In amongst the whirlwind of Christmas (driving over 500 miles, drinking too much Baileys and eating twice my body weight in cheese) I was completely spoiled by friends and family with some gorgeous beauty gifts.
Some were on my ‘always-wanted-to-try’ wish list, others on my ‘need-this-again-as-I’ve-run-out’ list and the rest were surprises.
A decent plastic make up bag. Mine gave up on me after a few years and I like a fully plastic one so I can clean it and it doesn’t matter if something spills. I got a super cute pink and gold pineapple one from SkinnyDip.
A not too heavy but still moisturising night cream. I tried a few samples and loved the REN V Cense Night Cream so added it to my list. It doesn’t smell too strongly, feels really nourishing and leaves my skin soft and plump in the morning.
The go-to product for keeping your face in place – the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray. This has been on my ‘to-buy’ list for ages and I’ve always prioritised something new and shiny so it was lovely to find this in my stocking on Christmas morning. Give it a quick shake until it feels heavier and then spray all over finished make-up to keep it going, as the name suggests, all night.
I ran out of my Shiseido White Lucent eye cream and although I thought the product was OK – the reason for my splurging on the £45 price tag was its claims to reduce dark circles. Well, it just doesn’t. So, when it came to a new one, I thought I’d look for a more realistic cost and opted for the Pigmentclar Eyes Dark Circle Eye Cream. I’ve only been using it for a week so will report back on its effectiveness!
The La Roche Posay Serozinc has been on my wish list since spying it in the 30s section of Sali Hughes’ essential article: the 40 best buys for all ages. It’s a zinc sulphate solution for oily blemish-prone skin and I’ll review it along with the eye cream at a later date.
Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm. Stop messing about and just accept this is the best thing to take your make-up off with. I know it’s boring, I know it’s plain, but it does exactly what it says on the tin and will always be my number one.
Body Shop Camomile Oil Cleanser. I like this when I’m not wearing base or heavy eye makeup or as a second cleanse. Affordable and effective: simple.
Ouai Texturing Hair Spray. This is part of my daily hair routine to give body and movement on a washing day and to give life and ease the oily roots on a non-washing day.
January Labs Restorative Tonic Mist. After trying a sample of this, I was hooked. A really fresh second step of your skincare routine, when I ran out I noticed I was more prone to spots and my skin was more oily so this is back in rotation for good!
Here at Beauty Club we do our own little Secret Santa and I got the Pixi Glow Mud Mask as my gift. I’m excited to try this as I love mud or clay masks as I find they really help to balance out my oily skin – review to follow!
My go to liquid lipstick is Anastasia Beverley Hills and I was given this gorgeous gift set of 6 colours. I just love the formula as you can build it and it lasts all day. I do find I need a lip balm or lip oil base to help it not flake too much and if you do need to reapply (only if you were doing day to night) the layering can be uncomfortable so you’re better to wipe and start again. This set has really wearable shades of light and dark nudes, a classic red and then a surprising choice of shade Requiem – a metallic blackened teal. I’ll do a colour swatch of all shades over on Instagram soon.
I hope you all got something you like for Christmas or if not – you got gift receipts 🙂