Thursday, 30 November 2017

Recent Beauty Revelations: Excellent Makeup And Skincare Products From re:p, 3CE, Eminence and more...

In recent months, I have tried less new products than I used to. I grew wearisome of changing up my skincare routine and worried it was not for the better so I stuck, largely, to old favourites and, as for makeup, I've largely forgone all eye products (shadows, liners and mascara) except for the dressiest of occasions. As a result, I haven't discovered lots of new things but the products that I have deigned to try have largely been successes. I went into using many of these items, expecting to love them and they proved me right. Firm new favourites have been acquired. Serious discoveries. And here they blow.

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Eminence's Blueberry Soy Exfoliating Cleanser

A few months back, I was contacted by the PR team that represents Eminence in Ireland and the Anne McDevitt Laser & Skin Clinic and sent this product. Interested in it and the clinic, I reached back out to them and interviewed one of their skincare experts to ask some important questions about taking care of your skin and common misconceptions about it. At the time, I had only been using this cleanser for a few days but was already in love and now, having finished it and having nearly cried when I realised that I had finished it, I can say that it was true love, indeed. First of all, it smells like the yogurts I are as a kid and doesn't taste half bad either. Not that I was snacking on it but, unavoidably, when washing my face with it, some got in my mouth. When I joked about it tasting good to the girls at the clinic, they laughed and agreed and said that it is a bonus that it is natural enough not to do you any harm if accidentally ingested.

This is an exceptionally gentle but effective cleanser. The overall texture of my skin vastly improved while using it and I'm really missing it now. Once I use my current exfoliator, I'm going right back to it. While this, alone, (the effectiveness) sells the product, I have to say that the pump packaging is an added bonus that makes it easy and sanitary to use and was just the cherry on top of an excellent product.

re:p Organic Cotton Treatment Toning Pad

Speaking of handy, this toner is exactly that. It comes in single-use pad form and is easily swiped across the face. No prepping a cotton pad yourself with a bottle of toner, just grab one and you're a-go! When you have many steps in a skincare routine, as I do, these few saved seconds really matter, though they may seem unimportant.

While this isn't the cheapest toner in the world (it varies where you buy it but it'll set you back around 40 quid), it is great at getting rid of that tightness after cleansing really, really quickly. Plus, my skin has always reacted happily to it, even when the heating started to be turned on in Autumn and the skin on my eyelids got really sensitive for a while, as always happens. Additionally, it is one of the few cruelty-free skincare brands, which means it is now one of my few avenues to get that advanced South Korean skincare tech!

The Sumita Centre Stage Mascara and Eye Pencil

Sumita launched a while ago but, as I mentioned, I wear eye makeup very infequently these days so I never dug into the samples I was given at the party. That is, until around a month ago, and I was really pleasantly surprised. The launch featured a topless dude painted gold and the mascara is one of those kinds with fibres so I didn't think we were going to mesh, aesthetically or spiritually. However, I shouldn't have judged a book by its cover as the products are not as basic and not me as I had assumed. The mascara actually can be used for a really pretty, fluttery, subtle effect. No doubt, you could build it into something more dramatic and ostentatious but, as is, it is merely pretty. It's exactly what I, personally, want from mascara. Apparently, it has a growth serum in it, too, but I don't use it on a daily basis so I can't report on that!

The eye pencil, meanwhile, is the first I've used in ages and I was blown away by how soft and creamy it is! It blends like a dream, is easy to work with and doesn't skip or drag over the eyelid at all. It's pretty much converted me back from pen liners.

Bottega Verde's Rossetto Liquido Tenuta Estrema in Red Kiss

Speaking of blending like a dream, this liquid lip from Bottega Verde does just that! Bought on my family holiday to Tuscany in September, it has been a firm favourite since and pretty much the only thing I use on my lips now. Applied directly, it is a vampy true red shade and applied and blended out as a gradient lip, it is a pretty rosy shade. I'm obsessed.

3CE x Maison Kitsune Blush in Ginger Pink 

And speaking of obsessed, if that Bottega Verde lipstick has been my one and only go-to lip product, this is my truest blush love. I've been unfailingly loyal since I got my hands on it. Again, a rare cruelty-free South Korean brand and a stunning collab, this was a must for me because of the shade: basically, the pretty pink colour that kids' faces turn after they run around outside. It's beyond pretty and exactly what I had been looking for for months.

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The starred products were given to me as press samples. However, I was not paid to review them and all opinions are my own.


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