Beauty Products I Finish: Part One


In my line of work, the name of the beauty-game is “experimentation”. It’s not only encouraged, but required. I need to know what’s new to the industry, ascertain whether it’s worth sharing with you, and then get that information out before moving onto the next *new* moisturiser, mask, foundation or highlighter.

So it’s pretty satisfying – and extremely telling – when I find myself obsessively squeezing, scooping and forcing out the remains of a product. It’s even more telling when I then immediately go out to repurchase it. Here are a few things I’ve recently devoured:

Bioderma Sensibio H20

I used to think all micellar waters were created equal. I was an idiot. This is the best one. I’ve used high-end micellar waters like La Mer, and supermarket options like Garnier (actually not bad) but Bioderma reigns supreme. There’s a reason French girls love it.

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse (Oil)

Speaking of beauty products French girls love: Meet Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse. I’ve finished two of these and then borrowed some of mum’s when I’ve stayed the night. It’s a multi-purpose dry oil (meaning you can get dressed straight after application) for face, body and hair. I use it mostly for my legs, arms and chest after a shower and it always feels like a beautiful act of self-care. P.s. wait until you smell it…

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum 

ANR was the first serum I ever owned. I was 22 and, full disclosure, I wasn’t sure what a serum’s function was but I had seen mum using this and her skin was (and still is) incredible. Four years and four bottles later, I still love it and still buy it. It’s the perfect serum if you frequently use chemical exfoliants which can leave your skin a bit dry; ANR will plump, hydrate and firm every part of your face within an inch of it’s life.

Drunk Elephant C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream 

A lot of eye creams make my eyes water, and as a result I can’t apply them close enough to my eye to actually serve their function. This eye cream is the exception (it’s 100% fragrance free), it’s probably the best I’ve used and is gentle enough to apply both morning and night if you can be bothered. When applied before makeup, your under-eye concealer will apply so much better.

Tom Ford Face Shade + Illuminate

I’ve convinced so many of my girlfriends to buy this and they all agree that it’s worth the price point. It’s a cream highlighter and bronzer duo, and while the bronzer is beautiful and blends really nicely (I use a MAC #130 short duo fibre brush), it’s the highlighter that I’m addicted to. I apply it with my fingers so it warms up to distribute seamlessly along my cheekbones and bridge of my nose. I have literally never found a cream highlighter as good as this one. Period.

MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in ‘Groundwork’

I think I’m onto my third ‘Groundwork’. It’s the perfect eyeshadow base (creamy, neutral brown) for fair to medium skin tones and can also be worn on it’s own.

La Mer Lip Balm

Listen, I know it’s excessive to spend $120 on lip balm but the heart wants what it wants. And my heart wants the La Mer lip balm that smells like Snifters, tastes like sweet peppermint and hydrates my lips perfectly. So I keep buying it.

Glossier Boy Brow

Glossier’s Boy Brow is the best brow product in the game, and in my opinion it’s better than Benefit’s Gimme Brow. I think it’s strengths are in the formula and the brush: the creamy wax formula is inspired by traditional hair pomade for soft, flexible hold that doesn’t stiffen or flake throughout the day. The tiny spoolie brush means that you never apply too much, it’s easily buildable, and the product won’t stain the skin.

Special Mention: Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask 

Technically I haven’t finished this yet, but after receiving the Jet Lag Mask in December of last year I am going through it at an alarming speed. I think my obsession with this product lies in it’s multi-purpose function. I use it as an under-eye mask, a full face mask, a makeup primer, a moisturiser and even on sunburn.

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