Per-fekt Skin Perfection Gel

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Per-fekt is a relatively new brand to British shores, and has recently launched in Selfridges department stores (some of my favourites.) The skin perfection gel sits somewhere between the much-lauded BB cream and a regular foundation, giving a good amount of sheer coverage.

The lack of water in base of the product means you apply it directly with your fingers rather than a sponge or brush – and you need the tiniest amount. I have pale-ish skin (NW20) and use Luminous. It comes out worryingly brown – but blends into an even shade which is just perfect for me. When using the gel, I forgo my usual primers – the gel makes your skin feel silky smooth. Seriously – my face was stroke-able!

After application my face was even, and flaws were vastly minimized – I felt like it looked like how I want my skin to look like with no makeup (i.e. freckles still showed but redness didn’t). My regular (YSL) bronzer applied like a dream, and my makeup stayed put throughout the day – workout included.

This gel is now the one I grab when I’m in the mood to look polished but natural.

Skin Perfection Gel is priced at £49.50 and available at Selfridges.com

Estee Lauder’s Mad Men Collection

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I do love Estee Lauder – it’s old school in the best possible way – all gold and glamour; and I love their special collections even more. Their 2009 Michael Kors range holds a dear place in my heart – think perfect nude lips and healthy blushes, and four years later they have succeeded in bringing out a lust-worthy selection of goodies.

I can channel my inner Betty Draper with this collection of perfect pinks. I love the lady like varnish and ever-so-chic compact. The retro packaging is perfect, and I can’t wait to collect a couple of pieces!

Nude ProGenius Treatment Oil*

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With Spring Break 3 1/2 weeks away (can you tell I’m excited?) I’m in major maintenance mode so my skin and hair are in as good a condition possible. Every couple of nights I have supplemented my regime with a couple of drops of Nude’s Treatment Oil.

Thick in consistency, the oil is filled with Omega 3,6,7, and 9 meaning my skin drinks it up. It smells a little peppery at first, but the scent doesn’t last, what does stick around however, is the healthy glow the next morning. Since the oil is rich I don’t need to slather on a lot every night, but a couple of drops every so often is perfect, balancing everything out nicely.

What I love nearly as much as the results the oil gives, is its packaging. The silver lid holds a snazzy dropper with a button on top which sucks up the oil, and allows me to use it wherever its needed. The product as a whole is really well thought out, and since I only need a little at a time, I will be reaching for it for a while.

Nude ProGenius Treatment oil is priced at £58.00

Kiehl’s Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate*

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A quick flick through my previous posts would indicate that I’m pretty big on skincare. Lines scare me. Seriously, the way skin goes all dry and crepe-ey just freaks me out. So, at the ripe age of 23, I have quite the collection of anti-aging solutions.

Kiehl’s offering is a thick white liquid, which contains high percentages of pure Vitamin C, meaning that when I apply, my skin tone, texture and radiance should all benefit, at the same time as preventing those pesky crinkles.

I pat the serum on after cleansing and before moisturizing, giving it a couple of minutes to skin in and start working. Does it work? In a word – yes. I know I don’t have wrinkles to fill, but my skin definitely benefits from the extra step. My skin tone has evened out, meaning I need less coverage in my base, and I really have noticed a healthy glow.

The little bottle means that the product sits neatly in my skincare box, and I love the pump dispenser means the product stays hygienic and tidy, not to mention preventing me from using too much!

The concentrate is priced at £49.00 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

Aromatherapy Associates De-Stress Mind Bath & Shower Oil*

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Lying in the bath is one of my little luxuries – a couple of candles, a book and an hour or two can normally sort me out, but when I need a little extra help getting to my happy place, I turn to Aromatherapy Associates De-Stree Mind Bath and Shower Oil.

A mix of the finest frankincense, rosemary, and wild chamomile oils means a capful turns a regular bath time routine into a mini spa. Yes, the oils lack the fun of bubbles, but the smell is heavenly – fresh, relaxing, and not too strong. Once a capful of the bath oil has been added, I can feel any sort of care or worry melting away.

Not only do I love the oil and the effects which it has, but the glass bottle it comes in is really beautiful. It looks elegant in the bathroom, and allows me to monitor my usage. Since I only use the recommended capful per bath, I have a feeling I will be enjoying this oil for a while.

The oil is priced at £37.00 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

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