Thursday, 23 May 2013

A very girlie afternoon - beauty and bread

Last week, my lovely friend Susana sent me a 'SOS' message to ask about tips for skincare.  I said, yeah let's go shopping, Susana!

We met up at Boots in Oxford Street, the best drugstore in the whole of the UK in my opinion.  On the ground floor you find a good selection of designer brands' beauty products, at the back of the store you find all the drugstore brands' makeup products.  This time we focused on skincare so I brought Susannah to the basement floor where it stocks ALL the possible drugstore brands skincare products you can (and cannot) possibly think of.

Susana complained about the appearance of a few fine lines here and there in the under eye areas, and between the eyebrows when she frowns.  I learnt that recently this stage that Susana (and I, because we are of the same age at our early 30s) is experiencing is called Early Sign of Ageing.  We looked through a few ranges and I recommended a number of key brands which have become my recent favourites: Avene, La Roche Posay, Vichy, Eucerin and Indeed Labs.  Their ranges cater for all types of skin: dry/ sensitive, combination/ oily, combination/ normal and acne/ blemish prone  They are reliable and well-known brands which are reasonably priced, and effective.

We talked through Susana's morning and evening skincare routines, on the whole she is happy with what she is using at the moment but would like to have a few additions to target those less satisfactory areas.

Here are all the things that Susana bought (which she was being a very sensible shopper, well done!)

The new skincare additions for Susana include:

  • La Roche Posay Hydraphase Eyes - £14.50 for 15ml
    • good for injecting hydration to the eye areas to result in less puffy, reduced appearance of eye bags and hydrating fine lines around the eye areas
  • Avene Eau Thermale Eluage Gel - £25.45 for 15ml
    • Great for correcting those wrinkles and deep lines
    • Susannah will use it in targeted areas such as frown lines
  • Vichy Purette Thermale Hydra Perfecting Toner - £11 for 200ml
    • A good toner will help Susannah to tighten those pores on the face after she has cleansed her face
Then Susana also got herself a Gel Cuticle Remover (£6.45) by Sally Hansen and some manicure sticks for those little annoying dried skins round the cuticles. 

All five products cost just under £48 which is a bargain, also Boots is currently doing 3 for 2 offers across all skincare products.  If you are thinking of getting a few bits and bobs for yourself, perhaps this is the time to do it? 

After some cardio exercise (translation - shopping), we girls needed to sit down and have a cup of tea and a piece of cake.  We made our way to a lovely cafe called Bateel on New Bond Street.  Bateel is famous for its delicious dates and they do some special stuffed dates, too.  They also serve a nice range of coffees and teas, confectionary pastries and savoury snacks, too.  It's a quite cafe which you can always find a seat in here, definitely a fantastic spot to look out for if you are in the area shopping next time.  

Susana and I had a lovely afternoon doing all things girlie.  We will meet again in a few weeks time to see how she gets on with her products.  I will definitely update with you guys of the progress!

Finally I want to say a big thank you to Susana for trusting my recommendations, I can't wait to see you in a few weeks' time to see how you get on with your skincare additions!

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