my skincare right now

old favourites and new routines!

Long time followers will remember me chatting before about my journey with my skin.  I’ve had two separate periods of Roaccutane treatment in the past five years and, whilst it’s definitely not flawless, I’ve seen such an improvement in how I look and feel because of it.  I think I’ll go into the whole process of it and why I chose to have it in a separate post maybe (Lots of you have asked and I know I trawled the internet for information and to read of other people’s experiences before I took the plunge!) but it has given me back the confidence to look after my skin in a different way, rather than the constant management of breakouts.

Old habits die hard in some regards, and I’m fanatical about keeping my skin clean, and using products that are as natural and chemical-free as possible.  I spent many years buying into all the hype surrounding the latest wonder product, which often left me disappointed (and poor! 😉 ) Now I’m more likely to stick to my tried and tested few, and I really notice the benefits from a consistent regime.  Lots of these are on the slightly more expensive side, but I’ve learnt that investing in my skin (and in the things that are kind to it) is the biggest gift I can give myself.  The things we wear and all the material of everyday will come and go.  You only have one face, best look after it!

to cleanse

garnier micellar water, garnier fresh eye makeup remover, liz earle cleanse and polish

I double cleanse – first to remove any makeup, and then to deep clean my pores.  I’ve been using micellar water for years and find it the quickest and easiest way to break down makeup and take it off.  Cleanse and Polish is a recent addition to my routine and, having tried numerous cream and balm cleansers, I’ve settled on this one now as a staple.  It applies like a cream cleanser, feels like a balm and the hot cloth leaves skin super clean but not stripped.  I love the smell of it too and actually look forward to using it in the evening!


origins out of trouble, origins rose retexturising, charlotte tilbury goddess skin

I’m a fanatical mask-er (lol!) and use one almost every evening.  I honestly swear by it and, after a wobbly few skin weeks post Christmas, I’m feeling back on track again because of them. Origins has been my favourite skin care brand for the longest time and I wax lyrical about their problem skin remedies.  Out of Trouble is amazing for taking down redness and inflammation, reducing scarring and generally stopping breakouts in their tracks.  I use it three to four times a week for ten minutes after cleansing, even when my skin is in good condition.  If there were one thing I’d recommend you get, this would be it!  Equally brilliant is the Rose Retexturising mask which contains natural exfoliating pieces.  It’s perfect for getting shot of dull skin and leaving things super soft.  I like to use this once a week, and find it particularly brilliant in the Winter for keeping me glowy (well, as much as one can be in January!)  It also tightens pores and gives a more youthful look to skin.

I was recently sent some Charlotte Tilbury skincare products to try and, I’ll be honest, I was really dubious about them.  I’ve tried some makeup from the brand before and found it to be full of silicones – the very things that send my skin into melt down (if you are having problems I’d suggest checking your products for them. Dimethicone is my nemesis! ;))  All in the name of research I gave them a go, and have been so pleasantly surprised.  I’d definitely repurchase the Goddess Skin Clay Mask (it works a lot like the Origins Rose one above!) and the Magic Cream too. (Stick around, I’ll come to that in a moment!)


origins zero oil pore purifying toner

Possibly the most underrated part of any skincare routine.  I used to never rate it myself and just skipped straight to the moisturising part. But with really combination skin and often quite shiny, oily patches, I tried this stuff and have been converted.  It clears away any residue from masks and any left over makeup, neutralises the PH of your skin and gives pores that final deep clean.  This one contains Saw Palmetto and Salicylic acid to reduce shine and minimise break outs too and I use it both morning and evening.  It smells like Mojitos as well which is always a winner in my book! 🙂


charlotte tilbury magic cream, origins zero oil moisture lotion

In the morning I’ve been using Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream and, much as I wanted to hate it (it’s £££ for the full size.  I’m literally going to have to remortgage to repurchase. Yikes!) it’s incredible stuff.  It contains sunscreen and some of those silicones that I avoid so readily, but for some reason it doesn’t seem to be affecting my skin negatively. On the contrary, it leaves it plumped up, hydrated and nourished and makeup looks so good when applied on top.  In short, I’m sold!  I don’t use it at night (the dreaded silicones!) and favour my old faithful Origins Zero Oil then.  I also love Clarins Blue Orchid treatment oil if my skin is feeling particularly parched.

to handle breakouts…

I can’t rave enough about Origins Spot Remover Blemish Gel.  It’s expensive for a tiny little bottle but a little goes a long way and it’s honestly the best thing I’ve tried.  If you’re struggling, read the reviews online. You’ll see why it’s a best seller!

and that’s it!

No twenty step programme or chemical peels here, just simple and consistent.  I have been sticking to this routine religiously in the past weeks, as well as drinking lots of water (I have one of those 750ml water bottles stationed beside my laptop and refill it 3-4 times a day.  They’re not lying when they say it makes a difference!)  I was just mentioning to Andrew the other day how good my skin feels at the moment, and that honestly feels like such an achievement to say.  If you have ever struggled you’ll understand I think!

I’m interested to hear of anything that works particularly well for you, and also if you’d like me to share my favourite makeup picks right now too.  I’ve swapped in some new products recently and have some real favourites at the moment as well.  Do let me know!

Emma x



  1. Angela mccann
    January 25, 2018 / 2:47 pm

    I love Liz Earle’s Hot cleanse and polish!! I totally agree with you that it gives a deep clean. I use her toner too and my skin just feels so clean afterwards. It’s great to hear someone being so honest about their skincare routine and skin struggles xx

    • Emma
      January 25, 2018 / 4:48 pm

      Oh thank you Angela! I must try the Liz Earle toner too. If it’s as good as C&P I think i’ll love it! Xx

  2. Grace Sayers
    January 25, 2018 / 4:38 pm

    I’ve been using the Origina Out of Trouble mask for a few months since I saw youvmwntion it before on stories. I absolutely love it and highly recommend. Definitely going to try a few more of these products.

    • Emma
      January 25, 2018 / 4:50 pm

      Oh i’m so glad Grace! It’s just such a brilliant brand, particularly when it comes to sensitive skin. So happy that you are getting on well with it. Xx

  3. January 25, 2018 / 7:08 pm

    Hey Emma – I think you’re right, it’s definitely worth investing time in your skin.
    As you will guess my faves are Forever Living Aloe vera based products! They are so natural. The deep Nourishing serum is incredible. Goes on light as a feather and the smell is divine. Close behind it is the balancing cream which I use religiously every night. It is incredible for combination skin and just like the serum goes on so easily. It is not heavy at all.
    Both these products last for ages as you need so little of them. If you or any of your lovely followers would like our treat basket which contains these and lots of our other top sellers to use for free for 3/4 days please get in touch!

    • Emma
      January 25, 2018 / 7:39 pm

      Thanks so much Susan, quite a few people have mentioned Forever Living! I’m loving the gel! Xx

  4. Jo
    January 25, 2018 / 7:28 pm

    Can you get a sample of the out of trouble mask? I have really sensitive skin and have learnt from past experiences that it is better to try a sample. I had a bad experience with a Luz Earle mask once and it was expensive. Thanks.

    • Emma
      January 25, 2018 / 7:41 pm

      It definitely is best to try before you invest! I don’t think Origins do samples via the website but you could contact them and see (this is totally unaffiliated with them. I just genuinely love it!) If there’s a counter near you they might be able to help out too? Sorry I can’t be of more help! Xx

  5. Erin
    January 25, 2018 / 8:33 pm

    Hi Emma,
    Love love love your beauty posts! Mainly because I too have struggled with my skin due to adult acne. I had a successful course of roaccutane in 2016 but it returned mid 2017 and I’ve been on Oxytetracycline since which has been good at clearly pesky chin & jaw line spots. I’m getting married in 4 weeks (eek!!) and so right now I’m just using a fragrance, soap free cleanser & a paraben free tinted moisturiser called Frezy derm. But after the wedding i am keen to experiment with products more and actually establish a proper routine. Thank you for sharing your tips and recommendations! Think I might give the Origins a go ! Erin xx

    • Emma
      January 26, 2018 / 9:45 am

      I was on tetracycline on and off for quite a few years and it worked really well for me too Erin! How exciting about your wedding! 😬 Have the most amazing day. Xx

  6. January 31, 2018 / 8:40 pm

    The bit at the end when you say, if you’ve had trouble with skin in the past you’ll understand…boy I sure do! And it is so refreshing to read an honest post from someone that has too. I’m so sick of seeing an advert with an airbrushed model who has never seen a spot in her life!
    I use the liz earle cleanser, and have got a set of liz earle masks for my birthday (although slightly regretting it now I’ve seen this post!). But I tend to cheap out with all the other stuff….and I seriously need to drink more water. Sigh…having little ones, makes me just want coffee at the moment though! Xxx

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