30 September, 2014 September Favourites
I can’t believe another month has flown by – September was filled with some amazing new beginnings and some equally amazing new products! I’ve collected a mixture of six makeup and skincare products that I’ve been loving, and they’re mainly high-end, so for October I’ll keep my eye out for more affordable products to try out and review.
My first favourite is the Kevyn Aucoin Matte Lip Colour in Relentless. This is a beautiful, subtle pinky nude that lasts a good 4-5 hours and suits any makeup look, whether it’s glamorous and smoky or paired down and subtle. It feels seriously rich and comfortable on the lips and only needed one touch up throughout a six hour shift at work. £26 for a lipstick is fairly pricey but I bought this with a £5 N.Centive perk from Space NK, which reduced it to £21. For my first experience with Kevyn Aucoin lipsticks I’m so impressed and for my next N.Centive perk I might have to go and pick up another colour! Buy here.
Next is the most affordable purchase of the list, and it’s The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Lotion. This is a lightweight gel that hydrates the skin whilst mattifying and protecting it from bacteria and other nasties. I find this to work really well if I’m just popping out and want a moisturiser that won’t make me look like a greasy mess, and it absorbs so quickly too. I would only recommend this if you have oily skin, as on dry areas this can look quite patchy. Buy here for £8.
I’d heard for a while that the Eyebright Lotion from Liz Earle was a brilliant solution for early morning puffiness and dark circles. I bought this in the first week of September and haven’t stopped using it ever since! This is a beautiful, light tonic that soothes the delicate undereye area, preps it for your moisturiser or eye cream, and is also brilliant if you’re suffering from a hangover. I like to use this first thing before I cleanse and tone as a quick revitalising step, and this is also fab at removing any sneaky traces of mascara or eye makeup that managed to cling on from the night before. At £10.75 for 150ml I think this product is reasonably priced, and it’s suitable for sensitive skin types and contact wearers. Definitely test it out if you’re ever by a Liz Earle counter! Buy here.
I finally bought a new concealer this month – I was using the Lasting Perfection concealer from Collection, but was finding it to be too heavy duty for everyday wear. I’m still using it for major blemishes, but the NARS Creamy Concealer had been on my wishlist for ages and I couldn’t ignore it any longer! This is lovely, hydrating concealer that blurs imperfections, highlights and brightens for a really natural look. I was colour matched in Space NK to Custard which is a lovely yellow-toned shade, and it suits me perfectly at the moment because I’m so pale! I’m still trying to figure out which primers it best suits (it definitely doesn’t agree with my mattifying ones), but I think I’ll find my winning combination soon. Buy here for £22.
One product that I’ve only just fallen in love with (literally in the last 48 hours) is the original primer from Laura Mercier. I received this as a deluxe sample in a Latest In Beauty box and I’m so impressed with the texture, finish and longevity of this product. Being an oily girl I didn’t expect this to work too well with my skin, but it creates a really seamless look that’s dewy and healthy, and I haven’t noticed any major shine. I’m trialling the Dior Star foundation at the moment (review coming soon) and this has worked really well with the sample I’ve been using. Buy here for £29.
My last favourite of the month is the Serozinc toner from La Roche Posay. I mentioned this in my Top Six: French Pharmacy post (read here), and am honestly obsessed with it. This along with Effaclar Duo+ is my first port of call whenever a spot rears it’s unsightly head. I cleanse, exfoliate with a physical or chemical toner, and then pop this onto the blemished area to decongest and purge the skin of any bacteria that could be causing further harm. Paired with Effaclar this can reduce the size of a spot mahoosively and makes sure my skin is protected and cleansed. I find that when you have a bout of problem skin, simplicity is key, and these two products work to normalise my complexion without scarring it due to abrasive or purging treatments. An absolute must if you ever get the occasional hormonal breakout, or if you suffer from more serious and frequent acne. Buy here for £10.50.
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about my September favourites, and I’d love to read about some of yours, or if you’ve tried any of mine!
Please do let me know if there are any other ‘favourites’ categories you’d like me to include in my monthly round-ups, as well as my makeup, skincare and beauty choices.
Have a great October!