Tara’s treasures – comes from our resident beauty boffin… Tara Adamson, our self-confessed beauty addict.
She is the David Attenborough of the beauty industry because what she doesn’t know about the latest products out there, isn’t worth knowing. Trust her, she knows her beauty…
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Bourjois New Radiance Reveal Healthy Mix Foundation, £9.99, for 30ml
This is the reformulated version of the Healthy Mix Foundation and it’s definitely one of the best foundations that I’ve ever had the pleasure to use. It comes in a hygienic, clear glass bottle with mess free pump dispenser.
It’s a fresh-smelling, long-lasting, silky smooth foundation which blends well when applied with a brush, sponge or even fingers; it works well either over a primer or just over your normal day moisturiser.
It’s a comfortable, weightless foundation to wear, leaving my skin beautifully hydrated, never dry or tight. It evens out the complexion and reduces the look of pores, covers imperfections and redness, but doesn’t sit in or exaggerate my fine lines.
New Radiance Reveal Healthy Mix Foundation has medium coverage and leaves you with a natural looking, flawless dewey finish; its not heavy or cakey looking.
This is a fantastic product which I’ve been reaching for time and time again; plus it’s great value! www.boots.com
Bourjois Cream Blush, £6.99
You can apply this Blush with your fingers, but I’ve got the best results when applied with a Real Techniques Stippling brush; the effect is exquisite.
Available in four very wearable cream to powder shades with beautiful velvety textures, they are light on the pigmentation front, but buildable and blend seamlessly on the apples of your cheeks.
You can create a sheer wash of colour or build the layers up for a more dramatic look. These blushes make you look absolutely radiant with health – I tried 03 Rose Tender which is a gorgeous soft pink with very subtle silvery sparkles which instantly makes you look like you’re glowing from within. And they smell gorgeous too. Available from www.boots.com
This Works No Wrinkles Wonder Essence, £30
But, reading between the lines and seeing the video by Kathy Philipps, creator of This Works, I was somehow convinced that I needed this in my life!
Wonder Essence comes in typical This Works double skinned pump dispenser which I’m not a huge fan of – it’s bulky and you have no idea how much you have left.
This product was inspired by Asian ritual essences and is described as ‘Your beautician in a bottle, a daily treatment to help reduce skin imperfections’.
It’s a water-based product with a lovely texture; lightweight and non sticky with a clean, fresh smell and was designed to help diminish lines, wrinkes, skin pigmentation issues and enlarged pores. It sweeps away dead skin cells; gently exfoliates with a blend of natural Protease Enzymes, hydrates and rejuvenates with Hyaluronic Acid. I’ve been using two pumps on my face after cleansing, morning and evening.
The idea is to warm the liquid in the hands before pressing into the face, neck and decolette after toner, but before using a serum. It is absorbed immediately into the skin leaving no sign it was ever there in the first place, but it does give a lovely boost to the skin and helps to balance it out.
I’ve found this Essence works in place of my usual exfoliating toner, plus it’s much more gentle than using a regular exfoliator as it doesn’t cause any damage, especially to delicate or sensitive skins. I loved using this product; strangely, I found it very therapeutic to use and will inevitably repurchase (shhh, don’t tell my husband!) particularly as my skin looked rejuvenated and radiant – it was a lovely way to wake my skin up to face the day. From www.thisworks.com
I’ve not used any Daniel Sandler products before, but have heard amazing things about them; so, I thought I’d try a couple of his bestselling products out.
Watercolour Blush in Cherub, £15.50
Watercolour Blush is a fluid contained in a tiny squeezy bottle which you need to shake gently first as it does have a tendency to separate. Less is more here; use this product very sparingly; you can always build up the intensity, but you can’t tone it down easily.
Pop a few drops onto the back of your hand and blend onto the cheeks with fingers or a brush; I found it worked best with a Real Techniques Stippling Brush. Used lightly and blended well, it creates the most beautiful sheer colour that works with your natural skin colour rather than against it.
I tried ‘Cherub’ a very pretty, super flattering, cool pink with a very subtle silvery shimmer running through it which doesn’t transfer onto cheeks; it’s also available in 12 other colourways to suit all skin shades. It has good pigmentation, is buildable and easily blended to create a weightless, seamless blush with a lovely dewey finish which won’t shift or fade all day. Ooh; and it’s water resistant! Watercolour Blush is definitely a worthwhile investment in your collection; I would imagine one of these little bottles would last a good couple of years, even with regular usage; it will not be leaving my make-up bag again!