I realised I haven’t posted about my skincare routine yet, so I thought I should rectify that immediately. The above picture shows my current skincare products that I use everyday. I’ll go through each product in detail below, but to start off here is my current routine:
In the morning I start off by cleansing with Yes to tomatoes daily clarifying cleanser, £6.99 for combination skin; then I use Ren Omega 3 Skin Oil (about £25) as a serum; followed by Liz Earle Skin Repair Light Moisturiser (£21) for combination/oily skin; finishing with Clinique superdefense SPF 20 age defence eye cream (£30).
In the evening I have been taking off all of my makeup (including eye makeup) with Boots Botanics Soothing Eye Makeup Remover All Bright (£1.99); then cleansing with RMS Raw Coconut Cream (£13); followed by exfoliating toner pads Clearasil Daily Clear Superfruits Refreshing Pads (about £5 if I remember correctly); then the same serum that I used in the morning, as above; moisturising with Olay Anti-Wrinkle Pro Vital Night Cream (£4.99) and then finally Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado.
So first up, the Yes to tomatoes cleanser. I bought this as I wanted a budget cleanser that would help with blemishes. It did seem to do that but it leaves a sticky residue on your face, even when thoroughly washed off with a flannel, so I won’t be repurchasing this. That said, if you’re looking for a budget cleanser and don’t mind the stickiness, give this a go. Do check the ingredients list before purchasing as it does contain alcohol – although it states that it’s organically certified. It contains tomato and watermelon and has a bit of a weird smell, which I imagine will put some people off. I’m determined to finish it though, so when it’s empty I want to purchase the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel as I have heard great things from it, particularly from two of my favourite bloggers, Lily Pebbles and Vivianna Does Makeup.
I use this Ren Optimum Skin Oil in the morning and evening. It’s a really nice moisturising serum and it doesn’t include any parabens, sulphates, mineral oils, silicone, synthetic colours or fragrances which is good for those with sensitive skin. I really like this and would repurchase it, but I am a bit of a magpie and have just purchased the Sarah Chapman Intense Hydrating Booster for when this one runs out. I will let you know how I get on with it!
The Liz Earle Skin Repair Light Moisturiser for combination/oily skin is a really nice light moisturiser which is perfect to use in the mornings. It’s got a really nice texture and absorbs really quickly. I would repurchase but as we’re entering the colder months in the UK and my skin will start getting dryer, I will be looking for something a bit richer.
I really love this Clinique eye cream and use it in the mornings as it has an SPF of 20, which helps against ageing from sun exposure. It has a subtle brightening effect and works really well under makeup. I would definitely repurchase, but I have bought the Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado as mentioned above, but I can definitely see myself coming back to this in the near future.
On to my night time products: the Boots Botanics Soothing Eye Makeup Remover (above right) is a budget product that I think works really well. I wear waterproof mascara every day and often waterproof eye liner and this takes it all off for me. I’ve read reviews where people say it’s greasy and I guess it is, but it’s one of those bi-phase ones where you have to shake it up. It’s probably not for everyone but if you’re looking for a budget alternative to the Clarins Instant Eye Makeup Remover – which is the best I have come across – then give this a go. It’s normally between £1.99 and £3 in Boots so even if it doesn’t work for you, you won’t have wasted much money on it. I am dying to try Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm which is loved by many people including the wonderful Caroline Hirons who is a skincare expert and a brilliant blogger. If it’s good enough for Caroline, it’s good enough for me.
My current night cleanser is the RMS Raw Coconut Cream, below left, which is a really lovely balmy cleanser. You could probably use this as a makeup remover and a cleanser, as it is effective at removing makeup and is also super gentle on the skin and eyes. The guru that is Caroline Hirons does a great informative review here about it. It’s just coconut cream so nothing scary in there for sensitive skins and it’s also really moisturising. As you can see from the pic, a repurchase of this is needed soon!
The Clearasil pads were my first foray into an exfoliating toner. I wanted something that I could use every day but weren’t too expensive. These have been a really good introduction into this slightly confusing beauty area, as they’re mild enough to use every day, but they still feel quite exfoliating. They have definitely helped clear up blackheads on my nose (which I thought should go away when you’re out of your teenage years, but apparently not). I have stockpiled these as they’re difficult to get hold of now, Amazon sometimes have them but I think they have run out, sorry! There are lots of other alternatives though, including Pixi Glow Tonic which will be my next exfoliating toner.
After using my Ren serum, as mentioned above, I go on to use my night cream. I normally go for anti ageing creams like this one as I like to think I’m preventing the on-set of ageing in my mid-twenties ( a girl can dream!) but I also find these creams to be nice and rich and generally very moisturising. I bought this night cream as I was looking for something inexpensive and with a nice rich texture; which it does have and it absorbs nicely, but I’m not keen on the smell, which I can’t really describe! It’s just a bit odd. I think this is a nice night time moisturiser if you’re not looking to spend a lot, but it hasn’t wowed me so any suggestions for an anti ageing night cream are welcome!
And last but not least, my night time eye cream. I normally go for anti ageing ones as I’m starting to get some small fine lines under my eyes and want to see if anything can help to reduce their appearance; but the eye cream I was using previously (the Organic Pharmacy Lip and Eye Cream, £27) had run out. So I bought the Vichy Idealia Eyes £23 but have had to wait a while for delivery; and I also had to replace my morning Clinique eye cream that has nearly run out; soooo I bought the Kiehl’s one to use in the morning but am using it as a night time eye cream until I get my Vichy one. Phew!
Sorry for that whopper of a post, but there were quite a few products to get through!