Stopped by at a MAC counter for a top up of my trusty Studio Finish Concealer, plus their Prep & Prime Fix. At checkout I was given not one but two little sample pots of the Strobe Cream in 'Goldlite'. "This will give you that J-Lo glow" I was told. What can I say...couldn't wait to get home and try it out for myself! The lightly perfumed cream has a pearlescent appearance which gives your skin a shimmery look. For comparison I tried it on the back of one hand and yes it did look so much nicer than the other. The effect is of course temporary until washed off, but whilst it's on it did give a nice shimmery glow to my skin. I use it as a highlighter over my foundation (cheekbones and cupids bow) and it just makes the area where applied look illuminated, I love it. Although a little too heavy to use on my face daily, I did discover that for bare arms and legs this is a good way to give my skin that bit of 'oomph' on days when I don't want to use a body oil or anything too glistening, but don't want to be completely 'bare' either. The effect is subtle but that's also what appeals about it so much to me. You cannot tell anything has been applied, it just looks like you have naturally good skin! And yes I did return to the MAC counter and purchase the full size product the second my sample pots were used up!
Also tried out the Strobe Body lotion as a more economical option for my body (as you get double the amount) but found it wasn't as effective as the original strobe cream so will stick to that instead for both face and body.
~ My HG list ~
(As I've sampled 100s of skin, hair and m/u products over the last decade and a half, I thought it might be useful to share my top 10 must-have products, subject to change if and when I come across something more effective. I love constantly trying out new stuff - usually sample sizes via e-bay, also plenty courtesy of a friend who works at Sephora)
1. Hair Loss Treatment: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Hair Oil
2. Lip Balm: 'Nuxe' - Reve De Miel Lip Balm
3. Pigmentation + Anti-Ageing Treatment: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Facial Treatment Serum
4. Cleanser: 'Paula's Choice' - Skin Balancing Cleanser
5. Concealer: ‘Mac’ - Studio Finish Concealer
6. Athletes Foot Treatment: 'Margaret Dabbs' - Foot Hygiene Cream
7. Foundation/SPF: ‘Juice Beauty’ - Stem Cellular Repair (warm glow)
8. Foot File/Callus/Heel Treatment - 'Microplane' - Colossal Pedicure Rasp Foot File
9. Ingrown Hair Treatment - 'Priva Shave' - Post Hair Removal Treatment
10. Hand Cream: 'Origins' - Make A Difference Rejuvenating Hand Treatment