17 May 2021

Good Morning Beauty: It’s All In The KISS

Morning Beauty on vickiarcher.com

Not that kind of kiss.

Although it never hurts; the keep-it-simple-stupid kind of morning beauty routine is the one I’m talking about.

I continue to practise the same morning routine – it is simple and like cleaning the teeth, I can’t get going without my well-established rituals. I might make up later in the morning but certain routines and products are definitely happening first thing. Messing up at night sometimes – too late or too tired to do what I know I should – is a given, but I rarely forget my skincare in the morning.

HabitYes. There is not only a degree of comfort in practising routine but also the obvious benefits reaped from regular skincare.

Necessity? Yes, I think so.

With an almost religious fervor I cleanse, tone, apply serum and moisturize with cream and a couple of drops of facial oil mixed in.

I change my skincare products regularly, not necessarily only brand but the ranges within. Now I’m mixing my Romilly Wilde with my Darphin and a little Barbara Sturn too. I know the gurus want you to use everything from the same house but I like to mix it up. I swap around a lot and even though I try many brands I usually revert to these few products over time. Skin becomes accustomed to the same products and they will naturally be less effective over time. I want my skincare routine to be effortless, for the methods to be easy and practical to follow.

Once it gets complicated, I am lost and disinterested.

If I could only have one beauty product, I would choose this cleanser. If I could have two, the second would be my latest serum. The older I get, the more I feel these products are essential to my skin’s well being but far from miracle cures. For that we need a solid sleep, regular exercise, a healthy diet and a generous blessing from the gene pool.

I am not greedy, the wrinkles can remain as a testament to happy times as long as they are accompanied by a smile. xv

It’s All In The KISS

cleanser  ||  aromatic cleansing balm   ||  dr barbara sturm serum  ||  double serum still a player for me  ||  romilly wilde

radiance cream ||  simulskin plus cream for those dry days  ||  8-flower nectar oil

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Donna M Colotti

Do you use the cleansing balm on an occasional basis? I am always switching my cleansers depending on the weather, skin, etc. I have never used this line but always was curious so I thank you for posting and since I have sensitive skin, this is on my list.


About three times a week usually… and leave it on for about 5 -10 minutes like a mask, when I am in the bath.. it’s lovely :)


Yes, routine is the key for everything! My beauty products may different in brand from yours dear Vicki but I do exactly what you do and have been since age 15. I haven’t veered off that routine since.

I hope you are well and thank you again for the BEAUTY you provide us!

Jacki F.

Love Darphin products and use several of the ones you mentioned. I too like to mix it up, depending on the weather, humidity level, puffiness, etc. The smells (never perfume-y) of the Darphin products are so varied and quite the “aromatherapy” fix for me.


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