Over the the past 12 months, I’ve become completely obsessed with all things beauty – it all started with a love of nail art which has grown into a bigger love of new beauty products, not just for nails but across skincare and make-up lines – and of course, I’ve discovered some brilliant beauty blogs in the process (NB: gh0stparties and Sparkly Vodka)
I’m not saying I was a beauty novice before – I’ve always been a Chanel lipstick and perfume kind of girl, but never really sought out new products to try. Fashion and beauty sit very much hand in hand for me, so I’m not sure why I haven’t delved into the brilliance of this industry sooner – I now read as much into beauty trends as I do fashion trends. Adopting beauty trends can be an easy access into the world of high fashion trends – catwalk looks can easily replicated at home and products are very much affordable for the average person; it doesn’t cost much to look good.
My daily beauty routine has significantly changed in the past 12 months. No longer being limited to student funds, I have a (small) disposable income to spend on higher quality skincare, make-up lines and beauty treats; gone are the days of using Simple facial wipes (although these are good and practical for when I’m away or feeling lazy) but I’m very much a Liz Earle girl now.
The most significant change in my beauty routine has been the skincare products which I use, which have resulted in my skin being clearer and softer than it’s ever been before.
I’m currently using the complete Liz Earle skincare line; Hot Cloth Cleanser, Instant Boost Skin Tonic and Skin Repair Moisturiser. They complement each other brilliantly and as a result of using this skincare line, my skin has dramatically improved.
For that stubborn eye make-up (I daily pile on the mascara and black, black eyeliner), I’ve been using Caudalie’s Cleansing Water as recommended over on Liberty London Girl – a very, very gentle cleansing water which removes every last trace of make-up. This is a product I use probably a couple of times a week – it’s slightly more expensive that an average cleanser, so I’m savouring every last drop.
Favourite new products
Primers have become a staple in my make-up bag. I can’t believe that I hadn’t previously used these under my foundation and they have quite literally revolutionised my make-up staying power. I’m currently using The Present by Philosophy (although I do have Benefit’s The Porefessional winging it’s way to me in the post to try out too). The first time I tried out this primer under my foundation, I had several complements saying I looked glamourous, which, after a long day at work, was a real surprise! The Present makes your skin look beautifully airbrushed and quite literally erases pores. A real keeper.
My good friend Catherine recently introduced me to Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion. My eye make-up seems to dissolve into thin air or crease heavily as the day goes on, and since purchasing this a couple of days ago, I can’t believe how I ever managed without it! My eyeshadow and liner are kept firmly in place by this miracle product so I don’t need to re-apply if going out straight from work.
Lastly, a new little addition to my make-up bag is Bobbi Brown’s new Ink Liner from her Neons and Nudes Collection. I picked up this gem on Buyapowa and it’s perfect for when I just want a quick flick of eyeliner for those rushed mornings before work.
What are your current favourite products?