Welcome to this week’s Friday Favourites, which is all about my top beauty tips.
In no particular order…
Expensive doesn’t necessarily mean better!
It’s true! Some of my favourite beauty items cost literally pennies.Take, for example, the humble plain white flannel as recommended ages ago by the beautiful Katie. I bought a stack of flannels from Wilkos for the princely sum of 30p each, and honestly think they have helped transform my complexion.
Previously I would splash water on my face after cleansing, but I now use a flannel with hot water. It opens the pores to give a deep cleanse and helps get rid of every scrap of make-up (even my Benefit mascara, which if you’re also a fan you’ll know takes a lot of removing!). Cleansing in this way has helped my skin feel softer and clearer, and I haven’t had any of the little spots I would get before.
Another example is the range by Amphora. I had never heard of the brand before receiving a pot of their Frankincense and Rose face cream in the 2014 Blogfest goody bag. I loved the cream and wanted to buy more. I took a peek at their website expecting to wince at the price tag but was pleasantly surprised to find how reasonable they are. I love the aforementioned face cream; their lavender and tea tree cleansing face gel; body scrub; and face masks. Their products are natural, which is an added bonus. Why not check them out?
But beware of false economies!
I have sensitive skin, which means it pays for me to stick to what I know – even if it costs more.
Case in point: I’ve been using Clinique’s All About Eyes for years. While it’s a fantastic product it costs quite a few pennies. I thought I’d try another, cheaper brand – not only did it not perform as well, it really irritated my eyes. So back to Clinique I went, and even though the other brand was half the price, it was a waste of money.
As you grow older, your tastes change – as does your complexion
I discovered Clinique in my late teens, starting with the 3-Step products to combat my spotty skin. I’m fortunate to not have problem skin as such, it was just typical teenage skin. The products cleared up my spots beautifully – and I was reluctant to swap to another brand in case the spots came breaking out again.
I realised though the Clinique cleansing regime was feeling a bit harsh so I got all adventurous. The tea tree and lavender in the Amphora face gel mentioned above helps regulate my combination oily/sensitive/dry (a pain, but there are far worse things) without aggravating it. Plus it’s far cheaper – double win!
Face moisturiser isn’t just for your face
Nope, it’s for your neck and decolletage too! Moisturising these areas helps delay lines forming. Ageing isn’t the end of the world, and it is a privilege denied to many but there’s nothing wrong with a bit of ongoing maintenance.
A brightening primer does wonders
Mix a brightening primer – I love Benefit’s That Gal – with your moisturiser to give your complexion a bright glow. It’s great when you don’t have time for faffing with more time-consuming make-up (or you just can’t be bothered!).
A dark eye shadow in your socket does wonders!
A little tip I learnt ages ago is to sweep a dark eye shadow colour across your socket. It can really make your eyes pop and is an easy way of making your make-up look special (especially if, like me, you are worried about looking like a clown or panda when attempting a smokey eye). Another tip: a pale colour in the inner corner of your eyes can perk them up make them look brighter, which is brilliant when you’re looking a bit tired.
Drink lots of water!
Yep, you’ll have heard this lots of times before, but water really does help your complexion. Eating well helps too: I am by no means no saint but eating as well as I can (keeping processed food to a minimum) really helps, too. I can definitely tell the difference when I’ve been skimping on fresh fruit and vegetables.
Wear sunscreen. Even in winter.
Sunscreen. Every. Single. Day. The big ball of heat in the sky sends down rays that can damage our skin, even on a gloomy cloudy day. A good habit to get in to so you don’t have to think about it is to use a daily moisturiser containing SPF. They don’t have to be expensive – I love Simple, and they always seem to be on offer in Boots!
What are your beauty tips?