There’s just something about the weekend that screams skincare to me, hence the usually face-based focus of these posts. So when I posted about my new cleansing drawer on Instagram a handful of you seemed intrigued so I thought I’d detail it a little further. To be precise it’s my makeup removal/cleansing stash. My favourite part of my skincare routine – getting the gunk off, feeling fresh and pepping up my skin to give it that ‘ahhhh’ feeling – you know what I mean? The usual suspects appear of course, so I won’t ramble on about those but there are two new additions – one product and one technique that have been rocking my world…

First up – an oil based cleanser. Now if anyone remembers my distaste with the Shu Uemura ones, you’ll know that this is slightly dodgy territory for me, but NUDE’s new offering has made me do a swift 180. Their Perfect Cleansing Oil for Face & Eyes* is formulated without mineral oil, parabens, silicones and a load of other nasties. The main pull for me is the exclusion of mineral oil, a cheap filler ingredient that so many other cleansing oils are based on (including the Shu Uemura ones), so thumbs up all round for that. The other thing – it works. And it works well. I’m a waterproof mascara wearer and nothing dissolves it off like this. In fact I haven’t even been using it on the rest of my face, just two pumps on two cotton pads for each eye. Simples. At £28 for 100ml it’s pricey, but using it just on the eyes will sure eke it out for a while.

The other new favourite is a technique. Now do be warned this is probably the most mundane subject I’ve ever rambled about but hear me out on this one. Flannels. Yep, you read that right. I’m a stickler for a good ol’ manual exfoliation – first it was muslin cloths then I moved into the Clarisonic. Both I still use from time to time (I now crack out the Clarisonic every two or three days in the evenings), but flannels are now my main form of scrubbing. In the evenings I massage in a blob of the Emma Hardie Natural Lift and Sculpt Moringa Cleansing Balm* (which is easily my number one skincare discovery this year), then wet a flannel and go wild. After a good massage I feel like a new woman – cheesy but true. Cheap and effective – I’ve been stocking up with the Primark 3 for £1 bundles. Luverly.

Ah now it’s time to put words into action. Goodbye gunk, hello barefaced bedtime chic..

*PR Samples

  • essjay23x

    Flannels do seem a bit more comforting for the winter and I know, that Caroline (BeautyMouth) prefers them. I think, it is time to dig them out again.

  • thebeautyheroes

    love your skincare posts, you always have such good ideas ! x

  • Beth Bradley

    I love your skincare posts. You are my top influencer haha! X

    Beth @

  • SV

    Love reading your blog :) x

  • K.t

    Great post defos will be purchasing those flannels :) weres your storage from whats it called really need to sort all my skincare stuff! its a mess xxxx

  • Sophia Ford

    I adore oil cleansers and my favourite is actually the Le Belle oil cleanser. It’s the best I’ve used and I’ve used a fair few! Plus it smells amazing :) It’s completely natural too! You should have a look at it if you want to branch out to more oil cleansers, it’s unbeatable for me :) xo

  • Carys Lloyd

    Such a lovely post, I definitely want to try out the primark flannels instead of my muslin cloths :) x x

  • Cara

    Great post, just wondering though if you’d recommend Nude’s Perfect Cleansing oil over the Bioderma? I wear Loreal’s waterproof mascara and need something good to take it off! Bioderma is harder to get hold of but seems cheaper than Nude’s… thoughts?

  • Honey Go Lightly

    I’ve tried the NUDE but didn’t like it, the smell was too overpowering. Emma Hardie is fab and agree fannels are great and much better to use for my skin!

    • Honey Go Lightly

      And of course I mean flannels…. :D

  • Yesim

    I really enjoy your skincare posts. They’re really helpful to see what you and others are doing. Thank you!

  • mademoisellebrigitte

    Funny how most of your favorite products are *PR samples….Just a thought.

    • Sarah S.

      I think it’s bound to happen after a while… I don’t get PR samples on my blog but I guess if I did there’d be a good chance they’d overtake my favorites eventually.

      • Mademoiselle Brigitte

        Hi Sarah: Yeah, could be possible, but I get the impression it’s to her benefit to give positive reviews on *PR samples. I don’t give too much credence to positive reviews that are given to *PR samples, but that’s just me!

  • Emma

    I love your skincare posts, I was intrigued when you mentioned a cleansing/removal drawer so am glad you chose to do a whole post about it. I need to get my hands on some flannels, stat, I haven’t used them since I was young!

  • Eleanor

    ooh flannels, I’ll have to give that a try! I really want to try muslin cloths too, how often do you use flannels, every day?
    Eleanor x

  • Elle Pearson

    This is a great post- I’m a fan of flannels too! X

  • Emily

    I’ve been meaning to try a cleansing oil as I think facial wipes prob don’t really cut it for makeup removal & as hubby goes to bed before me (early morning start) I can only really use my clarisonic in the mornings :-/ Great post x

  • Sarah S.

    I always heard flannels were too harsh… that is, the ones generically called “washcloths” in the U.S. Are you concerned they might be too harsh?

  • Margaret

    I’ll definitely try this cloth! xx

  • Ameenah

    Ooh! I’ve been interested in that Emma Hardie Cleansing balm for a whole now, but I can’t seem to find a full list of the ingredients online. I love cleansing oils!

  • serena

    I’d love to try the EH Cleansing Balm, definitely putting it on my Christmas list. Definitely going to try cleansing with a flannel this week, Usually I just use mine to dry my face after cleansing! xx

  • Daniella

    I love NUDE-need to try that cleansing oil!
    Daniella x

  • Jemma Milnthorpe

    Do you think tmyou could use the EH balm with the clarasonic? Because I’m on the search for a new one to use with mine :-)

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  • Alba

    Can i use the emma hardie cleansing balm with my clarisonic?

  • anon

    I think it’s quite rude that she doesn’t reply to comments, I too want to know if the emma hardie cleansng balm can be used with a clarisonic.