Skincare Wishlist #1

My iCloud “Notes” app has a lot - LOT - of lists. Lists of things to do, lists of things I mean to do, lists of things I’ve done, and of course lists of things I quite fancy buying. At the moment, probably since the seasons they are a-changing, I’ve been making a few lists about skincare I’m hankering after recently. So, partly to categorise and share the products that have got me interested, and partly to scare myself off how expensive most of this stuff is, here I present my first skincare wish list. The image below is clickable.

Elemis // Papaya Enzyme Peel // £29.50 Korres // Vanilla, Freesia & Lychee Showergel // £9.00 Korres // Coconut Milk Showergel Clinique // Even Better Eyes // £29.00 Oskia // Renaissance Mask // £48.50 Sunday Riley // Ceramic Slip Cleanser // £35.00 Bobbi Brown // Extra Bright Advanced Moisture Cream // £62.50 Omorovicza // Queen of Hungary Mist // £46.00 Fig + Yarrow // Mustard Soak // £19.73 NUDE // Progenius // £58.00

1. Elemis Papaya Enzyme PeelStarting off with the only repurchase in this list, I’ve been without this mask for a while now and I really miss it. I never thought I’d get away with using something with the word “peel” in the title due to my sensitive skin, but this is so gentle and gets rid of any dead skin or dry patches on my forehead and cheeks. It also smells AMAZING. Definite repurchase.

2. Korres Shower Gels - I’ve already talked about how much I like these showergels from Korres here, and now I’m running low on the more winter-scented fragrances I’m now keen to try a couple of springier ones. There’s such a great range of scents available, and the Coconut Milk and Vanilla, Freesia & Lychee in particular have got me intrigued, so I’ll need to organise a Korres pilgrimage soon to have a sniff and probably buy (at least) a couple in the near future.

3. Clinique Even Better Eyes Dark Circle CorrectorI have mixed feelings about Clinique, especially their skincare, but I’ve heard some quite good things about this eye cream. I’m always looking for an effective dark circle treatment, and although this is supposed to be quite good I often find eye creams in particular to promise the world but deliver little. However, since I’m getting towards the bottom of my Origins one GinZing, if you’re wondering, I might give this a go. Maybe.

4. Oskia Renaissance MaskSO PRICEY. Fifty quid is such a lot to pay for a face mask, but I have read such great things about this product and I do so love to have a luxurious mask on whilst having a bubble bath, that I feel myself being drawn irrevocably closer to purchasing this and thus bankruptcy. This promises to treat and resurface the skin, revealing bright skin and fighting blemishes. I will really, really, really try not to buy this.

5. Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip CleanserAnother product I’ve heard great things about and am curious to try. I usually steer clear of foaming cleansers, but this one is gel based and sounds quite different, and I’ve never tried anything from luxe brand Sunday Riley. Probably won’t buy outright, but will be stealthily angling for a sample of this next time I’m in Space NK…

6. Bobbi Brown Extra Bright Advanced Moisture Cream - Tooooo expensive, Bobbi! I’ve waxed lyrical about Bobbi Brown make-up before, but skincare-wise I’ve only ever tried an eye cream from their range, by which I was pleasantly surprised. I’m keen to try more, and although I don’t have particularly dull skin since spring is coming round I’m after a bit of brightness since it certainly isn’t in the sky yet, but I don’t think this is quite intriguing me enough to fork out £60.00.

7. Omorovizca Queen of Hungary MistJust when I thought I couldn’t justify buying the Caudalie Beauty Elixir any more because £30.00 was just too much for a facial spray, this product comes along. As much as I like to think I’m not, I’m clearly a sucker for hype and history, and I really can’t help wanting to give this a shot. Reportedly a beauty recipe from the 14th century, this is appealing to the history geek in me that I haven’t experienced since Lipstick Queen’s “Medieval”. If I cave one day, I sense immediate buyer’s remorse: and if not, an unhealthily expensive addiction.

8. Fig + Yarrow Mustard SoakAs much as I love Etsy, I’m yet to try any beauty products purchased from its independent sellers… but I think I’ve found the first to give a go. Soaking in a mustard bath makes me think of treatments for fevers in the Enid Blyton books I would read as a kid, and I reckon this would be a experience, especially as a foot bath. Their Floral Milk and Cardamom Coffee formulas also sound lovely. An almost definite future purchase.

9. NUDE ProGeniusI had a sample of this treatment oil from Space NK about a year ago, and it still haunts me. In the two or three weeks I eked out every possible drop from the sample, my skin was bright, calm and blemish free. Containing lots of omega oils, this plumps and clears the skin, and I think whilst I was using this my skin was the best it’s been since my taken-for-granted skin of youth. To make sure it’s as good as I remember I’m hankering for another sample of this before diving in with a purchase I can’t really justify. An accident waiting to happen, I fear.

So these are all the skincare things I’m currently trying not to buy, but really want to. Please let me know what’s on your skincare wishlist in the comments: as much as I don’t need to, I love adding new things to try to the list.