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I was chatting to a beauty obsessed friend recently who said to me “I would rather go out topless than go out without mascara.” Without thinking I immediately replied “I would rather go out topless than go out without foundation.” Now, in tru
th I may not feel quite that strongly
and I’d probably prefer to keep the girls under wraps, but I definitely never leave the house without foundation. I have terrible skin, and I hate the thought of people seeing it undisguised.
Anyway, this got me thinking about my must-have makeup products. So here’s a challenge for you my pretties: if someone told you they were taking away all your makeup for a month, and you could only keep three things (with a free pass for any makeup brushes or applicators you may need) which three products would you choose?
After some very serious thought, here are mine:
Holika Holika Clearing BB Cream
Obviously I’d have to have a foundation to disguise my horrid skin, and this one does a good job of that, plus it has skin care benefits specifically targetted at acne prone skin like mine, and SPF30. A great multi-purpose product.
Lanolips SPF15 Lip Ointment With Colour in Dark Honey
A slick of glossy colour on your lips can take online pharmacy you from undone to pulled together in an instant, and this is a go with everything ‘my lips but better’ colour with SPF15 that does a fabulous job of moisturising your lips.
Lancome Hypnose Mascara in Black
No other product gives you instant va-va-voom in the way that a good mascara does, and this one is my pick. I don’t normally pay high-end prices for makeup, but no other mascara I’ve tried comes close to matching this for giving me drop dead gorgeous lashes.
So, those are my three must-haves, now it’s your turn.
All of these products are good enough to warrant their own review, which I will do in good time, but in the meantime you can purchase Holika Holika BB Cream from Bellogirl on Ebay, and Lanolips from Adore Beauty. And if you don’t know where to get Lancome from you need to get out more!
Don’t you just hate it when a product you love is discontinued?
I’ve never had any special allegiance to a foundation (I like my makeup cheap and cheerful more than luxe) but I used to adore Revlon Skinlights skin brightener.
It was a lot lighter than foundation, being more like a tinted moisturiser. Skinlights gave a glow without being overly sparkly or shiny looking. It was discontinued and I was disgruntled.
But I just saw a Revlon email about a new product called Age Defying Spa Face Illuminator:
Boost natural radiance for a fresh, luminous glow. Light reflecting micronized crystals illuminate on contact. Sheer colour in a lightweight, oil-free formula. SPF 18.
I’m going to check it out and see if it’s the new version of the Skinlights.
Something for those of us who want something less full on than foundation.
Have you tried this new Revlon product?
Any other recommendations for skin brighteners, tinted moisturisers, or something subtle for your face?
I can’t find a picture of the gift anywhere online, but it is available from Kirk’s in Wellington from today to 3rd May.
Here’s what you get if you buy two EL products:
- two make-up bags
- mini bottle of Sensuous fragrance
- Sumptuous mascara
- quad eyeshadow in browns and pinks
- Resilience Lift firming creme
- Some sort of serum
If you’re into gifts with purchases, but don’t wanna get suckered into buying a crappy second product just for the sake of the freeby, then maybe we can help. Here’s a few EL products I’ve reviewed on the site that I recommend:
Perfectionist Serum (i think it may come with the gift)
I don’t like their liquid liners though – there are many better liners out there for much cheaper. And I don’t like the Sumptuous mascara that comes with the gift.
You could also take a look at totalbeauty.com and see what others think about the rest of EL’s line.
I had a genuinely awesome time at the Mary Kay party at my place last night. Hope my other guests were as enthused. Karyl Anderson is the most expert make-up and skincare person you can talk to. I learned so much and picked up some great products that I got to thoroughly try and test before purchasing. Plus I got a free Satin Hands gift for being host!
I picked up so many tips from Karyl, and me and Jo gonna share them all over a number of posts.
Here’s the first few tips about buying foundation:
- Test foundations by striping possible matches down your jaw-line. The best match is likely to be the one that ‘disappears’ into your skin when you squint at yourself.
- Leave tester foundation on your skin for several minutes before deciding on the best colour. Everyone’s skin has its own acid-mantel (or something) that will affect the colour of foundation. So leave it a while to settle.