I’m not the best at beauty and make-up – I tend to stick to what I like and what I think works best for me… But every now and then I get asked what beauty products I use and I thought instead of creating the usual style post of photographs, I illustrated my favorite beauty products for you to see.
My make-up is brought from all over the place, I’m not really a make-up snob but when I can afford to treat myself I do. I’ve always used MAC lipsticks and blusher and I think I always will, I mean how much choice they have its just unreal. I also treated myself to a Chanel lipstick a while back, it’s ever so nice and is my “special occasion lippie”. I also have a couple of Chanel nail polishes and a rather nice Dior lip gloss, these were Christmas presents. As I’m still on the hunt for the perfect foundation (even though I’m pretty lazy and hardly wear it) I’ve used this BB cream from Topshop, which gives a nice glowing and light feel to the skin.
I’m terrible for rubbing my eyes and leaving mascara flakes all over my cheeks and because of this I have to invest in a good one that can withstand this, so far I’ve found that Benefit’s Bad Gal Lash has done the trick.
As for scent, my usual choice and has been for a number of years is Stella McCartney, I recently ran out but very kindly my Father picked me up Daisy by Marc Jacobs on the way back from his holiday (good old duty free) and I rather like it.
Now for my skin, I always remove my make-up with wet wipes and go over it with a Simple cleansing toner. I then use Simple hydrating moisturizer, in the mornings I use my rather fancy Clarins double serum and Benefits eye crème. After they’ve done their thing, I moisturize and then use Benefits Pore-fessional – I don’t use this everyday but most days. Before I apply my make-up I always use lip balm in the hopes I’ll nourish my lips and therefore my lippie will last longer, for the last couple of years it’s been Burt’s Bees and it’s become a firm favorite.
Batiste Dry shampoo (dark hair) – I just can’t live with out it! It’s great for those in between hair-washing days and now that I’ve discovered the burnet version it’s even better!
TRÈSemme Keratin Smooth – 7 Day straight system is great for helping keep my hair straight for long periods of time, I usually use it on a Sunday night. Blow drying then straightening my hair and even after washes I’ve still got straight hair by Thursday – which is good going for me!
LÓREAL ELVIVE – Extraordinary Oil, I’ve been using this for a couple of years. I’d even go as far as saying it’s my favorite hair care product! You can use it a number of ways but I like to use it after I’ve towel dried my hair and before I brush my hair (I have incredibly knotty hair!!) this helps smooth out all the knots and makes bushing an ease, plus it helps protect my hair if I blow dry or straighten it.
Style Expertise – super drugs own brand is great for the times I want to leave my hair curly and to dry naturally. I just pop this on to my fingertips and work into my hair in a scrunching motion and leave it to do its thang! It also works with blow-drying but I find I get better curls when I leave it to dry naturally.
Do you have any beauty tips or ticks you could share with me? I’d love to know if you’ve found a good foundation or a hair care product you think I’d like. I’m always on the look out for new thins to try!
Illustrations – Amy Purfield-Clark