I will be the first one to admit that I’m no beauty expert, but lord knows I read enough beauty blogs and watch enough YouTube tutorials to have more than an inkling. I also know (overanalyse) my body and my face well enough to know what works for me and what looks and feels good. So I thought I’d round up some makeup and skin care that I’ve been loving lately, because these bad boys seriously deserve a shout out.
After reading many articles on the damage and ageing effect the sun has on our skin, I have been on a mission to find an SPF to wear underneath my makeup. I'd done some research on appropriate sun protection for the face, but all the product suggestions were way out of my price budget (like the Kiehl's or Shiseido ones). I didn't want to spend that much for it to pill under my makeup or disagree with my skin. Anyway I picked up the Ambre Solaire option and I was pleasantly surprised. It doesn't leave a white residue and my makeup applied without hassle over it (I put it on after moisturiser and before primer) and at £8 it's a very reasonable investment into my skin!
I had to include this as I am now on my third tube of this stuff and still obsessed. It’s super easy to apply - I just swipe it under my eyes in a triangle shape, before blending it in (and it blends beautifully) with a brush, beauty blender or finger. I then set it with a little translucent powder and my dark circles are covered. I find concealing the under eye area really lifts the face, and I particularly like the brightening effect of the concealer and it’s light, non-cakey formula.
I have been using this duo every night to pamper my hands and nails. I purchased the cuticle oil as I have acrylics so I don't want to ruin my nails with unsightly cuticles! It's about £7, which is very reasonable as I have been using it for about 2 months and the bottle still looks pretty full. I find the packaging pleasing, and my cuticles look so much better as well. This hand cream from E45 doesn't look or smell sexy like some, but for an eczema sufferer like me, it soothes and moisturises my skin effectively. Unfussy but it gets the job done! I'd highly recommend it to anyone with sensitive skin.
I discovered this on the bathroom shelf of my family house so decided to give it a go. I am a big fan of the original St. Ives face scrub, so was intrigued to see the difference. The grains in the Gentle scrub are much smaller, so don't feel as rough as the original, with the same subtle apricot scent. I prefer it to the original, as it feels less harsh, but on days where my skin feels particularly clogged I won't hesitate to whip out the original formula. I've been using it 2-3 times a week to keep my skin bright, and I've been really enjoying it!
How pretty is this palette? I've been after pink/blush eyeshadow for a while so I had to get it. For drugstore eyeshadow, the colour payoff is good and it has a beautiful buttery consistency that blends out easily. I love the colours, there is a good balance of light and dark and lots of lovely pink and gold shades. The only negative is that there is only one matte shade in the whole palette, which doesn't bother me too much but keep that in mind if you're looking to purchase it.
Let me know your thoughts on these products and what beauty products you're into at the moment. I'm always looking for new recommendations!