Skincare: The Holy Grail

People often ask me to share my skincare routine and while, alas there is no skincare routine, in writing this piece, I’ll be sharing my top three skincare products. Without further ado, I give you The Holy Grail:

(1) Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm

A lot of the time when I’m reading reviews of beauty products by beauty bloggers on Instagram, I’m left feeling disappointed when hyped up products don’t live up to expectations. I buy the product, try it out and think “Well, this is shit”.

That’s not always the case though, as can be seen with Emma Hardie’s Moringa Cleansing Balm. Ranking number one in my skincare favourites, this cleansing balm is the bestI’m telling you, it’s the stuff of Gods!

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Emma Hardie’s Moringa Cleansing Balm is rich and creamy, with quite a thick consistency – almost as though you’re putting vaseline on your face. Which makes sense really, when you take into account that the cleansing balm doubles up as a mask (it can be left on overnight) which is particularly useful if you have dry skin. It’ll leave your face looking quite greasy before bedtime if you decide to use it overnight, but it’s nourishing qualities mean that this is just a mere inconvenience, if anything at all. Personally, I’ve found the balm to be incredibly hydrating, leaving my skin soft and supple in the mornings.


Using this balm has made removing my makeup so much easier and I’m sure that it is the combination of its most active ingredients (Moringa seeds, Wild sea fennel and Vitamin E) which have helped considerably in clearing my skin.

My favourite thing about the balm is the scent; it’s something that you’ll either love or hate (my brothers hate the smell of it). Hardie’s balm has quite a strong scent – you’ll be able to immediately detect the orange and mandarin extracts. Those aren’t scents which I’m usually drawn to, but man do I love the scent of the cleansing balm!

I have been using the Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm for the last nine months and my skin type is sensitive so I’m quite careful in terms of what I put on my skin. Trying this product has without a doubt been one of the best decisions I’ve made for my skin. It’s soothing and cleansing qualities have meant that in my opinion, it is well worth the £39 price tag that comes with it. (If you purchase it in the 100ml or the 200ml sizes, the cleansing balm comes with a professional cleansing cloth to help remove your makeup).

Should you be interested in trying the Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm, I would recommend first trying a smaller size (perhaps the 15ml size which retails at £10). This is because while it’s all good and well me recommending this product, my opinion is of course subjective, so I’d want my readers to get a sense of whether you personally like the product before you choose to invest in a bigger size 😊.

Moving on to my second most favourite skincare product, we have:

(2) Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse

As well as having quite sensitive skin, my skin (particularly in the winter months) is prone to getting a little dry. When I don’t quite feel like applying the thick Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing balm, I alternate and use the Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse multipurpose dry oil instead.


Again, I love the scent of the oil (it smells wonderful) and while it can be used for a range of purposes, I use the oil primarily for my face. I have found the Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse to be perfect for nourishing my face – it soaks into my skin, leaving it silky soft and smelling amazing. I love it!

I bought a 30ml sized bottle as part of a collection but have since purchased the 50ml bottle as a back up for £17. It’s worth checking whether the oil is on sale as over the last few months I’ve found that the 50ml bottle has been on sale at times on for just £11.

Last but not least, we have:

(3) Innisfree Green Tea Balancing Cream

By now you’ll have realised that when it comes to skincare, it helps considerably if I like the scent of the product. This last product, the Innisfree Green Tea Balancing Cream smells divine! Of the three products, this one smells the best! I LOVE IT.

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My brother picked this up along with a bunch of other skincare products whilst he was in Japan a few months ago and I’m so grateful that he did pick it up because I’d been totally oblivious to Innisfree as a company and their range. If their Green Tea Balancing Cream is anything to go by, I’ve no doubt their other products will be great.


The cream is enriched with squeezed green tea and serves as a moisturising toner. Its consistency is quite thin, almost water like and the skin absorbs it quite fast. What I really like about the cream is that it doesn’t leave the skin feeling at all sticky. It’s the perfect cream for restoring the skin’s balance back to normality.

This product was bought for roughly £18 in yen. I don’t think you can purchase this product in the UK, although it is available online on the Innisfree website. However, I do believe that you may have to have the product shipped in from the US which will mean that unfortunately, you’ll most probably incur additional shipping fees.

If you’ve tried any of these products, I’d love to hear your views on them. Alternatively, if there are any products you would like me to review in the future, you can find me on Instagram: @franklyfahmida ☺️

Until the next time,






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