There are so many cosmetic products out there these days, that products don’t really need to stand the test of time, there is always the latest “wonder product” to replace things with. For me, the test of whether a product is any good or not is “Will I buy it again?” and, in the vast majority of cases, the answer quite simply is no. Luzzegain suggested I make a list of products I’ve bought twice, and would happily buy again so here it is:
Kerastase Dermo Calm shampoo – Simply the best anti-dandruff shampoo there has ever been, for us sensitive scalped, dry haired people, plus it’s good for coloured hair. Now sadly rumoured to be discontinued, I’ve recently bought four bottles just in case …
Diorific 008 Mystic Mauve – The perfect neutral lipstick, if one ignores the quite ridiculously bulky packaging. Goes with smokey eyes or no-makeup makeups, somehow just makes your lips look polished and gives the perfect finishing touch to any face. And it makes your teeth look whiter, which is marvellous.
MAC Prolash – Great mascara with bulking fibres to make your lashes look fab of a nighttime. This was my wonder-product till I discovered Lancome Hypnose, which I find doesn’t smudge as much.
Clinique Naturally glossy mascara – perfect for daytime, natural looking mascara.
MAC Strobe Cream – a cream highlighter/moi
sturiser. You can use this on your cheekbones/browbones for a highlighter effect, or use it in place of moisturiser for a slightly sheeny dewy effect. I like to dab a little all over a too matte foundation to make it look more natural. Did you know all MAC face products are vitamin enriched, like this one? I didn’t either. And it’s literally half the price and twice the size of Benefit’s similar products.
Laura Mercier eyeshadow in Twilight – a sort of purply-browny-greyish colour. You can wear this as a light natural colour wash across your lids, it’s perfect for bringing out the green tones in hazel or brown eyes, but it also suits blue eyes. Or, you can use it as I do as the basis for the smokey eyes look as detailed earlier. The perfect suits all occasions and colourings eyeshadow.
MAC paint in Untitled – a flesh coloured pigment in an artists paint tube. Can be used anywhere on the face – it comes in a variety of colours and finishes – but this one makes the perfect base for eye makeup, as it evens out the skin tones there, and gives the shadow something to cling to, and makes it last all day, and all night if it has to. Wonderful stuff.
Urban Decay liquid eyeliner – I own about six of these, beautiful colours and simply the best brush yet found for ease of application. Stupid, stupid colour names though.
Rimmel pencil eyeliner – there is no eyeliner pencil on the market to rival these budget beauties. Soft, easy to apply, and relatively long lasting, simply no sense in buying more expensive ones.
Chanel Crystalle – my favourite perfume, I flirt with others, but I always come back to this. A green, floral, herby type scent, that’s not at all sweet (my pet hate in perfumes, along with that horrible ingredient in certain perfumes that I haven’t identified yet which makes me retch), and apparently it’s very sexy. I love it.
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream I never leave the house without a tube of this about my person somewhere, I use it as a lip balm, to pat on foundation to get a glow, as an eye gloss (great if you’ve smudged your liquid eyeliner, and want to make it look like a deliberate action), as a cuticle treatment, on spots, on flaky skin patches such as ankles and elbows, on scratches. It’s wonderful, and last for years. Don’t buy the lip treatment stick though, it has too much added vitamin e and another ingredient which can actually make your lips flakier. And it doesn’t contain petrochemicals, which is one of my pet hates in balm-type products. The original wonder product, and still the best as far as I’m concerned.
Chanel Rouge Noir lipstick and nail varnish Beautiful colours, beautiful packaging. Chanel do reds better than any other make up company, and these are the best reds ever, no question.
Avon Arabian Glow bronzing powder Cheap, cheerful, does exactly what it says on the tin. Nice colour too.