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john lewis autumn skincare products

I’ve filmed a lovely video with John Lewis, all about Autumn skincare and pepping up your routine by adding in little beauty treats to prepare for the colder weather. You can watch that video here but I wanted to have a run through the products, because some of them are relatively new to me and I do love a mini review!

john lewis autumn skincare products

John Lewis had put together a really gorgeous selection of luxurious beauty products with pretty much every skincare step covered, as well as a little SOS fix for those emergency “misbehaving skin” days. Here’s what was in the line-up:

john lewis autumn skincare products

Eve Lom Gel Balm Cleanser

Eve Lom’s cleanser has had a bit of a facelift with this new, mineral-oil-free version. The original is a constant bestseller but the Gel Balm, with its convenient pump and silky texture just knocks that one out of the park. It does a great job of dissolving makeup, is easy to remove with a flannel and doesn’t leave your skin feeling dry after rinsing.

lancome precious cells rose lotion

Lancôme Absolue Precious Cells Rose Lotion

Essences are becoming more and more popular here in the UK; used pre-serum and post-toner (if that’s something you have in your routine) they are a lightweight way of adding in a bit of extra hydration, if your skin is feeling a bit weather-beaten.

lancome precious cells rose lotion

It feels very indulgent using an essence – probably because we’re so used to the cleanser-toner-moisturiser or cleanser-serum-moisturiser routine – and even more so with this one from Lancôme thanks to its rose petal extracts and heavy glass bottle.


john lewis autumn skincare products

Clarins Double Serum

My Mum has been an almost compulsive user of Clarins Double Serum ever since it launched (she’s on bottle number 7243) and so it was only a matter of time before her enthusiasm for it rubbed off on me. It’s a pretty comprehensive formula that tackles dehydration, fine lines and helps to make everything look just that bit more even and toned.

john lewis autumn skincare products

The old formula had a mineral oil base, this one doesn’t, and there’s also a nifty new selector on the lid that means you can pump out a full dose or a quick half dose to mix serum into face cream, should you be short of time. (I slather on so much that I’ve never even considered halving the dose, but my Mum will be pleased!)

john lewis autumn skincare products

Origins Three Part Harmony Day and Night Eye Cream Duo

A lighter, more refreshing cream for morning application and a richer, more nourishing texture to use overnight. Handy, and the two parts do feel quite different, both in effect and to apply. The night is my preferred side, so I can envisage that running out far more quickly, but it’s no real chore to use the day part up afterwards as it’s nicely refreshing on my permanently tired eyes…

john lewis autumn skincare products

Fresh Vitamin Nectar Moisture Glow Face Cream

Fresh is a glorious beauty brand that was previously rather hard to get hold of, unless you ordered directly from their online store. Great to see it in John Lewis and great (for me!) to have the chance to test out the Vitamin Nectar range, which promises to brighten and revitalise and “minimise signs of tired skin”. It’s as though they read my mind.

john lewis autumn skincare products

Fresh have managed to make a skincare range smell so nice that it’s almost a physical impossibility not to scoop it out of the jar and straight into your mouth. (I did actually have a little try of the mask, see below, but yeah – don’t eat it!)

john lewis autumn skincare products

The Moisture Glow Face Cream is nicely hydrating, but has a lightweight, non-greasy feel to it – perfect for layering up over serum. Or essence and serum, as I did nightly in the run-up to the John Lewis shoot day. My skin was playing up a bit, due to stresses with the house move and so on, and so I was piling it all on in an attempt to give it a bit of TLC…

john lewis autumn skincare products

Sarah Chapman Skinesis Ultra Recovery Booster

Talking of TLC, here’s the little bonus ball I was talking about at the start of this post. The Ultra Recovery Booster from Sarah Chapman, a calming serum that can be added into your face cream or applied directly to your skin. Either way, it provides a hit of essential fatty acids and anti-inflammatories that help to soothe and repair your skin. If your skin is suffering with the classic Autumn Blight (central heating indoors, cold winds outdoors!) then this is like a little bottle of calm.

john lewis autumn skincare products

Fresh Vitamin Nectar Vibrancy-Boosting Face Mask

And finally: the mask that looked good enough to eat, so I did actually try and eat it. Not advisable, ever, so try and restrain yourselves. This is basically why I exist, to do stupid things so that you don’t have to. Unicorn boots, lip-plumpers, hair cuts, acid peels that virtually de-skin you..

john lewis autumn skincare products

At any rate, you don’t need to eat this mask to enjoy it. It’s like pasting yourself in a heavenly citrussy jam. Which I suppose would be called marmalade, strictly speaking, but the word “jam” is so much more evocative of how this mask spreads and feels. Oh, the doldrums when you finally have to rinse it off. But at least it leaves your skin noticeably perkier – the fruit acids exfoliate away dead skin cells, bringing on a fresher-looking face that’s bright and glowy. A good hangover mask, this one. I’d say store it in the fridge, but you just know it’ll end up on toast.

john lewis autumn skincare products

Right: mini reviews over. You can watch my video with John Lewis here and I will be back with more skincare shortly!


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  1. November 7, 2017 / 9:55 pm

    Just looking at that Fresh mask makes me lick my lips! Really need to try that!

  2. November 8, 2017 / 6:44 am

    My skin has been acting up recently, so an overhaul of skincare is way over due. Temperatures here in Germany just dropped overnight from a lovely 14 °C to 3°C!

  3. Mum
    November 8, 2017 / 4:44 pm

    Aaagh I so so love my double serum Ruth from Clarins. I also love their body oil. I love the smell of it so so much that when it was finished I popped some of my pharmacy almond oil into the bottle to try and get the same smell!!! It worked for a while. I am saving up for the next bottle.
    On the matter of pump action, I tried Loccitane body oil which had a pump action spray; I coated everywhere but me as it sprayed out. The Clarins bottle has tiny aperture which means more control over the amount of oil spilling out
    Toodle pip Ruth
    Xx I have to go on your blog to see what you are up to!!!!! Xx your Mum

  4. Mum
    November 8, 2017 / 4:48 pm

    Ooo what is the matter with mineral oils and what am I meant to be putting under the serum and over it Probably too late for me now to get a grasp xx

  5. Jessica
    November 8, 2017 / 5:13 pm

    Your skin looks amazing in this video!! Thanks for the product recommendations :)

  6. Sandie
    November 8, 2017 / 6:39 pm

    Thanks for this post, great timing as the Autumn weather has been icy cold lately. Definitely need to add a few new skincare products into my routine now.
    PS Bottle number 7243! Classic!

  7. Jane
    November 8, 2017 / 8:51 pm

    Good video,I didn’t know J Lewis did some of those brands,you look great.

  8. Caitlin
    November 13, 2017 / 7:46 pm

    Hi Ruth.
    I can’t see the video when I follow the link and have checked your channel/the John Lewis channel. Am I being stupid?! Would love to watch it.
    Caitlin x

  9. November 16, 2017 / 9:09 pm

    I really need to give Fresh a try, It sounds gorgeous! There is so many products I could choose!

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