Top 5 scar covering, spot camouflaging CONCEALERS

As someone who has struggled with their skin on and off through most of my teenage and early twenties life, I have been on the hunt for the best concealers for as long as I can remember. I want as natural as possible, yet still good coverage makeup and when the day comes where I can expose my blemish free skin all the time, I will be thrilled! In the meantime, here are my top 5 concealers for covering those nasty scars and persistent spots! In no particular order… (I feel like Dermot O’Leary on the X factor)

  1. Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer

This palette has 2 shades, which I usually mix to create the perfect coverage and colour. I use this product just for spots and scars, never under my eyes as it has quite a thick consistency. It is my favourite at the moment for really stubborn blemishes that need a little bit more help to stay hidden. I use it with either a small concealer brush or my fingers to create a more natural look.

2. Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer

I love this and have for quite a few years. It has such a gorgeous consistency, really smooth and light yet pretty good coverage and definitely buildable. It has a small spongy applicator and I find that it lasts ages. When I run out of my favourite under-eye concealer (mentioned next), I could use a small amount of this to brighten up my dark circles.

3. Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away Concealer

This is quite a new one and I absolutely love it. I have never found a concealer that genuinely feels as though I don’t have any makeup on before this one. It has the lightest feel, and I wear it on its own if I want to have a ‘no makeup makeup day’. I also love the packaging, and twisty large sponge applicator. I wear this under my eyes and it never feels heavy. I also have a different shade that I use to conceal spots or scars. Despite its super light feel, it gives great, buildable coverage.

4. Bobbi Brown Instant Full Cover Concealer

I have used this for a couple of years on and off and I still think it’s great. It has a similar consistency to the Laura Mercier concealer but it is in a tube rather than palette. Pretty thick, so you only need the smallest amount, but I definitely thought it was worth a mention.

5. Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Flawless Wear Concealer

Now this is faster to use than say, but I couldn’t not mention this concealer. The queen of full coverage with the Double Wear range, Estée Lauder has nailed the formulation, with a creamy and light yet brilliant coverage concealer.

I obviously don’t use all of these at once and I prefer to wear a lighter coverage foundation and then just cover my blemishes with concealer. I would love to just embrace my skin totally as it is and I’m really trying (emphasis on the trying!!!) to be more accepting of myself…but still, I like a helping hand every now and then, so I hope this was useful!

The Tale of the Magical Growing Eyelashes

Once upon a time, there was a pair of eyes… No I don’t think this is going to work.. I’ll start again. So, over a year ago in about November 2016, I started reading reviews about an eyelash growth solution called Lilash, and as a beauty junkie who is forever trying new products, I really wanted to give it a go. I am all for big full lashes and I was desperate to grow my own natural lashes. I had been having LVL (Life, Volume and Length) treatments, which basically gave my own lashes a perm, and the results I had were amazing. It is a pretty bizarre treatment in which your eyes are closed, another eyelid is ‘built’ on top of your own (I’m really not explaining this too well…) and your lashes are almost folded up and tinted. Depending on what your natural lashes were like before, you are left with lashes that could potentially pass as falsies. Now I have naturally very dark eyelashes, but they weren’t super long on their own so LVL was the answer for me at the time.

When I was a bit younger and first started wearing mascara, I used to pick my mascara off of my eyelashes at the end of the day, which caused some of them to fall out, leaving me with bald patches and it took me a really long time to grow them back to the point they were when I was having the LVL treatments. However, I wanted to try something that would avoid me having to go and get my eyelashes done and that I could maintain myself. I saw some brilliant results and reviews from Lilash and so I thought I would go for it. I started using it in January 2017, firstly with a 3 month tube and then bought the 6 month one after- because my eyelashes were looking INSANE. I don’t want to blow my eyelashes’ trumpet…but they did. I was constantly getting compliments on my lashes and I was asked if they were fake virtually every day, all I would respond was….it’s Lilash.

You use it once a day, at any time ( I apply mine at night before I go to sleep) and apply it how you would liquid liner, just a thin line of the solution on your upper lash line. You apply it for 12 weeks consistently and let the results speak for themselves. After the 12 weeks, you have a week long break and then start again. The only thing about Lilash is that once you start, to maintain the results you have to keep applying it, and it is pretty pricey. But considering how much lash extensions and LVL treatments are and how regularly you have to go, it is completely worth it in my opinion. Also, because I have been using it for so long now, I only apply it every other night, which means the tube lasts even longer.

You would think I got commission from the amount I talk about it (please), but you can order directly from their website to be sure you have the right one, as there are many copies on the market. I must have easily told 50 people about it… and I have tried other similar products such as Revitalash and never had the same sort of outcome.  I really really would recommend it for anyone that wants to grow their own lashes rather than wear extensions, experience the wizardry of Lilash and still be able to wear mascara.

Pat yourself on the back if you have made it to the end of this post… I am aware there is more to life than eyelashes, but I just wanted to share a product that I absolutely love and try to break the record for the number of times the word ‘lashes’ is used in a blog post. 🙂

PS. In the photo I only have the tiniest bit of mascara on!!!!