My Top Shelf and Current Skin Care Routine

Skin Care Routine Post

This one above is a raw shot of what my skincare cabinet looks like at the moment, (and a pretty mean one of myself with no makeup on, too!) No editing nor cleaning up. The only thing I did before taking the photo was turning the products so they would face the front and you could see the labels, but that is about it. I was asked to write a more in depth Fall Skin Care Routine post, but I could not call it Fall Routine, because here in Florida is pretty much, still Summer. No need for rich moisturizers, but instead good cleansers, hydrating/balancing mists, and repairing serums.

Cleansing

I did switch a few products over the past few weeks because I ran out of some of them and I also got a few new ones in. As you probably expected, I did not wait to finish any of my cleansers before opening the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel that I got two weeks ago from Cult Beauty. I plan to use it a little longer before writing a full-review, but so far I am enjoying it very much. The texture is terrific. It goes on like a pink gel/balm, which is lovely for massaging my face. I apply it on dry skin, quickly begin to massage my face, then I add a little water and the gel/balm turns into a milk. It feels like a quick chemistry experiment is happening on my face. Very cool. It cleanses well, it is conditioning, and is easy to take off with a soft face towel. Of all the other cleansers that I keep in my cabinet I am still using the Odacité Gentle Rejuvenating Cleanser, which is still a favorite. I am using Oskia in the morning and Odacité in the evening after I remove my makeup with the ED4OLO Cleansing Oil. I am very, very happy with these three cleansing products and highly recommend all of them for any skin type. I think that I will stick with these for a while (I really mean it).

Toning/Misting

After cleansing, I always use a toner to balance and put some moisture back into the skin. I just started a new bottle of YULI Cocoon Facial Elixir (a godsend), but I just received the May Lindstrom Jasmine Garden Mist* two days ago and oh-my-gosh, it smells dreamy! It is sweet, it is floral , it is gorgeous: it is so May Lindstrom! I Do not know how else I can explain it. It’s a treat. I cannot talk about skin benefits yet, but it smells amazing and it feels lovely on the skin. I will report about it in a few weeks. I also have a bunch of other toners that I use on and off, (depending on what my skin is looking like) and I will definitely feature them in upcoming Tuesday Toner posts.

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Moisturizing

As for moisturizers, I use different products for daytime and nighttime. In the morning, I usually reach for a water-based moisturizer like the MV Skincare Oxygen Moisturizer, which I am almost out of and I will definitely repurchase. It’s great for my skin because it has more of a matte finish, so it does not make my skin more shiny like some water-based moisturizers do. Around my eyes, I use the Pai Echium and Argan Gentle Eye Cream, which I keep in the fridge. It is very light, it absorbs well and moisturizes the eye area without leaving it greasy and without irritating my eyes (I wear contacts, so that is important to me). Some days, especially when I am going to spend most of the time outdoors, I use the Dr. Alkaitis Organic Soothing Gel so that if I sweat much the gel will help prevent breakouts. Whenever I want a little extra softness or I am going to spend the day at home, I reach for Kahina’s Argan Oil.

In the evening, I have been using a few new serums. The first one is the Pai Age Confidence Facial Oil*. I was recommended to use this serum only a few times a week because it is very rich and more suited for dry and mature skin types. However, as I began to use it, I noticed that my skin looked clear and plump (rich oils often break me out, but this one did not). The other serum that I have recently started to use is the Laurel Whole Plant Organics Anti-Inflammatory Serum*, which is suited for sensitive skin types. I will need to use it a little longer to make up my mind about it, but so far, I am enjoying it. Around my eyes, I usually apply the MUN Serum* or another Prickly Pear Seed Oil.

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Lips

I am currently using a few of my HG lip products. The YULI Cellular Lip Conditioner is a lip treatment, not a lip balm. When I am at home I like to apply it frequently (any time that I remember) because it has ingredients that work great  for protecting and renewing my lips. At night, I usually apply a little YULI Lip Conditioner and also Waxelene on top, to seal in the YULI product. Some days I use only Waxelene, which is great at healing chapped lips. I also like the Ganache For Lips Lip Balms. They smell fantastic and are completely matte, so they go nicely under lipsticks. I use the Dr. Hauschka Lip Balm to take off my lipstick and soften the lips. I just scoop a tiny amount with a cotton bud and remove the makeup off my lips (rubbing the cotton bud against my lips gently exfoliates the lips while moisturizing them).

Pampering

A few times a week Every other day I pamper myself with a face mask and a nice face massage. I have little YULI Pure Mask left, and while it is certainly a repurchase I have been sampling other masks as well (mostly the little samples I pick up at the Spirit Beauty Lounge checkout before finalizing my orders). I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed the Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask, because my skin did not agree with a few other samples that I tried from Tata (one of the moisturizers broke me out), so I may pick a full-size of the Resurfacing Mask next.

If you have any questions about the products on the shelf that I have not mentioned, feel free to leave a comment below. Which products are currently on your top shelf?

*gifted sample

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  • Anusha Puri

    Oh my what a routine.. I love love love your skincare routine posts .

    • Thank you Anusha, I am so glad you enjoyed it! :)

  • Lisa Marie

    Great post! You are insanely beautiful without makeup, btw. :)

    • You are too kind! Thanks so much for reading :)

  • Madame Raptor

    I’m really keen to try some Pai products ’cause the brand often gets great reviews, and I think I might start with that facial oil! I’m also liking the sound of the Tata Harper resurfacing mask, ’cause I haven’t seen results from any of the masks I currently use.

    Madame Raptor x

    • Hi! Facial oils can be really beneficial to any skin type, you just need to find the best one for your skin. Also, I am having great results with Tata Harper’s Resurfacing Mask, but I only use it as an overnight spot treatment. I hope this helps!

  • nomudnolotus

    You look like charmed era Alyssa Milano in the top photo- so pretty! I love the soothing gel too, such a great product. X

    • You are too kind, thank you! Thanks for reading the post as well :)

  • Koreen

    Hi lilly, I’m new to your blog and find it such an inspiration! I am gradually moving all my current product to ” clean” and was wondering do you have a recommendation for a self tan?TIAfrom bonnie Scotland.

    • Hi, I have not tried them myself, but I have read great reviews about the Chocolate Sun Tanning Creams. They are available at Spirit beauty Lounge. I hope that helps, please let me know if you have any more questions! Thank you for your kind words :)

      • Koreen

        Thank you Lilly, I have gone with an Irish brand called TanOrganics 100% natural and has ecocert. I’m glad to report it is wonderful, the colour is beautiful. They also do a dry body oil called Arganic and it is truly outstanding. I’ve only been using the products for a few days but can safely say I won’t stop! From your posts I think the dry body oil would be just your thing!

  • Jen

    Hi Lilly, this post was really interesting, I love having a nose in peoples beauty cabinets! I also like how you left them as they were and didn’t line them all up in height order! Hehe… My top products at the moment would be May Lindstrom’s Clean Dirt, Problem Solver and Youth Dew. It’s a shame they are very pricey but they are really unparalleled in results. I highly recommend the Youth Dew if you haven’t tried already, it’s amazing for my combo acne prone sensitive skin! I also bought Evan Healy’s HydroSouls recently, the Holy Basil one and Immortelle. The Immortelle smells weird but is AMAZING for softening and cooling the skin and reducing acne scars! I would recommend it to you too! I have a question for you aswell: Do you think it’s bad for the skin to use so many different products? Some people say you should have only one cleanser, toner, moisturizer if you have sensitive skin because it ‘confuses’ the skin to use lots of different things. What’s you opinion on this? To be honest, I buy quite high end so I can’t afford a cupboard full of stuff but I rather like having a choice depending on how my skins ‘feeling.’ Thoughts?

    • Hi Jen, thanks for sharing your favorite products. I have the Youth Dew on my list of serums to try next ;) and I actually tried the Immortelle HydroSoul from Evan Healy, but my husband could not stand the smell of it!

      As for your questions about using many different products, I don’t think that the number of products is a determining factor when it comes to sensitive skin, or any other skin type. I think that it is a good idea to start by finding a great cleanser and serum that your skin responds well to, and from there adding more products as needed. Adding one new product at the time is a great strategy, because it helps you to understand if that new product benefits your skin or makes you breakout.

      I definitely agree with you, the most important thing is to ultimately see your skin doing well, so it’s good to have a few products to choose from and adjust your routine and products as needed.

      Thank you for reading and for leaving such a helpful comment! :)

  • PeonyandPeach

    Great post, I love having a nose thought other people’s skincare stash! I really want to try the Oskia cleanser, I keep hearing about how lovely it is! I’m currently loving The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil, Indeedlabs PeptaBright and REN Clariflying toner!

    http://www.peonyandpeach.blogspot.com

    • Hi! Thanks for reading. The Oskia Cleansing Gel is definitely worth trying, let me know what you think if you give it a whirl! ;)

  • I am envious of how well organized your stash is, at least in comparison to mine! Ugh! I got a sample of that May Lindstrom toner and it’s been painful to realize that I love it considering how pricy it is! Now I’m considering saving up and taking the plunge!

    • Hi Tiffany! The Jasmine Garden is definitely pricy, but how great does it smell?! I was wondering if you found it beneficial to your skin as well. I am really liking it so far, it seems to be very balancing to my skin.

      Thanks so much for reading! :)

  • The number of products I adore from this post are too many to list here. You were the first to introduce me to the magic of the Dr. Alkaitis Soothing Gel and Elizabeth Dehn For One Love Organics Vitamin B Cleansing Oil & Makeup Remover, and they have now been inducted into HG status! Thanks for sharing and also I just had to give you a mention on my blog roll post: http://bit.ly/WVc0VN

  • Jenna

    What do you think of the Yuli Halcyon?

    We have a lot of the same products…I was looking at the Yuli cleanser…like to hear some thoughts on it

    • Hi Jenna, a more in depth review of the Yuli cleanser is definitely overdue. Halcyon has a very unique texture, a sort of thin, runny gel. It is refreshing and nice for a morning cleansing. I read some reviews about the cleanser being drying to the skin, which I don’t find it to be. However, it is not my favorite consistency for a cleanser, as I prefer creamy and oily cleanser textures. If you like light, gel textures for cleansing then Halcyon is a nice one. I am not sure that I will repurchase it, simply because I prefer cream/oil/milk cleansers better.

      I hope this helps, if you have any more questions feel free to ask ;)

      • Ashley

        I know you were answering Jenna but I wanted to say thank you since I just purchased their Halcyon cleanser after reading about it (could not pass up the ingredients!). Agree with how refreshing it is. I like to use it morning and night but I did have to get used to it at first. When I first got it, I splashed my face with water and my hands and felt the consistency to be runny. Since then I’ve done the Caroline Hirons method of using as little water as possible just enough. And it has completely made me gain an appreciation for this cleanser! So gooood and just the right amount of lather (very few).

        • I totally agree with you, Ashley! I have been using it in the same way you described it, and I have been loving it. I especially like to use it when I want to keep my hairline clean and I don’t want to use oils/balms/creamy cleansers. Most importantly, it cleanses so well! Can’t thank YULI enough, their products have done so good to my skin.

  • Thania

    you are so pretty! I love seeing what skin care people have :)
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    • Too kind, Thania! Thanks for reading :)

  • Zoe

    amazing post! Much love from http://devilreturnsprada.wordpress.com/

    • Thanks for reading, Zoe! :)

  • Candidly Catrin

    Just discovered your blog and I am of course going to follow it religiously now! I’m really getting into my skincare at the moment and my latest obsession is the Chantecaille Vital Essence Serum. This is so pricey but wow it is so beautiful! I’ve heard such great thinks about the Oskia cleansing gel so that is most certainly on my wish list :) xo

    http://candidlycatrin.blogspot.com.au

    • Hi Catrin, thank you for your kind words! The Oskia Cleansing Gel is definitely worth trying ;) Thanks for reading the post! x

  • Christine

    I’m always so interested to hear your thoughts on products since you describe your skin similarly to how I describe my own. I’m excited that you’re a fan of the May Lindstrom toner, I purchased it yesterday and I cannot wait to give it a try. I love her other products. I also ordered Kahina’s toner. I plan to purchase the Yuli toner next, but I need to find a retailer with reasonable shipping costs to Canada as I haven’t been able to find an online beauty source in Canada that carries it. Right now, I’m using either Vered’s toner or pure camomile water (especially after hot yoga to help calm my skin down) but I’m eager for a change. My skin is very reactive to the change in seasons and I can already feel some dryness as the temperature cools (I live in Canada). Recently I ordered Kahina’s argan oil and I am really enjoying using it at night – I apply a couple drops, then layer Province Apothecary’s balm overtop – and my skin is doing well with the combination. Great post!

    • Hi Christine, sorry for the delay and thanks for reading the post. Have you received the Jasmine Garden yet? If so, how are you liking it so far? (Doesn’t it smell good?!)

      I am sorry to hear that you can’t find a YULI retailer in Canada, The products are already expensive, so it would be great if you didn’t have to pay too much for shipping. However, if you do try Cocoon, I would love to know your thoughts about it.

      You got me really curious about the Province Apothecary balm, I will have to look into it! Does it help with soothing the skin?

      Thanks so much for reading, and for your helpful comment! :)

      • Christine

        Hi Lilly! The Jasmine Garden arrived 3 days ago and I’m a little surprised that I’ve already noticed an improvement in my skin – it just overall is looking clearer and it seems to be speeding up the healing on the few blemishes that I currently have. And you’re right, the smell is lovely!

        I’m hoping to find some great deals when Cyber Monday sales come up, and then I’ll splurge on the Yuli products, even if I need to pay for shipping from the US.

        I wanted to elaborate a little about PA’s balm because it was so helpful for my skin during last winter and now again overnight as my skin is going through a seasonal change – it really is helpful for “locking in” serums and creating a soothing barrier. In the morning, my skin feels nice and soft. I am really happy with it. The owner of the company is also really lovely! :)

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  • Shelly

    Do you still use the Pai Rosehip oil? I am debating on whether to get it or not as I have oily/acne prone skin. Thanks!

    • Hi Shelly, I am not currently using it, but I do like it very much. However, I think that Argan oil is more beneficial than Rosehip Oil for oily skin types, because it has sebum-regulatory properties. Have you ever tried Argan oil before?

      Thanks for reading!

  • Awesome post!<3 xx

    • Thanks for reading, love! :)

  • Denise

    Excellent post, I’m a sucker for a top shelf and yours is why, beautiful products one right after the next! I just got the May Lindstrom Jasmine Mist and while I love the smell, I can’t help but sometimes feel it is mostly water and essential oils for the fragrance so I always spray it to make myself feel good but tone with something else.

  • Wow beyond jealous of your stash! So much luxury! I love Oskia renaissance gel so much. I’ve run out & am using up my current cleansers before buying another but I’m missing it so much! I recently tried sample of the Dr Alkaitis soothing aloe gel and have been liking that too :) possibly a future purchase!

  • I swear I thought you were based in NYC! I’m saving this post for when I need to replace some products in my stash. :) I always trust your recos!

  • Snowy

    Do you prefer the MUN No. 1 Aknari serum or the Pai Age Confidence Facial Oil more? I am running out of my current serum soon and would like to order either the MUN or the Pai but cannot seem to make up my mind.

    Best,
    Snowy

    P.S.: You are so pretty! I love your blog, and you are seriously making me consider switching many of my products to natural/organic products. =]

    • Thank you for your kind words, love! What is your skin type? Also, are you sensitive to any plant oils?

      • Snowy

        I believe I have combination skin, and although I have not tried any, I do not think I am particularly sensitive to any plant oils.

        • I have combo skin, too. The Pai serum is targeted for dry/aging skin types, and while I like it, it’s not the most appropriate for our skin type (at least not for daily use). The MUN serum would be a better option but it can only be used at night (it can be photosensitizing if used in the daytime). I would opt for the YULI Liquid Courage Serum,
          which can be used day and night. It’s very expensive, but I think it’s worth the money (amazing ingredients). For a more affordable option, you could try Kahina Giving Beauty Argan oil. It’s a simple oil, but it’s perfect for combo skin, it can be used day and night, and it moisturizes, softens, balances the skin like no other face oil that I have tried. You can read my full review here: Kahina Giving Beauty Argan Oil Review

          I hope this helps! Feel free to ask any questions :)

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