One of the ways I keep myself occupied on a long haul flight to the US will come as no suprise to you if you are a regular reader of this blog…
I make lists! Some take form in my brain as I doze off, listening to the in flight entertainment system, whilst others have been meticulously researched and noted down in a shiny new notebook labeled ‘USA Beauty Buys …’
Beauty buys and Discoveries…
Closely following on the heels of my new found interest in clothes now I’m in my Fifties, comes a whole new obsession with makeup and beauty products. I feel like a teenage girl all over again, swooning at sight of those sweet smelling, smartly packaged beauty products.
Do you remember those days? Mary quant make-up from Boots became my weakness in the late 70’s.
Technology has moved on so much since those days and although the classics still survive in their newer forms… Clarins Eau Dynamisante springs to mind, along with Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair (how I love that stuff)
…Mary quant make-up from Boots became my weakness in the late 70’s…
I digress so back to the my top 5 list of beauty buys and discoveries.
When visiting the US I like to try and find the beauty products that either have not been launched in the Uk yet, or are unavailable to us perhaps due to shipping regulations. This is sometimes because beauty product cross over into the chemical and pharmaceutical market and US and UK have different regulations as to what we can or cannot buy.
1 NEUTROGENA RAPID CLEAR ® Stubborn Acne Cleanser
The Neutrogena Acne range, is a miracle worker for anyone suffering from mild acne. We have two members of the family who have already benefited from this brilliant face wash. So much so that I have asked my Mum to bring more when she next comes over to the UK! there is a version in the UK but it has different ingredients this one is stronger!
…Help get clearer skin with NEUTROGENA RAPID CLEAR ® Stubborn Acne Cleanser. This daily face wash is clinically proven to rapidly reduce the size and redness of stubborn acne in just one day. The maximum strength formula contains 10% benzoyl peroxide, the acne medicine dermatologists recommend most for clearer skin without a prescription. With continued use, NEUTROGENA RAPID CLEAR® Stubborn Acne Cleanser works to reveal clearer, healthier looking skin…
2 Neutrogena® Age Shield Face Oil-Free Sunscreen Lotion Broad Spectrum
I am sure you can buy similar here in the uk, but this is under approx £7.00 and does exactly what it says on the packet ie shields from both uva AND uvb damage. Small enough to keep in my handbag and perfect for no make up days outside…
This sunscreen has been formulated with clinically-proven HELIOPLEX®, an advanced sunscreen technology with superior broad-spectrum protection from skin-aging UVA rays and skin-burning UVB rays. It screens out UVB burning rays and helps stop UVA aging rays from penetrating surface layers for deep cellular protection. This dermatologist-tested brand sunscreen also contains skin conditioners to help hydrate and replenish skin. The formula is non-comedogenic and oil- and PABA-free.
3. Sanctuary Spa Wet skin Moisture Miracle
I have always used a body cream or lotion after the shower, but if I’m in a hurry on a work day then I skip it, I simply dont have the luxury of time to let it sink in before I get dressed. Therefore anything that saves me valuable time in the morning is a friend of mine!
This one is a new discovery and I was sceptical at first of the ‘wet skin’ words of label. You actually put it on as you turn off the shower, whilst still wet, and then towel dry as normal. My top tip just pat dry as it sinks in fast
It smells divine and the fragrance lasts all day, plus its non greasy. Win win then?
Plus you can try it at the introductory price of only £5 (usually £8) between 5th July & 1st August 2017. Available from most Boots stores & on Boots.com – http://www.boots.com/sanctuary-spa-wet-skin-moisture-miracle-200ml-10229030
3. L’Oréal® Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise
It says in the description that the “Smooth glide formula provides silky volume in one coat. Lashes are feathery soft to the touch”
So believe me they really are, no glup, no sticky stuck together lashes. Just very pretty long and natural eyelashes, like your own should be but probably aren’t!
Its truly amazing I bought this one from the states, but I’m pretty sure its out over here now too, just in slightly different packaging? Buy it!
5. Clinique Pep-Start™ Eye Cream
The usual story I was given some Clinique pep start eye cream as a sample, noticed a much needed improvement to my dark circles and puffy eyes and had to buy it!
…Oh how I wish there was a cream like this for my body! Ha yeah Clinique please make me less puffy, brighter and calmer..
The minute the cream goes on, the skin around my dull morning eyes feels cooler and calmer, within an hour maybe less I notice a difference much less puffy. Within a week the dark circles looked brighter too. How I wish there was a cream like this for my body! Haha yeah Clinique please make me less puffy, brighter and calmer!
My personal beauty philosophy:
After many years of trial and error I know what I like. However, I am never afraid to try new things and be open to change and new experiences. I firmly believe that this, as well as being happy and content with your life, your body and yourself is what keeps us all young…. Oh and a smile always a big smile!
PS It took me 53 years to realise this!
So let me know if you fancy any of these beauty buys or have you already tried them?