For a solid chunk of time, my main skincare obsessions have been masks and oils. Both feel luxurious, they’re all about texture, indulgence and ritual. Throughout my teens I was fairly haphazard about skincare, apart from trying to remember SPF. When I hit my early twenties I became strict about makeup removal and sun protection, and started researching products with the glassy eyed fervour of someone who likes to make a lot of lists. For me, skincare isn’t just about looking good, it’s a sensory experience, it’s meditative. I suspect I’m not the only one that feels this way. My ever-growing wish list is about enjoyment, results, the process, the story. Let’s dive in to this oil and mask heavy list.
TATCHA // VIOLET-C RADIANCE MASK
I’ve tried this mask in a mini size and I’ve been treasuring it like the purple jewel that it is. It’s velvety, shiny and violet hued. It’s all about the glow, which makes it the perfect pre-event treatment. I desperately want this in a larger size because I know it delivers.
FARMACY // HONEY POTION RENEWING ANTIOXIDANT HYDRATION MASK
They had me at ‘honey potion’. I’ve been seeing this all over my feed on instagram, and it sounds like a truly luxurious sensory experience. It’s winter in Australia, which is tough on the skin. Honey is such a healing ingredient, it’s something I love having in the cupboard and incorporating it into my skincare routine is highly appealing.
CHANTECAILLE // JASMINE LILY HEALING MASK
Chantecaille have the most beautifully floral-scented products, and I covet almost everything they make. This mask is made to soothe and protect, while having a beautiful scent. You can also use it as an overnight mask, which I really appreciate since it can feel quite emotionally painful to wash off an expensive mask.
MAY LINDSTROM SKINCARE // THE PROBLEM SOLVER CORRECTING MASK
May Lindstrom is a name I’m hearing a lot these days, so naturally I’ve been reading up on these luxurious and apparently highly effective products! The Problem Solver is a powder formula, which I absolutely love. You can mix up as much as you need and know that it’s going to store better than the average mask. It whips up into a lovely soft mousse, and works to correct, heal and detoxify.
DRUNK ELEPHANT // VIRGIN MARULA LUXURY FACE OIL
Another product that I’ve tried already, the DE face oil is free from nasties and is a best friend to sensitive skin. Pure, simple and effective. I found this oil deeply moisturising without feeling at all heavy. It left my skin supple, and I’m keen to get my hands on the larger sizer.
VINTNER’S DAUGHTER // ACTIVE BOTANICAL SERUM
Any skincare lover will have heard of this part oil part serum. It’s packed with vitamins and minerals, which promises to feed the skin, create balance and change your skincare game! It’s also very expensive, which means I haven’t been able to bring myself to get it. I’ve heard it’s truly beautiful to use, so maybe I’ll put it on my Christmas wish list?
CAUDALIE // PREMIER CRU ELIXIR
I’m a Caudalie convert. This grape-based beauty brand has a wide range of products and a great reputation. The Premier Cru Elixir is similar to the Vinter’s Daughter because it’s somewhere in between an oil and a serum. It’s an anti-aging and moisturising product which plumps the skin, and is scented with rose and oak. Heavenly!
In all honesty, my wish list is much longer than this, how about yours? Does anyone have any experience with the pieces I’ve mentioned?
Illustrations featured are by me.