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The Cult Beauty stash

The one where I spend loads of money on skincare so you don’t have to. I was after some new skincare to fulfill my resolution for the year to look after my skin. The guys at Cult Beauty were really helpful on Twitter and gave some recommendations based on my skin issues. 

So, what did I think?

Emma Hardie Moringa Balm and exfoliating seeds (I bought this direct from EH because I wanted the exfoliating seeds too)- you can’t do much of anything without seeing someone talking about this stuff. After using it for a few weeks, I can say that I love it but don’t feel like my skin can cope with it every day so it’s become more of a skincare treat for me. It smells like you’re in a spa and feels like a total luxury when you use it (especially if you get the free candles too!). Mixed with these little exfoliating seeds and suddenly you have an amazing smelling scrub. The flannel/muslin that you get is far better than any other counterparts I’ve used (Liz Earle and Aurelia). I’d definitely buy this again but go easy if you have tempremental skin. I’d LOVE if they started selling the candles because if fill my home with them. From here, £38 and £15

DNA Renewal foaming gel – I wanted to love this, I really did. It looks like it’s going to work and promises a lot. Sadly I think it was too potent for my skin, it also didn’t foam as much as I’d like and instead of a nice refreshing scent, it kind of smells chemical. On a side note, the tube may look good but trying to store it is a nightmare. From here, £17.50

Eos lip balm – I loved this, until someone told me that in the US there is some kind of law suit against them because they’ve been making people’s lips sore. Not sure on that one (I loved it on use but did find that my lips got drier than normal after) but I’d like it if they perhaps came up with a new formula that didn’t because then I would never be without one ever again. From here, £5.99

Resultime eye cream – This one is tough because I’ll be the first to admit that I do actually expect miracles from eye creams. However the eye area is much less dry and I think there’s been an improvement in lines as well as my eye makeup staying on better. Those lines are still there however which is why I’m not 100% sold. I want an eye cream that makes me look 21 again. I’ll use up the pot but wouldn’t rush to buy it again. From here, £37

Roques Oneil Therapie detox salts – They’re expensive. They’re a luxury. You feel a bit gut wrenched every time you use some because you’re having a £6 bath or something. BUT it’s totally worth it. Totally. They honestly make you sleep like a baby, better than a baby, like the dead. I even talked about them here. Buy here, £37

MV Organics jojoba oil – Again I’m not 100% sold for silly reasons but I think I would buy it again. I’ve been using this to take off my eye makeup because it apparently conditions your lashes (mine are sparse and brittle) and is a great moisturiser for the eye area. It feels like a bit of a con getting a tiny bottle of this oil because you need a good four drops each time. However it takes makeup off with ease, even waterproof stuff and I have noticed a difference in my lashes, it also is lasting a surprisingly long time. I would love if they found some way to actually package this up into an actual eye makeup remover. From here, £29

I think only the jojoba oil would make it into my regular skincare routine. The EH balm would be a treat (I wouldn’t panic if I ran out) and the Therapie salts are on all of my wish lists (bit too expensive to buy yourself all the time). I’m all for more companies providing samples of things, even for a small price, so that people like me don’t end up wasting a load of money!

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Products that really work

I buy a lot of ‘stuff’ and more often than not I use it once or twice, largely underwhelmed. There are however, some things that just work. They do what they say they are going to and the solve some kind of problem for you. So here’s my Top 10 ‘Products* that really work’ and a little detail why I love them below.

*I’ve not been paid for any of this, in fact I am decidedly out of pocket!
  1. Scholl cracked heel repair cream – £5.39, here
  2. Warpaint teeth whitener – £27, here
  3. Body Shop seaweed day cream – £12, here
  4. Urban Decay eyeshadow primer potion – £16, here (and other stockists)
  5. Rimmel Scandal’Eyes Waterproof Kohl Liner – £3.99, here
  6. Wunderbrow – £19.95, here (also on Amazon)
  7. Revitalash – £64, here
  8. Nailtiques – price varies £6-16, here
  9. Therapie Himalayan detox salts- £37, here
  10. Clarins radiance-plus golden glow booster – £16.70, here (and other stockists)

This might be a long one, as I’ll chatter on about why I like them all, so I’ll just say here…

I am still elusively chasing the perfect foundation, concealer, face products that make my skin as lovely as it was while I was pumped full of pill hormones (hi spots!) and haircare that gives me the locks of Blake Lively…so happy to take recommendations.

Scholl heel cream – it’s not a nice subject is it, feet but we all (mostly) have them and as they do all the carrying us around, they need looking after. This stuff it witchcraft. A few weeks ago I pretty much had a gaping hole in my heel which was SO painful. Three days of this stuff and it’s gone. How and where it’s gone I don’t know but it has. I’m very tempted to smear it all over my face and see what it can do there.

Warpaint – Ignore the fact that it’s the product of a glamour model or that the website might make you want to tear your face off, this stuff is great. It’s a (messy) black charcoal powder that you smear all over your teeth with a toothbrush (probably not your usual one) for two minutes. I’ve been using it for five days – as well as brushing as usual – and not only do my teeth feel cleaner than they have since my last hygienist appointment but they are WHITE, like really white, whiter than when I use my Crest WhiteStrips which aren’t all that good for teeth. It’s not cheap, it’s messy and might make a fudge of your sink but it really works.

[EDIT] should add that this is 100% natural, vegan and not tested on animals. It’s also safe for children to use!!

Bodyshop seaweed day cream – I’ve written about this before but it still deserves a mention. Not for everyone but if you suffer from oily skin at any time (certain points in the month?) or your makeup slides off in the summer, this might be for you. It really does control the oil on your face, so much so that I can only use it on days when I’m oily and I can even use a foundation that I would normally avoid. Not all the great for dry patches so if your combination skin, might not be for you.

Urban Decay eyeshadow primer potion – creasy eyeshadow no more. Really. All day. Even cream ones. Can also be used on its own just to even out redness and there’s a few different finished for matte or slightly pearly. Don’t really need to say any more.

Rimmel Scandal’Eyes Waterproof Kohl Liner – I don’t really need to say much here either. Nice and soft and really black. Doesn’t smudge off everywhere and even stays in the waterline for most of the day. Does make a mess when you take it off though!

Wunderbrow – I’ve only recently (since a few disasters), started to ‘fill in’ my brows and honestly, I hate it. I can never get it right and the stuff slides off throughout the day leaving me with odd brows. But not this. It literally doesn’t budge. It’s a bit of a mare to get the hang of and comes in a lipgloss type tube with a spoolie brush (mascara wand to us normals) to distribute. I’ve worked out doing the outline shape with my HD Brows pencil and then using this on the really sparse bits.

Revitalash – Ok this is mega bucks just for some longer eyelashes. In my defence I bought it before the wedding and when it ran out, didn’t replace it but it works. My lashes were crazy long, my eyes didn’t go a funny colour (as per some reports) and it was worth a splurge for a big event. Combined with an LVL treatment (like an eyelash dye and perm), my lashes were mega, the stuff of dreams. They did the all go a bit crap but that was after the wedding so I didn’t mind.

Nailtiques – if you Shellac and fear for your nails when you take it off, get some of this stuff. They have different types for different nails (dry, very dry, brittle etc.) and honestly, my nails have never been better.

Therapie Himalayan detox salts – They’re not cheap, more of a treat or a great thing to ask for as a gift because if you’re like me then you’ll feel guilty for spending that much on some bath salts. You know what though? Totally worth it. Not even kidding, you’ll sleep like a baby. If you struggle to relax and drift off then give these ago before you resort to clubbing yourself over the head or pulling your own brain out. Very similar to that blissed out post-massage feeling.

Clarins radiance-plus golden glow booster – They could have called it something snappier like ‘sunshine face’ or something. Basically, mix 1-3 drops of this little oil in with your day or night cream and have a lovely sunny glow. Nothing fake tan-y (I have never used fake tan for fear of streaks) and you can tailor it by using more/less. Can be a bit biscuity but if you mix it with a nice smelling cream then you don’t really notice it.

So, there we have it. Don’t say I never give you anything. Happy shopping!

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Budget Beauty

For a girl who will happily spend £200 plus on a haircut and has five or six £30-40 foundations sitting in a makeup drawer, I’m oddly stingy when it comes to skincare.

Don’t get me wrong, looking after my skin is important, but I think you can get great products at a fraction of the price if you get some great recommendations or you’re willing to give things a try.

I’ve also found out the hard way, that sometimes with make up, expensive doesn’t always equal better. So, I’ve done a quick round-up of my favourites for you. (I’ve not been paid, asked, or given free gifts for this post.)

Skincare

  1. Boots No.7 hot cloth cleanser. I was recommended this by Mizz Ban and have since told everyone I know about it. Feels indulgent, leaves skin soft and clean and helps with breakouts. A steal at £9.95 but even cheaper when they have their No.7 voucher deals.
  2. Yes To….. I read about this in a magazine and swiped the Yes To Tomatoes moisturiser and cleanser when I was suffering oil slicks and break outs. The moisturiser is sufficient that I don’t get dry spots, but neither do I get oily throughout the day. Lovely and light and apparently, good for my skin! They have other products for different skin types too. Ranges from £5-£15.
  3. Body Shop seaweed day cream. Another one to control the oil but great for combination skin. Light, quickly absorbed, no shine all day. Recommended to Soupy who also loves it. Nice size tub for £4.
  4. Superdrug Vitamin E skin oil. Don’t let the fact that this is an oil put you off, it won’t make you feel oily or greasy. This little tiny bottle is a lovely treat for your face. I keep mine in my wash bag for post swim when my skin is so tight I feel like Joan Rivers. At £2.99 what’s not to like?!
  5. Boots Botanics eye makeup remover. Gets off even waterproof mascara and liquid eyeliner without rubbing. I think that’s all I need to say. £3.99 but often in their deals.

Makeup

  1. Revlon Just Bitten (BIG crayon things). I tried these, £7.99. I tried the Clinique Chubby Stick, £17. Guess which is better by a country mile? Soft lips, wash of colour. Bingo.
  2. 17 tattoo me liquid eyeliner. If you can get your hands on this (it’s sold out in most places), then do. Helen told me about it after we’ve been hunting for eyeliner that stays put all day. I can’t use the wibbly little brush that comes with it, so I use my own eyeliner brush. £4.99 bargain.
  3. Max Factor mascara. I’d recommend any of them but I usually go for 2000 calories (a classic) and more recently, I did a review of the eye brightening one – I don’t see a difference in the brightness of my eyes but my lashes look great! Depending on where you get it £8-£12 ish but considering I’ve spend a lot on big brand mascaras and always been let down, it’s worth trying a few out!

There we have it, my picks…and just for an out of left field idea… This week, I found myself with a horrible, very red and sore crater on my forehead from where I had squeezed and squeezed a spot. A hole, really and honestly where the spot had been. So before I went to bed, I chucked some Manuka honey on it (only the 6+ cheapest one) and the next morning…. GONE. No red, no spot, no hole, no sign of it at all.

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