My Skincare Routine

Hello Lovelies,

I hope you are well and having a good week! 

This post is about my skincare routine.
 I'm 31 years old, but I still get ID'd all the time and people who don't know me often assume I'm in my mid 20s which is quite nice!

I have been cleansing, toning and moisturising since my early 20s. One of the 1st things I got with my first paycheck after college was acrylic nails, and some Clinique skincare!

I do think it's paid off that I've looked after my skin, but I also think genes have a lot to do with it. I used to be addicted to sunbeds from when I was about 20-25. (Now I'm addicted to fake tan instead). I'm still dreading the day I wake up looking like a shrivelled prune, but so far this has not happened to me and I can only put it down to more luck than brains and good genes. 
Me aged 30


It takes me about 30 mins to paint my face in the morning, so I like to keep my skincare routine quite quick.
I use the This Works 5-in-1 Water. It's a rosewater cleanser that also tones the skin. I think multi purpose products like that are great for when you're in a hurry.
Currently I'm using the Estee Lauder Day Wear moisturiser. I'm never really loyal to one particular brand when it comes to moisturiser. This will last me about 6 months before I can go shopping and pick a new one.


My evening skin care routine takes a bit longer. I wear a lot of make up, so I like to make sure I get it all off in the evening as it helps to keep my skin clear.

I use the Garnier Simply Essentials 2 in 1 Make up Remover to remove some of the make up from my eyes and face. 

I've currently got the Princes Trust Special Edition one. It's got a lavender scent. Personally, I prefer the original as I don't really like the smell of lavender, but it does feel really soothing on the skin. Also, when you purchase this product Liz Earle donate £2 to the Prince's Trust charity which is great!

I still wash my face after using the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish. I know that's a lot of product to cleanse my face, but I do wear a ton of make up on a daily basis! I really like the Clinique Wash Away Gel Cleanser. I don't usually use a high end cleanser, but I decided to treat myself and ended up really loving this one!

About 3 times a week I exfoliate my skin. I don't do it every day because I am worried it might be too harsh on my skin, and the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser
exfoliates your skin too! The product you can see in the picture is the Avene Gentle Puriyfing Scrub.

After I have sucessfully removed all the slap from my face, I tone. The toner I'm using at the moment is the Lancome Softening and Hydrating Toner. I got this as a free gift when I bought a moisturiser from them. When buying high end products, I think it's always worth it to keep a look out for products as you can get a lot of free luxury samples! So always keep a look out to see what they are offering.

I have been using serums on my skin for years. The one I am using is the Clarins Multi Active Skin Renewal Serum. This helps combat the early signs of wrinkles, which is kind of important when you're my age. Clarins also do moisturising serums and pore minimising serums, which are great if your in your twenties and a brilliant Christmas present idea! I used them throughout my twenties. They smell amazing and feel great on the skin. Judging by the fact that I have little or few wrinkles, they must work!

Lastly I have a night time moisturiser and and eye cream. Both of the ones I've got at the moment are from Bobbi Brown. I like having a different day and night cream. Night creams are generally more nourishing and work while you are sleeping. Also, they don't contain any SPF. This is quite useful if you're having your picture taken as products with SPF in them can sometimes wash you out and give you that ghost like appearance in pictures.

I love the Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream. It leaves the eye area moisturised for up to 24 hours (which is why I use it once a day). It's really lightweight and gentle. I accidentally poked myself in the eye once using this, and it didn't sting at all!

Most of these products are available at Boots. I always stock up on skincare when I have double points vouchers.

Well that's it for my skincare routine! Have you tried these products? And I need recommendations for a new toner please as I've almost run out of the one I'm currently using.

Nuala xxx
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  1. Brilliant post I love reading everyone's skincare regimes. I might have to think about buying that this works cleanser, it sounds perfect because I'm after something decongesting for my skin xxxx

    1. Thanks hon! Yea it's really good. It's good at removing make up (but it's not for the eyes) I think it's amazing to cleanse and tone your skin in one go :) if you get it try to pick it up from boots, esp if you've got a double points voucher :) xxx

  2. Awh, I am 30 but still get id-ed. For so long, I resented it a little but you know what, recently I've become so comfortable with looking young and am dreading the day that my age catches up with me. I've never really dabbled with Clarin moisturisers (just the tanning ones), I really need to pop to a counter! Oh and you just got to love Boots double points!!!

    1. I know what you mean. it's def better to look a few years younger than a few years older that's for sure :) Clarins moisturisers (all their skincare really) is amazing, def give it a go! they do good samples as well i know, i've had boots double points vouchers through in the post just deciding what to get:) xxx

  3. Great post and lovely to read a skincare posts from women. So many are based around makeup!
    Congrats on getting ID'd at 31!! I turned 30 this year and my ID days are over lol

    1. Thank you hon glad you like it! And a very belated happy 30th :) xxx

  4. hello! :D I am coming by to let you know I have changed my blog name to better fit what I blog about. ^___^ the new name is so you can update following links and what not. Hope you're doing well :3

    1. Thanks hon, I've just tried to subscribe but Hello Cotton is playing up will try again later :) xxx

  5. odd.... i could have sworn i left a comment on this yesterday..... ah this is happening way too often <_> </3 my internet's not so wonderful. sorry about that!

    I am the opposite of you in the morning. My skincare routine takes 30 minutes and my makeup takes five XD I've never tried a lot of the product you have here but they look really interesting, especially the 5-1 water.

    i'm 21 and i use anti aging and wrinkle care products now. my friends and family think i'm insane, but they work for any age. my skin looks so much fuller and healthier when i use them. The Clarins sounds really interesting. May have to try that for christmas :D

    XD wow your eyecream! lol the creams i always try irritate my eyes. I have a laneige one that i love the effects, but it drys out my eyes so bad that I constantly have to use eye drops if i use it more than three times a week. I hate when the nice products have bad side effects! lol

    anyway :3 sorry about that again! Have a good one!

    1. The 5-in-1 water is really good, cuts down my skincare in the mornings by quite a lot!
      Yea it's good to start early, prevention is better than cure :) Yea you should maybe ask Santa for a Clarins serum for Christmas they are amazing! I can really recommend them.
      Lol yea it is a shame when nice products don't work. I love the Bobbi Brown eye cream I'd def repurchase it
      Hope your well xxx

  6. You really do look like you're in your 20's! :) I'm 21 and just starting to properly get into my skin care routine so checking out all the best products to use, they can be so pricey though! Great post :)

    Kirsti xx

    1. thank you lovely :) yea i think it's good to start early, but skincare can be so expensive! but some of the high end stuff can last you like half a year or so, think of it as an investment maybe ;) xxx

  7. You're 31?!?! Please give me some of your genes so i know for sure that i'll still have a great skin when i'm 31!
    You look a looot younger! Like 21-25 but definitely not older
    Maybe i should start copying your skin routine!


    1. Yea 31, 32 in December :) Thanks for the compliment lovely! I been using Clarins for years, but with my heavy sunbed use I don't think it's all down to them, genes must play a part too :) xxx

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  9. So we're same age.. :)

    I really need to know how Estee Lauder worked for you. I've read a lot about their skin care range & I'm absolutely convinced that the products work really well. How is your experience with this brand? I plan to buy their night treatment & under eye cream.


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