Just a very quick look at what I had on my face (makeup and skincare) when I shot Tuesday’s Colab Competition video intro. I did it all in a bit of a rush because I needed to get the video out early in the morning, but I was nevertheless incredibly pleased at the way everything turned out. Especially the face base. So, from the first layer upwards, here’s what I had on my face.
Skin 1: Paula’s Choice “Resist” Replenishing Toner, £18.28 here. More what I’d call a moisturising water (or something) than a toner, because (rightly or wrongly) I always think of toners as being slightly acidic, perhaps a bit tightening or with some kind of exfoliating property. This one is refreshing, hydrating and extremely soothing – brilliant if you have to do a lot of makeup changes (which I do, when I’m filming a lot of videos at once) or if your skin feels a bit angry and sensitive. It’s my new face-calming super-tonic!
Skin 2: Time Bomb Powerball Intensive Moisturiser, £36 with free delivery at Amazon here. I fell in love with this intensely hydrating, non-greasy face cream last year – it worked on my combination skin, and it has been brilliant on my slightly drier pregnancy skin. It sits well underneath makeup and the moisturising benefits are long lasting – overall, it outperforms even some of my most expensive creams. Read the full review here.
Foundation: Bobbi Brown’s new Intensive Skin Serum Foundation. Full review coming up in the next week, but for now I can tell you that this a very glowy, very hydrating foundation with a gorgeous finish. It has a few failings, but I need to collect my thoughts and pore over my skin close-ups before committing myself to a verdict! If you like the way this looks and want to take a look at the foundation online then you can find it at John Lewis – it costs £40.
Bronzer: the bronzage you can see going on is thanks to one of Chanel’s new Les Beiges face powders – it’s not out for another week or so, but rest assured I’ll be getting you some before-and-after pics before it launches.
Eyes: I’m wearing the pinky-copper shades from YSL’s Rock Resillé palette (think this might have sold out as I can’t find it online), with the darker shades used as a kind of smokey liner. Lashes are painted in Givenchy’s Noir Couture 4-in-1 mascara (love it – I’ve been using it for over a year and it hasn’t even gone claggy. And before you all go “ewwww!”, do some research into makeup “sell by dates” and how big brands like you to keep throwing out your expensive products after just a few months. For your own good, obviously. You’ll probably come to the conclusion that some things need chucking, most are incredibly well-preserved. You can find Noir Couture online here.)
Lips? Lips are just bare. After all of my recent lipstick testing, I decided that I wanted more of an undone, unfinished look!