VIDEO: She Asked For The Ultimate Skincare Routine – The Best Beauty Products & How To Use Them

Exciting news, my future sister-in-law got engaged too! There is SO much bridal chat going on in that family, it’s great. It’s lovely to have someone going through the same thing as you though – smiley emoji’s and cosy feelings all round.

For her birthday, we got drunk brunching at The Landau and after a excited conversation about her skin (skincare is always an exciting topic for me, drunk or not), I promised I would make her a super skincare bundle so that she could actually HAVE a skincare routine and see the results in time for her wedding day.

Since she lives in Birmingham, I figured I’d end up posting it to her so I decided to make a quick walk-through video to explain all my beauty product choices and how to use them. Cut to a 20 minute video later and I decided that this actually might be useful to SOMEONE else out there, so I’ve put it on YouTube.

It’s literally the longest video I’ve ever made and it’s also the FIRST video I’ve ever done not wearing any foundation but you know what, if I’m going to pretend to be some sort of credible beauty gal, I gotta show you the results too right?

Watch the video below or on my YouTube Channel

The Product Line Up

Here are the shopping links to the products mentioned in the video, plus some additional products I also like but cut out of the video. I have tried ALL of the below products myself. 

I’ve put the RRP up as well, but to be honest, most of these are always available discounted so don’t freak out when you’re seeing stuff over £50!

Some of these links below are linked to affiliate shops which mean that I get a teeny bit of commission if you buy anything. THANKS GUYS.

Night Cleansers

Something oil or cream based, to dissolve makeup and keep skin balanced. Actually GREAT for oily skin.

Nyasa Pure Glow Nourishing Cleansing Balm £50 – but would def buy again.

MooGoo Oil Cleansing Method £16.90 – lovely little organic, all natural Australian number.

Hylamide High Efficiency Face Cleaner £19 – great for heavy duty makeup, bad if you hate coconut oil

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish £14.50 – it’s a cult classic for a reason.

Day Cleansers

Slightly lighter than the night cleanse, I like gel based cleansers to remove early morning oil, without stripping skin.

Eau Thermal Avene Cleanance £10.50 – a soapless, mild cleanser that’s good for sensitive oily skin.

La Roche Posay Effaclar H Cleansing Cream £12 – super creamy gel, that’s not too squeaky clean

La Roche Posay Micellar Gel Cleanser £12.50 – the secret is to use it with warm water.

Day Serums

A protective layer of antioxidants to enhance the skin’s natural barrier function.

Jurlique Herbal Recovery Serum £47 – it’s not cheap but I use it every day

Jurlique Moisture Plus Rose Balancing Serum £40 – rose is great for hydration and balancing out dry patches

Day Cream

Voya EvenPure £53  – again, not cheap but it’s packed with organic ingredients which drive the price up. I’m also more inclined to actually use and take care with more expensive products.

Nuxe Creme Fraiche De Beaute Cream £26 – a dependable pharmacy brand, I’ve had a great experience with anything Nuxe.

Embryolisse Hydra Mat Emulsion £22 – another decent French brand, I like this mattifying moisturiser too

SPF (crucial!!)

Dermalogica Solar Defence Booster SPF50 £55.50 – caused a dent to my wallet but has lasted forever. I only use it on my face.

Garnier Moisture Bomb Protecting SPF30 Mist £9.99 – FAVOURITE find of 2017

Filorga SPF50 Mist £29 – grown up version of the above, with added anti-ageing treatment

Night Cream

Elemis Peptide4 Night Recovery Cream Oil £49 – lovely stuff. Feels a lot more lightweight than some night creams.

Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate £38 – insert heart eyes emoji here

Clean Beauty Co Rosy Glow Oil £35 – a relatively new, small company so difficult to find stockists

Trilogy Rosehip Oil £19.50 – not mentioned in the vid but I’m a recent convert – also recommend the lighter Rosehip version for oily skin.

La Roche Posay Hydraphase Intense Light Fluid £16.50 – if you hate face oils, then this is your one.

Eye Cream

Jurlique Herbal Recovery Eye Cream £34 – the eye version of the day serum I use.

Dermalogica Power Firm Eye Cream £43.50 – the most expensive eye cream I own but it reminds me to use it every night.


POWDER EXFOLIATORS are the way forward. Don’t scrub your skin. Make a paste with these, apply to your face, let sit for a minute – I like to keep it on while brushing my teeth – and then rinse off with warm water. Do NOT vigorously rub your skin, let the natural acids within it do the work.

Dermalogica Superfoliant £55- if you only buy ONE thing. It’s probably this. Would spend my own cash on this full price.

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant £48 – cheaper, original version of the above – also love but the other has charcoal.

Indeed Labs Powder Exfoliator £18.99 – the next best thing. Try it – don’t scrub! 


Made my own using: Aloe Vera Juice, Lavender Water, Witchhazel, Geranium Water from

Caudalie Beauty Elixir £12 – another cult classic.  

Neals Yard Rehydrating Rose Toner £16 – can’t go wrong with rosewater really. The blue glass bottle is beautiful too.


The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension £4.90 – good luck finding this stuff, it’s always out of stock! 100% recommend but go lightly on your first go, it tingles!

La Roche Posay Redermic R Retinol Treatment £29.50 – only for visible fine lines, always research Retinol before you use it – and ALWAYS use SPF if you’re using retinol.

Antipodes Aura Mask £24.99 – the mask that changed my opinion on cream masks. It’s sublime – esp for oily skin.

Aesop Parsley Seed Mask £30 – quick and easy clay mask if you’ve only got 5-15minutes dry time.

Sukin Super Greens Clay Mask £11.95 – Packed with the good stuff, it’s part clay mask, part delicious smelling antioxidant treatment.

B Makeup Brush Cleanser Spray £4.99 – DON’T UNDO YOUR HARD WORK.

ANNNNND That’s it! A long list but it’s an investment towards better skin.

What do YOU think? How many products do you use a day? Tweet me your thoughts @FaceValueBlog or send me a comment on Facebook!

Published by Zoe Bayliss Wong

Zoe is a Forbes '30 under 30' finance pro, style writer, presenter and panellist, working for a fashion startup and trying to live that best life in the most IRL way possible.