Back with another installment of my '4 things' post where I talk briefly about things that I use in my make up or skincare routine daily at the moment.
First up and if you follow me on instagram you're probably sick of the sight of this but Jo Malone's Ginger Biscuit is my 'winter' fragrance. To be honest I will probably stop using it now and move to something more spring-like but December and January are all about Ginger Biscuit. This was limited edition back in 2014 but it's now permanent but exclusive only to the Regent Street boutique in London in the 100ml size. I find this fragrance so comforting, capturing the scent of just-baked cookies spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger and dipped in caramel. There are also some buttery toasted hazelnuts, tonka bean and vanilla. It's a real gourmand fragrance, spicy but cosy, warming without being cloying.
I picked up the Clinique All About Eyes serum after I had my fillers done because I thought the rollerball applicator would be good for massaging under my eyes to encourage the fillers to settle. The rollerball is good for depuffing under the eyes but it's not the most hydrating eye serum I have used. It dries so quickly that I often use a second eye cream under my eyes to moisturise more. It's probably suited to younger skins and would be an excellent 'first eye cream' in your early 20's.
It contains caffeine and anti-oxidants and is soothing and cooling-and if you don't wear a lot of make up, a good refresher during the day.
I'm so happy I picked up the Laura Mercier Silk Creme Photo Edition foundation, especially because I hated the original Silk Creme. My problem with the original Silk Creme was that it settled into my pores really badly and separated on my face throughout the day. I tried so hard to make it work but it wasn't for me. But the Photo Edition formula is perfect. It's a full coverage, luminous foundation that glides onto the skin and works well applied with either fingers or a damp beauty blender. It looks really flawless and beautiful on the skin. The lasting power is also great. The one downside-occasionally when I use it I seem to get a blemish the next day-so I've been saving it for more special occasions when I want my skin to look really nice. But I do really love it!
If I have been getting the odd blemish then the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion is my weapon of choice. This bi-phase lotion containing salicylic, zinc and chamomile should be stored upright and you will see the product separates-there's a pink 'sand' at the bottom and a clear liquid at the top. The idea is you insert a cotton bud into the bottle, all the way to the base, and then draw it out, without mixing the two liquids and then dab it onto any offending blemishes. And it really works. This stuff gets rid of spots sometimes before they even begin. The bad news-you need to leave the pink toned product on your face overnight for the best results.
Have you tried any of these products?