Well, I can’t say too much has been happening within my makeup stash as of late, I’m a creature of habit sometimes and no matter what I do, I can’t shift away from those products I love! Oh woe is me. I have, however, dug out a few past favourites that I’d long forgotten. These are quite summery items I would say – very optimistic of me.
Aesop Parsley Seed Cleanser £39
If you were to accuse me of having a cleanser addiction it would be foolish of me to deny it. I like Aesop as a brand, they’re fairly pricey (but isn’t all skincare? Le sigh) but have great ethics and always work well for me. This is very gentle yet mildly exfoliates to purify the skin and buff away any impurities for a deep cleanse. It’s not at all harsh which is perfect for my (currently) blemish-prone skin – I’ve mainly been using this lately as my skin has been terrible. It’s looking back to normal again now, so I thank ye Parsley Seed cleanser. I often use this with my Clarisonic Mia for a little extra buffing time.
REN Radiance Perfection Serum £35
Just as you thought I was over my REN obsession, huh? I’ve worked this little gem in to my nightly routine as a shake up from my usual serum (Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair if you’re wondering). It’s good to change up skincare every now and again I think, my skin seems to thank me for the change. As we all know I love glowing, healthy skin and this serum aims to give your skin cycle a boost resulting in a radiant complexion. Due to having my 30th cold this winter, my skin is looking a little dull and drained so this has been lovingly applied lately.
MAC Matte £14
For some reason, I’m not sure why since we’re experiencing sub-zero temperatures up this way, my skin has been a touch on the oily side in the past week or so. My one product to combat this is the MAC Matte Gel, it’s like a primer which absorbs excess oil without cake-ing makeup. I love the idea of blotting sheets but sometimes, shoving a sheet of paper at your forehead just ain’t so glam. After applying this (I use it like a primer, which I think is the best way although you can pat it on during the day to help with shine too) my skin feels silky smooth and my foundation goes on smoother and I am shine-free, ladies.
Clarins Bronzing Duo in Medium £20.80 *
What did I tell you? I sub-consciously think it’s summer, getting all bronzed up. I’m not sure why I decided to delve in to my bronzer stash but I very much like the results. This is one of the best bronzers I’ve tried, I don’t feel the need to buy many as I find everything I need in this one from Clarins. I consists of two shades with a very slight shimmer, I simply swirl around a blush brush and gently apply it to my cheekbones. I always think I’m more of a blusher girl and then I wear this, such a love affair.
Estée Lauder Pure Colour Stay-On Shadow Paints £19 *
I’ve really fallen for these creamy eyeshadows, I find they’re really easy to work with and stay put for hours without creasing. They’re perfect on their own or as a base for powder shadows and the colour range? There’s at least one for all. Estée Lauder have just released these Shadow Paints and I’m really impressed. They’re a bit more… sticky? (for lack of a better word) than any others I’ve tried which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. They glide on to lids all day and work so well as a base. I’ll get a full review up on these asap.
Laura Mercier Secret Concealer £18.50
Despite not really getting off to a good start with this, I’ve given it some time and I now really like using it. I think the trick is, as it’s quite thick and creamy, to use a really small amount and apply it with fingers first and then lightly buff in with a brush. I use this mainly for blemishes, especially when my skin has had a tantrum. It’s a little more pricey than others I’ve tried but all in all, it’s impressed me and I find the staying power far better than others I’ve tried.
Another week, another roundup… rounded up? This feature always encourages me to delve in to my stash and use up products. What have you been using lately?