February 17, 2012

Beauty Newbies

I posted my current favourites earlier this week and I was half-tempted to throw these three things into the mix. However, I haven't really been using them for long enough to know for certain that they deserve favourites status but, I thought I'd give you a brief idea of what I think on first impressions!

Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer: I have a bit of a fraught relationship with concealer. I am very thankful that I don't really need it for blemishes but, whenever I do use it for dark under eye circles or redness it never seems to sit properly on my skin.

Both MAC Studio Sculpt and Studio Finish concealers end up looking scaly on my skin, especially under the eyes so, I decided to try something a bit more viscous and light which is where Lasting Perfection came into the mix.

I didn't want to spend big bucks on a concealer since I don't use one frequently and, with the rave reviews this once has been getting, I figured it was worth the €6 punt.

I picked the share Fair which seems to suit my skintone well. I dot this wherever needed using the doefoot applicator and blend it in with the Sigma Precision Round P82 brush.

So far I'm very impressed. It doesn't sit on my skin, cake or appear scaley and the Sigma P82 helps give it a really flawless, airbrushed finish.

Kerastase Elixir Ultime: Would you believe I've never tried a hair oil before? It's just not something I've ever considered worth spending my money on but, rest assured, I've since seen the error of my ways!

However, I have had this Kerastase sample sitting around since an event late last year and decided to give it a shot after seeing Laura rate it so highly.

My hair is naturally straight and quite soft but, Elixir Ultime has brought a whole new meaning to sleek hair! I just use about two pumps of this in the ends of my wet hair after brushing it out and it dries to a shiny finish with no flyways!

Oh, and possibly best of all, it smells like my favourite Tom Ford perfume, Violet Blonde!

La Roche-Posay Effaclar K: Dee has been raving about La Roche-Posay's Effaclar range of products since early last year. Targeted at congested, acne-prone skin, I never really thought they were for me but, when nothing would clear the blocked pores across my nose, I thought it was worth giving a shot.

It's early days yet but, I have to say I'm impressed. My pores look a lot smaller and cleaner and, while my skin did purge for the first 3 or so days of use, I haven't had any spots since which is amazing. I feel like my skintone is looking a lot more even and it will be interesting to see how my skin fares as I continue to use the tube up.


  1. im realy breaking out right now so im curious about la roche!

  2.'ve left me with some new shopping list considerations...:)

  3. Hi Sinead! I was also considering buying the Effaclar K after reading Dee's post, mostly for congestion much like yourself, would you mind updating in a while? Thank you!

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