Thursday, 29 January 2009

I think I may have found it

Yes, the quest for the eye make up remover continues unabated. Back in October I posted about the Botanics one I was using. It was ok but still leaving black bits around the eyes - hmmm, attractive.

Anyway, I bought the Simple one as it was on offer. It's looking good for us so far. I think we might get on. Lovely and fresh, no oiliness, it seems to do the job. I am cautiously optimistic...

Saturday, 24 January 2009

A little update

Here we are, 24 January. What are my staples and loves at the moment?

First up, perfume. More specifically Mitsouko. Never mind that this was Margaret Thatcher's favourite perfume. Let's skip over that and assume she had taste in some areas (as one of my friends pointed out to me when I wailed about it). It comes in exactly the same bottle and packaging as L'Heure Bleue so I have to check which one I am putting on. It is gorgeous. I can't stop sniffing my wrist when I wear it (which is almost everyday).

Other beauty products I am currently enjoying are Estee Lauder's Advanced Night Repair serum I found a little tester of this in my vast collection of testers and samples. I can see why this is a cult product. It feels good for you as you put it on. Skin drinks it up. But no stickiness. Very nice.

I am also enjoying a Lush shower gel I got in the Westfield branch. Apparently this is only available in that branch. It's called Taai Taai and is full of ginger and cinammon. Very warming for a cold January morning.

Finally, I wouldn't be without my Clinique Quick Eyes. I now have 4. I bought a new one to the party today. A gorgeous green I've wanted for ages so naturally I had to have it. They last ALL DAY! How? I dunno but it's a miracle.

Thursday, 8 January 2009

Revealing the rosy you - yes, even in January

Post Christmas I was looking a little less than my best. One expects the extra weight but I was looking very grey. Usually I would use the fabulous Elemis mask that I have already discussed.

But something stronger was called for. Since I had spent £90 on perfume, I decided to root through products I already had. And found this little baby. Estee Lauder Idealist MicroD. It's some sort of thermal scrub. Basically you apply it to damp skin, rub it around gently while it warms the skin and rinse off.

Well. It was a bit more powerful than I remembered! I was very pink afterwards. But so smooth. It genuinely did reveal the glowing me just waiting to burst out. And this week I've not needed my tinted moisturiser (usually a must in grey winter).

So, two lessons here. Remember to look at what you already own. And it is possible to have good skin in January!

Tuesday, 6 January 2009

New Year, New Products

I don't hold with this notion that one should deprive oneself in January. It's the most depressing month of the year (well, apart from February) and why would you actively make yourself MORE miserable?

Not for me. I don't do deprivation. I have plenty of new things to talk about. I am going to begin with my reawakening of love of perfume. In the sale I bought a book called Perfumes - The Guide. It is a wonderful book. It reviews thousands of perfumes giving ratings from 1 star to 5 and explains the history, the notes etc. It was not good for my bank balance to buy this because I immediately wanted about 10 new perfumes. Why did I not have a Guerlain perfume in my life? It had to be remedied and soon. So I went to the Harrods beauty hall and had a lovely half hour with the chic French Guerlain lady.

I bought l'Heure Bleue. Some will tell you this is an old woman's scent. I couldn't disagree more. Plus, I think old women know about scent! It's simply divine and just gets better the longer you wear it. It isn't my usual sort of perfume but what's the point buying the sort of thing you always buy?

Anyway, that wasn't enough to satisfy me so a few days later I went to Peter Jones and bought Mitsouko. Classic chypre it says in my bible. Also gorgeous. So now I am wafting around smelling satisfyingly expensive and gorgeous.

I really believe that with perfume, it's good to visit the old favourites. There is lots more I can say about perfume so I will revisit the topic in the future.

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