My Bedside Skincare

Earlier this week, I wrote a post on what was in my beside table (here). There was a picture of my skincare, but I didn’t go into any detail, as I wanted to save it for a separate post – and ta-dah here it is. All the items you see within this post are just the bits that I keep next to my bed, that can be used without a trip to the the sink. My other skincare items (including my cleansers, exfoliants and cleansing brush) live in another caddy in my bathroom – if you’d like to see a post on these, let me know.

My Bedside Skincare Routine emilyloula

My Bedside Skincare Routine emilyloula

My Bedside Skincare Routine emilyloula

I bought the caddy that holds all my skincare items from IKEA a couple of months back, it was really inexpensive (although I can’t remember how much – sorry!). It holds everything I need it to and keeps my bedside drawer organised.

My bedside skincare includes;
> PIXI | Glow Tonic
> Clinique | Anti-Blemish Solution
> L’Oreal | Skin Perfection Micellar Water
> Nip+Fab | Glycolic Fix Exfoliating Facial Pads
> Talika | Photo-Hyra Day Cream
> Vichy | Aqua Thermal Light Cream
> W7 | Nighty Night Dream Cream
> NUXE | Nuxellence Detox
> Benefit | It’s Potent! Eye Cream
> Soap & Glory | Dr Spot
> Anatomicals | Zap! Zap! Zap!
> e.l.f | Zit Zapper
> Dr. Jart | V7 Turnover Booster
> Simple | Cleansing Facial Wipes
> Balmi | Strawberry Lip Balm
> Elizabeth Arden | Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant Stick
> The Body Shop | Facial Massager

My Bedside Skincare Routine emilyloula Clinique Pixi Nip + Fab

First up are my favourite products from the bunch – especially PIXI’s Glow Tonic & Clinique’s Anti Blemish Solution. Both of these products have literally changed my skin completely. PIXI’s Glow Tonic is amazing (full review is here), it’s an exfoliating toner that helps to tone, firm and tighten the skin. I can’t believe what a difference this has made to my pores and skin in general, I’m so impressed. Clinique’s Anti Blemish Solution is my other all time love, fab at keeping my spots at bay. This is another gentle exfoliant, this opens clogged pores, evicting blemish causing bacteria. I cleanse normally then use Clinique’s lotion first, followed by PIXI’s Glow Tonic.

Micellar Water is something that I can’t live without now, and L’Oreal’s is my personal favourite. I’ve mentioned this many times on my blog, but it’s just perfect. It feels like water, and can be used all over your face and eyes. It removes makeup easily and effectively and makes a great staple next to my bed. I mainly use it to remove pesky mascara smudges or lipstick.

I bought Nip+Fab’s Glycolic Fix Exfoliating Facial Pads after reading a raving review on Miss Makep Magpie, and I haven’t looked back since. I don’t use these every day, but they are great to have next to my bed for those late nights when I can’t be bothered with my full skincare routine. They are really effective, and I love having these pads saturated with goodness ready to use, when I’m being extra lazy.

My Bedside Skincare Routine emilyloula Benefit Vichy Talika W7

Next up is my selection of creams that reside next to my bed. I have two day creams, two night creams and an eye cream in my little box.

For my day creams I switch between Talika’s Photo-Hyra Day Cream and Vichy’s Aqua Thermal Light Cream, both of which I absolutely love. I received Talika’s offering in My Little Energy box (post is here), and I’ve fallen head over heels for it. It’s just a lovely day cream that sinks into my skin leaving it feeling amazing for the whole day. At £43.50 a pop, I probably won’t repurchase this after mine is done, purely for the price but if I could get it any cheaper, I wouldn’t hesitate. Previous to this I had been using Vichy’s Aqua Thermal Light Cream, which as the name suggests, is a light cream that again sinks into my skin straight away. I’m not a fan of greasy moisturisers or ones that leave a residue, so both of these are perfect for me.

I also switch between two night creams, just to keep things fresh. Currently I’m using NUXE’s Nuxellence Detox, which I received in LookFantastic’s March box (post is here). This regenerates the skin and eliminates toxins over night and gives me a lovely glow when I awake in the morning. This is also slightly pricey at £47 a bottle, maybe I would repurchase but I’d like to try out some other night creams first. W7’s Nighty Night is on the other end of the spectrum, at only £4 a pot. This is a much thicker intense cream, that helps to rejuvenate the daily damage to your skin, and one that I really love.

Last but not least in this section is my beloved It’s Potent! Eye Cream by Benefit. This helps to fade dark circles, and smooth fine lines to give brighter, younger looking eyes. I absolutely love this cream, it does exactly what it says on the tin, I can’t believe the difference it makes to my dark circles. I would continue to purchase this again and again, a little goes a long way though, so I don’t imagine that will be any time soon.

My Bedside Skincare Routine emilyloula Spots Zip Zap E.l.f

The next section of my skincare is for my pesky spots. I suffer with adult acne, and although it’s not nearly as bad as it used to be as a teen I still suffer outbreaks quite regularly so I like to keep these products close by. My personal favourite of the three is Soap & Glory’s Dr. Spot which comes in a little tube and is a gel consistency. It contains pore-refining salicylic and lactic acids, plus a blend of irritation soothers, redness reducers and oil-secretion slowers. I use this all the time with my frequent break outs and couldn’t be without it. It does everything it states – 100% recommend.

I also keep Anatomicals Zap! Zap! Zap! in my drawer as well as E.L.F’s Zit Zapper. Both of these are also really good at calming my spots down, but Dr. Spot is my firm favourite. I like Anatomicals one because it has two separate ends, one for the day time, which is transparent, and one for the night which is a white-ish colour.

My Bedside Skincare Routine emilyloula Balmi Dr. Jart Elizabeth Arden

Now to the kind of miscellaneous skincare items I keep in my drawer. I have Simple’s Cleansing Wipes, although I rarely use these, they are definitely handy to have. Balmi is a really lovely lip balm with a thick consistency – great for applying underneath those harsher lipsticks.

But my favourite lip product here by far, is Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant Stick. I’m a big fan of the original Eight Hour Cream, so to have it in a lip ‘stick’ is perfect. I often get dry skin around the edges of my lips as well, so I apply this all over, and around my lips, and when I wake up, no dry skin in sight.  I use this morning, night and often during the day,  it’s improved my lips so much but I’m almost finished it! It does RRP at around £20, but you can normally find it discounted to around £10 at various places. I would definitely recommend picking it up if you’re in the market for a new lip balm that really works!

The only serum in my bedside skincare collection is Dr. Jart’s V7 Turnover Booster, which I think is fantastic. It contains 7 types of vitamins including Vita 3 Complex which is my personal favourite from the list as it helps to reduce the appearance of pigmentation caused by acne, which is something I suffer with. It starts off as a light, clear gel but turns into liquid once applied to the skin, sinking in very quickly. I haven’t been using this religiously recently, but I really want to start to as I’ve read it can do amazing things to your skin – stay tuned.

Last but by no means least, in my skincare box is my Facial Massager from The Body Shop. I picked this up on a whim in an online order, but I absolutely love it now and couldn’t imagine my skincare routine without it. You can use this to reduce cellulite, cystic lumps, saggy skin etc etc, or to just help your moisturiser to go into your skin better. I can honestly see I’ve noticed a difference on the skin around my neck, it feels a lot firmer, and my skin generally looks refreshed. I use this all the time, especially when I’m watching TV – just rolling it across my face. For £6 if you haven’t tried this – I would definitely urge you too!

So that’s it for my bedside skincare, sorry for such a long post but there’s a few gems hidden in my drawer that I wanted to share. Let me know your thoughts!

What’s your favourite skincare product you couldn’t live without?

emily x

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  • You’ve got some really great skincare! There’s a couple of products here I really want to try as I have the same skin type as you and also suffer adult acne. I’ve used the Pixi Glow Tonic in the past and loved it so I’ll be trying that again too. Also, what a good idea to put everything you use on a tray!
    Great post 🙂
    Rebecca | The Two Twenty Somethings

    • Thank you! I think Clinique’s blemish solution has done wonders for my acne, and couldn’t honestly be without it now. Thank you so much for reading xx

  • These are great! I love the Clinique products


    • Thank you, yes me too! I need to try some more stuff from Clinique!x

  • lyn

    Really interesting post. I’ve already got the l’oreal cleansing water on my list to try next but Im particularly intrigued by the Pixie glow tonic.Just follwed your link and what a lot of fabulous reviews. I’d be really interested in reading yours too. I do need to be careful that it would be right for the more mature skin like mine which is something I often forget when reading so many blogs from much younger perkier skin young ladies.

    • Thank you, the reviews for the Pixi Tonic are what sold it to me too! I will be writing my own very soon, so you can look out for that. I honestly think its amazing. Thank you so much for reading xx

  • Wow – great post 🙂 You have a really comprehensive skincare routine! I found the Clinique cleanser great at first but then it just got too much for my skin and was stripping it completely (not in a good way). I do really want to try the Pixi tonic though as I have heard nothing but good things about it 🙂 x

    Brenda BusyBee

    • Thank you! I’ve been trying to get my skincare routine better recently, and now I’m finally happy! I have quite oily skin, so the clinique cleanser doesn’t strip it (thankfully) although I can definitely see that it would for more sensitive skin types. I

  • rae

    Wow I am pretty blown away by how many products are part of your bedside skincare routine. and your commitment to it! I personally don’t even really wash my makeup off before bed (I know, so bad!) so I could learn a thing or two from your dedication. Also really interested in that face roller now!

    Rae | love from berlin

    • I used to be absolutely awful with my skin, but recently I’ve being trying really hard to get into a dedicated routine, I don’t use all of the products everyday, but I do love them all. If you’re not great at taking your make up off I would definitely recommend a micellar water, it’s so easy to use, quickly with a cotton pad xx

  • I’ve never been able to find the L’Oreal micellar water, I really want to try it out (or the Garnier one). Gotta keep looking!


  • Great products! Definitely want to try the Pixi glow tonic. Do you do your skincare routine in bed? 😉 Just wondering, with the title.

    Erin | Erin and Katherine Talk Beauty

    • The majority of my skincare routine, I do do in bed yes! I normally take off my makeup in the bathroom with my cleansing brush and nip + fab cleanser, then get into bed, watch some TV and continue with the rest of it x

  • Glow Tonic is literally EVERYTHING.

    G x

  • I love the Nip+Fab pads, I need to get hold of some more as I’ve run out! I really like the box you have for them all too – mine’s pretty, but hard to see what’s inside sometimes.

    Milly //

  • Corinne C

    I really want to try that glow tonic. Give me!

    Corinne x

    • It’s honestly amazing, would definitely recommend! Haha you’re not having mine – it’s sacred!!! Thanks for reading x

  • Clinique is a must for me!

    Annabel ?
    Mascara & Maltesers

  • Stephanie Eva

    Wow, quite the collection! I have been researching and looking around for another acne spot treatment. I will look for Dr. Spot and the E.L.F. zapper. Thank you for the recommendations!

    Much Love,
    -Stephanie Eva

    • Thanks for reading! Dr Spot and ELF’S Zapper both work really well for me because they both contain saliyclic acid which work great for my acne, hopefully will be the same for you if you try them! x

      • Stephanie Eva

        I hope to pick up some Dr. Spot when I’m in Sephora next!! I will let you know if I end up finding enough money 😉 Thank you again for the recommendation!

  • I love seeing what other people use in their skincare routines – it gives me a whole list of new products to try!

    I cannot live without Micellar water; how I did without it I do not know! Hahah!

    Nicole ?

    • I love reading about other peoples skincare routines too! I’m exactly the same, I don’t know what I did without it! Amazing x

  • I was so close to picking up the Pixi Glow Tonic this weekend – wishing I had now! I also keep my bedside skincare in that little IKEA tub – it’s the perfect size 🙂 xx

    Magpie Jasmine

  • India Benjamin

    I really need to get a little box like this for my skincare haha, it’s spread out everywhere! I have the Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix pads and they’re amazing. The Soap & Glory Dr Spot sounds really good, I get breakouts every month so might invest!

    India | Touchscreens & Beautyqueens

  • i need to get my hands on that PIXI glow tonic 🙂

  • Kim Styles

    Intrigued with the spiky roller!!!! never seen one of those before