Welcome to my skincare storage (aka where all the magic happens). I'm fortunate to have a built-in medicine cabinet in my bathroom where I can store all my skincare bits and bobs (as well as a few haircare bits). I know to some this may be an insane amount of products for one face (I totally agree), but I'm actually pretty happy with all the items in here that actually serve a purpose.
I've actually been clearing out expired/outdated products and tossing out products I just never reach for, even if it's little by little. You can definitely see in my recent Empties post that I just accepted the truth of the situation and tossed out some products I knew I just would never use / were past their prime. I'm pretty much left with this great mix of items that I love reaching for, which really makes for a more relaxing skincare routine both morning and night. I know it doesn't look like I decluttered anything, but I sure did. I used to have items placed in front of another, stacked sky high on one another, and scattered on top of my counter. I wanted everything to tuck into this space, and I'm working my way through these products and am going to limit myself to the confines of this medicine cabinet for all my skincare bits. I'm also implementing a strict ONE IN-ONE OUT rule. This is the only way to keep my stash in a reasonable situation as I don't want to be spending hard earned $$$ on products that will expire and need to be tossed. And I'm trying to have a system where items aren't stacked on top of one another/placed in front of one another, as I'm less inclined to use a product if I have to move a bunch of products to get to it.
My top shelf is actually reserved for products I don't reach for too often as they are a tad higher for my reach. Here I keep my Tatcha Enzye Rice Polished Powder which I usually reserve for travel as it's easiest to pack without using liquid space. I also have a few travel sized skincare bits behind it which I keep handy. Next to it are two oils, the Dermalogica Phyto Replenish Oil (post here) and the Kiehl's Daily Reviving Concentrate that I use - just not on a regular basis. Next to that is my Caudalie Instant Detox Mask which I absolutely love. I talked a bit about the mask in my skincare edit here. I also have my Milk Makeup Dry Shampoo which by now you guys could probably tell is a new favorite. I don't use this everyday, but I use it to add some oomph to my hair on days when it's looking/feeling a little meh.
I do have (one) stack of products, and that contains a few of my "tub" products. Here are the Pixi Glow Peel Pads - I'm still a bit iffy about these, I can't decide if I like/hate the tingly feeling. I also have the Oskia Renaissance Mask which I like to use when my skin is feeling dry. I'll probably reach for this once we're in the middle of Winter and my skin feels overly dry. I also have my Soap & Glory Righteous Body Butter (Travel Size) which I reserve for when my arms and legs are overly parched feeling - I'll be trying to finish this up in the next few weeks/months. (Usually I also have the Glossier Moisturizing Moon Mask in this stack, but it's currently at my boyfriend's place.)
On the middle shelf I have most of my serums, oils, treatments, and creams. In the corner you can see my TBS Tea Tree Oil which is my favorite treatment for spots. I have a few samples behind it that I'm currently testing out. I have my Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil which I wrote a post on all about here. I use this a few times a week (although I'll admit I haven't reached for it much since I got the Glossier Supers. I do like this oil although the packaging has not held up all too well. The gold band around the dropper has dis-attached and the white part of the dropper is looking a bit yellow (and not so great). Kind of disappointing as this product is on the pricier side.
Smack in the center of this whole cabinet are my beloved Glossier Supers. I mentioned these in my monthly favorites as these have made their way quickly to the top of my skincare favorites. I love pairing Super Pure and Super Bounce at night as these really leave my skin feeling great when I wake up in the morning. I then layer Super Glow on in the morning under my moisturizer for that added boost of glow. If you're debating on these, I would highly recommend getting all 3 as they work wonderfully with one another. It's also cheaper than buying them separately later on. If you're interested in giving these a go, here's a link to get 20% off your first purchase!
Next to my serums/oils are my moisturizers. I have two Origins face creams that I've been alternating between, the GinZing Moisturizer and the Dr. Weil's Mega Bright Moisturizer with SPF 30. The Dr. Weil's moisturizer is a tad heavy and I haven't really enjoyed using it lately. Although it has been warm weather, so perhaps this cooler weather will make me a bit more keen to use this one. The GinZing moisturizer is one of my favorites, I love how lightweight it is yet moisturizing. I love using this on my face and down my neck, and it leaves my skin feeling so so soft. I also have my Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado which I'm slowly making my way through. I used to power through these little pots, but as of late I've been opting out of eye creams. Particularly as of late, I'll pat some of the Glossier Super Bounce around my eyes.
On the bottom shelf I have some of my larger bits, including some hair products that I reach for on a daily basis. The It's a 10 Miracle Leave-In + Keratin is a firm favorite and really keeps my hair soft and manageable. Tucked in the back is a Kerastase Smoothing Oil which I use on my hair when it's feeling extremely dry or frizzy. Of course I have my Pixi Glow Tonic because I'm smitten with it and needed the full size in my life. Tucked next to that is my Lush Tea Tree Water which is on it's last leg - it's a good lightweight spritz that I reach for when my skin is feeling a bit fussy and needs something to help balance things out.
I then have a few of my standing face products. The Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer smells deliciously of coconut and it is great to apply before applying makeup. I usually like to keep this here as I tend to wash my hands after applying all my face products, and this does feel a bit greasy on the fingers and I don't want to be smudging fingerprints all over my makeup bits. I sometimes even use it solely as a moisturizer when I'm not wearing makeup - it definitely does what its name suggests. Tucked behind that is the Kiehl's Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate which helps give that smooth skin finish and is great for those no-makeup days. Sometimes I even treat it as a primer as it is also great for giving that smooth makeup application over after. I've been using this almost daily for the last 6 months and I think I may finally be nearing the end - definitely great bang for your buck.
Next to those are my prized Tata Harper bits. I recently picked up the Reparative Moisturizer as I heard some rave reviews on it. I'm not sure if I'm 100% sold on it but I do like that it does not contain sulfates and parabens, and does not leave an oily residue on my face afterwards. I'm not sure if this is really a rich moisturizer, but dry Fall/Winter skin is coming so I'll be sure to let you guys know how it works. I also have the Regenerating Cleanser which I use every other day, or every few days, in the morning. It gives my skin a welcomed boost in the morning (I also really find it smells like Fruity Pebbles - anyone else?). And last but not least are my eye makeup removers (Bobbi Brown is my fav) on the bottom right shelf as those are the items I reach for the most.
Whew that was kind of a long one. I hope you enjoyed reading this post! Let's chat - what does your skincare setup look like? How do you take measures to make sure that your setup doesn't get out of control?