Once of the reasons I started writing a beauty blog is because I enjoy finding out about products people love and hate, new products and whether they live up to the hype, and people’s all time favourite products. For this blog post, I asked my friends to recommend a favourite product each and here’s what they came up with….
Lisa AKA ‘Gunners’: Clinique Pep Start
I’ve tried a lot of eye creams, mostly since my first son was born and suffered sleep deprivation. I also don’t spend a massive amount of time on a beauty regime, especially on a morning with school runs & work (sometimes!) – I find I just need quick things that work.
I’ve used Clinique for a number of years and really like their products and they work well with my skin. So when this product came out this year I wanted to try it. It gets mixed reviews but I love it.
The first picture below (of my right eye) is taken first thing in the morning. You can see the puffiness I have. The second picture (of my left eye) is after I’ve applied the product after about 10 minutes of letting it soak in. I haven’t used any filters but the light did change slightly in between taking the two photos. Hopefully you can see in the second picture my skin looks a lot firmer and smoother. It also makes it nice for applying make-up.
Things I like:
- Design – very fresh and easy application.
- Product – it does what it says! I think it does freshen up my eyes and makes me feel a lot more confident especially if I’ve not got a long time to put on make-up.
The only thing I would change is possibly adding a metal tip for a cooling effect. Other than that it’s great!
Clinique Pep Start £22 http://www.clinique.co.uk
Rachel AKA ‘Beasty’: MAC ‘Vegas Volt’ Lipstick
I love a strong lipstick. My Mum always taught me to go for bold lips or eyes – never both. And because I’m rubbish at eye make-up I normally go for the lips!
I have naturally full lips but unfortunately they get dry and cracked. I love the look of matte lipstick but unless my lips are in tip top condition I find it cracks too much. This is why I love MAC Vegas Volt. Not only is it a lovely summery coral colour, it is also really moisturising. I tend to apply my normal Nivea lip balm first to smooth my lips and then blot before applying the lipstick.
I save this lipstick for a night out because I prefer something more subtle for daytime. It lasts really well and when I wore it the other night it survived dinner and many, many cocktails!
I also have to thank the Beauty Geek for introducing me to this lipstick last year on a girls weekend away in London, although I think her sister will claim she discovered it first!
MAC Vegas Volt Lipstick £15.50 http://www.maccosmetics.co.uk
Katy AKA ‘Spanna’: Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser
I have been using liquid eyeliner since I was 16 – that’s a long time! I have tested a few over this time and I can’t recommend enough the Bourjois Liner Pinceau (liquid liner, 16hour) – this is an absolute winner.
Easy to apply (liner brush) and you can easily achieve any look from a naturally enhanced lash line to a major 60s flick. I especially love the ‘Ultra Black’ for achieving this look.
I generally buy low to mid range but I have tried more expensive ones and they just don’t match up. This is a reasonable price and for me is the best I have used.
Bourjois Liner Pinceau Liquid Liner £6.99 http://www.boots.com
Thanks so much to my lovely friends for sharing their must-have items! I already have the cleanser and lipstick but will definitely be giving the eye cream and eyeliner a go.
Comment below with your must-have products 🙂
Beauty Geek x
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