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I always think the sign of a good product is when every last drop has been squeezed out, or swiped or sprayed on. These bits have had enough use to well and truly earn their stripes (or else give themselves a rep as a none starter)  - the question is will I rebuy?

It's a bit of a mixed bag - we're talking (lots of) moisturisers and some of my favourite make up buys (including a stellar foundation) along with a few other bits of beauty bumf. Grab a tea and settle in.. it's a long 'un.


Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer - ahhhhh this old chestnut. Literally everyone's holy grail  concealer and it doesn't take long to figure out why. It's the best coverage .. and it's like FOUR POUNDS. I use a mix of cool medium (it matches my skin) and fair (to highlight). I've previously written about how to hide dark circles using this stuff. My only niggle? The packaging is crap. The words rub off leaving it looking totally skanky after just a few uses.

The Body Shop Wild Argan Oil Body Moisturiser - the smell of the Argan Oil range alone sends my knees weak but what I love most about these moisturisers is the bottle. Nice and hefty, with a pump so it's quick and clean to use. Texture wise - all the hydration's there without things getting too thick. Perfect!

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation - sob, I wish I didn't love this so much. At nearly £40 a pop it's something of an investment, but finish-wise this stuff is so great I'll take the eye-watering price. It pumps out almost runny and watery but buffs in with good coverage and leaves you with a glowy, flawless base. Everyone loves it. You'll love it too - promise. More details in this post.

The Body Shop Glow Boosting Moisturiser - probably my favourite face cream, ever. And it's a bit of a dupe for Origins GinZing moisturiser. I've reviewed it here previously, fill your boots!

No.7 Bronzing Highlighter - I've repurchased this a few times, often taking advantage of those No.7 vouchers they chuck at you when you pay in Boots. It's basically a big chubby stick that swipes on a bronzed highlight to help nail a glowy base - really lovely.


St Moritz Tanning Mousse - my-go to fake tan. I've previously written about this but essentially it's cheap and it delivers a nice strong colour (go for the medium shade if you'd prefer something subtler). Downsides include a definite hint of biscuit (classic) and it's pretty drying - you need to be on the ball with that moisturiser! My other go-to tanner is Cocoa Brown (which I've also written about) - it's roughly double the price (still so affordable) but has a great olive tone and smells wonderful.

Nivea Micellar Cleanser - it's good and does the job, plus I think the packaging does a better job than the likes of Garnier (though their travel version is a god send).. So I'll pick this up again when it's on offer. Bioderma still has my heart, though. Gimme dat pump bottle!

Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Buttercream - ah, they do body stuff so well. I'm a big fan of their tubs of moisturiser - not too sticky but they pack a punch moisture-wise, and this one has an amazing almost sweet-and-sour scent. Definitely one to try!


The Body Shop Mango Body Sorbet - argh, I feel conflicted. I've previously raved about the sorbets (basically body moisturisers with a frosty gel texture) but for all the things I love about these at the end of the day they don't deliver on moisture like others in my collection have. I'll have a think about repurchasing come Summer..

Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Oil - I honestly really like this. It pulls off every scrap of make up and, let's be honest, branding and packaging-wise it's doing all the right things. The thing is, Nivea have a kick-ass oil based make up remover that does just as good a job for far less pennies.

Bioderma Hydrabio Moisturising Cream - it's a nice light moisturiser, perfect for sensitive skin (which I don't have). I like it, but I'm unlikely to repurchase when there's lots out there to try - particularly considering the price point. Get the full low down in this post I wrote on Bioderma a while back.


Batiste Dry Shampoo - a classic, right? I like it, especially the classic tropical scent, but I must admit that I've since been using Ruth Crilly's Colab Sheer Invisible and it's knocked good old Batiste straight off the top spot. Post to follow shortly - but trust me, it's worth picking up.