My Budget Friendly Skincare Routine


Let’s start out with saying that I am admittedly genetically lucky when it comes to my skin. Freckles and a fair complexion mean my breakouts can actually be hidden quite easily. But in the same breath, my fair complexion means scars and red spots do show up very easily.

I’ll admit, I only got into a full skin care regime back in uni. The partying into the early hours and early starts to get to my 9am lectures took their toll on my skin. Sleeping in your clubbing make up, lashes and all, is something that can and will destroy any faith you have in having Bella Hadid level beautiful skin.

But I never had the money (shock) on my student budget to buy pricey skincare, so through a lot of trial and error I found a range of drugstore products that work for me. There are a few what some would consider ‘high end’ products I use intermittently, but they last a lifetime and are more luxuries rather than necessities.

So, we’ll go through this very short, concise skin-care regime of mine – because for some reason you all wanted it!





The amount of make up I wear depends on the day. More often than not, Monday-Friday you can find me in nothing more than mascara and eyebrow pencil, with a few concealer spots if I’ve had a breakout. But at the weekend I like to make the most of having time to get ready, so I do usually have a full face of makeup on when I do my evening skin care routine.

My first step is an OIL cleanser – this I find breaks down my makeup really well, and is my first step in my skin care routine make up on or not. I use the Vitamin C Skin Renewal Cleansing Oil by SuperFacialist. It smells amazing, and is a great first step to breaking down what the second cleanse will remove.


After my oil cleanse and make up removal, I use a hydrating gel cleanser. I love the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Cleanser, because the formula removes dirt, make up and foams up a lot the more you work it in. It feels like it really thoroughly and deeply cleans my skin.

I always make sure to wet my face with water before rubbing the cleanser in. I rub it in for about a minute and a half, focusing on my T-Zone and jawline area.

The addition of hyaluronic acid has changed my skin completely. For a long time, I used skincare made for normal to combination skin. I suffered from small bumps and texture on my forehead and cheeks, they never formed to acne or spots but were always there.

When I started doing some research, there was a suggestion that my skin was actually dehydrated. Within a week of using a hydrating routine rather than one to dry out what I thought was oily skin, I saw results.


Now my skin is make up free and cleansed, I use a liquid exfoliant to remove dead skin and resurface my skin. For a long time I used a physical exfoliator – the type with tiny beads, sugar or seeds in it that provide a rough texture. But I found it actually caused me to break out more, and I noticed tiny tears in my skin caused by the rough texture.

I use Pixi Glow Tonic. It contains Glycolic Acid , that is a great starting point in the world of liquid, chemical exfoliators. It improves the texture of my skin, reduces my breakouts, and leaves my skin smoother.

I’d definitely recommend it if you’re looking for a new addition to your skincare routine.

However, in the winter months or when they’re particularly bad – usually after I’ve been wearing a matte liquid lipstick that is stubborn and drying – I do use a physical exfoliator for my lips. The MAC Lip Srubtious. It is an old favourite, and one of my more unnecessary and what some would consider ‘luxury’ products. It lasts forever though, and isn’t part of my daily routine, but rather my weekly routine.


I use a super hydrating, gel texture moisturiser that is water based. I have tried SO many moisturisers, and have found my skin does not agree with traditional cream based moisturisers. They tend to break me out, especially if they’re perfumed.

This Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Moisturiser is something I have repurchased time and time again. My skin drinks the stuff up, and I can apply more or less depending on how much I need on the day. For example, if I’m using it in the morning, I apply slightly less to sit under my makeup. In the evening, I am more heavy handed with it as it soaks in overnight and my skin really benefits from it.

The final step in my routine, which I don’t think necessarily makes a difference to my skin, is a spritz of the Omorovicza Queen Of Hungry Mist . I mentioned this in my Jame Genevieve X Cult Beauty review post, and it’s become my favourite way to finish off my skincare routine. It’s refreshing, smells great, and can be used on skin and hair so makes you feel like you’ve been at a spa. Honestly, the bougiest thing I own, but a guilty pleasure for sure.

So, there it is! That is my daily skin routine. The only change I have is in the morning, I do a one step cleanse, so leave the oil cleanser out of the equation.

I hope you found that helpful, and if you try any of the products I’ve mentioned let me know! All products mentioned are listed below.


Vitamin C Skin Renewal Cleansing Oil by SuperFacialist.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Cleanser

Pixi Glow Tonic

MAC Lip Srubtious

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Moisturiser

Omorovicza Queen Of Hungry Mist


1 Comment

  1. April 10, 2019 / 4:42 am

    I’m totally guilty of spending on clothing ( and coffee, let’s be honest here ) instead of skincare – this leaves a little budget for it from time to time, so this is the post I needed! thank you for the recommendations, Ria – it’s trial and error with these kinds of products and I really appreciate you letting us know which ones we should be picking up!

    Nati x |

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