29 September 2011

Take Five Thursdays: my take!

If you’re a regular reader of Fluff and Fripperies then a) I LOVE YOU and b) you’ll know I’ve been running a series of guest posts over the last five weeks, where five of my favourite bloggers have shared their top five favourite beauty products of all time. (See what Karen from Lovely Girlie Bits had to say here, Sarah from Pretty Easy here, Dawn from Skinni Peach here, Rosemary from Fash Mob here, and Hayley from London Beauty Queen here!)
Today I’m rounding out the series by sharing my own favourites – it’s been tough, but after much consideration, here’s what makes the grade.

ONE. I try a lot of cleansers but I keep going back to Liz Earle’s Cleanse & Polish, which my sister introduced me to more years ago than I care to recall! A lot of hot cloth cleansers have cropped up since this one launched in 1995, but for me, none of them come close. Suitable for every age and skin type, this rich creamy cleanser is packed with rosemary, chamomile, eucalyptus and cocoa butter which combine to make it highly effective while smelling absolutely divine. It removes every scrap of makeup and the muslin cloth gently exfoliates, while boosting the circulation of the skin. The gorgeous packaging is yet another plus.
TWO. While I own a lot of perfumes and change up my scent fairly regularly, I almost always have a bottle of Chanel No 5 on the go, too. The classic, powdery scent and bottle are as understatedly elegant today as they were when they were first introduced back in 1921. I also love the famous quote from Marilyn Monroe: “What do I wear in bed? Why, Chanel No. 5, of course”.
THREE. L’Oreal’s Elnett hairspray is another classic product (hmm, I’m sensing a trend!) that quite simply outperforms everything else on the market. It delivers great volume and hold with no flaking or stickiness. I’ve been using it since my big-haired teens and these days, I never buy any other type of hairspray. Ever.  (Unless, of course, it’s 3 for 2 in Boots. Obvs.)  It’s cheap, too, which helps.
FOUR. Chanel’s Rouge Allure lipstick in Romantic is a deep mulberry pink that, like all Chanel lipsticks, is beautifully packaged. I was reluctant to include two products from the same brand so this was almost replaced by Tom Ford’s Cherry Lush, which I'm mad about too. But sentiment won out: I wore Romantic on my wedding day.
FIVE. Eyeliner is probably my signature product and I’m rarely without a flick on the upper eyelid. But despite years and years of use I’ve yet to master my technique and so for me, eyeliner pens offer the best of both worlds: the intensity of a liquid, with the ease of a pencil. This Bourjois Liner Feutre is my favourite to date.
So there we have it, the last of the Take Five series. Care to take a stab at yours in the comments?
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