With a couple of weeks off work, I’ve managed to not leave my June empties too long before bringing them to you to tell you what I think. There are only four this month but I like to think that quality is better than quantity. What’s also unusual is that three out of the four were personal purchases and not provided to me by brands or PR. Whilst I always tell you about my personal view and experience of products that I feature – it does mean that for these three I’ve been able to choose products that are particularly targeted at my skin/colouring needs -rather than having them chosen for me.
You may have already read my detailed review of this Lancome Energie de Vie Liquid Moisturiser here. In short, I found this beauty when I was intending to try out something completely different but loved it anyway! It sinks in really quickly as it’s a liquid and with its goji berry extract and lemon balm oil, it energises, brightens and hydrates. I used it at serum stage but it’s designed to be used at moisturiser stage as a base for makeup. It’s priced at £39 for the 30ml size here.
I so love to have a foaming cleanser as the second stage of my cleansing routine but I so often feel let down when I add the cleanser to water here in London and there’s no foam – nothing – nada! I can sometimes rectify the situation using mesh to make things bubble up but it’s all a bit of a faff. With the gorgeous Caudalie Instant Foaming Cleanser, you just press the dispenser and the foam is ready to go!
It’s infused with sage and grape extract to purify and moisturise and is soap-free with 98% naturally derived ingredients. It’s really gentle and doesn’t strip your skin of its natural moisture. It’s £15.00 here,
I bought this MAC Studio Face & Body Foundation way back and wrote a bit of a tale about my experience in buying it. I wanted to buy a Lara Mercier product but retail shopping isn’t all it should be and I settled for this. You can read more about how I decided on what to buy here. So, you’ll know that I did like this foundation – I used it to the end after all – but it wasn’t my perfect foundation. The shade N2 was right for me, and I was fine with the light coverage being buildable but I’m just a bit too lazy to build it. I really want a brush on and go product. So this has been good for summer weather when you just want a light wash of colour – and I’ve been using this with a light powder to tame my shine down to a slight glow. It costs £24.50 here.
So trialling this L’Oreal Paris Age Perfect Cell Renew Golden Serum came about because I ran out of serum and set myself the challenge of finding a replacement as part of a supermarket shop. Of course, choices in supermarkets are usually quite limited but I did find that my local Waitrose presented me with a reasonable selection and some pretty good brands. This serum was on offer but even at full price £20.40, it’s still lower than RRP in other places. The formula is enriched with hyaluronic acid and golden micro-reflectors and is designed to stimulate surface skin cell renewal and improve skin hydration.
I found that it had a really luxurious feel on application – I wanted the golden micro-reflectors to give me a glowy look – but can’t say that it made much difference in that respect once I’ve applied make-up. It was very comforting and hydrating though, so I would use it again and it was very accessible too!
I always love to hear about your beauty purchases so do share your experiences in the comments box. Oh and let me know if you try any of the products that I’ve written about today. Thanks for reading!