In all the fuss of packing and re-packing and travelling back to uni, I forgot to bring my favourite skincare product with me. I’m talking, of course, about Ultrabland, one of Lush’s cleansers, and it’s not an exaggeration to say I nearly had a bit of a strop when I realised I’d left it behind.
Thankfully, I had packed a sample of the Balance Me Collagen Boost Restore and Replenish Cream Cleanser, and guess what? It’s a fine substitute.
Creamy, gentle, and good at removing mascara, it’s eased the pain of being separated from my number-one product. It doesn’t quite have the power of Ultrabland — I’ve not woken up with panda eyes, but it takes a bit more effort to shift make-up — but I’m content for now, and so is my skin.
Hair mousse scares me. I used to use it during my dancing days and it always left a sticky, crispy residue (so gross).
But Percy and Reed Abundantly Bouncy Volumising Mousse is different. I picked it up in a beauty box last year, but never got round to using it until now.
And what a mistake that was! I wouldn’t say my hair gains tonnes of volume when I use it, but it does have a nice bouncy feel, without the greasy, weighed down roots none of us want. My hair also looks more shiny and holds an up-do better in the days after using the mousse. It works especially well with plaits.
Finally, I found myself a new/old favourite eyeshadow palette. I’ve seriously underappreciated the MUA Undress Me Too Palette until now, mainly because I don’t need another collection of golds, browns and grieges, but they’re too pretty to ignore.
I like using Naked (top left) as a base shadow, Reveal (bottom, third from left) all over the lid, and Exposed (bottom, second from left) in the crease. Sometimes I smoke it up by using Obsessed (bottom, second from right) in the outer third of the lid. Easy eye make-up, sorted.
What have you rediscovered recently? Have you tried any of these?
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Beth, 25, South East England.
Lover of books, dogs, yoga, travel, gin, and the Oxford comma.
I write about cruelty-free beauty, vegan & veggie food, and trying to lead a less wasteful life. I throw the odd think piece in there, too.