I used to think of myself as a bit of an ill-educated oik when it comes to beauty products. It’s true that when it comes to makeup I am completely lost. But it turns out that I do in fact have an inner beauty junkie, with an insatiable need for moisturising products. I like trying out new ones and hoarding special ones. In short, an addict. So for this post I thought I’d give you the lowdown on my favourite (and not so favourite) moisture-filled products.
First up is the Body Shop Pink Grapefruit Body Butter. I really don’t need to tell you how good these products are; everyone has their favourite butter, as does their mum, their nan, their best mate, and I bet even the family dog has a preference. For me no amount of peach or satsuma can match the mighty grapefruit. I could slice up an actual fruit for breakfast right now and it wouldn’t smell as good as this.
Hand cream is my kryptonite. A quick forage through my cupboards reveals at least ten different ones and counting. But for hand a body these three are by far the best: Diptique’s L’arte Du Soin Luxurious Hand Balm and Fresh lotion, and the Lyn Harris La Rose Body Cream. Nothing smells so wonderfully exotic or so painfully expensive as Diptique. Both of these lotions have a lingering spicy fragrance that hangs around long after application, and that actually mellows and evolves like a light spritz of perfume. The same goes for the (much cheaper) Lyn Harris cream. The scent is quite grown up – a more youthful Yardley’s English Lavender – and is a lovely balance of musk and sweetness.
I frequently buy magazines just because they come with a free moisturiser, and this is how I acquired the teensy tiny sample of Ren Frankincense Revitalising Night Cream. The smell is beautiful, very aromatic and soothing for evening. The consistency is heavier than my regular moisturiser, which would stop me from using it in the morning, but easily absorbed, and equally usable for both night and day. Although this was a magazine freebie I am now seriously considering buying a larger version (although it is quite pricey).
Finally, something for the lips, and a new product discovery for me. Vaseline is too greasy, and I can’t bare flavoured lip products, but the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain (number 001 Honey/Douche) is just right – a dab of moisture, a touch of colour, and a gentle minty fragrance all in the most delicious shade of pink. Just lovely.
However, for every perfect moisture high there will be at least one bad trip. I don’t come across really disappointing products very often, but these three represent the bad and the ugly in my current stash.
I’ll start with the bad. Although I should preface my remarks on Soap And Glory’s The Righteous Butter by saying that it is actually an extremely good moisture product, really soothing on post-shave legs and the smell is not unpleasant. But it is completely underwhelming on all fronts when compared to the Body Shop, and no amount of tongue-in-cheek packaging could save it from being relegated to the back of the cupboard.
In the ugly corner we have the Ren Rosa Centifolia Cleansing Gel, which came parcelled with the gorgeous night cream. Because of its weeny size I tried it out when I was away in Devon. All I can say is, if your cleanser makes your face sting then it’s doing something wrong! Far too harsh a product for delicate facial skin, give me my cheap as chips Nivea cleansing lotion any day.
I’m a hydrating light moisturiser girl normally, but when hot sweaty July had me crying out for something even lighter I thought I would give the Simple Moisture Boost Hydro Cream a try. Big mistake – this was another product that made my face sting. Plus the greasy residue was not appreciated. Bleargh.
So there you have it, the good, the bad and the downright ugly in my moisturising stash. Turns out I might just be a bit more of a product pro than I thought. Are you a closet beauty fan?