A couple of weeks ago, I delved into the world of Escentual, apparently in an effort to torture myself as I enter the second week of beauty spending ban. My first order from Escentual still hasn’t arrived yet (I’m in Ireland, not Outer Mongolia), but nonetheless, that wishlist function is getting some serious action lately. Whoops.
Beginning with Avène, we have the Cleanance Mask, £15
I’ve become something of a mask obsessive lately, but my Botanics Shine Away Ionic Clay Mask isn’t going to last forever. Containing kaolin and thermal spring water, this product is famous for its decongesting, soothing and mattifying properties. Right. Up. My. Street.
Also, I am totally buying a can of the Avène Thermal Spring Water soon. Because, want.
Then, there is another French brand that I am chomping at the bit to try out, Caudalíe. The Beauty Elixir (£30.40) is apparently stuff of magic.
Inspired by Queen Isabelle of Hungary’s Elixir of Youth, it uses lots of lovely natural ingredients to boost radiance, minimise the appearance of pores and set make-up. I’m throwing this one on the list because I’m a history nerd, and because it just looks like the bees’ knees. And that little bottle will look looovely on my dressing table.
Another Caudalíe product made its way onto the wishlist; the Vinosource Moisturising Mattifying Fluid, £23.
Summertime and my skin tend not to get along. I don’t burn, I just can’t keep the excess oiliness that summer brings under control. The Vinosource Moisturising Mattifying Fluid would be a useful little product for moisturising my skin while keeping shine at bay. Being non-comedogenic and containing grape water and anti-oxidants, I’m hoping that it will help to keep my skin hydrated and soothed, but not clogged and weighed down.
Sometimes my attention turns away from my face and onto my hair, believe it or not. Escentual stock Bumble and Bumble, a brand that I need to try, to see just how good it actually is. I’ve popped the Thickening Dryspun Finish Spray (£21.50) onto my wishlist.
I know, I have thick hair. Why do I need something that amplifies my mane even more? When I straighten my hair, it actually tends to lie very flat, particularly on the second day. Rather than boosting it, the thickness tends to weigh it down at the roots instead. This spray claims to texturise and revitalise limp hair. I think it’ll work best being spritzed into my roots and ruffled into the hair, and hopefully my hair won’t feel heavy or overworked. There’s only one way to find out, isn’t there?
And of course, we have the product I’ve been constantly promising to buy, yet never actually buying it. Clarins Gentle Exfoliating Brightening Toner, £22.
I don’t think I’ll go into detail yet again about how much, and why, I want this HG toner. Seriously, I’d be boring the pants off myself at this stage. Suffice to say, I need and I’m still swearing blind that I’m going to buy it.
Have I tempted you yet? Soon I’ll be sharing my Beauty Bay wishlist; stay tuned!