Bliss Steep Clean Cleansing Milk is, without a doubt, the best cleanser to have ever touched my face. The creamy blue, bubblegum smelling lotion cleans pores so deeply my skin seems to sparkle with clarity. All that cleaning power and I’ve not once suffered from dry patches or tight skin.
I like to spend a good two minutes massaging the milk into dry skin and watch it collect make-up, pollution, dirt and oil, which I then rinse away and gleefully watch slide down the plug hole. The added salicylic acid melts away blemishes and prevents them popping up. My skin has never felt smoother and my spots occur less, vanishing in a couple of days when they do appear.
If you suffer from clogged pores which lead to pimples then you need this cleanser. Once you’ve reached for the Steep Clean you will never look back.
Yesterday I rediscovered a great foundation, hiding in my make-up drawer.
L’Oreal True Match is wonderful for people who struggle at getting their base make-up right as the shade adjusts to your skin town, making it easy to blend to a flawless finish. The coverage is exactly what I need; completely hiding uneven tone, redness and marks. I need a lot less concealer after using it, yet my complexion doesn’t feel or look overloaded with layers of makeup. My skin looks natural but perfect and, because the formula matches your skin tone it is the perfect seasonal transition foundation.
Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish is a cleanser which has found incredible cult status. What makes it so good? Well, it deep cleanses AND it exfoliates, making it a wonderful product for skin which has a habit of getting clogged with dirt and oil.
The forumla is very thick and creamy. Massage it onto dry skin, over eyes, face and neck. Then take a muslin cloth and dip it in warm water, ring it out, and buff away the cleanser. This is the exfoliating part of the process. Finish with a cool splash of water to close up the pores.
Cleanse and Polish is effective, it takes some time but when used properly it keeps skin clear and smooth. The only concern I have with it is with the muslin cloth. Make sure you clean it throughly and often and use a fresh one each day, otherwise every time you clean your face you’ll be spreading last night’s bacteria across your skin.
I’m sad to say that ‘give-me-a-cuddle’ Gok Wan’s latest series of ‘How to Look Good Naked’ has finished and been replaced with ’10 years youger’ and the not so friendly Nicky Hambleton-Jones. I was, however, pleased to see that they have put more emphaisis on the beauty section of the show and very surprised by their cleansing routine test.
If you missed last night’s program then let me fill you in. Uber-talented make-up artist Lisa Eldridge hit the local shopping centre with a table of water, cleansing wipes, cleanser etc and asked nearby shoppers to take off their make-up as they normally would. She then cleansed their skin again and wiped away the traces of make-up with a muslin cloth, revealing a huge amount of grime that had been left behind.
When you don’t spend the time to correctly clean skin up then you will, without a doubt, end up with clogged pores and a congested complexion. Do your skin a favour and make sure that you cleanse twice in the evening; once to remove make-up and then again to deep clean pores. Until recently I was using Purity Made Simple by Philosophy. At £30.00 it’s not cheap, and its non-foaming consistency takes a bit of getting used to, but I really have fallen in love with it as the formula thoroughly cleans without stripping away essential moisture.
I never break a promise. I told you I’d get it and, by golly, I got it. What am I talking about?? Only THE biggest anti-wrinkle cream on the market at the moment. The balm that sold out in stores, the butter that caused a flutter… oh yeah, and it only costs £2.49.
Alright, so perhaps it was made for babys’ bums, but Waitrose Baby Bottom Butter has created a real stir on the beauty scene. Picture if you will a busy yummy mummy, she pops into Waitrose to do the weekly shop but DAMN, she forgot to pick up her usual moisturiser. As she unpacks the shopping her hand lands on the baby butter, ‘hmmmm, I wonder…’.
Unscrewing the jar she takes a sniff, ‘yummy, smells like vanilla ice cream’. And off she goes slathering it onto her skin.
The bottom butter does smell divine – just like white chocolate mangum ice lollies by my reckoning. The texture is very thick, a little greasy for oily skins but not dissimilar to much pricier, rich moisturisers.
My combination skin won’t take well to the large amount of oil in the concoction – it pretty only made from oilve oil, camomile oil and a ton of vanilla (which gives it such an edible scent). So I’m not going to pop this on my face.
A smearing on my parched arms, however, has has really softened things up, and you get more than your fair share in a tub. For mums on the run I can see why this product is a god send, but I personally will be keeping it from the neck down as a wonderful and inexpensive body butter.
Laura Mercier’s Secret Camouflage is, without a doubt, pure genius. In my humble opinion, it ticks all the boxes and really delivers exactly what I need from a cover up. Here’s my run down on why it is so fabulouso.
1. The Colour. A palette of two shades means you can mix up the perfect tone for your colouring.
2. The Consistency. Creamy without being cakey, the formula is just right. There are no cracks and lines breaking through.
3. The Cover. Blemishes? What blemishes? I have an even and smoothed out complexion.
4. The Durability. It has serious staying power and doesn’t slide away by lunch time.
5. The Packaging. A neat little compact with a good sized mirror in the lid.
You can buy Laura Mercier products from Space NK stores nationwide or online, Secret Camouflage will set you back £25.00.
Last night, I used Jurlique Herbal Recovery Gel for the first time. I carefully unwrapped the box (which unravels in such a way that you feel like you are opening a wonderful gift) and was immediately hit with a herb fragrance. I then fell madly love with the simple, white, glass bottle which will have pride of place on my bathroom shelf.
Following the instructions, I shook the bottle and applied a couple of pumps of the product to my face, using my fingertips. I expected this ‘gel’ to be thick and sticky but it is much more fluid and glides over the skin with ease. Off to bed I went.
Let me explain a little bit about Jurlique. The line is completely natural; the herbs and flowers in the products are organic and grown on biodynamic farms. They’ve been doing this for over 20 years so they know exactly what they are doing, they believe in their cause and aren’t just jumping on the eco-bandwagon. As for their thoughts on beauty, they believe that balanced skin means beautiful skin. Their products work to do just that; restore the delicate balance of the skin.
I have often wondered (and I’m sure I’m not the only one) if my skin is a bit of a mess because I have screwed up its natural balance through eating too much sugar, applying a million different creams and living in a pollution heavy world. The more I try to fix it the worse it gets, so I was really excited to be trying this out.
When I woke up this morning I simply thought ‘wow’. After just one night my skin looks healthier, spots and marks look less angry, my skin feel incredibly smooth and my entire complexion radiates health. Of course, after just one night I can’t promise you that this isn’t a fluke. I’ll be diligently testing this gel and be posting a full review in a few weeks.