My Evening Skincare Routine

In the last few months, skincare has been mentioned quite a lot here on emilyloula, but I recently realised that I’ve never actually shared my skincare routine. Today I thought I would talk about my evening skincare routine – one i’m particularly happy with and that has had massive changes on the overall look and quality of my skin.

If you’re a regular reader here on emilyloula, you’ll be aware that I suffer from adult acne, as well as having a lot of redness and scarring on my cheeks and chin. The skincare I’ve mentioned in this post is mainly catered around these problems as well as the fact I have quite an oily T-Zone. I’m aware that there are quite a lot of products here, and for some people it’s way too much. Everyone’s skin is different, but personally, these items work really well for me as I’m actively trying to reduce the amount of blemishes I get as well as clearing up my acne scarring and redness.

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Evening Skincare Routine Acne Blog emilyloula Biore Blemish Ice Cleanser Magnitone

If I’ve been wearing makeup throughout the day, the first step in my evening skincare is to remove the bulk of this using a Micellar water of some kind. I’m working my way through the different options that the UK ‘Drug Stores’ offer, so far I’ve tried L’oreal’s, Garnier’s & Simple’s offerings. My favourite has been L’Oreal’s, although truth be told, I find that they’re all fairly similar and do a good job of removing my makeup easily, without scrubbing.

Biore | Blemish Fighting Ice Cleanser > £4.99

In the last six months or so, I’ve tried a lot of different cleansers, but so far I haven’t actually found ‘the one’. During my quest for the ultimate cleanser, I began using this Biore one and so far I’m really enjoying it. This has a really fresh, cold, icy feel once applied to the skin, and gives the sense of a proper, deep down cleanse, removing all the nasties from my pores. This cleanser leaves my skin feeling thoroughly clean and really soft afterwards, with no tightness or drying in sight. It contains salicylic acid, which helps with blemishes and acne, and generally works really well with my skin. It’s a total bargain for £4.99, containing 200ml of product, and a pump dispenser for easy, practical use.

Magnitone | Lucid Facial Cleansing Brush > £69.99

I find that using a cleansing brush really gets the best out of your regular cleanser, making it work that bit harder for your skin. My personal favourite cleansing brush, and one that I thoroughly rely on now, is the Magnitone Lucid. I’ve done a full review of the Magnitone Lucid here if you do fancy a read of that. I use my Magnitone together with my Biore cleanser for a 1 minute deep down cleanse, and I absolutely love it.

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La Roche-Posay | Serozinc > £8.50

My skincare routine is quite inundated with La Roche-Posay products at the moment, and this is first of the bunch. I mentioned this Serozinc in my Escentual Haul post here and since then I’ve fallen in love with it, and actually just finished my first can. Serozinc is a toning mist spray that targets blemishes, marks and excess oiliness, all of which my skin suffers with. I spritz this onto my face quite liberally after cleansing, as my first tone, and allow it to dry before moving on. I really enjoy using this in the evenings, and it has definitely helped with my skin, in particular the oiliness I get on my forehead.

PIXI | Glow Tonic > £18

After my first tone with Serozinc I turn to my trusty Glow Tonic for my second, but most important tone. I simply apply a little bit onto a cotton pad, and swipe across my face and neck. Glow Tonic is an exfoliating and oxygenating toner that claims to firm, tone and tighten the skin whilst removing dead skin cells. It definitely has it’s cult status for a reason, and I’m always recommending it to anyone that will listen or often in Twitter chats. This toner has helped my skin in such incredible ways, specifically my acne scarring which has cleared up immensely from this. I’ve written a whole review on PIXI’s Glow Tonic here if you want to read more about it.

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La Roche Posay | Pigmentclar Serum > £29.50

One of the main issues I have with my skin is the pigmentation that has been left behind from years of acne and its associated scarring. I had been wanting to try out a serum that helps with pigmentation and when I saw that this had a third off at Escentual and was only £19, I jumped at the chance. I’ve been using this after cleansing and toning, and before moisturising in the evening, for about 2/3 weeks, and I can genuinely see the difference already. I simply apply this serum to my face, once dry, and massage it in with my finger tips, it has a nice consistency and doesn’t feel tacky or greasy at all. The pigmentclar serum states that it may take up to 6 weeks to see the full effect, but I’m already seeing some changes in the amount of redness and scarring I have, and I’m really impressed.

La Roche Posay | Effaclar Duo + > £15.50

The next La Roche-Posay product in my evening skincare routine, is the well known, Effaclar Duo +. This is a light weight moisturiser that corrects the appearance of imperfections, while unclogging blocked pores, controlling shine and refining the skin’s texture. This little tube is like magic for me, and I genuinely can’t believe the changes that this has made to my skin. Together with the Pigmentclar serum my skin looks brighter, generally less red and blemished, and for once I’m actually really happy with how it’s starting to look. I would wholeheartedly recommend this to anyone who has blemished skin or suffers with breakouts – it’s incredible.

La Roche Posay | Effaclar A.I Breakout Corrector> £10.50

I mentioned this breakout corrector in my May Favourites post here and I’m still as in love with it now as I was then. This little tube is unlike any other spot or blemish treatment I’ve used before. It not only treats and soothes the original blemish, but helps with the pigmentation or residual marks that can often be left behind. I’ve always got a collection of blemishes around my chin and cheeks so this really helps to clear them up and stops them from scarring. I use this after I’ve cleansed, toned and moisturised and just apply it as and where it’s needed, onto those pesky blemishes. I’m so impressed with La Roche-Posay’s products at the moment, they’re doing such amazing things for my skin!

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Pharma Nord | Q10 Revitalising Night Cream > £12.95

Usually, just using La Roche-Posay’s Effaclar Duo + is enough for me, but if I find that my skin is really lacking moisture I’ll use this night cream from Pharma Nord afterwards as well. As this is a night cream, it has a much thicker consistency than a lot of my other creams, but it feels really nourishing and intensive once being used. I won’t babble on too much about this, as I’ve written a full review on this Q10 Revitalising Night Cream here, if you fancy a read!

NUXE | Rêve de Miel Honey Lip Balm > £9.50

Another product that I picked up in my Escentual French Pharmacy haul was this incredible lip balm from NUXE. Rêve de Miel is a non greasy balm, that has the most gorgeous, rich and luxurious texture that is unlike any other I’ve come across before. It contains some really great natural ingredients like Honey, Sunflower, Musk Rose and Almond oils, Shea Butter and Grapefruit essence which gives it the most wonderful scent, that I absolutely love. This balm definitely has it’s cult status for a reason, it leaves my lips feeling so nourished, moisturised and healthy, no wonder one is sold every 28 seconds. I apply this liberally on my lips before bed time, and when I wake up in the morning, my lips feel in incredible condition – a real winner from me.

Benefit | It’s Potent Eye Cream > £25.50

I originally recieved a sample of Benefit’s eye cream back in my September Birchbox and I fell in love with it straight away. Once my teeny sample had finished, I knew I had to get my hands on the full sized cream, and I haven’t looked back since. This is the only eye cream I’ve used all year, and I’m so happy with it. It has quite a thick consistency, but it isn’t greasy in the slightest and actually sinks in fairly quickly. Without a doubt this eye cream has helped immensely with my dark circles and the general appearance of my under eye area. The only thing I would say about this, is not to get it in your eye, as it seriously stings! Other than that, I can’t stop singing it’s praises, and will definitely re-purchase after this pot runs out.

So that’s it for my evening skincare routine – what do you think? Do you use any of the products I’ve mentioned – or do you have any recommendations for me? I’d love to hear all of your thoughts in the comments!

emily x

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  • That facial cleansing brush definitely looks like something I need


    • It’s amazing Candice, made such a difference to my skin! xx

  • The PIXI Glow Tonic sounds like a must! x
    Emma | Emmys Beauty Cave

    • It definitely is Emma! My holy grail toner – definitely! x

  • I love Pixi Glow Tonic too. Have you tried Alpha H Liquid Gold? It’s great to help with acne scarring too! xx


    • Glow Tonic is incredible isn’t it! No I haven’t actually tried Liquid Gold, although I’ve heard some really great things about it, so I think it’s going onto my wish list!! x

  • Pam Scalfi

    I keep hearing about this Magnitone brush and how much everyone loves it, I must try this and see if it clears up my blackheads!!

    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi?

    • It’s great Pam! It’s done such amazing things for my skin, I get a few blackheads around my chin and it has definitely helped with those! x

  • Payday can’t come quick enough so I can get myself of escentual! I’ve heard great things about la roche posay and I can’t wait to try them out! xx

  • Antonella_7694

    Very nice post:)))

    • Thanks Antonella ! x

  • I can’t believe you use so many products before bed! I just use a facial wash and a moisturiser but clearly i need a lot more than just that! This is a very informative post and i’ve put it in my bookmarks so i can come back and see what i need to add to my skincare routine! Great post!

    Courtney |

    • I mainly use most of these products in an attempt to clear my skin as well as my scarring and redness, so if you don’t have those problems I doubt you will need to use even nearly as much as me! I’m glad you’ve enjoyed this post and it’s given you a bit of inspiration! If you have any questions let me know, thanks for reading lovely x

  • Stacey Louise

    I love reading posts like this! I always get ideas!

    Biore is a must have! – A Beauty & Lifestyle Blog


    • I love reading about other peoples skincare routines too, I find it so interesting! Thanks for reading Stacey xx

  • Great post – I love the Nuxe reve de miel lip balm x

    • Thanks Heather! The lip balm is incredible isn’t it! xx

  • Great routine xo

  • La Roche-Posay is one of my favourite skincare brands, the Effaclar range is fantastic for anyone with oily, acne prone skin. I really want to try the Pixi tonic! x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

    • La Roche-Posay have definitely become one of my favourite skincare brands in the last couple of months too – they’ve done such great things for my skin! The Effaclar range is so well suited to me! Glow Tonic is incredible, definitely would recommend if you can get your hands on it! xx

  • Just read your review on the Pixi tonic and it sound wonderful! Will definitely try it out ^^


    • It is wonderful honestly! If you do try it out, I would love to hear your thoughts too! x

  • I use the Pixi Glow Tonic & LRP’s Effaclar Duo+ at the moment and have tried some of the other things you mentioned in the past. I really enjoyed reading this post as I am a skincare junkie too! In fact I’m inspired to do my own now 🙂
    Rebecca | The Two Twenty Somethings

    • Thanks Rebecca – I’m glad you enjoyed it! You got me into LRP originally so thanks for that 😉 Yes definitely do your skincare routine, I’d love to read that, I think we have quite a similar skin type! xx

  • Rhea

    Great post and also incredibly insightful read of you Pixi Glow Tonic review!


    • Thank you very much, I’m glad you enjoyed it! x

  • OMG I love your routine Emily! It’s basically mine minus the Clarisonic, I tend to use a manual exfoliating brush but all the same I couldn’t live without one. I definitely want to try the Clarisonic out, it’s something I’ve been wanting for ages so thats sure to be my next skincare venture. Great post hun! xx

    • Thanks Jessica! I really recommend a cleansing brush of some type, I really think they just help your normal products work that bit harder for your skin so you really get the best out of them! xx

  • A lot of lovely products in your routine 😀 Love the Pixi Glow Tonic, that stuff is just magic 🙂
    xx Anne

    • Yes it is definitely magic isn’t it!! x

  • Emma Kelly

    I lovey your background on the pic. I love benefit skincare x
    Glossy Boutique

    • Thank’s Emma, it’s just a wallpaper sample I stole from B&Q haha! The eye cream is actually the only skincare I’ve tried from Benefit but I love it! x

  • I’m definitely going to try that serum on my acne scars. Thanks for a great post =)

    Feathers and Brushes | Swiss | Beauty & Lifestyle

    • Yes definitely give it a go – let me know your thoughts if you do! Aww, thanks for reading!! x

  • Laura

    Amazing post – love to have an in depth read of people’s skin care routines. Serozinc is so addictive, I think! x

    • Aww thank’s Laura! I love reading about people’s skincare routines too – find them so interesting! Definitely agree, I love spritzing Serozinc on my face!! x

  • I love La Roche-Posay – great for problem skin. My Derm also swears by the Avene range – have you ever tried? Great for sensitive skin too. I didn’t know about Pigmentclar though. I suffer from Melasma and struggle in partic in Summer. This sounds promising for that, so I’m going to check it out. Thanks for the tip! Tx

    • Yes, La Roche-Posay is so great for my problematic skin! No I haven’t actually tried anything from Avene but I’ve heard really great things about them – do you have any recommendations? If you do try out the pigmentclar I would love to hear your thoughts! x

  • Dianne Childs

    I’ve used the Benefit It’s Potent Eye Cream and the La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo+ but I need to give the LRP another go. It wasn’t doing much for me, so I gave up! Great post 🙂

    Di from Max The Unicorn

    • I did read somewhere that the Effaclar Duo+ can take up to six weeks to work, so maybe it wasn’t used for long enough to work it’s magic properly? Hopefully if you do try it again, it will work wonders for you, like it has for me! Thank’s Dianne! x

  • nora

    We both use a lot of the same products. I really want to try the pixi tonic!

    • We share great taste then haha! It’s incredible, definitely grab a bottle if you can get your hands on it x

  • Chloe Barnes

    great products! <3 they all sound so nice! really need to get into a better skin care routine! really want to try the pixi tonic!

    Chloe xx

    • The PIXI tonic is fab – I would 100% recommend! Having a good skincare routine has changed my skin immensely! x

  • Marta Purriños

    Just love it this post, simple and amazing


    • Thanks very much Marta x

  • I love La Roche-Posay as well, and you have so many good products here 🙂

    • They’re a fantastic brand aren’t they! Thank you xx

  • I need to try those Biore products, I’m seeing g them everywhere they seem worth a try! X

    Workout Wear over at-

    • This is the only product I’ve tried from Biore so far, but I really like it, so definitely want to pick up some more! x

  • I am obsessed with Serozinc right now! I can’t believe I waited this long to try it out for myself xx

    Gemma ? Miss Makeup Magpie

    • It’s fab isn’t it! So refreshing to spritz over your face! x

  • Yousra

    What a great routine! So relaxing as well

    Yousra |

  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom

    That ice cleanser sounds SO refreshing! I really enjoy reading about other peoples skincare as I am a skincare-aholic! Haha! I have a clarisonic and it has done WONDERS for my skin! I have been using it for a year and I rarely break out anymore. It does a good job at cleaning my pores. I also really love to use vitamin C serum!


  • I would love to try the pixi glow tonic! I love your evening skincare routine, I need to get one down too! 😀

    • It’s honestly incredible! Thank you, I would definitely recommend it – it’s made such great changes to my skin having a proper routine x

  • Julie May

    The Pixi glow tonic has me totally intrigued now! I’m going to run over to my local Target (Where they sell Pixi products) this afternoon to see if they carry it! Great routine!

    • I wish they sold PIXI in a store near me! I’ve never ever seen the brand in store before, I have to order mine online 🙁 If you do pick one up, I would love to hear your thoughts! x

  • I love the La Roche-Posay products, I’m yet to try the Pigmentclar Serum though, so I may have to give that a go!


    • Me too, they’re fab aren’t they! If you do try out Pigmentclar I’d love to hear your thoughts! x

  • I really need to get my hands on Glow Tonic, it has a cult status but so hard to get my hands on! I’m glad that It’s Potent eye cream irked out well for you because it didn’t do anything for me. 🙁

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    • Yes Shireen you do need to get your hands on it if you can – it’s incredible! Oh that’s a shame that It’s Potent didn’t work on you 🙁 x

  • Hannah Cornish

    Wow, I’m booking marking this! Sounds like the perfect routine for an oily/combo skin gal like me x

    Hannah x hannatalks

    • Hope it helps you Hannah! Thanks for reading x

  • I’ve heard such good things about the Pixi Glow Tonic! I need to check it out!

    She Likes to Shop

    • It’s honestly amazing! My holy grail toner! x

  • Tal

    Beautiful photos and I
    love love love your style of writing! Keep it up!

    Lipstick 99 “Pirate” Swatches and Review

    • Aww thank you so much, what a lovely thing to say! x

  • My skincare routine (if it exists at all lol) is meager compared to everyone else’s. Hahahah, these products sound absolutely fantastic, especially the toner and lip balm! Gotta invest in a skincare routing ASAP!

    May x |

    • My skincare routine is quite extensive but only because I’m really trying to help my blemishes and clear up my scarring! The toner and lip balm is incredible! Thanks for reading May x

  • Beautyqueenuk

    The Pixi Glow Tonic always manages to capture my attention, though ive never tried it x

    • It’s honestly incredible, done so many great things for my skin!

  • Yes you dooo! I love all of them!! x

  • It’s so good that you’ve found a routine that works for you! I love the Nuxe lip balm, I always use it before I go to bed. Off to read your Pixi Glow Tonic review now! xx


    • I always use my Nuxe balm before I go to bed too – it’s fab! Hope you enjoyed the review, thanks for reading Beth xx

  • Laura

    I haven’t tried any of the products here, but I have heard amazing things about Pixi toner, which is in my wish list x

    Pink Frenzy

    • The PIXI toner is amazing, it’s definitely my holy grail! Thanks for reading Laura xx

  • I really want to try the Nuxe lip balm! The Effaclar Duo +, Serozinc and Pixi Glow Tonic are all part of my routine – love them! xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

    • The NUXE lip balm is fab, so intensively moisturising! Wow we have quite a similar routine then! I love those products too xx

  • I’ve recently tried a sample of the Pixi Glow Tonic and absolutely loved it, I’m going to have to get the full size I think! I’m loving the sound of Serozinc, too 🙂

    Jess xo

    • PIXI Tonic is incredible isn’t it – I’m glad you loved it too! Serozinc is really nice, especially on a hot day to refresh you! x

  • Great post, definitely some things there for me to pit on a wishlist. I have the Clarasonic which works in the same way to the Magnitude Cleansing Bursh. Whichever one you have I think these sorts of brushes are amazing and swear by them – they really do work. xx

    • Thank you! I absolutely love my Magnitone – it’s really helped my skin! x

  • emmalcm .

    I love the Serozinc and Nuxe lip balm, they’re part of my everyday routine too. It sounds like I have similar skin issues to yours, the pigmentclar serum and AI corrector sound amazing, I will have to give them a go! Em x

    • Serozinc and the Nuxe balm are both definite staples in my routine, I love them! I swear by the AI corrector, it helps me so much with my blemishes and break outs! Hope you love them too if you try them x

  • I love the Biore Ice cleanser! I also use the charcoal one which is also great! I need to get myself a facial brush like this? How much did you find it helped and how quickly did you see results? x

    • Me too – It’s so fresh! Ooo I haven’t tried the charcoal version – I’l have to check that out! My skin broke out when I first started using it, but then it really cleared up within a week, maybe a little more. I’ve done a full review on the Magnitone Lucid I use here if you fancy a read – xx

  • Brilliant post – so many amazing product mentioned. My favourite is the Pixi Glow tonic which works so well even for my more mature skin. Thanks for linking this post to #abeautyloverslinkup. Don’t forget to pop back and check out the other bloggers posts x

    • Thank you! Glow Tonic is amazing isn’t it – so glad it works for you as well! Will check back there now and have a look at the other posts! Thanks for reading xx

  • Lisa Fahey

    great post

  • WOW your skincare is on-point!
    Jabeen x

  • Sarah S

    Gosh, you make me feel like I am neglecting my skin! I only cleanse/tone and hydrate my skin in the morning as if I do it at night I find my skin too oily in the morning. I’m glad you’re finding the Magnitone a really good addition, I recently had to give back my Clinique sonic brush as it just caused more damage to my skin than help!

  • Sarah Dickinson

    Brilliant post! I love reading what other people use on their skin as sometimes if they have a similar skin type to mine then I find them really useful and may even try out some products if they’ve had success with it. I’m intrigued by that Biore Cleanser as I’ve used stuff from them in the past and when they launched their charcoal cleanser I was immediately drawn to it! I haven’t yet tried it, but I will! Anything to sort out my blackheads and blemishes ay!? I too have found that having a Magnitone cleansing brush as done wonders for my skin I cannot express enough love for it! In 2 months it’s done more for my skin that the past few years of trial and error with many a product!!!
    I’ve heard a lot about the Effaclar range perhaps that’s something which I should look into more!!! That lip balm…honestly….I NEED to try it!!!! My lips are crying out for it!!!
    Great Post I really enjoyed it! Thank You! xoo