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Top Ten Base Products for 2014

Looking over last year's post I realise that I am truly a creature of habit. Not much has changed; so if you don't see a category mentioned just know that I'm still using last year's pick.

SerumPeter Thomas Roth Camu Camu Vitamin C Brightening Serum AND Sleeping Mask 

I still use Advanced Night Repair. I'm almost out of my 1.7 fl. oz. bottle and I'm waiting to get another. Duty free soul cause Cave Shepherd up dem prices! Last year I tried some items from Peter Thomas Roth for the first time. Beauty Blogger/Vlogger Crystalis007 raved about the moisturizer in his Camu Camu line claiming that it was the only thing that lightened her hyperpigmentation. Yuh know that peaked my interest. After doing some research I discovered that the serum in the range has the highest amount of the Camu Camu goodness. These things are expensive so I really want to get the most out of it. Now as the great ladies at Bajan Beauty Blog have said, for you to see real results with skincare you have to be consistent. I honestly haven't used this serum every single night. BUT lemme tell you, when I used the serum and sleeping mask together my skin feels remarkable. I only have a sample of the sleeping mask but after I've bought the full size I will do a separate review.

Moisturizer - REN Clean Skincare

The number one thing I've heard Heidi tell her clients is: "Drink more water and moisturize your skin". I mean over and over. So before she cut my ass I started following suit. I know the plight of oily skin girls is finding a moisturizer that won't have us looking like we bathed in Mello Cream. Well, here yuh go. Please note that I haven't specified a particular one. REN offers a variety of products which cater to different skin types. The formulas of the two that I've tried worked very well for me. I've also bought a couple starter kits for a few guys and they also love the products. REN is available from Pure Source Barbados in Limegrove.

Mask - REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask

Another thing I love about Pure Source Barbados is that staff give you samples when they're available. Here is one such case where the sample led me to purchase the full size. I've been using this product off and on since January last year. Again, yuh gotta be consistent to see maximum results. I've especially loved to use this in between my chemical peel rounds to boost/prolong those results.

Special mention - Neutrogena Clear Pore Cleanser/Mask

I can't find this in stores anywhere so I just say lemme ease it in here in case you do come across it. As Caroline Hirons says, don't spend a lot on clay masks 'cause clay (kaolin) is a very cheap ingredient. #GlamGlowShade This product gets the job done especially on those godawful active pimples. Josh Collier MUA also recommends that men mix this with their shaving cream to prevent razor bumps. 

You must be tired hearing me rave about that.

Setting Powder (under eye) - Make-up Designory 'Desert'

I raved about it here.

Setting Powder (face) - M.A.C Mineralized Skinfinish Natural 'Dark'

Check out my thoughts about it here.

Concealer (under eye) - It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye 'Rich'

Another Crystalis007 recommendation. It Cosmetics calls this a "Corrector Concentrate Cream" and they ain't joking. I know I only just recently got this but I'm already very impressed.

Concealer (face) - Smashbox High Definition Concealer 'Dark'

I raved about it here.

Liquid Highlighter - M.A.C Prep+Prime Highlighter 'Peach Lustre'

I love this for its colour correcting properties. It's a lighter formula than the It Cosmetics product previously mentioned and it's perfect for our skin tones; especially for correcting those shadows around our mouth.

Misting Spray(?) - e.l.f Mist & Set

I absolutely do not spray this onto my face. As I told you here, I hate the dispenser. What I do love to use this product for: spraying on my foundation brushes before I put them to work. In that regard, it's a much cheaper alternative to M.A.C Fix+. Of the two setting sprays that I mentioned last year, the Kat Von D one has turned out to be my favourite.

For my thoughts on the foundations I've used last year please see the Foundation Series.

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