Firstly, I wish you all a very Happy (and healthy) New Year! If you, like me, have been catching up on everyone’s 2014 favourites, then I bet:
1. You already have a long list of products you are planning on trying this year. Your wish list has doubled or even trebled. Damn all those beauty bloggers, with excellent recommendations!
2. You have already shopped online today and have a tonne of parcels heading your way and/or
3. You are dreading your next bank statement/credit card bill.
Well I am sorry to say, but here are a few more star products to try out. A random mix of efficient, great products, which have been well loved (and sadly forgotten) during 2014.
Shower-time has certainly improved this year, thanks to Soap and Glory’s Orangeasm. The shower is often filled with this beautiful, zingy fragrance. It wakes me up, leaves skin so soft and refreshed. I smell great and so does the bathroom. Instead of the usual, boring run of the mill shower gels, this is one for your list.
Limited edition for Christmas Lush’s Snow Fairy Gel has become a must-buy over the last couple of years. A sweet smelling (think rhubarb and custard boiled sweets, and you are along the right path) treat. This means Orangeasm has a break over Christmas.
Two for the face. Sisley’s Express Flower Gel is beautiful. A great overnight treatment. Slightly on the expensive side, if you wish for something a little cheaper then Origin’s Drink Up Intensive is your guy. This fruity smelling, thick mask is perfect for when your skin is a little lack-lustre. Skin feels renewed and hydrated by morning.
Being a big fan of oils for the skin, I love Balance Me’s Radiance Face Oil. This smells divine, sinks in, (is surprisingly non-greasy) and is very hydrating.
Unable to sleep, try This Works Deep Sleep Stress Less. A roller ball jam-packed with all sorts of goodness to help sort out those nights of insomnia. When I feel a little stressed out, I run this over my temples before I switch that light off and it really does help me to drift off.
As my nails have improved, I have worn nail polish more this year Butter London’s Handbag Holiday has helped to hydrate my cuticles and improve the general condition of my nails. For a nude nail, again Butter London has come up trumps and I have been reaching for ‘Tea with the Queen’. Lasts 5 days, chip free, Three quick swipes, for a glossy finish.
Barry M’s Nail Paints, are all over blog world and YouTube. Stuffed to the brim, my nail drawer is full of those polishes. Definitely one of the best budget buys of the year. Little Duck by Tanya Burr is the perfect Spring/Summer polish. Once the Daffodils are out, I will be painting my fingertips with this minty green gem.
Gimmicky? Yes. However Bourjois’ Magic 1 Second Nail Polish Remover pot is perfect for on the go. I do really like this and find it so handy you don’t have to carry around nail polish remover, cotton wool etcetc, This just gets the job done. Pronto.
Jo Malone’s fragrances have been unrivaled this year. I haven’t reached for much else other than Marc Jacobs Honey on the odd occasion. And that is only because I do not want to use these up too quickly! Spritzing these, I feel happy and sexy and they just smell so damn good. Blackberry and Bay and Peony and Blush Suede have been my absolute favourites. Next on my list is Wood Sage and Sea Salt.
To finish off my favourites, Real Techniques brushes are the ones I use every day. Purse friendly, they blend beautifully to leave skin looking flawless. Easy to wash. In fact so much so, that these brushes look as good as new, when I do get the time to clean them up. Nars ITA brush has been one extravagant buy towards the end of the year. Perfectly shaped to accentuate cheek bones, this has left my round face with a slimmer, chiselled face. Hefty price tag, however I love it, use it every single make-up day and is definitely worth it.
A very Happy New Year to you all.