25 September 2017

My Morning & Evening Skincare Routine

I have certainly touched on most of these products on my blog before, but I wanted to do a round-up post of all the skincare I use every single day. I've seen a pretty good difference in my skin since I started a routine again. Believe it or not, before I hardly washed my face in the morning, only at night. I couldn't even imagine doing that now; the skincare I take the time to use in the morning (which isn't really much of an effort at all) makes all the difference, and as everyone says, makes your makeup go on so much nicer. Here are the skincare products I use every day, with a little wishlist at the end of things I need to pick up soon.


Antipodes Juliet Skin-Brightening Gel Cleanser
This is probably the one product that has made the most difference to my skin after using it for a few months. I bought it because Estee raved about it, and I'm glad it is as good as she said it was because it's a little expensive (but not absolutely crazy). If you have dry skin, stay clear, but this is the nicest cleanser for oily or combination complexions like mine. I always thought this smelled like strawberries but on Antipode's website it says the scent is green apple and cardamon; it's so nice nevertheless. This is the perfect morning cleanser for me because it's light, evens out the skin tone and leaves the complexion glowy and bright.

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5
I'm starting to get a little concerned because this is sold out on the websites I can buy The Ordinary products from. It's such a good product and I'm already about half done. If you haven't heard of this brand before, it's so unbelievably cheap, probably cheaper than some of the skincare you can buy in supermarkets. I long banished oils from my skincare routine because they always clogged up my skin, and this has been the replacement. It's not an oil at all, but a light solution made up of 2% hyaluronic acid (hence the name...) which evens skin tone, brightens and adds hydration when combined with a moisturiser. Again, this is more ideal for morning because it's light and great before makeup.

Simple Kind to Skin Hydrating Light Moisturiser
I've used this moisturiser for years because it's just worked for me. It's a super, super light moisturiser which is great for me because my skin can breathe and isn't clogged by oily or ultra creamy formulations. Sometimes I do have to put a couple of coats of this on if my skin's feeling dry. I would love to find another moisturiser that is a bit more moisturising but doesn't break me out (which is something of an impossible task). If you have any suggestions, I'd love them, but for now I'll stick with this!


Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water
I'm not going to lie, I tend to think all these micellar waters practically do the same thing. This is pretty cheap and does the job, so I don't opt for other more expensive offerings (although I would quite like some Bioderma back in my life). I don't really use this as a cleanser, I just use it at the end of the day to remove my makeup more often than not. I feel like I could probably use something better to get rid of my eye makeup, but this works pretty well.

Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel
If my skin is feeling dry, this is an absolute saviour. I use this as my night cleanser because it's super hydrating and gets rid of all the (no doubt) grime on my face at the end of the day. Massaging this into your complexion for five minutes and wiping it away with a hot flannel is the loveliest feeling. As the name would suggest, this starts off as a gel and as you massage it into your skin, it becomes a silky-feeling oil. I think it works well without water and you can also use it to remove makeup.

Antipodes Apostle Skin-Brightening Serum
This is essentially the serum version of the Juliet cleanser, which is why I like using this at night and the cleanser in the morning- using both at the same time would be overkill I think. After using such a nourishing, oily cleanser I like using this serum because it sort of seals everything in and tones the skin. Once again, it gives a lovely bright, glowy result I can't get enough of. This is surprisingly more expensive than the Juliet cleanser- it's a bit of a painful moment handing over a decent amount of money for one product but I do love this so much.

The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution
Another The Ordinary product that will probably run out soon and I have no back up of! I have dealt with some pretty bad skin over the past few years, nothing extreme, but I don't think I've had clear skin since I was 16. I don't really bother with too many products desperately trying to get rid of my spots because frankly I'm quite used to them and I do not have the money or patience. This product, however, is so cheap it's certainly worth trying. I actually do think this helps bring spots down and dry them out without being too extreme. I apply this to each pimple most nights unless my skin is going through a good patch (unlikely).

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant
The last thing I'll quickly talk about is my lip balm of choice, apart from my Glossier Balm Dotcom of course. This is a really good lip balm to put on after you've done your skincare routine- it's pretty heavy duty and will stay moist on the lips (I can't stand lip balms that dry down quickly and make your lips drier than before). This is a 'skin protectant', but I've never used it on my skin, just my lips! The only thing I don't really like about this is the smell (it's kind of like a hospital smell) but I'm used to it so I don't mind.


As summer is coming up in New Zealand, I'm on the hunt for a face sunscreen. I know I should be wearing one every day regardless of season, but I'm pretty slack with sun protection. At the moment I have two brands in mind- La Roche Posay and Kiehl's because I've heard they are good, however please shout out if you have any recommendations! I ideally need something light that won't clog and will sit well under makeup. I would also really like to try The Ordinary's lactic acid peel which offers mild exfoliation and it's apparently great for blemish-prone skin. Finally, I'm in desperate need of a new face mask! I love this one from The Body Shop which I recently finished, so I'm thinking of repurchasing it unless I find something else.

I don't think I'll be doing another post on skincare for quite some time as I think I have everything covered! Have you tried/want to try any of these products?




  1. I've got the whole Simple range for skincare! It's working great for me. These are great picks, also showed me more options to try out!

    Arden | HELLO ARDEN

    1. I haven't really tried anything else from Simple! :)

  2. I love my Glossier sunscreen! Its just like a gel and leaves no white cast x

    1. I kind of want to try that, it looks so good! But shipping to NZ is a bit difficult! x

  3. If you're after a lightweight sunscreen that doesn't feel like sunscreen at all, look up the Biore watery gel. It's an asian beauty staple and nice and cheap too!

    Morgan | Hyacinth Girl


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