Ok, so when I say ‘streamlined’, I mean ‘beauty blogger streamlined’! These are the products I reach for when I don’t any specific concerns that need addressing (with a mask or treatment), that I just can always rely on to do the job. They’re the essential steps to my routine that I wouldn’t cut out unless I was running veeeerryyy late or I was practically unconscious...
Remove Face Makeup: DHC Deep Cleansing Oil | £24 | There's always some sort of oil-based cleanser in the mix for me and my current weapon of choice for makeup removal is this one from DHC. After having somehow racked up about 4 samples of this and having used them all up, I invested in the full-sized product. It doesn't have a scent and is very lightweight (when I remove it with a muslin cloth there's no excess left behind). It's incredibly gentle and doesn't sting my eyes when I take off my liner and mascara. It's also so effective and removes 99.9% of my face makeup.
Remove Eye Makeup: Bioderma Sensibio H2O | £19.50 | I always go in with Bioderma on the eyes because I can get right up in between my lashes to take everything off with a cotton wool pad. This is the original (or at least the most famous) micellar water, which is amazing at removing makeup whilst being just as gentle as water on the skin and around the eyes.
Cleanse: REN Clearcalm3 Clarifying Clay Cleanser | £19 | This is an old favourite of mine that I often forget to mention because it's such an ingrained part of my routine! It's a clay-formula cleanser that calms down sensitive, red areas of my skin as well as reducing blemishes. It has such an unusual liquid-clay formula that's unlike anything I've ever used before. A bottle also goes a long way: I've been using this nearly every day for the past two years and I'm only on my second!
Tone & Exfoliate: Pixi Glow Tonic | £18 | Most of the time I don't have to use a proper manual face scrub and that's thanks to this fruity-smelling, funny-coloured acid toner. It gently removes dead skin cells, clearing up dry patches but at the same time helps to fade any old blemishes you may have and uneven skin tone. This is the product I'd recommend to anyone just starting to try out AHAs and BHAs because it contains an everyday-friendly 5% glycolic acid. Personally, I use this every other night and opt for a face mist on the days in-between.
Night Cream: The Ordinary Retinol 1% | £5.80 | I have a full post on the Ordinary you can check out here but this is a product that's made it into my routine. It has a really unusual gel-like texture but actually feels quite hydrating once applied to the skin. This is amazing for keeping my skin clear, smooth and even, whilst also being incredibly gently. I don't use this every single night - I often will alternate it with a simple, hydrating moisturiser (usually the one from the Ordinary, which you can read about in the post I linked) every other evening.
Lip Balm: Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm | £9.50 | I honestly use this lip balm every night without fail and have been doing for a good 18 months and I'm only just reaching the end of my original tub! It's quite a heavy formula (which is why I use it overnight) but it's honestly so nourishing. I rarely have to use a lip scrub because this is amazing at taking care of any dry patches and I pretty much never get chapped lips these days! It leave my lips so soft and smooth by the time I wake up in the morning.
Cleanse: Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser | $18 | UK shipping | This has pretty much replaced the nice-but-overpriced Oskia cleanser in my routine! I'm really enjoying using this lightweight gel-like formula. It doesn't emulsify but stays a jelly consistency. I personally find it leaves my skin looking and feeling fresh, clean and soft. It doesn't have a strong scent and the packaging is pretty 'no-frills' but that's essentially what I want from a morning cleanser: something quick, easy and effective.
Tone: Herbivore Rose Hibiscus Coconut Water Hydrating Face Mist | $32 | I almost always opt for a quick and easy spray instead of a proper toner in the morning. I actually picked up the mini of this in New York but the full size I liked is available on Sephora's website which ships to the UK (otherwise the Mario Badescu Spray does a similar job). This is a water-light, non-sticky facial mist that's packed full of amazing ingredients: coconut water, hibiscus flower, rose, witch hazel and aloe vera. It's so soothing and hydrating, instantly softening and calming my skin.
Serum: Avene Hydrance Optimale Hydrating Serum* | £17 | This is probably one of my all-time favourite serums; it has a water-based gel texture that hydrates without overloading my combination skin. It's fast-absorbing and takes care of any dry patches as well as making my skin look healthier with fewer visible dehydration lines.
Moisturise: Caudalie Vinosource Moisturising Matifying Fluid* | £23 | This is another amazing product for combination skin; it has a cream-gel formulation that's so refreshing and hydrating. It's nothing heavy or rich but plumps up the skin nicely and provides a soft, smooth base for your makeup. It helps reduce the appearance of shine but isn't at all drying. It's essentially the perfect product to balance out my skin.
Eye Cream: Philosophy Take a Deep Breath Oxygenating Eye Gel-Cream* | £24 | This eye cream is the perfect balance of being nice and moisturising but not rich or greasy. It's fast-absorbing and ensures that the makeup under my eyes doesn't look caky. It wakes up my entire eye area, making it feel refreshing and reducing any puffiness.
Lip Balm: Caudalie Lip Conditioner | £5.50 | I know it can be hard to get excited about simple lip balms but I've really been loving this one I picked up at the Caudalie Spa (more about that visit at a later date...) It looks like your standard stick lip balm but is full of natural ingredients and has the most moisturising texture without being even slightly waxy. It has this gorgeous, slightly fruity scent and makes my lips so soft!