Monday, 23 April 2012

Beauty Heroes (1-3)

The Beauty Hero Rules:
1. I have to have used the item for over six months
2. The item must have been re-purchased at least once


So, I thought I would share with you some of the products that I readily recommend to family and friends. Firstly though, I wanted to set out some rules. The first rule comes about as a result of reading beauty blogs that rave about a new product and then the next week it's some other wonder product and after a week of the old 'must have' they're not so convinced it was ever that great! Annoying. Furthermore, all of these products are ones that have been tested over months (sometimes years) and have been repurchased at least once. You'll notice some obvious basics (such as mascara or moisturiser) are absent, that's because I've yet to find the 'Holy Grail' of such products so generally I flit from one brand to the next, hoping to find the elusive perfect product for me.




MAC Lipsticks
I'm going to do a full post on my favourite colours over the next couple of weeks, but when I want a new lippie I generaly head straight for MAC. They have a massive range of colours/ finishes and are pretty resilient: I have a ton and have use them daily, they've never dried up/ changed consistency (even after a few years) and only one has ever snapped on me. Top tip: if you're getting products costing over £25 from MAC you can book a free make over (more about that in my MAC lippies post, coming soon). 

Mitchum Deodorant
Okay, so this isn't at all glamorous but neither is sweaty pits! This is a couple of quid and I can hand on heart say I've never ever had a damp pit or nasty pit whiff when wearing this stuff. I'm sure it's full of chemicals but it does what it says on the label and I've been a devotee of this stuff for a good few years now. It's the only deodorant I've found that allows me to dance the night away and not smell even by the next lunch time! Genius.


L'Oreal Studio Secrets Smoothing Resurfacing Primer
There's probably no way of following on from the last product without making myself sound like a right sweaty beast but hey ho! I went through a bit of a quest to find a primer that delivered what it promised but to no avail. Then, one day I was in Boots and came across this little pot of magic for just over £10. Use a tiny amount (think half a pea) and apply it to your nose, forehead and chin; I avoid applying it anywhere else as I like to have a natural look and let some shine come through on my cheeks. You need to make sure you gently blend it with your fingers otherwise you can end up with white streaks as it isn't fully transparent until blended. I've yet to find another primer that comes close to this and it makes a HUGE difference if I forget to apply it before my morning slap. Defo another beauty hero (though probably only for oliy/ combination skin).


Would love to hear about some of the beauty heroes that save you on a regular basis.xxx





29 comments:

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    1. Tell me about it! Anything that stops my face resembling an oil slick is a winner in my book!x

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  2. I love MAC's lipstick too. Beautiful colours and texture. I can't even tell you how old some of mine are, and they still seem good. ;

    I nominated you for a blog award! But I'm not expecting you to do a post since you have had to do so a couple times recently! Sending some love your way anyway....
    http://womaninreallife.blogspot.ca/2012/04/awards-season.html

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    1. Thank you so much, it's very kind and much appreciated! I'll be sure to give you a big-up in my next post.x

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  3. I love MAC lipsticks! They are probably one of my favorites! And I've heard good things about L'Oreal's Primer, I think I'm going to have to get some and try it out myself.

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    1. Yes, I'd defo give it a go. I use it daily and each tub lasts me over six months so it works out as great value for money.x

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  4. I was reading some of my favorite blogs and I came across yours. I'm a Sanderson myself and of course I have become a follower.))

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    1. Ahhh, well us Sandersons (and Smiths) have to share the love! I'm following.x

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  5. Clinique "Quench" moisturizer is amazing. I love how their mascara goes on, and it looks really lush, but tends to smudge if you get the least bit damp. I will have to try the primer, I always have an oily nose by 10 AM!

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    1. I know what you mean about Clinique mascara, I had a few sample of their range when I'd bought other Clinique products but whereas I love the glossy colour I don't appreciate wearing my mascara on my brow bone or under eye area! I may have to give the moisturiser but I've a backlog to use up first!x

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  6. Thanks so much for the product recommendation. I love hearing about your likes and don't likes. It would mean the world to me, if you'd check out my latest post!
    XoXo
    Morgan
    http://thesocialboutique.blogspot.com/

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    1. I had a peak, love those neon brights.x

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  7. I just started to follow your blog and I adore it.
    this year i am trying to make my dreams come true.

    follow back please?
    please & thank you, :)

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    1. Hi Kristen, I had a look and your style is amazing but probably a little young and trendy for me! The clothes look great on you but I'm a bit too old to imitate them, great blog though.x

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  8. I agree MAC lipsticks are always a sure winner, I've never had any problems with their quality and always find myself heading their for my lippy fix! Mascaras are a bit of a funny one for me too, I rarely re-purchase the same one, always searching for an alternative! xxx

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    1. It's a pain isn't it? I've tried mascaras for £6 that stand up to those I've tried that are £20. Generally, a good mascara for me is one that stays put and one that gives me stumpy little lashes as much length as possible.x

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  9. I love MAC lipsticks :) Great post x

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  10. I really love mac lipstick, such great quality!

    Stop by soon!

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    L from sweden

    http://isbla.blogspot.com

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  11. Sweaty beast! I use that deodorant too. Love the look of that primer!

    Hope you are good :)

    Lucy Loves To Blog

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    1. Haha, it's a great deodorant isn't it? My mum occasionally bulk buys it for me when it's on offer (I'm not sure what that says about me, or her, or our relationship!)x

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  12. I love this colors of the lipsticks!!!

    Thx for the nice comment on my blog :D I follow you now and hope you follow me back :)

    http://shopaholichousewife.blogspot.de/

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  13. LOVE your blog!!
    www.indulgenceissimple.blogspot.com

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  14. Mac lipsticks are one of the best things that have ever happened to me


    grace
    http://herumbrella.com
    http://posheventplanning.com

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  15. Hi,
    Thanks for your comment**

    we will be followres!

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  16. mac lipstick are THE BEST!!! great choice =)

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  17. I just started following your blog & i adore it.
    I am trying to make my dreams come true this year.

    follow back please?
    thank you <3 :)

    http://obsesspresh.blogspot.com

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  18. Thank you doll! I hope I do...I'm so excited. Make sure to subscribe to my twitter (kittygabel) for continuous updates- I'll be needing your input to pack my bags! ;) Love the blog, as always.

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  19. I like your approach to talking about your faves. I'm yet to find a deodorant that's perfect for me, I'll have to see if I can find the Mitchum deodorant. Who would have thought that deodorant would be that difficult! I posted about my travel must-haves (http://vanishaslife.blogspot.com.au/2012/04/travel-must-haves.html)

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