Here’s another quick fire 5 things I have tried recently, but scaled down to a particular theme. My face. I will list them in order of use so it makes more sense. Here goes:
L’Oréal Paris Pure Clay Mask – £7.99 – Boots
I bought the detox one with charcoal and let me tell you it’s a whole lot more pleasant that the peel off mask I reviewed a while ago. Oh Lord, does it get rid of oil! It leaves skin super soft and matte. It’s also slightly exfoliating which I love; and has that great “Can’t move my face” feeling when it dries, which to me makes me feel like it’s working. Some of the Lush masks I’ve used (which are also great, BTW) don’t dry in the recommended time, so you don’t get that feeling of everything being sucked out of your pores. I usually have to leave the “rosy cheeks” mask on for about 20-30 minutes, and when you lack the time for a nice long pamper session, it’s not ideal. This one takes about 10 minutes to dry (dependent on how thick you slap it on), so is great when you’re short of time but still want to feel polished. Another thing that I love is the packaging. It feels very “designer” in a sleek, heavy glass jar and an ergonomic plastic lid. Chances are I’ll keep the pot and fill it with a DIY beauty treatment of some kind when I’m done with it, which could take a while as you get a fair amount of product for the price. They also offer other masks in the range, but as of yet I haven’t tried them. You can bet they’ll be falling into my shopping basket the next time I’m in boots though.
Soap and Glory – The Fab Pore 3-in-1 Oil Control Serum – £12 – Boots
Normally, I hear the word serum and think “eugh”. I have horrendously oily skin, and I have only ever used serums a handful of times as to me, they are just not necessary. In the past – even when used sparingly – they have left me a greasy mess. Just an oil free moisturiser suited me fine – until someone on a wedding forum recommended this! “Oil control” You say? Challenge accepted! It said it can be used 3 ways. I decided to use over my moisturiser, before my primer (despite it saying it can be used as a primer), just like a regular serum. It worked a treat and my makeup now holds for about 14 hours! For me, it used to slide off around the seven hour mark so this has doubled my time. It is quite a hard workig product so use sparingly. If you use too much (as I did the first time) it can leave peely, powdery patches on your skin. I also only use where I’m oily – apples of my cheeks, chin, nose and forehead – because it can have quite a severe drying effect on the less oily areas and again appear patchy, powdery and flaky, giving you the appearance of a bad sunburn. It’s quite a quick drying product that sucks all the oil right off your face, so you need to work quickly with it but I give this serum an enormous round of applause for doing what others couldn’t. If you have oily skin, try it. Seriously. You. Will. Not. Regret. It.
Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation – £32.50 – Boots
I finally plucked up the courage to invest in a “Big Girl” Foundation. Boy am I glad I did. I was skeptical at first, because I never normally spend more than £20 on a single beauty product. I’ve always been told, though, that you get what you pay for. I decided after payday to bite the bullet. Best. Decision. Ever. I got matched at an Estee Lauder counter, and asked about the best way to apply it and what other products suited it (it’s silicone based, so it works best with other silicone based primers, and is best applied with a damp beauty blender / sponge in a patting / dabbing motion to give that demi-matte glow people always seem to have on instagram; and it sets best with an ultra fine loose powder, also using a beauty blender to bake – in case you were wondering). I use this foundation whenever I have the time to do a full face. It’s stunning and lasts really well. The only downside is that the pump you see pictured costs and extra £5. But I’ve heard there’s a free mac one that fits it. Don’t quote me on that, I’ve never used a mac product in my life.
Shadow Shields – £7.69 for 100 – eBay
My pinterest is filled with beautiful makeup looks. Some of them are so sharp I always thought the makeup artists had a very steady hand. How naive of me? No, they were using shadow shields. And Damn these babies are incredible. I watched this YouTube video to get me started, and then bought a load of them. They were easy to use and on my first use the results were flawless. Winged eyeliner is now a doddle. It doesn’t destroy your base underneath. Fallout is history. Sharp lines – en pointe. I have had so many compliments on my makeup since using these things. Totally worth it! And a thrifty tip? Cut them in half!!! You don’t need to use a whole one on each eye.
Make Up Academy Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquer – £3 each – Superdrug.
The holy grail in affordable matte liquid lipsticks. I have a serious obsession with these. I can’t buy anything from superdrug without picking up another one. At £3 each, who can blame me? The colours in the range are ever expanding. They have natural nudes, bright reds and pinks, unusual blues, dark vampy hues and pretty pastels so far. These are so creamy, really high pigment for the money, and unlike some other cheap liquid lipsticks, don’t go cakey. And the best part? They last. All day*. They smell great, and I love the frosted glass tubes – they really add to the luxe feel. I think I have about half of their current range (in the above photo I’m wearing the shade “elegance“), but you can bet I’ll be picking up some more. The ultimate cheap thrill, and a great way to try a new colour you’re not sure about without investing a ton of money. Hello blue lipstick! Where have you been all my life?
*When applied well and doesn’t come into contact with any oils.
So there you have it. Let me know what you all think!