I’m frequently asked for my thoughts on By Terry. The range has always appealed to me for it’s chic packaging (yes I am a sucker for good looks) and the fact that it has a whole bunch of products with rose scents and colours -ooh er!
I’ve finally tried something out. I opted for the Touche Eclat de Teint, as I wanted to compare it to the creator’s original formula for YSL. The infamous and wondrous YSL Touche Eclat is a staple in my make-up bag and I wanted to see how the By Terry version would measure up.
Firstly, you get a much bigger tube from By Terry which is definitely a good thing, but sadly it just doesn’t cut it for me.
The formula seems more matte than it really should and doesn’t light up the eye area, concealing shadows, like I expected it to. It works as quite a nice concealor anyway, though I do recommend applying it over eye cream so it doesn’t sink into lines.
I really wanted to love this, but it’s left me feeling a little cold.
I adore the look of a brightly coloured lip and I wish I could pull it off, but sadly lipstick just don’t work too well on me. It’s my own fault, I bite my bottom lip and as a result it gets dry and cracked and well – impossible to put lippy on to. So, instead I opt for slippery lip glosses, tinted balms and the like.
The thing about glosses is that, despite you can get them in a zillion colours, the pow factor of any shade is minimal unless you go for a thick, gloopy, sticky formula.
Finally, I have found the perfect yummy lip gloss which finds the perfect compromise between colour intensity and texture. Lipstick Queen Big Bang is delish.
It feels slippery but moisturising on the lips and I can build up the colour by layering it. It has the added bonus of being shimmery and reflective, making my lips look plumper than they really ought to. My favourite colour is Energy, a deep and shiny red. Mmmmm juicy.
Available at Space NK, £19.57
Being the beauty junkie I am, whenever my birthday or Christmas rolls around I always ask for skincare and make-up from my loved ones. Last Christmas, I handed a list of options to my long suffering partner, sent him packing to the delightful Space NK and told him to pick something for my pressie.
When Christmas day arrived I was surprised (and mega chuffed) to find he had bought me not one but two fab products from my wish-list. I’ll come to the second gift later, but for now I’m going to talk about the first; Darphin Baume Purifant… that’s purifying balm to you and me.
This little tub (and I do mean *little*) of golden yellow balm has become a bit of a bedtime ritual to me on nights when I’m feeling worse for wear. The solid block immediately melts on contact with skin into a light oil which can be spread across skin incredibly easily. The balm is said to restore radiance and reduce the appearance of skin imperfections but I can really only agree with half of this description.
After using this aromatic product I always awake the next morning to dewy, plumped up skin which feels and looks a treat, but I’ve not noticed much difference in my blemishes. With tea tree touted as a key ingredient I’m not sure why this is; perhaps the oily texture is just too much. What I do find is that it brings spots which are sitting under the surface of the skin to a head. This isn’t a bad thing; better out than in I say! At least once a pimple has reached the surface of the skin it can heal up and should disappear in a day or two.
My top tip for this product is to take a moment to have a long, deep whiff of the balm before you slather it on. It’s loaded with essential oils and the fragrance is unbelievably calming.
If you fancy something a bit different for your nightly routine, pop down to Space NK and don’t be put off by having to pay £38.00 for such a teeny pot; I’ve hardly dented mine after 5 months. Even better, get someone else to buy it for you like I did!