I mentioned in my last Love List post that I would be removing my five product limit, so here we have my very first Love List with as many products as I fancy! The July Love List is a mix of skincare and make-up, with a few old favourites and a couple of new loves:
Starting with skincare, the Alpha-H Liquid Gold Resurfacing Cleansing Cream (£36.95 here – link – here’s my original review) was a product I quite liked to start with, but it arrived when I was new to my current skincare routine which involves some pretty strong actives, so I wasn’t able to use it as much as I would like. Recently, I started using it again and I was very aware of how polished and smooth my skin looked after use. Consequently, I’m using it regularly (3-4 times a week) and it really is a great glow-creator.
The Omorovicza Hydra Melting Cleanser (£65 here – link – and here’s my original review from 2015) has recently been remade into a far easier-to-use pump-action container, as opposed to the old-style pot. I was sent the it in its new packaging and was quickly reminded of just how lovely it is; gorgeously hydrating, smoothing, gentle and just wonderful to use…Omorovicza really do make phenomenal cleansers!
Shock horror, an Obagi product! I can’t stop raving about this amazing brand and there are three products that I will scrimp and save to ensure I never run out; the Obagi Hydrate (£39.08 here – link) is hands down the best moisturiser I’ve ever used; it kind of feels primer-like as it’s so silky and smoothing, but instead of leaving skin feeling silicone-y, you’re left with deeply nourished skin that gleams with hydration. It’s a total star of a product and I’ve just started my third container.
I picked up the Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette (£43 here – link – and here’s my full review) when Cult Beauty ran a promotion giving customers 20% off, and I’m so glad I snapped this up as it’s every bit as lovely as it looks! I took a little while to get used to the slightly different colours to what I usually reach for, but I’ve got a couple of standard looks that I put together with this palette that are so easy and very flattering; I think I’ll probably take this away with me on my holidays.
The Beauty Pie One Powder Wonder (£5.26 for members/£26 for non-members here – link) was the whole reason I joined Beauty Pie, and thankfully it lived up to expectations and it’s getting a lot of use! It’s a perfect product for setting make-up without taking away the glow or the dewiness, it just tones down any excessive shine, sets make-up and gives the whole face a slightly more finished look.
The Shadow Switch Dry Blush Cleanser (can’t find the one I have but they’re all much of a muchness, so check out this one here – link – for £3.98) is one of those tools that proves extremely handy time and time again, especially if you’re trying out lots of different eye make-up looks and want to make sure you get a clear colour each time. As you may have guessed, it’s literally a wiry sponge that removes the majority of powder from brushes in-between uses, so it really is very useful.
I received the Natasha Denona Face Glow Cream Shimmer (£29.99 here – link) in a Look Incredible Beauty Box and it’s been getting plenty of use ever since. It’s the sort of product that makes highlighting so easy, as it’s very natural, blends like a dream, and is just the right shape and size so you can splodge it where you need it, quickly blend with fingers, and you’re good to go. I use this a lot after working out when I need products that are easy and quick.
The Sport Fx Blend and Go Make-up Sponge (£4.99 here – link) leaves similar products with triple the price point standing, as it’s such a brilliantly designed product. It’s kind of plastic-ky, in a way, but it’s very spongy too, so it allows you to bounce make-up over your face without absorbing much, so you don’t waste a lot. You do need to wipe it regularly, but it’s a small price to pay for a product that’s so great at blending and make-up into the skin. It’s one of the best fivers you’ll ever spend!
Finally, the bareMinerals BarePro 16HR Full Coverage Concealer (£23 here – link) was getting so much use last month, because it’s such a joy to use. It gives that lovely, creamy coverage that looks natural, yet it holds really well – no idea how that’s achieved as usually the creamy concealers slide off your face pretty quickly. This is the perfect concealer for hiding everything: spots, marks, eye bags, you name it, this’ll cover it. I’m melting through it.
*Mix of PR Samples and Purchases