I have a confession to make. One previously declared on my blog (despite numerous resolutions and attempts to change my ways). I don’t have a skin-care routine. I take my make-up off before bed using a quick swipe of a make-up wipe, but that’s on a good day. I have so many different cleansers, toners, moisturizer, face washes and exfoliators, and since I’m always trying something different, I never really stick to a routine. Well, that’s my excuse anyway.
If I am ever going to stick to a routine at all, it needs to be simple to use and easy to incorporate into my everyday life. No fiddling about with hundreds of different bottles. Luckily, I was recently able to try out Decleor’s 4 Piece Divine Skincare Collection, which features 4 travel size skincare products and 2 muslin cloths, all neatly packaged in a lovely white wash bag. I couldn’t wait to give it a go. And, in just four easy steps – it’s not time consuming either.
1. Aroma Cleanse
I adore BB creams, secretly love 2 in 1 shampoo and conditioning products and carry round my hydrating (yet colour pigmented) lip balm with me everywhere. In essence, I absolutely love multi-functional products, as they make life just that little bit easier, so I was pleased to see that this kit featured a 3 in 1 cleansing, toning and smoothing mousse, which takes off make-up, hydrates skin and tones. You simply lather a small amount of the cream in water, apply to your face in a circular motion and rinse off. It couldn’t be any easier. The effects, quite literally (despite minimal effort) feel like you have cleansed, toned and used a make-up wipe, so I was pretty impressed. With a fresh, soap like scent – it’s not the most fruity or enlivening of smells, but you definitely feel clean and refreshed after using it. And it doesn’t smell artificial, it’s very natural and fresh.
2. Flower Nectar Moisturising Cream
After cleansing your face, add a small amount of this cream to your finger and apply all over your face. Again, with a very fresh but not overpowering scent, this product does leave you feeling very refreshed and awake, but if you prefer more fruity or citrus-y smells for your moisturiser, this doesn’t necessarily cater for this. With a non-oily, light texture, this cream sinks into your skin immediately and gets to work hydrating and softening the skin on your face within an instant. Usually, I have to leave my moisturiser on for five minutes before applying my foundation, but this one is much quicker, making the morning routine a lot less time consuming.
3. Essential Serum
I am not a huge skin serum fan, as I find them quite oily and difficult to apply. However, giving this one the benefit of the doubt (oh, aren’t I kind), I used a little amount on my face, before applying make-up, mainly in the areas that I find are the most dry and then dabbed any excess oiliness with the muslin cloth. I actually found it to be fantastic with regards to hydrating and illuminating and I shall definitely be adding this into my daily routine a little more!
1. Aroma Cleanse (see above)
2. Night Beauty Cream
I found the night moisturiser to be much lighter than the day hydrating cream, which is great – as I tend to need a little more help during the day at keeping my skin soft and protected, than I do during the night. Still with a fresh, non-oily texture, this product is really effective at banishing any dry patches – but it feels much lighter on your skin and is much nicer to sleep in.
3. Essential Serum (see above)
Overall, I found the kit to be extremely easy to use and since it’s all packaged nicely in a cute little washbag – I found myself getting into the habit of using each of the products morning and night. I’m travelling quite a lot in April (I’m off to Spain, a fitness boot camp and Bath) so this is going to be perfect for taking away with me, and not using the fact I am out and about as an excuse not to keep up the good habit!
The Decleor 4 Piece Collection can be found on QVC’s website here – and is priced at a very affordable £19.68.