A BEAUTY JOURNALIST’S BEAUTY ESSENTIALS

BATD ON Mar 04, 2014 AT 4:18 pm

by Annie Vischer

Chanel Les Quatre Ombres, The Body Shop Aloe Soothing Moisture Lotion SPF15, Dior Blush Creme.

Chanel Les Quatre Ombres, The Body Shop Aloe Soothing Moisture Lotion SPF15, Dior Cheek Creme.

Everyone has their must-have beauty products. Not just a ‘thing’ you can’t do without. We all need moisturiser, we all feel a tad more awake with under-eye concealer, just because it makes us look more awake, and anyone who tries to deprive a girl of coverage during the winter months is a gonner. But what about specific products? We’re talking brands, shades, consistencies. Everyone’s skin and colouring is different, meaning there are bound to be some products out there that hit the mark more than any others could ever hope to. I have my morning beauty routine down to a tea, and some products, though essential, are interchangeable. I love a black eyeliner, a brown eyeshadow to blend etc. But as long as the shade is right, most brands will do. But here are the products that I need. The products that am set to buy again for as long as I can. These are the ones I won’t give up.

The Body Shop Aloe Soothing Moisture Lotion SPF 15.

The Body Shop Aloe Soothing Moisture Lotion SPF15.

I have sensitive-ish skin. I was always told this by my mother, but it rarely flared up and after going through numerous skin quizzes in the likes of Girl Talk and Mizz Magazine, I was convinced she was wrong, and I have combination skin like every other teenage girl should. That was all until I strayed from her prescribed moisturiser for me and used Nivea on my face. The results were horrific, to a looks-obsessed young girl at least. My face puffed up and red patches developed around my eyes. Moreover it made my skin more sensitive than it had ever been before. The hunt began for another moisturiser, and we stumbled upon this little wonder. Soothing (as it promises), perfume free and with SPF15 it ticked all the boxes. I used it religiously for years, all the way through university, throughout my magazine internships and beyond. I have tried most other moisturisers going. Some silly party of me felt that I should be using something more expensive and glitzy, but honestly? Nothing has come close to being as suited to my skin than The Body Shop Aloe Soothing Moisture Lotion SPF15 (£11.00).

Chanel Les Quatre Ombres.

Chanel Les Quatre Ombres.

I have already said that my brown eyeshadow is interchangeable, but when it comes to upping the intensity of my eye look for an evening out, the Chanel Les Quatre Ombres in Mystic Eyes (£38.00) is a one stop shop for subtle glamour. The colours suit my skin tone perfectly. I apply the soft pink to the inner corner of my eyes to open them up, before blending through the light mink colour to the centre of the eye. The brown I use a little of in the centre of the eyelid, and the black colour I use as a smudged liner to add intensity to whatever degree I desire, or my outfit demands.

Chantecaille Just Skin Tinted Moisturiser.

Chantecaille Just Skin Tinted Moisturiser.

It took a while before I ventured into the world of foundation. I was always very lucky with my skin, which errs on the side of clear and even, so foundation never seemed like an essential. Moreover I was terrified of getting the colour wrong and looking entirely ridiculous. As I learnt more about it though, I saw the benefits the right choice bestowed. A lift of colour, a little glow. I tried so many, but couldn’t shake the feeling of having a painted face. I felt almost claustrophobic under the total coverage. Eventually Chantecaille Just Skin Tinted Moisturiser in Glow (£57.00) made its way to me. If it was possible for a makeup base to fit you like a glove, I’d say that that’s exactly what it did. The lighter coverage felt comfortable, the colour didn’t mask, it complimented, and the result was glowing skin with an even tone. Simply put, I haven’t looked back.

UNE Breezy Cheeks Blush, Dior Cheek Creme.

UNE Breezy Cheeks Blush, Dior Cheek Creme.

Choosing the right blusher for yourself depends entirely on skin tone, colour and texture preferences. UNE Breezy Cheeks Blush in B02 was perfect for me. I like the dewiness a cream blush gives my cheeks, and this compact little treasure was no exception. The colour was absolutely perfect for me too. Professionals say you should take note of the colour of your lips, or the colour your cheeks turn when you blush naturally, and match to find your perfect blusher. It is fairly unusual for people to pick up on your blushed and say how much it suits you, but those are the sorts of compliments I garnered. Now prepare yourself for the worst news (it’s taken me a while to get over it). It has been discontinued. I don’t want to talk about it any more. I bulk bought a set of refills on Ebay and am not even thinking about a future without it. My rebound at the time was Dior Cheek Creme in Capri (£20.40). It is beautiful in colour, soft and velvet in texture. A gorgeous product. Not UNE, but a good, satisfying little replacement at the time. But I left my heart with UNE.

Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara.

Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara.

I am very particular about my mascara. VERY. I have dark lashes, thick lashes that curl quite nicely, so my priority is finding one that defines without any sight of a clump, adds volume but in a neat glossy way. I have been known to dismiss a new mascara just on the look of the brush. Like I said, I’m particular. My favourite is Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara (£10.99).Somehow the plastic brush grabs at every lash, defining and lengthening as it goes. It’s been around for a while, and as of yet I have not found one to rival it. My trick is waving the wand about a little to dry the mascara a touch before I apply. Before, this mascara is at it’s best when it has lost a little hydration, and applies in a thinner, lighter manner.

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