A Mini Skincare Haul

You might remember that last week I put out a tweet looking for a new moisturiser.

I wanted something super light to go under my make-up, something hydrating that wouldn’t leave my foundation pooling around my neck a mere seven minutes after application and COWABUNGA did you queens deliver.

Whilst the rest of the sassy basic bitch world were busy throwing the dregs of their bank account at Glossier (I’ll admit, I’m still trying to work out if I can justify a bottle of their milky jelly cleanser or nah), I was raiding the shelves of Boots and Debenhams.

So I thought I’d whip up a quick post about the three new skincare treats that came home with me last week, why I bought them and what my first impressions are.

Hope it’s helpful for anyone else like HEH, I need to buy something new but what?



This was by far one of the most recommended moisturisers by you guys and has already become my daily go-to, a huge plus for me is that it costs – wait for it – a casual £6.66 in Boots at the moment.

It comes in three different options depending on your skin – ‘normal to combination’, ‘dry and sensitive’ and ‘normal to dry’ – I went for the combination one as my skin tends to be a bit dehydrated but also incredibly oily around the ol’ t-zone area.

It’s more of a refreshing gel than a classic cream moisturiser and absorbs into your skin almost immediately, which means it doesn’t leave any sticky residue behind. And yes, my foundation glides on magnificently afterwards which is a v strong plus in my books.

A perfect every day skincare product if you broke as fuck.



Chloe has been harping on about this moisturiser for at least the past two months but I kinda started to block the noise out, and then one of my oldest friends recommended it too and I was like alright, alright, I’ll invest in the hype.

I had a Debenhams voucher hiding at the back of my purse so decided to pick it up when we were in Norwich over the weekend, although basically choked on my takeout coffee because IT’S £34 FOR WHAT LOOKS LIKE A REALLY SMALL POT.

I’ve got the overnight mask from the Moisture Surge range and really like it, especially post long-haul flight or when hungover etc etc, so it was a bit of a no-brainer that I’d probs be a huge fan girl of the moisturiser too.

AND FREAKIN’ HECK, it good. Thirty four pounds good? I dunno. It’s like a better version of the L’Oreal one, and feels super luxurious on the skin, like, I actually take joy in applying it. But as it’s so much more expensive it’s more likely to be saved for pamper evenings and days when my skin looks like it belongs on a dying lizard.



This has been hyped up in the ol’ blogging world over the past couple of years, and as someone who loves a balm cleanser above all over cleansers (look at me sounding all smug beauty guru like I even know anything, lol), I decided it was worth using up the rest of the voucher considering my Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel looks like it might be on its last legs.

If you’re mega lazy and attempting to break the face wipe habit, this might just be the hunk for you. It’s so easy to use, so quick, so practical, and so wonderful at removing even heavy duty make-up like liquid eye liner and lash glue.

Plus, because you scoop balm out of a pot, you can really use as much or as little depending on how much make-up is still left on your face at the end of the day.

I’ve been applying it directly to dry skin and massaging it in – including massaging it directly into my lashes to remove mascara. And then I take a warm flannel and wipe everything off. It doesn’t hurt or agitate my eyes, it takes about a minute and removes everything and leaves my skin super soft.

As it’s quite heavy it’s definitely not a morning cleanser and could break me out further along the line but I haven’t been using it long enough to find out. I’ll let ya know if anything changes!



L’Oreal Hydra Genius

Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief

Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm


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