Warning boys - this is a beauty post.

19 June 2012

isn't feedback fun??


'i like reading your blog, although when i realise that your post is all about girly stuff i just click right off it, i like the ones with the pictures and what you have been up to stuff'


'oh i loved your post when you mentioned about all the girly products you use, i am totally going to go get that nail polish. please write more.'

cant please everyone.
won't try.

i feel like writing one of those girly posts today, so boys you can click away now....
go find something geeky and manly to do.

for all you girls, here are my favourite products...

//my fav foundation

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation
benefits - 15-hour staying power, spf 10
coverage - medium to full, buildable
finish - semi-matte

having worked in beauty and front of house positions for the past 5 years, i have tried pretty much all the long lasting formulas of foundation out there and i have always come back to this one.

i need and want something that is no hassle.
this gets applied at 6.30am in the morning and doesn't need touching up at all throughout the day.
i havent ever found anything that lasts as long as this.

nothing compares.

the key to this foundation is to use a good serum and moisturiser underneath it.
i cannot stress this enough!!

the foundation itself is not moisturing and your skincare is what will give the make-up a nice cushion to sit on...
(but anyway who in their right mind uses a foundation to solely moisturise their skin???)
speaking of moisturising the skin....

// my fav skincare
i have one word for you; Clarins
during the 3 years that i worked for Clarins i really got to know their products and have continued to use them solidly since i left. (roughly a year ago now)
these are the Clarins products that i love

i used to hear it all the time; why is my skin not clear, why do i get this, why do i have that...blah blah...

9 out of 10 times the problem was not cleansing the skin properly.
it's a no brainer really, especially when you live in a city.

whether you prefer using water (like i do) or a cleanser and toner, it doesnt really matter.
what matters is that you find a cleanser that suits your skin and you use it!

i use the Pure Melt Cleansing Gel in the morning and the Gentle Foaming Cleanser (for dry and sensitive skin) in the evening.

the Pure Melt Cleansing Gel is a triple-texture gel that transforms into an oil when massaged into dry skin; melting away excess oils, heavy make-up and impurities. the addition of water transforms the oil into a silky milk that rinses skin clean.

firstly, i like the fact that you put it on to a dry skin. it changes things up a little bit.
secondly, i find it really beneficial to massage my face in the morning, get that nice glow!
thirdly, it rinses off clean without leaving the skin feeling tight and dry. a must for dehydrated skin.

the other cleanser, the Gentle Foaming Cleanser, is a creamy mousse takes away make-up, pollutants and grime without disturbing skin’s natural moisture balance. it also neutralises the drying effects of hard water, which is a bonus if you live in balham!

it lasts for ages and doesnt sting your eyes - none of that red-eye, fumbling around for a towel business here ladies!!!

i understand you may ask why i use two different cleansers, but i honestly couldnt choose between them both if i had to. they both do the same thing in slightly different is just a personal preference!

moving on to that serum and moisturiser i was talking about earlier...

if you have a de-hydrated skin (most of us are de-hydrated to some extent) this range is amazing... these two products are my favourites from the extensive range.

the HydraQuench Intensive Serum Bi-Phase is a really good one to immediately hydrate the skin, your skin will literally go 'aaaaaaah' when you put this one on.

you must shake it to mix the two phase's together and then usually two squirts is enough to smear all over your face and neck...

it is about £40 a pop, which i know is super expensive on a budget, but it really does moisturise much deeper down into the skin to restore it's natural hydration and as you use considerably less of moisturiser as a result.
my serum lasts me about 2 or so months on average depending on the time of year!

my daily moisturise is the HydraQuench Rich Cream. it is a thick, soothing cream which counteracts skin irritation and tightness and can be used day or night time.
i will say this again for the record, it is a thick cream.

((if you prefer light textures, try the HydraQuench Cream for normal to dry skin))

my skin seems to love this rich texture. it really comforts it, making it feel like it has a protective bubble over it, protecting it from all the horrible stuff out there.

at £33.50 is isnt the cheapest moisturiser ever, but a pot lasts me at least 3 months.

i use both these products day and night continually throughout the year.
((on holiday in a hot climate i switch to the lotion version of this cream))

----totes just realised it sounds like i am being sponsored by Clarins here...but i promise i am not, i just genuinly love these products!

these two are my favourite weekly treats.
the Gentle Refiner Exfoliating Cream and the Blue Orchid Treatment Oil. 

i like to think of these two as my sunday treats.

the exfoliator is a really nice gentle, yet effective product. 
it gives that feeling of a good old deep clean, but never irritating the skin as some scrubs do.

with the Blue Orchid Treatment Oil i tend to slather it on after i have exfoliated to add just that little bit more hydration. you can never be hydrated enough ladies. i only use this before i go to bedwell its an oil and no-one wants to walk around with an oily face do they?

well that concludes my nice girly product based post...was longer than i expected it to be so thanks for reading it all!!

Just to round things off nicely here is a completely unrelated picture of me, my sister and my dad from Fathers Day... 

the look on my dad's face is priceless...

I hope this post hasn't been too long or boring, if you have any questions etc etc, just fire me an email on

Love lots 
Joebeff x

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