I’ve recently been experimenting with a few different beauty products, switching up some of the brands and items I use to try some new things. So I thought I’d do a little round-up and share them with you as some have already become firm favourites and staples.
Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm: I’m fairly sure that I got my 15ml sample pot from the M&S Beauty Advent Calendar 2016 (yep, the year before last!) and it’s sat in a drawer ever since, but I packed it in my wash-bag went I went to Thailand and Oh. My. God. I have found a total gem! This stuff is literally amazing! A velvety balm with an almost light granula texture, it contains essential oils and promises to condition your skin as in cleanses: getting rid of make-up, daily dirt and grime, as well as helping replenish your skin cells. On holiday it was just the perfect product, I used it day and night and my skin never felt dry or sore – despite the hot weather – plus it was great for taking off make-up, which meant I was more inclined to put make up on whilst on holiday (I’m usually far too lazy to!). Plus, a little goes a long way, so my 15 ml pot lasted me for the 2 weeks we were away: you only need a 5p size blob each time, massage it all over your face, then wash off with warm water. This is definitely now a product I can’t live without, so I’ll be ordering a full-size pot (£47 for 100ml and it comes with a cleansing cloth) – click here to buy.
Glossier Body Hero: I’d not tried any Glossier products but had been keen to and my AMAZING friend Brooke, who lives in NYC, recently sent me a batch of goodies, so I have been enjoying putting them to the test. I’ve been using the Body Hero daily perfecting cream for about a week now and love it! I’ve used it after my morning shower (once dry) and have been really impressed at how easily it goes on and how quickly it absorbs into the skin, meaning you don’t have to hang around too long before getting dressed. Plus it has a lovely light, fresh smell that doesn’t overpower or feel too prominent. It promises to: perfect and enhance the look of your skin; tighten and smooth the skin’s surface; increase your skin’s elasticity; and melt in for all-day hydration. £18 for 250 ml, you can order here.
Glossier Stretch Concealer (Medium): I’ve been really impressed with this concealer, which glides on easily and gives really good coverage, plus it has staying power, so I’ve only ended up touching up once through the day if I’ve had a spot to cover-up. I also found that it doesn’t “cake” or get crusty like some concealers seem to after they’ve been on your face a little while. £15 for 5 ml (5 shades to choose from, I have the Medium), again a little goes a long way, so I think you’d end up having this in your make-up bag a long time. P.S. Not sure if it’s meant to be used under-eye as well, but I have used it there and it’s worked really well for me in concealing a few shadows in that area. Order here.
Glossier Haloscope Dew Effect Face Highlighter (Quartz): I’d not really used highlighter before, but now I’m hooked! This glides on really easily and I’ve been using it on my cheek bones after I’ve applied a little bronzer (to top up the Thailand tan!) and it gives you such a fantastic healthy-looking glow, I love it! £18 for 5.5g, there are 3 shades to choose from and I really love that it gives a dewy effect and there’s no glitter! Order here.
Glossier Boy Brow Grooming Pomade: such an easy product to use, you brush it onto your eyebrows to fluff them into the right shape and it thickens, fills-in, and grooms them all in one go. Comes in four shades, I have the Brown, it’s £14 for 3.12g. Order here. Note, if you’re thinking of buying the Boy Brow AND the Haloscope Highlighter, Glossier do a ‘duo package’ offer, which saves you £4 when you order: see here.
Pixie Beauty Brow Tamer: this product I’d been using before I got given the Glossier Boy Brow, but I wanted to include in this round-up because it’s a great product and is particularly good for everyday/day wear I think, especially if you don’t want to add colour to your eyebrows but just want to groom them and keep them in place. It’s a clear gel that sets, shapes and holds brows in place – £12 for 4.5ml – you can buy here.
Clarins Baume Beauté Eclair (Beauty Flash Balm): this product I bought in the airport as a travel size when I was en route to New York for a weekend break and thought I’d give it a try and I’ve loved it! I’ve used it after cleansing and toning (no need to put moisturiser on before you use) before applying make-up and it just gives your skin a little tighten and brighten before you put your face on. I tend to only use it in the evening, when I’m going out, but it’s great if your skin is tired and dull and you need a bit of an instant lift. You can also use it as a facial mask 2 or 3 times a week, which I haven’t tried yet but definitely will. Available from Boots (and lots of other places), it’s c. £31 for 50 mls – find here.
Hope this little round-up was interesting, do let me know if you’ve discovered any new (even if only new to you) products lately that you now swear by and can’t live without, I’d love to give them a try!