This Is What My $1,800 Skincare Routine Looks Like

I am known in the office for my bougie tastes in beauty and fashion – so much so that my team have affectionately bestowed me with the nickname Lady Meike.

I do love to try the newest (and most bougie) products, but my skin does get easily overwhelmed and becomes sensitive when I have too many actives on rotation, giving me what we call Adore Beauty Face.


Adore Beauty Face
A skin reaction caused by overzealous sampling of too many products at once, which causes the skin to become red, flaky and sensitive.

Ageing tops the list of my skin concerns (as it probably does for most of us who are over 30). So as someone with access to the best of the best, which products make up my $1,800 anti-ageing skincare routine?


Step 1 – Cleanser

I found the most luxurious hydrating cleanser on the planet. If you love a balm, gel or oil cleanser – Giorgio Armani’s Crema Nera Supreme Balancing Oil-In-Gel Cleanser is for you. I massage a ten to twenty cent piece onto a dry face and neck and then emulsify in the shower. It’s total heaven and your skin doesn’t feel stripped; just soft, balanced and hydrated! In fact, so hydrated it feels like you’ve already moisturised.

Step 2 – Serum

I’m not a fan of toner so I go straight for a serum. The serum I have religiously used since last December that seriously changed my skin/life is *drum roll please!* Estée Lauder’s Perfectionist Pro Rapid Firm + Lift Treatment. I can’t live without this product, it is a miracle serum. You notice a difference the very next day! This serum helped to immediately refine skin texture, improve hormonal blemishes and reduced my fine lines over time.

Step 3 – Eye Serum

This eye serum is presented in the sexiest bottle! Your eyes are one of the first places that you age, so a good eye serum or cream is essential. I actually find it really hard to find an eye serum/cream as I suffer from sensitive eyes and often react badly to active eye creams. So was relieved to find a bougie eye serum that hydrates and reduces that crepey skin and puffy under-eye bags. My eye serum of choice is Giorgio Armani’s Crema Nera Extrema Youth Memory Eye Serum (bougie as, but worth every cent and the bottle lasts a long time!)

Step 4 – Moisturiser

The pièce de résistance and by far the most luxurious beauty product I have ever used to date: Giorgio Armani’s Crema Nera Extrema Supreme Reviving Cream. The rich cream is more like a balm (if you have oily skin there is a light version) and offers instant hydration, comfort and protection. My skin became more supple after just a few applications, and after a month my one fine lines have reduced (thanks to the unique plant extract used in the Crema Nera range).

Step 5 – Sunscreen

If you spend a lot on skincare to prevent ageing, you NEED to use sunscreen. It’s the ultimate anti-ageing product. I have always hated sunscreen and had a lot of allergies – but Ultra Violette has saved my skin! It changed my view on sunscreen with how it looks and feels on my skin. Ultra Violette Supreme Screen SPF 50+ also doubles as a hydrating moisturiser and primer too.


Step 1 – Cleanser

I double cleanse at night to remove all my makeup – there’s no point having expensive serums and creams if your skin is not clean and able to absorb the ingredients properly! So my first cleanser is Giorgio Armani’s Prima Instant Off Face, Eyes & Lips Cleanser, followed by a second cleanse with my AM cleanser and my Clarisonic Mia Fit.

Step 2 – Serum

Every second night I use a retinol. After trying and loving Estée Lauder’s Perfectionist Pro Rapid Firm + Lift Treatment, I decided to try the Perfectionist Pro Rapid Renewal Retinol Treatment. It has really helped to reduce pigmentation and uneven skin tone on my cheeks and improve my skin texture overall.

Step 4 – Eye Serum

Lancôme’s Absolue Eye Cream takes me away to the rose garden at the La Alhambra in Granada, Spain. I love putting this eye cream on at night, It smells heavenly and has definitely helped with fine lines (I prefer the thicker consistency for nighttime).

Step 5 – Moisturiser

Again, finishing with my $495 Giorgio Armani Crema Nera Extrema Supreme Reviving Cream. Just unboxing this product is an experience in itself. Picking it up it feels like a smooth black obsidian stone in your hand – totally luxurious and Instagram-worthy!


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