Skincare Routine

12:21:00

I've posted versions of this along the way but I've finally settled into a routine which suits my skin type and keeps it looking its best morning and night.



AM


The No 7 cleanser was an impulse purchase with a cheeky £5 voucher a while ago. After a while at the back of the drawer it's become a firm favourite. A small blob of this massaged all over my face each morning gets rid of the nightly grime without irritating my complexion. With water it turns into a milk, so it rinses off a treat leaving no residue whatsoever. 

My go to toner of choice is the Simple Soothing toner and it's lovely. It doesn't promise anything crazy but it calms my skin post cleansing and doesn't dry it out. Lovely.

For serums I rely on a blob of Peptabright and a blob of Hydraluron to keep my skin glowy and plump throughout the day. These two are pricey but I've definitely seen enough of a difference to make these definite repurchases. 

For eyes, the honour goes to Origins GinZing which I have a bit of a love hate relationship with. I love its cooling and brightening properties but it can be a bit of a pain when applying concealer over the top. For the summer months however I'm a big fan. It brightens beautifully and hydrates well so it's a winner for the warmer months. 

As you can see I have two moisturisers to pick from and which I choose depends whether I need SPF or not. At the moment I lean more towards the Origins A Perfect World one as the SPF 25 is essential when the suns out and none of my foundations have a high SPF. If it's a little cooler and I'm wearing makeup or I'm staying in, I'll pick the GinZing. What I would say though it that the GinZing is a little annoying when it comes to applying makeup over. I've found that the gel formula doesn't quite sink in and tends to ball up when anything is applied on top. Fail. So while the sample is nice I don't think it'll be something I purchase.

Moisturiser applied I'm ready to face the day.




PM


This is the most indulgent part of my day I think. If I've been wearing makeup I'll reach for the Emma Hardie balm to get it all off before cleansing. If not I'll skip ahead and put a blob of the Perfect World cleanser on my Clarisonic and give my skin a good clean. 

The toner is exactly the same as my morning one. As my cleansing routine is a bit more intense at night I find my skin gets quite red so this toner helps take it down a little. 

For serum it has to be the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair. This stuff is fantastic. It's pricey but so worth it in my opinion. Three dots patted on my face and I'm ready for moisturiser. 

Eye cream wise I've been using Origins Starting Over and while it's nice, I've not been overly impressed. For the price I expected it to do more. I've not included it because I don't think I would repurchase. Negatives aside I would whole heartedly recommend Clinique's All About Eyes, that stuff is fantastic. 

My night cream of choice is an old favourite of mine, Origins Night-A-Mins. It smells amazing and works fantastically. It makes my skin glow and even though it's thick, it doesn't break me out. It's a fabulous, fabulous night cream and if you're in the market for one, I'd definitely give it a try. 

With all that out of the way it's time to hit the hay.. Or watch a few more Youtube videos!



Extras



These next three are what I turn to when my skins being difficult. 

For spots and blemishes I find nothing works better than Sudocrem. This stuff dissolves spots I swear and it's super cheap too. Winner.

For dry days, I'll switch out Night-A-Mins for the Drink Up Intensive mask. A thin layer of this left on overnight sorts out any flakiness a treat. Plum, hydrated skin can definitely be yours by morning with this product.

When I've had a breakout or my skins looking a bit dull and clogged, there's nothing better than the Clear Improvements mask. Spread a splodge all over, wait 10-15 mins and rinse to reveal healthy, clear skin. It's love.


And there you have it guys and girls. My pretty much permanent skincare routine, bursting with holy grail products.

I'd love to hear what you guys use to keep your skin in check and also any product recommendations you have so feel free to drop me a comment or a link.

Kirstie 

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