Monday, 23 March 2015

Morning Skincare Routine

Hello Beauties

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One of my first posts was my Evening Skincare Routine and it's been my most popular post, to date so today I thought I'd share my morning routine with you. I had actually written and saved this, ready to publish, a while ago, but since then my routine has changed quite a lot so I decided to just do a whole new post.

If you've read any of my earlier posts, then you will know that I have normal/dry, dehydrated skin in general. I rarely ever get spots and if I do then it's because my skin hasn't agreed with a product. Recently though, my skin has gone from just dry to extremely dry, especially in my T-Zone, so I've had to change the products that I use in the mornings.

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Generally, I love being in bed in the mornings and only seem to wake up, just in time for a quick cleanse, get ready and go. For these types of morning, I just use my Garnier Cleansing Micellar Water(£4.99) on a cotton pad to remove any residue from the night before. I like this micellar water as it leaves my skin feeling clean but not tight at all, it just does the job although it smells rather weird. On the weekends and days where I've actually woken up on time, I like to use Clarin's Pure Melt Cleansing Gel(£9.50). It is used on dry skin and when you begin to massage it, into the skin, it then turns into an oil and at this point I like to wipe it off with a damp muslin cloth. I then go in with the L'oreal Skin Perfection Velvety-Soft Toner(£3.99) (really selling it with the name) on a cotton pad and run that all over my face too. I had heard some good things about this toner and when I purchased it, a few months ago, it was on offer at Boots for under £3 so I gave it a shot. It feels nice on the skin and it smells so nice, but I don't know if I would say that it made my skin softer at all. For a toner, it's quite thick in consistency, which I actually liked and it also means you don't need a lot of product to work with. 

For the past couple of weeks I have been testing out the Origins Original Skin Renewal Serum(£32) which is meant to rejuvenate your skin and make it look healthy again. That's exactly what I've been needing recently and I have to admit that I do see a bit of a difference with this serum. It's brought some life back to my, otherwise, rather dull complexion without adding any shimmer or glitter. I usually just apply one pump of this and distribute it all over the face. It is quite an expensive serum, but I have noticed difference in the way my skin looks after just one week, so I would say it' s worth it if you feel like your skin has been looking a bit dull.

origins nuxe kiehls serum moisturiser lipbalm eye cream
For moisturiser, I've been enjoying using the Nuxe Creme Fraiche de Beaute(£25) for Dry Skin. This is a really thick moisturiser which I don't usually like wearing during the day as it can tend to feel quite heavy on the skin. However, with the dry patches on my face, this is exactly what I've been needing and it offers a good base for my makeup aswell. When using this moisturiser, I find that my foundation doesn't cling onto the dry patches (definite plus point). I then use the Kiehl's Powerful Wrinkle Reducing Eye Cream(£32). I had initially set out to get the Avocado eye cream as there are so many great reviews out there, however, when I explained to the store assistant what I was looking for, he recommended me this one. I use a small amount and dot it along the eye bone to add some hydration to my under eyes. I was advised to stick to just the bone and not to apply the cream to the skin directly underneath the eye, as excess amounts can actually cause puffiness and melanola (little white bumps). If you've been using an eye cream and have experienced any of those 2, it could be that you're, in fact, using too much eye cream. After applying some of my favourite Nuxe Reve de Miel(£9.50) lip balm, my routine is complete. I've been enjoying this routine a lot and have seen great improvements to my skin over the past 3/4 weeks.

What are some of your favourite skincare products to use? Let me know in the comments or tweet me (@nikitabatavia)
Thank you for reading
Nikita x


  1. I have such a love-hate relationship with toner. It feels nice, but it just doesn't seem to DO anything. Feels a bit like a waste of £4 sometimes to be honest...

    That serum sounds divine though! Definitely going to look that up :) xx

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    1. I completely understand what you mean. I have tried a few different toners and I still don't really see how they make that much of a difference. I really only tried this out because it was £2 on an offer in Boots.

      I find the serum is really good, see if you can get a sample first though. Do you have any skincare favourites? x

  2. ooh i'm testing out that new origins serum soon! excited to see if it works

    from helen at

    ps. win the rose gold GHD styler and hairdryer on my blog here!

    1. I would love to hear your thoughts on it! x

  3. I love the garnier micellar water I use it every day xxx

    1. Ah yeah, it's so nice for the price. It just smells a bit weird but i love that they have 2 other versions now aswell. x


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