It has been so long since I shared any favourite products that I decided I would put together a little post about my current can’t-be-withouts.
I haven’t really bought any new make-up over the last few months, and instead I have been concentrating on my skin. The cold weather really makes my skin even more dry than usual (think tight, cracked and flakey. Nice). So, top of my pamper list has been hydrating masks and rich moisturisers.
After a long break (sorry Liz), I have returned to an old favourite of mine; Liz Earle skincare. I first used the Liz Earle range about 10 years ago, and then allowed myself to be lured away by other brands. I came back though, and that’s what counts, right?
I am particularly loving the Instant Boost Skin Tonic; a gorgeous floral scented, refreshing toner that is just what my skin needs first thing in the morning. I have decanted some into a small spray bottle, and I love to spritz my skin with it after cleansing and before moisturising. In the summer it is particularly divine as a refreshing boost throughout the day, but it’s lush in the winter too.
When I need a treat, I adore the When 10pm Bio-Cellulose Anti-Aging Sheet Mask. It never hurts to anti-age, and sheet masks are my favourite type of masks. This Anti-Aging mask makes my skin feel softer than soft, and super hydrated. The results last for a few days too. When have a whole range of masks (here), and being priced at £7 they aren’t for everyday use (well, not for me anyway), however, they are fab for a weekly pamper session.
My collection of concealers is – quite honestly – disgraceful. I am ashamed to admit that I have a whole drawer full. I have searched and searched (and searched) for a concealer that will cover my dark circles (impossible), not create lines under my eyes, and not leave me looking dry and cakey (achievable, but difficult). The Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser is really very good. I have two shades, and this is the Brightening and Illuminating version. I had to buy it from Amazon.com, and it was shipped from America as far as I can remember. I did find it in the UK now though, (here) albeit at an inflated price. This particular shade is quite pink, and reminds me of the YSL Touche Eclat. It doesn’t have the best coverage for people who resemble pandas (me), but it isn’t even remotely drying and it does brighten up the under eye area nicely.
I could write a book about my concealer struggle, but on days when I just want to look healthy, brighter and hydrated, then the Maybelline Age Rewind concealer is perfect.
Last up is an eyeshadow palette. I was so excited about this palette when it launched last year. I ordered it as soon as it became available and couldn’t wait to try it out. I hesitated about including it here, because it was limited edition. But I love it so much that I just had to write about it.
I know packaging shouldn’t be a consideration when buying make-up, but I could not resist this beautiful box. The shadows are lovely too, with a good mix of shimmer, satin and matte shadows. I particularly like Paradox for the eye lid. It looks a bit daunting in the pan, but it is actually just orange enough, and is more subtle on the skin than it looks like it will be. This palette is one of the items in my make-up collection that just makes me happy when I bring it out. And that’s what make-up should be in my opinion; fun, and a distraction from the crazy people in the news every day.
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