Back when I used to enjoy making YouTube videos, I shared my favourite products on a monthly basis – because I’m a walking cliche. Since I fell away from the platform, I feel like I don’t share my favourites as much as I could, so I wanted to sit down and have a chat about five of the products that are impressing me most right now. For the most part, they’re new to me, but there is one that’s been a staple in my routine for nearly four years now, too.
I used to be obsessed with trying the newest everything and I just had to own every shade going, but over the past few months, I’ve become a lot better at actually sticking to a routine and finding the products that work for me. For the most part, it’s because of my mission to reduce my spending, so I’m trying to actually use things up instead of jumping on the next bandwagon, but it’s also down to the fact that I’ve found some really damn good products.
Let’s dive in, shall we?
I’ll start off with old faithful, The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Oil. Regulars around these parts have probably heard me rave about this before, as it’s been a firm favourite of mine for a good few years now. I fell away from it for a while, trying out some alternatives, but none have impressed me quite as much as this beauty.
This cleansing oil ticks all my boxes. It’s gentle, soothing and refreshing, leaving my skin silky soft and feeling super clean. It cuts through even the heaviest of makeup with ease, without irritating my skin in the slightest. The pump leaks a little which is a tad frustrating (but after a good ten or so bottles I’ve just come to accept), although it’s nothing major.
I’ve never found a cleansing oil that works quite as well as this one, so I’d recommend it to all and sundry. At £12, it’s pretty purse friendly, and a bottle can last me up to three months. Plus, The Body Shop nearly always have some sort of offer on and do 25% off for students, so you can usually snap it up for cheaper on the website.
The next two favourites are both masks, which doesn’t surprise me in the slightest, to be honest. I finally jumped on the Glossier bandwagon back in December and picked up the ever-so-popular Moisturising Moon Mask after hearing Kate La Vie rave about it. Dry skin is the bane of my life, as I repeatedly go on about, so I had high hopes for this guy.
Much to my delight, it works a treat. I use it as an overnight mask and never before has my skin looked so bouncy or felt so soft come morning time. It’s super soothing and leaves my skin feeling nourished like nothing else. I’m kind of annoyed that I love it so much because I didn’t want to be sucked in by the Glossier hype.
A pot of this beauty will set you back £18, which isn’t cheap but isn’t ridiculous either. I’ve had mine since the start of December, using it nearly every single night, and there’s barely a dent in my pot – so it’s worth it. If you haven’t made an order from Glossier yet, you can get 10% off your first order using my referral link and I’ll get some store credit to soften the blow of my newfound obsession.
The other mask I’ve been loving – and actually using like a mask instead of a moisturiser – is the L’Oreal Pure Clay Glow Scrub. I picked this up on a whim when I was in Boots, having just run out of my favourite mask from The Body Shop, and it’s been love ever since. It’s half the price of The Body Shop mask, and often on promotion too, which is a huge bonus.
Although, now that I look at the description, it would appear to be more of a cleanser than a mask? Oops. Oh well, I use it as a mask 2-3 times a week, leaving it on for 15-20 minutes at a time then removing with a muslin cloth. Even if this isn’t quite how it’s supposed to be used, it works for me – leaving me with soft, glowy skin and clearing up my dry patches.
On New Year’s Day, I had a ginormous purge of all of my makeup, cutting down from three acrylic storage boxes and countless bags to one box and one bag. It was pretty cathartic if I’m honest. Like I mentioned before I used to be a bit of a hoarder with makeup, and would keep countless shades of the same thing even if I didn’t wear it.
I raved about Revlon towards the end of last summer, and five months on that love is still going strong. Revlon very kindly sent me some of their new lip products at the start of the year and I am seriously impressed with them all. The leader of the pack for me, however, has to be the Super Lustrous Lipsticks, of which I now have three.
These are seriously creamy lipsticks that come in four different finishes, with a decent colour range to cover the staples in your lipstick collection. I have Bare Affair, a warm-toned pinkish nude that I wear most days now, Bombshell Red, which is a stunning deep red, and Naughty Plum which, as the name suggests, is a dark plum shade.
They wear well, are comfortable to wear, and aren’t all too painful on the purse either. I’ve been using them alongside the Colorstay Lipliners which have been a very welcome addition to my lipstick collection. Like the lipsticks, these are super creamy and easy to apply, with great lasting power and not at all drying.
And finally, I’ve saved the best till last. The It Cosmetics CC Cream is raved about by beauty gurus far and wide, but for so long I just didn’t get the hype. At £30, it isn’t cheap, and I was reluctant to part with that much money for something I hadn’t even tried yet – particularly when the shade range is so limited.
But then, I tried a little sample size and everything changed. As soon as I applied this, I understood the hype. I’ve never found a base product like it, and after using the sample size for a couple of days I instantly set up shopping alerts for my shade – which I snapped up as soon as it came in stock.
In the past, I’ve never found the perfect CC cream, and I’ve always had to compromise on something – but the It Cosmetics offering is something else entirely. It’s got brilliant coverage but it looks super natural and doesn’t feel heavy or cakey on the skin. It lasts all day long, without slipping or settling into lines, and the shade actually matches my skin. Obsessed isn’t even the word. It’s my new holy grail product, and I don’t think I could be without it.