What happens when you ask four Irish beauty bloggers what they’d do if they got stuck on a desert island? It’s not what you might think. Nope. Panic doesn’t ensue; hysteria does not set in. Instead our intrepid ladies sit down and blog their damn way out of that sticky sitch.
Each has given Frillseeker their laundry list of five items they’d find utterly indispensable if they somehow found themselves marooned. From SPF to stress-busters, big ups to each for being such a good sport and rising to the challenge. Enjoy the feature – and please don’t forget to visit their blogs, mm’kay?
I’m all about looking after skin more than covering it up, so my five products are mostly skincare. I think if you’ve got great skin you’ll need less makeup, and as I’ve gotten older I appreciate more and more great skin. Don’t get me wrong, I love my makeup too but skincare's higher on my priority list these days.
1. NeoStrata Enlighten Ultra Brightening Cleanser is my first pick. I started using this a few months ago and after about two weeks I saw a huge improvement in skin tone, it was much brighter and was more even. Active ingredients help reduce the appearance of dark spots and pigmentation. I had a bit of rosacea around my cheeks and nose which has thankfully now disappeared too. The creamy formulation gently removes oils and makeup, so no need for other cleansers. This is a product I use every day and another difference I've noticed is that my oily T-zone is no longer; so makeup glides on and stays on!
2. I was introduced to Episilk Facelift Serum about about 18 months and use this every night - this is the best kept secret ever. At 42 I’m lucky enough not to have wrinkles... yet, but that's down to a fuller face I imagine, and this serum. A combination of hyaluronic acid and pepha-tight, it's designed to hydrate and support the natural firmness and elasticity of the skin. It rejuvenates your skin while reducing the appearance of wrinkles. I never get dry skin any more or patches, it looks hydrated and smooth, so I’ll never be without this.
3. Coconut Oil is a miracle product and I could do so much with this stranded on a desert island. I love this gem, it’s so cheap and a multitasking product (less to carry, too). It works as a sunscreen apparently (this I haven’t tried) and it'll heal sunburn. I use it post-shower, as a moisturiser to keep my skin feeling soft and looking great after a day in the sun and I can use it as deodorant while I’m stranded too! I try use this once a week in my hair so that’ll cover the conditioner for my hair, plus it's great for bringing back the shine when highlights get dull and gives your hair a healthier look. It’s also a gorgeous moisturiser for your face and works on lashes as well. I can mix it with a little sand from the beach to use as a foot scrub for dry feet, making them look softer. And most importantly I can eat it for energy (for the imaginary beach parties I’ll be going to) and cook with it when I catch my dinner!
4. I always keep a tube of Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream in my bag, it covers so much, like burns for one! I’ve a habit of burning myself when I’m cooking so a dab of this relieves and heals, preventing scarring. It’s also brilliant for using as a lip balm or moisturiser, instantly softening dried and chapped lips. These obviously must look their best at all times as they are out there and no covering them up! You never know who might be dropping by that desert island either...
5. I'll need a little makeup for those just in case, so I thought I’d take a multitasking product that's always in my makeup bag. Daniel Sandler Watercolour Liquid Blush in Cherub gives a little radiance to cheeks and it covers eyes and lips too. I love it over foundation for a little glow; it's great for older skin as it's liquid so it doesn’t sit on your skin or pores. I find it makes my skin look a little dewy and gives it a lift without trying too hard. So if you’ve no foundation with you, and you’ve been taking care of your skin this'll give you that pick-me-up and little lift.
2. Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer is the best concealer I've ever used, and I've used a lot! Strongly pigmented, yet light-reflecting. Creamy, yet budge-proof. This covers redness and blemishes and gives your skin a glow, without slipping off halfway through the day. I've repurchased this three times already, and that says a lot!
3. Since I started using Glo Therapeutics Renew Serum serum, my skin has never been smoother or clearer. The chemical exfoliant combo of 1% salicylic and 7% glycolic works both on the surface and into the pores to slough off dead skin and break down oily plugs (eeew). 1% retinol reinforces the anti-acne effect, and also helps to boost elastin and collagen and reduce hyper-pigmentation. This mix of proven, effective skin renewal actives simply rocks.
4. If you have soft, flat, bendy nails that break before you can grow them out, you need OPI Nail Envy. It's the only nail strengthener, other than committing to gels or acrylics, that actually works. In action, it hardens the nail plate causing it to curve in a "C" shape which makes the nail stronger and more resilient to stress. Worth the price.
5. A few imitators have found their way to market recently, but none of them hold a candle to Benefit's original Gimme Brow. The brush is perfectly sized to grab and define each brow hair with teeny fibres (and not get it all over your forehead in the process). The shades are taupey-cool and dark enough to define, but not give you Scouse-brow. And it takes all of about two seconds to bring you from brow-challenged to face-framed perfection.
Kat McGrath is one half of the pretty powerhouse that is Dolly Rouge. Check out the gals for their no-nonsense take on beauty as well as their confident and knowledgeable take on the science bit.
1. If I were to be left helpless on a desert island, I would want (after water, food, shelter and a way off, of course) SPF to keep my skin protected. I'm currently using the Kiehl's Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF 50. I've combination-to-oily skin, but this is lightweight and easily absorbed and doesn't break me out.
2. Because I imagine I'd have some "I'm stuck on a desert island hysteria," I'd bring the This Works Deep Sleep Stress Less Rollerball to calm my nerves, and make my new surroundings feel more homely.
3. Another skincare item is the Biologique Recherche Lotion P50. This is HG for me: bad things happen to my skin when I stop using this exfoliating toner, and I wouldn't want to let things slide just because I am stranded. I know, priorities.
4. Next I'd need lip balm. I swear by the By Terry Baume de Rose - and I've tried them all. I slather this on religiously. It contains SPF 15 and nothing sorts out dry flaky lips quite like it.
5. I'm assuming this is a tropical island and if so, I'd want the Oribe Anti Humidity Spray to tame my tresses, as my hair is really thick and would be a nightmare to manage in dry humid weather.
As her blog name suggests, Michelle from Luxe Life Aspirations likes the finer things in life. Head that way for a browse of some high end brilliance, BBZ.
1. La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo is one of my favourite discoveries this year. Designed for oily and blemish-prone skin, it can be used as a moisturiser, a primer or for specific problem areas. I use it every night.
2. The only mask to effectively remove and reduce blackheads; I'm utterly obsessed with having clear pores and Mario Badescu Silver Powder is the best face mask I've ever used.
3. I adore this long-wearing, retro matte lipstick from Mac. Ruby Woo is a beautiful bright red, I've worn it for years and always get compliments on it.
4. My skin always looks flawless with Laura Mercier foundations. Blendable and long-lasting, Silk Creme gives the most perfect coverage. I even wore this on my wedding day.
5. Clinique High Impact Mascara is one of my favourite mascaras ever. It gives the longest, fullest lashes without clumping or flaking.
Rebecca Barker is the woman behind the chic facade of The Beauty Inbox. Expect lots of pretty pictures and in-depth reviews of products you will wanna buy.