Beauty Favourites

imageIt’s been a while since I’ve written a blog post on beauty related things. I thought I’d share my current favourites, the things I know I’ll stick to from now on and will be repurchasing.

These past few months since finishing my bottle of Kerastase Bain Riche Dermo Calm shampoo, I have been buying a few alternatives as and when I’ve finished a shampoo.

The first one was Liz Earle’s Botanical Shine Shampoo. After reading an excellent review in the Natural Health magazine, I thought I’d pop into boots and purchase it. The shampoo itself was lovely, from the scent to how it made my hair look. However after each use my forehead would break out. Something I wasn’t prepared to put up with.

After this was finished I tried a bottle of Sukin shampoo, I was very disappointed with this one. It didn’t make my thick/wavy hair feel clean. This has now been relegated to brush cleanser. Back to the drawing board I came across a L’oreal shampoo that offered everything the Kerastase one did, but at more than half price. This shampoo was lovely, it didn’t leave my hair dry. It was a great find until I noticed every time I used it my hairline would be red raw caused by sensitivity to the ingredients.

After all this trial and error and wasting money on things that didn’t do the job, I’ve decided to purchase the Kerastase shampoo from now on. It’s a lightly fragranced shampoo with no silicone. It lathers up easily with only a little product. It’s perfect for my sensitive scalp/dry hair and leaves the scalp cooled and the hair shiny. As I only need to wash my hair twice a week the bottle lasts on average 3 months.

Since my friend Emily recommended I tried Ren due to my skin being so sensitive, I’ve enjoyed using their Evercalm cleansing milk. I’ve struggled since last April to find a suitable moisturiser. One that would offer hydration but wouldn’t break me out. This month I decided enough was enough it was time to start searching for the perfect moisturiser. Whilst searching the web I came across a hidden gem with lots of five star reviews. The moisturiser is fragrance free, free from any potential irritants and a little indulgent.

I popped into Boots armed with this information. As I walked around the Estēe Lauder counter, I couldn’t see the moisturiser anywhere. The girl on the counter had said it’s a hidden gem and it’s never displayed. Since using this for over a week my skin has never felt better. The skin feels plump, there’s no dry or flaky patches and the skin is less red. If you have sensitive skin, I’d highly recommend Verite by Estēe Lauder. Whilst making this purchase I asked the girl about a cleanser and I’ve been using a 30ml size of the Perfectly Clean cleanser/mask.

My current summer routine consists of Estēe Lauder’s Verite moisturiser and Perfectly Clean cleanser. My winter routine will consist of Ren Evercalm cleanser milk and Estēe Lauder Verite moisturiser.

My favourite exfoliator is an affordable one from Marks and Spencer. Their gentle exfoliator rivals Clarins gentle refiner in terms of exfoliation. This is definitely a repeat purchase for me and it’s gentle enough for daily use.

For beauty I tend to purchase my things from Boots, Space NK and Marks and Spencer. All of which have a points recognition card.

I am yet to find a lip balm, eye cream and conditioner I love. Any recommendations?

My Sisley Experience

imageIn February 2017 I decided to buy a few make-up items from Sisley. The ladies on the counter in the Metro Centre were very helpful. They also gave me samples of the skincare products suitable for sensitive skin. I used these samples sparingly as I didn’t want to use them up before my birthday in April.

The make-up items I bought were:

Kohl pencil in Plum – this is a lovely soft kohl pencil which doesn’t drag on application. It can wear off during the day. The colour is lovely and the application is easy. I would rate this 4/5

Eyeshadow in Stardust – an easy neutral which you can wear on it’s own as a single eyeshadow or use it with a second shade to create a smoky look. I would rate this 4/5

Eyeshadow shading brush – I bought this after reading about the quality of their brushes online. They’re made in Mauritius. Even though the brush appears dense, it is soft. I would rate it 3/5 as it’s no different to a cheaper one I have.

Update – April 2017

I received some skincare for my birthday after enjoying the skincare samples. They were the cleansing milk Lyslait and Compound Ecologique (Ecological Compound).

The cleansing milk I loved, it melted make-up away with no effort. I would’ve rated it 5/5

Ecological Compound can be used in two ways, either as a serum under a moisturiser or as a stand alone moisturiser for oily skin. The lady on the counter described this as a multi-vitamin for the skin. I would’ve rated this 4/5

I was using these products as recommended by the ladies at Sisley, after a week my skin was spotty and I looked like a teenager again. I decided to persevere, and after another week my skin was still spotty and on top of that it was red and angry looking. I had dry patches around my mouth and across the cheeks and temples. It felt like sand paper. I phoned the lady at Sisley to explain what had happened and when she saw my skin she couldn’t believe it and was very apologetic. She was shocked as one of the products she recommend is supposed to be for extremely sensitive skin.

If your skin isn’t sensitive then I’d say don’t let this review put you off. Sisley make lovely products. If you are thinking of purchasing anything, make sure you use the samples on consecutive days so you can see if they are suitable. Don’t do like I did and use them every 3 days. This is why I didn’t know how my skin would react to using the products daily until I bought the full sizes.

If you live in the Newcastle/Gateshead area I can highly recommend the ladies at Sisley House of Fraser.

Unfortunately I found my experience in John Lewis Newcastle disappointing and I won’t be returning to that area of the store.

Laura Mercier Face & Eye Palette

imageI received for Christmas from my parents, the Laura Mercier face and eye palette. It was an exclusive palette for Space NK.

The compact is animal print and features a large mirror in the lid which is perfect for using to apply make-up on the go as you can see the whole face. The eyeshadows feature 4 luminous shades and 4 matt shades. The eyeshadows feel soft and silky and apply beautifully and blend well. The eyeshadows can be worn individually with the darker shades used as eyeliner.

Also featured in the compact is a cheek colour and radiance face powder. These palettes are available every year in different configurations.

This is my first Laura Mercier purchase and I know it will not be my last. The colours are perfect for Autumn/Winter eye looks. The lighter colours would look perfect during the warmer months with the darker shades as eyeliner.

These compacts are great for those who love to experiment with lots of make-up looks. It is also perfect for those who don’t like a lot of individual eyeshadows and prefer an all in one palette. This would be great for travel.

I’m looking forward to trying more products from Laura Mercier during 2017.

Party Make-up

As a regular Chanel make-up wearer and being disappointed with counter staff service, I decided enough was enough.

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These past couple of weeks I have been browsing the web in search of ‘cult classics’. Brands and products that have been around for years, often with formulations that haven’t changed.

I decided to pop into boots and use my points to purchase a couple of items to see what I thought. Due to my Mam and I buying a Pan Stick each, we got a free gift which included primer, lipgloss and mascara.

I’ve only been using these make-up items for 4 days and already I am converted. I won’t be returning to Chanel any time soon (I’ve still got products left from them which I will use up).

I don’t think I’d repurchase the Face Finity Primer as I haven’t noticed a difference with how long my make-up lasts.

The False Lash Effect mascara is a lovely mascara that coats the lashes without making them appear clumpy.

The lipgloss is a favourite of mine. I wanted a red lip colour for the Christmas season and family get togethers and this shade is perfect.

Pan Stick has been around for decades and I can see why it is very popular. I only use a small amount of foundation, it covers redness and helps even out the skin without appearing thick, cakey or orangey. I like to set it with a powder.

My party make-up will consist of these four make-up items, a neutral smoky eye and rose blush.

This is my first foray into budget beauty in years and I am not disappointed. I’m looking forward to making more make-up discoveries next year. Do you have any favourites?