to the touch.

  1. Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream by Kiehl’s

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This moisturizer has only recently come into my life after, again, I purchased it on a whim. I was intrigued by the oil-free composition especially since my skin tends towards the oily/spots of acne side of things. The tub states that “this oil-free gel-cream intensely hydrates and conditions skin, while providing long-lasting moisture”, and I can back up this statement by saying it does all of that, hyphenated words included.

It’s got a jelly-like texture and feels nice and cool on the face. A little product goes a long way so I won’t need to repurchase for a while, and it’s very easy to get into the skin. It takes a minute to absorb fully but my skin feels so hydrated and smooth after I put in on. I love to use this as a layer underneath my foundation as I think it takes away some of the chalkiness and also makes the foundation go on easier.

  1. Bio-Oil with PurCellin Oil by Bio-Oil

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Television ads for Bio-Oil have been around for years and years, and I had heard from numerous people that it is great in the treatment of scarring, especially in regards to acne. I was eager to try this and it wasn’t until last year that I decided to give it a go.

The great thing about this product is that it’s very easily available – I bought it from my local supermarket. The minimal packaging design and bottle is really lovely. The colour scheme is very pleasing and almost makes it look like a type of confection. The fragrance is a little bit strong the first few uses, but I quickly got used to it and now quite enjoy it. I have noticed a visible reduction of the redness associated with my facial acne scarring and look forward to seeing long term results.

  1. Purifying Facial Cream Cleanser by Aēsop

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I used to think that Aēsop was one of those fancy, alternative skincare brands that were too cool for me. That was until I ventured into one of their stylish boutiques, while on a lunch break, where the knowledgeable staff helped me to make an informed decision on which cleanser would be best for me. Looking back now, I think it was definitely a case of excellent sales skills on the saleswoman’s behalf, but I needed a new cleanser anyway, ok! Since then I have re-purchased this cleanser twice because it is probably the nicest cleanser I have ever used.

It smells utterly amazing – lavender, rosemary, chamomile and other botanicals make for a heavenly, uplifting blend. It just smells like freshness. The consistency or texture is very smooth and it doesn’t froth up i.e no harmful sulphates are involved. I would almost describe it as a super-powered moisturizer that you wash off. It feels so soft and is a very soothing start or finish to the day. The cleanser, despite being very lightweight, is very thorough and seems to cut through makeup quite effectively, while brightening and refreshing the skin. I really love how it feels cold to the touch, almost as if it has some special ingredient in it to keep it cold. Kind of like the feeling you get when you drink tap water and it seems really icy cold after brushing your teeth. It’s quite strange actually that even in summer the tube and product within feels like it has been in the fridge rather than out on the bench.

This product is magical in the way that it works so well but doesn’t feel harsh or abrasive.

  1. Sheer Tint spf20 by Dermalogica

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This, for me, is the be all and end all for tinted moisturizers. It is my go-to light coverage base for any occasion. This lightly tinted cream is a joy to use. The consistency is thick but you don’t need to use much for a full face. I love that the formula is breathable and has decent spf protection. The finish is dewy yet not overly shiny and certainly not greasy. As described on the back of the tube, the “light-diffusing iron oxides provide translucent colour for radiant skin.” Very true. The sparkliness is subtle but present enough to make my skin look bright and healthy. I wear the light tone, which is just enough tint for my pale skin.

I like to use Sheer Tint on its own, or as a base underneath my foundation. I sometimes also use it on top of/mixed with foundation for ‘strobing’ (a softer version of highlighting) my face. The smell is really refreshing and I can’t quite put my finger on the scent. It reminds me of fresh ginger. This dense formula, when smoothed onto the skin, has a warm and slightly buttery feel. Perfect all year round, Sheer Tint will continue to be my tinted moisturizer of choice. I’m already on my third tube of the stuff and can’t see myself moving on from it anytime soon.

Thanks for reading!



  • Rosy Cheeks Fresh Face Mask by Lush
  • Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream by Kiehl’s
  • Bio-Oil with PurCellin Oil by Bio-Oil
  • Purifying Facial Cream Cleanser by Aēsop
  • Sheer Tint spf20 by Dermalogica
  • Book seen in photos: World of Wanderlust by Brooke Saward, published 31 October 2016: Penguin Books Australia.

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Please note that I was not sponsored for this post and all opinions are my own.




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