My selection of outstanding beauty products. The winner is the one listed next to the category. Few highly recommended products that make their way to the selection pool are listed after the winning product.
Products launched in 2010 are highlighted in green.
Make Up Remover - Aesop Parsley Seed Facial Cleansing oil, a gentle, anti-oxidant and vitamin-rich cleansing oil that effectively removes grime and make-up without aggravation, and rinses away easily with tepid water. Its exhilarating aroma makes it my favourite make up removal.
Eve Lom Morning Time Cleanser comes second due to its slightly astringent/clinical aroma & requires more effort when it comes to rinsing, in fact, I still prefect to use a muslin cloth to remove this otherwise superb cleansing & detoxifying paste.
Cleanser – Shiseido Revital Cleansing Foam, enriched with amino acids & hyaluronic acids; This ultra foamy cleanser purifies thoroughly yet gently.
Shiseido White Lucent Brightening Cleansing foam comes close, with it’s clarifying & brightening action, but can be a bit drying compared to Revital.
Toner – Sisley Phyto Blanc Lightening Toning lotion, freshens, tones & brighten the complexion; Leaves skin toned & hydrated with whitening botanical extracts.
Bobbi Brown Hydrating Face Tonic is a skin conditioning tonic that restores and balances skin, leaving it soft, soothed and perfectly prepared for the treatment products to follow. It’s enriched with mineral water, cucumber, chamomile, licorice, aloe leaf, lavender & Vitamin B5; Very concise & basic, yet effective.
Origins Dr Weil Mega Mushroom Treatment lotion is great for sensitised, inflamed skin with its calming, soothing & hydrating actions, but could leaves skin slightly greasy and has a distinctive aroma.
Serum - Nude Advanced Cellular Renewal serum, restructures, repair & protects skin; Simply fabulous with a light yet nourishing texture that leaves skin nurtured & radiant.
Sisley Sisleya Radiance Anti-Aging Concentrate & Guerlain Abeille Royale Youth Serum have almost identical texture & delivers similar results, but come with extravagant price tags. Sisleya Radiance does has the additional brightening effect & Abeille Royale smells gorgeous & leaves skin velvety soft.
Facial Oil – Sarah Chapman Skinesis Overnight Facial treatment, this silky oil lifts & perfects the skin, whilst encouraging a healthy glow, leaving skin refreshed, toned and radiant.
Rodin Olio Lusso Luxury Face oil is equally heavenly in terms of aroma & finishes. Pure natures delight!
Antipodes Joyous Night Replenish Serum is more affordable yet as effective. It contains a concentrated extract from the vibrant Himalayan Goji Berry, enriched with proteins; and a base of super fruit oils such as red raspberry seed and blackcurrant, both high in essential fatty acids.
Moisturiser – Lierac Premium Wrinkle-Filling Nutrition Cream, a nourishing cream with hyaluronic acid solution, 5% B-Relaxor Complex® and the rare luxury of black flower extracts ( black rose, black orchid and black poppy oil ); This cream is simply divine to use!
Bobbi Brown Hydrating Intense Night Cream, a concentrated night cream that boosts skin’s ability to recharge and rehydrate, plumps fine lines and improves skin tone and texture. White Birch extract maintains elastin and promotes skin repair; Shea Butter, Jojoba, Olive, Sweet Almond and Apricot Oils soften and comfort skin; Protein Activator helps promote natural collagen production; Rice Bran extract and Apple extract even skin tone; Green Tea and Vitamin E provide antioxidant protection. A marvellous moisturiser.
Nubo Cell Dynamic Overnight Recharge Totale, a cosmeceutical-strength formulation without controversial chemical ingredients that converts free radicals ( waste by-product from skin cells metabolism ) into oxygen, thus stimulates cell renewal. This buttery soft cream envelops skin with extreme nutrition & hydration.
Eye Treatment – La Mer Eye Balm Intense, a luxury eye cream that pampers your eyes like no others; A groundbreaking treatment for ageless eyes.
Lip Treatment – By Terry Baume de Rose, a rejuvenating, reparative, strengthening, nourishing and anti-ageing treatment that enhances the voluptuousness of the lips and leaves them radiant; It has high concentration of lipid-building substances and essential rose wax.
Chanel Hydramax + Active Nutrition Lip care, a hydrating & refreshing lip balm that instantly melts into the lips, making them feeling soft & supple, without a hint of stickiness or waxiness.
Mask - Ila Face Mask for Revitalising skin, an organic mud rich in purifying green clay, detoxifying minerals and healing Himalayan salt crystals; It also contains essential fatty acids and oils ( Argan, Rosehip seed, Rosa Damascena) to nourish and replenish the skin. This is the winner as it comes in a mega tub, yet feels as luxurious & sophisticated as my other 2 favourite masks.
Chantecaille Detox Clay Mask, a soft, purifying black kaolin clay mask that firms and improves skin tone, tightens pores, improves smoothness, balances oiliness and eliminates blemishes/blackheads.
Sisley Express Flower Gel hydrates, tones & firms in 5 minutes; It drenches skin with immediate moisture and effectively seals them in, leaving the complexion revived & glowing.
Sunscreen – La Roche-Posay Anthelios 45 Ultra-Light Fluid for Face, a synergistic combination of patented high efficacy sun filters and powerful anti-oxidants to further protect your skin, even at the cellular level; Feels weightless, non occlusive & has a matte finish despite it’s high protection ( with photostablized sunscreens for broad-spectrum and longer lasting protection ) & waterproof formulation.
Clinique Sun SPF 50 Face Cream, SolarSmart technology stabilizes high-level protection against UVA and UVB rays; Triggers a repair that helps prevent signs of aging, with solar-activated antioxidants that help prevent visible damage. Gentle enough for sensitive skins.