Products to make you feel great

Thursday, 16 September 2010



I'm often asked why I like beauty products so much.  The very simple answer is that using them makes me feel good.  Sometimes, they even make me look better too, which is always a bonus.  A reader recently asked me to recommend some products that might help her feel better too, so here's a selection of things I like, that I always really enjoy using.

Lipstick.  There is simply nothing better - and easier to use - than a luxurious lipstick in your favourite colour, for cheering you up, the more expensive the better (for me at least!).  Applying lipstick is a ritual, and often one we neglect for a lipgloss, because gloss is quicker and easier, and harder to get wrong.  For me, what never fails is a bright, *bright* colour, or red.  Glorious, vampy red.  Current favourites include Guerlain Rouge G, in pink or red, there's a Lord and Berry red which is glorious, and you can't really go wrong with a Chanel Rouge Coco (I like Cambon, myself) either.

I also find that taking the time to give myself a mini-facial always makes me feel better too.  If my skin is looking good, I will automatically feel better about myself.  For my mini-home facials, I'm a big fan of Origins Modern Friction, it's a self-heating scrub that really leaves your skin soft and glowing after one use.  Then a mask, either something from Clarins, or the great lavender one from Alpha H.

I find that great-smelling products are always good for making you feel better, so I tend to pay more attention to my perfume when I'm feeling a bit down.  I mentioned the other week that I love Guerlain's Herba Fresca, which is a gloriously herbal scent, laden down with calming mint and hay.  But I find anything that has a hint of amber, or powder, can be wonderfully comforting too, scents like Climat by Lancome are great for making you feel like you've had a hug. A wonderful bath oil by Aromatherapy Associates - in Relax Deep - which is redolent of ginger and rosemary with a hint of lavender has been something I've been using as a body oil in the last few weeks to "take the edge off" a bit too.  It's actually a bath/shower oil, but the scent is so divine, I couldn't resist using it on my body too!

But most of all, I find that simply taking a little more time to apply my makeup in the first place can make a huge difference to how I feel before I face the day.  I know that if I've taken all possible care with my application, then I will feel better about how I look, and better about life in general.

Which products make you feel good?

11 comments:

  1. For me eyeliners and mascaras "cover a multitude of sins" - making my eyes the focus of attention (instead of my big flat nose/an angry-looking pimple/unruly hair).

    My "covers" of the moment: Benefit Badgal eyeliner with Revlon 3D waterproof mascara.:)

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  2. I totally agree that bright, and especially red, lipsticks make me feel great. I never go out without a squirt of perfume on as well because that always makes me feel good. If I do both of those and whack on some great heels then I feel amazing.

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  3. It's all about the skin & the brows for me at the moment, if my base looks right, I am happy and confident, if my brows are groomed it is extra bonus time. Thanks for the post. Jan x

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  4. It's all about the skin & the brows for me at the moment, if my base looks right, I am happy and confident, if my brows are groomed it is extra bonus time. Thanks for the post. Jan x

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  5. Base, blusher and brows are my thing. If all those are done, then i can face the world with head high and confident. ooooh and Johnsons baby lotion and lavender after a hot shower....reminds me of being a little girl with no issues :-)

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  6. Base, blusher and brows are my thing. If all those are done, then i can face the world with head high and confident. ooooh and Johnsons baby lotion and lavender after a hot shower....reminds me of being a little girl with no issues :-)

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  7. Anything with a luxurious feel or scent tends to make me feel good. A lovely lipstick and good make generally. I also enjoy using beautiful cleansers and moisturisers. I remember using EL Daywear years ago and still recall how much I loved using it, especially the smell! x

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  8. A beautiful lipstick has serious luxe factor and always makes me feel good. But is it bad that it's the beautiful packaging that makes me feel the best?! Great post.

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  9. Usually applying makeup makes me feel good. I like to play with my make up and create different looks everyday.
    Also, doing my nails, pampering myself after taking a bath, etc... I am addicted to beauty products and it feels great trying out different scents, different textures and colours.

    Great post!

    Confessions of a Beautyholic

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  10. Agreed re: CHANEL Rouge Coco. I'm also a fan of the Intelligent Nutrients Seductive scent. It smells like fall!

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  11. Great post! :)
    All of those beauty "tasks" can cheer one up, I 'll add one thing to your list: a manicure! ;)

    x

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