Wednesday, 8 October 2014

My Top 3 Beauty Essentials: on offer!

Top3Beauty-Bioderma-H20, Hourglass-Ambient-Lighting-Palette, Anastasia-Brow-Wiz-Ash-Blonde 

Today I’m talking about the three items I’d grab were my entire beauty collection about to fall off the edge of a cliff. Dramatic, much… I’ve been meaning to post about this trio for a while - and as all three are on offer this week, it would be rude not to share, pronto. As I feature so many different beauty products, including numerous new releases, I thought it might be useful to share the ones that I keep coming back to, the essentials that survive every cull and are continually repurchased.

One of these items makes my life easier, one makes me look human and the other makes things look better than they really are. You’re most interested in that last one, right? Let’s start with that…


MOST TREASURED // makes me look better…

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette I haven’t harped on about this too much on here as it was originally limited edition, but has now been made permanent. It’s a finishing powder, very different from traditional setting powder - and as the name suggests, makes skin look as though you are in ambient lighting. The last stage in my make-up routine, I’d call it a skin perfector, thanks to its softening, blurring, candlelit effects. My skin isn’t perfect, but any time I’ve had compliments on it I’ve been using this product. I save it for special occasions (it’s expensive) or days when I’m looking particularly blah as it’s a real game changer that can switch my skin from good to great or awful to acceptable. I use Dim (left) all over, Incandescent (centre) as a highlight and Radiant (right) as a Winter appropriate complexion warmer. I could go on all day, but you can see my original review, swatches and the product applied here.

OFFER: £10 off £40+ online with code DISCOVER10 at Space NK // Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette, £56 (ouch, I know - hence sharing to coincide with the code)


MOST APPRECIATED // makes me look human…

Anastasia Brow Wiz is my most repurchased beauty item ever. I’ve been using it for years, since I had to source it from the US and everyone wondered what I was banging on about. It’s since reached UK shores and - unsurprisingly - become one of the most talked about cult brow products ever. Before I met the Brow Wiz, I had invisibrows. This gives natural definition, lasts all day and the lightest shade, Ash Blonde, is perfect for blondes and redheads, with zero red undertones. A fine twist-up waxy nib on one end creates fine hair-like strokes, while a spoolie at the other keeps things tidy… everyone I’ve recommended this to has loved it. I’m on my 6th.

OFFER: 20% off at Cult Beauty (exc a few brands) // Anastasia Brow Wiz, £15.50


MOST USED // makes my life easier…

Bioderma Sensibio H20 micellar cleansing water has been a staple in my routine for around six years now; we’re practically family. Confession: I did use this as my only cleanser in the days before I understood the value of deep cleansing. It’s now the first step in my routine to remove make-up (followed by a balm or oil cleanse) and my eye make-up remover of choice. I can’t emphasise enough how great this is at removing eye make-up: dampen a cotton pad, hold over lid for 10 seconds and gently sweep off colour. Done. Honestly can’t be without it. Because it’s water based, there’s no oily residue or irritation and it doesn’t dry out my skin. I’ve tried the Hydrabio version but the original is more effective on eye make-up, so I’m sticking with it.

OFFER: 1/3 off French Pharmacy at Escentual // Bioderma Sensibio H20, £3-£6.66


PS I’ve spotted one more beauty bonus too good not to share: BeautyBay is including a limited edition Hot Pink DuWop Lip Venom (RRP £10) FREE with orders of £50+ (while stocks last)! Just select the plumping lipgloss as your deluxe gift at checkout when you shop at


So… which 3 products would you rescue from that cliff edge?

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