08 September 2011

Take Five Thursdays...Take Three!


Take five of my favourite bloggers over five weeks, talking about their top five favourite beauty products and what do we have? Fluff and Fripperies new post series, Take Five Thursdays! My third guest blogger of the series (read the others here and here) is Dawn Hill, aka Skinni Peach – the talented lady who gives us the skinni on all things peachy! Dawn’s blog covers  ‘beauty, fashion, pretty things and ramblings’ and has led to a stint with RSVP magazine, a regular slot with StyleBible.ie and recent appearances on RTE’s Red Radar where she talks shopping, style and beauty.
Here are Dawn’s all-time top five favourites:
ONE – Coconut Oil: This natural bit of goodness is one of my must have products. I use Viridian’s Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, which is the purest form you can get your hands on. It’s a serious multi-tasker and I use it for eye makeup removal, as an intensive overnight hair conditioning treatment, as a cleanser, body moisturiser…the list goes on! The coconut oil is hard at room temperature, but melts on application to the skin. I also use it as a lip balm by scooping some of the hard oil into a tiny container with a lid and melting it for a few seconds in the microwave – this way the oil melts into the form of the container. It can then be left to harden again at room temperature and popped into your bag! I’ve also recently started scooping a spoonful into my White Tea, which takes a bit of getting use to, but the benefits of coconut oil taken internally and used externally are seriously impressive!
TWO – Trilogy Age Proof Nutrient Plus Firming Serum: Serum is one of the most important products in my skincare routine and I’ve been using them for a couple of years now. Serums are packed with concentrated ingredients and penetrate the skin deeper than moisturiser. I only use natural serums, ones without Silicones in the ingredients list. If there are silicones in your serum, you’re not getting the full benefit of the rest of the ingredients - silicone molecules are too large to penetrate the skin and just sit on top of it. They make the skin ‘feel’ soft and ‘appear’ smooth, but offer no benefits to the skin. Trilogy’s Age Proof Serum is one of the best I’ve tried. Its packed with anti-oxidants and hyaluronic acid which plumps and hydrates the skin. One pump of the product is plenty under moisturiser and I have to say, my skin loves this stuff!

THREE – Benefit Brow Zings: The shape of your eyebrows has a massive effect on your overall appearance. Shaped and groomed correctly, they can frame the entire face and even make you look younger. I use Benefit’s Brow Zings and think I will do for life! It’s a fabulous product that helps eyebrows be the best they can be. In the brow kit you get a tinted wax for keeping strays in tact and tinting the entire brow. Next to that is the powder which is used to fill in any gaps. Together they really make your eyebrows stand out. Defo a cult product for me!
FOUR – Benefit Cha Cha Tint: Another offering from Benefit, Cha Cha Tint stole my heart this summer! I’m a huge fan of all the Benefit tints but this one has to be my favourite. Nothing else makes me look as fresh with just a dot or two blended into my cheeks. Its a deep mango colour in the bottle but once its blended onto the skin, it gives a gorgeous peachy glow to your complexion. Can’t leave the house without a swipe or two of this one!
FIVE - Rimmel Match Perfection 2 in 1 Concealer & Highlighter: For such a cheap product, this does a fantastic job, even better than a lot of luxury products I’ve tried. Its consistency isn’t too runny or too chalky, its just perfect. It hides black bags like a blanket and highlights the area well. I carry this around with me in my bag and top it up over the day. This is another product that I find myself relying on every morning now to rid me off those “I NEED more sleep” bags under my eyes!
Have you tried any of these products, or are you planning to?
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