Beauty

Current Skincare Routine

First Cleanse – The Bodyshop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil – £12

This bottle is lasting forever! I switch between using this bottle (which I first bought back in October) and the Camomile balm depending on what I feel like, but I would say I use the oil most. I also use a fair few pumps so I’m surprised I still have so much left. This is long going to be a staple at the front end of my skincare routine. For my full review previously, click here.

Second Cleanse – CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser – £9.50

This is a brand that has had so much hype recently. Dermatologist approved and at a budget price point its easy to see why it’s a cult favourite. I would say its a no-frills cleanser that just gets the job done. And what more could you ask for the bargain price? I’ve now upgraded to the larger size bottle in our bathroom as something quick to grab and for my Husband to use.

Acid Toner (AM) – Revolution Skincare 5% Glycolic Acid Toner – £10

Top on my list of skincare items was to try different glycolic toners this year to see if there were any alternatives worth talking about to the Pixi Glow. The pros of the Revolution toner are the price (nearly half the price of Pixi), and to be honest the formula, I felt it did a good job. They also fo a 2.5% for if you have more sensitive skin or want to work your way upwards. On the cons list however is the smell. Its pretty overpowering, and almost has a nail varnish remover whiff to it. If you can get over the smell I’d recommend purchasing if you’re looking to add an acid toner to your routine and want to start off with a good value for money one.

Hydrating Toner (PM) – The Bodyshop Vitamin E Hydrating Toner £8.50

I’m still using this toner for some added moisture of an evening. I’ve also reviewed this previously, which you can find here.

Facial Spritz – Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic £16 (for full size)

I used to be an avid Liz Earle Fan and found at the bottom of my draw one of the Spritz that I didn’t realise was still full. It’s a great formula but the bottle isn’t great so I did decant into my previous Sukin bottle for a finer mist. I do like the Liz Earle ethos and ingredients so would happily recommend this spritz too, however couldn’t say there are any noticeable benefits over the cheaper Sukin mist.

Hyaluronic Acid – Inkey List Hyaluronic Acid Serum £5.99

Very impressed with this little bottle of goodness. What didn’t impress me so much was packaging wise, its not so easy to dispense as a pump or pipette, but the price totally justifies that. Again I did a bit of decanting and put it into my empty Vichy Mineral 89 bottle. While the Inkey List bottle looks small, when it was decanted it filled over halfway so really is a bargain. Product wise its pretty good too. I can’t put my finger on why I don’t think it’s as good as the Vichy, but I would say its certainly better than The Ordinary and an all round great Hyaluronic at a fantastic price.

Treatment – Inkey List Vitamin C Serum £7.99

I think my full review for this product will come next time as I continue to use it more and get a real feel for the product. At 30% L’Ascorbic Acid, its on the high spectrum of Vitamin C treatments and so is recommended for night use. I chose a high % as a more targeted approach to sun damage I’ve started to see appearing and wanting to address this at a relatively early age. However because of the high %, it tingles a lot, so I have been playing around with application to find out how best to use it. I’ll keep you posted!

AM Moisutiser – Lacura Moisture Boost

I had been eyeing up the Clinique Moisture Surge when I stumbled across this obvious dupe in the Aldi middle aisle. Checking the inci list out, all of the ingredients in the Lacura version looked great, and for a bargain price of around £5 I think. I really enjoyed using it, it felt velvety and was a great hydrating base under make up. The only downside is its now out of stock (presumably as Aldi get sued…), maybe I’ll have to bite the bullet and try the real thing!

PM Moisturiser – Absolute Ultimate Sleep Cream £23

After getting this cream in the M&S Advent Calendar I finally got round to giving it a try. It’s thick with a luxurious texture and has everything you want in a good night cream. I’ve heard Nadine Baggott reference this as one of M&S best kept secrets, so would definitely recommend you give it a whirl.

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