The Great Product Hunt

My mother has this thing where she gets unreasonably upset whenever she happens to see the contents of any of my cosmetic/haircare bags, whenever I fly home for to pay the parents a visit. I say ‘unreasonable’ because until I started buying my own products (and this was at like, the age of 19 or so), I didn’t realize how difficult and expensive it is to get the best stuff; and how many terrible things there are out there. And now I also get ‘unreasonably’ upset, whenever I walk into a Boots or a pharmacy.

(My best friend, Natalie, has even started a blog about this.. now that’s real passion for you)

I won’t name and shame any products (but I’m looking at you, TRESemmé, Garnier Olia, and Dior); but it so happens that most of my things (including a wonderful natural carrot oil! And a tube of dead sea mud my mother bought me in Jordan!) are stuck up in Yorkshire, and I’m feeling pretty deprived – at least I know my hair is. What doesn’t help is that I’m living off my limited stack of Korres and Apivita products (highly recommended) from my summer in Greece, and was struck by a wave of nostalgic pain when I walked into the bathroom this morning and found my housemate Phoebe’s Clarins lotion on the mirror’s ledge. Aloe Vera Pflege

It basically made me miss my pampered adolescent years, when I’d find myself mysteriously showered in boxes of Lancôme eyeshadows, Clinique cleansers, Clarins powders.. well, you get the picture. I don’t even know where all the stuff came from. Last Christmas I randomly received an amazing kit of LR moisturizers (day cream/night cream/eye cream). What I’m trying to say is that recreating this storm of quality beauty products in my own little flat, on my own little budget, is incredibly difficult – and just incredibly weird.

But today I had enough; I ordered Korres ginger & vitamins foundation, Clarins muti-active night cream, Clarins daily energizer cream, Clarins daily energizer cleansing gel, and a Phyto shampoo.

I’d also like to add that anyone crazier than I am about beauty products should go out of their way to look up Swiss Jüst and LR. Other than that, I had to restrain myself from also getting this Lancome mask, a Korres chap stick, a Korres hand cream, a Clarins bronzer, a Clinique moisturizer, some YSL lipsticks and some Neal & Wolf stuff for my hair. Basically, I really need to get a real job. Pronto.