Thursday, 15 March 2018

My Spring/Summer Cosmetic Must-Haves 2018

A while back, I created a post on my skin care routine and really enjoy sharing with you my top beauty and skin care hacks, especially when it comes to solutions for redness or sensitive skin.

I have since been trialling out some new products and thought I'd share with you my top recommendations as well as those on my wish list to buy in the next few months having seen these as part of YouTube tutorials or have wanted for a while.

That's another thing worth mentioning too; I've more recently become OBSESSED with watching make-up tutorials online and really eager to better at applying make-up, especially on the eyes. Which bring us on to my number one 2018 must-have/ need...

1. Anastasia Beverly Hills Prism Eyeshadow Palette £43
I actually blame the whole of YouTube for making me want this palette as and have fallen completely in love with how pigmented its shades are. The yellow and green's stand out the most for me, and would love to have these in time for my holiday in May to create some really stand out looks. The other matte and sultry shades will also work well with my other palettes too, so would be well worth the investment as I appreciate this isn't a cheap product.

2. Clinique 'Take The Day Off' Cleansing Balm £24

Now I have been looking for a product like this for YEARS, something that removes every last scrap of make-up quickly, that works for sensitive skin and doesn't leave it feeling painfully dry (like Miceller water does for me.) I discovered this little beauty when I received a free sample after purchasing my anti-redness solutions foundation (which I love by the way and thinking about doing a full review on.) I was given a small pot with only a little bit of product, but managed to get three uses out of it. The best way to describe it is like coconut oil, as the product starts to warm up and melt in the hands. You take a pea sized amount for each section of the face and work it in in a circular motion and it will slowly start to melt your make-up off, even pesky mascara. The more you work the product into your skin the more make-up it will remove. Once you have worked it in enough, take a hot flannel and cleanse away the excess, and wallah! There will be very very little make-up left on your skin and will also feel silky, as if you have already applied moisturiser. My only tip for using this product and the only slightly negative thing I can say about it is that if you happen to wear a lot of eye make-up or are sporting a smokey eye, you may want to remove eye make-up first just so that you're not faced with a major panda eye when using this balm. This tends to work well anyway as you're removing the larger clumps of mascara and bolder bit of eye shadow first, allowing the TTDO to really cleanser underneath.

3. Elemis Sensitive Cleansing Wash, £15

After I use the above balm, I still like to wash my face to ensure any remaining residue is removed. I have always loved Elemis products but was never aware of their sensitive skin care range until recently, so wanted to goive it a try. Although for sensitive skin, it is still heavily fragranced to give that spa-like Elemis experience which I really enjoy. The consistency is a bit jelly-like and only need a small amount for it to work. I tend to wash the product away with cold water, as this tends to settle my redness more than it does with hot water. Another thing worth mentioning is that my need for this product came about after purchasing the Avene anti-redness cleanser which I really didn't think removed much off my face at all, which is really unfortunate as the reviews seemed really great!

4. Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Bronzer, £34

For some reason I have alllllways had a love/hate relationship with bronzer, mainly because they are either way too drastically orange for me, don't stay on my skin or just tend not to work well with other products against my skin. Howeverrrrr, my colleague recently introduced the Bronzed Godess to me having looking super naturally tanned in the face, so as you do I gave it a whirl. I've been super impressed since I started using it and is great to use across all of the face for an all-over sunkissed look without leaving you blotchy. Don't get me wrong, the price is steep, but it is large, comes with a small fan blusher brush and has stunning packaging. I have this in shade 'medium deep' which can be worked up or down depending on the look you're after. 

So there you have it, my top must-have products of 2018 to date. I will be letting you know my thoughts once I purchase the prism pallette, as well as more detail on the redness solutions foundation by Clinique on my beauty page shortly.



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