It’s quality, not quantity. I’d much rather a select line from a beauty brand rather than ten mediocre collections one after the other. I think as there are so many brands out there in the market it’s hard to gain a consumer's trust and keep them loyal. I’ve tried hundreds of different beauty products and brands over the years but some have stood the test of time. They grantee effective and high-quality products every time.
A brand I shied away from for a while, I pictured it being for older women but they have some amazing treatments for acne-prone skin. Their classics like the Beauty Flash Balm and the Gentle Exfoliator have been up for numerous beauty awards and been on millions of dressing tables worldwide. I would also thoroughly recommend their spa treatments and facials, I reviewed the Detox Shine Stopper here.
As for make-up, Clarins have a beautiful line of classic colours, suitable for all ages and ethnicities. Their summer collections are always lust-worthy too.
My recommendations: Lotus Oil, Eye Contour Gel, Instant Light Lip Balm and Gentle Exfoliator.
Close to Clarins, Estee Lauder is a brand that caters to all but seems to be aimed at older women. Their Estee Edit diffusion line looks to target the younger cosmetic users, I’m yet to try anything but the packaging is so unusual.
I’ve only tried the Advanced Night Repair Serum from their skincare line but I’d love to try more. It is on the pricer side so perhaps something I would add to birthday or Christmas lists.
Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess has it’s moment every summer, seriously it’s like a sunny beach holiday in a bottle. I’m eyeing up the blush, highlight and bronzer trio from this year’s collection too.
My recommendations: Advanced Night Repair Serum, Double Wear Foundation and Bronze Goddess Perfume.
I first came across Elemis products in a spa, their products offer results but have a relaxing and soothing scent, great if you want a pamper at home. The Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm is THE best at removing makeup and feels like a treat to your skin when you apply it. I also adore their Pro-Collagen Marine Cream, it's so luxurious and adds an instant boost of hydration to the skin without leaving it oily.
My recommendations: Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm, Pro-Collagen Marine Cream, Apricot Toner and Frangipani and Monoi Body Cream.
If you want effective masks whatever your skin concern is, choose Origins. I have their three famous masks, Drink Up Intensive, Clear Improvements, and my favourite one of the trio, Out of Trouble, which stops breakouts in their tracks. I also adore their Eye Doctor eye cream, it keeps my eczema at bay.
My recommendations: Drink Up Intensive Mask, Clear Improvements Mask, Out of Trouble Mask and Eye Doctor.
LA ROCHE POSAY
Hands down THE best high street brands for acne. Their lotions and potions have really helped over the years, their Effaclar Duo being my most raved about product. I would also recommend their SPF if you have oily skin, it gives a matte finish to keep oil at bay in the sun.
My recommendations: Effaclar Duo, Effaclar Mat, La Roche-Posay Anthelios AC Anti-Shine Matte Fluid with SPF 30, Serozinc and Effaclar K.
What brands to you rely on?