Beauty

My Current Skincare Routine

First Cleanse – Bodyshop Camomile Cleansing Butter £10

I’ve reviewed this balm before (here) and given it’s found its way back into my regular routine says a lot. It really is a great option for a first cleanse, getting rid of heavy make-up (including eye) really easily. It’s also great value and the balm really goes a long way. 

Second Cleanse – Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gelee Milk Cleanser £7.99

I bought this out of curiosity wanting to try a cleansing jelly and at a budget price. Caroline Hirons recommends this product, not only getting a mention in her top 5 second cleansers, but also getting a nod on her This Morning slot. Neutrogena have recently expanded their Hydro Boost range, with many people likening the light moisturisers to Clinique’s moisture surge, so I was really keen to try some of the range. The cleanser is fragranced, so steer clear if you don’t like that in your skincare products. The smell is lovely though, really fresh. Despite the claims of moisture boosting, I didn’t feel particularly nourished afterwards. I think it’s a good cleanser for “normal skin”. I don’t think it would be moisturising enough for winter, nor would it suffice as your only cleanser as I didn’t feel it removed make-up particularly well when I used it on its own. As a summer cleanser or something a bit lighter for oilier skin I could see this being a winner.  

Acid Tone AM – Lacura Glycolic Daily Cleansing Pads £2.49

These were an Aldi impulse buy. Despite the obvious dupe (ahem… Nip+Fab) I was pretty underwhelmed. I Don’t really feel like they did a lot, maybe not surprising for the price. No usual tingle of acid and no noticeable difference to my skin. Even with this ridiculously low price, I don’t think it’ll be a repurchase. That said, my sister really liked them so maybe it’s just me!

Acid Tone PM – Pixi Glow Tonic (From £10)

On the other hand of the acid spectrum is Pixi and totally worth the hype. I love this stuff and think it will be a favourite forevermore. I’ve noticed a real difference to my skin tone and it feels like it gets to work straight after applying. I have tried a few of the Pixi toners which have all been great and can’t wait to try more of the range.

Mist – Sukin Hydrating Mist Toner £7.95

I have struggled with Hyaluronic Acid and pilling and decided to give the “mist sandwich” technique a go (Mist, HA, Mist) despite people saying it’s not necessary. Having run out of my previous mist, I decided to give Sukin a go.  It was one of the cheapest options from my research that also didn’t contain alcohol. It also has good reviews and loyal fans. For me, this was another ok product. I don’t feel like I have been blown away but it does the job of providing my sandwich. 

Hydrate – Vichy Mineral 89 Hyaluronic Acid Booster Serum £25 

This product deserves hero status. As I mentioned, I’ve tried hyaluronic acids to not much success. This on the other hand (after a couple of weeks of using) really made my skin look plumper, more hydrated and glowing. It’s a lovely, light product and one that’s both firmly in my morning and night time routine. It is a tad pricey for what it is but at the rate I’m going, the bottle will have lasted me at least 3 months so I don’t think that’s too bad, especially if you can get it on offer. 

Serum – YourGoodSkin Balancing Skin Concentrate £17.50

(as a Boots brand its often on offer!)

Following my rave review of YourGoodSkin Hot Cloth Cleanser, I had wanted to try some more of the range and the serum had also got positive reviews. Packaging-wise I found it a bit strange that this size comes in a hard plastic pump bottle and a box, which seems a bit of an overkill as the larger size is just a soft tube pump. The serum itself is lightweight, sinks right in and smells good. There’s a “but” though. It pills. And I can’t work out what with. I’ve tired switching out the Vichy and using different oils or moisturisers or just putting make up onto the serum and it just doesn’t seem to work. Such a shame. This one will be finding its way onto my husband’s bedside table to be used up I think. 

Facial Oil (ish) –  Nip+Fab Dragons Blood Fix Hyaluronic Shot £24.95 

Despite the title of Hyaluronic, I find this is more of an oil base rather than a watery hydrator so I tend to use it as my last step. I feel its hydrating and locks in the moisture. I managed to find this in TK Maxx at a reasonable price and have been really impressed. It recommends that you use a few drops in your moisturizer but I tend to use it on its own, rather than as a booster. As soon as I find a really good moisturiser or milky serum I will probably use this more as intended, however it is still very good on its own.  

All of the products mentioned apart from the Bodyshop can be found in Boots with regular skincare offers, making them even more budget friendly. This isn’t an Ad for boots, I’m just a sucker for advantage card points!!

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