Annie’s Updated Evening Routine

A: We have both posted about and morning and evening routines before, but that was a while ago now and mine have changed massively so I thought I would let you know what my new routine is.

I have always struggled with blemishes and spots; and yes this is super annoying, but I do not suffer with dry, oily, greasy, patchy skin or dark circles so I am quite lucky in that respect. I have tried SO many products which are supposed to help with spots and blemishes but to be honest, it is a minefield. There are so many products out there that you begin to drown in them, and I had resigned myself to a life of bad skin. I’ve tried The Body Shop, Clinique, Liz Earle, Freederm, Clearsil, Boots own and any other brand I could find. Toners, cleansers, clearing solutions, pore refiners, clarifying lotions, foams, exfoliants, serums, gels… the list is endless. They all appear to start off really well but the end result is always the same. A vicious circle of bad skin, fixing the bad skin and waiting for spots to stop appearing, clear skin for one day and bad skin again. This circle has been going on for a over year now without a break and the stress of it doesn’t help either – I’m sure there’s so many out there that can sympathise and relate to my situation because it totally wears you down.

BUT… I don’t want to speak to soon and I REALLY hope I’m not jinxing it by saying this so putting it in brackets will make it not count – (I think I may have found a routine that works!!!).

The Products

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Ultrabland by Lush – £7.25 for 45g

“Based on an ancient Greek formula for cold cream, Ultrabland is beautifully simple and very effective. Made with almond oil, rose water, beeswax and honey, this cleanser removes all traces of dirt and makeup, without stripping away your skin’s natural defences. Smooth over the face, any dirt will cling to the cream and you can remove it with a warm damp cloth or cotton wool. “

A cult classic. For the last 6 weeks I’ve been using Lush’s Ultrabland. I started off by buying a small pot of 45g for £7.25 (see the full post here) but I actually didn’t like it at first. It left my skin feeling greasy the morning after I had used it, something which has never been a problem for me. But then Chloe told me off because apparently I need to remove it and then use a toner #badbeautyblogger. This was all I needed to make Ultrabland ‘work’ for me. Because of it’s natural ingredients, it causes zero irritation to my skin and leaves it feeling clean, soft and totally fresh. I honestly love this product so much because it is so amazingly simple!

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Rosewater & Chamomile Gentle Skin Toner by Natio – £6.80 from Birchbox

“Sometimes, considering our penchant for cosmetic experimentation, face wash alone just doesn’t cut it. This is where toner comes in. Natio – a plant-based, gender-neutral skincare range from Down Under – offers a Rosewater & Chamomile variety that gently removes excess oil and makeup while soothing and nourishing the skin.”

I actually panic bought this toner from Birchbox (needed to use my points and didn’t know what to buy but thought I could do with a toner/love rosewater!). This does exactly what it says on the tin. It’s so gently and calming to use, and the rosewater and chamomile smells so good. I can’t recommend this enough if you’re looking for something to soothe you skin and make you feel lovely.

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Lacura Intensive Serum Aqua – £3.49 from Aldi

“Skin appears more radiant and youthful.”

So yeah, my moisturiser is from Aldi… Chloe and I actually do most of our shopping at Aldi, and she mentioned she had bought this and said how good it was. So I thought I’d give it a go, but wasn’t expecting anything amazing. This is actually one of the best moisturisers I’ve come across. It’s light, clean and sinks into your skin almost immediately. For £3.49 you really can’t go wrong with it – although it does fly off the shelves now every one has realised how good it is, so if you manage to spot some you should definitely give it a go. And the fact that the blurb is so short on this really sums up the product – it is what it is (I actually did a whole post dedicated to this beauty, just click here to see it).

The Routine

Firstly, I use the Ultrabland all over my face and let it sink into my eye make-up (I wear A LOT of mascara), then gently remove with damp cotton pads. Once it’s all removed, I simply soak a cotton pad in the toner and then apply to my face in circular motions. I normally do this step twice (unless I’m feeling a little lazy). After this I moisturise. There is nothing else to it and this routine is so super simple that it’s not turned into a chore – we all know that dread of being ready for bed but knowing you have to take your make up off properly. It leaves my skin feeling and looking clean, soft and bright. If you have similar skin problems to me, I really do urge you to give this a go – even (especially!) if you’re feeling at a loss of how to solve them, like I was.

What are you skincare holy grails? #twolittleowlsblog

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11 thoughts on “Annie’s Updated Evening Routine

  1. Kerri

    I’m forever trying new skin care routines and trying to work out the best products for my complexion which is a little bit oily, a little bit just average and a little bit break out prone. At the moment I’m using a combination of the body shop tea tree and sea weed range and so far so good 🙂

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    1. twolittleowlsblog Post author

      I’m the same just a few more breakouts than not unfortunately! I must admit, I got on pretty well with the tea tree range from the body shop for a while, and just kind of accepted that I’d have breakouts more often than not – but the Ultrabland has changed my opinion completely!
      Thank you for your comment 🙂 x

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  2. Sarah

    Great post! As I said in reply to you on my blog, I HAVE to try Ultrabland, I think!
    It sounds so good; hopefully it’s good for acne prone, combination skin?
    As Kerri above said, I am also using a combination of The Body Shop’s Tea Tree and Seaweed products, and they are brilliant, even on my rubbish skin!!
    The toner and moisturizer you show here look pretty good too…
    I don’t have an Aldi near me unfortunately, but I’ll see if I can find that moisturizer online somewhere?
    Thanks for sharing 🙂 xx

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    1. twolittleowlsblog Post author

      Yeah it really has worked wonders for me. I’ve been using it for even longer now, I drafted this post a few weeks ago. I have had one week with a few break-outs but I’m sure you can guess the cause of that. And Ultrabland really helped to clear my skin up even then! The toner is lovely, super calming and soothing. It’s nearly ran out now though and it’s only available online 😦 And I really do love the Aldi moisturiser too – but they actually don’t have an online shop! So only available in store I’m afraid!
      Thanks for your comment 🙂 xxx

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      1. Sarah

        Am in my local Lush now actually! They are out of stock with Ultrabland! 😩 Am so gutted! Gone for Farmacy Fresh or whatever it’s called instead? As for the toner, will keep my eye out online, and oh no! Hmm maybe somebody on eBay will have the Aldi moisturiser? 😛 Otherwise I’ll have to do without lol and you’re welcome 🙂 xxx

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      2. Sarah

        Ooh I’ve never done one of those before! Proper blogger stuff lol 😛 It would have to be my next payday if thats alright? I’m not sure how I’d go about this? Lol 🙂 xx

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      3. Sarah

        Sorry for not responding earlier! My next payday is 1st Dec if thats okay? In time for Christmas! 😛 Any amount is fine with me lol (although definitely under £50 if that’s alright? Haha) I’ve never done this before or seen one be done! Will have to look into it a little more to see what other bloggers include in theirs 🙂 Thanks again xx

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