Best of Beauty: 2013 Favourites!

I think the last time I did a “favourites” post was 2012!  I thought I’d make up for that by doing this 2013 beauty favourites for the year!  These are basically the products that stuck with me for the whole … Continue reading

Clinique Even Better: Makeup to Cover Hyper-Pigmentation, Acne Scarring and Age Spots!

If you are concerned about hyper-pigmentation, sun damage, acne scarring or age spots – these may be your new favourite makeup products!

The Clinique Even Better range has been a long-time favourite of mine. As I have mentioned before, one of my main skin concerns is sun damage! I grew up in a very sunny country and I was very naughty and rarely wore sunscreen! However, some years back I visited a Clinique counter had a consultation and thus discovered Even Better. In this blogpost I’m reviewing two products from the makeup range.
Photos demonstrating results are at the bottom of the Page!
(I’ve actually used a scar on my arm to show results for this as I think it’s much more obvious than my face!)

Even Better Foundation SPF 15

Skin Types: Combination Oily, Dry Combination

Coverage: Medium to Full

Benefits: Evens and Corrects Skin Tone + Contains SPF + Oil Free!

This foundation is the one that I always go back to – I even wore it for my Wedding day! There’s something amazing about this makeup – it actually contains ingredients to treat your skin problems as well as conceal them!

Within 4-6 weeks of using this product you should see a more even skin tone, diminished age spots and improved clarity! The SPF also means it protects against future darkening. Amazing!

I can say I definitely see a difference in my own skin when I’ve been using this product, so much so that I’ve stopped wearing it daily and have been using a BB cream instead!

TIP: If you are concerned with Acne you should use your fingers to apply the make up rather than a brush – far more hygienic!!

Even Better Concealer

Concern: Dark Spots and Discolourations

Skin Type: All skin types

Coverage: Full

Benefits: Brightens and Conceals

I’ve heard a lot of mixed reviews about this, and if I had read online reviews before buying this — I probably never would have found it! BUT a lot of the reviews seem to be from people with skin concerns such as bags/wrinkles that have simply not understood what this product is for! I would say that this product is for you ONLY if you are trying to conceal pigmentation and dark spots!

This concealer works really well, one thing I will say is that you need to warm the product between your fingers or on the back of your hand before use as it’s quite stiff. If you’ve warmed it first, it blends perfectly!

Here are the results you can expect to see. This is just one application of foundation, you can obviously put less or more on depending on the coverage you need.




I hope you found this useful, definitely let me know if you try it! Thanks for reading!!

Evening Skincare Routine

Without fail, I will always make sure I go to bed with a clean face. We’ve all read the horror stories “sleeping with your makeup on ages you by 5 years..” and so on. Obviously that’s an exaggeration! Here’s how I understand it…there’s a series of metabolic processes that go on during the night, which problem skin can really benefit from, but if you don’t have a clean face it doesn’t happen. That’s reason enough for me!

So, this is my (very simple) evening skin care routine!

Step 1: Remove eye makeup! I use baby oil on a cotton pad. It’s so gentle and so effective and the least expensive eye makeup remover I’ve found!

Step 2: Cleanse! At the moment I use a Clean and Clear exfoliating wash. I noticed dry skin around my temples and on my nose last month so I got this. It’s not too grainy/scratchy and it leaves my skin pretty soft!

Step 3: Cleanse Again! I use Witch Hazel on a cotton pad after I have washed my face. It cleans away any excess dirt and is supposed to be a natural toner too. There’s a whole range of things it claims to do including reducing redness/swelling and acting as an anti bacterial to fight acne!

Step 4: Moisturise! Ok, so it’s not quite a moisturiser. I rarely use moisturiser at night as it makes me feel too greasy. If my face feels tight I’ll use a little bit of this Avène Thermal Spring Water Spray.

Step 5: Eye Cream! I’ve used eye cream since I was in school. At the moment I’m using Clinique’s All About Eyes. It’s very light weight and almost a gel, you hardly notice it’s there. I don’t know if it’s doing anything wonderful for me, but it makes me feel better so I never skip this part!

So that’s my extremely simple evening routine! What do you do?…Link below if you’ve got a skincare routine post!

Thanks for reading!

D xoxo