Starting the day off with a first: a beauty post! I.e. an in-depth review on my favourite current beauty products! But enough blabbing, let's get started.
Lately I've really been into overnight face masks and have been smearing all sorts of products on my face before my well deserved 8 hours of beauty slumber. My faves:
Kiehl's Cilantro & Orange Extrakt Pollutant Defending Masque
By far my favourite overnight mask although the texture and slightly green tinge might take some getting used to and there's a high danger of rolling over in your sleep and leaving a lovely green mark on your pillow. But this product is a little miracle worker. In the morning my skin feels visibly softer and I kid you not, gives of a radiant glow. A must buy.
Shisheido Ibuki Sleeping Mask
Also an overnight leave-on mask that features small vitamin capsules in a gel base that melt upon application. I love the smell of this one and how it doesn't feel sticky at all. It is extremely hydrating and great after a long night out, leaving your face dewy and refreshed the next morning.
Moving on to further skincare products. Everyday I remove my make-up with Bioderma's Solution Micellaire. A french pharmacy staple and very gentle on the skin. I buy it in bulk because I love it and know I'm never going back. While travelling I like to take the Eau de Beauté by Caudalie with me, which is basically a face mist which hydrates (always good when on an airplane) and filled with essential oils - refreshing and uplifting.
Now on to the Make-Up. I'm not a fan of heavy coverage foundations. I prefer something lighter and am an avid lover and tester of BB-Creams and tinted moisturisers. The best so far: The Velvet Matte Skin Tint by NARS. It offers just enough coverage, is easy to apply with your fingers and leaves a lovely matte finish. Also contains an SPF 30 factor. And then I like to contour my face with NARS Contour Blush. Something I'm never seen without is my winged eyeliner. Tried and tested, this one is my favourites: La Roche Posay Respectissime Eye-Liner. Not only does it NOT BUDGE all day (in my opinion there's nothing worse than eyeliner smudged into your eye crease) but it's also good for "sensitive" eyes (i.e. me because I'm blind as a bat and always wear contacts which dries my eyes out slightly). Moving on to brows: Brow Tech To Go by Smashbox is easy to apply, stays in place and fills in evenly. I rarely wear eyeshadow during the day but Guerlain's Palette 5 Couleurs is perfect for a sultry smokey eye on a night out. And to finish off the eyes a touch of Mascara: The Diorshow Iconic Overcurl really helps with my extremely long but equally stubborn and straight lashes. In my opinion you can never go wrong with a bright red lip. And I tried all kinds but Kylie Jenner's Matte Lip Kit in Mary Jo takes the cake. Easy to apply and kiss proof (take my word for it!). Although it is rather a pain to remove but nothing a little Bioderma can't fix Something more offices appropriate for during the day: Guerlain's KissKis Lipstick in Fall in Red.
Now, Nails. A big topic for me because (secret shame) when stressed or worried I bite my nails. Always have. Since I was 3. And the only thing to get me to stop is to paint my nails. My personal favourites are from Essie. Least likely to chip, easiest to apply and the greatest range of colours.
And lastly Aesop's Herbal Deodorant keeps me fresh all day.
Hope you enjoyed this post!