There’s something about Spring that makes me want to take even more care of my skin. Unfortunately, I’m not naturally blessed with a complexion as clear as crystal and I really have to ‘work’ to maintain my skin clear and healthy. Most of the time it’s my
obsession love for Maltesers, M&M’s and Snickers which gets between my skin and a Beverly Hills glow, instead resulting in the occasional WTF breakout. But I’ve been a relatively good girl since January and reduced my sugar intake significantly. There were a few withdrawal symptoms at first but I’m fine now and amazed how it’s had such a positive impact on my skin. Whilst a healthy and balanced diet is key, investing in the right beauty products also doesn’t hurt. Today I’m sharing my ten beauty heroes, all of which I literally can’t live without anymore (especially come Spring!).
Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser
This is the cleanser in my humble beauty stash. I’ve tried so many cleansers before this one which all ended up stripping my (combination) skin of its oils and moisture. This one does what it promises: it really cleanses the skin without over-drying it. And because it’s so gentle I usually end up doing a double cleanse whenever I use make-up. The first cleanse removes most of the make-up, dirt and excess oil whilst the second cleanse purifies the skin further, enabling it to absorb any products I use after more deeply.
Peter Thomas Roth Therapeutic Sulfur Masque
I first came across this anti-acne sulfur mask through Morgan Stewart’s blog and purchased it instantly as Morgan is one of the most outspoken and honest bloggers out there, and I had no reason not believe the hype. Turns out it’s a great mask to use whenever that
charming annoying pimple appears and enters the room before I do. However, I don’t recommend using it on the entire face but rather apply the product directly to a zit as sulfur can be quite drying. Once applied at night, I usually wake up with clearer skin. Just like magic! P.S.: Beware of the smell (insert face with medical mask emoji here) but what don’t we do for clear skin?
RMS Beauty Oil
I’m obsessed with skin oils at the moment. They are more nourishing than anything else and feel super luxurious, taking me to an imaginary spa. This one by RMS is one of favourites – especially during the winter when the skin needs more hydration. It contains jojoba and rosehip oil, which nourish and calm the skin as well as buriti oil which protects the skin from damaging UV rays. I started using it last year as a night oil and I’ve noticed that what were once light acne marks are no longer visible.
Rodial Stem Cell Super-Food Facial Oil
I don’t know how this oil did it because it doesn’t promise to heal anything acne-related but somehow it does. This product has become my holy grail when it comes to fighting zits and pimples. As soon as I started to use it my skin cleared almost completely. It’s also nourishing without being too oily for my combination skin. Whenever I apply it after cleansing my face, I notice how my skin ‘drinks’ it right up. This one is slightly lighter than the RMS Beauty Oil, so I love to use it as my ‘day cream’. My skin is now visibly smoother, more even and glowier than ever.
RMS ‘Un’ Cover-Up Concealer
Do you know the situation when you try to cover up a pesky blesmish with a concealer but it ends up becoming even more visible? That used to be the story of my life until I found this little gem. It covers blemishes super easily and adjusts perfectly to my skin colour. It doesn’t even look I have concealer on – that’s how light and subtle it is. What is very practical is the fact that ‘Un’ Cover-Up can also be used as a light foundation. I’m yet to try this option though.
Clinique Superprimer Universal Face Primer
This primer is definitely one of the best out there. The price is quite reasonable (£20 for 30ml) like many other Clinique products and it lasts for ages. The texture it’s an absolute dream. Since it’s a water-based product, the texture is quite thin and super velvety. Once applied, my face feels so(oo) soft – as soft as a baby’s bottom and looks super smooth with a semi-matte yet dewy finish. Another super positive effect is the fact that it doesn’t make my skin go as oily as a McDonald’s deep fryer. Always an advantage, right?
Maybelline The Eraser Eye Concealer
I love staying up late and am most definitely not a fan of waking up early. The result? Most of the time I wake up with massive dark under eye circles. But this eye concealer is my saviour and makes me look like I’ve spent the last three months on a dreamy spa getaway.
Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser
Before adding my two cents worth to this tinted moisturiser, I need to point out that I rarely wear make-up, bb cream, cc cream and so on. 99.9% of the time I simply wash my face, apply facial oil, sunscreen and then dab concealer under my eyes and on spots here and there. However, there are times where I want my skin to look extra nice without that heavy cakey feel. That’s when I turn to this little wonder by Nars Cosmetics. It’s perfect for that natural dewy look whilst still providing enough coverage to cover annoying imperfections. I’m also impressed by how long it always lasts – my face still looks fresh after a long day. Another benefit: no need for sunscreen once using this tinted moisturiser. It provides the skin with enough sun protection (SPF 30). Definitely a keeper!
Carmex Original Lip Balm
It’s no secret that this lip balm is one of the best drug store beauty buys. No wonder! Carmex is indeed the knight in shining armour for sore and/or dry lips. A little goes a long way here.
Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution in Very Victoria
I’m not a fan of make-up but I love lipsticks even though I don’t wear them religiously. Everytime I step into a store’s beauty department or a drug store, I have this insuppressible urge to buy a lipstick. I could stare at and analyse the endless supply of colours for hours. It’s my idea of fun (how exciting, right?). However, those countless hours spent looking for the best lipsticks didn’t enable me to find the perfect matte lippy which doesn’t leave my lips dryer than the British humour. Well that was the case until now. Hard work pays off and I’ve found the one. It’s the Matte Revolution lipstick by Charlotte Tilbury. I purchased it in the colour ‘Very Victoria’ (named after Victoria Beckham), an elegant taupe nude tone suitable for day and night. It’s the orchid extract in Tilbury’s formula that enables a soft, hydrated yet matte finish. There are so many other beautiful colours available and most of them have been inspired by celebrities such as Sienna Miller (‘Sexy Sienna’), Jane Birkin (‘Birkin Brown’) and Scarlett Johansson (‘Red Carpet Red’). You can see all available colours here and decide whether you want to get your Sienna, Birkin or Scarlet on.