Serum aside, I’ve always loved mixing my skincare up: it has to suit my mood, match the day I’ve just spend or simply meet my skin needs. Yet last February, my skin proved me wrong and got really upset: I believe it got lost somewhere along the many deluxe samples I was trying to go through. And so, just like that, I have given up my skincare mishmash and chosen an evening skincare routine instead.

Since I couldn’t change my habit of not having any overnight, I have kept my wide choice of cleansers, masks and acid toners: as most cleansers don’t truly influence or affect the skin and masks or acids always tackle a specific skin issue, it seems fair to me. From mist to lip balm, however, I stick to a simple routine. While most mists do not achieve much except prepping the skin for the following skincare steps, my sensitive skin truly relies on the Elemis Soothing Apricot Toner -review- to bring back the comfort it has lost throughout the day or sometimes throughout the double cleanse and/or acid toner. Its apricot scent also has the same effect on me: I got used to it and it almost acts as the signal which tells me to stop the overthinking in the evening. I was already faithful to the Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum in my skincare mishmash days, so I naturally keep using it. Everything about it, from its texture to its rich content in Hyaluronic acid, agrees with my skin, and if I try to do without it, my skin experiences dehydration, dullness and sensitivity. It’s one of the few skincare icons which deserve their cult status!

Also rich in Hyaluronic acid, the La Roche-Posay Hydraphase Intense Yeux has both the perfect light consistency and dose of hydration for my young eyes. And if I hate myself for saying that, there isn’t no better way to describe its fresh, gel texture than to compare it with a cold glass of water. Also from La Roche-Posay, the Toleriane Ultra Intense Soothing Care -review- is my newest addition. In a simple fashion, it soothes my skin, nourishes it and generally takes care of its sensitivity, from breakouts and skin texture to redness and discomfort. The Mixa Soin des Lèvres Anti-Dessèchement -more about it-  is another example of simple skincare: it simply yet efficiently nourishes and beautifies my lips. Finally, the Guerlain Midnight Secret Late Night Recovery Treatment -review- is the only exception I allow myself when I know my following night will be a short one. If I’m not sure how it does it, it is the only skincare treatment which truly erases the fatigue on my skin: overnight, my skin becomes as smooth and soft as the cream itself, it is fresh and healthy looking.

Overall, the consistency I have chosen to put in my skincare routine has definitely resulted in a much more consistent skin itself. It means that I am never badly surprised with what I see in the mirror first thing in the morning or once my makeup is off: my skin is clearer, healthier and its sensitivity is reduced to almost nothing. That being said, a skincare lover remains a skincare lover. I will forever want to try new things, but I believe I will now do it with more moderation than before.


  • I try not to use too many different skincare products as well. At the moment, at night I usually alternate between a Retinol serum and a Vitamin C one, but that’s about it.

    • That sounds like a great routine! I actually need to incorporate some Retinol in my routine, I’m just not sure where to begin…

  • I try to be consistent in my routine as well, and it helps to know the ingredients so you don´t have to stick too much to a product, but get to test slightly different formulations. The Estée Lauder ANRII one is one I enjoy as well, it has been repurchased, and that means a lot from a hoarder like me.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    • I’ve actually visited my Boots and Sephora accounts to see how many ANR I’ve bought and the total was 7, knowing that I also always receive one for my birthday and for Christmas, I was quite impressed with myself! I agree: knowing the ingredients definitely helps as well!

      • 7? Wow, I think I come up to three, but one was a gigantic bottle that I only ever found in duty free in Singapore and that lasted me for more than a year.

        • Yes, most of mine were 30 ml bottles so it might explain why they were so many of them!

  • Yna

    I love the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum but it’s so expensive that I hate when I run out of it D: I also want to try a La Roche-Posay serum soon!

    this is yna | a petites fashion, beauty, and lifestyle blog

    • Yes, it always hurt when a bottle is empty! The LRP Hydraphase Intense Serum is actually as lovely as the Intense Yeux I have featured in this post! I’ve used it for about two years and I was very happy with it! In fact it also feels like a giant glass of water for the skin! Thank you for reading 🙂

  • I’m very loyal to ANR too – that’s a staple in my routine. Recently, my skin broke out and was very angry after I tried a moisturiser that I was sent so I’ve gone back to basics with my routine as that’s ultimately what makes it happier xx


    • Going back to basics always seems to work! I believe the combination of the ANR and the LRP Toleriane Ultra Intense Soothing Care is truly what saved my skin and I’m really glad about it as there is nothing worse that knowing that we are responsible for our skin’s issues, isn’t it?

  • I’m curious about Elemis’ Soothing Apricot Toner, especially as you’ve mentioned it’s kind of sensitive skin. Waking up feeling good about your skin is definitely worth the effort of using/trying various products, I agree!

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

    • When it comes to soothing sensitive skins, this is the best mist I’ve tried so far, I highly recommend it! It is! Thank you for commenting 🙂

  • Kate

    I find that my skin continually keeps me guessing. It will love a certain routine for a few months, then it will start to look bad and I’ll have to change it up again! Advanced Night Repair is a great product. x

    Kate Louise Blogs

    • It is! Yes, I think it is important to stick to a routine, yet, at the same time, we shouldn’t be afraid to change it every now and then!

  • These are some awesome products! I want to incorporate them into my nightime routine. Anything that nourishes and provides extra moisture is awesome in my book.

  • I switch my cleansers, serums and moisturizers according to how my skin feels as well. I have a long extensive list of products that I want to try from La Roche Posay but top of my list is Toleraine Night lotion, the ingredient list is remarkable.

    • The Toleriane Night Lotion? I haven’t seen that one, but I will check it out! I’m actually thinking of doing a blog post all about my favourite LRP skincare, would you find it helpful?

      • Yes, it’s in a blue bottle instead of white. And yes please! I would love to read a post on all your favourite LRP skincare!

        • Great, I will try to do that and I will check out this blue bottle, I’m very intrigued now 🙂

  • The Elemis toner sounds great, i would like to try more from this brand x

    • It is and I love this brand, everything I’ve tried from Elemis has been very impressive so far, but I also want to try more!

  • Wow your skin looks gorgeous, La Roche Posay do some amazing skincare, the Elemis Soothing Apricot Toner sounds gorgeous as well. I have been loving toners lately I feel like they make such a difference to my skin. Fantastic post xxx

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

    • Oh thank you 🙂 Elemis and La Roche-Posay are both very dear to me, I just love everything I’ve tried from them and my skin truly relies on them, yet at the same time, there is still a lot to experiment with, both of the ranges are so wide! Thank you!

  • The Sunday Mode

    I wish I had the same luck the Estee Lauder night repair, for me it felt so rich on my skin I felt like it was going to break me out so I never really properly tried it only just patch tested. I tried it again not too long ago as well and I still think it feels so rich! Maybe it’s just me not being used to an oil like that for my face, you know?

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

    • As it is a serum and targets more dehydration than dryness, I don’t believe it is a very heavy product, the consistency might seem a little bit much but you only need the tiniest amount! Did you try the oil version or the regular one (which is more of a sticky water/very liquidey gel consistency)?

      • The Sunday Mode

        I honestly have no idea which one I tried!

        • The oil version is quite a recent addition, but the original is definitely more on the watery side of things, hence why I believe you’ll love it! Now, having said that, I don’t know your skin (as a reference, mine is normal with a tendency to get quite sensitive and dehydrated), but the ANR is really targeted to all skin types 🙂

  • I’m a big fan of La Roche-Posay. It’s obviously working as your skin looks fab x
    Becca | theBeautyInbox