Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Cleanse, Tone & Moisturise - London Makeup Girl



The lovely Grace from London Makeup Girl is one of my real blogging inspirations. The champion of niche brands and ethical blogging - I trust everything this woman says no questions asked. She's also a rocking mum to a daughter a similar age to mine and thus feels my pain (and joy obvs).

As an aside, but unsurprisingly, it's also the first time I have ever had to ask a brand in Australia for visuals for the blog...! I've also left the original email from Grace almost untouched - easy when she writes like she's speaking to you - not at you...!





Yes, I know this is one of my hippy skincare brands, but Stem has some properly good skincare ingredients too. This is a light milk that dissolves makeup gently but effectively (including eye makeup) and rinses away cleanly with water. I like my muslin cleansers (Emma Hardie is a favourite) but sometimes I don't want the extra bother. Stem is perfect. Smells lovely too - from the mandarin and tangerine essential oils. 

Toner - if I don't have a toner, can I have a serum instead? If I can, I want:




Skinceuticals Serum 10 AOX+ - Vitamin C and Ferulic Acid serum. I swear by this stuff for both brightening the skin and helping to prevent photodamage. I love the Perricone Face Firming Activator I'm using right now, but for a 'thing I'd recommend to everyone' I'm going with the Skinceuticals. 


If you make me choose a toner, I'll go with the Pai Bioaffinity in Lotus & Orange Blossom. The only toner that I've found that actually does something for my skin, helping it to hold on to moisture. Alcohol free too. 


Moisturiser. 

Oh, this is hard. Chantecaille Firming Sun Cream SPF 30 if I really have to just chose one


This is an SPF 30 that doesn't feel like a sunscreen, and applies like a normal moisturiser. The Chantecaille is perfect for my normal-in-the-summer skin. I occasionally have wobbles that Chantecaille are going to discontinue this because it isn't always in stock at SpaceNK. I think I would cry. 



For a non-spf cream, it's another Stem Organics choice - the Exquisite Facial Fluid. This has rosehip, vitamin B3, beta glucan (good for calming sensitive and reactive skin) and seabuckthorn berry oil in it. Sinks in quickly, never feels heavy on the skin, but moisturises my skin in its normal to dry mode perfectly.



A brilliant array of choices I'm sure you'll agree. Thank you for sharing Grace!!!




Next week: Luke Stephens

15 comments:

  1. I've been looking forward to reading this since you announced Grace would be next! I got some small sample pots of Stem Organics from Content a little while ago and love the texture and beautiful smell (I weirdly think of half whipped meringue whenever I apply it).

    I'm determined to try the Skinceuticals AOX 10 serum this summer. Grace - would you recommend the Chantecaille over the top or would the Trilogy face cream be a good choice?

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    1. Hi MB - either would work well. The Chantecaille feels more cosmetically pleasing on application, but the Trilogy is a lot less expensive. Also, the Chantecaille has a higher SPF, but it depends if you are in strong sun - for moderate exposure during a British summer, the Trilogy should be fine.

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  2. ooo that cleansing milk sounds wonderful! have you tried any others that work well?

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    1. Hi Anon - I like Emma Hardie cleansing balm, although the balm cleansers are a bit more of a faff. I also like Pai's cream cleanser, although it's a bit thicker than Stem's and I do find I need to use a muslin to remove the Pai.

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  3. If I thought it would give me skin as beautiful as Grace's I'd rush out and buy this lot right now!

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  4. I love reading Grace's skincare posts especially. I like the sound of the Stem Organics products, will have to have a test next time I'm at Content.

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    1. Hi Meeta - it's a great line, well worth a look. Thanks :)

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  5. I also love reading your posts and also recommended to you that Estee Clair Academy for Esthetics and Rejuvenation aims to provide training in the field of make-up to help you find careers as make-up artists in the Beauty and fashion industry.

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  6. Grace's blog is one of my absolute favorites and I always trust her recommendations. But more importantly, can she tell us what products she used for her face of the day in this picture??

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    1. Hello, and thank you! I'm not wearing any foundation in the picture (I rarely do). I used W3LL People Narcissist stick as a concealer under my eyes and around my nose. Eyes are a black pencil to line and RMS Beauty Karma cream eyeshadow, and I used RMS Beauty Lip Shine in Moment on my lips and cheeks (it gives a soft colour and some glow to the cheeks).

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  7. OMG Grace I can't believe you're not wearing foundation in that pic! Very jealous that you're this beautiful naturally! Lots of recs I'd love to try here. Skinceuticals & Perricone sadly out of my price range - am hoping the Chantecaille is within reach as would love to find a great moisturiser with spf that doesn't require a separate product. The other one I had in mind is Alpha H 30 or 50 - have you/Caroline tried either of those and if so, how did you find them? From reviews I've read the spf30 sounds like it has a nicer finish?

    Thanks, Nic x

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    1. Hi Nic - sorry, the Chantecaille is spendy too :S I'd rather spend money on skincare that suits than a lot of cosmetics that I won't use up, but it is pricey.

      I haven't used the Alpha H sunscreens myself sorry. I'm using a Trilogy spf 15 moisturiser at the moment and it is very good, but it does feel like a physical sunscreen when you first apply it.

      Another one to have a look at - Super by Perricone in bigger Boots and online. I have their SPF 25 to move on to next, and that seems very good from an initial play at the counter, although it does have mica, so is a bit Twilight-y.

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  8. Ohh thanks Grace - I hadn't heard of the Super range but it looks great. I don't mind a little Twilight! ;-) Will have a look instore. x

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  9. Ohh, I like to have a skin as radiant as grace. Thanks for this review! I'll surely try to get this one. Hoping it will make a difference on my skin.

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