Jays Current Top 10 Holy Grail

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Many of us bloggers and non-bloggers alike have certain beauty products that we love to use time and time again. However, we all have those certain products that have a very special place in our hearts, because when we use them they make us look and feel our absolute BEST. These are what we refer to as “Holy-Grail” products. They are products you keep repurchasing, have solved your biggest cosmetic woes and probably have a few back-ups of just in case you run out.

I decided to sit down and think long and hard about the products I use the most and that I cannot go without. It was extremely difficult to whittle it down to just 10 products because in reality I could probably do a Top 20 list.  I ended up chosing products which I feel are either revolutionary in their function or that make my life easier through using them. I’ve reviewed most of these products before so please check out their individual reviews if you want to know more.

1) Clinique Take The Day Off Oil Cleanser. This is the best make-up remover I have ever used. It is perfect for oily skin, fragrance free and gets every single bit of make-up off my skin.

2) Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation. As an oily skin gal I cannot tell you how amazed I am with this foundation. It is long lasting, gives amazing coverage and controls oil. Hallelujah!

3) Urban Decay 24/7 Liquid Liner Perversion. I’ve tried numerous liquid liners during my years but this one is my absolute fave. It is jet black, easy to apply, doesn’t clump, doesn’t dry up and doesn’t smudge or flake.

4) MAC Pro-Longwear Concealer. When I need full coverage concealing I look no further than this bad boy. It covers my under eye baggies completely and lasts all day.

5) MAC Studio Sculpt. This is another holy grail foundation, perfect for anyone between normal to oily skin. It gives really good coverage and can withstand humid weather whilst looking incredibly skin like.

6) Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade. I can’t sing enough praises for this product. My eyebrows have literally transformed since using this. Gone are the days where I spent ages using wax pencils or powders to fill in my brows. This cream is so soft, it applies like a dream and allows my brows to look amazingly hair-like.

7) Paula’s Choice Hydralight SPF 30 Moisturiser. Again, those with oily skin recognise how difficult it is to find a SPF moisturiser that doesn’t feel like you’re applying paste on your skin. This moisturiser is light, hydrates the skin and also gives great UVB and UVA protection. I will not leave my house without it.

8) Bourjois Volumne 1 Seconde Mascara – This is my holy grail mascara. It curls, thickens and lengthens whilst not smudging or flaking and all for under a tenner!

9) Paulas Choice 2% BHA liquid and 10% AHA Weekly Resurfacing Treatment. Okay, okay I know this is cheating but I kind of regard the chemical exfoliants as one product *ahem* lol. The BHA liquid has made my blackheads disappear completely and the AHA weekly treatment sloughs off the top layers of my skin to reveal baby soft, glowing skin.

10) Paula’s Choice Antioxidant Serum. For the daytime there is literally no better serum for my skin. This serum contains a lot of antioxidants and is hydrating whilst not exacerbating my oiliness. It also sits wonderfully under make-up.

So I hope you enjoyed this post. Now, I would like to know, what are YOUR holy-grail items? Comment below and let me know.

Until next time …

Jay x

Paula’s Choice Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment 10% AHA (Glycolic Acid)

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It’s been a while since I exfoliated my skin with a scrub. The reason being that scrubs/microbead exfoliators will successfully remove the topmost layer of skin for a short period but don’t have any long term benefits. Furthermore they can actually cause damage to the skin by making small lacerations on the skin surface. AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) chemical exfoliants are a step up from scrubs which don’t cause any damage to the skin whilst exfoliating and are beneficial to building new healthier skin.

AHA is commonly used in salons as a chemical peel but in higher concentrations (40%+) as it is proven to penetrates the skin to produce keratin and collagen. 10% AHA Glycolic Acid from Paula’s Choice is an effective and safe version to use at home but should not be used more than once a week. If you experience any sensitivity or redness the frequency should be reduced.

Taken from the Paula’s Choice website:

“This exclusive, extraordinary resurfacing treatment is an exfoliant formulated to reveal youthfully radiant skin overnight. It couples age-fighting antioxidants with 10% glycolic acid—ingredients proven to stimulate healthy collagen production and reduce wrinkles. A unique liquid delivery system, along with innovative soothing anti-inflammatory ingredients, guarantees impressive results that are visible from the first application. In less than two weeks your skin will experience improved texture, color, tone, and a noticeable reduction in the appearance of wrinkles. With ongoing use, skin becomes firmer and is better able to further resist the signs of aging.”

This chemical exfoliant comes as a clear liquid, it does have an unpleasant chemical smell (doesn’t linger) and no added fragrance. During the first few minutes of applying this with a cotton pad I experienced some tingling and itching which quickly subsided. You have to apply this exfoliant after toning and before your serum, avoiding the delicate eye area. If you have sensitive skin it is advised to wash it off your face after 10 minutes, otherwise the product is suitable for all skin types.

I used this product three nights ago and I have to say I am astounded at the results. My skin looked bright and smooth the morning after, just like after a facial, and the results are still visible three days on! After using this exfoliant I don’t think I’m going back to using the scrubs anymore as this is a much more effective and long-term solution to my anti-ageing concerns. One thing to note when using AHA exfoliants is to ensure you always wear a 25+ SPF cream during the day as they can make you photo-sensitive.

Jay x

Beauty Wishlist – February

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There’s a lot of beauty related items that I really want at the moment but creating a wishlist really allows you to visualise and differentiate between what you want and what you need. I’ve managed to whittle my wishlist down to 10 things I want to buy in the next few weeks.

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1) Paulas Choice 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant

2) Paulas Choice 10% AHA Weekly Resurfacing Treatment

3) Narciso Rodriguez For Her EDT

4) Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil

5) L’Oreal False Lash Telescopic Mascara

6) Etude HouseDarling + Syn-Ake Bio-Cellulose Mask Sheet

7) Clinique Superdefence SPF 20 Age Defence Eye Cream

8) Laneige Water Sleeping Pack

9) Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer

10) Annie’s Way Arbutin + Hyaluronic Acid Brighting Jelly Mask

Whats on your beauty wishlist? Comment below and let me know.

Jay x