Hi loves, I've been trialling lots of new beauty products over the last few weeks and I wanted to share my favourites with you. If you follow me on snapchat you may have heard me mention some of them already but if not you're in for a treat! Before we start I just wanted you to know that I haven't been paid to blog about any of these products, all opinions are my own!
Let's start with skincare, I'm in my mid...pushing towards late 20's so anything that promises to help me fight ageing has quickly become a must. I'd heard about retinol before as I've been using Pestle and Mortar's Superstar Night Oil for about a year but I wanted to try something with a slightly stronger strength. I've now been using Reform Skincare's 1% Retinol Cream for the last two months and can definitely see a difference. I take it right up under my eyes and that's where I've noticed the biggest change. I had started to notice a specific wrinkle setting in a while back, fast forward 10 weeks and it's definitely reduced. I can't recommend Reform's line enough, I swear by their Hyal Vitamin C and E Serum, I use it religiously every morning along with their SPF 30.
Also helping me fight my eye wrinkle, my new 100% Mulberry silk pillow case! I had wanted one for ages so when Vintage Glamour started selling them, the salon I get my lash extensions done in, I had to get one! Silk contains a natural anti ageing protein that's good for your skin along with the fact that it helps prevent your skin creasing the way cotton can. Another plus, they save your blow-dry, silk stops your hair pulling while you sleep so perfect for maintaining styles over night!
Human and Kind is a beautiful brand from Cork that I was introduced to this year and quickly fell in love with. Their body soufflé smells like heaven as do their body washes but their stand out product has got to be their Family Remedy Cream. I spoke about this on snapchat and filled you guys in on how it's a life saver if you have any kind of skin irritation. I use it if I ever get that dreaded rash from waxing or have any kind of severe dry patches. It's incredible for eczema and psoriasis and can be used on kids too as it's all natural, just do a patch test first.
Spotlight Teeth Whitening is another Irish brand I'm loving at the minute, they come in 2 week kits with easy to use strips. The brand was created by 2 Irish dentists from Galway and is the only European teeth whitening brand that contains hydrogen peroxide the active whitening ingredient. I didn't notice any sensitivity after use and my teeth are looking a lot brighter! Bye bye Crest!
Ok, lets move on to makeup. In my quest to find a concealer that won't highlight fine lines I've fallen back in love with Maybelline's Fit Me Concealer. I usually mix it with my Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer and they are a match made in heaven, super luminous, full coverage and brightening. I love mixing products, I'm also doing this with foundation at the minute. The Hourglass Vanish Foundation Stick is super full coverage but I like using it on top of my Armani Luminous Silk Foundation just in areas I need a little more help. For me it'd be too dry to wear on it's own but if you have oily skin you might love it!
Staying with Hourglass I usually use their Veil Mineral Primer, an old favourite however I decided to try their No28 Serum Primer this time instead. If you have dry skin you will love this, it feels like an oil mixed with a silicone primer and makes foundation glide on like a dream. If you are oily, avoid this like the plague as it's not for you! It's packed with vitamins and essential oils so I love the fact that it's treating my skin as I wear it all day long. 2 for 1 if you ask me.
I recently got to try some of Powder and Pout's makeup brushes and their Flat Contour Brush has quickly become a favourite! I use it with my Laura Mercier Cream Contour Kit and it gives me cheek bones I never knew I had! Their brushes are all super soft and affordable too. They are just as good as my Zoeva brushes and a little less expensive so they're a win for me.
Let's finish with a bit of sparkle, I have fallen in love with Stila's Heaven Hue Highlighter in Kitten. It's a cream powder hybrid that is so gorgeous on the skin it has to be seen to be believed. It doesn't leave a chalky powdery finish on the skin the way others do which means it's perfect for during that day as it gives your skin an undetectable gleam. Kitten is a champagne shade but it also comes in a rose and more bonze tone too. Pop in to a Stila counter and swatch it to see for yourself!
Kitten is a champagne shade but it also comes in a rose and more bonze tone too. Pop in to a Stila counter and swatch it to see for yourself!
I'm doing a little giveaway over on Instagram to one winner and a friend or family member of her choice the chance to win a Spotlight Teeth Whitening Kit each to try and see the difference for yourself! I'll link my account below as always so you can find out how to enter! Jodie xx