Full Skin Care Routine on a Budget!


In today's post I decided to write something that was inspired by my good friends. Many of my friends approach me about skin care and you can imagine that I do get very very excited. I just don't know where to start sometimes that I end up recommending this and that, all from a place of severe skin care obsession. So why not create and suggest a skin care routine, whilst keeping it within a reasonable budget. All the products I will mention are $30 and under, but highly effective in nurturing your skin type.


First Step Cleansers: Oil/Balm Cleansers

Heimish All Clean Balm

Price: $21.64
Skin: All Skin Types
  • Effectively and gently melts away make up and debris without irritating the skin, making it suitable for those with sensitive skin. Although, this is not suitable for those with active eczema or dermatitis. 
  • Includes natural and hypoallergenic ingredients such as shea butter and white flower extracts that work together to both hydrate and soothe the skin. 
  • It's vegan! 

Price: $14.07
Skin: Oily/Combination skin
  • A light cleansing oil that removes heavy make up and dead skin cells. 
  • Active ingredients, rice bran and jojoba oil deeply cleanse and brighten the skin. 
  • Another version of this product, the 'Rich Cleansing Oil' is suitable for those with normal to oily skin or for those who prefer a heavier cleansing oil experience. 

Price: $23.66
Skin: All Skin Types 
  • A little heavier than the Heimish All Clean balm but does an equally good job of removing make up including difficult water proof cosmetics. 
  • Hydrating and gentle on the skin - Other versions of this product also include Clean it Zero Purity (sensitive skin), Radiance (sensitive skin), Resveratrol (oily skin and anti-aging).

Second Step Cleansers: Foam/Gel Cleansers

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser

Price: $10.50 AUD
Skin: All Skin Types
  • Gentle second step cleanser.
  • A mild cleanser that doesn't strip the skin or its natural moisture and is suitable even for those with sensitive/acne prone skin. 
  • It is non-comedogenic! This means it won't clog your pores.

Price: $13.07 AUD
Skin: Oily/Combination and Sensitive
  • Is formulated to have pH level closest to the skin. This allows the skin to appear and feel balanced and hydrated without stripping it of it's natural oil. 
  • The BHA in this cleanser allows you to gently exfoliate while cleansing for brighter looking skin. 
  • It's gel like consistency means that it's less irritating especially for those with oily/sensitive skin types.  

Price: $6.14 AUD
Skin: Oily/Combination and Sensitive
  • Non-comedogenic and doesn't strip the skin of its natural moisture. 
  • Contains Ceramides that restore the skin's protective layer, allowing the skin to effectively absorb proceeding skin care products. 
  • Fragrance free and is suitable for those with sensitive acne prone skin.


Price: $22 AUD
Skin: Combination/Dry and Sensitive
  • Alcohol free, fragrance free and is non stripping making it ideal for sensitive skin. 
  • The Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice ingredient reduces signs of redness and inflammation on the skin. 
  • Can also be re-applied to refresh and balance the skin throughout the day. 

Price: $22 AUD
Skin: Combination/Dry
  • A thicker consistency toner that deeply hydrates and removes excess sebum whilst regulating the skin's natural pH balance. This toner has a pH balance of 5 (healthy skin has a pH of 5.6 and above). 
  • The Amino acids in this toner work to stimulate more collagen and calm irritated skin.

Price: $17.63 AUD
Skin: All Skin types 
  • An exfoliating toner that prevents the onset of blackheads and whiteheads and gently treats dry skin. 
  • Removes dead skin whilst protecting the skin's moisturise barrier. 
  • No parabens, fragrances and colourants.


Price: $25.42
Skin: All Skin Types
  • Contains Ascorbic acid (a form of vitamin C) is an antioxidant that actively prevents the signs of ageing and sun damage. It allows to skin to appear brighter and firmer with continuous use. 
  • This serum is recommended to be used in the evenings after an essence and/or toner. If also used in the day, SPF must be applied to prevent skin sensitivity. 
  • Like all serums you should allow it a few minutes to absorb into the skin before applying another layer of skin care. You can also mix this serum with your favourite moisturiser as a time saver. 

Price: $24.90 AUD
Skin: All Skin Types
  • It's pretty much a multi-vitamin for the skin! 
  • Reduces redness, brightens, firms and boosts hydration. 
  • Your skin feels instantly smoother. In order to see significant results wait 8-10 weeks of use. Skin care takes time, so be patient (it's worth it) 🙂


Price: $21.50 AUD
Skin: Sensitive or Oily
  • A gentle and light moisturiser that hydrates the skin without leaving a residue or lingering scent. 
  • Absorbs quickly into the skin and can be layered with a light facial oil. 
  • Free from parabens, alcohol, colourants and mineral oil. 

Price: $9.80 AUD
Skin: Combination or Combination/Oily
  • A non-greasy moisturiser that uses compounds that is naturally present in the skin, such amino acids, fatty acids, triglycerides, urea, ceramides, phospholipids, glycerin, saccharides, sodium PCA and hyaluronic acid to protect and hydrate the skin. 
  • Allows the skin to absorb moisture and stay hydrated for long periods of time. 
  • This can be used underneath make up and in the evening. 

Price: $19.04
Skin: Combination/Dry
  • A cream that deeply hydrates, soothes and protects the skin from irritation. 
  • The fermented Green Tea extract is an active anti-oxidant that reverses minor forms of sun damage and creates a barrier of hydration. 
  • A thick cream that absorbs and feels light on the skin.

*I haven't included exfoliants in this post, but not to worry. I have a whole post dedicated to exfoliating later on. 

Hope this helps! 
Kat x


  1. Wow, this is very helpful! Thanks for the information, going to buy the mario badescu toner now!

  2. Keen to try The Ordinary! And I always walk past Muji but never end up buying their skin care! I might try it now!

  3. Thank you so much for this post! I was looking for products to try out for my skin and was iffy on whether i should try "buffet" by ordinary and this finally won me over :) keep up the good work

  4. I just ran out of my moisturiser so this post came at just the right time, thank you! I've always wanted to try MUJI's skincare products but haven't been brave enough till now. :)

  5. Thank you for the recommendations katrina. This a great blog!!

  6. I can’t believe focusing long enough to research; much less write this kind of article. You’ve outdone yourself with this material without a doubt. It is one of the greatest contents. Beautytips


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