I'm in my second year of Uni, and am trying to keep my skincare budget to a minimum whilst still looking after my skin, which needs all the help it can get! To give you the low down, I've got combination skin, with large pores and light acne. Yep, it's not great. But I'm finding this routine keeps my multitude of problems under control, and I hope it might help some of you too.
I remove my eye makeup with Morrissons own brand Sensitive Eye Makeup Remover, which is effective but delicate, so isn't harsh on your eyes. I then use whichever facewipes are cheapest at the time for removing any foundation or concealer. For stubborn foundations such as Revlon Colourstay, which are notoriously difficult to get off, I put a little of Superdrug's Foaming Face Wash (in my morning routine below) onto the wipe first, and it cuts through the stuff!
If there's one thing you should invest in with your skincare, it's the Clarisonic. I've the got the Clarisonic Mia, and you can read an in depth review about it here, but in short, it's the best thing I ever did for my skin. It also gets rid of the need for a separate exfoliating product, since it's effectively giving your face a light exfoliation every day with it's bristles. I know it's a serious investment but it comes with a one year guarantee (that actually works!) and in the long run will probably save you money from not trying out hundreds other serums, scrubs etc.
I use my Clarisonic every evening with Garnier's Pure Active Deep Unclogging Pore Wash (that's a mouthful!), which is £6/7 and lasts for months and months. It's got salicylic acid in it which makes it good for dealing with acne.
On dry skin I then apply Origin's Super Spot Remover (£13) on any pesky breakouts, which helps them to heal overnight, and then apply Oilatum's Natural Repair face cream (£7.90, review here), which puts so much moisture into your skin, it's amazing.
In the morning I have just two steps :) I massage Superdrug's Tea Tree Foaming Face Wash (2.99) into my skin for around a minute, which leaves it so fresh, and then mix up simple's anti-blemish moisturiser (4.99) with Oilatum's Natural Repair face cream. This creates a moisturiser that is perfect for combination skin, with the moisture-boasting properties of Oilatum and the spot-control of the Simple moisturizer. It not too thick for the daytime and provides a good balance for my annoying skin whilst not being to expensive.