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My Current Nighttime Skincare Routine


I’ll be the first person to admit that I am not the most diligent when it comes to skincare routines. In fact, my morning routine just consists of splashing water on my face and patting it dry (in defiance of everything everyone has ever told me about twice-a-day routines). I really would rather sleep in for the few extra minutes. In fact, I would go to school in pajamas if I could.


I’ve been pretty diligent lately and am starting to look forward to my nighttime skincare every night. I’ve started to think of it as a treat, associating it with relaxation and a break from studying. Here’s what I have been using recently and how I have been using it.

The order in my nighttime skincare routine: cleanser, eye cream, toner, serum, moisturizer, lip balm.


Caudalie Cleansing Water (new version is Caudalie Make-Up Remover Cleansing Water): Okay this isn’t really part of my daily routine. I haven’t been using this lately because I reserve this for the laziest of lazy days. The Caudalie Cleansing Water is a micellar solution that cleanses and removes makeup gently. If I’m really exhausted, I would use a cotton pad several cotton pads to wipe off my face makeup (separate eye makeup remover for the eyes) and follow with a quick rinse before plopping into bed.

A Sephora sales associate (SA) had recommended the Caudalie Cleansing Water to me because I told her about my lazy mornings and she said I should use this as a morning cleanser. It’s actually a no-rinse formula that is supposed to also act as a hydrating toner. Unfortunately, I’m not a big fan of the tacky feeling it leaves behind so I really save this for my super lazy days.


Shiseido Aqualabel Deep Clear Oil Cleansing (Whitening): I only use cleansing oil if I have any makeup on my face. I bought this cleansing oil on YesStyle here and reviewed it a while ago. It even removes my eye makeup if I take the time to gently smooth it over my eyes.

The Face Shop Arsainte Eco-Therapy Cleansing Foam: If I don’t have makeup on, I would only use a cleanser. I bought this cleanser recently on an Asian brand haul. It’s been treating my skin well so far but I haven’t tested whether or not it can remove makeup on its own.


Algenist Complete Eye Renewal Balm: I always follow cleansing with my eye cream first before anything else. A Sephora SA told me that the skin around your eyes is the thinnest so you want to protect that area first before you use a toner, especially one that acts as an astringent or exfoliant. Otherwise, it would quickly absorb whatever you slather onto your face. The Algenist eye cream is really (really) pricey but I’m barely making a dent and it hasn’t given me any milia. I scoop out what I need using a mini spatula.

Clinique Mild Clarifying Lotion: This is the toner I have been using for a good number of years. It’s inexpensive and it removes any traces of dirt or makeup that might have been left behind. It is the only one of Clinique’s toners that doesn’t contain alcohol (what’s up with that?) and it only comes in the 200 ml size. This toner mildly exfoliates the surface of your skin so that moisturizer can penetrate it better.


Dibi Hydra System Intense Rehydration Serum: My mother gave me this hydrating serum because I get really dry flaky skin in the winter. She apparently got one of her friends to buy it in Europe. I have no idea why the letters are coming off of the glass bottle. I’ve had the serum for a few years now because I only use it during the winter months.

The Face Shop Arsainte Eco-Therapy Essential Cream: I purchased this along with the Cleansing Foam I’m using. For a hydrating cream, it is fairly lightweight and absorbs quickly. It’s been working well in conjunction with my serum at keeping my skin hydrated and soft.


Lip balm: I get really dry flaky lips so I always try to carry lip balm with me everywhere. These three are from Bath and Body Works, SaSa, and B. Kamins. What I use depends on how I feel and what I”m going to be doing. I hate the waxy feel and taste of most lip balms so I always choose silky smooth tasteless (or tasty!) lip balms throughout the day if I know I will be eating or drinking. Right before I go to bed I may use a waxy lip balm for more hydration, so that I’ll never have to taste it!

I’ve been keeping up with this routine for almost a month now and I’m really enjoying pampering my skin for those few minutes every night after I shower. I’m getting a pimple or two over the last two weeks but I’m really blaming that on the stress and lack of sleep due to exams. Otherwise, my skin has been really soft and smooth. After exams finish I think I might switch in the Arasinte Eco-Therapy samples that I got from The Face Shop and see how the line works as a whole on my skin.

What does your skincare routine look like? I love finding out what other people do, sometimes I incorporate things into my own routine that I wouldn’t have thought of otherwise!


Author: pearlessence

She who loves shopping, baking, gaming, and all things Disney! All on a student's meager budget :)

12 thoughts on “My Current Nighttime Skincare Routine

  1. I’ve been wanting to try the Caudalie cleansing water but if it leaves a tacky feeling I feel I would hate it.

    • It wouldn’t hurt to get a sample from Sephora if you could. I don’t like the feeling myself, but it’s definitely handy when I’m travelling.

      I like rinsing off the cleansing water, just like how I like using a cleanser after cleansing oil (even though they SAY you don’t have to). I always feel like there’s residue from cleansing oil, too.

  2. Is the Shiseido AquaLabel Deep Clear Oil Cleansing in the picture above is from the same bottle which you reviewed previously? If so, a bottle can really lasts you a long time. xD

    I myself had tried the cleansing oil previously. Liked the performance but not the rosewater alike scent. Therefore, not buying myself another bottle after I had finished one.

    • Yes, it’s the same bottle I reviewed before. It last me so long because when I moved, I actually forgot about it and I just recently unpacked it! Also, I don’t wear makeup often at all so most days I don’t even use it.

      I bought mine because I was browsing on YesStyle and was like “OMG something Shiseido for $18 CAD? MUST TRY!” Hahaha the bottle was also very cute 🙂

  3. Lol I use the caudalie cleansing water for my lazy days too! I miss the face shop that used to be here 😦 how’s the eye cream working for you??

    I use ole henriksen truth serum at night, it sort of has an artificial smell but surprisingly works well!

    • You had a The Face Shop and now it’s gone? 😦 That sucks, did you shop there often?

      I like the Algenist eye cream, it’s moisturizing without giving me milia. What do you use?

      I tried the Ole Henriksen kit with 7 items in it and had to return it because it dried my skin out and made it feel really tight. Not sure which product did it, either!

      • Yeah! I was so sad it closed down, I used to use the masks all the time. Don’t know where else to get The Face Shop stuff anymore…

        SO i just looked up the word idea that’s what those spots are called! Interesting!! I have the origins eye cream..and it;s ok. I also have a bobbi brown moisturizing cream that was a 100 pt perk from Sephora, and that one isn’t too shabby.

        Oh no, it would be hard to see which item out of the seventh caused problems D: I’ve tried OH eye gel and I didn’t like it; only the truth serum has been working so far! I got mine from a 500 pt perk years ago haha

      • Cool! I’ve never used The Face Shop stuff until now. What masks would you recommend? Where do you go for your mask fix now? Haha could order online maybe?

        Yeah I got milia once in a while either from eye cream or concealer if it’s too thick or too nourishing for my skin. Hasn’t happened with this eye cream. I guess there is such a thing as too much of a good thing!

  4. This is a great post you use good products especially Clinique I’ve always been a fan! I reply recommend you add rose hip oil to the equation! I just did a post about it if you want to find out why it is so good for you 🙂 xo jess

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