10 Make-Up & Skincare Products Worth Buying

I hate to admit it but I am a real sucker for believing the hype about most beauty products. I just end up buying into the “trends”, even if I am sometimes a little late behind. Don’t get me wrong I don’t just spend, spend, spend, I do research the products before I buy them, but it is hard to think badly about products when they are hyped up by big beauty bloggers. However, I can’t just blame the online beauty community for making me buy expensive beauty products, I am a bit of a weak customer too. I easily get drawn into sitting down beside a beauty counter and listening to a beauty assistants’ sales pitch. I think I am their dream customer!

BUT, as I said before I don’t spend spend spend, I do take my time and make sure I’m investing in a product that is worth while and suitable for me. The list below shows you some of the products that have really stood out for me and would recommend you trying them out!

In no particular order…

  1. Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream


This cream is sold as a multi-use cream, but I only use this on my lips. I personally don’t like using it on my hands as it feels too sticky to rub in. Still, I have tried it recently when I had very dry knuckles and the cream worked wonderfully.

On my lips, it is pure luxury! I usually put it on once in the morning and once at night and my lips feel super smooth. Sometimes I even dab a little on my lips during the day to hydrate my lips a bit more.

This cream (more gel like) has lasted me AGES! I bought it a year ago and it still doesn’t feel like it is running out. It is on the pricey side but as soon as you try this on your lips, all other lip balms won’t compared. This product is luxury pampering for your lips.

2. Miracle Complexion Beauty Blender


Fantastic for blending in make-up! I use this sponge to blend in foundation and concealer every day. Once I have blended it all in I usually wet the sponge and dab around the edges of my face and neck to make sure I get rid of any distinctive foundation lines. This sponge is perfect for giving you a dewy look.

It is also very helpful in blending away bronzer/contour lines, especially if I over bronze/contour my face (which is a regular occasion).

3. Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette



I never used to be that fussed about eyeshadows as I was very impatient and failed whenever I experimented and tried out a “new look” on my eyes. My eyes never looked any different. I am still trying to master the smokey eye look but with this palette I am nearly there! What I love most about this selection of eyeshadows is that the colours are really pigmented you hardly need to put any work in when applying it to your eyelid.

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Finally, I can see a difference in colour when my eyes are open! So many eyeshadows just fade away or hardly stand out when I open my eyes. The colours are so strong but are still great for blending into each other. I may not have mastered the art of eye make-up just yet but this palette makes it a lot easier.

Favourite Shades

This particular palette has about five matte colours: Foxy, creamy and natural, Bootycall, bright and eye-opening, Tease, a taupe shade, perfect for applying to the crease of your eyelid and Blackout, which is great for lining the lash line. The reason I chose this palette over the other two Naked products was because of the beautiful gold/copper tones. These shades really compliment blue/green eyes.

4. Real Technique Brushes




The best brushes I have found so far! I am yet to try other brands such as Zoeva or Sigma, but compared to other high-end brushes such as Estee Lauder; Real Technique create perfect brushes.

I have the Limited Edition Duo Fibre brushes; they are great as they don’t pick up too much powder/product on the brush, making it easy to gradually add make-up to your face. They are so soft and also create great travel size brushes too.

For example, I love my Real Techniques Retractable Kabuki Brush:

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I take the collapsible blush brush with me everywhere. To be honest, I use it for everything when I’m out and about.

5. Kiehl’s Face Wash


This is an example of me being persuaded to buy a product by a pushy sales woman. I am actually very impressed with this face wash; it does exactly what the lady said it would do.

Dehydrated skin? Try this face wash!

If you have dehydrated skin like me, your skin will more often than not feel tight and dry after cleansing. Although my skin still feels a little tight after cleansing (we can also put this down to diet and not drinking enough water), I have found this face wash to be very gentle on my skin. After cleansing, my skin felt fresh but not ‘stripped of its natural oils’. Thinking back to some of my previous cleansers (Neutrogena Visibly Clear PG Daily Scrub and Cliniques’ Foaming Sonic Facial Soap) they were definitely too harsh for my skin, making my skin feel extremely tight and dry almost straight away. It may be a little pricey but this face wash did last me quite a long time! I think about eight months, which I think is pretty good!!

6. Kiehl’s Avocado Eye Cream



A cream that actually feels like it is hydrating my tired eyes.

The thick creamy texture feels amazing underneath your eyes. I have currently run out of this cream and I am definitely noticing the difference! The skin under and around our eyes is extremely thin so we need to pay it more attention to it, especially with dehydrated skin! The eye area is so sensitive that WE ALL need to have an eye cream to pamper our most delicate area of skin.

7. Clarins Hand Cream

Clarins Hand Cream | Katie Woo

This hand cream isn’t oily and drys instantly on your skin. Once you have used this in the day, you don’t need to keep re-applying. I would apply this twice a day and my hands would feel soft and hydrated. Also smells good too!

8. Bobbi Brown Eyebrow Pencil – Rich Brown


I find it really handy having a product that has a pencil/crayon AND a brush in one stick. Very handy for on the go!

DSC00844 It says pencil but I would say it is more of a soft, thin crayon. This is my favourite brow pencil at the moment. It is really soft to apply and it is easy to build colour; it is hard to overfill in your eyebrows with this.

I have recently learnt to leave my eyebrows alone (yes, I did go through the overplucked eyebrow stage, and it wasn’t that long ago!). I used to use a Nars eyeshadow called Blondie (I swear it was eyeshadow) for my brows, using an eyebrow brush. BUT THEN… I could never find that eyeshadow again, so I moved onto pencils, Rimmel, Estee Lauder and then to an eyebrow pencil that had no name (completely rubbed off). This was the stage when I could so easily over do my eyebrows.

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After growing my eyebrows out a little more I wanted to find something that didn’t hide my hairs, I wanted a more natural look. I was looking for an eyebrow kit, with a pencil and brush together so I could fill in my eyebrows and brush out some of the colour. I found Bobbi Browns eyebrow pencil at the airport and it is perfect! It has soft crayon like consistency so applies very gently to your skin. It gently fills in my eyebrows and voila! I can actually see my eyebrow hairs. No more dark brown slugs on my face (fingers crossed!)

  1. Skinceuticals Retexturing Activating Serum


Amazing! But sooo pricey!

Ok, one of my head in my hands moments, and I can’t believe I bought it. Again I didn’t realise the price until the lady said it at the till, but stupidly I just went along with it (don’t ask me why). I got home in a panic and thought what have I done?! This better be worth it! Luckily it has been amazing! I am now on my last few drops, which I use sparingly, only for special occasions or pamper evenings. I miss this serum so much. I used to use it every day, AM and PM.
What is it? What does it do?
Serums include concentrated minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, (etc., etc.) and treat the deeper layers of your skin. One thing that I did like about this serum is that is included hyaluronic acid. This acid is great for dehydrated skin and helps your moisturiser to really absorb into the skin. I’ve tried my best to explain… but to be honest, I still don’t know a lot about how it works and why… I AIN’T NO SCIENTIST.

I recently found Cassandra Bankson on YouTube, a beauty YouTuber; she explains exactly what serums are – I found it very helpful.

(Watch the first 2 minutes)

I adore this product, however, I don’t think I will buying it anytime soon 🙁 not at that price anyway. Unbeknown to me I didn’t know anything about Skinceuticals but now realise I bought a product from one of the top dermological brands in the UK. So if anyone is lucky enough to try some of their products try then give this serum a go… and send me some too, please!

  1. Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm




Best skincare buy in a long time!

This is the best decision I have made for my skin. As you will read here in my review (Emma Hardie Review), Caroline Hiron was right about taking the time to cleanse properly after a full face of makeup. It is so simple and easy to use and in the morning my skin thanks me. I wake up feeling fresh faced and cleansed. I have to be honest there have been a few old nights when I have been so exhausted I have reached for a makeup wipe… but feel so ashamed doing it (as dramatic as that sounds). As Caroline H says, make-up wipes just spread bacteria around your face. You make-up might have been taken off but your skin is definitely not cleansed! Even if brands say they are “cleansing” wipes.

According to Caroline, super skin guru, “make-up wipes are for one thing… festivals, flights and fannies” – her words not mine people!

What a lovely note to finish on… sorry  :/  just made me laugh.

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