This week I thought I would bring you a roundup of some new beauty products I have been using. Some are things that I was gifted at the conference I attended in Dallas and some are items that have been recommended to me from beauty bloggers I met.
So let’s start at the bottom, as in before any makeup is applied, with skincare.
On the first day of the conference Rodial hosted a lunch to introduce us to their brand and products. As a UK based company I had heard of them but hadn’t actually used any of their products before. Each place at the lunch was set with a gift bag containing their Dragon’s Blood Discovery Kit and on each placemat was one of their extremely chic Instaglam Compacts (perfect considering their audience for the lunch are all Instagrammers!) After the lunch I went and had a chat to their lovely PR lady to find out what they would recommend for mature skin and she also very kindly gave me the day and night moisturisers in their Bee Venom range.
Since then – coming up to a month now – I have been faithfully using the cleansing water, toner (from the Dragon’s Blood set) and the two moisturisers. As someone who doesn’t like a routine that takes up too much of my time I have found these products really easy to use. The cleanser removes every trace of makeup including mascara with no irritation to the more delicate eye area. The toner is just sprayed on, what could be simpler than that?
The Dragon’s Blood range is aimed at those who want to target loss of elasticity and hydration or sensitivity. My skin definitely needs more hydration, it has been looking dull after the winter months and using this after two long haul flights was ideal.
The Bee Venom range on the other hand, contains a unique blend of bee venom, stem cells and peptide technology for targeting advanced signs of ageing. As someone who used to bake out in the sun in her teens and twenties (I know, if only we’d known then what we know now) I’m glad of all the help I can get in repairing any lasting damage.
So, have I noticed a difference? Well yes, actually I have. I wanted to give it a good few weeks to see how the products worked for me and I can honestly say that my skin looks much brighter, feels softer and definitely looks plumper, I’m guessing from the increased hydration. I won’t deny these products are pricey but the two Bee Venom moisturisers are a really decent size and as a little goes a long way with these creams I can see them lasting some time. And if you buy the day and night cream together you can save 25% on the total cost too. I highly recommend them if you have any of the issues I’ve mentioned – look at the pictures below and you can see that my skin has a definite glow to it. Admittedly it isn’t makeup free but I am delighted with how it’s looking.
As far as the Instaglam powder is concerned, I received the illuminating version which has a universal champagne tone. It’s subtle enough to use every day not just for evenings and I have been! It is also a stunning palette to get out of your makeup bag for touching up your lipstick.
I have been so impressed with these products and while they are a luxury buy, I think that now I am at a certain age my skin deserves to be well treated. Check out their great tutorials and business advice from founder Maria Hatzistefanis on their video page too.
So on to makeup. Having met up with so many glamorous women recently I decided that I needed to put a bit more time into my makeup routine. I have used pretty much the same products and routine for some time now and as it is Spring it’s time to have an overhaul and see what’s new on the market and worth trying.
Long time readers will know that I am a bit of a Chanel makeup addict. What started with a regular need to buy their newest nail colours has extended to more of their makeup range. Having used and loved all the Les Beiges products – Healthy Glow Fluid, CC Cream (often in place of a foundation) and Healthy Glow Powder – I was excited to hear that they have now produced a foundation in the range. For those days when I want a little more coverage and a more polished look this is perfect. (I use shade 30 in all of these products) I have tried out applying it with a brush too as advised by one makeup maestro I spoke to, but to be honest I find I am happy enough with just using my fingers. Unfortunately these products have now spoilt me for anything else and an alternative is going to have to be really good for me to swap.
One final product in the Les Beiges range which isn’t new but which I also love so much I now want to buy another shade is the Sheer Colour Blush which comes in stick form. Although it’s a cream, once on the skin it feels like a powder and blends to give subtle colour. I have number 20 a shimmery bronze and am now going to try number 21 a coral pink.
Going back to the nail polish addiction, Chanel have also reformulated their varnishes. I have never had much luck with making nail varnish last for more than 2 days at the most. Whether I use base coat, top coat or anything else it just doesn’t. So I was keen to try out these new longer wearing polishes which they have launched in a selection of some of their most popular colours. I bought mine (shade Mythique) whilst in the US and the consultant told me they have been designed to be ultra shiny and protective. So, News Flash by day four it had started to chip, but for me that is a real result, double what I usually get so it looks like I am going to have to slowly replace my existing colours as they bring out new ones!
Two products from Clinique – both come highly recommended. The first is their Chubby Lash Mascara. I bought this online without testing it and when it arrived I was a bit disappointed because I would normally choose a mascara with brush that has longer needles (if that’s the word for them) However, I worried too soon. This in combination with my eyelash curlers which I have finally learnt how to use has given me super long and luscious lashes and no smearing under the eye. I love this mascara and will definitely continue to use it.
The second product is their Cheek Pop, a powder blush. These are really pretty if nothing else. Although they are a powder, when you swirl your brush over them there is no spillage of the particles, they literally create no mess. They look a little daunting in the pot because they are quite bright but on the skin they aren’t because you can build them gradually, so you add, rather than having to remove because the brush has picked up too much product. I use the Melon Pop as a pop of colour over the Chanel blush mentioned above. It’s a great colour for warm skin tones but choose the Pink pop if you have a cooler skin tone.
One product which I jumped on from the advice I received was the Double Wear Stay In Place Flawless Concealer. Oh those under eye dark circles are the bane of many of us. The problem being that many concealers I have tried tend to make the situation worse because they sit in those little creases that have started to appear under my eyes. However, I will add that I have also been using a sample of an eye cream that the lovely Chanel consultant gave me so I think that with the combination of this concealer has done the trick. I’ve then just added a very slight swish of powder to hold it in place.
So stepping out of my comfort zone I am experimenting with more eye makeup. In the past I would regularly experiment and don’t know why I’ve got out of the habit. So I decided to try a palette that had a range of colours. This Extreme Neutrals Palette from Laura Mercier is a good option because you can start with a neutral eye and then build on it. I have tried several looks, some more successful than others, but I have really enjoyed getting back into being more creative with my eyes. I would recommend you start with a light and neutral colour over the eye lid then add a slightly darker shade in the crease of the eye or fractionally above if you have hooded eyes without much lid showing. Choose a darker contrast colour in the outer corner in a V shape into the crease and then blend them all together with a light neutral that has a little bit of shimmer. This palette is perfect because it has both matte and sateen (not too much sparkle which doesn’t work on the more mature eye) options and darker colours that you can use for a more smokey effect in the evenings.
And there we have it. I’ve found some new products that I know will become favourites (by the way there were several other products I have tried which I didn’t like, so I haven’t included them because I would rather only recommend those products which I love and would be happy to buy myself. The only products that I didn’t personally buy were the Rodial products and I would be happy to buy them in the future)
I hope you found this blog post helpful, if you have any questions about any of this or want to recommend any of your favourite products do share them in the comments below.