A Skincare Update

Having been quiet on the skincare front for a while I thought it was about time I dropped in for a complexion-centric show-and-tell. So here’s the deal. With the cooler weather creeping in things have got a little dry concerning face-wise, a tad redder and combined with the fact that my skin still seems to be recovering from my Halloween face paint episode, it’s not all that great. I’m not painting the best picture here am I? But, there are a few products that I’ve successfully slotted into my routine that seem to be doing the trick from some debut brands to my line-up. I’ll fill you in…

In chronological routine order I’ll start with the cleanser – Aurelia’s Miracle Cleanser to be exact. Devout VDM readers may remember spotting this in a weekly round-up yonks ago and it doesn’t disappoint. It’s a unique formula in my cleanser collection – a thick cream that feels almost moisturiser-like when massaged in. It smells amazing (I’m putting that down to the rosemary and eucalyptus content) and when muslined off leaves my skin feeling clean, but not stripped nor coated like some of my oiler offerings can do. Plus points for the fact that their website has a very comprehensive and well-explained ingredients list. I’m working my way through this at a worrying rate because it just feels that darn nice in the evenings; right now it’s fitting my slightly drier needs perfectly.

Scrubs are something that I’ve completely shunned in my routine since the discovery of chemical exfoliants, but with my latest bottle of Alpha H Liquid Gold running out I turned to a grainy offering in my stash and was pleasantly surprised with the results. It was Oskia’s Micro Exfoliating Balm that got dug out; a hybrid between a cleansing balm and gentle exfoliator. It uses silica and MSM particles to slough at the skin softly, and a splash of water halfway through massage can always be added to lessen the sand-down. The balm-base hydrates, the beads buff away ready-to-go bits and I’m left with seriously silky smooth cheeks – I’m sold. An exfoliation epiphany has been experienced; this now gets dug out as a once a week treat and I’m unable to stop stroking my face for about a day after.

Finally I’ll move onto the final new-ish step in my regime – Perricone MD’s Face Finishing Moisturiser. I’m a moisturiser hussy – I think there’s only one I’ve ever repurchased (La Roche Posay’s Effaclar Matte Moisturiser interestingly enough) – I move on quite quickly. I’m currently using Kate Somerville’s Goats Milk in conjunction with this and I really like them both (don’t ask me to pick a favourite). I tend to use Kate in the evening as it’s a little richer, but Perricone in the morning is lush. It’s non-greasy and almost gel-like in texture and it blends beautifully under SPF without ever feeling tacky. It’s one of those things I just can’t imagine people not liking, a bit like burgers or chocolate or kittens.

Skincare stop-in sorted, though it’s not over just yet. I’ll be covering the delightful topic of spots come lunchtime. BRB. Blemishes ‘R’ Banished.


  • Rachel_18

    Definitely going to try some of these products they look amazing!

  • Talisa Lauren Tossell

    Gel like products are the best! They’re so soothing on your face as well! Such a shame your halloween tutorial called so many problems for your skin 🙁

  • Hannah

    Oh, I do love a good skincare post!


  • Anna Blush

    Love reading your skincare posts Anna, although i usually always end up with at least one new addition to my wish list. This time; the Aurelia Cleanser.

  • Charlotte MacDonald-Gaunt

    Would love to try Perricone, have heard good things about their skin care :o). Xx

  • Ila

    I have been wanting to try Aurelia skincare for ages!! I love the packaging and I love the fact they use natural ingredients, I think their products would really be worth they money.

    Ila x

  • Claudia

    great skincare post, love the sound of oskias exfoiliating balm

    Claudia xx

    Beauty and the Chic

  • Love the sound of the exfoliating balm.
    My skin was very temperamental when the weather started to get colder so it’s in need of a pamper.

  • Alice Porter

    I am dreading the day my Alpha H runs out! I don’t know whether to get it again or try something new! I am looking forward to your next post, my skin is looking like it has seen better days at the moment!


  • Chloe McFarlane

    As soon as you mention skincare I am all ears! What do you find best soothes redness? My face has been a little rosy recently.. In need of a new routine I think! x

  • lc

    Is that a jade face roller to the right? Would you be able to do a post on whether it’s effective or not please? Been intrigued by them for a while, but no idea of whether they’re worth the hefty price tag. Also, keep up the great skincare posts!

  • The Perricone moisturizer sounds dreamy!

  • Victoria Larroque

    i adore my aurelia cleanser, it’s beautiful!

  • Isabelle McWilliam

    The cleanser sounds lovely 🙂

  • I’ve always wanted to try a perricone md product may have to buy this moisturiser for my desert-esk skin at the mo :p xx Emmi

  • Ella

    My skin is doing the exact same as yours at the moment – wreaking havoc! I’ve found the source of my woes to mostly be down to my Origins drink up, unfortunately.

    Topshop giveaway on my blog!

  • Rebecca Kay

    I really want to try Kate Somerville’s Goat Milk moisturiser as my skin is soooo sensitive right now, but it’s really difficult to find a stockist. Where did you buy yours?


      Kate Somerville now ships to the UK -it’s expensive though! Unless you want to chance a re-seller on eBay, that’s the best way to get it.

  • This line looks absolutely lovely, I’ll have to check it out!

  • Sylvia

    That Perricone moisturizer sounds amazing!


  • Amy

    Aurelia is up on my skincare wishlist at the moment, it seems like a really good product for this time of year 🙂

    Amy x
    A Little Boat Sailing

  • Sophie

    You always make me want to buy every single thing you mention! Love it



  • I tried the Kate Somerville Goat Milk Cream in Sephora yesterday and I was put off by the smell. Does yours smell kind of sour? I wasn’t sure if their tester had gone bad.

  • Anna Elise

    Anna, can do you a review of the Kate Somerville cream? I have very dry, very sensitive skin and I’m wondering if I should give it a go. THANK YOU!

    • angela

      you should! i have sensitive dry/normal skin and it basically brought the natural rosiness from my face back. very moisturizing without it being too heavy! you wont regret, promise.