Back at the start of 2019, I posted my £25 skincare routine, but over the last 6 months, I’ve switched my routine up a bit and found products I really love. One of my goals for this year was to be more cruelty-free, and that was more focused on my makeup/skincare, and I’m quite pleased I’ve found some goodies that are cruelty-free and even vegan too (disclaimer: I’m not a vegan, just trying to do my bit).
The total for all of these products is around £26 at their current prices, so I’ve managed to keep my budget pretty much exactly the same whilst swapping out most products. This price excludes the facemask because I was kindly gifted that from Kauai Cosmetics. I’ll leave links to the products in case you’re interested. Many are from Superdrug, which seem to be killing the skincare game. So let’s get into it!
The first step in my routine is to wipe off my makeup with any makeup wipes, I really like Primark or Simple ones, they’re affordable and do a good job at getting the bulk off before using a cleanser to get the rest out.
My beloved Garnier Essential 2-in-1 oil cleanser that I’d been using for years is no longer available anywhere I go, so with a heavy heart I set out to find a new cleanser. I hadn’t got on with micellar water when I first tried it, but I am impressed with this one. It’s not too oily and has mattifying properties.
The lemongrass really makes this product, it has such a refreshing smell and feeling that leaves your skin feeling lovely and fresh after a long day. This bottle has kept me going for quite a long time too, but I’ll definitely be repurchasing when I run out. The top locks if you twist it which makes it ideal for travelling. I use this with my new Magnitone Cleansing Brush (review here).
I personally always look for milky cleansers and was a big fan of the Garnier ones before trying this. But this product feels so pure and fresh and is good at removing any excess makeup. It contains aloe vera and cucumber extract, which are both very good at looking after your skin. I like my products to feel gentle.
I do find this quite a strong toner, so if you have sensitive skin this might be a bit too harsh, but I do love a good tone. In essence, glycolic acid is derived from sugar cane and is great at dissolving the bonds between pesky dead cells that are on your skin. So it gets into the nooks and crannies of your face to reveal a fresher looking complexion.
I was an avid fan of the Nivea day and night creams until I found this duo. I LOVE these creams! They sit so comfortably on the skin and sink in really nicely, especially the day cream as it sinks it quick before I apply my makeup. The consistency is much lighter than the Nivea creams and the day cream contains SPF 15 too. They both have kiwi fruit and mulberry extracts which adds to the fresh feeling after using all of the other products.
This isn’t an everyday product of mine, but I try to use it once a week – mainly on a Sunday on my no-makeup day. It has similar ingredients to the creams and I love the little beads that are part of the gel. They’re not too harsh on the skin, but this product isn’t ideally marketed for those with sensitive skin it says on the Superdrug website.
Kauai approached me earlier this year to see if I wanted to try their mask, and so as a lover of finding new skincare gems, I said yes. This product is a winner for me because a little goes a long way, which means more applications. It smoothes over the skin nicely and doesn’t go too dry and tight as it dries. Plus who doesn’t want to channel their inner Shrek sometimes.
So there we have my current skincare routine, and I’m working harder to find products that are vegan or at least, cruelty-free. I’m sure some people will find me contradictory because I eat meat still, but I’m making little changes in my life so that I’m contributing less to the problem than I was before. Every little helps.
I didn’t realise I had most of the Naturally Radiant range until writing this post, but these products used in conjunction with each other work really well, and at a really affordable price too so I don’t have to worry when they run out. I’d love to hear down below what your skincare must-haves are!
Thank you so much for reading, until next time x