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Category Archives: Skin products
There are so many products I try and go through on a regular basis, that I thought I might start doing some quick posts occasionally about products I am loving. Do you like this idea? OK so here we go; these are some products I am loving at the moment!
Smashbox Fade to Black eyeshadow palette – Fade Out (link) // Eyeko Mascara (link) // L’Oreal Super Liner (link) // DOVE maximum protection deodorant (link) // L’Oreal Skin Perfection (link) // Life NK Shower Gel Trio (link) // Clinique Superprimer Faceprimers (link) // Filorga ISO Structure Day Cream (link)
I got given this set of body washes for Christmas by a girlfriend and am just loving them. These body washes by Life NK don’t only smell delicious but they also support your body and mind. The trio contains Jump Start Body Wash, Ultimate Unwind Body Wash and Drift Away Body Wash (each 100ml). The set is actually on sale at the moment HERE for only £6.00 (usually £12).
Now I know deodorant isn’ the most exciting subject but this is a product I just have to rave about! Over the years I have tried so many deodorants and have never come across anything as good as this. When I was away for NYE a friend gave it to me because I had forgotten to pack deodorant (whoops). She herself was recommended it by a friend because she said that after laser treatment to her underarms she’d found she was sweating a lot more and this deodorant saved her life. And it’s true – this deodorant literally stops you from sweating. I don’t know how it does it, but it works and it also smells fresh and doesn’t stain your clothes. So overall a massive winner and think I will never buy another deodorant again! Available from your local Boots or online for £5.30.
Recently I’ve been using this L’Oreal Paris Skin Perfection Gel-Cream Wash in the shower. It swiftly removed makeup and impurities leaving my skin feeling soft and perfectly cleansed. Oh and it has no perfume or soap so very gentle. Available from your local Superdrug or online for £4.49.
This Smashbox Fade to Black eyeshadow palette in Fade Out is just perfect for winter! It’s super versatile, seriously cool and top quality. This palette of neutrals starts with the most wearable nudes and ends with the fiercest blacks- all in a range of finishes, from matte to shimmer. Shades include: Soft Pastel Pink, Soft Shimmery Silver, Soft Matte Grey, Violet with multi-color sheen, Earthy Brown with subtle sheen, Deep Matte Purple, Black with Cranberry Pearl. Available from online from £32/$42.
I’d kind of forgotten about this mascara but have rediscovered it and use have been using it pretty much every day recently! Eyeko Skinny Brush Mascara (previously called Eyeko Big Eyes Mascara, review here) applies mascara like a dream to both upper and bottom lashes, lengthening them and separating even the shortest lashes. I really like the skinny brush and the formula is super black and doesn’t flake! I used to not like waterproof or water resistant mascara’s but these days I bike to work every day and I need something that’s going to last me all day through wind and rain! Available online for £15/€18/$19.
My go-to liquid eyeliner tool at the moment is the L’Oreal Super Liner – Perfect Slim in black. It has a 0.4mm felt tip which makes applying winged liner a breeze! Available online from $8.99 or at your local Superdrug for £6.99.
Filorga Iso Structure Day Cream has been my saving grace this winter. The Iso-Structure Absolute Firming Day Cream provides much-needed nourishment for tired winter skin by helping to retain the skin’s moisture levels and boost the skin’s suppleness and elasticity. Oh and the formula also increased firmness of the skin and makes my skin feel considerably smoother. Available online from $88/£54 for 50ml. It’s a pretty good-sized jar so should last you quite a while.
I’m a big fan of face primers to make sure my makeup lasts all day and applies smoothly. Recently I’ve been using the Clinique Superprimer range and I think their lightweight, oil-free primers create an ideal makeup canvas. They come in different colour coded options to colour correct a range on complexion concerns, and which one to use depends on your skin; Pink (colour corrects dullness) // Blue (colour corrects shallowness) // Yellow (colour corrects redness) // Coral (colour corrects discolourations) // Brown (colour corrects dullness in deeper skin). Or go for White which is the universal primer and because it’s translucent it quickly preps your skin beautiful for makeup application. I’ve got white, yellow and pink and I just apply one of them/combined over my entire face or where needed with my fingertips before foundation. Available at your local Clinique counter or online from £22/$27 each (20ml)
Have you tried any of these products before or I’d love to know what products you are loving at the moment!
In winter our skin can always do with some extra boost of moisture, especially when you are exposing it to freezing temperatures and icy winds during the day; when skiing for example! Apparently our skin is particulary vulnerable to moisture loss during the night because our barrier functions are down. This is why Clinique has brought out their new Moisture Surge Overnight Mask to replenish the skin with soothing and nourishing moisture during the night.
The Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask has a strong no-rinse formula that is luxuriously rich and creamy to deliver instant hydration to the skin, working overnight to strengthen the skins ability to lock in moisture and leaving it incredibly soft, smooth and supple the next morning.
I’ve been using this cream the last few days whilst on holiday in the snow and even during these cold and dry conditions; my skin has felt hydrated and soft every morning!
Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask is available at all Clinique counters or online at www.clinique.co.uk and the 100ml tube retails at £28/€38. Have you tried this new product by Clinique yet?
While I was in California for my best friends wedding in Carlsbad, I stayed at the W Hotel San Diego. The W’s are known for being luxury boutique hotels, generally marketed towards a younger crowd. They have a common theme of minimalist modern decor and hip, informal names for categories of rooms and public areas. For example the lobbies of all their hotels are known as the “Living Room.” W Hotels attempt to include the letter W wherever possible – the swimming pool is known as “Wet”, the concierge is known as “Whatever Whenever”, the laundry bag is known as “Wash” and so on.
However what I loved the most about my stay at the W was their bathroom products! They stock your bathroom daily with lovely mini products from the brand ‘Bliss‘
I’d personally never tried any Bliss Spa products before but apparently Bliss has 22 spas located around the globe. “From Hollywood to Hong Kong, Boston to Barcelona and Dallas to Doha, they aim to bring the latest and most effective spa treatments and products, challenging convention along the way and infusing everything with our signature Bliss touch – all to make you look and feel absolutely ‘spa’-tacular.”
So let’s have a look at the lovely goodies they treated me with at the W!
For in the shower there was:
Lemon + Sage Conditioning Rinse (link)
Lemon + Sage Supershine Shampoo (link)
Lemon + Sage Soapy Suds Body Wash (link)
And for some further pampering there was:
Fabulous Foaming Face Wash (link)
My absolutely favourite was definitely the Fabulous Foaming Face Wash. This 2-in-1 cleanser and exfoliator with rose hips, chamomile and passion flower is one of their best selling products.
You get some light foaming action after rubbing the product between your hands and the small, soft, round exfoliator beads gently cleanse your skin without leaving your face feeling soapy or dried out. The smell is probably the best part; it’s so refreshing and sweet at the same time I couldn’t get enough of it! I would recommend this face wash to anyone that is looking for a simple, soothing, exfoliating cleanser. I am definitely hooked and am going to purchase this for my bathroom at home after using it for a few days at the W Hotel. They sell it in a travel in a travel size (60ml at £6.50), regular size (197ml at £18.40) or even a super-sized version (460ml at £25.60). Think I might go super-sized because it gives you 30% savings and comes with a handy pump!
Have you tried any Bliss products before? xoxo
One of the items that was in my June GlossyBox was a small starter kit for the VICHY Dermablend Ultra-Corrective Foundation Cream stick. The handy little kit contained 6 sample shades so you could find out what shade would provide you with perfect coverage.
The VICHY Dermablend stick is marketed as a ‘corrective foundation’ to provide the most complete, natural looking coverage for face and body imperfections. It contains 40% pigment concentration which makes it ideal for camouflage of skin concerns such as dark circles, acne marks, scarring, bruising, redness and dark spots. It promises to be long lasting (up to eight hours) and it is fragrance-free, waterproof and smudge resistant.
I think this would be a great foundation for someone with problem skin or if you prefer quite heavy coverage to block out any redness or pigmentation on your face. However for my complexion it seemed a little too heavy and creamy to apply all over my face so I decided to start using it as a concealer instead. And boy am I glad I did, this immediately became my favourite concealer! After trying a few of the shades I found that Nude (14) and Light (13) were most suited for me as a concealer to cover under eyes dark circles, spots and pigmentation; which I (unfortunately) get a lot more of during summer time.
So once my sample kit started running low I decided to buy the full VICHY Dermablend Ultra-Corrective Foundation Cream stick in Nude. It retails for £19 which is a bit more expensive than my usual MAC Studio Finish concealer (£14.50) but the Vichy stick is 12grams in comparison to 7grams for the MAC one so it will last me a lot longer!
It retails for £19 which is a bit more expensive than my usual MAC Studio Finish concealer (£14.50) but the Vichy stick is 12grams in comparison to 7grams for the MAC one so it will last me a lot longer!
Swatched and below blended out on my hand…
I normally just glide the stick under my eye and dab it in gently with my finger (you should never rub too much on the delicate skin area under your eyes) plus I apply it to any other small spots I might have and around the side of my nostrils. I am really happy I found this product so this does show the benefit of beauty box subscriptions like GlossyBox because otherwise I probably would never have tried the VICHY Dermablend Ultra-Corrective Stick.
VICHY products are available online here or you can find it at your local Boots store or Boots.com.
If you want to try the sample kit first to play with the product and to find your perfect shade you can actually buy the little starter kit for £4.99 online, which I think is super handy! (link).
Have you ever tried any other VICHY products that you’d recommend?
Hi! I’m Veronika
and I write the style, beauty and home décor blog, Veronika’s Blushing. I’m delighted that Roz has asked me to guest
blog for her while she’s on holiday and I’m here today to share what I think are
your best “beauty investments.”
When you’re a style and beauty blogger, it’s tempting to try a lot of different looks and products. Over the years, I’ve had different hair colors and makeup routines, but I’ve noticed that as I get older, I’m more focused on creating a signature look and enhancing my appearance in the areas where I’ll get the most return on my efforts, both in the short and long term.
Sometimes, it’s tough to evaluate what you should spend your time (and money) on when it comes to beauty products and regimens. Here’s what I think are your best beauty investments:
Full, polished hair- Maybe you can’t afford to get a blowout like the lovely Duchess of Cambridge three times a week, but what you can do is learn how to give yourself a fantastic blowout. There are plenty of great tutorials on YouTube or, if you feel comfortable, ask your stylist to show you how to blow out your hair or go to a blow dry bar and observe the techniques that they use. The best part? A well-done blowout gives you incredible return on your investment—those 20 to 25 minutes you spend styling your hair make it bouncy for days—meaning you can skip daily washes and touch up your hair with some dry shampoo.
Kerastase Cristaliste Lumiere Liquide, one of my favorite blowout products!
Smile- The days of overly-bleached, Hollywood-perfect teeth are over—but a great smile has never gone out of style. Maintain your oral health by flossing nightly, using a whitening or stain-removing toothpaste (I like Crest Vivid White or Colgate Whitening) and if you can, invest in an electric toothbrush. I love my Sonicare toothbrush so much that I even travel with it! I also whiten my teeth once a year to maintain brightness and remove stains. I use professional trays I had made at my dentist’s office, however Crest Whitestrips Professional are also a wonderful an effective option.
Skin- Everyone wants clear, glowing, even-toned skin. For some of us, it comes naturally and for others (like me) who struggle with acne or other skin issues, keeping your skin clear can be quite the challenge. Investing in great skincare products is important—but so is prevention. In your early to mid 20’s is when you should start thinking about using eye creams and moisturizers that will help prevent premature aging, including sunscreen, which you should wear every time you’ll spend any significant amount of time in the sun. Establishing a preventative skincare routine now will be an investment that you’re still patting yourself on the back about 10 and 20 years from now. I used tanning beds a lot when I was in college and once I became aware of not only the increased risk of melanoma but also how much it prematurely ages you, my skin never touched a tanning bed again. Ten years later, I’m still reaping the benefits—at 29, I’m pretty happy with my skin and don’t have a lot of wrinkles.
Probably my most “glowing” day—at our 2009 wedding
Bright-eyed- They say that the eyes are the windows into the soul and I think they’re also one of your most important features to highlight. Bright, defined eyes can make your entire face look balanced and awake. I always use concealer on my lids as a base to even out my eye area and then I use Maybelline’s Eraser Dark Circles in the light pink “brightener” color under my eyes to perk up and lighten the entire under-eye area. I also use Benefit’s Eye Bright on my lower lash line and in the inner corner of my eye. I have a tutorial of my entire eye makeup routine here. By far the most impactful part of brightening up your eyes is curling your lashes. I feel like it instantly makes you look youthful and rested. I heat my eyelash curler with a hair dryer for a few seconds and it locks the curl in all day (and, if you want it to last extra-long, always use waterproof mascara because the formulas are drier and help lock in the curl).
Using light pink under your eyes really brightens your entire face!
Trim and Toned- By far one of the best beauty investments of all is keeping your body strong and toned. From a physiological perspective you’ll have more energy, sleep better, be stronger, more flexible and have more endurance—and from a mental perspective you’ll feel balanced, happier and more satisfied with your overall appearance. My favorite toning workings include The Bar Method, Ballet Beautiful and Pilates. I find that these types of workouts really target such a wide array of muscle groups and they work muscles you didn’t even know you had! There are also fantastic workouts available on YouTube (for free!) by the girls from Tone It Up and BodyRockTV.
On my way to the gym! All gear by Lululemon
What are your best beauty investments?
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(No Thank YOU Veronika – what a great post. It’s easy to see why I love her blog right? xoxo Roz)