Beauty Shelfie

Beauty Shelfie: Really Ree, Blogger

Anne-Marie Lodge, the beauty blogger behind Really Ree, talks us through the hero products that she selectively chooses to take on her travels…Really_ree

“I am completely high maintenance when it comes to beauty. If I can add in another step, I will, and if I have to blend one thing with something else, all the better. For me, it’s not about speed, it’s about the enjoyment of the ritual. More is more!

When I was younger, I was obsessed with the models in magazines and saw their flawless skin and tanned bodies as the ideals of perfection. My sister is 7 years older than me and was very experimental with makeup. Her makeup bag was a complete treasure trove that I used to explore when she wasn’t home!

Concealer was the first thing I ever tried and it was everything to me. I have always been obsessed with the idea of flawlessness so first experiments were all around the complexion arena. Charlotte Tilbury’s The Retoucher, £25, is great because it conceals and has light reflection power too! I am nearly at the end of my second tube of this.

I remove my eye makeup first before I go in for the full on cleanse and Eyeko Mascara Off Wipes, £18, are so handy for on-the-go, followed by Clarins Pure Melt Cleansing Gel, £20. It turns from a gel to an oil and then with a dash of water it becomes this milky loveliness and the makeup just melts off. My skin can get a little flaky sometimes and needs a little bit of exfoliating action – Goldfaden MD Doctor’s Scrub, £65, is truly amazing. I wear SPF every day and I am a big fan of Clinique’s Even Better Dark Spot Defense, £26. It is light on the skin, protects against pigmentation, and my makeup applies nicely over it.

I love Chloé and I just adore the mini My Little Chloé bottles, £35. They are just as beautiful as the full sizes but way more convenient. I hate to travel with full size for two reasons – in case they break or if my luggage gets lost and I cry!

I have a whole arsenal of Benefit mini mascaras which are perfect travel. I just finished Roller Lash which is a fave and I currently have Bad Gal Lash in my makeup bag. Nuxe Reve de Miel, £9.50, is one of my favourite lip balms because it is super nourishing but also matte. It makes a great base for lip colour.

I always need a little bit of help to relax at bedtime, and Aromatherapy Associates Deep Relax Balm, £19, is just perfect for travel.I am a big fan of oils and I always pack one in my carry on, especially if I am travelling long haul. So for a wonderful pick-me-up, Darphin 8 Flower Nectar, £95, is super nourishing and smells amazing.



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