I’ve been out the whole day, I am so exhausted and crave some rest, yet the only thing on my mind getting back home is taking my makeup off. Yes, this happens to me pretty often. Don’t get me wrong, I love applying / wearing makeup but taking it off is one of the biggest chores for me and I dread it literally from the moment I’ve put it on haha. To make the experience somewhat more pleasant, I have created a little ‘bedtime’ routine, as I like to call it. It is like a mini pampering session that I do every evening and which consists of removing my makeup (double cleansing, moisturizing and the whole shebang) and taking extra care for my lips, hands and most importantly of my good night sleep.
After I’m home and I’ve changed, starting the chore is in order! Using some of my favorite Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Water I start getting rid of my makeup, beginning from the eyes. Doing my whole face usually takes up about three cotton pads and I make sure that there are no visible traces of makeup on the cotton pad. Bioderma is such an amazing product and I love that it’s water and not oil-based but it cleanses very well and doesn’t dry out my skin. After I’m finished with it, I wash my teeth and go under the shower (which is a whooole nuther routine, let me tell you). The product that I’ve been loving for my second cleanse is the oh-so-famous Emma Hardie Morings Cleansing Balm. Cult product and for a good reason. This baby takes every last bit of makeup off, whilst moisturizing and balancing the skin. It is so soothing and calming and leaves my skin feel silky soft and smooth. Not to mention that the amazing scent is so aromatherapeutic and relaxes me instantly. Once I’m out of the shower, I like to tone my skin and I find that the good old Bioderma works wonders as toner as well.
Now for my favorite part – moisturizing! Always starting from the eyes, my trusty Benefit It’s Potent Eye Cream (review here) gets the job done perfectly. It hydrates my eye area amazingly and doesn’t feel heavy or greasy. Also, the cream helps a bit with dark circles. Brilliant stuff! As far as moisturizing my face goes, I’ve found the perfect combo! La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo and Lush Cosmetic Lad – the ultimate skincare companion. Starting with Effaclar Duo, this miracle product has my skin covered when it comes to reducing redness, inflammation and battling breakouts and black heads. It helps my skin stay clear and also minimizes the appearance of pores. Since Effaclar Duo doesn’t provide enough hydration, I like to top it off with Lush’s Cosmetic Lad cream. No, this is not for boys only and even though it could be used as shaving cream as well it is the best moisturizer I’ve tried! This cooling and soothing cream calms the skin and hydrates it deeply. I was lured to get it when the lady in the store told me that it also helps with white heads and well – it really does! Hello flawless complexion!
For my lips, every evening I religiously exfoliate, using my Lush Popcorn scrub (sorry I forgot to picture it, but here is a review). It gets rid of the dead skin and leaves the lips super soft and kissable. Hydrating lip balm is essential, especially for someone like me who suffers from uber dry lips. My usual partner in crime before going to bed is Dior Crème de Rose. This heavenly rose smelling lip balm moisturizes beautifully and when I wake up in the morning my lips are so plump and full. It’s love!
If my mum has taught me one thing about beauty it has to be how important it is to take good care of our hands and moisturize them daily. And since I don’t fancy having hands which look as if I am eighty at the age of thirty - before going to bed I always moisturize and apply some cuticle butter. The hand cream that has completely stolen my heart is the Soap & Glory Hand Food (review here). I soak my hands in this gem and in the morning I enjoy my amazingly soft and smooth hands. This cream hydrates incredibly and the scent is to die for. Best budget buy ever! Even though it is super strongly scented, Lush Lemony Flutter (review here) is still my first pick when it comes to cuticle care. Rub a little bit of the butter and in the morning you will be amazed by how moisturized and more supple your nail area is! Bye bye dry, chapped cuticles!
Now that my makeup is off and my skin is perfectly ready for the night, it’s time for my favorite nighty ritual – reading a nice magazine / book and diving into the therapeutic properties of the This Works Deep Sleep duo (review here). I roll some of Stress Less on my wrists, inhale the relaxing Eucalyptus and Lavender vapors and instantly feel calm and distressed. To ensure a good night beauty sleep, I give my pillow a couple of pre-snooze spritzes of the Pillow Spray and the divine fragrance instantly sends me off to la-la land Zzz…
Have you tried any of these products? What is one essential product that you just can’t be without before going to bed at night?