February 23, 2015

Evening Skincare (Oily/Combination)

It's been a while since I updated you on my morning skincare - which you can read about here. I am largely very happy with my routine at the moment, but as I'd been trying a lot over the past couple of months, it took me a while to stop and whittle down the products to what I really dig. I don't show products for the sake of it - everything here is stuff that I totally recommend. Let's begin...

I'll start with makeup removal, I use at least one of the three cleansers above to take off my make-up every night - the first one being the Caudalie Micellar Water. I got hooked on this after using a little sample, and splurged on the jumbo size in Foody's Pharmacy, Harcourt Street. I love it because it's incredibly refreshing and removes absolutely everything bar really stubborn mascara - I can get away with using this alone if I'm really exhausted. As much as I love it, I'm unsure if I'd buy again right away just because of the speed with which I'm going through the bottle. I'm off to Spain in a couple of weeks, so might replace this with Bioderma when I'm over there.

For a proper deep cleanse, I've been using the l'Occitane Shea Cleansing Oil*, and I really, really love it. It's quite a thick, luxe oil that removes every scrap of makeup and leaves the skin feeling really soft and comfortable. It does have a light scent, but nothing too overpowering. I was excited to try this but also wary as I know that shea as an ingredient isn't always friendly to acne-prone skin, I've honestly had no problems, though. As I would with any oil, I pretty much always follow this up with a second cleanse in order to get rid of any residue. For this I've been using the REN Rosa Centifolia Cleansing Gel - I didn't think much of this when I got it first, but it's grown on me an awful lot of late. It's that rare kind of gel cleanser that doesn't foam, is kind to the skin and removes make-up. I think even sensitive skin would get on well with this and I really recommend it. 

On to treatments. First off, the Alpha-H Liquid Gold - an absolute essential for me at this stage. A heavy-duty chemical exfoliant, I use it a few nights a week to brighten and clear my skin - I've yet to find anything as effective for keeping spots at bay. 

My main night cream at the moment is the Nuxellence Detox* cream, and I'm absolutely dreading when this runs out!! Again, this contains chemical exfoliants (a more gentle grade). It's a lovely softening cream - not too heavy. Every time I use this I notice that I look a little more well-rested. It's great for keeping skin clear, too - products that fight spots and ageing simultaneously can be hard to find, but this does it all in one. Excellent stuff. 

For a slightly more nourishing night cream, I've been using the Repair Cream from TheCream* - this is almost a jelly-like cream made with cow's colostrum (I know). I love this stuff, though - I always like to have some kind of gentle, nourishing cream on standby for sensitivity and dry bits - this takes care of that overnight. Love it. 

Serum is always a really important part of my routine - my skin is quite dehydrated and I always look for a good serum containing hyaluronic acid to combat this. My favourites so far have been Hydraluron, the Caudalie SOS Thirst Quenching Serum, and now this. The REN Keep Young and Beautiful Instant Beauty Shot* is another great hyaluronic serum - I've really been enjoying using it and find it very similar to Hydraluron.

I don't like how it's marketed, though - you don't need a full 'shot' of this for it to work. I just use a couple of drops morning and night and my skin is really happy. The pipette that comes with this is both messy and misleading- you really don't need that much, and the packaging (and instructions for use) leads to unnecessary product wastage. I love the ergonomic pump packaging that REN employ for a lot of their cleansers and their facial oil - I just wish they'd use it for this!

Finally, the most boring (but really important) part of my routine - eye cream.  I've been using the Nivea Q10 one which is really affordable, and I have to say I really like it. It's very basic but that's what I like about it - it's just a plain, light eye cream that hydrates without irritating. It takes a little while to sink in, though, which is why I reserve it for night time rather than under makeup.

And breathe! As with all of my skincare posts, congrats if you've actually read this far! And over to you - what's piquing your interest here? Anything else you'd like to see us review?!


  1. Awesome routine! I really want to try P50, it's hard to track down in Canada... maybe I should just order online :)

    Erin | Erin and Katherine Talk Beauty

  2. I haven't tried anything in this post, but it looks like a good routine! :) x

  3. Great post! Could you do a review of eyecreams? Retinol products, if you've used them?

  4. I love the sound of that Liquid Gold (but then again that is a persuasive name!) I love anything exfoliating.
    Also cow's colostrum?! I wish I didn't know that.

  5. I know. It's working though! Liquid Gold is just unreal. Do it!

  6. Thanks! I have a retinol eye cream on standby, will try that next! I buy it from Cult Beauty usually x


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