The Skincare Products That I’ll Never Be Without

…and that I’ve already had for years


Whilst researching for Sunday’s video (it’s a throwback one and I think you’re going to like it), I discovered the depths of old skool VDM reviews that surprisingly featured a lot of products that I still use all these years later. Bizarrely a lot of them are from the skincare genre and are ones that I’ve had in my routine for a solid three years plus. Isn’t that a bit nuts? So to go with today’s vlog that features my current morning and evening skincare routines, I thought I’d highlight the oldies but goodies as my line-up right now skews more to things that I haven’t used for as long.

Just a little disclaimer about my skin. I’d say that I’m normal-ish in terms of greasiness with some dehydration on my cheeks and forehead, with the odd crinkle around my eyes and on my forehead. I’m thankfully *touches wood* pretty lucky on the blemish front, but I do tend to get a couple cropping up around that time of the month and constantly have a colony of blackheads on my chin. Now that’s a nice mental image for ya, isn’t it?


Clarins Instant Eye Makeup Remover. If I had a penny for every time I’d answered a tweet that asked what I use to remove my waterproof mascara and I replied with this, well I could probably repurchase another bottle of it. I do like the La Roche Posay Respectissime Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover, but sometimes I just love the greasiness of this and actually it’s what I’m using again now because I had a back-up in my drawers. Out of all the skincare items that I’ve repurchased over the years, this is definitely the one that I’ve repurchased the most. Easily. It melts makeup off – be it waterproof of not – and leaves me nice and clean and ready for a cleanse.

OSKIA Renaissance Cleansing Gel. Do I even need to go into this one? I know I’ve been distracted by the Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser (I’m two thirds through my second bottle), but I’ll always have a special place in my heart for this badboy. It’s the OG (I just learnt what OG stands for and now I’m trying to get it into every single thing I write)! The former is still the best when it comes to a facial massage cleansing aid and I still sometimes reach for it particularly when my skin is dehydrated. I see me recruiting this back into my routine for winter.

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair. I don’t use this as often as I once used to (back in the day I’d stock up with the super-size travel exclusives whenever I was at the airport), but it’s still a product that I like to have on standby. The reason for that is, is that it’s a great ‘calmer-down’ for my skin whenever it’s feeling irritated, be it blemish-ridden, red or severely dry. It’s one of those formulas that I just know works for me and isn’t going to exacerbate the problem, but instead ease it off. It’s the classic serum that I compare all serums I try against. It’s not the sexiest feeling, but there’s a slight tackiness that gives hydration to my skin and it layers so well with whatever I apply over the top. It’s a gem.


Glossier Priming Moisturiser Rich. Out of all the items mentioned here, this is the newest addition to the crew (April 2017 to be exact), but I’ve just cracked open my second tub of the stuff and I just haven’t felt this strongly about a moisturiser in a really long time. Before moisturiser was the skincare item that I always flitted around with, I just hadn’t found one that I loved and often substituted it anyway for oils or self-tanning lotions. Then this came along and it just feels exactly like what my skin needs right now. It’s hydrating, it’s emollient, I feel like my skin looks positively beaming in the morning, but it’s not heavy nor claggy on the skin. It just feels fresh. I love it so much that I’ve been applying in the AM and the PM too.

Clarins Self Tanning Lotion. I feel like this might be the 1867th mention of this product on my blog because I think I used this from my early, early days of blogging. I always feel a little more comfortable makeup-less if there’s a touch of warmth to my skin and whenever I’ve put on a layer before bed, the next morning I feel like my skin looks healthier and my redness is reduced because I’m a bit more evened out. This never streaks, smells funny or stains anything and instead it’s just like applying any old moisturiser on my skin. It’s so easy and foolproof and I’m easily into double-figures when it comes to repurchasing.


Origins Clear Improvements Mask. You know when you’re hormonal and each time you look in the mirror you discover a brand new pulsating pimple that’s cropped and you don’t quite know where to turn? This is where I head. I remember using this back in my early blogging days because the price-point of it is fairly reasonable compared to others on the market. These days I find it too stripping to use all over, but it’s pretty great for targeting specific areas. Save yourself the pennies and screw the weird rubberised peel-off masks that do absolutely nothing for blemishes and blackheads, and pick up this instead.

Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask. I picked this up during a Sephora trip when I was in New York for NYE back in 2014, which makes me think that I really should retire this tub and pick up another *shudders*. Whenever my chin is feeling lumpy and bumpy and particularly blackhead-ridden, this is what I reach for. I rinse it off after about 10 minutes and my skin feels baby smooth underneath that I can stop touching it (and the blackhead cycle continues). Being a sensitive soul, this does leave my face a little red so I tend to use it in the evenings, but it’s such a good prep product. I whip this out whenever I need to up my radiance game, which is at least two times a week because otherwise I have the lustre of a yogurt lid.

Photos by Lauren Shipley



  • Philippa

    I love finding products that just suit your skin so well that you never want to use anything else. A product I’ll probably use until it’s no longer made is the naturally radiant hot cloth cleanser. It removes makeup, doesn’t sting my eyes, and is super budget friendly! (:
    Philippa x

  • I bought the Advanced Night Repair serum and the pumpkin enzyme mask based off your recommendations and love them both. Thank you.

  • The Advanced Nigh Repair and the Clarins Self Tanning Lotion are tings I have repurchased several times as well, it is so nice to have them ro fall back on when my skin isn’t cooperating.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  • I’ve just invested in my first oskia cleanser and absolutely love it, so worth spending the money on. Also would love to try the clarins lotion and the origins mask, I have the out of trouble one but really like the look of the charcoal and I get horrible hormonal spots so sounds perfect for that! looking forward to watching the video x

  • I’ve wanted to update my skin care routine for a while now and you included some really good suggestions! I was thinking about the Kiehls night serum but I might give the Estee Lauder one a go as well x

  • kforkarli

    Lustre of a yoghurt lid – too good!

  • Love this post – telling me what’s really worth buying & i luvs it xxx

  • Desperate to try the pumpkin mask

  • I’ll definitely have to try out the Pumpkin Mask!
    Liv| fairyfondant

  • I cannot wait to see this throwback VDM video! I watched your videos (almost) from the beginning, so it will be so nostalgic for me!

    Lynnsay x

  • Great choices. I love a good pumpkin mask!

  • I haven’t tried any of these products, but I’ve heard great things about that pumpkin mask!

    Kendal // Life With Kendal

  • I really would love to try the Peter Thomas masks, they always look SO good! xxx

    • Anne Capitant

      Sephora has sets of smaller (but still quite decent sized ones) of usually 5 of them at a time. That’s how I got mine. It’s called their Mask-A-Holic kit ($75 USD), but they have mini sets as well called their Mask Sampler Kit ($25 USD).

  • The Oskia Renaissance cleansing gel has been raved about so much, I’d love to try it out. It’s interesting to see the products you always get back to. In skincare I like to have a few good products instead of trying out a lot of them, as I’d be scared to stress out my skin too much!

    Julia x
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  • Julia Deutschen

    I love the pictures of this post! So beauitful.
    I´ve heard so much about the Oskia cleansing gel and I would love to try it out!

    xx Julia

  • bfunkified

    No Sarah Chapman? I just ordered the Oskia because our product tendencies seem to overlap and I so look forward to using it!

  • I have just started using the Night Repair Oil and I am loving it too. I was keen to try Peter Thomas Roth’s Pumpkin mask but ended up with the gold one and the Irish Moor mud masks instead. I am happy to say that I really liked them both, particularly the mud. So good!
    xx Jenelle

    • Anne Capitant

      The Irish Moor Mud Mask is amazeballs.

  • I must try both of these masks! I don’t get spots very often either but on the occasion that I do I feel like I battle to get rid of them and often find myself in the same blackhead cycle as you!

    Freya |

    • Anne Capitant

      The Origins mask in combo with the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion has worked wonders on my blemishes!

      • Thank you for the tip! I’ve heard a lot about the Drying Lotion too, I must try this combination!

  • Great products!!

  • tinyteathings

    I’d love to try the cleansing gel and the night repair! I’ve been on the hunt for a good cleanser. I get blemishes every now and then but also have very dry skin around my nose paired with oily skin on my forehead. It’s truly a great time.

    I’ve also been really into gel moisturizers, like the Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench. What are your thoughts?

  • Osaka Cleanser for life! 🙂

  • I need some of these in my life!

  • Wow! Some major throwbacks in there.

  • Daria Ed
  • That Origins Mask sounds like something I need right now, my skin is looking gross! Great post as always x

    Tiffany Tales | Lifestyle & Beauty

    • Anne Capitant

      They have a lot of sales for it as well, and they have travel sizes available to buy if you want to try it out. I highly recommend it!

  • Origins was a game changer for me!

  • SKrishna

    It doesn’t sound like you need a new mask, but I swear: the Lush Mask of Magnaminty is incredible, and is basically the only face mask I’ll ever need….I do sometimes switch it up with the Kiehls Cranberry and Tumeric brightening one, but the Lush one is INCREDIBLE. You have to try it!

  • Anne Capitant

    The PTR Pumpkin mask and the Origin’s Charcoal mask are definitely on my long-term relationship list. Even if the PTR one is a bit rough on my sensitive skin, as long as I follow it up with either a calming mask or super-rich moisturizer, the redness calms down. The Origins one is amazing for just getting everything out that shouldn’t be there (though the PTR Irish Moor mask has been edging that one out lately) and the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion in combo with that is amazing as that’s the only spot treatment that’s ever been effective for me.

    Makeup-remover wise, I have my own holy grail duo, both from The Body Shop- the Camomile Waterproof Eye and Lip Makeup Remover followed by the Camomile Silky Cleansing Makeup Remover Oil. They’re pretty budget friendly, but also I’m on some medication for a long-term illness that makes my skin ridiculously over-sensitive and these are the only makeup removers that don’t freak my skin out.

    Cleanser-wise, I’ve been using the First Aid Beauty one for ages now (though I don’t know if they’re in the UK yet) along with their Ultra Repair Hydrating Serum and Ultra Repair Cream (all scent-free, dye free, etc) though I am trying to switch them out for cheaper options because medical bills, and some CeraVe and Cetaphil stuff has been promising so may knock those off the #1 spot, though if I had the $$$ I’d stick with FAB forever.

  • HarrisonBeach

    Genuinely looking forward to my Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser to be finished so I can go back to my Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel… That’ll forever be my number 1!!

  • FAB post as always Anna! I love the Oskia cleanser but will defo be trying out the Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser when it comes to the UK! I definitely couldn’t be without my Zelens Power D Drops and Sachajuan Sea Mist! Love the sound of the PTR Pumpkin Mask too! xx

  • I have to try the Clarins one 🙂
    Miki xx

  • Gemma R

    how light/gradual is the face tan, as I have really pale skin and don’t want to wake up looking orange!?

  • Leah

    Can’t live without ANR, Kiehls midnight recovery oil and Baume de Rose! So excited to try Glossier. Ps. Please do a review of the new Nars liquid lipsticks

  • Celina

    I LOVE the pumpkin mask by PTR – I use it once a week and think it is amazing for smoothing out textured skin and really giving it a nice exfoliation. My absolute favorite serum is Lancome Visionnaire – i’m on my 6th or 7th bottle (and i purchase the large size). It so smoothing and feels great. I completely agree with you that the Clarins eye makeup remove is the best on the market for removing waterproof makeup. You introduced me to the Clarins gradual face tan a few years ago and i still use it 🙂 Keep up the great work <3