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My Top 10 Beauty Products
Member Name: Machair1
My Top 10 Beauty Products
Date: 02/11/12, updated on 03/11/12 (103 review reads)
Advantages: Some real gems
Disadvantages: None at all
As I am approaching my 700th review I thought I should post something a little different to usual and I thought it might be helpful to talk about my favourite beauty products. Over the years I have tried many and have some absolute gems to talk about and to share with you.
To make this easy to read I have broken them down into 10 categories so that if you are looking to purchase a new mascara for example it should help you to locate one! Within each category I will talk about my favourite and then I will also mention others that come a close second. So here goes!
It is also important to say that I am 52 so many of my suggestions may be more suitable for more maturing ladies with regard to skin care, but most of the products are lovely for all ages. I have dyed blonde hair, fair skin (NW20) and blue eyes.
1 Bubble Baths and Shower Gels
TOP RECOMMENDATION=WAITROSE ESSENTIAL BATH CREME.
Now here I have a cheap recommendation that thrills me every time I purchase it because it is so easy on the bank balance, and that is any variant form the Waitrose Essential Bath Creme range. I must mention here that I have very sensitive skin, and a lot of bath products cause me severe allergic reactions, so I have to be very careful as sadly this is often the cheap ones! However I can use every one in the range and they are fantastic. Especially good at this time of the year are my two favourites- Ginger and Clementine and Cinnamon Cakes. These are absolutely gorgeous, produce copious amounts of bubbles and are so softening and the scents are beautiful. Others in the range include Camomile, Green Tea and Apple, Amber and Sea Salt and all have the same gorgeous properties and are often on offer at two 750ml bottles for just £2- an utter bargain! They also have hand wash and soaps in the ranges too which are equally good!
I think for shower gel you can't beat the giant Body Shop 750ml size which is always on offer so I never pay more than half of the recommended price of £7.50. I love the Moringa and Sweet Lemon variants and a large bottle like this lasts many months with twice daily use.
TOP RECOMMENDATION=MAC VELVET TEDDY
Over the years I have tried so many but my absolute favourites are from MAC. My all time favourite that I use most days is "Velvet Teddy" - I love the name and I love the shade- it's a brown/pink matte shade that smells of vanilla as many of MAC lipsticks do. It is such a wearable shade and it lasts for hours, even all day if you layer it over Number 7 Nude lip liner and lightly powder over it with Bare Essentials Mineral Veil. Retailing for around £13 this isn't cheap but it is worth every penny.
Also in my favourites is "MAC Taupe", also a matte this is a darker more autumnal shade of brown / brick red but quite muted so very wearable, and "Freckletone" a MAC lustre which is my go to summer lipstick which is a peach/brown. I also love MAC Petting Pink lip conditioner which is a lovely alternative for summer days when you want a glossy pink stain. Also in my favourites are the Sheen Supreme MAC lipsticks which are a cross between a lipstick and a gloss, and my favourite shades "Bare Again" and "Can't get Enough" these feature a lot in my summer make up especially.
3 Foundations and Highlighters
TOP RECOMMENDATIONS= BOURJOIS HEALTHY MIX SERUM
TOO FACED CANDLELIGHT GLOW DUO
Now this is interesting because I have many favourites that I could talk about including some high end ones, but in this economically challenging time I am reluctant to talk about these too much, as to be honest my absolute favourite has emerged within the last year and really pleases me because it is so inexpensive. "Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum" is just fantastic, and it imparts a healthy glow to the skin. Bourjois also make another foundation simply called "Healthy Mix" and this is almost as good too. The Healthy Mix Serum contains fruit extracts and it really brightens the skin and for £10.99, and often less than that on offer, this is my holy grail product. I am shade 52 which is very similar to MAC NW20.
I do use higher end foundations as well, but my family prefer this look to all the others that obviously cost a considerable amount more, including some of my other favourites by Estee Lauder. Estee Lauder Doublewear is a great foundation - I am in the shade "Fresco" and I wear this for times when I want my foundation to last well all day and into the evening, which this ensures, but for everyday I cut the cost by using the very good alternatives by Bourjois. I also love Lily Lolo mineral foundation, but just recently my skin seems to look better with all cream products. For summer holidays I use Estee Lauder BB cream which is beautiful and has a lovely fresh cucumber scent, or Doublewear Light which is a lighter version of the Estee lauder Doublewear I mentioned.
For highlights my favourite is the "Too Faced Candlelight Glow Highlighting Powder Duo" which is absolutely gorgeous when used on the cheekbones. The Body Shop highlighting lotion is also very pretty and so is the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone or Pearl.
TOP RECOMMENDATION MAC MOISTURECOVER.
Absolutely my number one is MAC Moisturecover. This is a beautiful concealer for under the eyes as it is effortless and glides over the skin imparting a moisturised look. It is especially good to use after long plane journeys as it makes you look more awake. I also love Coastal Scents Bright Eyed which reflects light and conceals dark circles really well. This is available from Coastal Scents.com and I have reviewed this previously on Dooyoo.
TOP RECOMMENDATION ILLAMASQUA CREAM BLUSH
Hands down winner in this category are the cream blushes from Illamasqua. They are absolutely fantastic and I love the shades "Dixie" and "Rude" in particular . "Lies" is also fantastic as a highlighter shade to be used over the cheek bones. I use a stippling brush to apply and this gives a natural glow from within and imparts a healthy look. Quite pricey at around £18 these are quite an outlay but they last for ages.
I also like the cream blushes from Daniel Sandler, especially "Soft Peach" and "Soft Pink". Both of these glide effortlessly onto the skin and can even be applied with fingers. I recommend both of these blushes for mature ladies as they are moisturising and really impart a youthful appearance. For inexpensive powder blushes you can't beat those by Sleek make up available from Superdrug- look out for the shade "Rose Gold" which is a dupe for the very famous Nars Orgasm shade.
TOP RECOMMENDATION=TOO FACED CHOCOLATE SOLEIL
Now this category is one in which I have some high end options, and the reason I love them is because they last for years, and also because they are matte shades and impart a slight tanned look without any orange. I think in this group I have 3 favourites that I go to but the first are the two by Too Faced- the chocolate bronzers called Chocolate Soleil. They do the original and a lighter version called Milk Chocolate. I have both of these as the latter, which was introduced this year, is a lighter version which I prefer for the autumn and winter months when I am paler. To be honest this summer has been a washout so I have been using this in the summer anyway as I haven't got as much of a residual tan as I normally would have. Both these shades work brilliantly as eye shadows too especially if you just dust them onto the crease with a small brush.The real bonus about these is that they are scented with cocoa so are beautiful to use!
The next bronzer that I have to mention is that by Daniel Sandler and this is called "Riviera." This is a cream bronzer and is just brilliant to use on the high points of the cheeks in particular, and you can then use one of the other cream blushes by Daniel such as "Soft Peach" on the apples of the cheeks. My final recommendation in this category is a high end product which I bought on recommendation and that is Guerlain Terracotta Number 1. This is absolutely fantastic as it imparts a healthy glow to the skin and literally lifts away that tired look in moments. It was expensive but I bought it in the sale and would repurchase it without question.
7. All about eyes!
(a) Shadows and Liners
TOP RECOMMENDATIONS- MAC WOODWINKED, MAC WEDGE AND URBAN DECAY 24/7 LINER IN FLIPSIDE.
I think my favourites in this category are "Mac Woodwinked" and "Mac Wedge." Both of these shades look stunning with my all time favourite eye liner from Urban Decay 24/7 range - that being "Flipside." This is a deep blue and when applied to the lower waterline looks so pretty. I love all the Urban Decay liners and the shade "Stash" is a lovely dark green /gold. Mac Wedge is a lovely brown and Woodwinked is a deep bronze gold, and both of these colours are beautiful. Also recommended are the Estee Lauder longwear cream eye shadows- I love the shade "Antique Gold" which is especially good for the summer. There are many more I could mention including the pigment by MAC called Melon which I wear very often as it is a lovely golden shade. Barry M do some lovely inexpensive shades of pigment too- I like Dazzle Dust number 24 in "Old Gold."
TOP RECOMMENDATIONS CLINIQUE HIGH IMPACT
My favourite mascara is Clinique High Impact - this gives very defined lashes and is easy to apply. For waterproof capabilities I recommend Bare Minerals as these are excellent, and for coating the bottom lashes Clinique do a really good bottom lash mascara which has a tiny wand enabling you to easily coat the little lashes. Lancome also do some fantastic mascaras which are slightly more expensive, and for natural alternatives I love Lavera as this product smells of roses!
7c Eye Creams
TOP RECOMMENDATIONS- ORIGINS GINZENG AND EYE DOCTOR
Absolutely number one for this group are the eye creams by Origins. At 52 I was noticing that I had to use an eye primer more often than not because my shadows were creasing, and my eye lids were just starting to develop that crêpey look which I really hate. I was introduced to Origins as it has a high presence on make-up tutorials on YouTube, and the eye creams in particular get a really good reception. I use two of their products. In the morning I use Ginzeng which is absolutely fantastic for tired eyes as it imparts a brighter less tired appearance, and at night I apply Eye Doctor which is a moisturising cream. Both of these are costly but last for ever as you only need a minute amount.
7d Eye Primers
TOP RECOMMENDATIONS TOO FACED SHADOW INSURANCE
I use Too Faced Shadow Insurance which I love and which really primes the eyes well, but I also use MAC Paintpots as well as these can be used as a shadow or as a primer.
TOP RECOMMENDATION LA ROCHE POSSAY INTENSE RICH REHYDRATING.
Moisturisers are easy as my favourite ones are always the French Pharmacy brands. Top of the shop has to be the La Roche Possay Intense Rich Intensive Rehydrating Skincare which is a beautiful moisturiser especially good for mature skins as it seems to plump up the skin and impart a dewiness.
I also love Avene products and use several of their creams and alternate these with Avalon Vitamin C Renewal creams. I will also use others from time to time depending on my skin but in general I find the French products to be the best.
9 Shampoo and Conditioner
TOP RECOMMENDATIONS- REDKEN ALL SOFT SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER
PHYTO 7 AND PHYTO 9 LEAVE IN HAIR CREAM.
This is a very interesting category because I use all the high street brands from time to time, and there are some gems from Elvive, and I also like Fructis for the beautiful scent and also for the fact that I can pick up many of these in my local Poundstore. However there is nothing as good as my all time favourite "Redken All Soft" which I have in my bathroom all the time. I buy the salon size 1litre bottles as they work out a lot less expensive than buying the 250mls which are really too expensive to justify the cost. You can buy a pump dispenser for the giant bottles and so they last for ages that way. I buy these from Ebay.
These products leave my hair silky soft and in lovely condition. I also use masks from Kerastase from time to time, and my all time favourite leave in cream conditioner Phyto 7 or Phyto 9 for very frizzy days.
I also love Klorane dry shampoo as it is perfect for days when you can't wash your hair.
10 Nail Polish and Hand Cream
TOP RECOMMENDATIONS- OPI POLISHES AND CAUDALIE HAND CREAM
My absolute favourite shades are from OPI- Dusk Over Cairo ( rose copper), Wouldn't Shoe Like to Know ( creamy chocolate shimmer) and Gouda Gouda Too Shoes (peachy gold). All three of these are fantastic, Sadly they are limited collection but you can still find the shades on various websites.
For hand creams my all time favourite is the one by Caudalie which is so fresh but L'Occitane also do some fantastic Shea Butter creams.
A FEW FINAL GEMS
In addition to these 10 categories I must also mention that Avene Thermal Water spray is simply amazing in the summertime to cool you down, I always carry this in my handbag along with Caudalie Beauty Elixir as these are just fantastic for cooling and refreshing the skin and for alleviating tiredness.
So that concludes a trip around my favourite products. It just leaves me to say that I always shop around for these products and rarely pay full price for any of them. I always look on the following as they are all excellent alternatives to the high street.
A final word of advice - always head over the makeupalley to see what the general opinion is of products is before buying them. This website is fantastic as there are reviews for most items and shades so it really saves so much money.
I hope you have found this useful. I love trying new products and change my favourites from time to time, but the core products are like old friends- reliable and dependable.
Also published on Ciao under my user name Violet1278
Summary: Some of my favourite products