Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Updated Skincare Routine for A/W 2012

Aloha my lovely followers (^__^) Today I thought I'd post my updated skincare routine, as it has changed a bit since I last posted my first one.. so come on then, let's get cracking! ;D

Cleansers & Exfoliators:

 Neutrogena Visibly Clear 2-in-1 Face Wash and Mask (£3.99)
These past few months my T- zone has gotten oilier than usual, so I busted out the old Neutrogena cleanser. I used to use this when I was younger - my skin was soooooo much more oilier back then than it is now, but still oily enough to have to use a clay based cleanser such as this. I recommend it wholeheartedly; even my sister who has sensitive skin uses this and her skin has never been irritated by it. It's great as a mask too!

St Ives Timeless Skin Apricot Scrub (Renew & Firm) (£4.29)
I'm currently using this exfoliator, but I won't lie it's nothing special. I prefer the old formula; it was gritter (which I prefer when it comes to exfoliators),whereas this one is not as much, but still enough to do the job. I suppose this is good for everyday because it's not as harsh. It smells lovely though, I love the smell of apricots!

Homemade All Purpose Sugar Scrub (not pictured - click here for the recipe)
For days when I feel like I really need to exfoliate my skin, when it's feeling dull and my moisturiser isn't sinking in as fast as it normally does, I reach for this. Simple, cheap and easy to make, it's gritty enough for me and really sloughs off the dead skin cells, and leaves my skin feeling as soft as a babys bum! I tend to use this on the weekends when I have more time in the mornings to really exfoliate properly (as it can get a bit messy, depending on how much oily I've decided to put in!), otherwise I use the St Ives one in the weekdays just because it's easier and faster.

Soap & Glory Mini Mitt (£4)
For when I really don't have enough time to exfoliate, I put some cleanser onto this little beauty and massage it onto my wet face - gentle exfoliation and cleansing all at the same time, which means more time for me to eat more in the morning :P

Moisturisers, lip balms, & spot treatments:

Simple Hydrating Light Moisturiser (£3.79)
I use this in the morning before I put my makeup on. Sinks in fast, keeps my skin moisturised all day, very rarely do I need to apply two layers - only when my cheeks are feeling overly dry. I stock up on this when it's on offer hehe :oD

Garnier Dark Spot Corrector (£7.49)
I'm not going to lie to you, this hasn't really helped with my dark marks. But what it is good at is moisturising - you only need a tiny amount aswell, which is always a bonus haha. I use this at night when I give my skin a break from using Benzoyl Peroxide.

EOS Lipbalm in Summer Fruit
It does the job,  and smells asdfghjkl;', if you know what I mean. And tastes amazing too. Is it any wonder it's in my November favourites? Sometimes I just put it on for the sake of it, just to smell it or to lick my lips LOL. I really should stop doing that.. kind of defeats the purpose of a lipbalm haha xD

Witch Stick (£2.89)
Come on, do I really need to tell you how amazing this stuff is? If you want to read the full review, just clickety clack over here instead - this post is getting long enough already without me raving about this haha.

Makeup Removers:

The Body Shop Camomile Gentle Eye Make-up Remover (£8)
I use this for when I have more eye makeup on than usual, and for touch ups. I think this was my first ever makeup remover. Glad I picked it up, it's well worth the money. It's really good for correcting eye liner mistakes with a q tip too (^__^)

Garnier Skin Naturals Simply Essentials Soothing 2 in 1 Make-up Remover 
(not shown, because I ran out of it and haven't had a chance to repurchase it *sad face*) (£2.99)
My HG makeup remover. I can use this to take off a full face of makeup and not feel the need to cleanse my face, because it takes off all traces of makeup. Really need to buy some more of this but I've decided I'm going to try and finish a couple of others I have already first before I do. If you haven't tried this, you are missing out! Haha. 

Purity Conditioning Cleansing Lotion Make-up Remover* (£5.29)
This rivals my Garnier makeup remover, I swear lol. Just like with the Garnier one, I don't ever feel the need to cleanse my face after using this. Nor do I feel guilty either, which I usually do if I take my makeup off and not wash my face haha! This is running low now, will definitely have to pop in to Holland & Barretts soon to replenish this (>.<)

Makeup wipes:

Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes (£3.25)
When I can't be bothered using a cotton pad to remove my makeup (or when I've run out of them) I reach for makeup wipes. Who doesn't? When I have a full face on and I've had a long, long day, I choose the Simple ones. I like these because they're thick and wet, and never irritate my skin or eyes. They've made them softer now, which is awesome because nwo that I think about it, if I tugged a bit too hard it would sting a bit (although I try not to tug anyway - wrinkles anyone? :P lol jk, I just don't want my eyes to sting before I go to bed lol).

Witch Cleansing & Toning Wipes (£1.99)
I love the smell of these! I expected them to smell like the witch stick, but they don't smell anything like that at all. I don't know what it smells like, but it is refreshing. I remember when I first opened it I was like whaaat? *breathes it in* I am going to like using you! Haha. They're thinner than the Simple wipes, and not as moist, so I use this when I've just got concealer and some powder on. :o)

Woo! Hadn't realised I used so much stuff to maintain my face haha. Nor how much it had changed since I was younger! Has your skin and skincare routine changed? 

*PR Sample. All views are my own, I promise! The rest was bought by my own money (^__^)


  1. I am not too sure what 'adgsdgbsjd' means :P but I love the EOS lipbalms!
    I really like this post!
    Need to try out the witch face wipes since I love the rest of the stuff they do.
    Hareem xx

    1. LOl Hareem you troll :P

      thanks :D Go to tescos if you're going to try the witch face wipes, they're doing them for £1.49 or something (^__^)

  2. Is there a lone tomato in your photo? I'm trying to match it to what you've written but I'm failing miserably! I think I'll be rather disappointed if it's not a tomato now : )

    Sarita x

    1. LOOOOOL Sarita! That's the EOS Lipbalm xD hahahaha!

  3. Ooh I'm definitely giving your scrub recipe a try soon :)

    1. LEt me know when you've tried it! It's really good imo :)

  4. I use that Soap and Glory facial mitt as well. So great for when you don't want to exfoliate fully! Oh and thanks for recommending a new eye makeup remover! I'm on the market for a new one and I love the smell of camomile :D


    1. It is isn't it! And no problem ;D It doesn't really have that much of a scent this one :)