Does anyone else have one of those mornings when they are applying their makeup in one of those unforgiving magnifying glass style mirrors and think, “I look like I’ve aged about ten years overnight!?!” For some reason, I really feel that my skin is prematurely ageing. I don’t smoke, I look after my skin… although… perhaps I could drink a hell of a lot more water (she types whilst drinking coffee out of a Central Perk sized mug). There’s obviously nothing wrong with ageing but I’m not even 30 yet and I can already see my eyes becoming crepey and don’t even start with my forehead. I work at a creche and children are the most honest little creatures ever, they are not shy about pointing out my lines (there’s nothing ‘fine’ about them anymore) so I decided to invest in some new skincare…
My first instinct was to buy the new No7 Line Correcting Booster Serum (£39/15ml). The hype around this tiny syringe-shaped serum is insane. It’s basically being marketed as ‘botox in a bottle’ and, to be fair, it has the positive reviews to back this up. After a brief Facebook chat with some of my most trusted beauty bloggers, reading this article from the never filtered British Beauty Blogger AND watching this video from Mrs Ginger Beauty recommended to me by Gemma at GemmaECT, I decided against it… for now. Instead, I picked up the Matrixyl 10% +HA from The Ordinary (£9/30ml) and I’m also waiting on the Buffet (£13/30ml) to be delivered.
I also decided to invest in a high-end eye cream and purchased the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Eye Rescue (£40/15ml). Ouch. It makes some bold claims including being clinically proven to reduce the appearance of wrinkles by up to 24% in 8 weeks and brighten dark circles by up to 21% in 8 weeks. It is also said to contain “time released retinol molecules that work to refine and resurface the skin around the eye to help your eyes appear younger and more radiant, hour-by-hour”. I’ve only been using it for two weeks so I’ll keep you updated. Sounds a little too good to be true but I remain optimistic.
I’m still loving my Caudalie skincare routine. I’m particularly impressed with the Makeup Removing Oil and Overnight Detox Oil which you can read all about here. I was very recently sent the Reincarnation Pure Facial Exfoliator from Antipodes (£21.99/75ml) which is proving to be a fantastic addition so far. I can’t rate their Vanilla Pod Face Cream and Aura Mask highly enough and I think this might be another winning product. Let me know if you’ve tried it in the comments section below.
I had been patiently waiting for the lightest shade of the new L.A. Girl PRO.matte Long Wear Matte Foundation (£10/30ml) to be restocked on Beauty Bay ever since watching Soph, Tati AND Kathleen’s YouTube videos. My favourite full-coverage matte foundation is the YSL All Hours but I’ve just ran out of it. If PRO.matte comes even close to giving me the same finish and coverage I’ll be a very happy bunny.
Finally, we have a product that I actually won on Twitter. This is a brand I’ve heard/read Sharon over at Back To You Beauty rave about quite a few times so I’m excited to put it to the test. The Evolve Organic Beauty Nourishing Hair Elixir (£16/30ml) is a dry hair serum that contains Moroccan Organic Argan oil, mixed with Organic Baobab oil and Tahitian Monoi to help control frizz, tame fly-away hair and regain lost moisture. I have quite oily roots but my poor overly straightened ends are frazzled so this might just be what the doctor ordered. It also smells absolutely heavenly which is always a plus!
What have you been trying out recently?