Another month, another massive collection of beauty goodies that I’ve struggled to narrow down to my top five, so without further ado (whatever ado might be), here are the five things I love this month:
Dr. Jart+ Regenerating BB Beauty Balm
On the day these landed I marched down to Boots to find that my local store (which is a big one) was the only store who hadn’t taken delivery; gutted. So I came back the next day and there was a stand in front of the Dr. Jart stand because they’d all sold out. However, standing all alone just behind the stand was one tube of the Regenerating version of this BB Cream which I snapped up. My intentions had been to buy the Water Fuse version as that was the one I believed to be most suited to my skin type, but as the Regenerating one was the only one left and I was gagging to try the Dr Jart formula, I purchased this instead. I’m really pleased I did as it’s absolutely perfect for my skin type. I won’t launch into a rave now and I’ll instead write a review shortly of how this compares to the Water Fuse version (which I also bought – I just can’t stop myself) and as BB Creams seem to be currently experiencing a second wind, I’ll be putting together a list of my favourites. Dr Jart’s Regenerating Beauty Balm costs £21.
Giorgio Armani Smooth Silk Eye Pencils in Copper and Antique
I purchased these in the Selfridges sale. Quite why I thought I needed both shades, I don’t know, but I’m glad I bought them both as they’re fantastically flattering shades that work well as eye brightening day colours. Copper is a kind of peachy bronze shade and Antique is more of a light gold and they both work as either eyeliners or water liners. I’ve been using them as water liners to compliment my usual day look and they really make my eyes pop. The consistency is a dream; silky, creamy and blendable without being too watery. I’ll definitely be investigating this line of eye pencils further and I’m so glad I finally have some liners that work on the waterline and can be worn during the day. These are both still in the Selfridges sale, down from £18 to £10.50. I’ll update this post with a better picture as I didn’t realise how out of focus it was!
My lovely ex bought me this a while ago and I used it for a bit, then stopped. I’ve recently started using it again as part of my nightly skincare routine and consequently I’ve been reminded just how fantastic this brush is. I’m sure you’re all familiar with the Clarisonic brush and what it does, but just in case; it’s a deep cleansing brush that oscillates as you work it over your skin and the movement causes deeply ingrained dirt (lovely…) to move to the surface. It’s kind of like creating a mini earthquake on your skin that forces all stubborn grime to shake loose and move forward so it can be removed by the brush. This isn’t an exfoliator, it’s just a deep cleanser, but a seriously good one. I’ve been back on it for about two weeks (using it with the Vichy Aqualia Cleansing Foam which is nice and gentle) and whilst it’s difficult to tell if it’s made any difference to my spots, my overall skin tone and clarity is definitely improved. Any beauty junkie should most definitely have a Clarisonic in their lives. They’re not cheap, so it’s worth shopping around; mine was purchased through a QVC special.
Vichy Aqualia Thermal (light)
Speaking of Vichy, I’m currently having a bit of a Vichy moment as I’m using their cleanser, mineral spray, foundation and also this rather fabulous moisturiser. It’s soooo hard to find moisturisers that keep my skin happy by not aggravating my spots but still providing lots of moisture, but this one definitely achieves that. It’s still early days in my trial of this, but on first impressions I’m a big fan. It supposedly provides 24 hours of moisture which, in my mind, is tricky to work out unless I don’t put anything on my skin (or take anything off) for the full 24 hours which just isn’t going to happen, but this is a very rich yet light, effective and glow-giving moisturiser that I’m currently absolutely loving.
My Custom Eye Treatment
I reviewed this a couple of days ago; it’s basically a blend of two products that I put together to treat the skin around my eye area which has been playing up lately. It’s a blend of Forest Secrets iRejuvenate Plus Elixir and Etat Pur Hyaluronic Acid which together create the moist unbelievable moisture boots for my delicate eye skin, without flooding or saturating it and causing the associated problems. I’m using this nightly, but I’m also using this as an intensive treatment when I do my DIY facials; I apply a thick layer and allow it to absorb whilst whatever mask I’m using is doing its thing.
Disclosure: Forest Secrets and Etat Pur products were PR samples, the rest of the products mentioned were purchased by me, fuelled by my out of control spending habit.
Georgia Tait says
You’ve made me want everything!! Both eyeliners look gorgeous.x
I must admit I am tempted to take the plunge a clarasonic but I really do love double cleansing with a hot flannel and I’m worried the clarisonic will be a let down in comparison. Have you double cleansed with a flannel before? If so, how does it compare to the clarisonic? x
I’ve tried all types of cleansing methods and to be honest, I do tend to double cleanse with the Clarisonic as I remove the majority of my make-up first with a micellar solution. I definitely think you’d see quite a lot of improvement with the Clarisonic as it shifts grime in a way that other cleansing methods can’t. Let me know if you go for it xx
Ha ha 😀 the eyeliners are absolutely gorgeous; every day I can’t decide which one I prefer! xx
Hello Sascha 🙂 I have been following your blog for a while but only now I had the courage to comment (I am a bit strange, really), I really like it, in fact I think you were the first where I saw the Nails Inc press release for Spring-Summer 2013 collection (great post on that one too!). I have a few questions for you and I hope you can help me. I have been considering to buy a BB cream for quite a while now, but I have been putting the idea aside. However, there are two brands that I would like to try – Dr Jart and Rodial. Dr Jart is currently on offer at Boots but I wasn’t expecting that they would have this many variations. I am confused between the regenerating and the water fusion one. Which one did you enjoy the most? I am not looking for heavy coverage or foundation-like, I just would like to know whether you felt that it made a difference on your skin as a skincare product. Thank you very much! Take care.
Thanks for your lovely comment and I’m so glad you took the plunge! 🙂 I’ll definitely try to help:
Firstly, I haven’t tried Rodial so I can’t really comment, but I have tried a couple of the Dr Jart+ ones and the Regenerating one is in my top three; in fact I’d go as far to say that it takes joint first place with the Ginvera Green Tea one. What sort of coverage are you looking for? You mentioned you’re not looking for high coverage so how about one of the Boots No7 BB Creams? They’re always on offer and aren’t too expensive, so they’re a good place to start with BB Creams. However, if you’re keen on trying something from Dr Jart+ then it really depends on what your skin type is, as I got on best with the Regenerating one, but weirdly it isn’t meant for my skin type. Yet the Water Fuse one – which I believe is meant more for my skin type – I didn’t get on too well with and people with normal/dry skins have marked it as their favourite!
I realise all of that is probably a bit confusing so I’d summarise by saying that I really like the Regenerating one as the finish is dewy, the coverage is medium but buildable and it didn’t break me out. It’s really difficult to tell whether the skincare benefits work or not, as I think the only way you could tell is if you cut out all over skincare (as you can’t really tell what’s doing what otherwise) but as I mentioned, it certainly didn’t make my skin any worse and my skin is prone to reacting to lots of things.
Hope this helps but if you have any more questions or would like me to clarify anything then just shout xx
Hi Sascha 🙂 you’re welcome, I will comment more from now on.
What I am looking for is something that will treat my skin but also make it look nice (flawless is too much to ask really)… I thought about the No7 ones, but I used a couple of No7 products before and I didn’t like it, so I decided to go with the traditional/asian one – Dr Jart+. My skin type is combination mostly, I do tend to have an only t zone, with dry patches here and there, a spots on my forehead (small but annoying), enlarged pores on nose and cheeks, you know the normal combination skin. I don’t want to feel that I am wearing something pigmented, I am looking for something light on my skin that just makes it look well rested and not tired or dull.
Thank you very much for your reply and help!***
Sascha BG says
Fab, thanks Sonia; I hope you do! 🙂
Actually for combination skin then the Ginvera one might be a good choice for you which is here:
Although it does give a very dewy finish and you do have to order it online. You really can’t go wrong with the Dr JArt+ one and as I mentioned, the Regenerating one is my personal favourite and it’s also got quite a nice, glowy finish and both of those are great for combination skins as long as you’re not after anything too matte xx