Over the past month or so I’ve been throwing a lot on my face to see what sticks and figured I’d accumulated a good amount to write about. I’d like to dedicate this post to Sephora’s sheet masks which have brought my tired skin back to life.
My face is currently having a love affair with three products. A moisturiser that’s giving me that post-gym glow minus the exercise, a miraculous anti-blemish cream and a pencil that’s giving me lazy-but-still-badass brows.
When the postman drops off a shiny pink package you know the contents are going to be exciting. Especially when it contains the latest lip revolution from Lancôme. Oh, and some jelly beans, hello!
Sometimes I love me a nude lip. Even more so right now when the bitter cold and late-night netball games outside have chapped my lips to pieces.
As soon as the winter chill sets in I like to vamp up my makeup with a strong berry lip and I have three lipsticks that I’ve come to rely on. Enter the delectable Chanel, Mr Giorgio Armani and my good friend Lancôme.
As I get nearer to the end of my twenties I’ve really started taking care of my skin. I have a baby face and constantly get ID’d when buying painkillers from Sainsbury’s – which I believe is all down to my little up-turned nose – but I know that the time will come when my wrinkles get deeper and my skin isn’t as plumptious. So over the past year I’ve begun taking preventative measures to make sure that I can hang on to my baby face for as long as possible.
I’m having a love affair with purple at the moment. I have this purple dress, the hat and a purple animal-print scarf that has been tightly wound around my neck now it’s turned chilly again, so it only seemed right to experiment a little more with my makeup.
When I first saw this Lancôme Hynôse Doll Eyes Palette in Reflect d’Amésthyste, I wasn’t sure about the shades and how I’d make them work for me. There are five shades, two pale pinks, one pale purple all with a lot of shimmer, and then two punchier deep purples. The palette comes with a suggested guide showing you which shade to apply where to create a wide-eyed look.
I, however, decided to ignore all of that and dive straight in for the boldest of the bunch. I also decided to use my fingers and forgo any brushes for this look, making it the quickest smokey eye I’ve ever applied.
I swept shade 3 all over my lid, smudging it as I went, before applying shade 4 to the middle and finishing with a dab of 5 in the iner corner as a highlighter. When I normally do a smokey eye I always run a brown or black liner along my top lash line, but today I decided not to. Instead I smudged a tiny line of Smashbox Always Sharp 3D Liner in Neptune in the outer corner, hoping it’d help highlight my natural baby blues.
To finish, as always, I applied a couple of layers of Lancôme’s Hypnôse Drama Mascara. I have a few on the go at the moment but this is still my favourite in terms of holding a curl and giving volume.
And there you have it, a three product smokey eye in less than 5 minutes.
It’s taken me a while to hone my evening skincare routine, really working out what works best for my skin type. For a long time I didn’t even have a routine, switching between makeup remover wipes that would pull at my eyes followed by a swipe of Simple moisturiser to finish. These days I have five products I swear by and could spend at least 30 minutes applying them all.
As soon as I get home from work the first thing I do is pull on my pjs and clip my hair on top of my head so it’s off my face. Hands up if you too look forward to getting home and taking off your bra, I know I’m not alone. Once I’m in my slouchy clothes, I’m ready to begin the face cleansing process.
If I’m wearing a lot of eye make I always remove that with my trusty Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution and a cotton pad, if not, I reach straight for my Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser. It’s now a staple in my collection and way more affordable than Emma Hardy Moringa Cleansing Balm, which I still have a tiny bit left of. I use one pump and massage this into my face, in circular motions down to my neck. I then wash it all off with a damp muslin cloth.
Next up is serum. I’m using Lancôme’s Advanced Génifique which I pat into my skin. It makes my skin feel plumper and gives a gorgeous glow and feel. On top of that I layer Origins A Perfect Word Age-Defence Moisturiser with White Tea. Together they work well to really hydrate my skin, combating any dry patches I might have around my nose. My skin drinks in this combination. In the mornings I love waking up and it still feeling moisturised, not tight. When I apply this I like to give myself a mini massage to unwind and revitalise.
To top it all off, I apply La Rouche-Posay Effaclar Duo to any blemishes or rough patches and leave it to work its magic.
These five wonder products have helped hydrate my skin, made it look plumper and overall kept it in check. Result.
What products do you swear by?
I thought I’d get adventurous this month and share with you the ten things I’ve been loving, from perfume to shoes, to books to socks.
Rimmel’s Colour Rush Lip Crayon
This is so well used that the bullet has vanished as has all product mention on the side. I’ve been grabbing this in the mornings for a quick swipe to add some colour to my face. It’s easy to apply, can be done on my commute and easily built upon. It also lasts fairly well. This is the shade 20, Rumour Has it and it’s the best bright red.
Lancôme Miracle Cushion
I have a love hate relationship with foundations. I love their flawless finish but I hate feeling like I’m wearing heavy makeup. I don’t want to be able to see my foundation when I look closely. And, when I blow my nose, I don’t want the tissue to go orange. What I do want is something that hides the bits I want hidden but that still gives me a healthy glow, the Miracle Cushion does just that. It comes in a handy on-the-go compact, the liquid is miraculously kept cool so feels amazing when applied, and it’s lightweight. I couldn’t ask for anything more.
Maison Martin Margiela Replica Flower Market Perfume
As soon as everyone and their dog start wearing a perfume I like, I have to change it. I don’t know why but it bothers me. I like to have a signature scent and currently that is Maison Martin Margiela Flower Market. Bought for me from my bestie Cheryl, it’s heady mix of florals and Spring. It’s not too sweet yet not too heavy which makes it perfect.
Fox Eye Mask
This eye mask is basically the reason I get eight hours of sleep a night. Al can’t fall asleep unless he has the TV or iPad on in the background whereas I like complete darkness to drift off in. This builds those bridges.
Soap & Glory Archery Brow Tint and Precision Shaping Pencil
I have quite dark eyebrows which are a little patchy in places and I find this helps me fill them in while keeping them looking natural. My face does not suit anything that looks too done so I can do it roughly and not need to worry about them looking too false.
Price’s Lullaby Scented Candle, Camomile and Lime Tree
When this candle is burning, it instantly relaxes you. I have been burning these nearly everyday after work while I try to unwind and blog, and they do the job. Camomile is always a hit in my books.
Balance Me Rose Otto Hand Cream
This cold weather completely tears my hands to pieces. I suffer from excema in between my fingers which gets so bad it cracks and bleeds. Every night I slather so much hand cream on I can’t hold my phone without it slipping out of grip, which is both a blessing and a curse.
Glitter socks are a sure fire way to brighten up my day. I wear them every time I wear jeans or trousers, as they hit my ankles leaving enough room for a hint of sparkle before my shoes. Guaranteed smile.
ASOS Red Glitter Boots
Otherwise known as my Dorothy boots. You can’t help but stare at these sparkling wonders. They always get commented on, they make everyone laugh and they kill my ankles, all at the same time.
Lean In, Women, Work and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg
I was recommend this book buy a colleague who said it really made her think about the differences men and women face at work, and it had the same effect on me. I realised how uneven the playing field is for women. Men get paid more, they get listened to more because they find a way to shout louder and will always sell themselves higher than women. It also poses a very poignant question, ‘what would you do if you weren’t afraid?’
That’s me done. What have you been loving this month?