Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Things I'm loving right now - Clinique, Roger & Gallet, Shu Uemura, Smashbox, YSL, Liz Earle

I always feel a bit of pressure doing monthly favourites as half the time, I've forgotten what I've loved over the month and the other half of the time, I'm on to new things, so I think from now on, I'll give the old Things I'm loving right now posts a go!

So here's what I've found myself reaching for the most in recent weeks.  Some are new additions to my beauty stash and some are old reliables, but I try not to show favouritism as it's not fair.

1. Roger & Gallet Ginger shower gel and body lotion.

To me, this is the scent of New York.  I brought the shower gel and body lotion away with us and we started each day revitalised and ready for the day ahead and I know I've gone on and on about this range in various posts and just be happy that you don't know me in real life or I'd be getting you to smell my arm all the time.  #truestory

2. Clinique bottom lash mascara.

When this first came out, I pffffed at the idea that we needed a mascara for our bottom lashes.  I mean, could we not have just continued on using our normal mascara?  Em, no.  This is brilliant stuff.  I love really voluminous top lashes but on the bottom, I want long, defined, separated lashes and this is the perfect product for my blondey lashes.  The itty bitty wand means I can get every last lash, especially the ones on the outer corner and I've used it every single day since I came back from New York.  If you're a lash fiend, this is definitely worth checking out.

3. Smashbox Brow Tech To Go

I've just started trying out some Smashbox products and after hearing rave reviews of the Brow Tech To Go within two minutes of arriving at the event, I sat in the Beauty Bootcamp and started colouring in my poor weeny brows.  After Smashbox make up artist Janine Bird completed this make up look on my eyes, she filled in my brows and I spent the rest of the presentation trying to sneak glimpses of my newly shaped brows.  The eyebrow shaper has a triangular shaped pencil on one end and a gel on the other end, so you can shape and set your brows easy peasy lemon squeezy.  I'll do a post on this itself as it's brilliant and if I'd known about it sooner, I wouldn't have bought an Anastasia Brow Wiz when I was away!

4. Shu Uemura Essence Absolue Nourishing Oil-In-Cream

During the winter months, I am a lean mean, static haired machine.  I'm telling you, I spend the duration trying not to get electric shocks from everything I touch.  And I dare say, I'm probably the owner of the best straight haired afro and if you put me and a jinny joe side by side, you wouldn't be able to tell the difference.  I need only the barest squidge (smaller than a chickpea) of this Shu Uemura Nourishing Oil-In-Cream (€38) in the palm of my hands and distribute it over towel dried hair before drying it.  It contains Camellia oil which is one of the most rapidly absorbed oils, so that combined with the cream means your hair is in for a treat.  Even drying it normally with the hairdryer leaves me with smooth, swishy hair but if I Babyliss Big Hair it (it's a verb), then it looks totally profesh.  You have to be careful not to use too much or you'll end up with lank hair, something I learned the hard way.  But once you've your designated amount sorted, you'll have tame locks and go about your day with the central heating on, confident that your hair will look lovely for the whole day.

5. Liz Earle Superskin Concentrate

Our flights to and from New York recently, combined with the fact that I'd stopped my usual skincare routine meant that my skin was uber dry.  I mean, it's not right to be sitting at your desk and rub your cheek to hear it rustling it's so dry.  So I knew what to do and have started using my Superskin Concentrate from Liz Earle every second or third night.  I like using it right after I've showered or cleansed my skin, so the pores are open and ready to suck up that precious oil.  You can read my full review here.

6. YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat foundation

This is in my favourites again because it's just the perfect foundation for me right now with my drier skin.  One pump buffed in with my buffing brush does me grand first thing in the morning.  It blends easily, takes minimal effort and doesn't cake to any dry bits on my face which is crucial for life right now so for those reasons, it remains one of my favourites.  Love. It.

So that's it folks, what are you loving right now?



  1. You've just reminded me that I want to pick up some YSL touché éclat foundation. :-)

  2. I just love love love Herbal Essences shampoo - cheap, smells amazing and works perfect to my hair. But from cosmetics I think at the minute the most perfect things to me are Gosh Xceptional wear foundation, IsaDora blush sticks and e.l.f. lip glosses :) Oh and of course MAC paint pot and amazing Sleek pallet :)

  3. I'm definitely loving my Miss Dior fragrance right now!

  4. I like the sound of the Smashbox brow product, I'm brow obsessed at the minute!


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