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My oily/combination skin is definitely my biggest enemy (runner up being my eyebrows) and I have struggled to keep it under control since I was roughly 13/14. Some of the following products make it so much easier for me to banish spots and uneven skin tone, so I thought I’d share the products that keep my skin smooth, soft and not-quite-blemish-free-but-I’m-getting-there!

Makeup Removal

I’ve been through my fair share of makeup removers in the past. I’ve used cream cleansers and micellar waters but so far, none stand out to me. The two I currenly use and do the job well are my Simple Micellar Water and my Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser. I also have the Garnier Micellar Water but it does not work well with my skin at all, so it will unfortunately be getting binned! It took me a while to get used to the Hot Cloth Cleanser as I’d never used anything like it before, and honestly I rarely reach for it over my Simple cleanser, but since my skin has very recently had a bad outbreak I will definitely be attempting to use it again!

Mario Badescu Acne Cleanser

I discovered this brand when I bought my Zoeva brushes – they sent me 2 testers, a cucmber lotion and a cleanser, and since then I have been picking up bits and pieces to add into my skincare routine. I use this cleanser after removing my makeup just to further cleanse my skin – it’s not too harsh on my skin but so far I’ve not noticed that much of an improvement in terms of acne and my uneven skin tone. I’m not even a quarter of the way through the bottle yet though, so that may change!

Mario Badescu Special Cucumber Lotion

Another one from Mario, I bought this at the same time I bought the cleanser. Previously I had used the normal cucumber lotion and it left my skin incredibly smooth and soft, so after finishing that tester I went on to buy the full sized one. I’m not sure what’s so special about this Cucumber Lotion, I’m yet to find a difference between the two, but it definitely helps keep my skin lovely and soft!

Pixi Glow Tonic

I had been eyeing up this product for a while after seeing various beauty bloggers discuss it. This was my first liquid exfoliant and I love everything about it. I love the smell, the packaging and the product itself. It has definitely contributed to my spots and the marks left fading a lot quicker! It’s also not harsh at all – the word ‘exfoliant’ made me assume it would be too harsh for my skin; oh, how wrong I was. The only bad thing about it is how quickly it appears to be disappearing from the bottle! 

Alpha H Liquid Gold

Another product raved about by bloggers – and I can totally see why. It’s slightly harsher than the Pixi Glow Tonic so you’re advised to only use it once every two days, at night time. If you have very sensitive skin I would not suggest this, although I’ve found it works incredibly well, it does tend to irritate my skin a little bit. It works best without using a serum or moisturiser afterwards, which felt strange to me when I started using this, I thought I’d wake up with crazy dry skin! Buuuuut, it does the exact opposite, it leaves your face softer and smoother than your freshly shaved legs. Really, you’ll be sitting feeling your face all day.


Until recently I just could not be bothered using a serum. Yes, yes, I know, that’s bad – I can hear all you passionate skincare people screaming. But all the ones I look at were far too expensive – both my serums, Mario Badescu Hydrating Serum and Nip+FAB Dragons Blood Pumping Serum were under £20. I’ve found the Dragons Blood Serum works a lot better than the Hydrating Serum (and it makes you feel very Daenerys Targarygen) as I could see results almost instantly. It did plump my skin ever so slightly and it sank into my skin incredibly quickly!


I use a few different moisturisers during the day and a night. Two are by Simple and I am yet to find any moisturisers that I like better than these. I have tried countless brands and moisturisers, some targeted at oily skin and some not, but I always revert back to these 2. They suit every skin type, they don’t make my skin more oily nor do they dry it out completely, so I’ve found they are perfect for me. I also use a Botanics moisturiser with SPF 15 which I find works very well too. I often use coconut oil as a moisturiser at night, as I don’t want any extra oil on my face during the day, and it leaves my skin so soft and has helped clear up any bad dry spots I have.

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Spot Treatments

I use a few different products to reduce my spots – I get quite bad ones that last a long time and maybe using 2 or 3 different products on them is bad but it seems to be working from me. 

The first is a Neutrogena cream, I use this in the morning after my serum but before my moisturiser. I’ve been using this for a lot of months now and it’s probably my favourite spot treatment for spots that are already out. 

I use another 2 products at night time – the first was prescribed by a doctor; I’ve only been using it for about a month or so but it seems to be working very well for me so far. I use this the same way I use the previous spot gelafter serum, before moisturiser

After I’ve moisturised I use my Body Shop Tea Tree Oil. I dip in a cotton but and dab it on any areas I think need a little extra help clearing up. Despite it being a small bottle, it really will last you ages! 

The final product I use on my spots is good old Sudocrem. I have a huge 400ml tub of the stuff (thanks mum!) so I think I’m sorted for a very long time! I just pop this on before I go to bed and wash off any excess in the morning and it works like a charm. 

I think I’ve rambled on enough now, I hope you enjoyed this little (huge) insight into my skincare routine


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