October Favourites

It’s the end of the month, which can only mean one thing. It’s favourites time!

First up this month was my new favourite cleanser by Temple Spa. As I mentioned in the video, I had previously raved about a cleanser by REN (No. 1 Purity Cleansing Balm) but after having used that for a while, it started to break me out, as I have quite sensitive skin.

I started to use In the Beginning Deep Cleansing Melt around a month ago and was initially a little concerned that my skin might suffer the same fate as when using the REN cleansing balm, due to it containing my skin’s version of kryptonite: lavender. However, I needn’t have worried. It seems that many other skincare companies use French lavender in their products, which can be irritating to some skins, whereas Temple Spa use only English lavender. The balm contains exfoliating beads which then melt to deeply cleanse the skin, removing all traces of makeup including waterproof mascara. I have used this every night for around a month and have noticed that the appearance of my skin and in particular the pores around my t-zone area, have significantly reduced in appearance. In the Beginning can be purchased directly from the Temple Spa site costing £27 for 60g. 

Next up was Tawny by Bobbi Brown. This is a blusher that I talked about rekindling my love for in my ‘Shopping the Stash’ video. More information can be found on that in this post.

During Summer months, I rarely wear anything on my lips, other than a bit of lip balm, but in the Autumn and Winter months, I like to go for a darker lip. I tend to find that darker colours are a little more drying on the lip and therefore I like to keep mine in tip top condition. For this, I love to use Guava Lip Butter by Korres. It has a combination of shea butter and rice wax to keep the lips deeply hydrated. Whenever my lips feel a little dry, I just slick on some of this overnight and in the morning my lips feel full and nourished. I buy mine from Feel Unique costing £6 for 6g.

One of my favourite colours for the lips of late has been ‘Get Lippy’ Lip Stain from Topshop. The colour is a beautiful pinky berry sort of shade, which would look great on just about every skin tone. As this is a stain it can be slightly drying, but I like to pair this with the Korres Lip Butter. Stains are great for a night out because they last hours and hours without the need for reapplication. This stain can be purchased in store at Topshop for £8.

Continuing with the darker berry theme, I have been loving wearing Tease-y Does It by OPI on my nails. This is a beautiful reddy purple sort of colour with gold shot through. This was a limited edition shade released in 2011, however you can still pick this up on eBay.

The final product to make it onto my favourites list for the month is the Rituals Qi Stress Relief Serum. This is a light cream which contains Chinese Peppermint, Yi Yi Ren and Lavender to cool and relax, relieving stress or tiredness. I like to pop a bit onto my temples, the nape of my neck and across my forehead whenever I feel a headache coming on. The serum can be purchased in Rituals stores and online at House of Fraser costing £9.50.

Shopping My Stash

Every now and then, I like to have a bit of a sort through my makeup collection. More often than not, this results in finding dried up mascaras and other such things that have come to the end of their life, but occasionally I find things that I’d forgotten I even owned and rediscover my love for them. My latest rummage resulted in finding a few products that I’ve found myself reaching for again and again.

High Beam by Benefit was one of the first ‘high-end’ makeup items that I bought and I’ve had a bottle of it on and off in my makeup collection ever since I picked up that first bottle around 10 years ago. This liquid highlighter adds a pretty pearlescent pink sheen, which accents the cheekbones perfectly. I also like to add a little dab down the bridge of my nose and on my cupid’s bow. At £18.50 for 13ml, it certainly isn’t cheap, but a little goes a very long way. 

NARS Penny Lane Cream Blush is a beautiful dusty rose ‘nude pink’ sort of shade. I find that this gives a very natural glow to paler skin tones, thanks to the smooth, velvety texture that NARS blushes have. During the Summer months, I tend to favour peachier tones and therefore this particular shade gets a little neglected, but in Autumn and Winter when I ditch the bronzer and embrace my pale skin, this is a blush that I grab more often than any other. NARS cream blushes  retail at £21.00 for 5.5g.

Tawny by Bobbi Brown is another blusher that I have been reaching for time and again in recent weeks. Described by Bobbi Brown as a ‘medium pinky brown’, this shade makes for a perfect sculpting blush, after all, who doesn’t love a good cheekbone? As with Penny Lane, I find myself reaching for this in the colder months, when I tend to swap my corals and peach tones, for pinks and berries. In general, I find that Bobbi Brown blushes are incredibly well pigmented with a matte finish and long-lasting wear.  I also love that you can pop them out of their individual compact and into a palette. Bobbi Brown blushes can be bought directly from their site costing £18.00 for 3.7g

MUA’s Undressed Palette is the high street’s answer to the original Naked Palette by Urban Decay. It has a great combination of 12 nude shades, both shimmer and matte that you can create just about any look with. Each shade is highly pigmented and silky in texture. I’ve particularly been loving the lightest shade as a cheek highlight. MUA is sold in Superdrug stores and online here. The Undressed Palette retails at £4 and contains 9.6g of product. 

The last product that I rediscovered whilst ‘shopping my stash’ was the Topshop Pen Liner. The nib is just firm enough for you to be able to create perfect flicks, without being so firm that it feels scratchy on the lid.  I’ve found that many pen liners that are classed as ‘high-street’ just don’t deliver when it comes to pigmentation, but not so for the Topshop liner. It has a perfect inky black glossy finish which lasts all day and doesn’t transfer. Topshop Makeup can be purchased in-store with selected items available online.

Pureology Shampoo & Conditioner

It’s rare that I find something that I enjoy using so much that I end up recommending it to anyone that will listen, but Pureology have changed that.

I’ve had a ‘problem’ scalp for years. My bathroom was always strewn with half full (ever the optimist) bottles that I could no longer use because my scalp just felt too sore, that is until I stumbled across Pureology in Harvey Nichols. I was still using a Korres shampoo at the time so only needed a conditioner and picked up one from Pureology’s Hydrate range. The entire Pureology range is free from animal ingredients and sulfates, which are foaming agents that can lead to a dried out/ irritated scalp. The conditioner contains peppermint and corn mint essential oils which not only smell lovely, but are also slightly tingly and soothing. Once dry, my hair felt softer and shinier than it had in a long time; static was also significantly less noticeable.

I find myself having to use much less of this product than conditioners that I’ve used in the past and a 250ml bottle lasts around 6 to 8 weeks.

Given my love for the conditioner (which I’ve repurchased three times), I decided to give a shampoo from Pureology a go when my regular shampoo ran out. My hair was feeling a little damaged following a dodgy home-dye job so I picked up the Essential Repair shampoo. The shampoo produces a rich lather, whilst still being sulphate free and it gently cleanses my hair without stripping any colour. My scalp hasn’t felt this good in years and there are no little sore patches in sight. It also smells pretty darn good too thanks to the blend of Jasmine, Ylang Ylang and Rosewood.

All-in-all it’s a big thumbs up for Pureology and a range that I will buy from again and again.

Pureology is sold in fine salons and can also be purchased online at FeelUnique. Both the shampoo and conditioner are sold in 250ml bottles and retail at £11.75 and £15.15 respectively.

Models Own Beth’s Blue Nail Polish

If you have seen my Most Worn Summer Things Video then you will already know that the polish that has been gracing my nails all summer long is Beth’s Blue by Models Own from the Ice Cream Sundae collection.

The shade is a gorgeous cornflower blue with lavender undertones. Against my skin, the colour appears true to that of the product in the bottle. The polish has a thickish creamy consistency and applies pretty opaquely in just one coat. I however, like to do two, just to make sure that my nails are completely streak free. Without a top-coat, I wore this for around 3 or 4 days with no chips, with a top-coat, it lasted even longer.

Models Own polishes can be found in larger Boots stores or can be bought directly from the Models Own site. Polishes retail at £5 for 14ml.