Many things influence our decision to purchase a particular cosmetic product from the array of selection we are faced with, however how many of those items do you actually use up and would you repurchase?

Entering shops such as Boots, Selfridges, Debenhams and even more so online, we are greeted with a very wide selection of choice when it comes to cosmetics.

I’m sure I’m not alone in the amount of bags, boxes and even cupboards stuffed with cosmetics that I seem to have accumulated over time.

What makes you choose a product? For me it can be a whole host of reasons from recommendation, special offers (I’m a sucker for a GWP), what it claims to acheive and….dare I say it packaging! The amount of items I have bought because of the logo or the fact that it’s pink or gold or that it’s just insta worthy, it’s ridiculous (bet I’m not alone though).

I am actually a nightmare for buying something new that isn’t really required and starting to use it before finishing my current product, which quickly escalates to bags and boxes of half used products.

As I entered 2019 I tried to consciously finish a product and discard the packaging before buying something similar, or at least before opening something new.


My professional kit is a different matter I have selected items, probably about half my kit that I use on almost every job and all those items I would and do replace before they run out, that still leaves half of my kit that is purely there just so I can be prepared for lots of skin types/colours and offer a range of looks.

By clinging on to half empty cosmetics we are just being wasteful and potentially allowing a breeding ground for bacteria, as once opened some products should really be used within months.

So when we wade through the mountain of products how many of them have we used and loved so much that we would repurchase?

For this post though I want to focus on my personal beauty items that I use on myself, if you would like me to do a post on my kit favourites please comment below.

When I decided to write about this topic and actually gave it some thought I was really surprised how few items there actually are.

I love skincare and love trying out new products however I have wasted a lot of money trying things that don’t agree with my skin or I just don’t like so now I try to keep my staple things that I know work for me.


Nivea Daily Essentials Double Effect Eye Make-up Remover – A definite multiple repuchase for me. This product I love, it is super affordable and does the job. I wear waterproof mascara so need something super effective to remove all traces without endless rubbing. I also use this all over my face as a first step cleanse to breakdown my foundation, as its more affordable than the cleansers I use it means I am using less of my more expensive cleansers to remove my makeup.


Garnier Micellar water – Another multiple repurchase, I use this both personally and professionally. I have tried other micellar waters and always seem to go back to this one. I don’t use it to remove my makeup but I always use it in a morning to wipe over my skin before I apply my morning skincare.


La Roche Posay Hydraphase Intensive – This is another product I love and again I’ve tried other products that claim to be similar but this is my personal preference. Read more about this product in my post Hydration Helpers


Paula’s Choice Retinol – I have only ever used over the counter Retinol and have tried a few brands and in my opinion this is by far the best. It’s not cheap, but it works and I have and will continue to repurchase this


These are the skincare items I have repurchased so far, I am currently using a few more items that I’m sure I will repurchase once they are finished, so I will keep you posted in a Part 2.

On to Make-up:


Estee Lauder Doublewear – I’m sure I mention this product in every post…I should have shares in it I buy that much! I have tried soooooooo many foundations and ALWAYS come back to this one. It’s purely the longevity of this product for me, I don’t need to powder, it doesn’t transfer and it last’s all day.


Nars Creamy Concealer – There was a Dior concealer that I loved however they annoyingly discontinued it. I’m not sure it’s a Holy Grail product on myself but I have tried a LOT of concealers and for me this one is always my preferred choice.


L’Oreal False Lash Architect waterproof mascara – I have tried a LOT of mascaras and there are a few I have repurchased in the past. I was using both the Diorshow waterproof mascara and Charlotte Tilbury Legendary lashes volume 2 and I do love them both, however once I tried this I was hooked, the performance is amazing and it’s just more affordable.

Mascara is definitely something you don’t want to be hanging on to unnecessarily, it is advised you only keep a mascara for 3 months once opened.


Those are the only repurchase items that I won’t deviate from, I tend to swap about with my other items and try something new once the item I’m using has run out.

How many items would you repurchase? Please feel free to share some of your favourites below



All this cold weather and central heating can really play havoc with our skin and leave it feeling quite dry and dehydrated. Sometimes our everyday skincare is just not enough, lets look at some Hydration helpers that we can add into our skincare routine.


Dry and dehydrated skin is quite different, they can both look ‘dry’, dull and appear more lined, however dry skin is a skin type where as dehydration is a skin condition caused by external factors. The difference between how we treat dry and dehydrated skin is that – dry skin lacks oil and dehydrated skin lacks water.

So your skin could be Normal or even Combination, yet due to external factors and lifestyle could still appear quite parched.

This is the case for my skin, I have combination skin, I have some open pores and can get an oily T-zone, however my skin is definitely showing signs of dehydration.

When it comes to treating my dehydrated skin I can’t use rich, thick creams as they are too heavy for my oilier areas and it can cause me to break out, my skin is mainly lacking water.

So as well as obviously trying to drink plenty of water, eating water rich foods and also trying to keep caffiene and fizzy drinks to a minimum I find that my skin needs an extra boost and by adding these items into my skincare routine, as well as a moisturiser, not instead of, helps my skin to look more hydrated and less parched.


Bobbi Brown Extra Treatment Lotion – This product I came across when I was in London with Bobbi Brown and loved the sound of it, when I first tried it I was slightly unsure, it looks like a water however it doesn’t ‘drip’ out of the bottle you need to shake the bottle to dispense it and I was worried it was going to feel sticky on my skin, as a lot of other products from other companies have. However this has turned into a must have in my skincare routine, I use it every morning and night after cleansing and before my other serums and moisturisers. It smells like a heavenly spa treatment and I love applying it to my skin, it is lightweight, not sticky and absorbs beautifully into the skin.

Avene Hydrance Intense Rehydrating Serum – Another favourite of mine, this product is slightly more lotion like out of the 3 as it’s white in colour and opaque. It seems a simple product yet extremly effective, it is lightly fragranced and sinks beautifully into the skin.

La Roche Posay Hydraphase Intense Serum – I just love this product and I am actually on my 4th bottle, I’ve tried many other products that claim to do the same thing and found them really sticky and just not enjoyable to use. It’s unscented and just a dream to apply, very soothing and cooling, I do really feel like this is a drink for my skin.

All of the above are lightweight oil free boosters that will help to hydrate and smooth any parched skin.

Another couple of items I love when my skin is feeling more on the dry side or if I have used a lot of ‘active’ products on my skin and it just needs some soothing, hydration and just general TLC are:


Kiehls Ultra Face Cream – This fragrance free, no frills yet effective moisturiser is a perfect base under makeup. It seems rich yet feels lightweight and leaves skin feeling nourished.

Bobbi Brown Extra Face oil – A new addition to my skincare collection, this beautiful lightweight oil seems to nourish yet rebalance the skin. I apply a tiny amount of this when my skin needs it, as part of my evening or Sunday pamper rountine. Just like the treatment lotion it’s delicate spa like scent makes applying this an absolute dream, I like to inhale the essential oil fragrance from my hands as I apply it to make me feel relaxed before bed.

I hope this post has been helpful, if you have any hydrating favourites I would love to hear about them, let me know in the comments below



I love skincare and love trying out new products. I like to have a range of skincare on the go and swap and change between products and brands, that’s not because I’m not happy with a product, I just personally feel that when i use a product for a long time either my skin or I get used to the results and fail to see how good it is.

Don’t get me wrong sometimes adding a new product can be a bad move and it may not agree with my skin which is sometimes why just changing one product at a time is a good idea, so you can easily identify the culprit.

On a recent shopping trip I came across Bare Minerals Skincare, it’s not a brand I have had much experience with so thought I would give it a try.


I decided on the Glow to go kit which contains:
Gentle Deep Cleansing Foam
Vital Power Infusion
Age Defence and Renew Serum
Essential Moisturising Soft Cream

I do like the fact that there’s a little bit of everything in the kit and it was only slightly more than buying the Vital Power Fusion on it’s own…the ‘for ridiculously glowy skin’ description on the box also sold it to me…who doesn’t want beautifully glowy skin?

When it comes to cleansing I always prefer to use a balm or oil to breakdown my makeup, I wear Doublewear and it takes some shifting so I feel the oily textures help to melt into the skin and bring off stubborn makeup.

However some can be quite rich and sometimes feel like they have left a film on my skin which can cause some breakouts, so I started to use the Bare Minerals Gentle Deep Cleansing Foam after I have used my oil/balm to help remove any residue and to freshen up the skin.

In the morning obviously I have no makeup on so I have just been using the Bare Minerals Gentle Deep Cleansing Foam to cleanse and refresh my skin, I do like the feeling of washing my face with water in a morning, it seems to help wake me up.

Following that I apply 2 pumps of Vital Power Fusion, followed by 2 pumps of Age Defence and Renew Serum. Both these products are very light in texture and sink into the skin beautifully, they have a pleasant, light scent, nothing overpowering or irritating at all.

In the kit there was a sample of Vital Power Eye Gel Cream, my eye are is often very dehydrated and sometimes a gel is not enough and a cream can be too heavy, so this gel cream texture is a perfect compromise to offer hydration whilst still being light and cooling.

The last step is then to apply the Essential Moisturizing Soft Cream, again this product is lightweight yet hydrating with a pleasant subtle scent.


All these products I apply morning and night, it’s early days but so far I’m absolutely loving the products, my skin is hydrated and smooth yet not overloaded with heavy products.

I will keep you posted on how I get on with these products and whether I would repurchase

To purchase the Glow to go kit click HERE


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Heavy weekend? A few too many cocktails? Red, puffy, dehydrated face…let’s look at HOW TO TREAT HUNGOVER SKIN.

Everyone likes to go out and let their hair down once in a while (some more than others!) which is all good until you have a few too many and you look like death warmed up the next day.

As well as hammering your liver alcohol plays havoc with your skin, it causes your body to become dehydrated, which gives you a headache, dark sunken eyes and will accentuate fine lines and wrinkles. As a defence mechanism your body will sense the dehydration and start to retain water which causes blood vessels to enlarge, and in regular binge drinking can cause them to break, this excess fluid your body stores can often result in a puffy appearance.

The toxic effect of the alcohol and the sugar it contains can have long term detrimental effects on the skin, long after the head pounding and room spinning has subsided.

So what can you do?

  • Prevention is obviously better than cure, a few glasses of wine with or after a meal isn’t going to do much harm but repeated binge drinking sessions and high sugar drinks will.
  • Try to opt for low sugar drinks such as vodka, lime and soda rather than coke and alcopops.
  • Always drink a pint of water before you go out and when you get home, this will help to keep you hydrated.

Another factor that will harm your skin is quite often people will be wearing a heavier makeup application for a night out and be in such a sorry state that they can’t or don’t remove it before bed, even attempting to remove it when you are drunk and tired often means there is makeup left on the skin all night, clogging the pores.

How to treat it?

Your skin will be in need of some TLC, it may be red, puffy, spotty and definitely dehydrated.

Although it needs a lot of love, your skin, as well as yourself will be feeling quite delicate so avoid anything too harsh and use a light touch when applying creams.


Give your skin a good cleanse – Either all or at least some of your makeup is sure to be lurking so give your skin a gentle but thorough cleanse. Face wipes serve their purpose but may be too harsh and not effective enough for this process. Opt for a nice cleansing balm or oil that will break down the makeup without too much rubbing and friction on the skin. If you have done a good job at removing makeup or don’t wear much to begin with then just a gentle wash off cleanser will leave you feeling refreshed.

Spritz – A nice hydrating, cooling spritz of a facial mist is sure to refresh and revitalize your skin, a favourite of mine is Rodial Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic Tonic

Put on a mask – If your skin has broken out then try a gentle detox mask otherwise a nice soothing, hydrating mask will give your skin a nice treat. Both the ones pictured from Bobbi Brown are gentle yet effective.

Serums & oils – Anything rich in anti oxidants and high in moisture boosting ingredients your skin is sure to soak up.

Moisturise – Apply a soothing, hydrating moisturiser designed for your skin type to seal in all the other goodies you have applied.

Eyes – Your eyes are likely to be sore, puffy, red and dark so a nice hydrating gel ideally refrigerated so its nice and cooling will help soothe, hydrate and reduce puffiness. Collagen soaked eye pads like these ones from Elemis are a lovely treat whilst your mask is on leave them on for 15 mins and massage in any remaining product.

Massage – Your red, puffy skin and dilated blood vessels will welcome anything cool to soothe the skin. Sometimes ice is applied to soothe and reduce inflammation. I however love these crystal rollers (see pic), the crystal is lovely and cooling and gently rolled over your skin it is so soothing.

Hope you enjoyed the post.

lucie makeup artist



I love summer, the sun, sitting out in the garden and most of all I love beautiful bronzed skin. Seen as it’s February let’s find a SAFE AND EASY WAY TO GET A SUMMER GLOW IN WINTER.

I’m really lucky that in the sunshine my skin does tan well, we just don’t get much sunshine and I don’t really get chance to jet off on holiday either.

This left me with two options sunbeds or self tanning.

Self tan always seemed a faff for me, trying to apply it to yourself and not turn into a streaky mess was a task in itself but the biggest thing I hated was leaving it on for 8 hours or more to develop, even sleeping in it was awful, so for years, sunbeds it was.

I loved how brown I was, how it made me feel, how much better different clothes suited me and that 9 mins of warmth and peace on the electric beach was bliss.

Sure, as a beauty therapist I knew it was aging my skin but in my late 20’s I wasn’t bothered, I went on weekly then, twice a week, then 3 times and slowly it crept up to maybe 5 times a week.

I then had a bit of a scare when I discovered something on my toenail, I did the worse thing and googled it, which brought up an image of what looked like my toe and MELANOMA I felt sick, absolutely sick I booked in to see the Dr expecting him to say “oh its nothing”….so when he took one look and said “I’m going to have to refer you”.. a total feeling of dread filled my body.

The wait to see the specialist was the longest wait of my life and all sorts of feelings filled my head, would I see another Christmas with my kids? would I see them grow up?…

When I went to see the specialist he was the best in his field so I felt totally reassured that I was in good hands, thankfully it turned out not to be melanoma of the nail but that had definitely been my wake up call.

I tried with a few more gradual tans and fake tans and just gave up, getting slowly paler and paler, which as it drew closer to winter so was everyone else but I felt so pasty.

It was then that I came across 2 products that changed my thoughts on self tanners altogether.


Firstly I received a product as part of a GWP (gift with purchase) from a company called Tan Luxe they were drops that you add in to your normal face moisturiser to give you a tan. Tanning my face had always been an issue, either the tanning creams were too greasy and made me break out in spots and almost everyone I had tried had gone into my pores making me appear to be plagued with blackheads.

This product was a game changer you add as much or as little as you like and build up a nice summer colour, no breakouts as it was going in my usual moisturiser and not a black pore in sight…WINNER

I think the biggest game changer came when I purchased a product from Minetan called Violet this was the answer to my prayers on everything I hated about tanning.

This is a rapid tan meaning you only need to leave it on a couple of hours (I had tried similar products in the past that when I washed the product seemed to was straight off).

I applied it with a mitt onto clean dry skin and left mine on for the full 3 hours. When I showered only a little guide colour came off leaving me with a lovely colour, the instructions say that it continues to tan on your skin, I can’t honestly say that I noticed it getting much darker but I was so happy with the colour.


It was so natural and perfect for during the day, it is still only just going into spring so I want to look “well” not necessarily like I’ve tanned. If I was going out at night I might apply on two consecutive days. I was just so happy that I didn’t have to waste a day walking round like a zombie…or lose a nights sleep worrying if I was smudging my tan and stinking of biscuits.

If you haven’t tried a rapid tan, you must….and if you haven’t liked them in the past you must try this one.

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