My Shelfie by Alexandra Aallexxy


Welcome to My Shelfie where once a week each member of brownbeauty will show you all the gems on their bathroom shelf. First up for the Shelfie interrogation is Alexandra Aallexxy. I have an influx of items on my bathroom shelf, samples from beauty boxes, Gift With Purchase, review items etc, but I will focus on the ones I currently use.

Morning I cleanse my face, after lathering up with the Soap and Glory Pulp-Friction Foaming Fruity Body scrub or my new acquisition SBC Gels Vitamin ACE Shower Gel. I then use my Foreo Luna* Cleansing Device with the Vichy Purifying Foaming Cream Cleanser, I bought this after using up my Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser. I was perusing the aisle of boots looking for a new cleanser, and liked the sound a Foaming Cream Cleanser that cleans without stripping.

I love to exfoliate so I use the Indeed Labs Facial Powdered Exfoliator about two or three times a week, it’s a great chemical and mild physical exfoliant that can be used alone or mixed in with your cleanser. I’ve recently run out of La Roche-Posay Serozinc Toner, which I’ve repurchased many times and will again, I used this to hydrate my skin. I follow this with Sarah Chapman's Intense Hydration Booster, I tend to use boosters like this in the winter to stave off dehydration. I follow this with the Radical Skincare Eye Revive Cream, a sample I acquired from a Keziah Connections event and has been going strong ever since.

A very new addition is the Antonia Burrell Radiant Light Facial Serum Oil, it’s so light that I wear it under makeup with no problems. I layer on Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentre, which is more suited to my skin in the cooler months, I found this too heavy when I purchased it from SpaceNK in the summer. LipGlam has replaced the Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream Skin Protectant to moisturise my lips, prepping them for any lip products to follow.

For my body I slab on SBC Gels Vitamin ACE Skin Care Gel mixed with the Deciem Hand Chemistry Retin-Oil both of which are new acquisitions. The Retin-Oil is a dry oil that delivers high concentrations of Vitamin A and C to the skin, targeting scars, stretch marks, ageing and dehydration. I have to say it does not smell pleasant, but thankfully the smell dissipates quickly.

Alexandra Shelfie

Evening I remove my initial layer of make-up with a face wipe and/or Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution, which is also use to remove eye make-up. Then I use Emma Hardie’s Moringa Cleansing Balm, which I have used up a whole tub of previously and love. The accompanying dual sided cloth is fab, the massaging action encourages circulation while the use of the cloth aids exfoliation.

I’ve recently incorporated Antonia Burrell’s Natural Glow Cleansing Oil, so far so good, most days I use one or the other, but have been known to use both. I love to use an acid toner in the evenings for daily gentle chemical exfoliation, currently I’m using the Ole Henriksen Pick Me Up Tonic-Mist, I prefer to spray it on a cotton pad rather than misting or I’ll use Alpha H Liquid Gold if my skin is in need.

I use the same eye cream and serum as I do in the morning, but follow with Sarah Chapman’s Skinesis Overnight Facial Oil, which is absolutely divine. Over this I apply the SBC Gels Vitamin ACE Day and Night Cream, I had never used anything from this brand puntil I received this to review for brownbeauty, I absolutely love it, hence the above purchases from the range. I finish with a slick of the Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream or LipGlam, to wake with plump soft lips.

I also love to use a good face mask and have tried many, some of my favourites are the Omorovicza Deep Cleansing Mask, which is a mud mask and great for really deep cleaning the skin and pores, which I have currently run out of. Or the Eau Thermale Avene Cleanance Mask Scrub, this is a clay mask that unclogs pores and exfoliates in as little as five minutes, always great when my skin needs a good and quick kick up the backside. LOL

Do you use any of the products on Alexandra's Shelfie?

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