I thought I’d share with you a few new products that are gaining hero status in my make-up bag and bathroom!

The first is Lancôme’s new foundation Teint Idole Ultra 24H. It has a great range of shades with many suitable for ghostly Irish skin. My skin is so pale that often the palest shade in a range can be too dark or more often too yellow for my skin tone. The palest shade of this foundation is perfect for my skin. The coverage is excellent and very buildable where you need it and it stays put for hours. It’s probably not ideal for anyone who wants a more dewy finish but as I prefer a relatively natural and matte look I think I’ve found my holy grail foundation. It’s very reasonably priced too and can be found at major department stores and pharmacies.

Next up is Number 7′s latest innovation, Lift and Luminate Serum. Given that I turned 36 a couple of months ago I thought it was wise to amp up my skincare a bit and a serum seemed to be the best way to do it. This product is apparently aimed at women who are 45 plus but I was hooked by the clinical trials that confirm it noticeably treats dark spots and hyperpigmentation in eight weeks. I have a large patch of hyperpigmentation on my forehead and some other smaller patches, and they get darker in warmer weather. I have been using this duo of serums (Is the correct plural sera? Does anyone care except me?) for about a month and there has been a slight improvement. I’m going to keep using it and fingers crossed my skin tone will be perfectly even in another month’s time.

Lastly, being a huge fan of facial oils, I tried the Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil. It’s deliciously scented (which makes a change from the Trilogy Rosehip oil I was using before) and as it’s formulated for oily and combination skin it’s very light. It seems to be more nourishing than Bio Oil (a budget favourite of mine) so I’ll definitely be repurchasing.

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