I’ve been trying a few new beauty products over the last few months (see here, here and here) and so I thought it was the right time, going into the festive season, to let you guys know about the products I’m excited about at the moment. I love finding pieces that I love going towards Christmas, when I feel like I want to look more fancy more often and I’m often getting my photo taken – we all want to look our best over the holiday period, especially if it’s going to be documented.
1. Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush & Liquid Facial Soap
This was a bit of an extravagance for me – I’m usually a simple hot cloth cleanser kind of girl, but I knew that I wanted to buy something that I could use twice daily that would really brighten up my skin. I feel like it really gives my skin a deeper clean, getting rid of impurities, dirt and pollution that I feel sometimes sits on my face and can be difficult to dislodge, and I’m loving the results so far. I’ve been using it for over 2 months and although I had a few breakouts right at the beginning of use (I assume down to my skin being cleaned out) it now makes my skin clear and really fresh. I’ve only needed to charge it once and I’m using it with the liquid facial soap, which still has two thirds of it still left in the bottle – great value for money.
2. BareMinerals Flawless Definition Mascara (Black)
I’d never tried a BareMinerals mascara before giving this one a go and I have to say that I’m completely in love. I have quite long lashes, so don’t need a huge amount of length enhancement from mascara, but this does a great job of separating, defining and enhancing what I have, and it looks great. I’m going to find it tough to switch back to any other product once this one runs out, so it might have to become my new regular.
3. BareMinerals Frame & Define Brow Styler (Universal Taupe)
I never used to bother with defining my eyebrows, as they’re pretty much a match with my hair colour and grew fast enough that they didn’t really get patchy. But since I bought this and started using it, I’ve realised what a big difference filling in my brows does for my overall look – everything looks more framed and polished when they have an extra bit of colour and definition, so I’m definitely a convert to the humble eyebrow styler. There are probably lots of products out there that do a lot more to your brows than just a little filling in, but that’s just what I like at the moment, so I’m going to be sticking with this product – I may move onto something more adventurous in the future!
4. Benefit Benetint Cheek Stain
Again, I’d been pretty limited with my face colour before I tried this cheek stain, sticking to powders and creams for my cheeks in the past, but I have to say that I think I’ve found a new beauty staple in this gorgeous stain I’ve recently started using. I love the bright colour it gives, and the ability to build on that colour in stages once each layer has dried. The brush applicator makes for a targeted delivery of the product, and I would definitely be excited about trying some of the other options available in the tint range for a bit of a change every now and then.
5. Benefit High Beam Highlighter
I’ve tried a few highlighters over the last year or two – some good (Bobbi Brown) and some pretty bad (Avon), but this one is awesome and adds such a beautiful glow when applied to cheek and brow bones. Again, the brush applicator is pretty fun and means you get full control over how much you add, layering if you want to for a bolder finish. I only had a little bottle included in the set I bought, but I imagine it’ll still last me a decent amount of time, as you only need a small dab here and there to create the perfect look.