I now have a handful of products that I rely upon daily that go with nearly every outfit I wear.
- Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer
- Hourglass Veil Fluid Foundation
- Chanel Soleil Tan Bronze Universal
- Tom Ford Fire Lust Illuminator
- By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra Powder
- Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder
- By Terry Terrybly Blusher in Platonic Coral
- Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light
- Hourglass Lip Oil
- Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Rivage or Boy
- Giorgio Armani Maestro Eraser Concealer
- Estee Lauder Double Wear Concealer
- MAC Eyebrow Pencil in Fling
- MAC Paint Pots in Groundwork & Painterly
- MAC Powerchrome Eye pencil in Life's Luxury
- Benefit They're Real Mascara
Having just listed them I can see what I considered initially a handful is possibly a few handfuls! I highly recommend the Hourglass base products for anyone who has oily skin and wants their foundation to last longer than a few hours, but I do find they are lacking in pale shades. It is only now that I have a bit of a tan that I have found a shade match.
Using the Laura Mercier Brightening Powder prevents any smudging of mascara or eyeliner during the hot and sticky weather we are having. To avoid the harshness of eyeliner I have been using MAC Painterly all over the lid, with Groundwork in the crease. I then add a touch of smokiness by dabbing the powerchrome eye pencil on a smokey eye brush and smudging it along the upper lash line and the lower corner. I normally use one of the recent Chanel Waterproof pencils all along the lower lashes and waterline, something like Rose Platine. If I am feeling a little bored of a matte eye, I use one of the Tom Ford Cream Eyeshadows, the recent summer shades along with Platinum and Spice (from last year) being my favourites. I really hope that one day they become a permanent addition to the range.
The Hourglass Ambient Powders are very hard to describe and I think there will doubtless be many more bloggers who can give a better description and swatches of them. For me, Dim Light has turned into a must have. I am hard pressed to say exactly what it does, but somehow it works its magic and makes me look healthier. I was matched in Space NK to Dim light but I would like to try some of the other shades when funds allow. The Tom Ford Illuminator also adds a healthy summer glow and I use such a tiny amount, I suspect it will be a decade before it runs out. It is limited edition for summer so if you find it on a counter near you, I would definitely recommend you try it out.
I am a little obsessed with concealers suffering from acne scarring and dark circles due to poor health but I think I've finally found two products I will stick to. The Armani is perfect in colour and texture for under the eyes and doesn't crease, whilst the Estee Lauder Double Wear lasts well on my spots and scarring. Again, I found the palest shade too dark for me until I got a tan as it tended to oxidise, but now it is the correct shade for my skin tone.
With very dry lips, the Hourglass Lip Oil is the best thing I have tried and its texture feels quite unique to me, it is heavier on the lips than I anticipated. Due to this dryness, I tend to avoid lipstick at work as when speaking to students for up to 6 hours daily, it fades unevenly. The Chanel Rouge Coco Shines are the best product I have found for not exacerbating my dryness and still giving colour and finishing off the face. For this reason I own about 15 of them, but Boy is still my all time favourite. They can be a little sheer but the most recent additions have considerably more pigment in them. I have tried similar products by other luxury brands, Nars, By Terry and Tom For, and I still find the Chanel hard to beat.
This is still an area I am struggling with and I have stripped back my routine to Cetaphil cleanser, Heal Gel to work on acne and scarring and Perricone MD eye cream. I have only been using the Heal Gel for around 3 weeks so have little to report as yet but when two months are up, I will try and post on whether it is better than Alpha H Liquid Gold, the product I used to rely on.
As my debts have to be repaid by the end of next week, these are the final reductions on the products left. There are still some beautiful fragrances, Chantecaille palettes, Chanel Nail Polishes and By Terry lipsticks to be had so do take a here.