I spend so much money on products that aren’t right for me. My worst one was getting my foundation done at the Chanel counter at Gatwick, then purchasing the product and not realising until I went to the loo on the plane and looked in the mirror that my face was literally orange (top tip, try to approach someone on a make-up counter whose own make-up style you really like). I have to say, though, that when I took it back to the Chanel counter at John Lewis, they changed it for me. I also find I make a lot of mistakes buying online, with products not being the right colour or texture for me. Happily, though, I occasionally have some amazingly good accidental discoveries, and I’m on a roll recently, so I thought I’d share them with you.
First up is the frankly ridiculously cheap Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask. I only picked one up in Boots because if was 99p and I was curious, and it’s absolutely incredible. You slap the (slightly wet) tissue mask over your face, then relax while the serum soaks in for 15 minutes. Afterwards, you just remove it and gently massage in the remaining serum. The result is super-plumped, super-hydrated skin which lasts for a good few days. These are brilliant for travel, awesome for dehydrated, dull skin and at 99p they’re just incredibly value. Head to Boots and grab tons of them before they go back up to full price (although that’s only something like £1.49). I’ll be using one a week from now on.
Next up, I’m so chuffed to have finally found a really, really good hairdresser who is lovely to chat to, listens to my concerns and comes up with brilliant solutions (round of applause, Amy at The Hair Secret in Berkhamsted). I’ve only been twice so far and she has completely transformed my hair. She also recommended Evo’s End Doctor, which you apply to damp hair and leave in. It’s very smoothing and performs miracles on my fine, fluffy, highlighted hair. It protects against heat damage and smooths without greasiness. LOVE.
The next one, Clarins Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Base in 02 Champagne is one I bought absolutely ages ago at a Clarins Counter, and never really used. After discovering the difference a good primer makes when the Smashbox girls used one on me at the Estée Lauder Travel event, I remembered this one, and have been using it ever since. It gives you a lovely non-sparkly glow and helps your make-up stay on all day. It even worked in Florida last week when it was 26 degrees.
Moving on round in a clockwise direction, the next product, Gosh Lumi Drops in Rose Blush was sent to me by the lovelies at Superdrug and omg I’m obsessed. A tiny drop blended into the apples of the cheeks leaves the freshest, glowiest wash of colour without any hint of sparkle and lasts for ages. It literally wakes up your whole face and I’m completely addicted to it.
Next, I think I mentioned that I’d received this 10ml sample of ESPA Optimal Skin Proserum free with a purchase I made from the ESPA website. I packed it for Florida just because it was small and – wow – it’s fabulous. It smells amazing and just a few drops patted into the skin under your moisturiser feels divine and seems to really plump, brighten and hydrate, with no greasiness at all. I’ll definitely be investing in a full sized one at some point (and what a generous sample too!).
We’re on the home straight now… Continuing past the tulip, you’ll find L’Oréal Paris True Match Foundation in shade 2N Vanilla. This was such a fluke. I ran out of foundation literally the day before I went away and legged it into Boots to grab one to tide me over. Rashly testing it on my cheek in the harsh shop lights, I just happened to luck out and pick the exact shade that’s right for me, and having used it all week have decided that it’s possibly one of the best foundations I’ve ever used: super blendable, not cakey, but not shiny either, with just the right amount of coverage. It could be using the primer as well, but I find with this it looks so natural that I don’t even need powder. And just £9.99 too! (plus Boots have a three for two offer on selected L’Oreal cosmetics at the moment).
So that’s it – lots of coincidence, serendipity and plan luck involved there.