I get asked a lot about what products I use both skincare and make up wise. Anyone that knows me knows I am a product junkie. I always used to be fascinated with my Mum's make up drawer and always used to watch her doing her make up from a young age.
I started using Clarins cleanser and toner from the age of 14, and have always looked after my skin. I cleanse and moisturise twice a day. I only ever sleep in my make up if I'm absolutely pollaxed comatosed drunk! No...that's not often!
I have been very lucky insofar as my sister worked in cosmetics for 8 years so I never had to buy any products as I benefitted from her generous allocations. She worked at Clarins and latterly Dior. That said, I've pretty much tried all the houses including the traditionals like YSL, Estée Lauder, Helena Rubenstein and Chanel. I've also used the newer funkier brands including Urban Decay, Mac and Origins & Liz Earle. I've pretty much used them all.
I have to say I loved Clarins. I love their tonique shower range as well as their MultiActive staple moisturisers. Latterly I did like how they branched out into funky make up colours too. But with Clarins, it's always skincare and fragrance spritz.
I have to say, prior to my sis working for Dior, I always thought it was quite a stuffy brand. They've really worked on their image in the last 10 years and have successfully marketed themselves as high-end with wide-range appeal with dynamism & utmost innovation.
I've been lucky enough to have my make up done by their international make up artist Jamie Coombes. This guy's motto is "flawless and gorgeous." My words not Jamie's!
The Capture Totale skincare ranges are nothing short of silk. Totally amazing. So soft to apply. After using all these products for less than a week, I got loads of comments on my skin - it's luminosity and general healthiness.
I've also been fortunate enough to use their premium L'Or de Vie range. Super sexy gold packaging which oozes luxe. At around £150 a product, there's no wonder!
My absolute favourite Dior product as well as my ultimate go-to product is the Capture Totale Soin Finition Lumière.
This gold infused cream primer is applied after moisturiser before make up. Upon application, your skin is smoother with a luminous and even texture and tone. Pigmentation spots and red areas are also reduced.
Foundation thereafter just glides on and your skin oozes Hollywood flawless glamour. You can use this product without applying foundation afterwards.
So you can imagine my dismay when they discontinued this product and I was like a woman possessed at Christmas trying to track it down! My sister found me one and she bought it for me for Xmas. It is not cheap at £115, but put it this way, I'll be crying myself to sleep when this sacred product runs out!