Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Skincare on a Student Budget

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.

Evening Routine

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.

Morning Routine

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.

Have you got any cheap miracle skin care products? I'd love to hear about them.



  1. this is so helpful!


  2. How does the Garnier Pore Wash work for you? I was thinking about maybe giving it a try(:


    1. It's really great, definitely give it a go :)

  3. The Clarisonic looks a really good product, I read your review on it too. May have to look into this! Thank you for posting.

    Lyndsay ♡
    Fizzy Peaches

  4. I'm jealous of the clarisonic! I've thought about getting one a couple of times, but it is an expensive item and I'm terrible at even just washing my face!!


  5. I use the Garnier deep pore unclogging wash too, I really like using it in the shower and find that it does clear up my skin quite nicely after I've had a few spots erupt!

    http://hannahrebekahcampbell.blogspot.com xxx

  6. I love my Clarisonic too! My face feels so clean after using it, though I get lazy a lot of times and don't use it. :p


  7. Lovely blog! Would you like to follow each other?
    Just let me know :)



  8. We understand how you feel! Skin care products can be pricey for a uni student and taking into consideration there's two of us! But these products are so affordable! We love the simple line

    love the name of your blog by the way. We though you were australian when we saw it!


  9. great skincare tips:-) interesting blog,do visit my blog and if you like,follow on GFC and Bloglovin and leave a comment and i'll surely follow back:-)


  10. Great post!!

    You want to follow each other in the GFC and Bloglovin?

    XoXo Elena,

  11. Love this post! I so wanna try the Clarisonic, but I don't know if it would work and make my dry skin any better? I love the colour of yours :D xx
    Gemma ♥ | Miss Makeup Magpie

    1. I think it probably would help, since it's a light exfoliation every day. I've found my skin to much less flakey when I use it :)XX

  12. wow really great post, love it so much!
    xx Kate

    The Style Department

  13. Hi there, new follower here. I have been wanting to try the Clarisonic Mia for ages, i've heard a few people say that they have made their skin worse - have you found this ? Love laura www.ascottishlass.net

    1. Thanks for following :) I did initially find that to be the case, I got some pretty bad breakouts, but that was my skin bringing out all the bacteria to the surface. After a couple of weeks that died down and my skin started looking better than it ever had :) hope that helps! Xxx

  14. Ohh I need this with my current lack of funds ;) I have tried the simple moisturiser before I didn't feel it helped my spots but it was a really nice texture :)



  15. It is very useful blog post. Thanks a lot for telling me about Clarisonic. I never

    heard about it before. My skin is very oily so I avoid putting on just any cream without

    prior knowing about it.

  16. I've recently started using the Body Shop Tea Tree Blemish Fade Night Lotion which I have found to work amazingly! It works really well for those stubborn spots that just won't go away, but it is slightly expensive. I've got a friend who worked there so she picked up about four of them for me and I've only used half of one so far. So they last a long time! Also, I don't own a Clarisonic but I've started using the Garnier Pure Face Wash with a built in exfoliator which I've found works really well too :) An amazing and simply routine you've got though, it was really awesome to read :)



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