Beauty Products I Finish: Part Two


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:

Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum

It’s no secret that I love face oils and this is one of the best when your face takes a beating in winter. Technically an oil but strategically formulated to have the multi-correctional function of a serum, Vintner’s Daughter contains 22 of the world’s most nutrient-rich antioxidants, phytoceramides (to strengthen your skin) and amino acids. Unfortunately, it’s also really expensive so I try and use the absolute bare minimum when I apply it.

Shani Darden Retinol Reform

Nothing has improved my skin quite like retinols. This is one of the best I’ve used. It smells revolting but it’s a small price to pay for the firmest, brightest skin of your life. If you’re susceptible to perioral dermatitis like I am (redness around the nose area) then avoid the centre of your face and just concentrate it to the forehead, cheeks and chin.

Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm

I’ve been using this for years as my go-to for removing heavy duty makeup and nothing else compares. It doesn’t leave a greasy residue, it never stings your eyes, it won’t dry out your skin and it leaves no makeup behind. Basically everything I look for. I trialled the Drunk Elephant-equivelant, Slaai Cleanser, and while it’s a beautiful product it still doesn’t beat TTDO.

Christophe Robin Cleansing Mask with Lemon

I use this scrub in place of my shampoo once a week to brighten my blonde and really cleanse my scalp. It doesn’t foam like regular shampoos, instead you add tiny amounts of water until you’ve built it up into a nice lather. If you dye your hair blonde, this product is life-changing and there’s a reason it always sells out.

Aesop Geranium Body Scrub 

I was given this for my birthday in February and it’s almost gone! It has the most incredible scent. This is the perfect body scrub to keep in the shower – just make sure you follow up with a body oil to lock in moisture after you’ve exfoliated.

MAC Cosmetics Extended Play Lash Mascara

Generally speaking, I hate wearing mascara. It always gets messy and I hate when it transfers to my eyelid throughout the day. MAC’s Extended Play Lash (the one in the blue tube!!) is my only exception: I’ve owned at least four in the past few years and currently have two in my makeup kit. It feathers your lashes out perfectly, it doesn’t budge once it’s been applied and it *never* goes clumpy.

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