Estée Lalonde, the beauty blogger behind Essie Button, talks us through the hero products that have earned pride of place on her bathroom shelf…
I’m a less is more kind of girl, but I still love to experiment with different products. I remember trying a really abrasive exfoliator as a pre-teen and thinking it was the best thing ever! As far as I was concerned the redder my face, the more a product was working!
Now I have a trio of gentler masks. GlamGlow Thirsty Mud Mask, £49.99 is like a big drink of water for skin and it smells like summer in a jar! When I’m dealing with hormonal breakouts, I immediately grab Aesop Chamomile Concentrate Anti-Blemish Masque, £33. It’s intense, so I always follow it up with a hydrating moisturiser. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t drawn to Tata Harper’s products because of the packaging, but this Resurfacing Mask, £44, turned out to be amazing at combating blemishes and creating a gorgeous glow too!
A product that has done wonders for my blemish-prone, sensitive skin is Pai Instant Calm Redness Serum, £42. It’s very lightweight, so it doesn’t feel like it’s clogging my pores. Another not-so-secret weapon is La Roche Posay Serozinc, £7.20. an ultra-fine mist that I use before my moisturiser. I had heard so much hype about Kate Somerville Goat Milk Cream, $65 and you have to try it to understand why. It’s a gentle, simple and effective moisturiser that does what it says on the tin and I love its ultra-hygienic dispenser.
I am a cleansing balm obsessive: not only do they remove make-up, but they are incredibly moisturising too. I’ve tried many but I recently discovered Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm, £46 and have bought it twice since! I’ve used The Body Shop Vitamin E Cleanser, £8.50 since school and I still keep one in the shower to cleanse with every morning. And it wouldn’t be a shelfie without some Bioderma, £10.20, would it? This is an ultra-gentle make-up remover that works like a charm. I said I was obsessed…!
For night I love a heavy-duty eye cream such as Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment, £33, which is bright green due to the avocado it contains. I rub it between my fingertips before applying it so it’s easier to blend around the eye area. Rose scented products are also a favourite: Estelle & Thild Biodefense Instant Recovery Night Cream, £41.90. is not too rich, or too light – it’s just right.
Facial oils are wonderful things, but Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate, £36 is the magical blue jar that fixes everything! Whenever I use this one I wake up with glowing, moisturised and happy skin – even my boyfriend is hooked!”