what is the best beauty product you've ever bought (toiletries and/or makeup)

(139 Posts)
milkyman Thu 28-Nov-13 20:41:31

I need inspiration!

Crutchlow35 Thu 28-Nov-13 20:44:21

Carmex
Aussie haircare

Layl77 Thu 28-Nov-13 20:46:00

Blue Nivea
Dry shampoo (young kids& no time)

valiumredhead Thu 28-Nov-13 21:07:29

Loreal anti dandruff shampoo-sorted out my scalp after 25 years of misery.

Bare minerals concealer-sorts my skin out a treat.

Aveda - particularly their hair care and hand and foot creams.

Bliss Vitamin C Foaming Oxygen Mask.

MUA eyeshadows.

NearTheWindmill Thu 28-Nov-13 22:11:51

No 7 cleansing, moisturising face wipes and there's nearly always a voucher for money off. I really think they are fantastic.

NigellasGuest Thu 28-Nov-13 22:15:59

Retin A

KenDoddsDadsDog Thu 28-Nov-13 22:17:27

A philosophy scrub that they don't make any more . sob.
Touché and Teint éclat by YSL
MAC lipglass

Mintyy Thu 28-Nov-13 22:20:00

Body Shop aloe vera skin care for my sensitive skin.

Allthingsprettyreturns Thu 28-Nov-13 22:22:15

Aveda hair care

FunnyLittleFrog Thu 28-Nov-13 22:22:58

Neutrogena face wash - the one with a blue/green stripe. Sorted my spotty skin.

Lush Flying Fox shower gel, cleared up every trace of my eczema, that no cream from the doctor had ever shifted

Lottapianos Thu 28-Nov-13 22:24:33

Astral face cream, blue tub

HappyAsEyeAm Thu 28-Nov-13 22:26:07

Estee lauder day wear moisturiser
Ysl touche eclat foundation
Flexitol moisturiser with 10% urea is a brilliant moisturiser for dry legs
Keratase maquintense treatment hair conditioner
MUA primer and eyeshadow palettes
GHDs

LumpySpacePrincessOhMyGlob Thu 28-Nov-13 22:26:23

Vasaline.

Felix90 Thu 28-Nov-13 22:26:38

Vichy Dermablend foundation. After being on the search for the perfect foundation for years (and spending an awful lot of money) I finally found this last year. Amazing.

jenniuol Thu 28-Nov-13 22:28:01

Yes to dry shampoo grin
Aveeno cream - use it all over
Perpirex deodorant - only one that works for me
Simple eye make up remover
Max factor 2000 calorie mascara

LaFataTurchina Thu 28-Nov-13 22:30:06

batiste dry shampoo, Tis magic blush

HandMini Thu 28-Nov-13 22:30:20

Vaishaly face cleaning / moisturising products. Expensive, but so worth it.

NOT worth it, in case you want some to avoid: Dr Murad.

LittleTulip Thu 28-Nov-13 22:30:58

Bella Pierre mineral foundation

meditrina Thu 28-Nov-13 22:31:43

Mane and Tail hair conditioner - newly back in the shops.

flippingebay Thu 28-Nov-13 22:38:04

Body shop seaweed toner and moisturiser. Used Estée Lauder for years and the body shop stuff is so much better, even my mum commented on my skin, and it's a fraction of the cost

Aquelven Thu 28-Nov-13 22:38:40

Boots Essentials Fragrance Free eye makeup remover
L'Occitane Shea Hand Cream
Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser for Sensitive Skin.

Aquelven Thu 28-Nov-13 22:39:40

And Cowboy Magic hair serum/conditioner.

MrsSchadenfreude Thu 28-Nov-13 22:40:03

Cetaphil and Bioderma cleansers.
Carmex Lip Balm.
The orange anti dandruff shampoo in a dark blue bottle - L'Oreal?
Nivea Soft.

Urban Decay Naked
Benetint
Benefit Porefessional
Badedas
Superdrug Vitamin E face oil

Workberk Thu 28-Nov-13 22:45:29

Make up: urban decay eyeshadow primer potion. Allows me to keep shadow on for longer than five minutes.

Hair: Batiste. Been buying it for 20 years, I can't not have a can in the cupboard.

Skincare: probably Clinique pore minimising primer stuff.

Hmm, definitely a greasy-me theme going on here!

Doearwigsmakechutney Thu 28-Nov-13 22:55:18

Clarins blue orchid oil

Blusher - in general, but specifically benefit coralista, and a house of colour one

Eco tools makeup brushes

Brazilian keratin treatment - amazing

YNK Thu 28-Nov-13 22:57:32

Another one here for Retin A creme!

hollyisalovelyname Fri 29-Nov-13 00:17:20

Urban Decay Big Buddah bronzing brush. Sadly discontinued. Glued mine together when it broke up a little

intothenever Fri 29-Nov-13 00:38:06

botox and a great colourist.

cloggal Fri 29-Nov-13 00:38:12

La roche posay effaclar K and duo
Stila Kitten eyeshadow (and natural palette)
Chanel lippy (too many to mention, they go on like a dream)
Bare minerals bisque concealer
Origins vitazing

alltoomuchrightnow Fri 29-Nov-13 02:01:49

dry shampoo
Vaseline in the little tins
Blinc grey liquid eyeliner (most perfect, flattering shade of grey on me)
No7 mattifying stuff (on top of makeup... can't live without it)
Clinique Lash Power
Laura Mercier concealer and brightening powder

alltoomuchrightnow Fri 29-Nov-13 02:02:20

'Chainmail' liquid eyeliner by No7 as stays put well

alltoomuchrightnow Fri 29-Nov-13 02:03:01

oh and Lush's Hair mask stuff.. not exactly beauty but more essential for my itchy flaky hair line/ brows

notoneforselfies Fri 29-Nov-13 02:08:12

Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream. For lots of things but mostly my lips which are prone to chapping. The only thing that's ever cured them overnight. Shits all over Vaseline.

alltoomuchrightnow Fri 29-Nov-13 02:10:26

ooh forgot.. Lucas Pawpaw without a doubt.. no need for any more handcreams, foot cream, better on lips that vaseline..

Bradsplit Fri 29-Nov-13 02:28:52

Lol. Agree. Botox. Makes you reakise the rest is shit

StepAwayFromTheEcclesCakes Sat 30-Nov-13 15:56:46

Brazilian keratin treatment - amazing just amazing
ojon damage reverse shampoo and conditioner

Best1sWest Sat 30-Nov-13 17:54:24

Neal's Yard Frankincense Nourishing cream - best moisturiser ever and smells divine.

Saurus72 Sat 30-Nov-13 19:16:44

Bobbi Brown metallic cream eyeshadow. Amazingly easy to put on, stays out all day, quite spendy initially, but one pot lasts me the best part of a year with daily use. Cannot recommend highly enough!

Fuckitthatlldo Sat 30-Nov-13 19:43:49

YY to Retin-A.

And Batiste dry shampoo.

Plus Lisa Eldridge videos - not a product as such but I've learned so much about good make-up application from watching her. Thanks Lisa!

Misssss Sat 30-Nov-13 20:02:33

Nivea Crème, the old school one in the blue tub. Replaced my crème de la mer.
YSL Touche Eclait foundation,

ihatethecold Sat 30-Nov-13 22:00:10

Neutrogena hand cream
8hour cream
Bobbi brown pot rouge
Liz Earle tinted moisturiser
Matrix biolage shampoo and conditioner
Tweezerman tweezers.
Dove bodywash

cerealqueen Sat 30-Nov-13 22:15:36

Siriu-sonic facial brush
Avene Triacneal
Pure Jojoba oil
Eyelash and eyebrow dye
Astral cream
Bourjois blusher in rose brun
Gayle hayman lip lift

peggyblackett Sat 30-Nov-13 22:21:18

Yy to Batiste, Bobbi Brown cream eyeshadows, Dove body wash, sanctuary s facialist oil, Superdrug Vitamin E hot cloth cleanser, Aussie Haircare.

evelynj Sat 30-Nov-13 22:36:41

Coconut oil, (hair conditioner, oil pulling every other day but defo morning after excessive amounts of wine-bottle & half last night, bed at 2am, up at 6am & felt almost great after oil pulling).

Bourjois healthy mix cream blush in no 2. Boot botanics bb cream in medium(thanks to MN). Tweezerman tweezers. Will come back when I think of more!

ShreddedHoops Sat 30-Nov-13 23:18:55

Kerastase Masquintense hair mask.

Blue Nivea.

A note re coconut oil - yes it's amazing, but honestly any old oil does the same thing for hair. I've used olive oil for years since reading Claudia Schiffer used it as a weekly hair treatment. And have used sunflower oil which does the same thing too.

beeny Sun 01-Dec-13 09:09:59

where doe everyone get their retina a from?

coffeeinbed Sun 01-Dec-13 11:03:59

Clarins Facial Oils - Blue Orchid or Santal
Avene Rougeurs Fort

Nars Charade eyeshadow duo, esp. the darker shade.
Chantecaille Just Skin

evelynj Sun 01-Dec-13 11:26:46

Thanks shredded-good to know. Also love Aussie products & especially the tangle teezer, it's really awesome.

Invested in a mason Pearson hairbrush last year but think any boar bristle brush is as good

UterusUterusGhali Sun 01-Dec-13 15:30:35

Carmex lip balm.
Clarins hand lotion.
Dove roll on deodorant. The original blue.

ElizabethBathory Sun 01-Dec-13 15:40:08

Aveda Black Malva shampoo and conditioner
Aussie Mega shampoo
Aveeno daily body lotion
Eve Lom cleanser
OPI nail polish
Nails Inc Albert Bridge topcoat
GHD ceramic barrel hair brush
GHD hair straighteners
Babyliss Big Hair

hermioneweasley Sun 01-Dec-13 16:04:40

Elizabeth - agree, black Malva conditioner was a revelation after years of dying my hair.

coffeeinbed Sun 01-Dec-13 16:29:20

What does Black Malva do?

Eastwickwitch Sun 01-Dec-13 16:39:53

REN glycolactic peel (recommended on S&B thread)
Babyliss big hair
Clarins hand cream
Clinique tube mascara (another S&B suggestion)

charitygirl Sun 01-Dec-13 16:42:32

Currently (!) - Argan Oil. My hair is thick, dry, frizzy...and looking pretty amazing now.

ElizabethBathory Sun 01-Dec-13 16:46:31

coffeeinbed Black malva is a shampoo and conditioner for brown to black hair (natural or dyed) - it gets rid of reddish or brassy tones, and depending on the colour you're starting with can make it deeper and richer-looking.

TallulahBetty Sun 01-Dec-13 17:47:42

MUA fixing spray.
Rapidlash.

coffeeinbed Sun 01-Dec-13 17:51:36

Thanks.

glowgirl Sun 01-Dec-13 17:55:16

MAC full coverage foundation, PRO shop only, covers sheer or maxi, no perfume and lasts ages, huge selection of shades.

Redken hair products (All soft) procey but work it a little goes a long way.

Body shop eyebrow make up, last really well and is very blendable.

Varigatedivy Sun 01-Dec-13 17:56:14

Clinique City Block spf 25/40 ( has saved me from any wrinkles, now in my 50s)
Neutrogena Body Lotion/ Balm- cheap but works
Lancome Hypnose Mascara
Clinique Glosswear- keeps lips smooth with a hint of colour

Scarletohello Sun 01-Dec-13 18:05:03

Origins Vitazing

Not using sulphate shampoo or conditioner with silicone in, so using Body Shop Rainforest products now and my hair looks so much better
Clinique Lash Power mascara, such a tiny brush, it gets all my little lashes.
Boots No 7 lipstick in Divine ( is a great nude, worn it for years)

Fluffycloudland77 Sun 01-Dec-13 18:09:55

Face cloths instead of Muslins.

La Roche posay physiological cleanser.

42notTrendy Sun 01-Dec-13 18:12:23

Clinique City block
Clarins beauty flash balm
Aveeno hand cream (as seen on mnet!)
Clinique moisturising lip gloss
Bobbi brown gel eyeliner
Bobbi brown shimmer brick
Mac eyeshadow in arena

gaggiagirl Sun 01-Dec-13 18:22:54

benefit hula bronzer
burts bees lip balm
W7 liquid eyeliner
Mac concealer
Max factor pan stick

Philoslothy Sun 01-Dec-13 18:25:45

By facecloths , do you just mean a traditional flannel?

Primark used to do this brilliant under eye concealer. Wish I'd bought tubes of it because it's been discontinued hmm

Fluffycloudland77 Sun 01-Dec-13 19:20:03

Yep, just normal flannel.

I got mine £1 each in John Lewis special offers on their website last week. I use a fresh one for morning and another for evening.

cloggal Sun 01-Dec-13 19:22:49

Wondering too about the facecloths! Dermaflannels or something similar maybe?

cloggal Sun 01-Dec-13 19:23:35

X post fluffy! Thanks smile

anotetofollowso Sun 01-Dec-13 19:25:56

Burt's Bees lip balm - both the plain one for conditioning and the coloured ones for lovely, natural lip colour that doesn't give that caked on lipstick look.

Yes, where ARE you all getting your Retin-A from?

Fluffycloudland77 Sun 01-Dec-13 19:37:17

Retin A

eBay. Or the gp or a dermatologist.

I suspect a lot of us use eBay though. You can't mess about with it though, no deviating from the instructions or getting pg.

Fuckitthatlldo Sun 01-Dec-13 19:39:56

Retin-A is actually just a brand name that has become synonymous with the active ingredient tretinoin (kind of like Kleenex has come to mean tissue and hoover has come to mean suction cleaner.) Any tretinoin cream or gel will produce exactly the same results and generic versions are a lot cheaper.

I buy generic tretinoin cream at 0.5% from Alldaychemist.com. They're reliable, the products are genuine and cheap, plus you don't need a prescription.

Crutchlow35 Sun 01-Dec-13 20:37:43

What is retin a

Fluffycloudland77 Sun 01-Dec-13 20:41:25

Vitamin a, in cream or tablets. Effective but toxic in pg.

That's a simplistic explanation. I think in the uk it's only available in tablets from the consultant and cream off the gp.

Worryingly I've seen the tablets on amazon for £150.

gaggiagirl Sun 01-Dec-13 20:50:30

Microfibre face cloths
Gillette Venus razors
Loccitane milk soap

MissMogwi Mon 02-Dec-13 06:57:13

Repeating products here but the Loreal Anti Dandruff shampoo and the Body Shop Aloe range sorted out my dry, sore scalp and ravaged skin.

hermioneweasley Mon 02-Dec-13 10:25:37

I steal my facecloths from posh hotels! Much cheaper than JL!

Jackthebodiless Mon 02-Dec-13 14:16:10

Clarins beauty flash balm - face lift in a tube.

ElizabethBathory Mon 02-Dec-13 14:29:42

I'd add Clarins beauty flash balm to my list too - only use it occasionally but it's really impressive when I do! Very glowy, line-free skin.

Lonelynessie Mon 02-Dec-13 19:11:50

This wonder product is amazing. I use it to highlight my cheekbones, under my brows and nose bridge. I look so much better, even using it alone with no other make up at all. I get that glow rather than my sunken grey looking skin I get in the winter (olive toned skin). Even oh noticed and said I looked all 'awake, healthy and glowy'

JohnSnowsTie Mon 02-Dec-13 19:27:29

Sun Sense facial sunscreen

Sweet almond oil as a body moisturiser

Mac Painterly Paintpot as an eyelid primer

Neutrogena Norwegian Formula handcream

Sleek blushers - loads of colours, great staying power and as good as Mac

Henna for hair dye

Ms23 Mon 02-Dec-13 19:46:14

Paul Mitchell SuperSculpt (to avoid frizzy hair)

Bare Minerals powder foundation and mineral veil - lovely light coverage that is very easy to apply every day

TeaJunky Tue 03-Dec-13 17:27:41

About retin A - I just googled alldaychemist and it's USA based and they charge a bomb for p&p.

I ordered my retin A from www.ebay.co.uk/bhp/retin-a-0-05 here but it's taking forever to arrive as it's not from the uk. Still, was cheaper!

gaggiagirl Tue 03-Dec-13 17:48:41

calamine lotion. It was recommended on a thread recently and it has cured my horrendous spots. I can't thank the OP enough for that one.

NigellasGuest Tue 03-Dec-13 19:34:21

you and me both, TeaJunky - the product was around £3 and P&P $25! Your link to the ebay one doesnt work but is it coming from Thailand? I ordered it from there recently but I won't hold my breath for it to arrive soon!!

Regarding buying Retin A from the internet, I would recommend anyone to be very careful. I am getting it online now having finished my first tube which was prescribed by a private doctor and cost a fortune and I do feel that this enables me to at least be able to tell slightly whether the internet one is authentic as I can compare with the actual one I had before. Not that that is foolproof but I'm not sure I would have got it from the internet first off. smile Hope that makes sense!

medjool Tue 03-Dec-13 20:02:09

Hot cloth cleansers - there are a few that I like but particularly the Clarins melting gel cleanser.
Soap and glory serum II.
Stila convertible colour for lips and cheeks (for a dewy look) - they have a fab set out for Christmas which has a few different colours in it and I'm won over!

medjool Tue 03-Dec-13 20:03:18

Oh and the Boots Time Delay copy of Clarins Beauty Flash balm - a fraction of the price and does the same job, looks the same, feels the same and possibly smells the same.

Aquelven Tue 03-Dec-13 20:04:32

Big packs of baby muslins to use with hot cloth cleansers.

TeaJunky Tue 03-Dec-13 20:29:03

Nigellas - yes! It is from Thailand ... Can't believe that slipped past me as I check out all the details before ordering.

Does anyone know how some UK sellers on EBay are selling retin A cream when it's prescription only? Is that legal?

Also , I don't know if anyone has tried getting tretinoin from gp recently but my gp prescribed me tretinoin with eurythromycin in a topical solution as she said they don't prescribe tretinoin on it's own anymore?

Has anyone experienced this/know why?

Sorry to hijack op!

JackieBrambles Tue 03-Dec-13 21:10:37

Sorry to hijack but those mentioning the loreal anti dandruff shampoo - I can only find loreal anti dandruff for men online? Where do you buy yours from?

My best products:
Nivea blue pot (used everyday since I was about 13!)
Benefit benetint
Aussie 3 min miracle conditioner
8 hour cream for my lips
Laura mercier tinted moisturiser

MrsCocoa Tue 03-Dec-13 22:04:17

Elemis pro-collagen marine cream moisturiser and radiance cleanser;
Liz Earle moisturising body cream;
Cargo concealer;
Clinique facial sun block;
Revlon lip butter;
Laura Mercier cake eye liner, and
L'Occitane hand cream.

valiumredhead Tue 03-Dec-13 22:06:48

Jackie,I can only find it in Boots.

conquita Tue 03-Dec-13 22:09:55

Aveda Shampoo for thinning hair
Sunday Riley Face & Body Skin Care
Aesop Body Skin Care
Diptyque Philosykos EDT
Bobbi Brown lipstick/gloss
NARS Blusher

stillstanding51 Wed 04-Dec-13 06:22:13

Bodyshop Hemp Handcream
Loreal extraordinary oil
No.7 tinted moisturiser - better than any bb cream I've tried
Aussie haircare stuff - always go back to it
No.7 Nail varnishes
Sanex shower gel

PlainBrownEnvelope Wed 04-Dec-13 06:28:00

Bobby Brown loose powder
Laura Mercier illuminating tinted moisturiser

Fuckitthatlldo Wed 04-Dec-13 10:20:08

Teajunky and Nigellas the p+p from Alldaychemist is an awful lot (and more than you pay for the product itself) it's true - but I'm prepared to suck that up for such cheap products.

As for whether retin-a is genuine or not if you buy it online - honestly this stuff costs peanuts to produce (the mark-up they're making on it charging the prices they do in the UK and USA is obscene) and it would not be cost effective for anyone to try to fake it. Any retin-a or generic equivalents I've bought off the internet have always been the real deal.

As for whether it's now available in the UK, even on script, I did read that some of the products had been discontinued and that certain strengths weren't available anymore (the 0.5 cream for example). Whether that now applies across the board, I don't know.

Lastly I just wanted to add that anyone on this thread thinking of trying it, please be careful. Retin-A is a drug, not a cosmetic. The reason you need a prescription in many countries is because a) it works and has therefore been classified a medecine, and b) because the side effects can be serious if you don't use it correctly. Follow the instructions. Use a small amount once every three days or so and build up slowly from there. Don't use it if pregnant, breastfeeding, or trying to concieve. Also this stuff makes you far more sensitive to UV, so you have to use sunscreen every single day, rain or shine.

ggirl Wed 04-Dec-13 13:04:40
TeaJunky Wed 04-Dec-13 13:39:25

Thanks fuckit! That's really good to know smile I've spent many an evening reading around retin A so am well aware of it's potency.

Ggirl - thank you , I luffs you, ordered thanksbrew

NigellasGuest Wed 04-Dec-13 15:18:56

TeaJunky you are going to have a lorry load of retin A arriving at your doorstep all on the same day!
Thanks fuckit I feel a bit better about buying it online now - and I second everything you've said about knowing how to use it properly.
Off to look at ggirl's link now...

Clarins exfoliating toner. This absolutely tops my list. I can't afford the more expensive versions but I find this to be the best thing I use on my skin.

Runners up would be Emma Hardie cleansing balm, and Hydraluron.

Not technically a beauty product but since I discovered I can still use the iPad's touch screen when wearing gloves that you put on after applying hand cream, well I am a lot more inclined to do so blush and have much softer hands smile

TeaJunky Wed 04-Dec-13 21:03:32

Nigellas - gringrin I am so damn impatient ! I'm off to boots tomorrow, to buy avene triacneal thingy. Apparently it's good for marks. I am so skint it's unbelievable

Someone put it on your best buys please grin

Fuckitthatlldo Wed 04-Dec-13 21:21:59

Oh I used Triacneal for a couple of months before moving on to NCN skincare 2% retinol with non prescription strength tretinoin, before moving onto the hard stuff grin

It's strong enough to have to be careful with it if your skin is new to retinoids. It didn't make me peel but it definitely made me red for a bit.

I would also put Vichy normaderm anti imperfection global hydrating care on my best beauty buy list. It has a really good level of actives - AHA's and BHA's - and is really hydrating, but light and fresh feeling. Non comedogenic too so won't clog pores. It's great to use in the morning if you use a retinoid at night. Unsure why the product name needs to include 'global' but there ya go.

TeaJunky Wed 04-Dec-13 22:10:26

Oooh fuckit, more stuff to buy blush

I'm adding it to my list. I remember you writing on another thread somewhere about this Vichy thing.

Did you try the alpha H SPF 50 mousteriser then?

i promise I'm not stalking you

Also, does triacneal work? Does it work for red marks in particular??

TeaJunky Wed 04-Dec-13 22:16:18

Fuckit - can you reccomend a really effective cleanser for problem blemished skin too please? I've read that there's no point in getting one with ahas and bhas as it's washed off quickly and the ahas/bhas need time to absorb into the skin?

TeaJunky Wed 04-Dec-13 22:18:40

Really sorry op thanks

My best beauty buys:

Bobbi Brown shimmer bricks
Tweezerman tweezers
Olive oil (for hair)
Microfibre turban from primark
Manuka honey (proper UMF verified one, for face masks, awesomeness )

NigellasGuest Thu 05-Dec-13 12:14:21

here are mine:

Coconut oil (for skin, not hair although lots of people love it as a conditioner)
Benefit Lemon Aid eyelid primer
Clarins Iris toner
Emma Hardy Amazing Face Balm
Alpha H factor 50 moisturiser - I think I recommended that to Fuckit, do you like it? (if you bought it). Very light for a factor 50, I highly recommend it if you need a strong sunscreen in your skincare regime.

Fuckitthatlldo Thu 05-Dec-13 13:18:50

Hey Nigellas, yes it was you that recommended it! smile I haven't bought it yet but intend to for use when the weather gets sunnier. It does sound like a great product.

At the moment I'm using Neutrogena oil free moisture with SPF 35 and I really like it. It's non-comedogenic (I'm pretty anal about making sure anything I put on my face is) and non greasy without being so matt it makes the skin look dull, and it works well over the Vichy product that I mentioned up thread.

Teajunky Yes Triacneal works. It contains retinaldehyde which is one metabolic step above retinol and one below pure retinoic acid (or tretinoin). So it works the same sort of way that retin-a works (ie increases cell turnover) only it's not as strong and your skin has to convert the retinaldehyde to retinoic acid once it's applied. So eventually it will produce similar (but perhaps less dramatic) results to retin-a but the process will take much longer. What it is great for though, is "retinising" the skin ie getting your skin acclimatised to using a retinoid before you go up in strength. That doesn't mean you won't experience an adjustment period with a stronger retinoid, but it will help.

As for a good cleanser for blemish prone skin, I'd just go for something really gentle. You don't want anything harsh - all the products aimed at teenagers just strip the skin and stress it out. And if you're using a retinoid, you don't want anything you use to irritate the skin further. I like Avene Extremely Gentle Cleanser. It's non-irritating, non-comedogenic (I know I go on about this but it's so important if you're prone to spots), it's very reasonably priced, and it does the job. La Roche Posay are a good brand to try too. I've heard good things about their physiological cleanser.

Sorry OP for hijacking your thread blush Another HG product for me is Dermalogica's overnight clearing gel. Full of salycylic acid, it's the best spot treatment I know. I barely ever get spots now (and if I do they're usually very superficial thanks to retin-a) but if I do I spot treat with this stuff and it kills those suckers dead.

TeaJunky Thu 05-Dec-13 14:32:58

Fuckit.

I think I fancy you just a teeny weeny bit. grin blush

TheGonnagle Thu 05-Dec-13 14:34:29

Chantecaille just skin.
Shu Uemura cleansing oil.

TeaJunky Thu 05-Dec-13 14:37:21

Fuckit - oh and I have that neutrogena oil free mousteriser too, yay grin but I thought the Vichy global thing is a mousteriser ??

So you'd use mousteriser + global thingy?

TeaJunky Thu 05-Dec-13 14:37:51

Plus sunscreen ... So that's three layers of products, right? blush

NigellasGuest Thu 05-Dec-13 14:38:46

I have a mousteriser - it's called a cat
<goes away to get life>

TeaJunky Thu 05-Dec-13 14:38:54

And then make up, which makes it four?

Or am I getting this all horribly wrong blush

TeaJunky Thu 05-Dec-13 14:41:36

Nigellas grin

( still laughing at the question marks)

allmycats Thu 05-Dec-13 14:43:06

Loccitane Hand Cream and their soaps
Bobbi Brown Eye Liner Pencil and their eyeshadows

NigellasGuest Thu 05-Dec-13 14:47:34

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NigellasGuest Thu 05-Dec-13 14:47:54

it worked!

NigellasGuest Thu 05-Dec-13 14:48:43

Thai for I can't wait to try this cream tonight and burn my face off

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TeaJunky Thu 05-Dec-13 14:57:19

Oooooh get you nigellas! grin grin

Our poor faces blush

Let's be retin A buddies gringrin

Fuckitthatlldo Thu 05-Dec-13 16:15:23

Nigellas and Teajunky grin grin grin

The Neutrogena oil free moisture is a sunscreen with spf 35.

So I use the Vichy as an active and hydrating product, and then the Neutrogena as a sunscreen on top.

AmIGoingMad Thu 05-Dec-13 16:25:22

Looking forward to reading all of these when I get 5 mins to myself later!

So far I can think of:
No7 eye make up remover ( the two layer blue one)- amazing and shifts waterproof mascara easily
Clean and clear blue cleanser
Mac mineralize skin finish natural
Benefit coralista blusher
Estée Lauder double wear light
Eyebrow pencils- in general. I've literally been walking around with no eyebrows for years and this makes such a difference!

Meglet Thu 05-Dec-13 16:48:54

The new Loreal Hair Expertise Everiche range, sulphate free. My new hair growth is the best it's ever been <swishy>.

Lush Shangri La moisturiser. Stops me getting spots and wrinkles (nearly).

Tweezerman tweezers.

valiumredhead Thu 05-Dec-13 20:08:39

Oooo No 7 clear top coat!

L'Occitane Shea hand cream
Touché éclat
Max Factor mascara
Mac lipsticks and eye shadows
Jessica pure brilliance top coat
Anything by Nivea
No 7 lift and Luminate foundation
(Clarins facials)

Moggy72 Sun 08-Dec-13 10:10:15

Hi - have seen a few people mention oil pulling ? What is that please ?

LindaRichmond Mon 16-Dec-13 09:49:38

Unnique Hair Straightening Mask. I love this product. Drumroll please...the results were amazing!

lizzypuffs Mon 16-Dec-13 09:53:26

Body shop vitamin e night cream. I've used it as far back as I can remember.

Clarins blue orchid oil.
Touche eclat

lizzypuffs Mon 16-Dec-13 09:53:56

Body shop vitamin e night cream. I've used it as far back as I can remember.

Clarins blue orchid oil.
Touche eclat

LindaRichmond Mon 16-Dec-13 09:54:06

Oil pulling or oil swishing is a traditional folk remedy that involves swishing oil in the mouth. It is mentioned in the Ayurvedic text. The practitioner rinses the mouth with approximately one tablespoon of oil for 15–20 minutes on an empty stomach (before eating/drinking) then spits it out and washes the teeth, gums, tongue (softly) and palate thoroughly. Cold pressed (raw) oil is critical to the (alleged) effectiveness. Sesame oil, sunflower oil, and coconut oil are the most recommended. According to an Irish study, coconut oil is the only effective oil used in oil pulling that can stop growth of Streptococcus bacteria and is therefore recommended for oil pulling. Oil pulling is usually recommended to be done first thing in the morning, followed by rinsing the mouth with (sea salt) salt water and then brushing the teeth in a normal, morning

clarequilty Mon 16-Dec-13 10:42:58

OCM cleansing and flannels

Coconut oil/argan oil for hair

DIY lactic acid cream

Curlygirl method for hair

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal

Bobbi Brown pot rouge in Chocolate Cherry

Becca Beach Tint in Watermelon

Skin79 gold BB cream

Gel eyeliners applied to waterline but also fuzzed out with a blending brush in outer 'v'

Collection wand concealer

Oilatum natural repair cream

Louise Young makeup brushes, particularly the concealer one and the eyeliner one.

Maybelline colour tattoo in Tough as Taupe

Naturtint hair dye. I have 80 percent grey at the front and this is the only dye that does it but doesn't hugely stain my skin.I can get two goes from a 9.99 box. Daniel Field watercolour is also great but can only do one head from a box so works out as costly

cloggal Mon 16-Dec-13 12:47:38

Oh I forgot L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream. The best.

Bobble33 Mon 16-Dec-13 20:24:30

Clare - what's the DIY lactic acid cream & what do you use it for?

clarequilty Tue 17-Dec-13 08:39:22

Hi Bobble, it's a moisturising, exfoliating lotion - basically a copy of 12 pct AmLactin which you get in the States and which is prescription only I think.

Here's a thread on it www.skincaretalk.com/t/9849/sheep-look-lactic-lotion

But go easy. I overdid it and burned my skin a bit a while back. Made a new batch and only use on certain areas now. You need to add a bit of bicarb to buffer it. Also don't use on face and don't use everyday.

I got 80 pct lactic on ebay. And I used Vaseline

clarequilty Tue 17-Dec-13 08:39:59

I found it great for KP (which I have very very mildly) and really sorted my dry feet out.

Sunflower49 Tue 17-Dec-13 08:53:51

Ambrosia shaving cream from lush-bye bye ingrowing hairs and my skin's really sensitive.
Ginger anti-dandruff shampoo from the body shop.

madmomma Tue 17-Dec-13 16:15:49

Estee Lauder advanced night repair - been using it so long and I think my skin would fall off without it,
the aveeno range - a godsend for the whole family - no more dryness, exzema or rashes/itching because of soap.
clarins blue lotus facial oil
l'occitane almond shower oil, which I rub on then scrub off with sugar for baby-soft skin with no clammy afterfeel.

Fuckitthatlldo Tue 17-Dec-13 18:42:23

I was in Space NK the other week on one of my rare trips to London, and I thought the Chantecaille make-up was just gorgeous. They had a lipgloss called Folly and I want.

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