Oh, how I do love to do these posts! After a makeup-packed couple of weeks, I’ve switched things up and included a few other items that have been my most-used this week.
I’ve been wearing my hair straight and sleek lately, and two products that have really helped are the Macadamia Healing Oil Spray (£7.35) and the Bumble and bumble Straight Blow Dry Balm (£23.50). I’ve never really been in to wearing my hair so minimal before, I’m always pretty slap-dash when it comes to my hair but I usually opt for more texturising products – but all the dry shampoo and other body-building products have taken a toll on my hair ends so I’ve been opting for nourishment instead. The Macadamia oil is just amazing, I’ve tried a sample of this before but the spray bottle makes for such easy application – it works so great on the ends of my hair, and they feel smooth all day long. The Straight balm is also a lovely product for ensuring flyaways are smoothed, and my hair is looking healthier on the whole as a result of these two combined.
I mentioned earlier this month that I purchased the HealGel Intensive (£37.50) mainly because my skin has been a little red and scarred from blemishes. This was created to help skin post-surgery, it’s meant to reduce inflammation and redness and soothe the skin. It applies beautifully and feels lovely, but I haven’t seen any amazing results just yet – I’m sticking to it, however, as I really do need some HealGel help! It’s been my main treatment lately so here’s hoping.
I keep banging on about the Maybelline Colour Show Brocades nail polish in Knitted Gold as it’s just so pretty. It goes with everything, corals, nudes, greys… the list is endless. The Brocades range combines a holographic base with a fine stream of glitter to create something truly mesmerising – I just adore it!
Finally, my Jouer Lip Sheers (£18) are still my lip product of choice! I just love these as they smell gorgeous, apply flawlessly and make lips look so full and perfected. They’re so minimal and sophisticated and I could happily wear them every day.
It’s another week of makeup lovin’ over here as I have myself a true skincare routine at the moment so there’s not much knew there (though obviously I have been loving a little suhin suhin lately)…
I’ve been using this Elemis Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Facial Wash (£27.60) for as long as I can remember, even before I blogged! I have a full size of this somewhere in my stash, and I usually come back to it every now and again because it’s just so amazing for leaving skin so soft and resurfaced. Around this time of year my skin tends to get a little rough and I never know what to do with it so I always come back to this little wonder as it saves my skin, really changing the texture and helping it to look so much clearer. I often use it with my Clarisonic, I can’t even begin to tell you how soft it makes my skin feel! Mmm.
My base combo at the moment is made up of the Origins Plantscription Anti-Ageing Concealer (£15.30) and the Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer (£38), I use the concealer first as a highlighter, blending it in around my eyes and down my nose to brighten, and then following the the skin enhancer as my foundation. That may sound shocking but I use such a tiny amount and really buff it in for a really amazing base, I think I’m actually in love with the finish and coverage of this – it’s truly flawless.
Lastly, my lip and cheek colours have come from NARS this past week, I’ve been wearing the Satin Lip Pencil in Lodhi (£17.50) patted on my lips as a pop of coral for day. It’s quite a bright lip pencil but you can keep it minimal by using your finger to apply. It’s a really gorgeous colour, it has more of an orange tone so it’s ideal for autumn.
My blush of the moment is the NARS Guy Bourdin Blush in Coeur Battant (£21.50), which looks terrifying!! I promise it looks gorgeous when applied, especially with a light hand and minimal eye makeup.
I mentioned in a recent video that I had a little skincare splurge, I’ll be posting more about that this week but I had to include two items that are very much saving my skin. It couldn’t all be skincare though, so there’s also a couple of makeup bits that I can’t put down – I also only discovered them both recently so it’s been a new product love-in lately.
I went to a MAC event last week and was gifted this MAC Extended Play Gigablack Lash Mascara (£14) and I’ve been using it ever since, it’s very different from every other mascara that I own but I’ve actually been really loving it – it has a much smaller brush than any I’ve tried, so it’s easy to really fan out and define the lashes. It’s not as volumising as my usual mascara but it looks much more natural and my eyes are opened and awakened, I’ve been preferring this as I find that my lashes are quite long already but they do need some curl. I use my Shu Uemura eyelash curlers first and then apply this mascara, using the tip to push out the inner lashes to fan them. It’s pretty impressive for everyday wear but probably not the best one for full blown false-effect lashes.
I also received this Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Crayon in Fushia-Ristic (£8), I’ve heard so many good things about this range of lip products and I’m a big fan of anything that offers a glossy finish but lots of colour. Fushia-Ristic looks a little daunting at first as it’s quite a bright reddy pink, but once applied it’s super flattering. I used it in my Drugstore Makeup Tutorial video and lots of you said you liked it. I might have to purchase another shade or two.
My skin has been breaking out so much lately, so a trip to Space NK to help heal me resulted in me purchasing this Eve Lom Dynaspot (£22), the most expensive spot treatment I’ve ever tried but hey, I was desperate! And the tube is quite big. It comes out as a pinky/white cream that dries on the skin (not a good look but what can you do) – I’ve been using it every night and I have to say, it’s been working wonders. It’s cleared up some really evil spots so quickly and all without drying the skin out. It seems to reduce the size of the spot quickly and take a lot of redness out of it, which is exactly what I need.
I also purchased this Kiehl’s Skin Rescuer Stress Minimising Hydrator (£29.50) as my skin has felt so dehydrated lately. Like the above, this was another impulse purchase but it’s been worth it – I bought it because it aims to hydrate the skin and reduce the effects of stress on the skin, taking away redness and generally soothing the skin. I use it every evening before my moisturiser and my skin already looks and feels miles better. It’s meant to help skin look brighter, helping to take away that dull look and any uneven tone. So far I’m really impressed, it feels lovely on the skin and my complexion looks better on the whole.
Well, would you look at that – it seems as if I’m starting my drugstore series early with this lot. I’ve really been loving so many of the Boots and Superdrug items I purchased last weekend (those 3for2s get me everytime!) and I had to include them in my weekly loves post.
I’ll start with the priciest of the lot, the Aesop Chamomile Concentrate Anti-Blemish Masque (£33) is something I literally slather on when my skin is breaking out. It contains chamomile which really helps to reduce the size of really inflamed spots, such as under the skin blemishes. Whenever I have one of those bad boys, this goes straight on – I just apply it to cleansed skin and leave it on for ten or fifteen minutes while I work away at my desk. It makes quite the difference and it’s great before big events, the clay draws out impurities and soothes the redness so skin always looks a lot better.
I got the 17 Skin Wow 3 Way Highlighter Primer (£5.99) recently and I do love it, but the name really makes me laugh – ”skin wow… much highlight… wow…” thanks Doge! Anyway, this is a really great highlighter that can be used under the foundation, over the foundation or mixed in with your base of choice. I use it after moisturiser and before foundation, it gives a dewy glow to the skin and generally helps to give the appearance of a clearer complexion. For the price, it’s absolutely amazing and I really can’t fault it – even if you do find it too shimmery, you can just mix it with your moisturiser or apply less. Definitely worth a purchase, well done 17! You have upped your game.
Next up on my affordable agenda is the Maybelline Eye Studio Eyeshadow in Iced Fudge (£4.09), I have to admit that I own about three individual shadows so it was time I bought a few more and I couldn’t say no to these lovely Maybelline shades. Iced Fudge is a very cool taupe with a kind of purple hint to it, it looks like something you would get in the Naked palettes but it’s very wearable and so, so easy to blend. I just adore it and will shortly be heading back some more as I think they had quite a few lovely shades.
Finally, my nail colour of choice at the moment is this Essie Aruba Blue polish (£7.99) – how pretty?! I love these inky blue hues for nails, they’re quite autumn appropriate but aren’t the usual crimson shades (which I usually tend to pass on). It has a slight frosty iridescent to it and has lasted incredibly well on my nails so i’m pretty much in love with it.