Monday 4 February 2013


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I am one of these people that has a set routine before bed that I try to follow as religiously as possible. However it means that I can take aaaaages to get ready for bed, as my long suffering boyfriend well knows! But I actually enjoy doing it; it really helps me wind down and it’s nice to have a bit of “me” time after a busy day. However it wasn’t until one night not long ago, when my boyfriend commented on how many products I’d used on my face, that I actually sat down and thought about how many I do use – and so this blog post was born!

Generally I’ll start off by removing my eye makeup with Garnier Simply Essentials 2-in-1 Makeup Remover. I like this because it doesn’t contain any alcohol and is suitable for even sensitive skin. It does a pretty good job of removing that stubborn Benefit They’re Real mascara too!!

I then double cleanse with Dermalogica Dermal Clay Cleanser, which is great for oily skin like mine. Twice a week I exfoliate using Ginvera Green Tea Whitening Marvel Gel. This is my favourite exfoliator by far – it’s gentle yet is great at sorting out any areas of dryness and my skin looks brighter and refreshed after use. Plus who can forget a good old face mask? Once or twice a week I’ll pop on something to help calm and soothe my breakouts, such as Origins Out of Trouble. It reduces redness and inflammation and I’ve noticed a slight reduction in size too.

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Out of the bathroom and into the bedroom, I’ll sit and apply Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair followed by the ANR for eyes. The latter I’ve used for a couple of years and I think it’s the only eye cream that’s made a difference to the area under my eyes in terms of texture, hydration and darkness. The facial serum I’ve been using since the beginning of January and I love it. It just makes my skin look AMAZING. It looks hydrated, fresh and healthy. Plus it’s fantastic at reducing and healing spots, so I haven’t been using any separate spot treatments. Hopefully in the long term it will help reduce breakouts and my existing scarring. I let it sink in for about five minutes and follow with Dermalogica Active Moist moisturiser.

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The next lot of products I will usually skip if it’s a late night, but sometimes bedtime is the only time I have to use them so I try not to! I exfoliate my lips with Betty Bouche by Betty Buff Lip Scrub in Strawberry Sauce and then moisturise them with the 100% organic Figs and Rouge Rambling Rose Lip Balm. I’ll also treat my hands with Dr Organic Coconut Oil Hand and Nail Cream, which absorbs super fast. I then give my cuticles some extra TLC with Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream. Finally I’ll apply a generous helping of Soap and Glory Heel Genius before popping on some bed socks! These are all great products, which do exactly what they say on the tin; I highly recommend!

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So oh dear – what’s the total… in one night I’ll use up to 12 products before bed! And that’s not including if I have a bath first!! No wonder my purse is always empty.

Please tell me I’m not alone in my night time beauty operation – how many products do you use before bed?

Beauty Bird xx

Thank you very much to Helen for letting me guest post on her wonderful blog – I hope you enjoyed reading! Please feel free to pop over and say hi on either my blog Ramblings of a Beauty Bird or on Twitter @beauty__bird

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  1. I think I use about 5-6, this was a really interesting post to read :) x

    1. Thanks Hayley! Interesting to read your number :-) xx

  2. I also like spending time before bed as well as in the morning. I even have an "afternoon routine". But anyway >.<

    On the evening I use 5 products.

    1. Ooh what's your afternoon routine? Thanks for your comment!xx

  3. this post made me think about the number of products I use before bed, and i think it's somewhere near 8, so not quite as bad but still a LOT! xx

    1. Haha I never realised my figure was so high!! I'm glad I'm not the only one though :-) xx

  4. This is such a great post. I'm often too tired to do anything other than remove my make up but this has totally inspired me. I can see how it would be relaxing and make you feel lovely xx

  5. this one is really cool. just like me

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