I've been thinking for a while that I'd like to do a little beauty round up here on the blog. While I'm not a beauty expert, I do like using great products and one of the joys of my thirties has been finally making peace with make-up and for want of a better descriptor, having a bit of a play!
I love learning about different brands and products, and from now on I'll be doing a monthly round up about this here on the blog, as well as a few spotlight posts on great products I buy or receive. I hope you enjoy!
For the longest time, I struggled to find a skincare range that worked for me. My skin is both super sensitive and a bit of a combination, which makes finding a range which doesn't irritate it really difficult. So I was delighted when a few years ago I found Avene - their products work so well with my skin. The spring water spritz has been a godsend in this hot, hot weather, and the hydrating serum has been perfect when dealing with fans and aircon drying out my skin.
The Bobbi Brown browns palette is so lovely - as someone with pale skin and blue eyes it gives me lots of options for having my eyes pop. I've swatched below on a tissue - you can see how pale a couple of the options are, with just the slightest hint of shimmer, while some of the darker shades can be built up to create some real drama. I can't find it on the website but I picked mine up at Debenhams.
I got this pot of the Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask from The Body Shop in my goody bag from the Thirty Plus Awards last month and it's just so good. I apply it a couple of times a week before bed (I try to always do it on days when I'll be washing my hair the next day as I'm a fairly active sleeper and can end up with a little of the mask in my hair) and it really does make my skin feel bouncier, softer and brighter. Fab!
I was at a book event last month for the paperback release of Killing Monica*, and they had some lovelies from Benefit there with products to try and buy. I'd been meaning to try their new products so was very happy to combine books and beauty on this occasion! After chatting with the consultants I bought two brow items. The Browvo Conditioning Primer is so gorgeous and the perfect thing for prepping, and the Goof Proof Brow Pencil does exactly what it says on the tin (well, the box) - with very little effort at all I can have neat, kempt, full brows.
I am seemingly always on a quest for a new, better dry shampoo. Now I've cut how often I wash my hair (thanks for the tip, Kim Kardashian), having a great dry shampoo to use on days three and four means my hair is still fresh and smells great. This Charles Worthington Salon at Home one is light and has a great, clean scent. Unfortunately, when I clicked on the site and over at Boots to find the product, it seems it has now been discontinued. So the quest continues...
I am not the biggest wearer of lipstick - in fact until about two years ago the only ones I ever wore were my show ones, ready to slap on for am dram plays or concerts. As my lips are fairly full, I guess I've always felt more comfortable with a balm or a gloss. This Maybelline shade (Fairly Bare) I picked up earlier this year is just subtle enough for me to enjoy - it's a peachy nude which amps up my natural lip colour without being too outre (I'm always in awe of girls who can rock bold colours!). Perfect for summer evenings and dressier days!
The Nyx hype is real, I've been seeing it everywhere on beauty blogs lately! When I say these setting sprays I was super intrigued - I melt whenever the sun is in the sky so keeping makeup put is a priority. I'm loving both of these - the matte finish is great for everyday wear, and I love the subtle sheen the dewy finish gives.
I wanted to have a little suncream I could keep in my bag during the sunnier weather, and had been on the hunt for a while. For a while I'd been keeping two travel size ones in my bag, one for face, one for body. Then I thought about it, and decided to get a gentle facial factor 30 that wasn't too pricey - that way I could use it on my face without inviting breakouts or blocked pores, but could also slather it on my limbs as required if I stayed out in the sun a while. This Simple moisturiser with SPF30 has been a godsend, and has kept my skin quenched and protected!
A couple of months ago, Emma and I popped over to west London to look around Chelsea in Bloom. While we were there we had the chance to enter a competition to win a Sarah Chapman product, and I won! The Skinesis Morning Facial is lovely - it smells divine and adds a real glow to skin. For me it's a little too glowy to use daily at the moment (it would take a lot of mattifying products to dull the sheen on my skin, and I'm low make-up use in the summer), but it does leave my skin gorgeous - I love using it on mornings when I'm not heading out till later in the day, so my skin can absorb all the goodness and the shine can dull a little. I think in the cooler months I'll use it daily, as it's great at plumping up my skin, a real treat.
So there you go, my current faves. Which products are rocking your world right now?