Additions to my skincare routine

Thursday, April 11, 2019

I've recently had to replace a few TK Maxx skincare purchases as they'd run out, and as many of you will know, when you buy skincare or bath products from TK Maxx it's not very often you'll ever find them again or be able to buy them here in the UK. Despite knowing this, I still buy skincare from there, knowing full well I'll have to find an alternative when it's gone. I weep for all those amazing products I'll never get my hands on again.

So... I nipped into town before work one morning last week and filled my Boots. ;-)

I had a lovely rosewater facial spritz that I replaced with the Botanics Refreshing Toning Spritz with Rosewater from Boots. I find it a good dupe so far - I've added a couple of drops of tea tree to this too so it has some spot eliminating properties. I've been using it for a week now and it hasn't broken me out, so it's a thumbs up from me. I can see this being even more refreshing in the summer if kept in the fridge...

I've been using an Evening Primrose and Lily Facial Serum by a brand called Beauty Drops for a few months now but it's running low and if I'm being honest, it's nothing special, so I wasn't that fussed about trying to find another bottle. While picking up the toning spritz I saw that Botanics do a Radiant Concentrate Serum with Hibiscus, so I added that to my basket. This serum has AHA's just like my cleanser so when I use both I have to use a moisturiser with SPF 20. This feels lovely on, I have only been using it for a week so I've not noticed any major differences in my skin, but it is nice to apply.

My previous micellar water was by Vichy and I loved it; it had a weird but pleasant scent that smelled like grapes and using it felt like I was thoroughly getting every single spot of make-up and dirt off my face, buuuuuut as you do, I felt like trying something new, so I thought I'd make up the 3-for-2 offer in Boots by picking up their Botanics Micellar 3-in-1 Cleansing Solution. This is a pleasant micellar water, does what it says on the bottle, and makes my skin feel nice and smooth after use. I don't use micellar water that much anymore but I still like to have some on hand.

On to a different brand - when I went to Meadowhall a couple of weeks ago, I stumbled upon Alex Steinherr's skincare range in Primark. I was looking for some sort of eye product that could reduce puffiness and darkness, so I thought I'd give this a go because it was purse friendly and also cruelty free. It has a cooling gel formula that soaks quickly into the under eye area. I loved the way it made my eyes look the first time I used it; I woke up one morning and I could already see a difference in brightness under my eyes. I've been using it every night since and it definitely keeps my eyes from looking like I haven't slept for a thousand years.

I use this Supergel Oil-free Moisturiser from Facetheory after I've cleansed using the Clarifying Cleanser, also from Facetheory (which is the best cleanser ever and is the only cleanser I've ever used that has cleared a majority of my blackheads and spots). This is a light moisturiser for oily skin, and although I don't have oily skin, it still works perfectly for me. I've been using this under my BB cream for months and I will continue to use this in the summer when I retire my heavier moisturisers. Facetheory products are packed full of so many skin-loving ingredients, they're 100% worth the purchase. Definitely my favourite skincare brand of the moment.

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