Once or twice a year I usually change up a bit of my hair and beauty routine to incorporate a new product or two that I’ve heard about and want to give a try. I’ll often do it at the extremes of the seasons, when I feel like I need to take a bit more care with what I’m using, which would be summer and winter. So, this year, before I went on vacation, I decided it was time to save a little cash up and spend a little more on a couple of things which would improve my routine while I was away. Here are the products I went for, and how I feel about them now that I’ve been using them for a little while.
Aveda Brilliant Damage Control Spray
What they say: The foundation for any hair style, use this spray as a pre-styling tool to protect your hair from the hazards of combing, heat styling, and sun damage.
What I think: I love this spray – I was using it first thing in the morning on vacation, when I was spending days out in the sunshine, to protect my hair from UV rays, and then again in the evening after I showered and was using a hairdryer or straightners. It definitely felt like it was protecting my strands in both of these situations and I’ve continued to use it at home before I use any heated appliances, to stop breakage and thermal damage. It’s not at all heavy and there is absolutely no residue left on my hair even after I spray really liberally. What I also love is the size of the bottle, I’ve been using it for about 3 weeks, and barely anything has gone, so I know it’ll last me a super long time. This would definitely be something I’d recommend to friends and family.
Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturiser Light
What they say: Light and gentle, this easily absorbed moisturising lotion is ideal for combination, oily or problem skin. This finely balanced blend of naturally active ingredients includes borage oil (a rich source of essential fatty acid GLA) and natural antioxidants beta-carotene and vitamin E, to replace lost moisture and help protect your skin against dryness.
What I think: This is definitely one of my favourite new purchases for the summer – it is super light, completely absorbent and I’ve literally had no breakouts since I’ve started using it, even though I’d regularly been in conditions up to 30 degrees celcius. I also love that the ingredients are natural, as it means that I’m not packing lots of chemicals onto my face. I use it twice a day after the serum listed below and it doesn’t sit on my skin, clogging up my pores, the way I feel other moisturisers have done in the past. If you have combination or oily skin, this is a great choice for a light moisturiser, which will keep your skin soft and healthy.
No7 Protect & Perfect Serum
What they say: No7 Protect & Perfect Beauty Serum is irresistibly silky; it glides on instantly softening and soothing. Then, day by day, it perfects your skin’s surface, enlivening your complexion, helping to reduce the appearance of pores and smoothing lines and wrinkles in just 4 weeks.
What I think: This is an absolute dream to put on my skin, as it sinks in right away and feels absolutely gorgeous on my face. I can’t say I’ve noticed that it smooths out lines and wrinkles – I can’t say I have that many, really – but I definitely love using it and think it definitely makes my skin feel soft and smooth. Maybe after a couple more weeks I will notice its effects more, as I will definitely keep using it, but I haven’t quite noticed them just yet. It’s a little expensive, as are a lot of these kinds of products these days, but you only need a tiny amount, so it will probably still last a fair amount of time. I really look forward to continuing on with it.
Estee Lauder BB Cream
What they say: This lightweight BB Creme delivers: An instant, even-toned, healthy look; Powerful protection with our proven Super Anti-Oxidant Complex and SPF 35; High-performance, oil-free hydration for All Skintypes.
What I think: I have to say that I haven’t been super impressed with this product so far. I found the two shades available are definitely limiting, and I also think it doesn’t go particularly nicely onto the skin, as I find it quite thick, but I think maybe if I mix it with a lighter foundation that I already own, maybe that will loosen it up a little and make it more of an appropriate colour. I do think it’s great that it has SPF 35, as it means that I can wear it and know that my face is protected from the sun, but I’m just not completely sold on it. But, as with anything else, I will keep trying it and perhaps I’ll find ways that I like it, but in comparison to some of the other products I’ve found, it’s not quite as good.
Clinique Airbrush Concealer
What they say: Airbrush Concealer is a light reflecting makeup must-have. Not only does it hide shadows but it also illuminates and perfects your complexion and eye area. What are you waiting for? – get Airbrushed now!
What I think: I’m really enjoying using this concealer so far – it’s great for hiding the under-eye shadows that I’m prone to and stands up really well against other brands I’ve used before. It’s not too heavy, but covers well and it comes in pretty versatile shades, so I’m sure there’s one out there to suit everyone. The applicator brush is lovely to use and it really just does a great job of concealing any little imperfections, especially if you just want to wear the minimal amount of make-up, and want to just cover up small areas. I’ll definitely consider sticking with the same one when this one eventually runs out.