Favourite Products of 2010


Makeup Remover:  Saaf Organic Pure Face Cleanser

This is such a gentle, emollient way to lift makeup from your face at the end of the day.  It smells great, and even makes short work of waterproof mascara.


Cleanser: Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser

Gentle, cheap and easy to find. Cetaphil deals kindly with the most irritated skin, and is great for the ‘second cleanse’.


Day moisturiser: NARS Potent EFA Cream

Fantastic for dry skin. Rather than just sitting on top of the skin, this EFA cream stimulates lipid production and so plumps the skin beautifully from within, relieving any tightness. The air-tight packaging it comes in ensures freshness of the product up to the very last drop too.


Eye Cream: Shiseido Benefiance Concentrated Anti-Wrinkle Cream

An excellent eye cream for keeping the eye area hydrated all day. Delivers serious moisture.


Lip Balm: Lanolips 101 Ointment

This is still the only lip balm I use. I have suffered from dry lips all my life, but now that I use Lanolips it has ceased to be something I need to think about.


Night Moisturiser: Shiseido White Lucent Brightening Moisturising Cream

A gorgeous night cream containing Vitamin C that will leave your skin soft and hydrated in the morning. It also goes to work on any hyperpigmentation you may have. A great multi-tasker.


Treatment: Skinceuticals Retinol Refining Night Cream with 0.5% Pure Retinol

I use this every few nights in place of my usual moisturiser (retinols work best without moisturiser) and my skin looks fantastic in the morning: plumped, lines erased, and texture refined. The packaging ensures that it stays fresh for months too.


Acne Treatment: Mario Badescu Buffering Lotion

I get cystic acne, and this is the most effective product I have for dealing with it.  I apply this lotion at night to the pimple and it usually takes one to two days to disappear.


Exfoliant: Peter Thomas Roth Unwrinkle Peel Pads

A great chemical exfoliant. The pads in the container are soaked in a mixture containing glycolic acid, lactic acid, vitamin E, retinol, linolenic acid, amino acids, salicylic acid, and a dash of vitamin C. This all sounds like something that is going to be pretty tough on the skin, but even on my sensitive skin this concoction doesn’t leave any redness or irritation at all. Instead, it cleans out pores, exfoliates, stops breakouts in their tracks, and moisturises. And all this only takes three minutes.


Body Moisturiser & Scrub: Haus of Gloi

What an amazing company this is. Their scrubs make my skin smooth without irritation, and the moisturisers (partcularly the pumpkin butters) moisturise incredibly well and leave my skin silky soft.


Handcream: Tranquillita Barrier Cream

I’ve tried lighter and richer hand creams this year, but this is a good middle ground for me. Probably very rich for the average person, but for my very dry hands this is a good fit. It’s easy to rub in straight away (no need to warm up the product like some barrier creams) and keeps my hands moisturised through handwashing.



Hairspray: Elnett Satin Hairspray in Extra Strong Hold

A fine mist which holds even the most wayward hair in place without ‘crunchiness’. It’s also very easy to brush out and start again, and leaves your hair looking super shiny.


Shampoo: L’Occitane Aromachologie Repairing Shampoo for Dry & Damaged Hair

A gentle shampoo which washes my hair thoroughly.


Conditioner: L’Occitane Shea Butter Ultra Rich Conditioner

This is still my favourite conditioner. I’ve got a bottle of Terax conditioner which I’ve been using whilst waiting for my next tube of the L’Occitane to arrive, but it just isn’t as good. This conditioner soaks into the hair folice leaving little to rinse out. It also hydrates the hair extrememly well without weighing it down at all.



Primer: Smashbox Photofinish Foundation Primer

Still the best primer I’ve found. Luckily, the silicone in this product doesn’t break me out. This primer goes on like silk and makes the toughest foundations easy to spread and keeps creamy products out of fine lines.


Foundation: Kryolan TV Paintstick

Along with Graftobian, Cinema Secrets, Ben Nye, and probably a fleet of others, this is one of the ‘serious’ foundations on the market that was developed for use on the stage and television.   I enjoy the versatility of Kryolan TV Paintstick. I can sheer it down to provide just a light amount of coverage, or I can use it to cover (and conceal) all my flaws leaving a very natural, semi-matte finish. Best of all, it doesn’t oxidise, and comes in a huge range of colours. I guarantee that anyone can find a colour match with Kryolan.  The only thing is that you need a bit of ‘slip’ to get it to apply well, whether that is just your everyday moisturiser or a primer is up to you. I’ve used both with equal success.


Powder: Chanel Poudre Universelle Libre

I’ve been using this powder for years and I still love it.  The finish is somewhere between matte and glowy.  It keeps oils at bay and ensures highlighters, blushes, and whatever else you decide to pile on top of it go on easily.


Blush: Chanel Joues Contrastes (especially Rose Bronze and Orchid Rose)

Still the king of blushes. Chanel’s Joues Contrastes line remains one of their strongest, and rightfully so. Their blushes apply beautifully and provide a flattering, glowy look. They also stay on for longer than any blush in my collection.  If you’re looking for somewhere to start, look to Rose Bronze.  I have never seen it on a complexion it didn’t look superb on.


Eyeshadow (singles): Shiro Cosmetics (especially Golem and Epona), MAC (especially Mulch, Antiqued, Tempting, Handwritten, Sable, and Bronze)

I really couldn’t decide between MAC and Shiro Cosmetics, so I’ve included both.

Shiro Cosmetics make loose eyeshadows that have great pigmentation and a long wear time.  I’m very much looking forward to exploring more of their range next year, as I’m loving the colours I already have.

I’ve included my six favourite MAC eyeshadows here because I reach for them quite often.  They are flattering on the eye, easy to apply, and quite easy to find.


Eyeshadow (palette): Urban Decay Naked Palette and Chanel’s Winter Nights

Urban Decay captured the attention of neutral-lovers the world over with their Naked Palette this year.  There is no question that with their sleek packaging and excellent shadow quality, Urban Decay have finally grown up.

Even though the quality of the shadows in Chanel’s Winter Nights quad are not at the top of the market,  I’m impressed with the look of this quad every time I apply it. Very flattering.


Face Kit: Le Metier de Beaute Flawless Face Kaleidoscope

This is what I reach for when I want a beautiful complexion without having to think about which colours match with what.  The pressed powder, highlighter, blush, and bronzer are all of excellent quality and equal in their own right to my favourites listed here. Great for a glowy look.


Bronzer: Korres Monoi Oil Bronzing Powder in Sunglow Light 01

This is one of the few bronzers that goes well on my pale skin.  With a few swipes of a brush I can impart a little warmth to my complexion without looking muddy or orange.


Eyeliner: Lancome Le Stylo Waterproof eyeliner pencil in Cafe

Just the right shade of brown, not too hard, not too soft, and lasts for ages. Easy to smudge out, and doesn’t budge all day.


Lipstick: Rouge Allure (especially Desirable, Sexy, Flash Quartz, Silhouette, and Admirable)

Still the best lipstick formula I have in my collection. Mosturising, long-wearing, and the Rouge Allure range comes in sleek ‘click-click’ packaging.


Lipgloss: Chanel Glossimer (especially Praline, Giggle, and Unity)

The best lipglosses I’ve tried. Flattering on the lips and not sticky at all.


Mascara: Covergirl Lashblast in Very Black (waterproof)

This is the only mascara I will use, because it’s the only one that doesn’t end up half-way down my face by 10 o’clock.  It’s also very good at lengthening and thickening my lashes, though you’ll need a good makeup remover to get it off.


Highlight: Dior Amber Diamond

I use this almost every day. Amber Diamond makes a very natural looking highlighter.


False Lashes: Individual lashes or Ardell Accents.

I’ve spent a reasonable amount of time experimenting with false eyelashes, and my conclusion is this: if you want a ‘my lashes but better’ effect, take the time to apply individual false lashes (it’s what the Victoria’s Secret models do after all!).  It looks so much more natural that a full, or even half, strip of lashes, and really opens up the eye. Just remember to put the longer lashes at the outer corner, then the smaller lashes towards the inner corner, and apply generous coats of mascara to fuse the whole thing together. Any brand of individal lashes will do – rumour has it that they’re all made at the same factory and repackaged for different brands.

If you’re in a hurry and just need a little drama, try Ardell Accents. They are slightly smaller than half lashes but give a gorgeous ‘cat eye’ effect without looking too unnatural. They’re also very quick and easy to apply.


Perfume: Tom Ford Black Orchid

Dark, edgy, sensual, and thoroughly addictive. A must have.

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14 Responses to Favourite Products of 2010

  1. Grace London says:

    Excellent picks. Lanolips has transformed my lips – I haven’t had flakes or cracks once since you first sent it to me.

    HoG has been a godsend too – no flaky, itchy shins this winter. I’ve figured out that I do better with the more masculine, non-foody scents generally, but those I love.

  2. Dempeaux says:

    @Grace Thankyou! I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed Lanolips too. It’s such a great quality product! I’m going to order some more HoG Snow Wolf today too. A brillianty moisturiser and smells amazing too 🙂

  3. Dee says:

    You have a beautiful collection of products there. 🙂

    Black Orchid was weird on me – kind of watery and cucumbery. I don’t know why; I’ve smelled it on other people and it wasn’t like that on them.

  4. Dempeaux says:

    @Dee Thanks! 🙂 Funnily enough, I have heard that when Black Orchid doesn’t work it takes a turn for the cucumbery. Isn’t skin chemistry a funny thing?

  5. GlossQueen says:

    Awesome list! I want to try everything on it, surprisingly I haven’t tried most of the products that you’ve listed.

  6. Dempeaux says:

    @GlossQueen Wow, that must be a record! You’ve tried everything! 🙂

  7. Jade says:

    Quite a few things on my mental shopping list now thanks Sarah 😉

  8. Dempeaux says:

    Haha! No problem Jade 😉

  9. Claire says:

    …And now I’m going to have to bookmark this and try almost every product (except for bronzer, I’m very pale so it always looks like I’ve rolled around in dirt not matter what I do)

    Is that your actual case in the picture? It looks so neat and organize. Jealous!, mines a mess.

  10. Dempeaux says:

    Oh wow! That’s great! I hope you like the products! That is my actual makeup case in the picture, although I’d cleaned it up beforehand 😉

  11. jeanie says:

    Lovely list! That Korres bronzer is my favorite too!
    It never looks orange or too brown- perfection!

    I have the Saaf too and like it when my skin is acting cranky and dry (winter here is killing me).

    I just purchased my first can of Elnet hair spray- first impression- it’s nice and I don’t mind the scent.

    Making notes of some new things to try- Happy New Year, lovely x jeanie

  12. Dempeaux says:

    Thankyou Jeanie! I’m glad it’s helpful! Happy New Year! xx

  13. My goodness, I don’t know where to start but you have tempted me with loads of these products. Both night creams, the buffering lotion (I keep getting cystic spots every couple of months) as well as the brown stylo are all calling to me. Thank you so much for sharing, I’ll definitely be adding to my ‘to try’ list!
    Jane x

  14. Dempeaux says:

    Oh that’s wonderful Jane! They’re great products, and I hope they work just as well for you! x

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