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Lately I’ve been beavering away in the background on my project that is: MAKE-UP FREE CONFIDENCE. It’s an ongoing thing, has been for the last one and a half years, but you know I really think I’m getting somewhere now. The aim of the ‘project’ (and I use that word in the loosest sense) is to be able to step outside my front door sans slap without feeling like I’m about to scare small children or their mothers. It’s an enjoyable project, necessitating hours of online research (beauty blogs) and the odd splurge (expensive face products) and has made me quite ashamed of the years I spent washing my face with Boot’s Cucumber Face Wash and applying cheap Nivea cream. My skin, whilst not completely transformed yet, is definitely thanking me for the investments I’ve made.
I am currently using an arsenal of products that I’m exceedingly happy with. I’m sure this will change as new products emerge (I would love some decent recommendations for a different toner, at the moment I’m using Lush’s Tea Tree water) but for now, it’s all good. Here’s whats going down on my face… (snigger)
Bioderma is a French laboratory which produces products that are apparently never far away from make-up artists worldwide. I’ve been using their Crealine H20 Micelle solution as my ‘first cleanse’ of the day to take my make-up off and it really feels so gentle. Just like water. This isn’t available in the UK yet, though word on the street is that it’ll be in Boots soon, so eBay’s your best bet for value. I bought from this seller.
I first learned about Emma Hardie’s Cleansing Balm when a pot of it appeared in the bathroom I was sharing with Hattie on the Mother’s Meeting retreat last year. I did some Googling and BAM! Apparently I’d missed 2012’s hottest facewashing trend. This product is just marvellous… it’s so gentle and effective and smells just divine. It ain’t cheap at £34.00 but a little goes a long away. I’m on my second pot and will keep re-purchasing.
Hydraluron is a miracle cream. It sits underneath your moisturiser and acts as a booster for your moisturiser, increasing its effectiveness. It has worked wonders on my forehead lines! Boots have a 3 for 2 offer on this at the moment.
The brand-new Nuxe Nuxellence Jeaunesse Youth and Radiance Fluid* is brilliant. I’ve started using this in place of my usual moisturiser and it noticeably lifts, tightens and brightens my skin. You can use it on its own or with your usual products if your skin is a little dry : I occasionally need a bit more moisture on my nose and forehead but come summer (eventually…) I won’t need to use anything else.
If you haven’t heard of Liquid Gold, where have you been?! This product apparently has the highest percentage of Glycolic Acid (a powerful re-surfacing and firming ingredient. Re-surfacing kind of makes my face sound like a road) in anything available over-the-counter. It’s a chemical exfoliant, and you use it a couple of times a week to keep your complexion fresh. It tingles and I love it.
If you buy one night cream EVER please make it this Decléor Aromessence Night Balm*. It feels like the most luxurious thing I’ve ever put on my skin and literally melts. It’s gorgeous and I noticed a difference in my skin the first time I used it. Love at first use. Decléor also do a great lip balm* in this range which again is amazing and has not left my handbag since it arrived.
This Neal’s Yard Baby Balm obviously does not belong to me but it’s brilliant. I use it on all dry patches of skin: my hands, my feet, my knees, even my lips. It sits on my bedside table and goes on last thing at night. It’s also pretty good for Hux’s dry patches, too!
I normally don’t like oils so I’ve been surprised at how much I like this Mandara Spa honeymilk beauty oil*. You can use it in the bath or on your skin but my favourite thing to do it to slap it on the dry ends of my hair before I go to sleep. I’m also a big fan of their bubble baths, they’re reasonably priced and smell delicious! You can pick up Mandara Spa products at Sainsbury’s.
*= PR Sample
So there are my current face favourites. When I miss a day of them I definitely notice a difference so staying diligent is a must, no matter how knackered I am.
Now about those toner recommendations… anyone?