I’ve just brushed my face and it inspired me to write an entry on my favourite beauty products.
These are products that I just could not live without, without them I would still be searching for the perfect product. These are products which, when I see adverts for similar things, I can safely say I am not even tempted to stray from.
The first item I am going to tell you about will help to explain the “brushed my face” comment. My Clarisonic Plus Sonic Skin Cleansing System. I have linked you to the Selfridges website as that’s where mine came from (it was a Christmas present, lucky me) because I wanted a paisley one instead of the plain white/pink one.
You can see from the picture that it comes with two brushes. The smaller one is for your face, it comes with the sensitive or “delicate” one and they are £21 to replace if you get them from Selfridges. The other, bigger, one is for your body. When used with the skin polish that comes with it, it is wonderful.
But back to the face brush. My skin is very sensitive so I don’t wash it in the traditional way. I can only use skin wipes because tap water dries my skin out terribly and makes me break out in eczema if I’m not careful. It also gets quite dry under my chin, along my jaw line and on my forehead. I use my Clarisonic every three days to get rid of this dry skin and then I moisturise a bit more than on the days in between (moisturiser coming next).
Anyway, the point of all this is that the Clarisonic makes my face feel like it has brand new skin and that makes me happy, so it deserves the number 1 spot.
The second item, as mentioned above, is my moisturiser. I’m in my twenties and before this moisturiser I had never repeat purchased anything for my face. My skin is so fussy and would reject anything that came near it. And then… there was Gorgeous.
Gorgeous is made by Lush and I have been using it for many years now. There are many reviews on the website, singing its praises and telling tales of it clearing up eczema, etc and my review is no different. Yes, it’s quite expensive, you get 45g for £35.95 but it’s so amazing and lasts such a long time that I would pay double (but don’t tell Lush!).
It smells of orange cream, that’s the only way I can describe it and that would be down to the orange blossom honey water, fresh organic orange juice and orange flower absolute. It also contains organic extra virgin olive oil, organic cold pressed evening primrose oil, organic cold pressed avocado oil, extra virgin coconut oil, fresh organic lemon juice, organic cold pressed wheatgerm oil, organic cold pressed grapeseed oil, fresh pineapple juice, neroli oil, myrrh resinoid and some other non edible ingredients. l think from this list, the price tag is FULLY justified.
Like I said, I have been using this product for years and I will be using it for many more years to come (as long as Lush don’t discontinue it, which they do like to do!).
My third product is another Lush product. It’s a shower gel called The Olive Branch. This is my favourite scent from Lush and when I use it the smell sticks to my skin, so much so that I walk around sniffing my forearms.
Lush says “If your body is beaten by the rigours of the rat race, accept an olive branch. The Olive Branch has a welcoming, Mediterranean warmth to it, with organic olive oil to soften your skin, an infusion of vine leaves, sea salt and the fresh juice of mandarins. The name comes from a line from the song, ‘Dance me to the end of love… lift me like an olive branch, ’til I’m safely gathered in’ – as sung by Madeleine Peyroux. While we prefer the Leonard Cohen version, Mark would prefer to be gathered in by Madeleine.”
The olive oil really comes through in this product and leaves my skin moisturised all day. I really cannot describe the smell, it just smells clean. A soapy, clean smell. Again, this product isn’t cheap, I always buy the 500g (large) bottle and that is currently £14.75. Lush made a perfume with this scent a couple of years ago but I had not yet discovered the product so I didn’t buy it, I regret it slightly.
My final product for part one is Bourjois’ Khol & Contour eye pencil. I use MAC for everything else except my black eyeliner because I’ve never felt the need to try one of MAC’s black pencil eyeliners (I use their penultimate liquid pen liner). The website currently says that this product is “new” but I think they have just changed the formula to last 16 hours or something, so I can’t 100% vouch for the one I’m linking you too, but it looks exactly the same.
It comes in 7 shades but I only buy the black one. It is just perfection in an eye liner. It can be intense, it can be smudgy, it can be smoky. It’s not expensive either at £4.99 (Boots).
So there we have it, my top 4 products that I can not live without. Part 2 coming soon…