I've really been digging a few things lately so it's high time for a little favourites round up. I do mean to do these more frequently than I currently do, so its something I need to work on!
I feel like I've got my skincare and make up down at the moment which makes quite a change for me. My skin loves a consistent routine, so I've been giving it exactly that. Starting off with the Roger & Gallet Aura Mirabilis Extra-Fine Cleansing Mask*. I'm almost out of this now so this reminds me to pick up another tube as its that good. It can be used either as a cleanser or a mask and is quite similar to the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel. It's a gel like formula which emulsifies into a milk on contact with water, leaving skin purified, radiant and soft. Its lovely to use as a mask first thing in morning to really wake up your skin. After 5 minutes my skin is left glowing.
Hylamide is a fairly new brand to me, but I was looking for a new all-rounder serum suitable for my sensitive dry skin so I picket up the Hylamide SubQ Anti-Age Serum. My skin has been so dehydrated the last couple of months since finishing Roaccutane, so I was keen to add in some extra hydration without irritating my skin. SubQ is packed full of hyaluronic compounds - no less than five to be precise, as well as peptides and even a retinol complex, so it really does cover all bases. My skin is much plumper and radiant and my fine lines look considerably reduced. Pretty much everything that Deciem produces contains so many high percentage active formulas for purse friendly prices and the results I've seen are really good so far. I really want to check out some of the NIOD range next.
I've been opting for really simple makeup lately, hardly any base and a neutral eye with a cat flick, but I have been playing around with lip products. I really like the NARS Velvet Lip Glide in Bound. It's the perfect my 'lips but better' dusty mauve. The formula of these is quite interesting, neither a gloss nor a lipstick, but somewhere comfortably in the middle with a semi-matte finish. I can't stand sticky products so this is perfect for me.
I'm having a complete By Terry love in it would seem. Now this is a pricey brand, but what I love about the range is that it's makeup with skincare benefits that's designed for ageing skin. So I feel assured that while I might spend a bit more, I'm going to get good results. The By Terry Terrybly Densiliss Concealer did make my eyes (and bank card) weep at £44, but it is really worth it for me. I suffer with fine lines and as my skin has been a bit dehydrated they look worse at the moment so I need non-cakey products to smooth over my under eyes. The Densiliss concealer is almost like a serum, so it really hydrates the skin and conceals any darkness. Over time it also works to firm the skin which is pretty impressive.
As I've been going for a really light base, the By Terry Cellularose CC Cream has been my go-to. Like the concealer, it's almost as light as a serum which I really like as it's so hydrating. I find a lot of CC creams to be quite thick and difficult to blend, but this By Terry offering is anything but that. It's definitely light coverage, but enough to blur out any redness and imperfections and I find it's almost undetectable. As it's part of the Cellularose range it does include a rose fragrance so might not be for everyone. Personally, I would rather makeup was unscented, but I do love rose so it's really not an issue. Combined with the good skincare I've been using, my skin looks naturally brighter and pretty radiant so I'm very happy indeed!
What do you think of my picks?
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