Friday, 18 July 2014

Beauty favourites


I’ve taken a much bigger interest in skincare recently; perhaps the result of random breakouts and general skin woes. I’ve invested in a few skincare gems that were recommended by quite a few bloggers and youtubers; and I’ve also added a mini review of an eyeliner which I picked up recently too.

The La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo + is probably one of the most talked about items on the list. It’s been raved about everywhere and I can see why. I really like the smell of this one – clean and fresh and it glides smoothly on to my face. I try not to use too much of it because at £15.50 a tube, it’s certainly not the cheapest face cream! It claims to reduce spots and I have to say that it’s been working for me. It’s not a miracle worker though – don’t expect it to get rid of any current spots that have come to the surface. It works best as a prevention rather than a cure and although spots aren’t the thing of the past for me (with a few coming up here and there) they’re much more infrequent. I try and put this on as a moisturiser every so often before I go to bed, or sometimes if I feel a spot coming in a particular area that is sore, I pop this on. It may not prevent it, but I do think they’re coming up less angry and so they’re much easier to cover too!

The second is another well-loved product, the Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream. I bought this with a gift voucher I had for Christmas from Debenhams after it was on my wish list for a while. I’ve always suffered from dry, chapped lips (probably my terrible habit of not drinking enough water) but this is great for loads of other uses as well. You can use it on your skin if you’ve been sun burnt, dry patches and on scrapes or abrasions. I use it mostly on my lips though, and usually at night. There is a strong smell to this, and although not unpleasant for me, I know it can bother others. I’ve gotten used to it now but I tend to put this on at night anyway so it can do it’s magic whilst I sleep. This is definitely a good lip balm for me and I wake up in the morning without chapped lips. I’ve been wearing lipstick more thanks to this because I’m no longer worried about them drying out and looking horrible with a bit of colour on! It’s a good idea to pop this on under the lipstick too, which just adds some extra moisture. I use this constantly and the tube is still pretty full, so although it’s another beauty treat at £26 a pop, it does last a long time and keep your lips smooth and chap free.

Next up is the Eyeko skinny liner, which isn’t a skincare must have but is a recent purchase. I wanted to try this after seeing it came free with Glamour magazine last month – not my usual read but at £2 (and the liner usually retails for £12) I couldn’t go wrong. This is a pretty popular product too, and as I am never without eyeliner on my lid and always trying to perfect the subtle cat flick, I wanted to see how it compared to my many other tried and tested liners. I did a post a long time ago here about some of the others I own, although my thoughts on the gel studio liner have obviously changed now I use it every day! I find it lasts until the evening without smudging, so I’m not sure what I was doing wrong before or if I just make a thinner line so it doesn’t rub on my upper lid, but that’s now my number one. I use a very thin paintbrush to apply it to my lid but when I’m away from home for a couple of nights, I’d rather use a liner that is quicker and easier to apply.

I do like the Eyeko eyeliner, but for the price, I wouldn’t repurchase. The staying power is probably the biggest selling point – it doesn’t smudge off and once it’s on, you’ll be set for the day. For me though, I prefer a thin line on my lids and I just can’t pull this off with the thick nib. I find the thinnest end of the tip doesn’t give me much colour or ‘blackness’ and so I have to angle the pen to get a good amount of coverage – which obviously negates the thin line I’m after. I’d love this liner a lot more if I could use the tip of the brush, and although I’m really happy with the coverage and staying power of the liner itself, it’s just a bit too difficult for me to get what I want. If you’re a thick liner kind of person, then by all means, go nuts! Like I said before, this one stays put and won’t smudge under your eye by the end of the day.
Have you tried any of the products above? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!
Illustration by myself, please do not use without permission :)


  1. Elizabeth Arden's 8 Hour Cream is some sort of miracle, right?! My sister absolutely swears by the Effaclar Duo (: Adore the illustrations in this post you talented lady. xx

  2. I just had to stop by and tell you that I absolutely love these illustrations so so much!! I think you're right about giving yourself a reason to do something as it will motivate me more! Righto, off to read this review now :-) Just wanted to say how much I liked your lovely illustrations first xxx

  3. Your illustrations are so wonderful! I really wish the Effaclar Duo worked for me, sadly we don't seem to get along as well as I'd hoped! xo