I have five beauty products sitting on my dressing table that I really don’t want to part with but, alas, the time has come. I’d recommend every single one, particularly the skincare products, as I’ve enjoyed using them immensely and, if money were no object, I wouldn’t hesitate to buy them again…
The Vichy Dermablend Setting Powder (£18 | 28g) isn’t a product I kind of like, it stands alongside my Tarte Shape Tape concealer and YSL All Hours foundation as a holy grail makeup item that I always have on hand and will never stop recommending or purchasing. This is a must-have product for anyone with oily/combination skin that finds their makeup breaking down and generally misbehaving throughout the day, and for anyone who craves that perfect doll-like matte finish. It’s designed to specifically work alongside the Dermablend Corrective Foundation but don’t let this put you off, it has worked perfectly with every foundation in my collection so far. The translucent powder is very finely milled, incredibly soft and lightweight. It extends the life of my makeup more than any other makeup product I’ve tried. It doesn’t leave a white cast and bakes my concealer flawlessly.
I won’t go on about the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray (£10/30ml) for too long, as I post about this product quite regularly both here and on Instagram. Quite simply, it’s the best setting spray I’ve ever tried. This travel-sized version of the lightweight spray gives my makeup serious staying power and is a product every makeup lover should have in their collection. What I love about All Nighter is that it doesn’t feel sticky or tight, it doesn’t feel like you’re wearing a mask and it doesn’t leave any tacky residue. It’s free from parabens and oil and works wonders on my combination skin. It helps keep the makeup on my problem areas from breaking down without sucking the life out of dry patches. I’ve already purchased a replacement, this is not a product I’m about to run out of anytime soon.
I will definitely be repurchasing Tarte Shape Tape (£22). It is hands down the best concealer I’ve ever purchased and I can’t recommend it highly enough. It’s long wearing, sets quickly which discourages any creasing and instantly covers dark circles, discolouration and blemishes without even trying. It also draws light into your face beautifully; if you’re a fan of the Nars Creamy Concealer or the Urban Decay Naked Concealer, but are looking for more coverage then you’ll love Shape Tape. Plus, each tube contains 10ml compared to UD’s 5ml and Nar’s 6ml so is surprisingly long-lasting. If you treat yourself to at least one of the products I’ve mentioned in today’s post, make it this one.
I picked up the Tarte Maneater Voluptuous Mascara (£21) as part of a QVC TSV set. The mascara has a soft-flex brush and lightweight triple-black formula. It lifts and defines each lasts whilst giving volume and length. It contains jojoba to condition and strengthen and carnauba wax to ensure a smooth, clump-free consistency. The brush reminds me of They’re Real with its lethal plastic spikes that have a tendency to jab you in the eye if you’re as careless as I am, but it does give your lashes a decent amount of volume and contains intense pigment that coats lashes from root to tip.
Finally, I couldn’t resist mentioning the tiny sample of Sisley Black Rose Cream Mask I received in last month’s Sunday Times Style Beauty Awards Box from Latest in Beauty. The full sized version retails for £105 for 60ml which is borderline obscene. That’s not to say if someone wanted to treat me I wouldn’t be over at Space NK in a heartbeat. I got three generous uses out of this heavenly face mask, I could have probably got even more if I was more restrained. I’m not going to claim to have seen any life-changing transformation after only three uses, but this mask, without question, is bloody lovely. It smells divine and leaves my skin feeling wonderfully soft and plump. I almost didn’t want to like it when I saw the price tag!
Have you tried any of these products?
Which skincare and makeup products have you been sad to let go of this month?