I can’t claim that this is beauty news because I don’t really get sent new things. And even if I do they’re not always worth writing about, or I want to use them for a bit to see if they’re any good, by which time they are not new.
But there are one or two things I want to point out to you, which I have been sent and I think are good. So it’s more of a memo.
First, Beauty Pie Dr Glycolic Multi-Acid Micropeeling pads .
These have been very effective on my oily and congested skin. I have been using a REN AHA mild acidy peeling thing for a while and it hasn’t really been doing much. Three days using these soaked pads and the tiny, hard lumps around my temples and jawline have nearly disappeared. These are so good that if you think you need them but you are not a Beauty Pie member and don’t want to sign up, I would say just pay the non-member fee of £25 for them. Worth it.
You might recall that I have done some paid work for Beauty Pie in the past and now they send me any new product they have to try.
Second, Milk Make-Up Highlighter
I made a slight twit of myself on Instagram last week after I was sent a box of Milk Make-Up because I had never heard of them and assumed they were a new brand. In fact it is reasonably well-established thing in America and is now available on the always-reliable Cult Beauty. The products I tried were all good, (and they have great reviews elsewhere from other people who actually know about make-up), but this highlighter is something else, I’m really impressed. The difference between this and the one I have been using, (admittedly it was pretty cheapo), is huge.
This genuinely does what highlighter is supposed to do and gives a pretty, dewy finish, sort of lighting up your face and your eyes with even my cack-handed application. AND it smells like coconut.
I can’t remember who sent me this but I love it. As I get older it is increasingly important to me that if I have been bothered to put a face on to go out, (at night – I’m not Zsa Zsa Gabor), I don’t want it to slide off by 9pm. I have started to use an eyeshadow primer and then give myself a good spritz in the face with this and then off I go. I mean I still look sweaty and tipsy when I get home but at least my make-up is still basically still on.
… and a few old favourites…
These are still my favourite all-time make-up products:
The best all-purpose foundation ever. You must go to a counter for a good colour-match though, don’t buy online. Plus, online a lot of their shades are always sold out. I know it can be hard to get to a counter from some parts of the country but it’s worth tracking down.
I mean, I say this one – I’ve tried a lot of clay masks including that Sand + Sky one and they’re all pretty much the same. In terms of value for money I think this is the best because it lasts a long time. But you do have to find time to use them – I do at least once a week. My kids have got used to it and no longer cry when they see my face covered in thick mud and say “It’s horrid, Mummy, stop it.”
3 BareMinerals SheerBronze in Tan
No bad-face day can outsmart this and let me tell you my face has tried.
4 BobbiBrown Longwear eyeliner
I have tried many, many eyeliners and this one is still the best.
Now, look – you know what I think about buying new stuff… you probably don’t need any of this, unless you actually do need it. If you are happy with your current regime don’t rush out and buy any of this because you think it will change you life because it won’t.
Unless you’ve got the congested skin in which case the glycolic pads DEFINITELY WILL.
How about you? What is your favourite beauty product right now? Please leave a message in the handy box below.