Monday, September 14

- Skincare: Cleanse, Tone & Moisturise...

Some find searching for the products that work a pain the backside, then there's others, like me, who enjoy experimenting with different ones. For the past few months, I've been on the hunt for my skincare staples, and I've managed to gather a few which have each earned their way into my routine regularly.

Whilst I'm a believer that skincare is worth investing in (good makeup starts with a good base), I simply don't have the extra cash lying around at the moment to make splurges on. Therefore, this post is all about budget skincare that (I find) actually does the job. In fact, all products I mention below are under £15!

The list is pretty much endless when it comes to skincare: serums, oils, exfoliators, eye creams, blackhead removers, masks, you name it! For this post I've decided to strip things back to basics and focus on the classic cleanse, tone and moisturise. Bear in mind that skincare is a very personal thing. We each have unique skin and what works for one person, might cause havoc for another. I have dry, dehydrated and slightly sensitive skin; here's the products that work for me, and how I use them.


I've been having a good balance between makeup and makeup-free days recently (hurrah), and my choice of cleanser seems to depend on this.

For a speedy morning cleanse, or those makeup-free days when I fancy a really thorough cleanse, I've been reaching for the Shiseido Speed Perfect Whip Foam (£5.75*). This is surprisingly the first foaming cleanser I've used and it's a-mazing. I love how the packaging resembles a handwash - such a genius and practical idea. I use 2-3 pumps on dry skin before rinsing off with warm water (no muslin cloth is needed). On application the foam 'fizzles' and starts 'dissolving' into skin whilst being massaged in. You know when they say your hair is clean when it squeaks, well this legit makes your face the same squeaky clean! My skin looks instantly brighter and I love how fuss-free it is.

Sticking to makeup-free days but when I want more of a pampered feeling, I reach for The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil (£11.00). All this needs is two squirts onto a cotton pad and a quick swipe. I'd recommend only using this at nighttime as the residue does take a while to absorb. I wake up to skin feeling super luxurious and this product certainly deserves all of the hype, however avoid getting it in your eyes as it stings like a ....

Now for days where I have a full face of makeup, I reach for one of two options. The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter (£13.00) is as popular, if not more so, than the oil. It's a thick balm which melts beautifully onto skin. I wait a good few minutes before rinsing this off with a muslin cloth to give my skin some extra TLC.

For days when I'm not feeling something as thick, I opt for a cream cleanser. My current favourite is the No7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Balm for Dry/Very Dry Skin (£9.50). Whenever Boots give out their famous £5 vouchers I always stock up on this gem. It effectively removes makeup and again, leaves my face super clean and soft.


An obvious but, in my eyes, necessary choice when it comes to toner is Bioderma. I opt for the Hydrabio H20 (£10.20) as this is targeted towards sensitive and dehydrated skin. A lot of people suggest the Garnier version as a dupe, but I find this is far more effective, gentler and stimulates more moisture.

Another gem is the Rohto Gokujyun Toner (£8.52*), which I tend to reach for when I have a breakout. This is a translucent liquid which contains hyaluronic acid and oriental herbs - perfect for hydrating, targeting redness and brightening the skin.


As someone with dry skin, moisturising is extra essential. Typically for daytime I use the Jigott Active Emulsion Cream (part of set*) which you can read more about here. This is the night cream from the set, but I find the day one too thin and not hydrating enough.

If you've followed my posts, you'll know I love dewy skin over a matte finish. On days where I want that extra glow, I'll apply The Body Shop Vitamin E Illuminating Moisture Cream (£13) which gives off a stunning illuminating effect. The shine is pinky-pearlescent and definitely suited more for those with cool-toned skin.

Overnight, my number one choice has to be the TonyMoly Banana Sleeping Pack (£4.75*). I've raved and raved about this (see my full review here) and, as this tube is almost out, it will be a definite repurchase. Since using this, my dry patches have pretty much vanished and my complexion is overall a lot healthier-looking!

Overall, I honestly love all of these products and can't find a slight fault with any. It can be quite difficult to know when to use a specific product at a specific time, but I recommend just experimenting and finding what works for you. Perhaps you use some of these products, but differently to me and that's OK.

What do you think of these products? Do you have any skincare recommendations?

*Products marked with an asterix (*) have been gifted. I only feature products/services to my personal taste and all opinions are 100% my own.



  1. Isn't the camomile oil incredible Karen? It's without a doubt my favourite cleansing oil over all high end products. Love!


  2. Wow so many great products!! Definitely a fan of the body shop

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

  3. Great post! I love discovering new skincare products, your recommendations seem promising! xo

    Klaudia //

  4. Oooh I've been meaning to try out a new cleansing oil. Will give the Body Shop a go. :)
    Yours Truly, NY

  5. The camomile cleansing balm is my absolute favourite in fact I need to rebuy and I just adore NO7 skincare! xxx

  6. The Body Shop cleansing oil has been on my list to try since forever! I've never used michellar water as a toner before, definitely interesting, might try it myself and see how it works for my skin.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  7. I love that Bioderma product! It's one of my holy grail products.

    ♡ Marissa Jamie : Mars La LunĂ© ♡ 

  8. So many products :) I need to try out bioderma, heard it is really good! I love BS cleansing oil, it is really good!

  9. This is a great post! I always love learning about what other people love! Thanks for sharing!


  10. The No7 cleansing balm sounds really good, I currently use the Superdrug hot cloth cleanser which I think might be similar? It does the job and doesn't dry my skin out :)

    Velvet Blush

  11. I seriously need to try the Banana Sleeping Mask! I've been more into skin care than makeup lately, so I appreciate all of these recommendations.
    xoxo Lauren | Will Sing For Makeup

  12. I really need to try out the No7 Cleansing Balm, it sounds lovely & it's not the first time I've seen people rave about it. I love TBS Vitamin E range but surprisingly enough haven't tried the illuminating cream yet x

    Beauty with charm

  13. The asian goodies look really nice for the skin, but my all time favourite is Bioderma! I would love to try the cleansing balm! Hope you had an amazing weekend at home, lovely! xx

    Ale |

  14. Really like the No7 cleanser but like the Body Shop oil even more. I'm nearly done with mine and will definitely repurchase. Such a great product and so affordable. x

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  15. We have very similar skin-types, so this post has made me add so many products to my to-try list! I'm still yet to sample any skincare from The Body Shop (bad blogger, I know!), but I have a voucher, so I'll definitely be picking up a few products from there! My favourite, budget brand has to be La Roche-Posay and, in particular, their Toleriane range which is ideal for dry/dehydrated skin :)

    Alice / Alice Grace Beauty


  16. I am such a huge fan of the blue Bioderma! It's amazing for my dry skin and it takes my makeup off so quickly xx

  17. It is great to know which products are good and under £15. The BodyShop Camomile cleansing oil sounds good Lucy x

  18. It's so interesting reading about other peoples skincare routine! I love how the products are all so budget friendly! Also I wish I had the confidence to do make up free days, maybe I need to update my skincare routine further and make it happen! :)

    Gabby xo

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  19. So many great products! I love TonyMoly's stuff!


  20. I agree 100% on the Bioderma/ Garnier "Dupe". I use the Bioderma for combination skin and NOTHING comes close to it!! Garnier is more of a makeup remover and does nothing more for my skin.

    Nihaad - the little blog of STUFF

  21. I use The Body Shop Cleansing Oil in the evening as my first cleanse. It is fab for getting rid of most of my makeup off in one quick swipe. I think I will probably give the Butter one ago after my oil has run out :) x

    Brenda BusyBee

  22. ooooh. I see you've got some Asian cosmetics there. I love them, especially the ones from Japan and the premium Korean ones. I love SKII and Sulwhasoo :)

    Jessica |

  23. I have the Body Shop oil cleanser aswell and know exactly what you mean about getting it in your eyes!! Interesting though because I use it in a different way to you - I take off all my make-up with this then wash it off with warm water.. I'll have to try your way too because I love the way my skin feels afterwards!

    Micks | The Little Yellow Book

  24. These are such a great selection of products. I love the TonyMoly Packaging! It is always so adorably eye catching!

    Angie x | Chocolate & Lipstick || UK Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

  25. I wish I found researching for the best products for myself fun but to me it is extremely overwhelming. I wish I just had someone to tell me exactly what I should be using.

  26. I definitely have to try some Bioderma products, they seem amazing!

  27. the camomile cleansing oil from the body shop is just the one. i loved it so much and it removes all of my make up. its my holy grail.

  28. That No 7 cleanser sounds lush, will have to grab that next time I have a voucher!

    Kat |

  29. I love Body Shop products, I need to try this camomile cleansing oil! :)

    Tara xx

  30. I wana try the camomile so much! Sounds lovely!! I love experimenting with skincare to be honest :) But Ive only recently found one or two that I LOVE and feel like I've buy forever haha. Keen to try some of these! :)
    Jemma xx

  31. I'm so pants at toning! This must get better when I get back to the uk :)

    Corinne x

  32. The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil has been on my wishlist for a while now. I keep forgetting to pick it up whenever I'm stateside. (The Body Shop products aren't sold here). I really need to remember next time!

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  33. Both the Body Shop Camomile cleansers are amazing! I love Bioderma too :) xx

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