When it comes to drugstore concealers, there are undoubtedly very few options for deeper skin tones. Along with that comes the hustle bustle of swatching among a dozen others around the counter, trying to get a glimpse on the tiny mirror. I’d rather avoid that. But I managed to pick this one from Miss sporty in the shade 3 dark, out of two others – #1 light and #2 medium.
I am that girl. The ones who obsesses over wearing sunscreen all year round. As long as their is daylight, there is sunscreen. I am convinced it’s not an obsession per say, it’s a label I got from others. Which is why, I will often reapply secretly. Please tell me I’m not the only one. Anywhoo… Here’s five sunscreens that I have used religiously past seven (atleast) years or longer.
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer is the one that converted me to a sunscreen worshiper. At around 16-19, I had oily skin. Absolutely everything slipped off within maybe an hour. Btw, I lived in India. The temperatures are well above 26 Degree Celsius on most days. Ultra sheer was the only one that stuck and stayed. This one will give you a SPF of 50+ (PA+++). The texture is not the nicest. It doesn’t give the worst white cast either, I will say that there is a very sheer film definitely. It was INR 400, which is about £4…happy student budget!
Best for: Oily skin, Humid weathers
La Roche-Posay SPF 50+. La Roche-Posay can do no wrong, or atleast till I tried this disaster sunscreen. With a SPF of 50, it is thick gloopy and makes me look like Morticia Addams. So why is it in the list? It protects, non-sticky, it is smudge and water resistant. So at a time when I did some outdoor sports, this was the one. At around £15, this does seem bit much. I won’t be re-purchasing this but I haven’t quite found a body sunscreen that is not sticky and has high SPF.
Best for: Sun Intolerant skin, Sensitive skin, Outdoor sports like running, bootcamp etc.
Boots Vitamin E Eye Cream. SPF 15. It’s a basic sunscreen that is safe to use around eyes. I have very sensitive eyes and this one works. It’s easily available and under £3! It is often on offer at Boots too. The texture is light and tinted. The tint is a very sheer, as good as nothing. This will suit any skin type, any skin tone.
Best for: Under the eye
Alpha-H Daily Essential Moisturiser SPF 50+ is my favorite amongst the bunch. With SPF 50, it is incredibly light and easy to wear. No weird white cast on face, no perfume. The texture is almost like a cream serum. There is no greasiness but is still moisturising enough on parched skin. The only con, it is £29 for 30ml and right now is only available online. And boy, does this run out fast!
Best for: Pretty much an all-rounder, Dry Skin
La Roche-Posay Hydraphase Intense Light SPF 20. Much lower than my usual SPF, but is perfect for winters. I wrote about it back in November. This does have perfume in it, so it might not be ideal for everyone. I don’t mind it. This one I think is nice on dry skin too. There is another moisturising version of this -La Roche-Posay Hydraphase Intense Riche, which I might switch to next. Priced at £16.50, I think is worth it.
Best for: Combination Skin
Ultrabland. One step cure for very dry flaky skin. On the risk of sounding a bit farfetched, I have to put it out there, that this put my skin at ease on first application. Not the most pleasant smelling, but it is wonderful for what it does.
E45. This is such a basic cream. Recently upgraded to a massive tub. I would say this one is a Brit version of french pharmacy must-haves. Combined with Ultrabland, this duo has helped me get my skin back to normal. It does nothing else but moisturize.Weleda Skin food. While herbal scents are not particularly pleasant to me, I like the smell of this. It’s not an usual petroleum based multipurpose balm and feels nice on the face too – not sticky and gross. Atleast on mine, I have very dry skin right now. I wrote about it in a previous post too.
Having tried few Indeed Lab products, Retinol reface is my favorite. It’s only maybe two applications away from being empty which makes me sad cos it really did make a difference. Used it in conjunction with Hydraphase sunscreen from La Roche Posay, for 50ml, surprised it’s still not empty. Haven’t come across a body lotion or hand cream that does a better job than the Norwegian formula from Neutrogena, at that price. Oh wait, there is E45, which I like more cos it can be used on the face too.Breakfasts scrub from Soap and Glory is the bomb. Love most of their scrubs but the smell of that one scrub is just so (aptly named) yummy. Spa sanctuary set was a present and I’m so glad it was given to me because I wouldn’t really pick them myself if I saw them in a store. The mande lular smell is gorgeous. Give it a whiff if you see it. The body souffles are light, airy and perfect for summer. The body butters are heavier in consistency and moisturizing factor, nice for colder months.
Loreal’s hair expertise range is quite something. What really dragged me in was that all the products in the range are sulphate free. I am not sure if sulphates are really a problem, but the products work. The shampoo, conditioner and mask with golden packaging are the best ones. Vector force cream, which is to be used in damp hair, before blowdrying. It acts as a heat protectant.
Sensiphase does a good job at soothing, like it says. Sometimes, I felt like it was not as hydrating as I would like. Oily skin types, or people who generally prefer a mat look will like this. Resurface night cream is best for dry to normal skin, it’s incredibly hydrating. The exfoliating factor in it is not as potent that you would feel tingling or see any immediate difference. This was my to-go moisturizer many nights where I just wanna go to bed ASAP.
Elasticizer -Athough discovered at the very end of last year, I have to include it cos it was frankly, a miracle product for my hair. I have written about it here. Overtime, I have started using Botanics face oil everywhere but my face. I love it. It’s a lovely moisturizer, on the face sometimes, can feel a bit too much. I love this one for below the jawline moisturizing. Azafran’s rosemary and cream soap is made of dreams, It’s one thing I haven’t found a dupe of. Still remember the fragrance of this one, it was so good.
I have discovered tons of good stuff last year but this year I really want to try out some high-end skincare. Being 28 now, think it’s time to re-evaluate what my skin really needs. I am currently reading the book “pretty honest” by Sali Hughes and I have to say, for someone who started using an eyecream at age 16, to read that is unnecessary is quite mind-altering. This book has changed my perspective, I now look at toners as scented waters. So I am doing a little experiment of excluding toners and eye cream completely for a month or so. Next post is a little haul and personal goals for 2015.
Don’t miss the battered lipstick there. Loreal’s crazy fuschia has traveled with me everywhere and likely this year too. The lightest pink from No.7 bb lips, is a great base for matte lipsticks like Bourjois Rouge Editions. It’s got a little “stick” to it, that helps moisturizing lipsticks not bleed out the edges. It does not transfer as pink as in the swatch, not on my lips anyway.MAC cremesheen glass formulas are great, if you fancy and subtle to medium gloss, this one in loud & lovely is gorgeous. There’s one I don’t have in the swatches. Dior Addict Highshine in Rose Backstage. I am literally, saving this one now because it’s about gone 😦
Bourjois healthy mix foundation plus Real Techniques stippling brush is a lovely combo. It’s not the most easiest to work with if you have primer on though, the stippling brush makes an imprint. Without primer, it goes on like a dream. Hypersharp liner has lasted me well over 7 months, it’s not even dry yet. The formulas is lovely, except it doesn’t seem to last very long, maybe about 4-6 hours, but you can layer this on an existing line. I like how thin the tip is, makes it easier to fill in lash gap.From top left, clockwise is Rimmel sweetie crush in 009/candyfloss cutie, BarryM gelly in rose hip, Sally Hansen double duty base & top coat, Essie in the shade allure, Tanya Burr nails in New York night. Lakme Absolute Gel stylist in caramel melt, that I had when I lived in India has the best nude nail polish for me. It’s just the right consistency and formula. It outgrew my nails!
Paco Rabanne Black XS is how I would describe, sweet and dark. Another similar fragrance to this one is Loverdose Eau de Toilette spray, which is maybe just slightly less sugary. I love just having those little Zara ones in my bag. To me, they are perfect for work, not too sweet or flowery.
Next post is favorite skincare from 2014!