How is it this time already? Another month has passed and with that I have another round of favourites. Not only has this neat little feature lead to a Sephora revisit, but I’ve also managed to blag myself plenty of time exploring new stores, including my new favourite The Face Shop. On this kind of form, I’m fully expecting to be able to throw in a monthly beauty subscription box (or three) as part of my September favourites (I think I’m getting ahead of myself- I honestly just did an internal squeal at the thought of a beauty subscription. Get a life Jen, find a hobby).
The Blueberry Real Nature Face Mask– The Face Shop
I purchased this mask, along with some other products from The Face Shop. This store, if you haven’t heard of it is the Mecca of Korean beauty, skincare and makeup. Basically its my equivalent to Disneyland. The Blueberry mask is soothing and calming and leaves skin feeling revitalised and toned. My skin has been a little sensitive lately and the comforting blueberry extract helped to restore my skin and relieved the tightness. The result? Beautifully supple and soft skin. If you are interested in learning more about Korean Beauty, head over to Korean Skincare: Tried and Tested where I’ve reviewed some of the big name brands and hero ingredients. I strongly recommend you visit the website, funnily enough they just launched a Disney range which is a must for any Adult-child out there.
I hate lip gloss, I can’t stand that sticky/gloopy feeling. To me, gloss is a product that serves no purpose other than to act as a magnet for my hair. The Nyx Butter Gloss is different, the consistency is (perhaps unsurprisingly) like butter, they seem to melt on the lip and leave a comfortable, semi-sheer, pop of colour with a real shine. Whilst I love a matte lip over all others, sometimes you need something a little kinder. Especially when the weather is transitioning and lips can become a little more sensitive.
Yes, the follow-up product from the girl who just proclaimed her hatred for lip gloss is this…erm…. Lip Gloss from Marks and Spencer’s. Again, though the name would suggest this product is a lip gloss, I would politely disagree, its a wonder stick of magic. In design and formula it is very similar to the better known Chubby Stick by Clinique, However it has a satin finish with a very subtle shine. I also found that comparatively this Lip Glossy lasts far longer (I maintained good colour 4 hours after application, no touch-ups and I ate 6″ Sub with a good helping of chipotle during that time. WINNER!)
The packaging is extremely glamorous, sleek rose gold and no need to sharpen (you just twist the base). This has currently replaced lip balm in my handbag.
I raved about the pomegranate mask from this collection in my post How to look like you’ve had a good nights sleep. It was only a matter of time before I got my hands on more. My husband was delighted to have me play the “which one should I get game”. He responded poorly to my statement that “Lotus is for fatigued skin” the result being I left the store with all three from the short list (his attempt at an apology for daring to suggest I looked tired, despite the fact that I was actually totally shattered given that this “game” of choose the mask took place exactly 72 hrs after we began sleep training our insomniac twins!). The Moral of the story- don’t let your sleep deprived wife into Sephora, you will end up insulting her and she will leave with every product that promises to soothe, revitalise and replenish. You will become poor as a result and she will earn enough rewards points to guarantee another visit!
These masks are cream-gel texture and are applied to cleansed skin prior to sleeping. Each is aimed at tackling different skin issues. The lotus mask (as mentioned above) tackles tired and fatigued looking skin, the Pearl mask evens skin tone and is brightening and the third I purchased was the Avocado, aimed at replenishing and nourishing the skin. I’ve been using this powerful trifecta on repeat throughout August, sometimes applying just the mask and other times combining them with the Ole Henriksen serum that I mentioned in last months favourites (Beauty Favourites- July). I can’t recommend them enough. I buy the small travel sizes (pictured) because my skins needs change frequently, though you can purchase full sized versions.
There a four fragrances in this range, I wear “Free Pear”. It contains notes of Jasmine, Patchouli Wood and Peach. I love woody and fruity scents and this one is no exception. It reminds me very much of the Jo Malone Fragrance “English Pear and Freesia”. Great perks from this solid perfume include, ridiculously cute packaging as its presented in a mini wine bottle. It contains no alcohol (the irony!) and so this means it is far less likely to irritate the skin. In fact, the balm contains natural oils which actually condition it.
The brand claim that the scent lasts longer than a conventional perfume. They attribute this to the fragrance being compounded in oils. I can’t say I support this claim, I didn’t find the perfume to last particularly long. I love it because it smells great and its easy to throw in my bag and carry around.
And there you have it. Another month, another collection of new beauty discoveries.
What are you loving at the moment?
Now lets make it a September to remember (for all the right reasons).