Bioderma Crealine H2O: I know a few of these products have been talked to death on blogs and YouTube but as I’ve only just started this blog I’m going to mention them anyway. This product being the one that everyone raves about the most and I can see why. Before Bioderma, I used to use baby wipes to remove my makeup, which isn’t too good for your skin but since using Bioderma I don’t imagine I’ll be using anything else. It’s amazing at removing all of your makeup, it removes practically everything, you don’t have to rub at your eyes to remove mascara, this takes it right off. The consistency is like water, it doesn’t feel oily or leave anything behind once you’ve took your makeup off and just sinks into your skin. Sometimes my skin can be quite sensitive but I’ve never had any problems using this, it’s very gentle on the skin and doesn’t sting the eyes at all. One thing that I would change is the packaging, it’s not a squeezey bottle or spray or pump, it basically just comes out a hole in the lid, but that’s just me being picky! It’s not yet readily available in the UK but I think it is starting to pop up around UK stores which I’m really excited about.
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo: This is another product that’s been highly raved about and again I can completely understand why. It is a corrective treatment which reduces the appearance of imperfections and ublocks pores. With a serum-like consistency, it’s very light and quickly absorbs into the skin and you can use it morning and/or night to the entire face, it can also be used as a makeup base. I normally use this at night, before my moisturiser which is all my skin needs. Ever since using this, the size of my pores have been reduced and I’ve found that it not only improves the appearance of existing imperfections but it also prevents breakouts and improves the overall texture of my skin, leaving it soft and smooth.
Dr Jart+ Premium BB Cream:
I spoke about these products on my ‘what’s in my makeup bag
‘ post, they are my favourite base products at the moment. This definately deserves to be in my March favourites as I’ve been using this most days, normally just on it’s own on good skin days, with a bit of concealer. It does only come in one colour but I’ve used it at my palest and my most tanned and it’s worked with both skin tones but I’m not sure how it would work on darker skin tones. It is definately a light coverage but it evens out my skin tone really well and brightens up my skin, leaving a nice glow and even though it’s targeted at older skin types, I love it! It aims to reduce imperfections by lifting and illuminating the skin whilst also targeting wrinkles, fine lines and loss of skin elasticity. It also has SPF40 which is a big bonus! It is currently on sale at Boots for £16.
Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation: This is a fairly new foundation which I’ve really enjoyed wearing these past couple of months. I’d say it is a light coverage but is buildable to a light-medium coverage, I like how lightweight it is and looks really natural on the skin. I wouldn’t say it’s matte or that it’s dewy, it just leaves a nice natural finish and also brightens up the skin. The thing that I can’t stand about this product is that it has no pump, you have to pour it onto the back of your hand and I always end up wasting it, the lid is also quite hard to get off unless it’s me just being weak! But overall I do really like this foundation.
Real Techniques Contour Brush (Core Collection): I love the Real Techniques brushes, they’re of such a good quality and aren’t that expensive either. The contour brush comes as part of the Core Collection, which also includes a buffing brush, pointed foundation brush and a detailer brush. I love using this brush for concealer, it’s really soft so you can gently work concealer in under the eyes and anywhere else you may need it.
I’ve been using this product for a few months and as you can see I’ve barely used any as you only need a small amount for under the eyes. I’m increasingly becoming a fan of Origins, wanting to buy everything when I visit the stores, I got a sample of the Planscription foundation to try out but they matched me to a shade that is waaay too dark for me.
This really helps to brighten up my eye area and although I don’t think it does much for dark circles, It’s really creamy and moisturising which helps when applying concealer to cover them up.
Natural Collection Lipstick – Lotus – Boots £1.99
I love the Natural Collection lipsticks, I have a few shades and this one is my favourite, it’s the perfect everyday lipstick. Although it doesn’t last more than a few hours, it doesn’t bother me, I just throw it in my bag and reapply when needed. It’s a quite sheer pale peach colour, which I love and the lipsticks are really creamy. I did actually snap this the other day when I was writing my other blog post when trying to describe the colour but hey ho, I still really like them!
I recieved this in a Glossybox, I think it was the Valentives day box. A couple of years ago I was subscribed to Glossybox for quite a while and ended up being disappointed with the products I received, I thought they went a bit downhill and then obviously once I had unsubscribed they started sending out amazing products like Dr Jart, Dermalogica, Radial etc. I’m still unsure whether to resubscribe or not..
Anyway I received this lipstick by Helen E Cosmetics and I was pleasantly surprised once I tried this on, as I didn’t think it would be anything special as the packaging was pretty plain. I tend to like warmed toned reds more than blue toned and this lipstick and I think this is the perfect orange toned red and would look really nice on pale or tanned skin, I’m thinking about taking it on holiday with me. It’s really creamy and moisturising which I was also surprised about, they also have a wide range of colours, I’m thinking about buying a couple more colours. They’re labelled as long lasting colours, I’ve never worn this for more than a couple of hours but it definately stayed up.
Avon Moroccan Argan Oil Leave-In Treatment: My last two favourites are haircare products, the first one from Avon’s Advance Techniques 360 Nourishment Moroccan Argan Oil range. I’ve also tried the shampoo and conditioner from this range, but this ‘leave-in treatment’ is my favourite. It has obvious similarities to the Moroccanoil oil treatment in the colour of the oil and packaging. I use this on damp hair, concentrating on the ends. It leaves my hair looking shiny, soft and moisturised without it feeling greasy. Currently on sale for £3.50
Aussie Miracle Colour Insurance Leave-In Conditioner: I got this as part of a 3 for £10 deal as Asda with a shampoo and conditioner and I wasn’t too interested in this, I just picked it up because it was free and I ended up liking this more than the other two Aussie products. I put this in my hair after using the Avon leave-in treatment oil, I spray this all over the hair and comb it through. It smells like peaches which leaves my hair smelling really nice, it also makes my hair feel really soft. It also claims to protect the hair from drying out in the sun, so this might be another product I take on holiday!