Tuesday, 9 February 2010
I was lured onto YouTube yesterday when Lisa Eldridge tweeted about the new video she'd just added regarding her favourite skincare products. Firstly, I should tell you that I'm crazy about these sorts of videos! I love seeing which products people recommend, especially when they have a wealth of knowledge like Lisa obviously does. For some reason I also find them very relaxing!
Afterwards I watched Lisa's video on primer. I found it very helpful in answering my queries on product layering: do you need moisturiser, SPF, primer AND foundation? Sometimes it's easy to lose sight of what suits your skin because you're caught up in a long list of products you're being told to use.
One product Lisa recommended enthusiastically was Clarins Beauty Flash Balm – the old classic. Now, I've tried this before, several times, never with much success. When I put it on as a primer it caused 'piling', where your makeup comes off in tiny little 'rolls'. When I experimented with adding a tiny bit on top of makeup, it gave a good dewy effect, but didn't really last.
Lisa explained that this balm has a 'film former' and needs to be applied in a pea-sized amount and smoothed in delicately without much rubbing. I've got an old tube of this lying around so I'm going to give it one last try!
Are there any products with rave reviews, which you just can't get on with? How about those you'd discounted at first but later came to love?