I’m often asked about my daily skincare routine. My day to day routine is pretty consistent and basic, but the number of products and labor intensity varies according to mood, time and how lazy I am. I’m lucky to have a relatively low maintenance skin, the problems I do have are that of dark circles, occasional acne, and dry/sensitive skin.

I feel that I have a very healthy mix of drugstore and cosmetic counter (department store) skincare products. I don’t prefer one over the other and often look for cheaper alternatives that are available. Oh don’t quote me on the prices listed below because I have a small brain =P Do keep in mine that everyone’s skin is different; one product that works well for me might not work for you, and vice versa. With that said, I’m going to show you my daily skincare routine, starting with night time. For my daytime skincare routine go here!

Makeup remover

First thing I do when I get home everyday is to remove all makeup on my face. Last product I used was Clinique’s Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm (around $35). I can not recommend this product enough. It is in solid form and the product melts as soon as it comes in contact with your skin. You just use a cotton pad to pick up some of the product and wipe the makeup off your face. It is easy to use and works like a charm! After finishing the 125 ml jar (which lasted me about 7 months!) I looked for a cheaper replacement, and found Netrogena’s Oil Free Eye-makeup Remover (around $8). It is also easy to use, gentle, highly effective, and there is no scent! I’m actually very happy with this product, and as much as I love Clinique’s Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm I think I will stick to this one until I become baller LOL (AS IF).

Face wash

When it comes to face wash, all I ask for is that squeaky clean feeling after washing my face. Right now I’m using Biore Pore Unclogging Scrub (ranging from $8-$11). Though there are lots of scrubbing beads inside, it isn’t really a scrub and feels more like a cleanser. It has a little cooling effect that leaves your skin feeling refreshed. It contains 2% salicylic acid and claims to prevent future breakouts, but I don’t really see that. Overall a great drugstore product and will most likely repurchase.


I’m using Clinique Mild Clarifying Lotion ($15) both night and day. Unlike many other Clinique toners, this one does not contain alcohol. Anything with alcohol in it is just way too drying for my skin, especially in Canada! While it does that job, I don’t see anything special with this particular toner. I probably won’t repurchase and will look for something else when I’m through with this bottle. Suggestions?


I only started taking care of skin around my eyes couple years ago, and I often forget to use my eye cream =P Right now I’m using Skin Appetit Optim-Eyes Firming Eye Gel ($8-$12) and definitely happy with it. It is paraben free, smells lovely, and very moisturizing!

Facial Cream

I use Jason Fragrance Free Daily Facial Cream ($8-$10) for night time, but not in the morning because it is a little too thick for a day cream. It leaves my skin soft and moisturized, but not oily. I also like that it is natural and fragrance free, so I don’t need to smell the fragrance falling asleep.


During winter I put Vaseline on my lips before going to bed, simply because chapstick just isn’t moisturizing enough for Vancouver’s winter! It leaves my lips moisturized and soft throughout the night =)

That’s all for my night time skincare routine, for my daytime skincare routine go here!

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DISCLAIMER: Brands mentioned are not affiliated with What Annie Wears in any way nor is What Annie Wears affiliated with them. All opinions expressed are mine. Others’ experiences with the products may differ from mine.

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