Skincare Update (Ad Free)

Author: Naomi Liddell

Wouldn’t it be refreshing to have a skincare regime update from a bunch of women without big skincare brands sponsoring it or affiliate links? Well, we think so. And we’ve decided to write it. Here are three very honest rundowns on how my, Charlotte and Becky’s skincare routines are working for us along with all the products we’re using and loving. And whilst here at Rock My Style, we’ve always been very careful to only use affiliate links on products that we’re genuinely loving, in this post, you won’t find any. Just good old links to the products themselves. On with the updates. Tab opening fingers at the ready.



Skintype: Combination Skin with Hormonal Breakouts

Since having Finn, I struggled a bit with settling on a skincare regime that can work for my dry cheeks and oily chin. It felt like everything was either too rich or not rich enough. Then I remembered having a bit of a love affair with The Ordinary (of low priced but complicated -at-first-glance skincare fame) in my pre-pregnancy days and thought I’d give their anti-ageing regime a go. After teaming this with a few old favourites, I haven’t looked back. 

My current routine is quite simple in the morning – I cleanse with just hot water and fresh facecloth or if I’m having a breakout, then this Charcoal & Mint Soap (full disclosure, this link goes to my own online shop – because that’s where I get it from – but feel free to Google for other suppliers). Then I apply The Ordinary Buffet followed by The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 and top it all off with my favourite moisturiser of all time (spendy, for me, but worth it) – Caudalie Premier Cru The Cream

At night, things are a bit more involved. I start by double cleansing with Elemis Nourishing Omega-Rich Cleansing Oil. It’s an oil based cleanser that just melts my makeup off but never leaves me feeling slick. Then I follow up with The Ordinary Buffet, The Ordinary Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3% and then finish with The Ordinary Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil. I pop a bit of Caudalie Premier Cru The Eye Cream all over my eyes. It’s one of the few eye creams I’ve found that you can apply all over, important for a lass like me with hooded eyelids that need some love. And if I’m feeling like I want some extra hydration (or just feel a bit extra) I mist myself with either (budget-friendly) Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe Herbs and Rosewater or (rather luxe) Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist. And on the subject of Mario, his Spot clearing Drying Lotion has saved me from many a hormonal breakout. I just dab some on with a cotton bud when I notice the first inklings of a spot, leave overnight and by morning, it’s usually stopped in its tracks. 

Writing that all out does make me feel a bit high maintenance, but a girl has got to have some potions, no?


Skintype: Combination Skin

I am currently using all Beauty Pie products. I’ve lapsed over the last couple of weeks and have noticed a negative difference in my skin. But when I was using the products for a solid 8 weeks it seemed to respond really well. I have combination skin (that is prone to blackheads) and suffer from bad spots and acne nodules around my period but even they didn’t seem quite as bad. I use the £5 a month subscription and have been using: Japanfusion cleanser, Daily super healthy skin for day time Evenings I use super healthy skin anti-aging and also the double vitamin c & e capsules.

I have been really impressed with how long each of the products seems to last. I have only had to replace two of them so far and I have rebought them so that shows how pleased I am with them.
Another beauty thing I have been into lately is lash serum. You can pay an absolute fortune for lash serums but I have been using a £16 No.7 one and I am convinced it has made a difference. I had to take a break from having my lash extensions and my own lashes were virtually non-existent. Just to clarify – they were pretty shite before the extensions too. Very short, very straight. So to try and encourage growth I go the serum and honestly? My lashes are longer than they have ever been before! That can’t be a coincidence. This product also lasts for ages. I have been using it now for about 10 weeks (give or take the odd evening I have forgotten) and it’s still going. So if your lashes are in need of a bit of TLC I would really recommend it.



Skintype: Dehydrated / Sensitive Skin

When I stopped taking the contraceptive pill at the back end of last year my skin decided to behave like a complete arse. I suffered from breakouts that I hadn’t experienced since my early 20’s – mostly around my chin and forehead. It seemed as though my epidermis couldn’t decide if it was oily or incredibly dry (often it would take a stab at miraculously managing to be both at the same time).

I have always been extremely sensitive which means I am hyper aware of what ingredients irritate (erm…most of them) so my product choice is somewhat limited. If I find something I get on with well and I can see visible results, I’m more often than not very faithful. I don’t tend to chop and change my lotions and potions, and even though I’m generally a marketeers dream, I don’t buy into the ridiculous claims and BS associated with “miracle” creams and the like.

I’m glad to report my skin is mostly back to normal, and I have even received compliments on my “glow” (typically as I type I’m suffering from some central heating/stress-related redness and flaky patches – holiday wine didn’t help either). I’m on my third bottle of Skinceuticals C E Ferulic – it’s spendy but a bottle lasts me 4 months or so, applying 4/5 drops each morning over my entire face. I attribute the aforementioned glow mostly to this and making sure I remove make-up thoroughly each evening with a double cleanse using Boots Expert Cleansing Lotion and a muslin cloth/flannel that has been soaked in warm water. The cleanser is £2.50 – I personally haven’t found anything that suits me better.

Vitamin C has been huge in skincare for the last few years in particular, but it can often be unstable depending on the packaging and irritating depending on the concentration/what other stuff it is mixed with. Make sure you do your research/consult a specialist before using any active ingredients.

My night time routine is very simple – I stripped it right back when I had all of my itchy/lumpy issues and found that less is most definitely more. After I cleanse I use Paula’s Choice Niacinamide Booster, apply eye cream and that’s…it. Niacinamide is a form of B3 that is proven to reduce the appearance of pores and fine lines. This has definitely been the case for me. I am on my third bottle of this – it has a serum-like texture that is very light yet I never wake up under moisturised, quite the opposite. I feel it keeps my skin “fresh” and I have noticed my make-up last longer since using it in the morning following application of the C E Ferulic.

When I’m drier than the Sahara I use Aveeno cream sparingly – a little goes a long way. I wouldn’t recommend it for when you are having a case of the chip pan but for eczema sufferers, it works a treat.

And there you have it. An honest, ad free run down on what we’re slathering on our faces. Now your turn. Send us all the links so we can get tab happy with your skincare favourites too. 

Naomi loves daytime baths, learning things and rock music.
(Oh and her kids. She loves them too)
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28 thoughts on “Skincare Update (Ad Free)

  1. Ah guys I really enjoyed this! I’ve been meaning to try the ordinary so now I can – although don’t really understand what each of their products does! and I’ve been so tempted by Beauty Pie but it’s it’s getting my head around the concept and knowing what’s good in what range! Do you find you spend a lot on there Becky? I don’t really understand how it works still – you pay subscription then you get money off the products, is that right?

    I’m currently using Elemis superfood collection – I use the cleanser, spray toner, moisturiser and oil at night for a deeper treatment. I’m really happy with it but do need to get myself an acid toner for exfoliation if anyone recommends any?

    1. Hi Jess

      I have used some of The Ordinary products in the past too but like you found it quite confusing about what the products actually do.

      re Beaty Pie, yes you pay a subscription fee and then that allows you to buy the products at the Beauty Pie price but puts a cap on your spending… a welcome cap! Ha. So with the basic £5 subscription I can spend up to £50 which can get you a good few products. And as I said in the post the products last really well, a little goes a long way so I feel you can really test them out and then maybe adjust your purchasing the next time you buy without breaking the bank.

      I too am after a good exfoliator but am a bit fearful of all the retinols on the market.

      I really love Elemis products. How have you found the superfood collection?

      1. I signed up for Beauty Pie yesterday – I’m a bit overwhelmed but excited to find out more and it is w very modern and inspiring model for the beauty industry. Any product recommendations?

        I love Elemis superfood – particularly the cleanser which may be my favourite yet and the facial oil. Have just done my first beauty pie order too so will be keen to see what I think!

  2. Ah I love a skincare post!
    I thought I was quite paired back in my routine but I’ve just ran through it in my head and it’s not (lol)!.
    I have dry, dehydrated skin which can be sensitive and I get hormonal outbreaks (hormones are lush aren’t they!)
    So in the am: Beauty Pie Japanfusion cleanser using a flannel. Then a hydrating spray (either a Superdrug or the JeJu spray from Beauty Pie that was delivered yesterday), eyecream (Superdrug B one at the mo) then the Vichy 89 serum, then if I’m really dry (hello autumn and central heating!) a couple drops of face oil (currently Balance me Rose Otto) then face cream! Currently using a Clinique moisture surge sample but have bought a few beauty pie ones to try next.

    Night time has a couple more steps! If I’ve not had much make up on I do a double cleanse with the Japanfusion cleanser followed by Pixi Glow tonic or the retinol tonic depending on spots etc. Then a hydrating spray. Then I use Clarins extra comfort toner which is is just amazing on dry autumn/winter face!
    Next is eyecream and Clinique Smart Serum which is working wonders on my nearly 40 skin. Then a face oil (either Clarins blue orchid or balance me rose Otto) and usually then a night cream. I’m currently using Beauty Pie JeJu overnight moisture super infusion but will change to Clinique moisture surge overnight mask when it’s run out because autumn face had struck me!

    Crikey, no wonder I’m always on the last minute!!

    1. Vicky this is quite the routine! You skin must be so thankful.The Clarins extra comfort toner sounds lush. How do you find the JeJu spray?x

      1. I hadn’t realised how full on it was until I wrote it down!
        I like JeJu spray so far although it’s quite a ‘wet’ spray (I think it’s the spray nozzle that makes it so wet!) so you end up with a lot on your face but it’s very nice and moisturising.
        The Clarins toner is a permanent fixture, I used to work outside loads and it was the only thing that worked on calming windburn.

        Turns out I may be a skincare junkie…

    2. Wow Vicky this is impressive, I’m a big beauty pie fan – I feel I need to write a whole post on it. I’ve not tried the Juju and haven’t written about the skincare products I’m using yet as I don’t feel I’ve used them for long enough to give a genuine review. But the matte lipstick – I wear it EVERY DAY. Also the powder – so good for the price.

  3. I’m very lucky with my skin and so very low maintenance: wash my face with a cleanser and apply night cream in the evening as soon as the kids are in bed (if I’m really organised, before!), wipe with a toner in the morning and day cream, that’s it. I was using a Superdrug dupe of the Liz Earle hot cloth cleanser which was great but in a bid to reduce plastic and on a recommendation of This is Mothership I’ve just tried this from The Body shop as it’s in a recyclable metal tin: A little goes so far and it feels lovely. I bought the Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser earlier this year and I don’t like it at all, the consistency/appearance is horrible. I’ve been using L’Oreal Revitalift day and night creams which I love and are usually on offer. I also used the RapidLash Eyelash Serum and it was incredible, my lashes were so long, but I felt I had some discolouration along my lashline, and was getting dry eyes so I’m having a break just now. Would love more plastic free recommendations if anyone has some.

    1. I really like that a lot of the Beauty Pie products come in glass containers Laura. Was a real selling point for me. Both the moisturiser and vitamin C capsules I use are in glass containers.

      I’ve heard about the Superdrug own Liz Earle cleanser before and that is’s pretty good. I do love my Liz Earle and find it gives a really nice deep cleanse and helps with my very stubborn black heads and large pores.

      We are totally here for more plastic free options too! The Body Shop one sounds great!

      1. That’s great re Beauty Pie Becky. Like some of the others I don’t really understand the concept so a post would be great.

    2. Laura I used the milk jelly and didn’t get on with it at all – it didn’t remove make-up and left an odd film on my skin, such a shame as I had high hopes. I would love more plastic free recommendations also – I use Dr Perricone eye cream which comes in a glass jar you can reuse, I love the product, really soothing and concealer sits really well on top.

      1. The eye cream sounds lovely but I’m far too lazy, moisturiser is as far as I go, and double cleansing?! No chance!! Lol!!

    3. Laura I really rate the White Rabbit range. Pretty much every product I’ve tried has been lush. And they all come in recyclable, stainless steel packaging. They also do a packaging return scheme. Gavin found their products really good for his psoriasis too. 👍🏽

  4. Love this, thank you ladies! I’m so fed up of all the ad heavy beauty posts I don’t read any of them any more…

    I am lucky to have pretty low maintenance skin, and have stuck to the same faithfuls for years. I used to be a Shu Uemura addict but, now that you can no longer get this in the UK (sob!!) I spent ages looking at alternatives and ended up at Kiehls mainly. I love the sound of The Ordinary but I confess it is so confusing knowing what to use (although I will look up all the above) and all those chemicals, even though in the products I use already, scare me when mentioned in the name.

    My routine is so simple it is a bit embarrassing tbh! Clinique cleansing lotion (I know some people find it harsh but always worked for me), Kiehls Rosa Arctica lightweight cream (I hate feeling like you are wearing cream, the smell is a bit weird but you soon get over that!), followed by Laura Mercier tinted moisturiser before applying minimal makeup. At night (although I confess not daily, sorry skin!!!) I use Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil which melts off all the makeup, followed by a good rinse of my face and then some Rosa Arctica lightweight cream. Sometimes I apply the Midnight Recovery eye cream but I confess I forget more often than not. That’s it!

      1. Yes I think I would call it a matte finish, it certainly isn’t shiny on my skin. It sinks in pretty well and is really lightweight (there is a non-lightweight version too but I find it sits on my skin too much).

  5. Yay a skincare post – thank you ladies!! 😀

    My routine is pretty good – but I am yet to find products where i can categorically say if they are making a real difference – at the moment i have got a lovely patch of sore dry but also spotty skin by my nose – very attractive!! I think stress induced mostly :/

    I am using a real mixture of products at the moment – the best of which are actually the cheapest – Waitrose Pure range – face wash & night cream. The most expensive of which (Kiehls) are just not as good as I hoped they would be.

    I am intrigued by Beauty Pie now and might have to give this a whirl & loving the sound of Paula’s Choice!! I feel a bit of a splurge coming on!!

    1. I mentioned Beauty Pie earlier in the comments as I must do a post on them Janey! I really rate the service – and have bought loads of gifts from there.

  6. Yes! I love a good beauty post! I’ve been meaning to give beauty pie a try. I just have the fear of spending loads of money on product that doesn’t work with my skin, so I like to try before I buy.

    So for my routine I went back to basics as post baby my skin was behaving irrationally, and I had much less time/income to spend in Space NK!
    I have dry/dehydrated skin.

    AM is liz Earle cleanser or garnier miscellar water if I’m feeling lazy (which is most of the time). Then Vichy Mineral 89 followed by Vichy nutrologie 2. I used to use a lot of liquid exfoliant (clarins or pixi), but actually after stopping using them my skin felt less dry 🤷🏼‍♀️. Evening is the same with an Oskia Renaissance Mask as a treat once a week. It is amazing stuff.
    But, honestly, I’m a bit slack at doing my evening routine. I blame it on the fact that my bathroom is currently really far away from my bedroom, but that is the world‘s lamest excuse! Reading all your routines has inspired me to up my game. I’d also like to include some anti ageing product in there. Or retinols. But they scare me, despite watching Caroline Hirons’ videos on them 1000 times I haven’t yet bit the bullet!

    Would love a feature on Beauty Pie!

    1. Haha Becs, I LOVE that your excuse is that your bathroom is too far away. That would get me too. I need all the convenience

  7. I have a fairly involved routine which I basically never keep up. Yay! But just wanted to mention that for those confused by the ordinary products, you are able to email them with your skin problems and they will recommend products to you. I was still confused about which order to use them in and how to introduce them all so I went onto the Reddit skincare junkies page and the people on there were so knowledgeable and helpful. So that’s how I worked out how to use them all!

  8. A great post, thank you for making it an unbiased, candid one! I have been using CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser for possibly 2 years.. this is unheard of for me as I’m always tempted to try new things. But it’s £9 in Boots, lasts flippin ages and has a pump dispenser which somehow makes it feel more effortless to use (my husband even uses it now which is equally unheard of). It’s fragrance-free, non foaming and contains hyaluronic acid… I can’t see how thy is wouldn’t be perfect for most skin types and I bore people recommending it! The moisturiser (with pump!) also wonderful- light, fast absorbing, nothing over-complicated.
    Also a Beauty Pie lover, getting all my make up there now as it’s been reliably brilliant, plus Vit C serum, spf, night cream, masks. Only flop has been a shampoo. Have just ordered make up brush set, retinol serum and a candle today- the hard part is sticking within your spend limit! But easily saved hundreds of pounds since joining in June and plan to continue quite happily.

    1. Pie! Have you seen the announcement about gifts? You can buy products from the “gift” shop without effecting your spending limit (it opens soon apparently woo!) I’ve ordered the brush set and the snazzy make-up bag with compartments. I think the matte lipstick in Semisweet is Queen but they seem to never have stock – I’m buying 25 next time they have some in (!). I have the candle in Pomegranate & Bais Rose and it’s as amazing as those that are 4 x the price x

      1. Oh awesome that’s a great tip thanks- definitely want to gift some Pie this year (inc helping my husband and son fill my own stocking!). Excited for the brush set, will look out for that candle too 🙂

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