Ever since the #bbloggers chat just after Christmas which was all about skincare, I decided that I needed to sort myself out! I would always just use makeup remover wipes every night to take of my makeup, and cleanse maybe once or twice a fortnight?! I started my transition slowly, I would take off my eye makeup with remover and a cottonball, then cleanse if I was going for a shower if not I'd use wipes to take the rest off when I got into bed (I keep them in my bedside drawer for ease of use!). Now I have actually got the whole shebang going on: eye makeup remover, cleanser, toner and moisturiser! How long this lasts remains to be seen but I will definitely keep using eye makeup remover every night and try to do the rest at least twice a week. The only thing I am missing is an eye cream for night time, feel free to leave me recommendations below!
I guess before I go on I should mention my skin type: in general I am combination but with this cold weather I have become dry, flaky and dehydrated - fun!
Eye Makeup Remover:
The Body Shop Camomile Gentle Eye Makeup Remover
I bought this when my Boot Botanics one ran out, I had heard bad things about their rebranding and I didn't want to repurchase. Amy from A Little Boat Sailing had reviewed this is and said it was quite good so I bought the big bottle in the sale for £4.80 instead of £8. I am quite pleased with it at the moment but I won't repurchase it straight away as I would quite like to try the Neal's Yard one next time. I will give it another few weeks then see if it is good or bad enough for a review.
[£8/250ml - The Body Shop]
Neal's Yard Remedies Wild Rose Beauty Balm
I was lucky enough to receive this at the Neal's Yard Remedies Blogger event in Glasgow last year. I had my eye on it when we were in the shop and one of the lovely girls had said there would be a sample of it in the goody bag. However, we all got full size items!!! It was actually amazing. I wasn't going to start using this until my other cleanser ran out but I realised it was drying out my skin so I just put it aside and moved onto this. It is so lovely and soothing. It comes with a muslin cloth and the balm contains little particles too so that combination gives a soft exfoliating effect when you remove it from your skin. I will probably do a review on this later on as it's a very versatile product which I would definitely repurchase.
[£37/50g - Neal's Yard Remedies]
Lush Breath of Fresh Air/Eau Roma Water
Toner is my favourite skincare item, which is pretty weird yes... but I just find it so lovely and refreshing! Sometimes your skin can feel sticky with cleanser residue and the toner just gets rid of anything left over on the skin. I haven't tried any other toners expect for the Liz Earle one which was years ago when a family friend bought me the the little starter set, but I really didn't use it and most of it got poured away. At the moment I am using Breath of Fresh Air which contains seaweed and aloe vera for a refreshing seaside scent. I am nearly finished this and my friends very kindly bought me Eau Roma Water for my birthday which is lavender and rose water, so I look forward to trying that and deciding which I prefer.
[£7.25/250g - Lush]
Liz Earle Skin Repair in Normal/Combination
As I mentioned above I first tried this when I was given the starter set as a present. When the moisturiser ran out I repurchased it a few times, often sharing with my mum who loved it too! Then I fell out of the habit as my skin became more oily and the dry skin one I had was too rich for it. Now, a few years later I really found I missed it. I had been using Oilatum (not sure if this is CF or not) but I found it had a funny smell after a while and wasn't very pleasant to apply, and my day one is a Clarins (not CF) one I got ages ago which is mattifying for combination skin - so not good for night time on very dry skin! I am so glad to have repurchased this, it feels so nice on the skin and smells amazing!
[£18.75/50ml - Liz Earle]