Hello my lovelies!!

I thought I would give you an update on my skincare routine, as I have pretty much completely changed it. I still use some from my original Clinique 3 step collection, but I couldn’t justify spending that much, so I tried to find some cheaper alternatives, but I also wanted to try out some new products.

Morning Routine 

When I wake up in the morning (I am not a morning person by the way so I try and limit what I do) I go and wash my face.

Clinique Liquid Facial Soap Mild  – £16.50 

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I have posted about this before, so if you want to read it, click here 

I am still enjoying this product, I like the smell even though I think it’s quite clinical. It makes my face feel refreshed and really wakes me up.

I like that it has a pump dispense, makes it so much easier to apply, as a few don’t have this. When I have finished this bottle I am trying out the Soap and Glory – Face Soap and Clarity Facial Wash, which doesn’t have a pump, which really disappoints me. I find facial washes better with a pump dispenser as you can pump, wash and go.

If you don’t thoroughly wash this off with water, it does leave quite a tacky feel to the skin, so make sure you completely wash this off otherwise it can make you face feel really dry.

I can’t really do a price comparison for this, as I have never used a facial wash before. But this costs £16.50 for a 200ml bottle, where the Soap and Glory one is £8 for 350ml.

This is definitely something I will consider when I move onto the Soap and Glory and do a comparison as to which one I prefer and whether the Clinique one is worth the money.

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion – £30.00 

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I have posted about this before, so if you want to read it, click here 

Firstly I just want to touch upon the price. The link I have put above to the House of Fraser website, they charge £30 for a 125ml bottle. The day I went in to purchase this, it was on offer as it was a special edition for breast cancer, so I paid less then £30 and I have a 200ml bottle, but you are not able to purchase this now.

I am not completely sold on this product yet, I don’t know whether it’s made a noticeable difference to my skin, but it’s one of those products where I think “If I stop using it, will my skin be horrible?”.

It is a nice moisturiser to use before applying my make up, but if I wanted to re-purchase, could I warrant spending £30 for a cream?…I don’t know. I am pretty sure when I have finished this bottle, I will be on the search for a new morning moisturiser from a drug store to see if I can find one cheaper that is a nice base for make up.

Evening Routine 

So when I get home, I have a terrible habit of not removing my make up until I am literally about to go to bed. Which really annoys me, as it kind of wakes me back up again. I am trying to get into the swing of removing it as soon as I get in from work but it’s always that fear that you may need to leave the house again and then you’ve already removed all of your make up.

Superdrug Cotton Wool Oval Pads  – £1.89 

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I just wanted to quickly write about these, these are without a doubt my favourite cotton wool pads. I have tried numerous, but these are the ones I love the most and I will always go out of my way to get them. They are really big but also they aren’t fluffy and I don’t get bits of cotton stuck to my face, they are soft yet solid. When I say solid, I mean compact really, so I don’t get those bits of fluff.

Would completely recommend these and they are always on offer as well.

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water – £4.99 (currently on offer in boots for £3.33) 

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When I finished the bottle of Nivea Eye Makeup Remover, I wanted to try something different and thought I would give this a go.

At first I really liked it and I still do in ways, but one of the cons I noticed was that it’s quite hard to remove mascara no matter how hard I rub. I have started to use a different technique of applying this to a cotton pad and holding it on my eye for a few seconds to help break down the mascara and this does help a lot. But it still doesn’t completely remove all my mascara which really frustrates me as I don’t want to have to use two products to remove my make up, but I really like this for removing all other make up.

I preferred this one because it doesn’t leave my face feeling greasy like other make up removers I have used but the con is a really big one for me.

I am unsure whether I would repurchase this due to it not removing the mascara, so when I finish this bottle, I will be on the search again.

The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Mattifying Toner – £6.00 

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After seeing the The Body Shop Tea Tree range being reviewed on YouTube, I really wanted to try it to see whether it improved my skin any, as I do suffer from a few blemishes every now and then. Luckily when I went into store, it was 3 for 2 and I had to take advantage of that.

This is something I really like, after removing my make (well what I thought was all my make up) I apply this onto a cotton wool pad and apply all over my face (avoiding my eyes), the amount of foundation that still comes off is quite shocking, which is why I like this step in my skin care routine, as I feel it is double checking whether there is any makeup left on my skin.

The smell is obvious, it’s Tea Tree, which I do like, smells quite natural. I makes my face feel really refreshed and removes any left over make up that has clung to my face. After I use it my skin feels and looks cleaner but also feels tight….I assume this means it’s working on my pores, which is another thing I love as I want to try and make my pores appear smaller.

This is definitely a product I would repurchase, as I think for £6 and the amount of product you get and the little that is needed, it’s worth it.

The Body Shop Tea Tree Anti-Imperfection Daily Solution – £13.00 

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I really like this product, makes my skin feel smoother after applying the toner.

One of my favourite things is that is has a dropper. The packaging says apply 3 drops to your hand and rub into your face. The first time I did this, I noticed that the 3 drops would not cover my entire face, so I now put a tiny bit more and this does the job and makes my face feel smoother.

I have noticed that since using the tea tree oil range, that the redness in my face is less noticeable and overall I just feel my skin is looking clearer and healthier.

The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil – £8.50 

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This is what I use on my spots, I find that it really does dry them up (makes them look and feel less pickable, as I am a picker).

I have found that it has made my spots less noticeable and clears them up really quickly. At the moment, even though the spot has gone, I have continued to use this on my chin to see whether it will help with some texture I currently have there.

I find this really helps tackle any areas that you may have issues with, like spots and blemishes and would recommend this. I literally put my finger over the top of the nozzle, give it a shake and use that finger to apply to my problem areas.

Botanics Replenishing Night Cream Radiant Youth – £4.00 (currently on offer for £2)

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I decided to change my night cream as I was previously using a Clinique one, which I loved, but I ran out and wanted to try and find a cheaper alternative as I am trying to save money where possible.

Now this claims to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in 4 weeks. Now I haven’t noticed this to be honest and with the name Replenishing, you would think it would make you face feel glowy, but I don’t find this does.

It does make my face feel smooth, but I just don’t think this is anything that has made my skin feel any different.

I am really looking for a cream that makes my face feel plump and hydrated, which this doesn’t.

I really can’t describe the smell, I like it, but I can’t put my finger on what it smells like. It reminds me of a smell for a clay mask.

I think for the price, it’s a good cream, but nothing I am excited over so I wouldn’t repurchase and I will be on the hunt for a new night cream.

Lush Mint Julips Lip Scrub – £5.50

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It’s like rubbing your lip with a humbug sweet!!! I love it!!

I have quite rough, bitty lips and the skin isn’t very good on them. So I decided to purchase this lip scrub from Lush.

I really like it, it makes my lips feel smoother, but could I get the same feel from doing this with granulated sugar?

I do like the fact that you apply this and then you can lick it off as it’s edible…night time snack!

I will continue to use this, but would like to find a cheaper alternative as it seems a bit pricey for something so small and basically it’s flavoured sugar.

Forever Living Aloe Lips 

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After applying the lip scrub, I like to make sure they are moist afterwards and help with the dryness.

I have no details for this unfortunately as I bought it off a Forever Living representative years ago at an introductory price.

What I like about this is that it’s a stick, I don’t like tub lip creams and it’s so moistening, my lips stay like that for hours. It doesn’t just sink in as soon as you apply it, it keeps my lips soft, plump and moist for hours after applying.

So guys, that’s my updated skin care routine. There is technically more, but I decided to just keep it to my face and not go into the skin care for my body, as we could be here even longer.

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