My Current Favourite Beauty Products
Davines Your Hair Assistant Prep Shampoo
It's no secret that I've been a Bumble & Bumble devotee for years now. Their Surf Shampoo continues to be one of my favourites, yet thanks to some blogger hype and a little nudge from my hairdresser I was persuaded to give Davines a go once my latest bottle of Foam Rinse had run out. The Davines Your Hair Assistant Prep Shampoo is what my stylist uses on my hair every time I visit the salon, and it does a fantastic job of removing dirt and build up in the hair without leaving things feeling too squeaky clean. Unlike the Bb option, I'm also able to use this everyday as it doesn't dry my hair out. Rinse once for a daily clean and twice for a full hair detox once a week.
The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
I'm planning on writing a separate post dedicated to my products from this brand, but I couldn't write a current favourites post without mentioning this serum. The Ordinary steer clear of explicitly stating which benefits you can expect from their products, so having some knowledge on the ingredients is key to choosing which is right for you. I know from past experience that my blemish-prone skin loves zinc, and after discovering that my beloved La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo also contains niacinamide I was desperate to give this a go. It's like a super concentrated version of the products that I've previously spent 6x the price on and is so far working wonders for both active blemishes and leftover scarring.
Clarins Radiance Plus Golden Glow Booster
There comes a time in everyone’s life when you catch a glimpse of yourself in the mirror at just the wrong time. For me, it happened about a month ago in Boots. Bad lighting certainly played a part (or at least that’s what I tell myself), but it was how pale my skin looked that really took me by surprise. It’s been a long time since I’ve had a good dose of vitamin D, but I couldn’t help feeling like my skin looked almost gaunt and lifeless. That’s where the Clarins Golden Glow Booster comes in, lifting the skin while remaining as undetectable as they come. It’s only April, but I can foresee myself getting a lot of use from this over the coming months.
Mario Badescu Drying Lotion
While I’m relatively happy with my skin at the moment, I’d be lying if I said it was completely blemish free. My skin is notoriously prone to spots of all kinds, so it’s important that I keep something on hand to tackle any flare ups as they arise. The Mario Badescu Drying Lotion is the best treatment that I’ve come across and is, in my opinion, well worth the praise that it receives. If I make it to a new blemish quick enough this stuff has the power to stop it coming to a head at all. Saying that, even active spots have a tendency to decrease in size significantly after a night spent covered in this. The smell is revolting and it probably isn’t something that you’ll want to pack for the first night sleeping at your new boyfriend’s house, but when the need arrises I’d recommend this above anything else.
The Ordinary Natural Moisturising Factors + HA
Having reached the end of another bottle of Khiel’s Skin Rescuer (I still love that stuff, fyi), I knew I needed to stock up on moisturiser at some point or another and decided to give this one a go. I apply a good layer of moisturiser to my skin every morning and evening without fail, so it’s important that I use something that doesn’t cause any irritation to my sensitive skin. This lotion is unfragranced and unfussy, sinking in to the skin in an instant despite having a fairly thick consistency. It does exactly what it says on the tin - no more, no less - which is essentially what I love about it. Just comfortable hydration with none of the hassle.
Estee Lauder Double Wear Concealer
After years of being an avid foundation hoarder, I can finally claim to have kicked the habit - at least in part. I still have a few bottles of the original Double Wear formula lurking around for special occasions, but on a day-to-day basis I can’t remember the last time that I wore a full face of makeup. This concealer is all that I use on my skin at the moment and I’ve come to depend fairly heavily on it. Applied with the Bobbi Brown Full Cover Touch Up brush around my eyes, nose and on top of any blemishes, it gives the illusion of near-perfect skin without the need for touch ups throughout the day. My tip is to tap a (clean) brush into the product and apply directly to the skin for the most natural finish.
The Body Shop Lip & Cheek Stain
I’m unashamed to admit that I was wholly inspired to purchase this after reading Emma Watson’s Top Shelf interview for Into The Gloss. I’m obsessed with both, so for me it really was a match made in heaven. I copied Emma right down to the choice of shade - 003 Red Pomegranate. As with any good cheek stain, this stuff sets down and stays put like a boss, so I’ve taken to applying it to the back of my hand before using a stippling brush to transfer it to my cheeks. The result is a softly flushed finish that’s nowhere near as difficult to pull off as the colour inside the bottle would suggest. I’ve been foregoing my usual foundation and powder routine recently, and a subtle tint of something radiant and liquid-based works really well on bare skin.