Showing posts with label Beauty Buys. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Beauty Buys. Show all posts
I don't know about you, but for me the warmer summer weather tends to be synonymous with a bit of a haircare headache. Regular readers will know that my barnet's unruly at the best of times, but factor in a combination of humidity and an even more unpredictable than usual array of temperatures, and suffice it to say that I'm left with a frizz-fest which wouldn't look out of place in the music video of an 80s power ballad (Total Eclipse of the Heart, obviously!) So, with that in mind, lately I've been test-driving some new shampoo and conditioner combinations, and have happily happened upon a real hassle-free haircare hero:


I fell in love with Argan Oil after my trip to Morocco last February, and since running out of my stash I've been eagerly looking out for some affordable alternatives. In the midst of a Boots browse a few weeks ago, I picked up this OGX Argan Oil conditioner, which is designed to instantly restore dry and damaged hair (as well as locks which, like mine, are in need of a good trim!) Infused with ingredients including avocado and coconut oils, this has definitely improved the overall condition of my hair, as well as helping to keep any humidity-induced frizz well and truly under control.  Definitely a summer essential which I'll be repurchasing!

Have you tried any new beauty products recently? 

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31.07.2015- Beauty Buys: OGX Argan Oil Conditioner

One of the most important aspects of any summer beauty routine is undoubtedly making sure that your skin is properly protected from the sun. We all know that looking like a lobster is no fun, and serious sunburn is something which can well and truly put the skids on your holiday- as well as potentially having some significant longer term health implications too. I've never been a huge fan of sunbathing for the sake of it, and over recent years I've found that my skin has become seriously sensitive to sunlight- even after thirty minutes in the garden I tend to transform into a pleasant shade of radish! As a result, I've definitely become far more mindful of protecting my skin when I'm out and about, and have happened upon a new favourite which makes sun protection super stress free:

P20 Once A Day Sun Protection (c/o)

P20's sun protection has been on my radar for a little while, and the opportunity to sample some of their factor 50+ range couldn't have come at a better time- particularly with the temperatures rocketing over recent weeks. I've been prone to sunburn with lower factor formulations in the past, so opting for something which offers stronger protection is a must for me (#paleproblems!) Unlike lots of other SPF products which I've used before, P20 absorbs super quickly and is wonderfully lightweight, which means it's kind to skin without being clogging or ultra-greasy. Promising ten hours of protection and a water resistant formula, it protects against both UVA and UVB- essential for staying safe in the sun. On a practical note, the 100ml bottle is the perfect size for popping into your bag for reapplication at the beach or if you're out and about, as well as complying with hand luggage restrictions too. What more could you want?!

Have you tried P20?

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23.07.2015- Beauty Buys: P20 Sun Protection

As I've mentioned a few times in the past, when summer arrives around these parts, I tend to keep my makeup pretty minimal, particularly when confronted with the prospect of battling my way down to the Tube in soaring temperatures (an experience which I'm convinced should be an Olympic-style endurance test!) Having said that, summer also provides a great opportunity to overhaul some of the more basic aspects of my beauty routine, and recently I've been trying some new additions as well as going back to basics with some old favourites:

Sass Intimate Soothe & Smooth Shave Gel (c/o), Proactiv Complexion Perfecting Hydrator (c/o), The Wet Brush Detangling Brush (c/o), Next Paradise Escape Eau de Parfum, Liz Earle Travel Size Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser

Perhaps one of the beauty rituals most synonymous with summer is shaving. Love it or loathe it, it's a pretty standard part of preparing for the warmer weather or heading off on holiday, and this Sass soothing shave gel is a brilliant essential, particularly as it's perfect for popping into your suitcase if you're jetting off to the beach. As the weather gets warmer, I also tend to find that my skin needs a little bit more tlc than usual, so I've been upping the anti with moisturising of late. I've been using the Proactiv Complexion Perfecting Hydrator every evening before bed and have noticed a definite improvement in terms of how fresh my face has been feeling- a definite bonus especially as my skin seems to have grown a lot less tolerant to the sunshine!

Regular readers will also be well aware that I'm engaged in an almost constant battle with my hair, but at this time of the year things tend to get rather more unruly than usual. Combing and Tangle Teezing is a great first step, but for a more thorough de-tangle, I've been well and truly converted to The Wet Brush, which is gentle as well as being a minor miracle in helping to get rid of lots of the knots in my mane! Summer scents can be pretty tricky too, and when it's warm outside I tend to pop my more expensive perfumes to the side and opt for lighter notes which are ideal for spritzing throughout the day. This Paradise Escape perfume from Next is a really subtle summer essential- and with a name like that it's just begging to be packed in your suitcase, don't you think?! Finally, I've taken my skincare routine back to basics a little bit over the last few weeks, and have been giving Liz Earle's beloved Cleanse & Polish another whirl. It's a great compliment to some of my existing skincare staples, and has been a much needed refresher for my complexion of late!

What are yours ummer beauty essentials?

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15.07.2015- Beauty Buys: Summer Essentials

As far as summer beauty goes, I tend to keep things as pared back as possible, particularly when it comes to avoiding products which have the potential to slide off as soon as the temperatures start to rocket (#publictransportproblems!) As a result, I don't tend to find myself reaching for colour cosmetics, preferring instead to keep things as fresh faced and fuss free as possible. However, as far a nails are concerned, summer provides the perfect opportunity to embrace some seasonal shades- and once again those clever people at Essie have come up with a seriously covetable collection of colours- some of which very swiftly made their way into my ever growing collection a few weeks ago:


Essie Sunset Sneaks and Saltwater Happy, from the Summer 2015 collection.

These high summer hues are my pick of Essie's new shades, and I've been steadily alternating between the two over the last few weeks. Saltwater Happy is a perfectly monikered blue with a hint of purple which leans more towards the lavender side of the spectrum, making it feel slightly cooler than some of the punchier blues which make up Essie's core collection. It's swiftly becoming a real favourite, and I've been really surprised at how well it works with so many of the pieces from my summer wardrobe.

Sunset Sneaks is a statement pink, with a warm red tinge which takes it to the cusp of coral colourings- perfect for embracing a summer holiday sentiment. It really stands out amongst lots of the other pink shades in my collection, and again it tends to work really nicely as an accent shade alongside lots of other hues too. Both shades are really well formulated too, and I've been really impressed at how long lasting they're proving- perfect for a fuss free summer! 

Are you a fan of Essie's new season shades? 

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03.07.2015- Beauty Buys: Essie Summer Shades

I don't know about you, but at around this time of the year I tend to find that my hair heads on rather unruly trajectory, and it tends to me more of a chore than usual to keep it under control. With the weather having been so changeable of late and with lots of humidity in the air, I've been finding that my barnet has been in need of a little bit of looking after. Whilst I'm probably due a bit of a trim, I've found that the ends of my hair have been feeling (and looking!) a lot drier than usual- and no amount of conditioning seemed to be doing the trick. So, a few weeks ago, amidst the floral frenzy of a special Chelsea in Bloom event, I snapped up the opportunity to try a new Liz Earle product, which promised to be a miracle worker in helping to rejuvenate my locks and keep them protected too:

Liz Earle Botanical Shine Nourishing Hair Oil

I have to confess that I was a little bit skeptical about this product to begin with as I'd tried the Liz Earle Botanical Shine Shampoo and Conditioner a little while ago and really couldn't get on with it- different strokes for different folks I suppose! However, after using the Nourishing Hair Oil on my locks for only a few weeks, I'm seriously impressed. With ingredients including coconut oil (which you might remember I posted about a year or so ago), vitamin E and melon seed oil, this is definitely the perfect product for conditioning and taming unruly, difficult to style strands. Whilst it's very rare that I use heated tools, I've been combing this through the ends of wet hair and have found that it's really helped to inject a healthy finish, and is also great for helping to fight the frizz on muggier days. Definitely recommended- especially if you're heading off on your holidays over the coming months!

Do you have any favourite Liz Earle products?

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15.06.2015- Beauty Buys: Liz Earle Botanical Shine Nourishing Hair Oil

Although my day to day make up routine is more focused on speed and not poking myself in the eye with a mascara wand in a mad rush, there are a few staple products which I can rely on as absolute failsafes- and which take a matter of seconds to apply. In the same way that I'm sure I'll be devoted to Laura Mercier's tinted moisturiser for life, I'm yet to find a better selection of everyday lipsticks than those Chanel ones which take pride of place in my makeup bag. Since I picked up my first one a few years ago I've become a complete convert, and although they're a tad more expensive than the run-of-the-mill drugstore offerings, they are an investment which is well worth making- particularly if you're super strapped for time first thing in the morning and are looking for a hassle free pop of complexion-enhancing colour:

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Espirit, Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in L' Exuberante and Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Boy

My first ever Chanel makeup purchase was a lipstick from their Rouge Coco Shine collection- the emblematic shade Boy, which has since become a real makeup bag staple. The pale pink hue makes it an absolutely ideal everyday shade, and it's gorgeously subtle without being at all drying. After being well and truly converted, I treated myself to a slightly more statement shade in the shape of Espirit, a burgundy red which remains a go-to favourite for those days when I'm looking for a pop of easy to apply (and reapply!) colour. Finally, a few birthdays ago my dream team buddies treated me to a Rogue Allure Velvet lipstick- L' Exubrante is a vivid pink which is as perfect for an understated, long-lasting finish as it is for building into one seriously punch-packing pout!

Are you a fan of Chanel lipsticks?

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01.06.2015- Beauty Buys: My Chanel Lipsticks

In beauty terms, finding the ideal moisturiser is a little bit like searching for the Holy Grail. Okay, okay- perhaps I'm exaggerating a little bit, but amidst a sea of choice it can prove pretty tricky to navigate the perils of purchasing the perfect product. Although I've always been quite lucky with my moisturiser choices, trying something new can be almost as scary as hitting the beauty counters for the first time, but when I found that my skin wasn't benefiting from previous purchases as much as possible, it was time to do a bit of shopping around and investigate the possibility of switching things up a little bit more. After having a look at the best of the high street and high end options, I found the perfect mid-range product- both purse and complexion friendly!

Ren Vita Mineral Daily Supplement Moisturising Cream, £20

I've been using Ren's Vita Mineral Daily Supplement Moisturising Cream for a fair few months now and it's definitely become a new favourite. Not only is it comparatively reasonably priced and ultra-long lasting, the formulation is really lightweight and absorbs instantly, which makes it ideal for using as a base every morning- and, practically, it's perfect if I find myself in something of a rush (which, in all honesty, is 99% of the time!) I don't usually tend to suffer from dry skin as a rule, but more recently my face has been in need of some tlc, especially in the more sensitive areas where I'm prone to drier patches and flare ups. This has definitely helped to tackle them head (or should that be face?!) on, and I tend to find that even a really small slathering of it protects my complexion from environmental nasties and keep things hydrated throughout the course of the day. If you're looking for a product that ticks every box, then I think you'd struggle to go wrong here, particularity as it's suitable for all skin types too.

What are your favourite moisturising products?

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22.05.2015- Beauty Buys: Ren Vita Mineral Daily Supplement Moisturising Cream

Up until about a year or so ago, my day to day skincare routine neglected toner completely. Don't get me wrong, I was well aware of how it's supposed to be the holy grail of cleansing, but during my teenage years I had a really bad time with strong, almost acidic feeling products which stripped my skin and left me with all sorts of funny reactions. However, now that my complexion has grown a little bit older (if not necessarily wiser!) and my lifestyle has changed a fair bit, I've found that including toner into my evening routine is essential in shifting those last lingering nasties at the end of the day. Regular readers might remember that last year I posted about making my first foray into Bioderma territory, and I'm still a massive fan of their solution for taking off that hard to shift makeup, but recently I've been well and truly converted to something of a miracle product which has taken pride of place amongst my daily skincare staples:

Kiehl's Calendula Herbal-Extract Toner, £34.50

I know, I know- another product from Kiehl's- but I'm a serious convert. After wasting so much time and energy shopping around and looking for products which agree with my sensitive skin, I'm so happy to have found a combination from their amazing range of goodies which really works and ties in perfectly with my daily routine too. Incorporating herbal extracts and Calendula flower, this toner is alcohol free and by far and away one of the most gentle products I've used on my skin. I've been trialling it for just over a month or so now and have already noticed a dramatic improvement in the overall balance of my skin, as well as a reduction in breakouts and blackheads- and if that doesn't shout miracle worker then I don't know what does! And, as ever, it looks like it's going to last for absolutely ages, so money well spent in my book!

Have you picked up any new beauty buys recently?

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13.05.2015- Beauty Buys: Kiehl's Calendula Herbal-Extract Toner