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Best Eye Cream - currently using a Caudalie one, quite good Day Cream - La Roche Posay with SPF, v good Night cream - Superdrug Vit E, won't be buying again Serum - LRP
Base/Prep Foundation - NARS or Laura Mercier tinted moisturisers, lovely Blusher Bronzer Eyeshadows Mascara Eye pencil - Bobbi Brown gel eyeliner, in a pot, unbeatable Highlighter Corrector Lipstick - I'm a fan of Chanel Concealer - NARS creamy concealer, fab coverage
Best Eye Cream - I don't use one Day Cream - Elemis Marine Cream Night Cream - Elemis Night RecoverySerum Base/Prep - Estee Lauder Idealist Skin Refinisher Foundation - Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Blusher - Hourglass Magenta Bronzer - Benefit Hula/Chanel Tan de Soleil Eyeshadows - Too Faced palettes (all are great) Mascara - YSL Baby Doll Eye pencil - Mac - all of them Highlighter - Hourglass or Beauty Pie Pro Glow Corrector - Lipstick - Charlotte Tilbury Bitch Perfect or Marc Jacobs Charlotte Concealer - YSL All Hours
Face wash - Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser or Eve Lom Cleanser (both similar but EL costlier and smells odd - great at removing all traces of makeup though). Toner - Liz Earle Toner
Cleanser and glycolic acid pads - superdrug naturally radiant range (as good as liz earle! Scrub - St Ives Apricot Day Cream - The ordinary natural moisturising factors Hylauronic acid Night Cream - The ordinary rose hip oil Serum - The ordinary advanced retinoid and keihls midnight concentrate Foundation - Origins vitazing tinted moisturiser Blusher - Nars Orgasm Highligher - Barry M stick Liquid Eyeliner - Estee Lauder double wear liquid Mascara - Estee Lauder Double Wear Lipstick - Mac Lady Danger red or Avon Anew lip conditioner for nude
There is no best of anything, there is no one size fits all. The foundation that looks wonderful in your 20s, will look awful in your 40s, the moisturiser that works perfectly on a kind of dry skin, will cause spots or blackheads on a kind of oily skin. The concealer that covers blemishes will highlight dark circles. The mascara that suits short but thick lashes will look silly on longer, thinner ones. The nude lipstick that looks great on one skin tone will make a woman with a different skin tone look like she hasn't slept for days and has yellow teeth. The acid toner that makes one middle aged woman look five years younger will case massive problems that will takes months or even years to resolve on another.
That's why Boots' shelves are heaving and there's still room for five hundred million other retailers.
If you're really specific about the kind of concerns and skin you have, others with similar issues will be able to tell you what's worked for them but it's still no guarantee it will work for you.
Well what suits one won't suit another, nothing gets my hair smooth like Tresemme luxurious moisture but might make your hair lank. I've never met better mascaras than those from Miss Sporty at pocket money prices and I love Boots Time Delay products.
I have had a long term love of L'oreal products but I love an Asprin mask (great for those pesky spots)
I like Revlon lipsticks as they last a long time.
It's a minefield isn't it? finding those products that are perfect for you.
Base/Prep - Dermalogica Hydrablur Foundation - Double Wear, Estée Lauder Blusher - Peony by Bobbi Brown Bronzer - Hoola by Benefit Eyeshadows - Urban Decay Naked and Bobbi Brown cream eye shadows Mascara - Dior Pump Volune Eye pencil - Kat Von D Eye Tattoo Highlighter - Candlelight by Kevin Aucoin Lipstick - Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk with Lip Cheat Concealer - Mac Pro Wear
Eye cream - I am totally fickle, today like the Vichy one Day cream - Clarins, the replacement for Hydraquench which I can’t remember the name of Night cream - Boots Botanics Serum - Estée Lauder ANR
Base - Smashbox oil free Foundation - YSL Blusher - cream B.B., powder Hourglass Bronzer - don’t use Eyeshadows - I just use a single yellow-y nude, currently a Smashbox one Eye pencil - don’t use, but do use the Kat Von D liquid liner Mascara - MAC False Lash Corrector - don’t use Lipstick - this is my area of expertise. If I had to, I would say Nars, but I have about 100 in varying shades of red. Concealer - don’t use
Face wash - don’t use. Cleanser wise I use Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip in the morning and a range of balm or oil cleansers in the evening. Toner - Pixi Glow
Bonus addition - finishing powder - Hourglass. Setting powder - By Terry