Recommendations at the Ready…

Double Photo TestI think it’s fair to say that I pull the contents of my whole beauty wishlist and wishlist-turned-purchases from the Internet. From other bloggers, from the comments under my posts, a copious amount of YouTube viewing, enabling tweets alerting me that I need something/a product I’ve wishlisted has come back into stock/sale items that it would be rude to not take advantage off (yep thanks for those who gave me a heads up that the STRANGEBEAUTIFUL Inept Laundress Volume is on sale at Cult Beauty, I’ve joined the waitlist), etc etc. I love ’em. And take your recommendations in like a super absorbent sponge that likes to go shopping, so I thought I’d tap into them a little further and see what gems you would suggest for some slots that are currently unfilled in my stash…

  • A good daytime and evening moisturiser. I’ve had long affairs with the Origins Night-A-Mins, and am currently switching between Omorovicza’s offerings for morning and night but I still haven’t found ‘the one’. The bill? Something that’s light, but hydrating and not too rich for my combo skin. 
  • A dupe for Jemma Kidd’s Light As Air. Any L.A.A lovers discovered anything that has the same coverage level, yet so darn natural look of our long-lost foundation friend?
  • Back to skincare – and I need a product that gives pesky dry patches a kick in the butt. I’ve developed annoyingly placed psoriasis-like patches above my eyelids and although the Africian Botanics Intensive Repair Balm is doing the trick, it’s so pricey and I’m quickly running out of my decanted sample that the lovely Amelia thrusted in my direction. Any cheaper alternatives out there?
  • A non-fast drying top coat. Now this might seem like a bit of a weird one coming from such a Seche Vite lover like myself. But a helpful YT commenter suggested that to prolong the chip-free life of CHANEL polishes they require a sticky base (the CND’s Sticky Base Coat is already in my possession, check), and a non-fast drying top coat. Interesting, huh?

So what ya’ got for me? My pen is poised and my notepad open. Ready, steady, recommend. 


  • Hann Marshall

    Neals yard products are amazing! I am currently loving the moisturiser and if you get instyle you get a sample free xx

  • rieuse

    Love the Homeoplasmine for dry patches/lips/anything. It’s a french pharmacy product – but we’re all familiar with those, aren’t we ;-)?

    • Oh yes, heard a lot about this actually! Will see if I can get my hands on it x

  • For dry skin I would recommend Hydraluron or an oil like Seabuckthorn which is apparently great for eczema and burns so I am sure would help also Egyptian Magic is great.

  • Mari

    I know this isn’t cheap but I’ve been testing out the Aveda Intensive Hydrating Masque (a CH recommendation as you surely know!) and it worked wonders on my eczema patches on my face. I apply a thin layer all over and put a little bit more where my problem areas are. Hope that helps! xx

  • Nikki Canning

    For the pesky dry patches, have you tried Trilogy Everything Balm? I honestly use this for any skin ailment, even once on the worst sunburn of my life *hangs head in shame!*

  • Alright, I may have one for your daytime/evening moisturizer. I’ve got the whole combo/oily skin thing going on as well, and I have been using Origins’ Make a Difference Plus+ Rejuvenating Treatment as my moisturizer for over five weeks at this point with zero breakouts and only plumper skin to report. It says on the packaging that you can use it AM and PM, although tbh I find it slightly too hydrating for day wear. The morning moisturizer slot is currently being filled by Origins’ GinZing.
    I also had good results with Ole Henriksen’s Advanced Hydration Truth Creme when used morning and night, as it wasn’t too heavy to wear under makeup, but still hydrated my combo skin. These are all pretty heavily fragranced, though, so if you can get your hands on samples first, I’d recommend it. (Omg, I just typed a mini essay)

  • Jess Stevens

    For the moisturiser – I use Steam Cream and love it, I’ve been through two tins and now I’m not sure that I could live without it. Dramatic? Maybe. True? Definitely. Really reasonably priced too. x

  • I find Barry M’s cheapy 3in1 topcoat to be one of the best I’ve tried!

    • Also, L’Occitane’s Rich Shea Butter moisturiser is amazing for dry skin – it cleared up the severe eczema around my eyes within days!

  • dannii ofe

    i’ve got a few recommendations that will hopefully help! for a daytime moisturiser i’d recommend either the origins ginzing, or the clarins daily energizer cream. I’ve been using the clarins daily energizer cream for months now, and i recently wrote a review on it so check that out of you want to read more, i’ll leave my blog link below. i’m still pondering over what would be a good evening moisturiser for myself, because like you i’ve been using the night-a-mins but its not really holy grail. I have been using the kiehls midnight recovery concentrate for a while now and its a really lovely oil elixer to use, which i use either alone or with the night-a-mins. It’s moisturising but also regenerating which is great. for eye cream at night i also use the keihls midnight recovery eye which is lovely, and between that and the murad hydro-dynamic ultimate moisture for eyes, my dry eyes have not returned! other good eye creams are clarins eye contour balm, and caudalie premier cru eye cream. I know you didnt ask for it but i’d also recommend trying hydralouron, its great for using with light moisturisers which might not usually be heavy enough as it retains all the moisture, without having to go for something heavier and potentially grease bringing! cant help with the other matters, but hope this helped!

  • Bianca

    For a daytime moisturiser I’ve really been loving the Pai Geranium and Thistle cream! It’s so hydrating and nourishinf, but it’s not at all too rich! I also got combo skin with dry patches on cheeks and my forehead and chin get really oily. Thos moisturiser is perfect!
    At night I love using the Decleor Ylang ylang aromaessence oil, it’s good for acne prone skin, but I guess you don’t have that problem? 😉

  • Janelle

    Meg from LipsSoFacto had a dry patch under her eye and she used a Mario Badescu product. Check her blog for that post, you might find it informative. As for moisturizer, I’ll be watching the recommendations myself. 🙂 and for non fast drying top coats, I like OPI’s basic too coat. Shiny and glassy like Seche Vite.

  • Elina

    For a daily moisturiser, I can recommend the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion, hydrating but no residue or shine throughout the day. I use the Mario Badescu Control Cream when I get dry, flaky, eczema-like dry skin around my eyes and it clears it up within a week! And, the best non-quick-dry top coat I’ve used is the Revlon Colourstay Gel Shine Topcoat.

  • Christine

    I have a similar skin type to yours and I have found three moisturizers that I absolutely love;

    -Ole Henrikson Truth Crème Advanced Hydration is fantastic. I found it has brightened my completion and kept my skin hydrated without clogging my pores. (It is also available in a set that comes with a serum and eye cream that have totally done away with my dry patches)
    -Korres Greek Yogurt Moisturizing Face Cream is an awesome summer moisturizer. It hydrates without making me feel greasy
    -Korres Pomegranate Balancing Cream-Gel Moisturizer is a great daytime moisturizer that wear really well under makeup

  • Kirsty

    I have combo skin that needs hydration and the best thing I’ve found is Origins Make a difference + Gel treatment – my skin drinks it up leaving a smooth hydrated finish and no oily film/residue. Origins counter girls are lovely so you can easily try before you buy! xx

    I’ve also started using Clarins Daily Energiser Cream and Im slightly in love, but its still early days!

  • Hellen

    Hi Anna, I have those dry patches above my eyelids and have for years. Only thing I’ve found that gets rid of them and keeps them at bay is just plain old Aveeno Moisturiser, cheap as chips from Boots but is the only thing that works and is great as a moisturiser too if your skin is feeling a bit tight and dry.

    • Balsam Elajouz

      I second the aveeno positively radiant moisturizer! I use it all over my face, even my eyes, and then to ensure my eyelids are extra moisturized I follow up with Kiehl’s avocado eye cream.

  • Katie Hunter

    Korres Wild Rose 24-H Moisturising Brightening cream works wonders on my dry patches, it’s very thick and rich, smells wonderful and is only about £20 🙂 x

  • Jen

    For psoriasis: Mario Badescu Control Cream or Balmology Comfort Balm? Selixier Peace balm is suppose to be good too, but It’s pricey… Also even though it’s a cleanser, Pai Gentle Hydrating Cleanser is THE BEST for itchy flakey skin…x

    Moisturizer: MV Organics Soothing & Protecting Rose Moisturizer is amazing for me. (My skin is combo, dehydrated).

    Hope this helped!

    • Jen

      p.s forget 8 hour cream esp. around the eyes it contains mineral oil and even though it might give instant gratification (coating a layer of ‘smoothness’ over your skin) in the long run it wont help repair the damage.

  • Sarah P

    I had the same problem with dry patches around my eyes and used a combination of 8 hour cream and Olay total effects (it’s not the most interesting but it doesn’t irritate my skin at all and it’s safe to use around the eyes – it’s not my fave moisturiser but I always go back to it when I have skin problems)

  • Andrea

    Exactly the same issue with finding a moisturiser as well. I’m very tempted by either Clinique Turnaround Moisturiser or Clinque Super Rescue Antioxidant Night for an evening moisturiser but nervous to take the plunge. *Sits on hands and waits for CH to approve…* I find all the Origins stuff just to fragranced, and fragrance is the number one skin irritant out there. Skincare dilemmas are the worst! Love your blog!

  • Hanna Kroon

    Best moisturizer I’ve come across: Clinique Moisture Surge. It is so light but hydrating..I adore it!

  • For daytime moisturiser, Caudalie’s vinosource moisturising sorbet is my favourite and the only moisturiser I have repurchased. It’s light, hydrating and smells incredible! I am yet to find a night cream that I like but have just ordered one Antipodes in the hope that it will be the one!

  • Lucy

    As some others have said – Mario Badascu Control Cream will sort out any dry patches. Amazing cream. For moisturisers I’ve been trying out Tammy Fender, an organic skin care range after reading about it on Into The Gloss. It’s not cheap but both her Antioxidant Creme Neroli & Orange and Intensive Repair Balm are out of this world. My skin has never been so happy. You can get it on Cult Beauty for about the same price as a weeks rent.

  • sarah beth

    For the moisturiser, I would 100% recommend Ren’s T-Zone Balancing Day Fluid- it fills every box you need filling! And for the dry eyelids thing, I had the exact same problem a few months ago and as I ignored it, the more noticeable it became.. I picked up Simple’s Soothing Eye Balm (fine to use on the eyelids) and afterwards use The Body Shop’s Vitamin E Moisture Cream (Day) over the top, any dry patches went after a couple of days and still haven’t returned xxx

  • Oh and ESPA 24 hour skin saviour is great for dry patches, very dry lips etc 🙂

  • maja gudmann

    I am currently in love with Ole Henriksen’s Express the Truth cream. I use it in the evenings and very much doubt that I will ever switch. My skin is combo, leaning a little to the oilier side this time of year, and I find the texture and results spot on.

  • gemerlee

    Vichy Aqualia Thermal Light is a good moisturiser for daytime but i can also get away with it for nighttime if i apply more 🙂 xx

  • Reanna F

    I’ve been using the Revlon Colorstay Gel-Shine Topcoat, as I’ve run out of Seche-Vite and my new order has yet to arrive! It’s got the shine of SV, but takes a looooong while to dry. Maybe give that a go, to cure your Chanel-chip blues?

  • NorahwithanH

    I have combo skin too, more toward the oily side and I’ve recently been using the Kate Sommerville Oil Free moisturizer. It is AMAZING! Super hydrating in a non-rich, non-greasy way. It soaks into the skin quickly so applying makeup over top is easy and foundations holds up well (no slick-age!) I’m not sure if they have Kate Sommerville products in the UK? I hope so, its worth a try! 🙂

  • Sarah A

    For a moisturizer I would recommend La Roche Posay’s Effeclar H moisturizer. For dry patches try La Roche Posay’s Cicaplast Baume B5.

  • Sarah

    For a daytime moisturiser i love Avene hydrance light, its super lightweight but feels like you are getting all the moisture you need and its pretty reasonable in price.

  • Sarika

    i LOVE the Origins Make A Difference, the Treatment one for combination skin, i think it is. that stuff is amazing, it makes my skin feel like a baby’s butt and it really helps to balance out my skin. it feels really light and refreshing since it’s a gel and it absorbs quickly to a matte finish but then i’ve noticed later in the day i can’t feel it on my skin at all but my skin still feels baby-soft. in short: it’s awesome, buy it 😀 x

  • Heather

    I feel like I remember EssieButton really liking the Kiehls Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado for her dry patches. I think she liked the Antipodes one as well. Not that either of these are much cheaper.

    I’m still trying to hone in on my day and nighttime moisturizers myself (currently testing the Kate Somerville Goat Milk Cream), so please review whatever it is you decide on!

    • Smecksie

      I love the Goat Milk Cream! I too use this, and because I used it twice a day for a while, it really sorted out my skin woes and now only need it a few times a week. Love it!

  • Kate

    I suffer from eczema so I also struggle with dry patches around my eyes. I’ve been trying for a good few years to keep them at bay but I think I have FINALLY found a solution. I recently started using the Antipodes Avocado Oil & Rosehip in the evening (and sometimes a tiny bit in the morning mixed in with my moisturiser), as well as the Clarins Gentle Exfoliator Brightening Toner, and it has made such a difference! I do use the toner more often than it suggests (usually every one or two days) but I haven’t found it to cause any problems. It does say not to use the toner around the eye contour area as well but I usually swipe a tiny bit just below the brow bone where it gets extra flaky and it seems fine. Really happy with how these products are working for me and I can actually now apply concealer around my eyes without it clinging to my dry skin!

  • Maria

    Hi Anna!

    For any sort of dry patches, I would really recommend the Josie Maran Argan Balm (not the straight oil). My lips were literally peeling off last winter and this was a miracle worker. It even helped with dark circles under my eyes. Hope this helped!

  • El

    The new Origins Ginzing Moisturizer would be good for you! Not only is it supposedly an amazing moisturizer, but it is just over £20 (hopefully won’t break the bank) and there is also an eye cream in the range! Alix from has been raving about it. It’s now available in Boots!

  • Carys Lloyd

    I love the Boots Botanics Face Super Balm for any pesky dry patches – super cheap, super accessible and super effective 🙂 xxx

  • sophie brewster

    I swear by La Roche Posay Hydreane rich moisturiser for dry patches, and it can be used as night cream too. Plus its a third off escentual French pharmacy brands. 🙂

  • louisa

    Dry patches – Body shop hemp balm, i get dry patches on my cheeks and this is the only thing that works. I brought mine for £1.
    Moisturizer – Clinique moisture surge, softening and perfect for skin thats oily but a little combination. Not the cheapest but it works and makes a great base for makeup.

  • Cat

    For daily moisturizer try full of grace serum by Lush followed by Pai camomile and rosehip moisturizer 🙂

  • Marie N

    I use the Elemental Herbology Calendula and Rose Damask Facial Moisturiser as both a day and night cream. It’s pricey at £37.00 for just 50ml, but I only ever need 2 pumps and it covers my entire face and neck. It is formulated for sensitive skin, so hydrates gently whilst staying light on the skin. It smells a bit funky, though, so give it a sniff before you part with your cash :).

  • Keva Crotty

    Mario Badescu control cream for dry patches I get them under my eye and around my nose and nothing works better than this !!!! 🙂 and its only about 12 pounds x

  • ling

    I’ve had (usually mild, sometimes not so much) flare ups of eczema around the eyes in the past. I would second the suggestion of a dab of Egyptian magic, although every so often my skin finds it a tad heavy and protests with the appearance of some delightful tiny zits. Yu-Be is reliably healing though and has none of the zit creating consequences. Taking Vit E supplements or a couple of tsps a day of cold-pressed hemp oil (if you can stand it) might solve it for you 🙂

    As a day moisturiser Philosophy Hope in a Jar SPF25, weirdly available in the US but not in the UK, but worth searching for online. Or, again, second the Clinique Dramatically Different lotion (not gel lotion though). Am a big fan of the skincare posts so interested to know your findings!

  • Kelly C.

    I don’t know if it’s a dupe for the LAA, but I have been obsessed with the Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation (I’m in the shade 100 if that helps). For a nighttime moisturizer I actually use 100% Jojoba oil, which is the moisturizing ingredient in most moisturizers I’ve ever tried. It’s very similar to the sebum our skin naturally produces so it keeps my pores clean and is the most moisturizing oil I’ve ever tried. Also, the next morning I notice that my skin is less greasy. Win. I get mine at Trader Joe’s in the states, but I bet you could find it at a health food store. I’ve used it in the mornings too, but I find that I definitely prefer it for night.

  • iliana

    Apivita face masks and scrubs! (Greek brand, better than the well-known Korres) x

  • Stephanie

    Try a moisturizing gel to spot treat dry patches under your normal moisturizer, ie Clinique’s moisture surge intense gel. I apply after toner, only to dry patches, the same time as my eye creme. Wait for it to absorb and then put my normal moisturizer on top. I recently splurged on La Prairie (this one: and it is SOOOO good.

  • annarach

    For dry patches on the eyes I love the Lush Enchanted eye cream. I had the same thing happen to me, and my eyes were super sore and very itchy. This cream seemed to heal that completely! I also love Eye Doctor from origins. I’m a contact lens wearer and exzema sufferer so a difficult lady to please!

  • Smecksie

    For the dry patches on your face… I highly, highly recommend “Ladi Avokanto by Sponge”
    It’s a beautiful facial oil. The smell is quite strong at first, but it is completely natural because of the ingredients and subsides about 15 minutes later once it has completely soaked into your skin. Also: it lasts a LONG time!

  • So many recommendations already! Thank you so much all. Will rake through them now with a pen and paper in hand 😉

  • Sherry Darling

    Moisturiser wise, the Benefit Triple Performing Emulsion is glorious, it’s oil free and really hydrating, leaves a beautiful finish and smells fantastic. It’s a bit more pricey though, so if you’re looking for something more budget Lush do a great moisturiser called Enzymion. It works well as a base for make up and absorbs in to the skin fast, one of the best moisturisers I’ve used in a long time.

    As for the dry patches, you should just run to the chemist and get some Aqueous cream, it’s so cheap and intensely moisturising. You can use it everywhere too.

    Sherry x

  • Boscy

    For the psoriasis on your eyelids, the Mario Badescu Control Cream is the one. I had the same thing for years and it was the only thing that cleared the patches up on my sensitive eye area x

  • moisturizer wise i love caudalie Vinosource Quenching Sorbet-Crème. i love this moisturizer because it’s hydrating but not heavy on the skin. Especially when it warm and muggy outside this moisturizer doesn’t feel like an oil slick on your skin! I also would recommend anything from Ole Henriksen. I’m currently loving his truth serum and the new oil for night time moisturizer! Ir’s heaven!

  • Harris Cabrera

    Essie’s No Chips Ahead! It takes foreverrrrrr to dry, but it seriously gets the job done in terms of reducing chips. What I like to do is give it a half hour or so to dry, and then go over that topcoat with Seche Vite so I can actually get in bed at some point.

  • Claire

    Try L’Occitane Shea Butter for your pesky dry patches – it works really well for me! Also, a great foundation is Clarins Ever Matt – it smells like cucumbers and gives a beautiful, dewy medium-full coverage. Heaven in a bottle!

  • Britt

    The new Ginzing Origins moisturizer works WONDERS! I just got it a few days ago and already, I can tell it’s a beautiful product 🙂 It has a gel-like consistency that melts right into your skin, and the scent is AMAZING. It really helps to wake me up in the morning, and since I’m the complete opposite of a morning person, every bit helps 🙂 Also I’m currently using Trilogy’s rosehip oil + antioxidant and it’s heaven in a bottle. It’s almost like a dry oil and it sinks right into your skin. It moisturizes so nicely at night and helps any scars or dark spots on the face! For the topcoat, I’m currently using Revlon’s Colorstay Gel-Shine Topcoat. Works wonders for the nails and the no-chipping thing 🙂 Good luck!!

  • Shivani

    For your dry patches – pure unadulterated organic coconut oil. I know, it’s not a “product” – but it’s still the best all-natural punch of hydration for your skin, and it smells fantastic. Plus, it’s so much cheaper than normal skincare! It’s also antibacterial, so it might clean up whatever is irritating your skin. Good luck!

  • Kate

    Moisturizer – neutrogena oil free moisture for combination skin. for foundation – Laura mercier silk creme foundation

  • Hafsa

    I have eczema on my eyelids and around my mouth which is really annoying and irritating. I have tried many steroid creams prescribed by doctors and other highstreet skin care brands but the best thing I have found that works is the Avene Cicalfate Cream! You can find it on escentual (and they have it on sale atm!)
    Hope this helps! X

  • Emma

    Anna you need to get loccitane pure Shea butter for your dry patches of skin, 100% natural and it’s amazing, it’s quite balmy but put it on overnight and honestly will clear up. I know so many people that have used it and it has helped clear areas. Brill for lips and cuticles too xxxx hope this helps

  • Natasha

    I like using Caudalie Divine oil for dry skin and hair. I’ve used it under makeup and it seems to sink in pretty well.

  • Kavitha Arur

    The Body Shop Vitamin E cream is a great light weight moisturiser 🙂

  • Sam

    The Pai chamomile and rosehip moisturizer is great for day!! I have super oily skin and I find that it does a good job of moisturizing enough that my skin doesn’t feel the need to do the job itself, but not so rich that I’ve replaced one oil with another – if ya know what I mean? I use oil at night personally, but I know that doesn’t work for everyone.

  • A. Desjardins

    Yonka Gommage- is amazing for exfoliating. No gritty business. A gel peel that rubs away dry skin, dirt, and leaves a brilliant glow. I prefer to use light oils on the skin- my favourite is Grape Seed. It’s a light fast absorbing oil. Rich in anti-oxidants. Moisturizing, while busting up congested skin. Is Vichy available where you are? It is not a high end. However, Vichy Normaderm is the most incredible coverage for psoriasis, acne, scars. Cover FX is a relatively new brand from Canada. Its water-based foundations are as incredible. Not sure they would match Jemma Kid. They were created by a dermatologist to cover treated skin. I also find I get the best match for my combo skin from a moisturizer for sensitive skin- I heart Caudalie Vinosoure Sensitive- I use the recovery cream when I need. These work for me. Otherwise- my nightly is all about the serums and light oils and letting the skin breath. PLUS Fish OIl in the capsule. 🙂

  • A. Desjardins

    Dermablend- not NormaDerma. 🙂

  • I like OPI’s top coats :]
    <3 Carolyn

  • Ayesha Siddique

    You’ve probably tried Embryolisse, but I’d just put it out there. For me, it’s the most near-to-perfect day cream! It’s not too thick, nor too light-weight – it has a good consistency.

  • Faith M

    A-Derma Epitheliale AH Skin Repair Cream For Damaged Skin, and it has caroline hirons stamp of aproval on it xoxo

  • Jess Cameron

    OPI original top coat is really thick, takes a while to dry and is shiny and awesome- I’ve used this with Chanel polish before and thought it lasted really well (this was before I discovered Seche Vite!). Also if you let the top coat sit for a minute or two and then apply cuticle oil over the entire nail area (be careful with it but I’ve never had a problem with smudges doing this- Solar Oil is the best I’ve tried) and it will help the polish to dry quicker…also great for cuticles at the same time.

    Aesop Camellia Nut Moisturiser with a drop or two (more if skin is extra dry or sensitive) of Aesop Fabulous Face Oil works really really well…I first learnt about this combo on Into The Gloss, have tried other things but have found they’re either a) not moisturising enough or b) make me break out. Using the oil by itself under eye cream or moisturiser has helped with crusty patches too. My skin is more sensitive/dry/breakouty/irrational so perhaps you’d be ok with their Mandarin moisturiser version too which is for more combo/normal skin. I also found the cream to be almost ‘blah’ by itself, the real magic happens when you mix with the oil.

    Foundation is still one of life’s mysteries but I generally find I have the best results when I mix products to get exactly what I want.

  • Lyndsey

    I love. No7 beautiful skin night cream. It’s cooling and dries to an almost matte-ifying texture on my face. My skin has never been softer! And for nail Polish top coats, I recently watched a Lisa Eldridge video where she mentioned a Zoya one was her favorite.

  • Millie L.

    The Nails Inc Caviar Top Coat is really great. It does dry quite quickly but my nail polish will not chip even after 5/6 days. It also adds a gorgeous glossy finish to the nails. I couldn’t recommend it enough.

  • Roos

    La Roche Posay Cicaplast is really helping my skin out! On dry patches, but also on blemishes. Together with the Avene Triacneal it’s my favourite combination now. For daytime moisturizer I’m loving Clinique’s Cityblock, and night time Dior Hydraflash mask/

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  • Valerie

    For daytime moisturizer: Clarins HydraQuench Lotion (has spf 15), Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet or Vinosource Mattifying Fluid. A good night time cream could be the Caudalie Premieres vendanges Moisturizing cream. For the dry patches, look into the La Roche Posay line. They make amazing bodycare products too, mostly focussing sensitive skin and targets skin that needs quick healing. My favorite is the Cicaplast baume.

  • Hayley Adams

    An amazing daytime moisturizer is DHC Pore Milk. I don’t have enlarged pores or anything, but this is so light but SO hydrating. It sinks in really quickly too and smooths over the skin amazingly 🙂 x

  • I really want to try the Seche Vite topcoat!

  • Nanni

    I use La Roche Posay Hydraphase Legère as my daytime moisturizer… You can get it with an SPF, too. It has a quite light texture, but you can still feel the moisture sinking in. Very nice!

  • Celina

    The Revlon Gel Shine Top Coat is quite lovely. Less nasties and still does the job. xx

  • Megan

    I had a dry eczema patch on my eyelid earlier this year in allergy/hay fever season, and what really helped was a simple hydrocortisone cream. In the states we have one called Cortaid from the drugstore, but any hydrocortisone cream would do. My eye doctor even confirmed that the cream is a good treatment. I used it for a few days and the dry patch was gone. Hope it helps if you try this method.

  • jemaroons

    My faves for dry/dehydrated skin are the Origins Make a Difference+ Rejuvenating Treatment and Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentrate!

  • BeautyDownSouth

    The Kate Somerville Goat Milk Cream works perfectly for a daytime moisturizer!!

  • Holly

    Clinique moisturizing gel is a really lightweight formula and sits beautifully under makeup. It makes for a lovely day time moisturizer.

  • Bev

    Pai Thistle and Geranium moisturiser, excellent brand for skin issues.

  • Bonnie

    Algenist has an amazing range of moisturisers for combination skin, bit pricey but I absolutely swear by them and you get a massive tub so it’s not a huge rip off. Space.nk stock them so you won’t even have to go on a hunt! xx

  • CageyK

    Melvita Rose Night Cream is amazing. The SA said I would notice the difference, and after the first night I really did. Lots of organic products break me out (REN, Neals Yard etc) but not this. And I have combo skin. Really recommend it.

  • Shivani

    La Roche Posay Effaclair Duo

  • Bryn B

    Try the Algenist Firming & Lifting Cream for a day moisturizer, it’s very hydrating and sinks into the skin really quickly, which means you don’t have to wait long to apply make-up. It’s pricey, but worth it!

  • Alina Vinik

    For summer months I use Clarins Hydra Matte Lotion in the mornings. Since you use dewy foundations/tinted moisturizers anyways it provides a great base!

  • Erin Jennie Marie

    I’m a Sally Hansen InstaDri devotee, but I also get great results from Essie 3 Way Glaze. And I am not an Essie girl! But it’s good enough that I keep a bottle in my handbag for on the go manis or to use as a treatment when I’m taking a day off from polish.

  • Sarah

    Did you try the dior gel shine top coat … It’s not fast drying it takes a good 10 mins but I really like it and it really does make your nails looks like a gel manicure!!!

  • Hannah

    For a daytime moisturiser alpha h balancing moisturiser and gentle exfoliant is amazing a smidgen of glycolic acid it’s light enough for me in the day though I am oilier, and I just add a bit of face oil at night 🙂

  • Emma West

    Can’t see if anyone else said this, but I made my other half use my nipple cream for breastfeeding (lanolin) he gets dry patches/excema around his eyes it worked v well so got him his own little tub fiver off amazon that didn’t say breasts anywhere on it for work 😉 think a balm/barrier better for that kind of thing

  • Soph

    For moisturisers I quite like benefits triple performing facial emulsion which is very lightweight and soothing on the skin. Also avene do quite nice moisturisers, i tend to use the rich one (for my dry sensitive skin) but they do a light version and was recommended to me by kate from ghost parties.

  • Zoe

    I’ve been looking for a dupe for jemma kidd light as air for months now without luck 🙁

    This week I have also developed dry patches on my eyelids and I’m currently testing liz earle’s smoothing line serum and it seems to be working so far!

  • becky

    Love all of the Michael todd true organics products. You shoud def check them out 🙂

  • beautywh1m

    For moisturizer, try Kate Somerville’s oil-free moisturizer or the goat milk moisturizer! I know they’re not particularly easy to get ahold of in the UK and a tad bit pricey, but they last forever and are absolutely fabulous! Oh AND the oil-free moisturizer is one of the only moisturizers that doesn’t break me out. HIGHLY recommend xx

  • AlanaStephanie

    If you’ve never tried Clinique’s dramatically different moisturising lotion – it’s a must! Beautifully light but totally hydrating and I’ve never had any problems with it under make up!

  • Daisy

    i always recommend this on your videos but i LOVE the clarins energising moisturiser for dry skin, my skin is mostly normal but this is perfect for me! you should definitely try it I think you would love it! its in an orange and white pot 🙂

  • E’

    heres a few you just have to give a go!

    -loccitaine gentle shea moisturizer £19, this is a great one for during the day and should help with dry patches. (another thing for dry patches is using the clarins gentle exfoliating toner. its a godsend)
    -i never got my hands on the jemma kidd gem but a foundation i love is dior forever. its super natural and is great for combo skin 🙂 x

  • Réka

    In your age i was using decleor hydra floral cream with their neroli face oil…it would be perfect for your tupe of skin. You should try the night balm from decleor as well, you would definately get rid of the dry patches. And my newest addition to skincare is the phyto correct from skinceuticals which sooths irritated skin…very hydrating. Foundation wise definately sensai kanebo velvet foundation, i bought it after hanne from beautyloving recommended it as the most natural finish make up and she was right!

  • Victoria Reilly

    I’d highly recommend Famous Names Lumos base and top coats, you can get these for £18.95 for both (I think). May be difficult to get hold of as most websites only sell to registered beauticians (I got mine for free off my boyfriend’s lovely mother who is a nail tech) but I’m sure you’ll be able to find them somewhere online or in a local salon.

    I’ve tried a silly amount of different top and base coats and I was getting so tired of trying them out only to be let down and having my nails chip sometimes within less than 24hrs so I was over the moon when I received these. My really cheap nail varnishes such as my Miss Sporty ones stay for a good few days before chipping, and my Barry M, O.P.I, ORLY and other ones stay for a good week and still look fantastic. I apply my nail varnish and top coat along the top ridge of my nail too, which really decreases the chances of chipping. Also, if you’re into nail care, I highly recommend you try the cuticle oil by Nail Harmony’s Gelish range which you can get for about 4$ and I think it’s 15ml.

    Really hope this helps!

    Victoria ( xxx

  • Laura Anne Kelly

    I get quite a few of those pesky dry patches myself and the product I’ve come to swear by is molton brown’s protecting vitamin lip saver. I use it around my nose, on my eyelids, corners of my eyes when they’ve been weepy and sore, in my eyebrows! Sorts it over night! Miraculous stuff and feels amazing on the lips! I’ve tried LRP cicaplast baume b5 in the past and didn’t find it as effective and it clogged up my pores something terrible!

    • Tanya

      I haven’t tried this product before, but just wanted to say that I’m so happy to hear someone else describe all the problems I have had! The nose, eyebrows, but especially the weepy and sore eyes! Feels so good to hear you’re not alone! So thanks!

  • Daniella

    hahaha adorable post! I would recommend MACS lipstick in Everyday Diva. AMAZING red-orange shade!

  • Mel

    Caudalie Vinosource Moisturising Sorbet! Caroline approved, light, hydrating, good price point! I’ve dallied with Ren, Origins and Clarins but always go back! X

  • I have those crazy eyelid patches too!!!! I recently started using Origins Plantscriptions eye cream (the Mimosa one won me over on the line…crow’s feet gone in two weeks!) to firm things up a bit. But I use Vitamin E oil now. The tiniest little dab when I see scales on my upper or lower lid followed up with eye cream. Gone overnight.

  • Keri

    I always love your recommendations!


  • My favorite moisturizer is CeraVe moisturizing lotion, with the pump. I’m not sure if you can find it in the UK but it is commonly found at the drugstore here in the US

  • Dani

    For moisturiser, the Kate Somerville goat milk moisturiser is amazing and it is Caroline hirons approved so enough said haha

  • For skincare, have you checked out the (infamous) Michael Todd range? Lots of products for all different skin types, and amazing natural ingredients. As for foundations, I’ve never tried Jemma Kidd’s foundation but I have recently become obsessed with a couple of Lancome ones; the Teint Idole Ultra 24H (blends into skin and lasts amazingly well) and the Teint Miracle (a bit more moisturising – what I’m wearing now it’s winter over here). I love getting recommendations from blogs/youtube too 🙂

  • ghy212

    Moisturizer: Korres wild rose 24 hour moisture. perfect for combo skin, smells great, great packaging, not to greasy, good for day and night, moisturizing

    foundation: ellis faas. pricey but perfectly natural. light coverage.

  • Paris

    For daytime moisturiser I reccommend the REN Mayblossom one. It’s light but hydrating, sinks in fairly quickly after I’ve cleanser.
    Please let me know what you end up purchasing in the end!

  • EYE CREAM: L’Oreal Revitalift (not sure if available in UK but it’s at US drugstores). I had a terrible reaction to the Roc Retinol eye cream that gave me dry patches and redness.. the L’Oreal seriously fixed that. I used a whole tub and I plan on repurchasing. It hydrates, smoothes fine lines, and keeps the area moisturized. xx

    Shannon –

  • Kalista Campbell

    I’m not sure if it’s available in the UK (but surely, everything is, right?) but Bepanthen – a nappy rash creme – is excellent for random dry patches.

  • Katie

    You should try moisturising eye drops (in your eyes) to clear up dry patches on your upper lid… X

  • Orna

    La roche posay cicaplast baume b5 for those patches above your eyes! Loads of stockists do little sample tubes and you only need a teeny bit 🙂 x

  • pa ba

    I use Weleda Skin Food for my occasional dry patches on my otherwise quite oily skin.

  • Liana

    Not necessarily a typical moisturiser, but I absolutely adore Trilogy rosehip oil as a moisturizer. We have similar skin (from what I have read) and it is fantastic. I use it in both the winter and summer and my skin has never been better xx

  • deliaoreo

    It’s not on your list, but I highly recommend the Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Balm. It’s great for waterproof Mascara…! Give it a try…

  • Taryn Davies

    Dove Spa hydrating products are literally the best thing ever. If you’re looking for a treat, as well as the day and night cream, try the revitalising capsules. My favourite pick-me-up!

  • Lou

    Hooroo! I dont mind a bit of the ol Revlon colourstay base and top coats, though bit of a pain in the rear for drying time…noice and shiny still…
    I have used purified lanolin on dry patches/psoriasis type issues with great success, typically used for breastfeeding mummas on the girls/nips!! ( make sure it is purified, little goes long way, warm/melt between fingertips and pat on ) Am saving up for the KS goat milk cream personally…have recently aquired the hydraluron and eyesilyx and LOVE both, Lou xo

  • Ella

    The body shop Vitamin E Facial Oil always busts those annoying dry under-eyebrow patches really well for me 🙂 It’s not usually pricey anyway (£11) but they have a 40% of deal going on at the moment, making it about £6-£7. I really like Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief as a light, non sticky, hydrating, *very slightly* mattifying day cream. If my combo skin is on the greasy side of things/I’ve run out of night cream I use it at night too – shah, don’t tell!

  • Melissa

    L’Occitane’s Angelica Hydration Cream – perfect for exactly what you are wanting for a day and nightime moisturizer. Boosts hydration, fights against the first signs of aging and leaves the skin hydrated but not greasy. Well priced too for a 50ml jar!


  • Denise

    1)Kate Somerville nourish moisturizer ….4) Sephora X top coat (I don’t know if thats only in America or not, as I live in America and haven’t been to England)

  • Anna

    The only suggestion I have is No7 Beautiful Skin Oil Free Skin Protector for moisturizer. It has broad spectrum SPF 25, so its more of a daytime moisturizer, although I use it at night sometimes too. Its lightweight, great under makeup and has never made me break out. I think I’m on my 4th tube of the stuff, and I am not usually loyal to products. I’m in the US and buy mine at Target for $7.99, but I think No7 is a British brand?

  • Georgie

    Ok, this is going to sound really weird, but for the dry skin use olive oil. I use it on my eczma patches all the time. You only need a very small amount and just massage it into the spot. I will admit that it does feel a little weird, but works really well, have never had a bad reaction and, as I have it in my kitchen, its free :-).

  • Katie Brown

    I’ve been using La Roche-Posay Toleriane Fluid as a moisturizer. It didn’t feel rich enough at the end of spring, but now that it is hot where I live it is perfect. Light, but nourishing. I will change back to Kate Sommerville when it gets cold again.

  • Daytime Moisturizer: Origins GinZing moisturizer so invigorating for the daytime! it wakes me up!

    Nightime Moisturizer: Clinique have come out with a newly reformulated Dramatically Different Moisturizer+. It creates a better barrier effect and now has cool things like hyaluronic acid, etc. I just received the advance PR sample and it’s so luxe!

    Eye cream (I know you didn’t ask for one but since you mentioned it’s around the eyes): Origins GinZing eye cream OR Michael Todd True Organics eye cream. Also, if it’s dry patches, it could be eczema. Try a very mild (like 1%) hydrocortisone cream – no more than 3 consecutive days use or you’ll risk thinning skin. (Trust me, I’m a doctor. No really, I am!)

    More on the GinZing duo on my June 2013 favorites video:

    Top Coat: I do believe Seche Vite makes a non-fast dry top coat!! It’s for UV lamps, but you might love that even better considering it guarantees no chipping/smudging while waiting for polish to dry:

    L.A.A. alternative: I believe you already have this, but what about Jouer’s luminizing/matte moisture tints? So much coverage yet so pore-minimizing and natural on the skin. Buildable coverage. What more does one need??

  • Lucy Thomas

    For dry patches i’d recommend Clinique Moisture Surge Extra Thirsty Skin Relief, it’s an absolute god send! I get quite bad eczema on my cheeks and temples and this stuff clears it away in not time. It’s a gel like formula so it’s extra cooling on those sore patches. I know what works for me might not work for you but i definitely think this is what you’re looking for!!

  • Hd

    For dry patches try dabbing some honey on it a few times a week for 20 minutes. It’s a soothing antibacterial that is also natural. It will get rid of your dry patches I swear!

  • wldflwr78

    I can’t reccomend a moisturizer without recommending that you check out Paula’s choice beautypedia reviews to see if you are currently using a product that contains irritants or maybe something that your skin is sensitive to. (Of course she has her own skin care line that I highly recommend) but she gives unbiased reviews on other skin care and makeup products that many people like to use. Her reviews are extremely helpful to me. Anytime I have something on my wish list I check to see if she has reviewed it first to make sure that it won’t upset my sensitive skin or be a waste of my far too small amount of spending money. I really trust her advice to help me get the most of our products I choose to buy.

  • Ali

    Moisturizer – La Roche-Posay Hydraphase Intense in either Light or Riche

    The perfect basic moisturizer that leaves you hydrated without excess product of stickiness.

    For dry patches, I can’t recommend First Aid Beauty’s Ultra Repair Concentrate enough. Put it ANYWHERE and it just fixes every problem.

  • Abbie

    For dry patches, the Body Shop Vitamin C Skin Reviving Serum has worked wonders for me and my very dry skin, as has the dermalogica skin smoothing cream. Both amazing and not too pricey. Hope this helps 🙂

  • Eme

    For dry patches- skin food by Weleda!!

  • Suzie

    Neutrogena grapefruit moistouriser may be a budget brand but it works really well for me during night time as it often feels heavy on the skin especially in the morning but it amazing for the night and gives all the moisture you need

  • Robin De Angelis

    I’ve been using the Arbonne moisturizer from their Calm range. My skin feels hydrated and soft, but like there is nothing on it! Bonus: my spots have been going away ever since I started using the line.

  • Deb

    The latest Revlon top coat is amazing and super shiny!

  • Cecilia

    I really like Clarins Daily Energizer moisturizers! I have combination skin myself and it tends to break out a bit. The Daily Energizer just boosts the overall glow of the skin and protects against pollution without breaking it (mine, at least) out. It comes in both a cream form and a gel-creme to match different preferences. I know gh0stparties has reviewed this moisturizer – maybe check that out? Good luck on your hunt!

  • Jude

    As I have sensitive dry/combination skin I have to be so careful what I use.. Recently I have been using the Darphin Hydra skin essential emulsion as a daily moisturiser and the Organic Aromatic Renewing Balm at night to help with my unwelcome dry patches… And they are both amazing the smell of the balm is just so nice… My skin is the best it’s been for a while
    As for a foundation replacement for Jemma Kidds light as air.. I’m afraid I was never lucky enough to find my colour but I would be lost without my Becca Luminous Skin (in nude) it’s just a miracle working … Just the right about of dewy but not greasy .. It just helps you look healthy… In addition I have just had a splurge at cult beauty and bought the Sunday Riley effortless breathable tinted primer … Seriously wow so pleased with the results for a no make up make look :o)

  • Ruby@TotalModisch

    For Moisturisers- I love any product from Weleda! Favourites are the Iris Night Cream and Rose Day Cream x

  • Alexandra

    My husband gets dry patches on his face, too, but what does the trick is a prescription from the dermatologist. Not sure what the name of the medicine is… it’s a long, generic name, and it’s probably marketed as something different here in the US. But it really helps the dry skin on his eyelids. Maybe ask your dermatologist? It only cost about $10 for the bottle since it’s generic now.

  • Victoria

    Hi Anna- I have combo, easily irritated skin and have been using Malin & Goetz vitamin e cream (its oil free but has fatty acids to hydrate and leaves no residue). Also Chantecaille future skin is gorgeous! Its natural and just meshes so well with the skin, long lasting too. Both from Space Nk obvs 😉 x

  • Bossy Thing

    I can’t live without the Cetaphil moisturiser! It’s the best. It makes my skin feel so soft and amazing <3 the Witch BB Cream is brilliant also!

  • I consider you my enabler Anna – I would say 80% of my wishlist has come from your blog posts. Thanks for making me eternally poor!!

    Also, I’ve started using the Mario Badescu Hyaluronic Moisturiser – its rich and nourishing for my dehydrated skin (it is winter here in Aus. afterall) but not heavy or greasy which is great because I also get really oily during the day. My sister also has dehydrated skin but she is really sensitive as well and she is loving their Kera Moisturiser. As for dry patches I generally reach for pure argan oil but you may find it too heavy for around your eyes.

  • Alisha

    Anna i have pretty bad psoraisis in a myriad of places but the one place i have nearly managed to cure is my face. I actually have your skin care series to thank for that because you taught me the importance of skincare.
    My psoraisis actually stared on my eyes and im so scared of steroid creams from the damage theyve done to my mother that i actually refuse to use them.

    My eyelids arent much of an issue anymore but around the nose and mouth can be shocking. I also have it where under wear sits around my torso and waist its just so sexy.
    I find a really light exfoliation, yes even on the eyes followed by rosehip oil and benefit moisturisor (i have freaking tried them all this is the best) is my best remedy
    Sometimes if i have been slack and the plaques are super stubborn an extra step of vaseline to keep it all in can help at times
    The key is getting rid of those yucky flakes
    Hope this was of some help cos you have truly changed my life and make up applications, as well as broken my bank :p

  • Ece

    Anna you must get Essie’s No Chips Ahead. It takes some time to dry so I use a few drops of OPI’s Drip Dry on top. I swear it even makes Chanel polishes last 7 days with no chips at all! Xx