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Hi!

I’m Alexandra. An American girl living in Dublin, Ireland. I honestly document my adventures in travel, food, beauty, and expat life on a budget.

Nighttime Skincare Routine

Nighttime Skincare Routine

I am no skincare expert and I am not going to act like I am. I like reading other people’s beauty routines, especially when these people are not beauty or skin experts; other people who have had to try and figure out what works, and doesn’t work, for them.  With so many bloggers and influencers being paid to promote skincare products it can be hard to know if they truly like/use the product or if they are being paid to do so. That said, I want to share my nighttime skincare routine with y'all. And as much as I wish any of the brands mentioned paid me to include them, they didn't. Free advertising for them though! 

To wash my face, I use a Konjac Sponge. My friend got me hooked on these and I haven’t stopped using them since she gave me my first one. They can usually be found at T.K. Maxx for around €5. Penney’s also sell something similar in their beauty section. I use one sponge for 8-10 weeks before replacing.

Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser & Konjac Sponge

I have been using the Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser for the last 3 months and I am quite happy with it so far. It is gentle on the skin and has a light scent. I use one pump on the Konjac Sponge and massage into the skin. It takes my makeup off pretty good, and my overall complexion has improved since introducing Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser into the mix. I still have a good bit in the bottle, but I am looking forward to trying Glossier’s Solution after I finish the bottle I have now.

Garnier Micellar Water & Benefit Moisture Prep Toning Lotion

To remove the rest of my makeup I use Garnier Micellar Water. I don’t have many ‘holy grail’ beauty products but this is one of them. After removing all excess makeup, it is on to toner. For the past 5 months I have been using Benefit’s Moisture Prep Toning Lotion. A friend of mine had this and I had used some of theirs, but the price tag originally put me off. When a deal came up and a 10% discount was being offered I decided to give it a chance. I am so happy I did! The smell is dreamy, and the consistency is refreshing on the skin.  A little bit of this goes a long way so you do get your money’s worth out of the bottle. Another favourite of mine is the Boots Traditional Glycerin & Rosewater toner. I used this for over a year before switching to the Benefit toner. It is €3 a bottle and does the trick if you are looking for a more affordable option.

Benefit it’s potent! dark circle eye cream & Benefit Instant Comeback Facial Serum

Staying with the Benefit theme, I then move onto eye cream. I use it’s potent! dark circle eye cream.  I think I have dark circles, so I wanted to try this eye cream. Once again, a bit on the pricey side but I had a voucher from Christmas, so I decided to splurge. I think as I am getting older introducing products like this into my routine is only beneficial. Since using this product, my undereye area is more hydrated and I have noticed I do not need to use as much concealer under my eyes anymore.

The final step is the Instant Comeback Facial Serum by Benefit (shock!). I have been using anti-aging moisturizers since I was 11. Young, I know but it has me in the habit now! I knew I needed to start using a serum and since I had the voucher and positive experiences with other Benefit products I decided to try theirs. This feels light on my skin and I hope this makes sense, but it feels like my skin breathing when I put this on. I do like the serum but when it is gone I am not so sure on spending my own €49.50 on it. I have heard good things about The Ordinary, so if you use any serums by them that you like please let me know!

I love to hear from you! If you have any specific questions about my skincare routine or have any suggestions for me to try, please feel free to reach out. You can leave me a comment below, send me a DM on Instagram, message me on Facebook or send me a tweet on Twitter

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*all images original to Candid Alexandra

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