So over summer I realised that I was turning twenty-five soon and kind of freaked out about it. Not just the ageing thing and sun damage - but the fact that I had no skincare regimen whatsoever and that seemed like something you need to have when you're an adult and have your shit somewhat together. Am I the only person that freaks out about this stuff? So anyway, I've been actually using things as directed and regularly and even some preemptive anti-aging stuff. A lot of which actually works (who would have thought). Most of my goals have been pretty shallow; shiny healthy hair, glow-y skin and great brows. But I have been pretty vigilant with sun care this summer - so important! Just fake it anyway (Sugar Baby mousse is the best for this).
This post has been a long time in the pipeline - partly because I've been crazy busy, but also because I think you've got to give things a month or two before you can honestly say if they are doing any good. What follows is all the products lately that have either changed my life (seriously! Kiehl's Creme With Silk Groom!) or just generally do a great job.
Kiehl's Olive Fruit Oil Nourishing Shampoo & Conditioner
Although my hair is considerably thick and healthy considering its been bleached platinum blonde (Jason at Stephen Marr keeps me the perfect shade of icy blonde and keeps it in such good condition) on and off for years, it still regularly comes out in handfuls and is naturally very dry. I've always found Kiehl's skincare works so well (hydrating, no funky scents - not to mention the best packaging around) that I thought I'd give their haircare a try. I've been using this for a couple of months now and my hair stopped falling out. Which is a good thing. Also it's softer and shinier. Combine that with the Kiehl's Creme With Silk Groom (more on that down-post) and I feel like I have a whole new head of hair. This shampoo and conditioner is for dry, damaged and "under-nourished" hair, so if you're anything like me you're a textbook case.
Clarins Shaping Facial Lift - Lipo-drain Serum
This is the kind of techy, scientific skincare products I love. Anything that has "Dr" or "MD" in the title or comes in shiny clinical packaging and I'm so sold. This stuff actually does crazy stuff too - it's a contouring facial lift. So it literally de-puffs your face when used right. I don't even do the massage technique like you're supposed to and it still works wonders (I just rub it around before bed). Not only does it de-puff but it evens out your complexion amazingly and makes you're skin super clear. At least for me it did.
MAC Mineralize Foundation/Loose
Considering I've been using MAC products for years, I can't believe I only just discovered this. I use this like a powder (a little goes a long way) over BB Cream or Face And Body foundation or even just over tinted moisturiser on the weekend. Super light and doesn't look powdery or chalky at all. I use this literally every day now. It's also good at setting your face.
OPI 'Glints Of Glinda' Nailpolish
I'm really enjoying the simplicity of plain, nude nails right now. Super plain, super simple. And by plain of course I mean filed and buffed with a simple topcoat in a clear or nude. The best nude I've found lately is this super new polish from OPI's new 'Oz The Great And Powerful' line (it goes with that movie - the one with Franco). This nude is super glossy and slightly sheer. A really good way to get nails that look expensive but not done. It's a great foil for when you want to wear things like tight cropped turtlenecks and leather skirts (as I have been lately).
Kiehl's Creme With Silk Groom
I started using this for purely shallow reasons (it is recommended by the one and only Cat Marnell and it's apparently what Carolyn Bessette used to use it on her iconic blonde mane). My hair is pretty healthy consider I've been bleaching it for so long, but it does get very dry very easily. This was the driving force behind my search to find something, anything, that would hydrate it - and this Kiehl's product seemed to come with glowing reviews. I'm also notoriously lazy when it comes to my hair - it has rarely seen a brush since I was about seven and my mother stopped brushing it for me. Also I'm generally I'm generally a wash-and-wear kind of girl. Which all leads me to why Creme With Silk Groom is so damn good. You only need a tiny amount (about a twenty cent coin size) and you run it through your hair after the shower while it's still wet. I used it after I'd washed my hair late at night (around 10:30pm) and after distributing it pretty evenly, I put a towel on my pillow and went to sleep (I didn't have time to dry that shit off). I woke up in the morning with super soft, silky straight hair and it blew my mind. I'm not even exaggerating. I can't even imagine what it will be like when I take the time to blow-dry my hair. This will change your life - I PROMISE.
MAC Veluxe Brow Pencil
We all know I'm really into brows. The bigger and stronger the better. It's the one thing I can't leave the house without doing - even if it's sunday and I'm just wearing moisturiser and gym pants, I still have to do my brows. I've always used MAC for my brows - their retractable pencil in Lingering being my usual favourite. However this new(ish) product from them is even better. It's a bit stronger and has the super handy brush on the end. I fill my brows in with this, then brush it through to soften and then finish with some Lingering at the ends of my brows. Then clear brow-set obviously - because whatever I put on in the morning has to last until at least 7pm.
Dermalogica Skinperfect Primer
I've been using this under makeup for when I when it needs to last and look as good as possible (no pressure). It creates a velvety smooth finish and fills in all those pores and teeny lines and kind of just makes everything look better. And that's before you put makeup on.
Dr Lewinn's Facial Moisturising Lotion SPF30+
I've been using this quite a bit over summer - for those 'no makeup' days, especially saturdays. I usually don't love products that combine too many things - and I've always found tinted moisturisers to be too oily or the wrong colour. This one is has changed my mind though. It dries to a matte finish (amazing), is really naturally hue (I use the 'nude') and it comes in an easy pump bottle so it stays way cleaner than tubes - also look at that gold. I usually use this with a little bit of concealer and a light dusting of my new favourite loose powder (more on that later). As I mentioned before, I'm a total sucker for any skincare products with Dr in the title or look even remotely med/scientific.
Obiqo Protective Day Cream SPF15
When I'm having an ACTUAL no makeup day - like when you don't really leave the house or your skin is actually flawless for those four days every month that is is - this is what I use. Rich and creamy and so hydrating. It's my favourite thing to put on my face after getting out of the shower - you know how your skin feels super dehydrated five minutes after a hot shower? This fixes all that and more. And the packaging is that kind of techy-clinical thing that I love.