Hello Loves ~

Apologies for my absence last week but I was in the middle of a typical 3rd year crisis, i.e. I have a dissertation meeting tomorrow and have no idea what my topic even is yet kinda meltdown. So I had to spend the right racking my brain trying to find something from the last 2 years that didn’t make me wanna cry every time I have to think about it, not that I’ve made that much progress since then… *tries to avoid going into another meltdown while shifting in my seat*.

ANYWAY. Moving on.

Back to what I’m actually here for, well kinda, to talk about makeup and stuff. This post is about the stuff part of that sentence. Since being back at university there is simply not enough time in my day for everything, so the nice little extra steps in my daily skin care routine have rapidly gone out of the window. But still know that all of the makeup I put onto my face in the morning needs thoroughly removing in order to prevent breakouts and clogged pores, which is not cute. Who really has time for spending ages on a skincare routine when theres a pile of books that need reading and a million other things to be done???

Over the past 4 weeks since the start of the semester I’ve stripped down my skincare routine to the bare essential steps with products I know that I trust and know that work into a routine that can be done within 10 minutes or less, so I can be in bed enjoying every possible minuet of sleep available to me cuz I love sleep. ‘Nuff said.

~ okay let me try and set the scene for my night time skin care routine: it’s almost 1 in the morning. I’ve probably just given up on the reading that’s for tomorrows lecture because my brain feels like it’s melting, my back is killing me from being sat hunched at my desk (in the not very comfy office chair provided by my halls) for the last God knows how many hours. I’m tired and just wanna go to bed but know that sleeping in makeup is the ultimate beauty sin. So I do my zombie walk into the bathroom and begin the process of removing my makeup…~ 

  1. Remove my makeup with a micellar water. 
    I began using micellar water sometime during my first year at university, and I really like the way it removes my makeup so easily without having to harshly scrub my face which can leave it looking red. The one I have always used is the Garnier Skin Naturals Micellar Cleansing Water (Combi, a.k.a the green one). At £4.99 its a budget option for micellar waters but I think it does an excellent job for the price. I get a coupe of those large cotton pads together and pour the micellar water over them, soaking them and then wring off the excess by squeezing them and then rub them over my face. I’ve gone through so many bottles of this stuff, I have one both back home and in my uni flat because I would HATE to forget it as it’s my go to for makeup remover, even on days when I don’t feel like doing this whole routine.
  2. Cleanse my skin with a toner.
    I’m not 100% sure what this is for but my mum told me to do it and her skin is amazing so I do what she says. I think the purpose of a toner is to cleanse the skin more deeply (?), I’m not a skincare expert- don’t judge me. On the bottle it says that it helps to keep the skin clean and refreshed. The toner I use is the Simple Kind To Skin Soothing Facial Toner (£3.29), I just apply some to a large cotton pad and wipe it all over my face. I’ve enjoyed using it so far as you don’t realise how much makeup doesn’t get removed in the first step, which is so gross yet kinda satisfying to see. Does that make any sense?
  3. Use a purifying lotion.
    This helps to keep skin feeling smooth and soft, adding some moisture back into the skin after cleansing. I squirt some onto a cotton pad and rub it over my face, I like this step as my skin feels so good afterwards. I use the Simple Kind To Skin Purifying Cleaning Lotion (£3.29). I use a lot of Simple products as I do have sensitive skin and I’ve always been fine when using them, my skin doesn’t get irritated when using this brand unlike when I have used some more harsh skincare products when I was younger in order to fight breakouts and typical angry teenage skin.
  4. Pore Minimiser Solution.
    This is the one product in my skincare routine that I have splashed out on, I have began using the Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Stay-Matte Hydrator (£34.00) after asking my mum for some advice on how to combat enlarged pores. She recommended I try out the Clinique skincare as she has been using it for years and has always has positive experiences when using their products. I have enlarged pores on my cheeks and I really hate it, but since I’ve began using this product I have noticed that they have shrunk and I’m beyond thrilled about it. I’ve only been using this product for about 5 weeks so far I’m impressed.
  5. Use an eye roll on.
    The last quick step in this routine is an eye roller, because nothing ages you more than having heavy, dark eye bags. I have began using the Pomegranate Firming & Refreshing Eye Roll-On (£15.00) from The Body Shop. I like the way it feels under my eyes and I feel that in the morning my under eyes look more refreshed and the skin looks and feels smoother since I have began using this product. It also feels like my under eye concealer goes on smoother too, which is always a nice bonus.
  6. Brush my teeth.
    The very last thing I do before going to bed is to brush my teeth as I love laying in bed with that clean, minty feeling in my mouth. I’m currently using two different toothpastes, as they’re quite different products but work really well together. The first one I use is the Beverly Hills Formula Charcoal Toothpaste (£4.99), which is black. It still weirds me out that it’s black but it works really well in my opinion. But it doesn’t have that really minty taste that I like having after brushing my teeth so I brush them again afterwards (as well as to make sure all the black is gone) with the Oral B 3D White Luxe Perfection (£4.49). I love this one as it leaves my teeth feeling all shiny and smooth as well as leaving that cool feeling minty taste.

And that’s it! I know this sounds like a lot, but I thought I ought to give each product a mini-review while writing this or it’d just be a list of stuff I use without any information about the products. I really hope this is helpful for anyone looking to either slim down their current routine or even help create a quick skincare routine. If you have any other topics that you’d like me to write about please let me know! My next post will be a monthly favourites and I’m really looking forward to writing that one for you all! 🙂

XO’ Becky

p.s. please bare with me if I’m not posting regularly over the next few months as I’m trying my best in order to balance university work, writing my dissertation and all the other stuff 20 year olds do.

p.s.s. all photos used in this post are my own.

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