Since wearing a mask everywhere is now the done thing, seeing photos of myself in them made me realise I really need to up my skincare game and see if I can sort out my forehead wrinkles as well as make a bit more of an effort with my eyes as they are now the main attraction. Here I’m sharing some of the items I’ve purchased recently and have liked, I have paid for the items myself because I wanted to try them. I should probably say that my skin is very dry and sensitive and prone to having reactions if that helps. I have added links to where I personally purchased the items however they are stocked elsewhere.
I’ve never tried anything like this before, don’t be put off by appearance – they’re not real needles they are just precise tips to pop the product exactly where you need it. In my case in particular across my forehead where I have really obvious lines and between my eyebrows where I have vertical lines.
It contains 2 different products:
1. Replenishing Gel – with Matrifull
2. Nourishing Film – with antioxidant Vitamin E and Shea Butter
Before use, drink a couple of glasses of water to aid in the plumping action and then you use the Replenishing Gel (pot 1) first, by drawing up 2 ml and using the precision applicator pop it in the places required, for me as I mentioned before in particular my forehead and crows feet.
Now Jon has taken to calling me jizz face while using this product – can’t think why? Once left on for 10 minutes pat it into the skin and again use 2 ml of nourishing film dotted over the face and rubbed gently in. This one smells amazing and afterwards my skin feels really soft. The pots look really small but they are designed to be used once a day for 2 weeks which I’m about halfway through using, I have been doing this in the evening before bed as I feel this is when I have the most time to dedicate and skin repairs best overnight.
As much as I loathe to share this picture in the interest of showing you my progress I should really. This is after a week, It’s not a miracle cure but I think it has made a difference.
Next up is the Freezeframe Wrinkle Block, pricier than I would usually pay for a moisturiser but I love the fact it’s in a block almost like a roll on deoderant as it makes it really simple to apply. The blurb states it blocks expression wrinkles without paralysing muscles and gives results in 7 days.
All you need to do is unscrew the lid and use it in an upward motion on wrinkle areas, I use it on my forehead, crows feet and lines around my mouth. The great bit is there’s no fiddling about it’s just slide it on and done. I use it in the morning and allow it to sink in before doing my makeup. It can be used morning and night and used under moisturiser but I didn’t feel the need to use a moisturiser on top even though my skin is very dry. It’s fragrance free and didn’t irritate my skin which is a bonus and a it will last for quite a while. As you can see from the before/after pics above I have been using the 2 products in conjunction and think they have made some difference already.
I wanted something to help me keep my eyeliner on all day as I was finding it sort of bled a bit and looked really untidy. This putty comes in several colours to suit your skin tone and I chose the cream version. It can be applied with a brush or fingertips and I find it easier to use my finger and just apply a thin layer, I don’t bother with eyeshadow day to day so can’t really comment on whether it helps with that yet but it does give a great matte base for drawing eyeliner on.
So onto the eyeliner. I’ve tried loads. I’ve read the reviews and chosen carefully, I’ve gone cheap and I’ve gone ridiculously expensive but ultimately this is the one I like the most. It draws on really well, without being too thick or thin and is waterproof – it stays where you put it all day, it doesn’t scrape or pull on the eyelid and is an intense black just right for hiding the lash band of the lashes I’ve been wearing.
As I said I thought I’d go all out on the eyes as most of my face is covered in a mask and I really dislike wearing any kind of foundation which is a waste of time anyway under layers of protective material! For years I’d wanted to try false lashes but never plucked up the courage. Now, having tried them, I can’t believe why I put it off for so long! They are an awful lot easier to use than you’d think. I need to use a pair of tweezers to apply them, I find this an awful lot easier than using my fingers but once in place they stay there and give the eyes such a boost.
I find my lips get really manky (for want of a better word) under the mask and as wearing lipstick ends up over your chin it’s hard to keep them moisturised. It looks like a normal lipstick but when you smooth it on you can feel the bits in it. It contains Vitamin E, Shea Butter, Avocado, Grape and Jojoba Oils. This lip exfoliator really helps at the end of the day to give them a good scrub. Just use it in circular motions then wipe off before using a lip balm on top. It smells fabulous and does the job.
So this is what the finished effect looks like! Much better than the horror I subjected you to further up – sorry about that! What products have you found that really help when wearing masks?