I probably could afford to spend a bit more on skin care and make up and so bought a juicy tube lip gloss last night and got some samples - are the Lancome products good or what other ranges should I consider?
I love Mac, Laura Mercier and Bobbi Brown for make-up - Laura Mercier in particular have very high quality foundations and concealers and Mac have the best colourful eyeshadows and lipsticks.
For skincare I personally like Liz Earle, Origins and Ren as they're a bit more natural (and mostly smell divine) but it depends what you're after really. Makeupalley.com is a website with hundreds of good reviews of products and make-up, which is quite useful if you've seen anything in particular you're interested in.
I use a Lancome cleanser - I forget what it is called (something like Balm), anyway it goes on like a thick cream, you massage it in to the skin and it turns to an oil, which you then rinse off. It has made my skin incredibly soft, I have sensitive skin also and all my little dry patches have gone. Was about £17.
I have just discoveerd Lancome eyeshadows. They are a revelation, really brilliant colours and they stay on. Very impressed.
Or, go to Space NK and chat to the assistants - they are really nice and give you loads of samples. Caudalie creams and cleaners are excellent.