A bit of alliteration for your Sunday afternoon…. I use a lot of stuff, so this post is limited to what I use on my face. I will do later posts on haircare, nail products etc.
Now, I appreciate its a bit odd reading about beauty recommendations from someone whose face you never see, but, to quote the fabulous Annie Lennox “would I lie to you, honey? Now, would I say something that wasn’t true?”…
Overall, I am lazy and don’t want to spend more than I need to. On some things, I think you need to spend whatever it takes, so, I go to a good hairdresser for my cut and colour. But, on other things, like make up, cheap can be just as good as exxy. So, here is what I actually use:
My skin is sensitive and dry.
Moisturiser: I used to use Clinique, but now prefer Marks & Spencer Formula Skin Care Age Repair Day Cream w SPF 15 (£9.50). It smells nice and is quite soothing for my skin.
Exfoliator: I love the Liz Earle Gentle Face Exfoliator (£15.50), which I use in the shower and then just wash off. It just makes my skin look fresher and feel softer.
Skin oil: Every now and then (not as often as I should as it makes my hair greasy), I wipe my face with Rose Hip oil (approx £14. I wasn’t brand specific, but I do hear good things about Trilogy) on a cotton pad before I go to bed. It makes my skin so dewy the next day.
I wear a fair bit of eye make-up and some lipstick, in the aim to look awake and naturally pretty. This takes a bit of work.
Foundation: I don’t use it at the moment, except when going out at night sometimes. I have the Bourjois 123 Perfect Foundation in Vanilla (£11), which I am happy with, but a make up artist recommended Chanel Vitalumiere for my skin. When I go back to work, then I will spend some time (and money) on making sure my foundation is perfect – flouro office lighting forgives nothing.
Eyeshadow: I wear a nude eyeshadow, with my favourites being the nude shade in the Revlon “Naturally Glamorous” (ah, I love a little oxymoron!) palette (£8), and also the Boots 17 solo eye shadow in Ivory Coast (£3.90, although it seems to be discontinued [sigh], so you can get it for £2 here)
Revlon Naturally Glamourous. Nothing natural about it!
Eyeliner: I run an eyeliner along the inside of my top eyelid (underneath the eyelashes). Quick and effective and you don’t have to apply it perfectly. But it means I need a soft eyeliner with lots of pigment, so I use the M&S Autograph Soft Kohl Eyeliner (£6). I have it in the charcoal, dark brown and also dark blue. And I have also just discovered the MUA eyeliner in Forest Green (£1).
MUA Forest Green eyeliner. I like to wear it with my Massimo Dutti green edged scarf. I commit constant matchy matchy sins.
Mascara: Now, mascara I know! I am a natural wash out (pale), so need a very dark brown (black is too harsh) and like waterproof, which I can’t find here in the UK. So, I use eBay to source Maybelline, and my current favourite is the Lash Stiletto Waterproof mascara in brownish black (£3.50). No flaking, no smudging, no coming off during the day, its a wonder product.
Concealer: One of my harder working products, to hide black circles. I am really happy with the Loreal True Match Touche Magique concealer in Ivory Beige (£8.20). It really hides my fatigue, and the colour is better for me than the YSL Touche Eclat.
Lipstick: I am a cool blonde. I am not calm, or funky, but look better in “cool” shades (eg a blue based pink, not a yellow based one). I like the Loreal Paris Colour Riche Lipstick in 302 (subtle) (£8.20) and also Rimmel Lasting Finish lipstick in 128 Starry Eyed (more striking) (£5), each of which performs well, as well as being flattering colours for me.
Loreal Bois de Rose – Subtle
Rimmel Starry Eyed – striking
Eyebrows: I dye mine a shade or two darker, using dark brown eyelash dye, to add some definition to my pale brows. Leave the dye on for as long or as little as you like. But, I think that if you go too many shades away from your hair colour, it can look a bit harsh a la Nicole Kidman and the Scouse Brow gang. Once darkened, I then either pluck them or have them threaded.
TOP TIP: put your make up on, and then have your shower – the steam makes it set and blend in nicely. I read Laura Bailey does this, and then I tried it and it works.
Hope these recommendations help someone choose or try something that they will enjoy and be happy with!