The Beauty Roundup #1
Hello Lovely People! Trying something new here that I hope to make a regular thing. I struggle with consistency when it comes to structured posts so I’m starting a generic, beauty-related roundup that is so broad I won’t crack under the pressure of expectation (from absolutely no one but myself).
Basically, I thought it might be a cool way to share my likes, dislikes, new discoveries, and skin progress, bargain finds, etc.
What I’m Loving: Spring Makeup
The sun has had its hat on in London over these past few months and hasn’t quite decided if he’s here to stay. Nevertheless, it has been gradually getting warmer and brighter since the clocks went forward and I’ve found myself reaching for a more dewy/glowy makeup look each morning.
My top 3 makeup faves of the week:
EX1 Cosmetics Invisiwear Foundation in shade 5.0: I’m really impressed by this £12.50 bottle of goodness. It’s not full coverage but it is definitely longwearing and gives me a really healthy glow. More than a “your skin but better” product but not heavy or cakey. Natural+, shall we say. Stay tuned for a full review of this coming to the blog soon.
Illamasqua Beyond Powder Highlighter in “Electric”: this was a cheeky bargain buy at TK Maxx Charing Cross. It’s a really pretty iridescent pinky-purple that can also be used as a blush if you don’t mind paler shades on your cheeks. Works great as a subtle eyeshadow, too. I was over the moon when I spotted it because Illamasqua is a brand I’ve always wanted to try but never got around to it. Also not the cheapest brand. Anyway, I managed to nab this for £14.99 and I’ve since discovered it retails for about £30 and that it was actually part of their 10th anniversary limited edition range. Result!
Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb in “Fenty Glow”: as this was part of the original launch, the amazingness of this should not come as a surprise to anyone. But I thought I’d lost mine and only recently found it in the corner pocket of a backpack. I’m pleased to say that I still really love it, you guys. It’s moisturising, super shiny, not at all stick and smells great without being overpowering. Also, it goes with everything. Sidenote: I’m really happy that RihRih made the decision to launch Fenty Beauty at Boots stores throughout the UK last week. It’s such an amazing line of products and she did such a revolutionary thing when she came out with one of the most inclusive lines of foundation ever, it only makes sense to make it as accessible as possible. And what’s more accessible than Boots, really?! Also, for people fretting that Fenty won’t be coming to a store near them, fear not - Click & Collect is your friend!
Beauty Bargain Of The Month
As seen in TK Maxx, Milton Keynes: Dr Jart Ceramidin Gel Cream. Now, I was equal parts excited and apprehensive when I discovered this because this particular product has a cult following, but I also understand that that following is in a state of despair because the Gel Cream has supposedly been discontinued. Not having jumped on the K-Beauty bandwagon just yet, finding this at a reduced price seemed like a good place to start. However, part of me is kinda hoping I don’t fall in love with it if there’s a chance I won’t be able to get a hold of it again. Anyway, I’ll keep you posted!
From what I’ve been able to find out online, this retailed for about £30. I thought I’d struck gold when I found it for the low, low price of £12.99, that was until I turned down the next aisle and spotted two more jars that had been reduced to the teeny, tiny price of £9. NINE! So I picked up two. Obviously. I was initially a little suspicious of the reduced items and was worried I’d get home to find they had gone off or been badly damaged. However the lovely cashier explained to me that it is store policy to mark down any items that have been on the shelves for 6 weeks. Of course I cross referenced the batch numbers with the more expensive jars to make sure. And then did a little jig when I confirmed that they were from the same batch. Whoopee!
Skin Diaries: Alumier MD Glow Peel
I’ve had a couple of chemical peels over the past 2 months to help with keeping my spots at bay and tackle the scarring and pigmentation left behind by my last acne attack. I’ve been very impressed by the results and wanted to share the deets on my experience.
The facial itself is not the dreamy, relaxing spa experience some of us associate with a trip to the local beautician. There is no rubbing or massaging - this is the real deal and, let me be clear: beauty is pain.
After cleansing and prepping my skin, the peeling solution was applied to my skin with a brush. My facialist applied it section by section, allowing a few minutes in between for me to get used to the sensation in one area before moving on to the next. A feeling, might I add, that is akin to rubbing a scotch bonnet chill pepper on your face - not unbearable but far from pleasant. The burning takes a moment to build to its full intensity and then takes a few minutes to settle down.
The peel was applied in apparent order of sensitivity, from least to most sensitive:
I say “apparent order” because for me, the area that was the most painful was my chin and my cheeks were a breeze. Holy guacamole, that intense burning in the little dent in the middle of my chin felt like someone had jammed a red hot poker in there. The next toughest were the sides of my nose. It’s not surprise, then, that these are the areas that peeled the most. I think the reason that my cheeks didn’t hurt very much is because of the amount of scar tissue left over from the acne. It will be interesting to see if the peels get more painful as the dead skin is lifted.
I expected the peeling to be snake-like shedding but, as you can see from the picture on the left, it’s just a couple of days of dry patches and flaky skin. The peeling the second time around was definitely more visible. I’d catch myself in the mirror a few hours after leaving the house and there’d be a bit of skin hanging off my cheek or chin. Not the most confidence boosting experience. But I made a habit of carrying my post-treatment Recovery Balm in my pocket and dabbing it on where needed.
The picture on the right shows my progress over the last few months. From left to right you have my skin about 6 weeks before I had my first peel; my skin after one Glow Peel; my skin after two Glow Peels. The recommended course of treatment is 6 peels. I’m really happy with how my skin is looking at just a third of the way through so I’m excited to continue on. I will be sure to update you on my progress.
In the next few weeks, I’ll be heading to NYC for the first time. While most people would be getting excited about the pizza and the MoMA or Lady Liberty, I am beside myself thinking about all of the beauty brands I’ll be able to get my hands on that I wouldn’t normally have access to. I’ll be sure to document my adventures, both beauty and otherwise, in great detail.
Thanks for reading! Feel free to hit me up in the comments with your state-side beauty faves and any questions you might have about products/treatments I’ve discussed in this post.
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