So yeah, long time no talk. Sorry about that, life gets in the way doesn’t it? For, er, a year and a half. I’ll do an update post at some point but in the meantime, here are the beauty products I’m currently a little bit obsessed with.
We all go through phases of finding products we absolutely love and can’t get enough of and want to rave about to everybody, don’t we? Then something new comes along and they get shoved to the back of a drawer, forgotten about until you have a ‘clear out’ (i.e. throw away two things and get over excited about everything else which you didn’t remember existed and end up with more clutter on your dressing table than ever). Well, these are those products I’m currently loving to bits, and I’m hoping by writing it down I’ll be less likely to forget about them.
First off, there’s the Bleach London Reincarnation Mask (£6, Boots.com). I get a tube of this in both the Total Bleach and White Toner kits (both of which are brilliant), so I usually have enough to last me until my next bleaching sesh. It’s technically a mask, but I use it as a regular conditioner every day, leaving it on for a couple of minutes while I shave my legs or ponder all the big decisions in life. It helps keep my fine, heavily bleached hair soft and split end free and I swear by it.
Second is the Clarins Beauty Flash Balm (£29 for 50ml – mine’s 30ml as it was a GWP, Boots.com). I know this is a bit of a cult product, but it’s a fairly recent discovery for me. The back of the tube says you can use it as a moisturiser, a mask or a primer, and my weapon of choice is the former. While I’m all out of my beloved Origins Ginzing, I’ve been using this as a moisturiser after I use La Roche Posay’s Serozinc in the morning, and it makes everything smooth and glowy and long lasting. And it smells really good too.
Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes mascara (£22, Selfridges)- I got this for Christmas and I’m just about out of it now and dreading buying more because £££, but I’m going to have to. It’s fab. Don’t let anyone tell you drugstore mascaras are as good as high end (I’ve 100% said this in the past, ahem) or I will stab them with my swanky expensive mascara brush. This stuff’s just fab – it builds up long, thick fluffy lashes out of basically nothing, and you don’t have to apply 5 billion coats of it. Though you could if you wanted because it never goes cakey. I love it so much.
Clarins Liquid Bronze (£20, Boots.com). Just a really, really good facial tanner. It’s so subtle you could never mess it up, and rather than making you look like you’ve spent 11 nights in Egypt it just gives you a really subtle glow. So, it’s a tad more believable if you’re living in Yorkshire like me and it’s still bloody cold even though it’s JUNE IN 3 DAYS. I use this in place of my night cream every so often, and it gives me enough moisture but you could easily use it over or under something more heavy duty.
And finally, the new love of my life, Colab dry shampoo (£1.80 – £4.50, Feel Unique). This is a mini, because I’m working my way through them to determine which scent is my favourite. FYI it’s not working, I just want them all. Colab is the dry shampoo range by Ruth Crilly of A Model Recommends, and she knows her stuff when it comes to beauty so you know you can trust it. This particular one is the Extreme Volume offering in Monaco, and it smells like Tom Ford and holidays and everything good in life. It makes my hair big and it smells amazing and I can’t get enough. The original formulas are fab too, I don’t think I’ll ever go back to Batiste. Bold statement, I know.
So that’s it for now – my current obsessions, until I move on to the next lot. I’ll be revisiting this in the next few months to see which have made the cut when it comes to ‘permanent beauty obsessions’ – my money’s on the mascara and the dry shampoo, fo’sho. But you need it all to be honest.