BeautyCon London: Skin Preparation and Goodies

Liz Earle treats

Liz Earle treats

Before applying any make-up, it’s important to prepare the skin, especially when you need the make-up to last all day.  This was especially important when I went to BeautyCon London 2015 when there were temperature changes from warm, to very hot to cold in the wind.

I kept it quite simple as I don’t have a huge amount of time to get ready. After cleansing, I used Benefit Puff Off eye cream under the eye only, Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant on my lips to prepare my lips for my lip colour, and Benefit Total Moisturiser facial cream for the rest of my face. There was no time to apply serum!

At BeautyCon London, I managed to pick up two Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish hot cloth cleansers and two muslin cloths. One was from the vending machine for sending a tweet and the other was for posting a selfie on Instagram.  I am quite pleased with this as I like to use hot cloth cleansers as a well-needed treat, like a little spa at home.

Now to find time to have a relaxing bath!

Basic skin preparation

Basic skin preparation

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Kind is Simple Pop-up Store in Covent Garden

The Kind is Simple store

The Kind is Simple store

I was lucky enough to attend the Simple “Kind is Simple” Store preview in Covent Garden in London on Thursday  evening, as a Stylist magazine reader. It’s a cute little pop up store where “kindness is currency”. In other words, to receive Simple skincare goodies, you perform a kind act and publicise it on social media using the hashtag #kindissimple, rather than paying with sterling.

There were several ways to be kind and I tried them all. I posted my efforts on Instagram and Twitter. You could describe someone you know using positive words and sticking them on a board, send a positive tweet, create a piece of art to give as a gift or something else as suggested on the kindness tree.

As for the skincare, I learned about Simple’s micellar water and micellar water cleansing wipes. I was quite excited about these as I love  cleansing water and I am always on the search for some decent cleansing wipes.

Simple micellar water is triple filtered to remove as many nasties as possible and it contains glycerin to lock in moisture so skin is not left feeling tight after makeup removal.  This micellar water is also used in the wipes.  As with other Simple products, there’s no added fragrance or colour which is why it is great for sensitive skin. I don’t really like using scented products on my face so this is a great option for me.

On a quick test on my hand of both the wipes and the water, my skin felt clean and cool. So far so good.  Hopefully I’ll get around to doing a full review as I received a full sized micellar water and packet of micellar cleansing wipes.

You can visit the store today on its last day, 22nd May, in the Covent Garden piazza at the Russell Street end. Have fun!

The positive words board and the kindness tree

The positive words board and the kindness tree

Hydration station

Hydration station

The expert table with samples to try

The expert table with samples to try

Simple micellar water and micellar wipes

Simple micellar water and micellar wipes