Best body moisturiser:
I love any body moisturiser from The Body Shop, particularly the Coconut shimmer one, because it smells divine and gives your skin a subtle glow, also very VERY moisturising, and I have very dry skin on my body (complete opposite to my face!) so it suits me well.
Best gradual tanner:
Has to be Dove Summer body moisturiser, over a few days it builds up a nice golden tan without any streaks or mistakes, definitely an easier way to look like you have been on holiday.
Best anti-cellulite products:
Jergens Naturals do a body firming moisturiser with pomegranate extract and it really does make a difference. Obviously nothing will make a difference quite like a good diet, drinking lots of water and regular exercise (I never exercise, super super lazy, however I do eat well and drink enough) however this does improve the condition of your skin noticeably. It makes it super soft for a long while after application, it’s non-greasy and smells fruity. It is also quite cheap (big pump bottle dispenser is under ten pounds). I also use and very highly recommend Nivea’s Goodbye Cellulite Gel-creme. Sinks in very fast and it definitely makes a difference. I used it solidly for three week and I did notice an improvement. I don’t have very visible cellulite however so perhaps I am not the best candidate to test it but it improved my skin quality overall. I also use Nivea’s Anti cellulite ten day serum as it is more concentrated and so using the two in conjunction with each other is doubly effective. I have noticed that Nivea’s anti cellulite products get rave reviews on the internet as they are the cheapest (about eleven pounds each) and do the same as the more expensive creams.
Best face wash:
I am prone to spots so I use a face wash with salicyclic acid and sometimes kaolin clay in, to absorb excess oil. The best one that I continually go back to upon having cheated on it with another product for a month or so has to be Garniers’ Pure 3 in 1 wash. It can be used without water as a mask, or used as a scrub or wash, so it’s versatile and it definitely helps with my problem skin, and no other seems to be as good.
For normal skin I would recommend anything from the Simple range; it doesn’t contain any perfume or irritants and gets skin feeling squeaky clean without feeling overly tight.
Simples’ pore minimising toneris fantastic, it has a weird gel-like consistency and it really does make my pores look smaller and leaves my skin feeling fresh for hours afterwards.
Best facial moisturiser:
I don’t really need to moisturise however I do use a product from Lush called Colour Supplements, it is basically a tinted moisturiser and it works almost like a BB cream, providing some coverage and is a good base for make up. The shade I use is called Jackie Oates for very pale skinned people.
Best pore minimising product:
Any of Cliniques’ Pore minimising range is brilliant. Leaves skin feeling baby soft and although pricey it really does work and after a while of using any of the products, your pores look far far less noticeable. I am very impressed!
Best anti-spot product:
Oxy spot cream, without a doubt. Benzoyl peroxide based creams are the only thing to shift stubborn spots or acne and I put a 2.5% benzoyl peroxide cream on my face every night and it really does control my outbreaks. It can make your skin peel but then you just have to compensate by applying more moisturiser day and night, or cut down how often you use it. But oxy spot cream contains this chemical and works just fine. In the UK you can have stronger strength creams prescribed or perhaps bought over the counter at a pharmacy. These would contain 5% or 10% benzoyl peroxide however I tried the 10% and my skin felt like it was on fire!
Best eye cream:
I am sure I have already mentioned this somewhere in another post but Benefits’ “It’s Potent” eye cream is unbelievable. It is very expensive and so I asked for it for Christmas (it’s £23.50). This does everything it says it’s going to do. I don’t really have dark circles anymore thanks to this and my entire eye area is so soft and smooth, it makes my make up go on better, and you need the TINIEST amount for each eye. I also find a lot of eye moisturisers make me break out near my eyes (horrid) due to them being greasy but this one doesn’t do that one bit. I have never used eye cream until I heard other reviews about it saying it was good, and now I know what they were raving about! If you can, buy it, it’s the best eye cream out there.
Best eyelash serum:
L’oreals Lash serum is very good. When I was in my younger teens, my eyelashes were, in a word, shit. They were pretty short, sparse and no matter WHAT mascara I used, they would sit there, flat, not doing anything for me. But as I got older they DID get longer all of a sudden but still weren’t how I wanted them. So I bought this lash serum and my eyelashes are amazing now. They are thicker, break less, much much longer, and I can use most mascaras and they look pretty alright.
Best cuticle conditioning product:
Lemony Flutter by Lush is very intensely moisturising and smells like lemon sorbet and every time I use it I have to resist eating it! I use it like a “nail mask”, so I leave it on for ten minutes on my entire nail and then wash it off and afterwards my cuticles look less dry and just overall look neater.
Best body scrub:
It is a choice between either The Body Shops’ body scrubs, particularly the Mango one, or Soap and Glorys’ Flake Away. Both smell lush and they are incredibly moisturising to the point where you do not in any way need to put on even a light body lotion afterwards. It does it all for you, pretty much like a two in one, and neither are that expensive.
Best shower gel:
Any of the Dove Go Fresh range shower gels smell delicious and make your skin super soft afterwards, plus the smell lingers on the skin for a while. For a more luxurious choice I would go for any of the Philosophy range, particularly the Melon Daquiri or Cinnamon Buns shower gels. They smell edible and also linger on the skin but are triple the price of the Dove but they do last a long time, and some can be used as bubble bath and shampoo so it’s a good multi-use product.
Best foundation for coverage and lasting ability:
Definitely has to be L’oreal’s Infallible Foundation. It provides a good amount of coverage without looking caked on and makes your skin look completely flawless even close up. When I wear it I never need to touch up at all.
Best foundation for oily/spot prone skin:
Cliniques’ Anti-blemish Foundation. This stuff smells a bit weird however it really helps to treat your zits whilst being able to cover them up, and also provides good coverage. I use it when I am having a break out day, and use the L’oreal one when I am not all spotty.
Best eye concealer:
It has to be Yves Saint Laurents’ Touche Eclat. You can build up the coverage and it illuminates and you can use it anywhere on the face where you want a little light. Amazing!
For spots I would say Cliniques’ Anti-blemish solutions concealer, as it treats the spot whilst hiding it from the world. And for general concealing I would say L’oreals’ Infallible concealer, it actually makes my skin look flawless and the light shade matches my skin tone perfectly.
I have searched high and low over the years for a mascara that is able to curl, lengthen, define AND volumise, and I managed to find it. Thank god for Max Factors’ Masterpiece mascara. Every single time I try another mascara I am wishing to have the Masterpiece back. It literally does everything and it never clumps. Also comes in a waterproof version which I would also recommend as it just doesn’t budge but I would then suggest have a good make up remover because it is hard to get off at the end of the day.
Best pencil eyeliner:
Urban Decays’ 24/7 Glide on liners. They are unreal; they come in so many bright and neutral shades, they are soft and blendable, and have staying power. They are pricey, but I don’t care because they do the job perfectly. Do not buy any other eyeliner now.
Best liquid eyeliner:
Collection 2000’s Fast Stroke eyeliner. Cheap yet very easy to apply because of the small felt-tip like applicator and it does stay put provided you use a primer on your eyes.
I have to say it is a toss-up between Mac lipsticks and Chanel. I do buy other brands as well but those two stand out the most to me. Mac lipsticks are good because they come in lots of different finishes; satin, lustre, matte. And they come in a lot of colours, perfect. My favourite shade has to be in the Satin range, and is called Patisserie; a lovely nude-ish pink shade.
Chanel lipsticks are incredibly luxurious, and if you love your pinks and reds, Chanel have a lot of them about. My favourite is Chanel’s Rouge Coco in Camelia.
I am a lipgloss fanatic, and although I love Dior lipglosses and Mac, again, their lipglosses are fantastic but Stila Lip glazes win me over. They smell delicious and stay put the longest for me.
I only ever use powder blushers as I have oily skin and the only blushers I have in my make-up drawer are Mac (I am obsessed you have no idea) and Benefit. I have about five or six Benefit blushers and I love them all and I use a different one depending on where I am going. Some have shimmer pigments in them like Coralista and Belle Bamba and others are more neutral such as Georgia peach blusher or Thrrob.
Best face powder:
Macs’ Mineralise Natural powder. It really finishes off your make up lovely, it mattifies without highlighting any dry patches, and makes your skin look SO flawless, even when I am having a not so good skin day, this powder sets the rest of my make up so well and provides good coverage in itself, it could easily be used on it’s own for evening out the skin tone. And it lasts well. Love love love it.
I once bought a limited edition Dior highlighter (called Night Diamond) one Christmas, I cannot exactly remember how long ago but the compact was covered in Swarovski Crystals and weighed a tonne (and cost me a bomb) but it was a light pink colour and was just gorgeous. I still have lots of it, and for going on a night out it fits the bill nicely. However for every day use I would say Watts Up by Benefit, can be used for a subtle shimmer so the light catches your cheekbones in the day or you can build it up for night time.
Best eyeshadow palette:
Again, it’s a toss-up between two brands. Urban Decay always do amazing palettes with an array of colours and one that I have that I can use anytime is their Sustainable Shadow box, that comes with a mini size of their classic Eyeshadow Primer potion. It contains shades such as Midnight Cowboy Rides Again and Half Baked. The other palette that I love has to be Benefits’ Smokey Eyes Kit. It creates the perfect sultry eye for an evening look.
Best eyeshadow primer:
Urban Decays’ Eyeshadow primer potion, hands down. That stuff will stop even the cheapest eyeshadow from creasing and wearing off half way through the day. And one tube lasts forever, I bought mine months ago and it looks like I barely touched it! They come in four shades, I will be doing a full review on them at a later date.
Best make-up brushes:
Mac. Very expensive but totally worth it, providing you look after them well i.e. use a gentle brush cleaner every so often on them.
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