I am huge a fan of skin care products that are infused with hyaluronic acid as I find they really help boost the moisture in my skin and this in turn helps my makeup to apply more smoothly. I have tried the original Indeed Labs Hydraluron serum in the past and I really enjoyed how it made my skin feel and also how it helped the performance my other skin care. I was intrigued to see that Indeed Labs had released the Hydraluron Moisture Jelly which is to be used along side the original serum to not only help add moisture to the skin but to keep the moisture in the skin.
The packaging of this product was appealing at first – even a bit gimmicky – but a few months down the line I found I was getting out far too much product when using the pump. I think I would prefer this product to be in a tube. The instructions advise to use a pea sized amount AM and PM, however the packaging easily dispenses double that at a time and it is really difficult to only half press the pump down. Another down side to the packaging is that if you do not unscrew the top you waste so much product. I thought I had used up all of the product, but on closer inspection and after dismantling the top I found at least another three days worth!
I have to admit that I have not been using the Moisture Jelly with the original Hydraluron, I have actually been using it in place of it instead and then applying an oil afterwards. I apply the jelly all over my face after my toner and I feel it makes my skin look smooth and plump – like it has had a great big drink of water. I only used this in the morning as there are other products I prefer to use in the evening, however even using it just in the morning has made a big difference to my skin. Whilst using the Moisture Jelly my foundation has been applying much smoother and my skin does not seem to be drinking the foundation either. I am really pleased with the results I have had from using the Hydraluron Moisture Jelly over the last few months and will definitely be repurchasing this product soon.
Indeed Labs Hydraluron Moisture Jelly retails for £24.99 and is available here.
I think I have finally found a powder that can keep my combination skin matte all day, the Soap & Glory Kick Ass Instant Retouch Pressed Powder. I picked up this powder initially as it is yellow toned so it should be good for keeping redness at bay throughout the day, however I was presently surprised when I first used it that it also kept the shiny areas of my face looking matte too. I have tried many powders over the years to attempt and keep my t-zone shine free. I wanted something that I could use to set my makeup and then also use to touch up throughout the day without my skin looking cakey. The Soap & Glory powder is perfect for this job, it feels light weight on the skin and it does not look cakey when touched up later in the day.
Whilst the powder provides little coverage, the yellow pigments help to disguise any redness in the skin. This is ideal for me as my cheeks tend to have some redness in them. The powder suggests it is totally translucent, however I would not recommend this powder for darker skin tones as I feel it would leave an ashy look to the skin as I do not feel it is completely translucent.
Although the powder is pressed I want to highlight that when you dip your brush in the product it does pick up quite a bit of product so I would recommend tapping off the excess from your brush before applying it to your face. I prefer to apply this powder using a powder puff when I first apply my makeup and a duo fibre brush like the Duo Fibre Face Brush from Real Techniques to touch up or when I want a lighter application.
Overall I feel this is an excellent powder and what makes it even better is that it can be found at the drugstore.
The Soap & Glory Kick Ass Instant Retouch Pressed Powder retails for £12 and is available here.
Being someone with combination skin I never thought I would be able to use a moisturising face mask. Even though I have combination skin it can become dehydrated, especially on my cheeks, so I do like to add intensive moisture into my routine if I can. Prior to using this product I thought I would wake up with spotty, oily feeling skin. I saw this on offer in Boots a long time ago I decided to take the plunge and try it.
The Soap & Glory Beauty Sleep Accelerator Night & Flight Moisture Mask – wow what a mouthful – claims to stop dry and dehydrated skin in its tracks and leave your skin looking luminous and dewy in the morning. Now, luminous and dewy are not usually two things someone with combination/oily skin wants from their skin care, however I find this product leaves my skin looking plump and hydrated in the morning with no excess oil in sight.
The mask goes on clear so, as they claim, it could be used to help keep moisture locked in on long-haul flights – no one would even know you were wearing it. It has a sweet fruity smell which does linger on the skin but it is not over powering if you are sensitive to highly fragranced products. Once applied the mask does not feel tacky and begins to sink in quite quickly but you can feel it on your skin for a while after it is applied, so that is something to be aware of if you do not like the feeling of product on your skin.
I have mainly been using this once a week after I have used a manual face scrub to soothe my skin and add some intense moisture over night. You only need to use a small amount, around a 50p piece size – but you can apply more if you like – so this pot will last a long time. I believe it is a similar product to the Origins Drink Up Intensive Mask but is nearly half the price, though I have not tried the Origins so I can’t say for sure if it is a dupe.
The Soap & Glory Beauty Sleep Accelerator Night & Flight Moisture Mask retails for £13 and is available from Boots in the UK. (At the time of posting it is currently included in the buy one get one half price offer)
I first heard about the Maybelline Super Stay 24 Hour Waterproof Powder when I was watching Sinéad from The Makeup Chair give tips and tricks for long lasting makeup (watch here). As someone with combination skin, I do struggle to keep my makeup in place all day, especially on my nose and around my jaw line. The next time I was in Boots I noticed that it was on offer so decided to give it a go. Unfortunately the shade range is terrible but luckily I managed to find a good match in the shade 10 Ivory – the lightest shade as usual. It looks quite pink toned in the photo below, but it suits my yellow toned skin nicely.
I tried it for the first time the next day and I was amazed at how flawless my skin looked. This powder seems to fill in pores and adds just enough coverage, when worn over the top of a liquid foundation, to leave my skin looking like it has been airbrushed. I like to apply this all over my face, concentrating on my t-zone, with either a Real Techniques Blush Brush or a Real Techniques Duo Fibre Powder Brush depending on how much coverage I want. It does a great job of mattifying my skin without making it look cakey and flat looking. I do still need to touch up or blot once during the day but not as much a I need to with other powders.
I think this is a fantastic powder for the price, it even rivals my MAC Studio Fix Powder. I find myself reaching for this almost every day and I have already made quite a dent in the middle. I highly recommend this powder for people with normal to oily skin. Though I think it might be a bit too matte for people with dry to very dry skin.
Maybelline Super Stay 24 Hour Waterproof Powder retails for £5.99 and is available here.