Reviews. Makeup and skincare that made the grade

I have a bumper skincare and makeup post for you today. It’s been some time since I gave you an updated post on what I’m using but you have to trial products before you can write the reviews and that takes time.

In fact, going through my arsenal of skincare I have so many new items that I want to tell you about this post is long! but worth saving for future reference if you want to give any of the products I talk about a try. One item I want to remind you about is the St Tropez Self Tan Purity Bronzing Water Face Mist. After nearly a year I’ve just ordered my second bottle. It’s one item I use every day without fail and I think for the price and result it’s an amazingly uplifting product. Nearly a whole year it lasted, so cost per wear worked out very cheap. I just love having a little extra colour to my face. You can read my St Tropez review here and I’m happy to say my feelings haven’t changed about the brand. Anyway, lets get to all the new items I’m using right now.

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One item I’m really happy about is the Natucain Lash and Brow serum. After having good results with Natucain’s hair growth serum that I wrote about last year I looked forward to trying these. I have tried three other Lash serum brands in the past to review, all of them had cult followers and they were very popular but all three irritated my eyes and therefore I couldn’t complete the tasks of reviewing the products.

I hesitated about trying the Natucain because of this but I’m glad I decided to give them a try. I have very sensitive eyes, and that’s the main reason I’m giving these serums a mention. I know that a lot of you out there most probably have sensitive eyes too.

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I can’t have false eyelashes on because the glue irritates and my eyelashes are so sparse now. I haven’t been using the serum very long but I’m excited that at last, I have found a lash serum that doesn’t irritate me. I will keep you posted on the results and fingers crossed I will soon have thicker longer eyelashes and more even eyebrows.

Want new skin?

Second helping of this bumper skincare post is that I’ve been using Retinol for some time now. It really is the best form of exfoliating your skin. I’ve always stuck with the three golden rules. Exfoliate, hydrate and protect with SPF.

My favourite choice of retinol is the Alpha H Liquid Gold. I use it twice a week religiously and I swear this keeps my skin looking healthy and delays the ageing process. Alpha H contains 5% Glycolic, so it’s fairly mild, just enough to rev up the skin cells to keep on renewing. I stepped up my exfoliation a notch by trying a higher potency of Glycolic Acid. I have to say I was very wary! I patch tested under my jawline at first to make sure I wasn’t going to get irritated.

The Cell Shock Resurfacing Water contains 10% Glycolic. It’s just like adding clear water to your face, so there was no point in taking photos of an application. There’s a slight tingle to the skin when you apply it but you get the same effect when you use the Alpha H.

The first time I used the Resurfacing Water I was more pleased about it not irritating my skin. Getting up the next morning I wondered if it was even doing anything to my skin. By day three I saw the difference alright. I had like a shedding of fine dusty skin. A rub with a dry flannel removed it and I swear those facial lines are less noticeable.

I’ve since used the Cell Shock twice more. I only use it every two weeks. I think it’s enough to keep the cell turnover going and I must say that Glycolic is great for shrinking large pores too. I had them around the nose area and they are so much less noticeable. It’s a pricey product but worth it. I recommend.

One makeup item that really “wowed” me

I was approached by to try a couple of products that they had listed from the thousands that are available from this cut-price famous names of makeup and skincare brand. It’s really worth looking at because some of your favourites could be listed at a cut-price too. I also have a 10% discount code for you below.

This is a Hong Kong-based company that delivers worldwide and shipping arrived within a few days. I had wanted to try two items for a while. The Rodial Banana Lowlighter and the By Terry CC Serum in the shade of Sunny Flash.

My luck was in and both products were available. When items are on special offer at Strawberry I notice that they sell out very quickly.

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The Rodial Banana Lowlighter has quite a cult following and I had been reading and watching about how to use it for some time. It’s often sold out on the Rodial website. Famous for dark under-eyes I wanted to try the lowlighter for the dark pigment in my upper eye, in the socket area. I have dark pink tones there that really need to be brightened up as you can see in the photo above.

Only a tiny amount is needed ( I have to scrape the excess off the applicator) I’m amazed at the coverage of this. You can see the eye on the left is left looking more even skin toned and I think youthful. Light is always better!

I don’t get any creasing with the product, even with shadow over the top, which now looks as it should without my dark undertones. I love it. A very worthy mention in the bumper beauty post.

The By Terry CC Serum in Sunny Flash was another item that I wanted to try. This will be great for adding extra tanned tones to my face when I’ve used my gradual tanning kit in the warmer months. You can see the By Terry CC Serum application here on my YouTube channel.

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Hydrate with a clay mask

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One of my favourite makeup brands Look Fabulous Forever has launched another skincare item. The Hydrating Clay Mask. If you’re a mature woman like me, then this brand is certainly worth a look. Tricia Cusden the founder of Look Fabulous Forever produces some excellent skincare and makeup specially formulated for mature skin.

The mask feels lovely and cooling when you apply it. The mask contains Almond Oil, Aloe Vera and Kaolin for detoxifying and removing impurities but you don’t get a drying effect as you do with some clay masks. Another skincare item that’s great for shrinking those larger pores too.

Since I first started using the brand a good few years ago now, I still use products daily. I got some top-ups of my favourites when the Clay Mask was sent to me. I had lost my Look Fabulous Forever Lip Brush and it’s the most precise brush ever. I’m glad to get that replaced.

Also, I topped up on the Instant Bright Highlighter Pen. Now, this is supposed to be used for highlighting areas as stated in the name of this little gem but I think it’s amazing for brightening under the eyes. I’m really pleased to get a replacement.

I also got a replacement All Day Lasting Colour Lipstick in my favourite shade of Soft Coral and Rosewood.

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A little extra from one of my favourite skincare brands

Getting back to one of my favourite skincare brands Alpha H I wanted to share with you their new Hyalauronic 8 Serum. Now, I have more of this brand in my skincare cabinet than any other. There are hydrating serums and then there are the best hydrating serums. This is one of them.

I use a hydrating serum every morning prior to moisturiser. I feel that the best way to tell a good hydrating serum is by how thick the substance is. One dropper on each cheek, it needs to stay for some time before going south and dripping off of my face.

This stuff is the best and I couldn’t recommend the Alph H brand enough. Maybe I should do a review on all the items I have from Alpha H?

Last from this bumper skincare and makeup post. I’m going to become a Roc girl.

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I’m about to ditch all of my skincare and start trialling the famous Roc brand. Do any of you use it? I will say that I have been using the Retinol Correction Serum and I really like it. Hence why I have agreed to try all of the range. I will be doing a complete review for the Roc brand so keep your eyes peeled for it in a month or so.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this bumper edition of skincare and makeup. Phew! I will try not to leave it so long next time! Please have a more in-depth read about all the items I’ve chatted about by clicking on the pics below

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  1. April 12, 2022 / 10:05 pm

    Thanks for sharing Laurie – keen to hear how you get on too. #PoCoLo

    • laurie
      April 13, 2022 / 12:13 pm

      Thanks Stephanie. I will be doing an update xx

  2. April 10, 2022 / 3:46 pm

    Thank you Laurie, for the intro. The retinol sounds interesting, and I agree with your mantra!
    I need to try Roc sometime. Are the other brands available in the US?
    thank you for linking!
    jess xx

  3. April 5, 2022 / 6:57 pm

    These look like great products. Laurie. I need to treat myself to a better range of skin care and make-up.

  4. April 4, 2022 / 10:37 pm

    Thanks for all the great reviews! Visiting you from the good random fun link up.

  5. April 2, 2022 / 7:31 am

    Will be interested to hear how how your RoC trial goes, I haven’t used any if their products for years. The Banana lowlighter sounds worth a look, I have the same problem with dark skin on the eyelids. I’m loving the LFF mask.

    • laurie
      April 2, 2022 / 9:44 am

      I saw a real difference the first time I used the Roc Retinol Correction cream, Gail. This intrigued me to try more from the brand.

  6. April 1, 2022 / 4:42 pm

    I love reading skincare and make-up reviews from real people like you, so I’ve certainly bookmarked this post for future reference. Thank you for sharing, Laurie! xxx

    • laurie
      April 2, 2022 / 9:46 am

      Glad you enjoyed Ann. I don’t mind being the Guinea pig! xx

  7. March 31, 2022 / 8:54 pm

    Hi Laurie. Found you at TFT where I’m sharing today as well about small office ideas at #85. I’m intrigued by the banana lowlighter. Definitely going to check it out. I love Glossier Lidstar in the color slip, and your photo reminded me I am almost out of the product! Thanks for these helpful reviews. 🙂

    • laurie
      April 2, 2022 / 9:46 am

      Hi Michele. Good to hear from you xx

  8. March 30, 2022 / 3:32 pm

    Some interesting products Laurie. I agree with you about retinol. I think it makes a difference to my lines too.

    • laurie
      March 31, 2022 / 7:54 am

      I love Retinol Hilda. I found it really makes a difference. I still like to use an exfoliator too though once a week xx

  9. March 30, 2022 / 8:24 am

    All these products sound amazing, but I’m here for the lash serum. Glad to know it worked well for you!

    • laurie
      March 31, 2022 / 7:55 am

      Thanks, Lovely. It’s good to finally find one that doesn’t irritate me xx

  10. March 29, 2022 / 10:05 pm

    Wow, you do have bounty to share! Some very interesting products Laurie, I like the sound of Roc products. Jacqui x

    • laurie
      March 31, 2022 / 7:56 am

      Always searching for those gems that help fight the ageing process Jacqui xx

  11. March 29, 2022 / 5:33 pm

    I would like to know more about Alpha H. I really need to dig deep into retinol and hyaluronic products.

    • laurie
      March 31, 2022 / 7:57 am

      Do take a look at the brand Nancy. I was very wary about using Retinol at first but Alpha H’s Liquid Gold is just the best. Not too potent. Just right xx

  12. March 29, 2022 / 3:30 pm

    I really like the Rodial Banana Lowlighter for the under eye area but hadn’t thought of using it for the upper eye. I will now!
    My next purchase will be the LFF Hydrating Clay Mask. Anything that helps with larger pores is a winner in my book.
    I’ve not tried anything from ROC, but I will be interested to hear how you get on.
    Thanks for all the helpful tips, Laurie. I’m very glad I found you. xx

    • laurie
      March 31, 2022 / 8:03 am

      Hi Barbara. I find the Lowlighter just a little heavy under my eyes. That’s what I bought it for too. But it’s truly amazing for getting rid of those purple tones on my lids. Used very sparingly I must add! Lovely to hear from you again. I hope you like the Look Fabulous Forever brand. There’s a film on my YouTube channel using all of their products xx

  13. March 29, 2022 / 2:10 pm

    Some interesting products here, Laurie. I’ve heard about the ROC brand but I’ve never bought any. I’ve always been a bit of a tight arse when it comes to cosmetics! I know, I know… I need to look after my skin better than I have been. But more recently, I have been trying. I bought a load of products from The Inkey List. I thought they were quite reasonably priced but when it all arrived; it was because the bottles were so small lol. I’m already running out of some products and I haven’t really noticed much of a difference, if I’m honest. Not sure if I’ll give them a bit more time—it does say on their site that you need to give a product 6 months to see a difference. Hm?
    Big hugs
    Suzy xx

    • laurie
      March 31, 2022 / 8:06 am

      But did you get SPF Suzy? Like I said in the post my mantra is protect, hydrate and exfoliation. Try this with most brands first and I think you will notice a difference xx