After my recent skincare wishlist, we all know that I’m having a bit of a skincare moment. Whilst my morning skincare routine is currently limited to a face wash and a slap of SPF, my evening skincare routine is a lot more thorough. I’ve been multimasking, using pore strips and generally giving my face a good ol’ pamper. In this post I won’t be discussing my top picks in the deep cleansing part of my routine (mainly because I’ve been testing a lot of masks at the moment and don’t have a favourite), although I am happy to discuss that in a future post. Instead, I’ll be talking about my every day evening skincare regime.
I find myself trying a lot of pocket friendly skincare at the moment, but this isn’t deliberate. I’m a sucker for a good deal, and usually the deals lie with the more budget lines. I find myself lusting after the pricier brands, but then gravitate towards the likes of Garnier, Simple, Soap & Glory and a lot of Boots Own Brand products when I purchase things. I just can’t help it!
And that can definitely be seen with my initial makeup removal. To remove my eye makeup, I’ve been using the Boots Essentials Eye Makeup Remover Gel with my favourite cotton pads. This removes most of my eye makeup and brow products, before moving onto a micellar water. Currently I’m using up a bottle of the Simple Micellar Water. Whilst it isn’t my favourite micellar water (I personally prefer Bioderma and the Garnier Micellar Water), it does the job. I always use a micellar water to remove the majority of my makeup before I use another product for a deeper cleanse.
Since starting full time employment, I have been showering in the evening. This is the perfect time to use a more thorough cleanser in place of a face wash. I’ve been going through a lot of my miniature cleansers, and I’ve finally moved onto my larger ones. Whilst I don’t love Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish, it’s beautiful in terms of it being a cream cleanser. Yes, I’m an oil and balm cleanser girl at heart. I do think that Cleanse & Polish does a good job of clearing up my skin when I’m having a bit of a breakout though, which is always a bonus, but I just prefer oils and balms over creams. To be honest, I probably won’t end up finishing this bottle off as I have so many cleansers I want to try. I’ll just pass the rest off to my aunt who adores Liz Earle products.
In addition to a cleanser, every other day, I use the Dermalogica Daily Superfoliant to really give my skin a deep clean, but this definitely isn’t an essential in my routine and is more of a luxury product. This is one that I could probably go without, but now I’ve spotted they sell it in a travel size in John Lewis, I’m definitely more inclined to repurchase when I use it up.
Once I’m out of the shower and have towel dried my face, I move onto toner. My all time favourite has to be Pixi Glow Tonic. I have raved about this in the past, and will continue to do so until the end of time. It’s an incredible toner which smooths and refreshes skin, and I have two back ups of this in my collection ready and waiting for when I run out of this bottle. To be honest, using this is what makes me love my evening skincare routine.
I’m putting my hands up here and it’s time to admit something: I’m great at remembering to remove makeup but I just hate the moisturising step. It’s just so boring! I’ve gone through many moisturisers in my life but nothing so far has compared to the Ren V-Cense Night Cream. Whilst £32 a pop doesn’t sound that expensive when you get into skincare, I’ve been working my way through my collection before I go out and repurchase. I’ve currently been using the Soap & Glory Speed Plump Overnight Miracle Moisture Mousse, which is pretty nice to use. I love the smell, but if I could only pick between using the day or night version of this cream I’d have to go for the day version. It seems to be firming and plumping, whereas this only plumps. It’s fine for now, but I know eventually I’ll go back to my favourite from Ren.
Until around 3 years ago, I’d never used an eye cream. Then suddenly I saw a lot of people talking about eye cream and I had to try one out. To be honest, I never get through eye cream that quickly and I don’t notice a whole lot of difference day to day. I am, however, hoping that in 5-10 years when the crows feet kick in that I just won’t have any. A girl can dream, right? My favourite so far is the Clinique All About Eyes, but I’m pretty chuffed with the No 7 Youthful Eye Serum which I got my my No 7 Advent Calendar two Christmases ago. This is light and comfortable, and doesn’t irritate my eyes (which is an issue I’ve had in the past with eye creams). In theory it’s to be used under eye creams, but any more than this would probably be too heavy for my undereyes so I’ve been sticking with this and I’m pretty happy with it.
The final step of my evening skincare routine is treating my lips. The Nuxe Reve De Miel Ultra Nourishing Lip Balm has been a staple in my collection since I got in in the Feel Unique Advent Calendar this year. I’ve raved about it in the past, and until I got this, I never bothered with any sort of lip treatment before bed. Now I couldn’t be without it!
I know for sure that my evening skincare routine will change over the coming months, but I don’t hate any of these products enough never to use them again so that’s a big plus! Which products are your must haves at the moment, either as part of your morning or evening skincare routine? I love recommendations to hit me up!