Sunday, 5 February 2017

The Crème de la Crème

"This is your cream dream-team reporting for duty."

Today we're talking creamy, dreamy cosmetics. A handful of the crème de la crème (otherwise known as the cream of the crop for those non-baguette-speeking duffers) are pictured in all of their sheeny glory above. Unlike powder products, anything with a cream texture will add some plumpness, dimension and va va voom to otherwise flat-looking skin. When you generally just can't be arsed with a windscreen wiper motion or are running hideously late to that monday morning meeting, it's time to call on these happy pots of goodness. This is your cream dream-team reporting for duty.

Slather yourself silly with The Body Shop's Mango Body Butter. Following a brutal exfoliation (I'm blaming this on you, Bondi Sands, for refusing to come off my skin after a simple 'pretty please') I love to massage this in, throw my pjs on and let it work some magic. The next morning, you will not only awake to smell like a summer cocktail, but will have legs smooth enough to score yourself one for free also.

When it comes to the top half of the ol' visage, I always reach for this ancient Revlon cream shadow palette. These are practically vintage. This also makes me question if it is hygienically viable to continue smearing them all over my eyelids. OH WELL. The texture, formula and colour selection is what has made me convince myself to keep this cosy in my makeup stash. For a modern dupe, M.A.C's Pro Longwear Paintpots are spot on. Groundwork, a warm matte is a genius alternative for that gorgeous second shade. After an intense swatch sesh earlier, expect some of those bad boys to be featuring on a blog near you soon. #woops.

For bold brows, look no further than the Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade (this one = Medium Brown) and an angled liner brush. Unlike a powder counterpart, the Dipbrow boasts intensity whilst also setting your brows in place. No gel necessary. On the makeup menu, eyebrows are one area that I would highly recommend venturing into the realm of creams for. Although at first you may approach them with a timid hand, a few practises make for arched perfection.

M.A.C's Cremeblend blush in Something Special is another seasoned member of my makeup bag. A juicy, peachy pink in cream formula had me at hello. If you're in a jiffy, or stranded on a desert island with no stippling brush, this prod works wonderfully with nature's own beauty tool - your fingertips. Dewy, perky cheeks have never been so easy to achieve.

It's rare for one to reach into my handbag and be unable to pull out the Josie Maran Watercolour Cheek Gelée. Sorry if you were searching for a mint. This dinky, little product is one of the 'convertibles' of the beauty world in that it works beautifully on both the lips and the cheeks. Whilst any lippy can double up in such a way, there's something about the unique consistency of this gelée that makes application a fool-proof procedure. No brush, no mirror, no patience? That is no problem. It never seems to appear too dramatic or clown-like either, always providing an ample, cherry-bitten flush.

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