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My Favourite Beauty Combinations

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I have been thinking about this topic for quite some time. It just occurred to me one evening whilst I was laying in bed (the best time for inspiration don’t you think?) and since then, I have been so excited to write this.

This year probably marks the year where my routines are maturing. I know what I want to use, what product I’m looking for and which products I like using together or might possibly work well together. It’s less of the wishy-washy stuff and more of the products that really speak for themselves. Functionality over aesthetics.

So without further ado, here it is, my favourite beauty combinations.

No7 Youthful Eye Serum + Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream

This is my favourite eyecare combo to date! I have long been a fan of the No7 Youthful Eye Serum so I would recommend it as a base for any of your eye creams. For me, once I introduced the Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream along with it, it was a game-changer.

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I have been using eye cream since I was 16/17 years old. In recent years, I started noticing some darkness and shadow under my eyes. The eye serum really helps brighten the area and because it moistens the area first, it means the eye cream that goes on top will be better absorbed like a sponge. It is essentially like how essences and serums provide that extra step prior to a moisturiser to get the best benefits of each other.

It’s important to re-iterate that there is no “perfect eye cream” but this is as close as it will get for me. The darkness is really minimised now and my eye area is well-hydrated so there’s less risk for premature-aging! Oh and under makeup? Works a treat.

Etude House Dr. Mascara Fixer + Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara

Note: Although, it’s amazing with any mascara!

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I had raved about the Etude House Dr. Mascara Fixer since I discovered it and I’m going to do it again: this stuff is fantastic and will change your lash game! If you have curly, long lashes then you probably don’t need this but if like me, your lashes are short and stubbornly straight – I strongly recommend. It helps to hold the curl and give lashes definition. I just can’t fault it because it means I can pair it with disappointing, mediocre mascaras and still get a good result. It’s a win/win situation since I can use up more mascaras now.

A few months ago, I got the Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara sample. On its own, it doesn’t make a statement for me since I have such a weak lash base but over the primer, it’s great. This mascara helps to thicken and add length without clumping that I might just buy the full version at some point.

Vitamin C + Sunscreen

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Note: I have shown the Avene Mineral Fluid for demonstration purposes however it’s not something I particularly love due to a white cast. I only use it underneath foundation! The Clinique City Block Sheer however, is a go-to.

I have been particularly obsessed with Vitamin C lately but it’s only very recently that I discovered its true magic with a sunscreen. When they are used together in a routine, they bring the best out of each other. Think of Vitamin C as an extra protective step prior to your sun protection. Please note though, that Vitamin C cannot replace the role of a sunscreen.

Vitamin C is an anti-oxidant that helps fight off free radicals. Any sun damage is an oxidative process and so whilst Vitamin C isn’t a barrier to UV rays, it slows down the process of such damage that affects the collagen in the skin. You may have heard that the ingredient reverses photoaging? It means counteracting chronic UVA and UVB exposure which would otherwise age your skin. Vitamin C also helps to even skin tone and reduce fine lines which is why it’s a skincare-must in my routine right now!

FYI – I am currently using the Clinique Fresh Pressed Daily Booster with Pure Vitamin C 10% and the Clinique City Block Sheer SPF 25.

Vitamin C Supplement + Omega 3 Supplement

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Did you think I was done talking about Vitamin C? I am traditionally bad with remembering to take supplements but I’ve started taking it up again without forgetting. Of course, supplements cannot replace food groups or meals but they aid in areas such as skin health and digestion which are the two main reasons for why I take mine.

I have long suffered from psoriasis and if not careful, I can have a flare-up because of an inflamed system. To prevent or reduce this, I largely focus on my diet now. I have learnt the hard way that if your insides are inflamed, it doesn’t matter how hard you work to repair the outside with ointments. But, if your inside cells are balanced, it’ll make the healing process so much smoother!

Vitamin C is perhaps most known for giving support to the immune system but did you know that in warding off free radicals, it is reducing inflammation in the body? In doing so, it becomes an anti-aging agent! It is a powerful vitamin which makes it such a skincare favourite amongst enthusiasts including myself.

In addition, I also take Omega-3 Fish Oil supplements. You may well know that oily fish is great “brain food” which funny fact: I ate a lot of fish growing up because of this! Omega-3 Fish Oil is particularly good in adding hydration to the skin and reducing inflammation throughout the body which again, is anti-aging so it’s a win/win situation.

Do be warned though that too much of a good thing is bad for you, so check labels and instructions on dosage. I am currently taking the Holland & Barrett Vitamin C-1000mg with Rose Hip Supplement and the Holland & Barrett  Omega-3 Fish Oil 1200mg Supplement.


That’s it so far for my favourite beauty combinations. If I have more recommendations of products that I like using together, I’ll be sure to share in a part 2! 

Tell me – What are your favourite beauty combinations?

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7 Comments

  1. Okay, loving this post! I find that some products wholeheartedly work better when used together – for me, the Ordinary Lactic Acid + Retonoid are an absolute MIRACLE combination 🙂 Vitamin C sounds like it has loads of positive effects . . . I will need to pick some up! xx

    • Thank you Mia! Definitely agree that some products work better when together. I would definitely recommend some vitamin C! I fancy trying the one by The Body Shop next for that. xx

  2. This is a great topic! I like combining things too. Some items just work better together for some reason. 🙂

    I never used to use eye serum but lately I’ve been using one – currently using the Sukin one which layers really well under the Belif eye cream.

    The Dr Mascara Fixer is really a game changer isn’t it? Even though I love LOVE it, I’m going to test out a few other mascara bases coming up – purely out of curiosity. I got one from the Japanese brand Ettusais, and also the L’Oreal mascara base. Who knows, maybe I’ll find a new favourite?

    So, I used up a full set of the Clinique Vitamin C regimen and I was rather underwhelmed by the serum itself. What I really liked? That powder face wash that foams up. My skin felt so smooth and soft after using that! If you’re ever in the market for a new Vitamin C serum to try – I can recommend 2 that I find to be more effective than the Clinique one. 1)Timeless Skin Care 20% Vitamin C + E Ferulic Acid Serum and 2) Paula’s Choice C15 Super Booster. I just bought 2 more Vitamin C products to test out (I love Vitamin C, can you tell!): 1) The Ordinary 100% L-Ascorbic Acid Powder and 2) Rohto Melano CC Medicated Spot Corrector Concentrate (ordered from Japan, based on the raves online). Fingers crossed that I’ll like them. I don’t plan to use them together – I’ll mix the powder into my day serum, and use the spot corrector at night.

    I also take daily Vitamin C 1000mg tablets and Omega-3 oils. For the Omega-3, I take it in the form of Krill oil which has less of a fishy aftertaste. In part, I take the fish oil as recommended by my optometrist due to dry eyes but it’s also great for the skin! Another supplement I take for its “beauty” benefit is Zinc – I take 10mg a day and I do find my skin is more clear overall.

    My current favourite pairing is a layer of Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer with A’Pieu Moist Creamy Concealer. The Maybelline has better coverage but can be a tad drying, so that’s where the A’Pieu concealer comes in to save the day! 🙂

    • Stashy! 🙂 So sorry for the delayed response but anyhow, am here…

      I have yet to try Sukin skincare but will definitely look into it. I’ve got some new skincare bits already for this season though so I’m thinking maybe for winter time now? It’s on the list anyhow… (as are many things, haha.)

      I agree about the Vitamin C regimen by Clinique – it’s *okay* but not something I can see bringing huge change to my skin nor is it something I’d purposely fork out money to buy again. However I do like using it when I am using a sunscreen. Actually – I’m a bit stuck on the serums department – what do you recommend? I’m thinking to just get the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery or something!

      Interesting how the Vitamin C + Omega 3 supplement is more popular than I thought! I’ve gone off the regimen though ever since starting a new job so I need to get back into it. >.<

      Sounds like a nice pairing – I've never thought to mix concealers! Maybe I shall give that a go next. 🙂

  3. I’ve never thought about using an eye serum – it totally makes sense though. If you use it for the rest of your face before moisturizer, then why not on the eyes? I definitely need to remember to look into it!

    Stashy sent me a tube of the Etude House mascara primer a few months ago, but I haven’t used a mascara I’ve loved enough to break the primer out yet. I’m super excited to use it though!

    Good for you for taking your supplements – I also often forget to do so. I take calcium supplements because I know I don’t get enough of it from my diet, as well as multivitamins and Vitamin D (mostly in the winter because Canada doesn’t get enough sunlight). My husband keeps bugging me to take Omega 3’s but I have trouble swallowing huge pills, and Omega 3’s tend to be massive! But I’ve sworn off the liquid form due to bad experiences with it in childhood lol.

    Interestingly topic! Funnily enough, I don’t tend to use things in combinations…I mostly just mix everything together without really thinking about it.

    • Firstly, so sorry about the late response!

      I would totally recommend an eye serum just to add further protection especially if you get dry under eyes or just want to add extra hydration to the area. I find that doing this step makes my concealer sit REALLY well on top and just super smooth.

      Definitely get round to trying the Etude House mascara primer soon…ever since my new job I’ve been using it everyday for work and it’s become such a staple in my everyday routine that I’m just not sure what to do when I run out lol.

      I need to get back on the supplements since I’ve completely dismissed it ever since starting a new job. I think I might need to take it after breakfast or after lunch…early in the day anyway.

      To be honest, I tend to mix products by chance and get a really good outcome haha!

  4. Hmm, eye serums interesting – I think I’ve always carried up my face serums to under the eyes but not actually bought one specifically. I’m going to have to investigate that! I’ve not got along with no7 skincare historically, maybe next time a £5 off voucher surfaces I’ll check them out!
    Helpless Whilst Drying

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