Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Beauty Round-up - Some Products I Can't Live Without Right Now

Primer is a very important part of my beauty routine when it's super hot outside or when I need my make-up to last a while. At the moment, I've been experiencing a whole lot of both! I have tried the Clinique Superprimer Colour Corrects Dullness under foundation, CC Cream, BB Powder on its own and tinted moisturizer. It works well under all of the above, gives my skin an even, smooth texture before applying other make-up and makes it really last. I'm talking a lasting foundation through yoga, body pump and hot, sweaty temperatures - it's a keeper! Clinique Superprimer comes in 6 different variations that address different skin issues and is currently sold in London exclusively at Selfridges. (c/o Selfridges)

LUSH Fair Trade Foot Lotion has been a favorite of mine for years, but I've found it particularly useful over the past few months for combatting the dry skin on my feet brought on by wearing sandals day after glorious, sunny, Summer day. As the temperatures drop, I like to put this on my feet and then wear socks for an extra dose of foot moisture! It's peppermint and cooling, so it feels great and it's pink. What's not to love?

Herbalife Radiant C Daily Skin Booster is a product I've been using for a few months. I'm not quite sure how to describe this one other than that it feels like rubbing velvet on your skin. I apply this after toner, before moisturizer or primer. I really can tell a difference in the radiance of my skin and it feels amazing on my face. Also, I knew a girl in college who swore that the vitamin C from an orange peel prevented aging so she was rubbing orange peels on her face all the time. This is a better way of doing things and not nearly as messy! (c/o Herbalife)

Remember when water waxes were all the rage in the 90's? I definitely used them in an attempt to get that piecey look in my Dharma & Greg haircut circa 1998. Well, they're back and I for one am glad to have had Structure Define come into my life. It's a lifesaver! I use this product to smooth the ends of my hair when they're looking a little frizzy and to keep hair in check on windy days or when traveling in wind tunnels of the tube. It keeps things in place, especially if you're a fan of a straight hair look. Now that I've cut my hair short, I'll be using it even more to get that piecey bob look - photos coming soon! (c/o Eleven Hair)

Also by Structure, Foundation is a great spray for wet hair. I spray this on right after a shower before I comb out my hair. It makes styling easier, similar to B&B Tonic. Love this product! (c/o Eleven Hair)

If you paint your own nails, you have to get your hands on Barry M Basecoat, Topcoat & Nail Hardener All in One. It's quick-drying, which makes doing your nails a lot less time consuming and having it all in one bottle just makes things easier. Besides, it's £3 or thereabouts in most drugstores, but the quality of this product is fantastic! Trust me, you'll love it - you can thank me later.
I've been using St. Ives Apricot Scrub since I was a teenager or maybe even a tween, but I'm currently loving the St. Ives Fresh Skin Warming Scrub. It's basically the same thing, but it's a little more gentle and it actually warms up as you use it. I'm not sure if there's any benefit to that, but it feels great on the skin and this is another product that can be found in the drugstore for a bargain price!
I've recently been using a bodywash from Espa that I hadn't tried before and I love it. Zesty Lemon, Ylang Ylang & Crushed Tonka Beans is invigorating, clean, packs a great lather and has a more grown-up fragrance than most of the shower gels I've ever tried. I love it!

Tara Walker's Dream Radiance Enhancing Dream Cream is a great product, especially if you travel a lot. The product comes in these little tubes that separate and can fit into the liquid allowance plastic bag in your carry-on luggage. Don't be fooled by their size, these little tubes last at least a couple of weeks each and this is a great moisturizer that brightens the complexion and balances skin tone. It smells a little funny, but don't worry, it's worth it and the smell goes away after about 15 minutes. I've been using this day and night and I'm a fan! (c/o Tara Walker's Dream)

So what products are you currently relying on to make you beautiful each day?

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