31 October 2015

Beauty bits I'm loving right now


Confession: as soon as I'd shot these products, MORE products came to mind which should have also made the cut. Blame my scatterbrain, blame the fact I was still in the haze of illness... total faux pas on my part. I guess I'll just save them for another post.

I'll also hold my hands up and say that my camera was not loving taking photos of these products, so some images *may* be a little fuzzy. Okay, so I've really messed this post up before I've even begun... I might as well just dive in and share the love for these lil beauties that make daily life that tiny bit better (and will brighten up my day as these horrible dark night draw in)

Balance Active Formula Vitamin C Power Serum, £5.99



If there's one thing I learned during my stint as a beauty editorial gal, it's that serums are very important. Used after your cleansing routine, the lovely ingredients penetrate the skin's barrier in a way a moisturiser can't. I love this serum because the vitamin C and zinc work to combat irritation and bring about radiance. I'll be reaching for this more in winter months when my skin threatens to become grey and dull. It's not very moisturising, however, so I always layer it with my trusty Effaclar Duo (which is reduced on Feel Unique - you're welcome).

skyn ICELAND Nordic Skin Peel (60 pads), £38.00*



I was recommended these because one of my biggest skin gripes is congestion/blemishes and these pads are little miracle workers. The ingredients list is kick ass, with lactic acid to exfoliate, white willow bark to fight off bacteria and witch hazel to reduce the appearance of pores. Oh, and skyn ICELAND's infamous infusion of Icelandic Glacial Water, Arctic berries and pure oxygen. No biggie. I use one at night after my cleanse and they feel so refreshing and dreamy. I definitely recommend them if you live in a city and your skin feels manky after a day in the smoke. I'm actually coming to the end of my pot and I'm devastated.

Mavala Mini Colour Creme Gel Effect Nail Polish in Candy Apple, £4.50*



I'm a big fan of red nail polish, but I'd never come across a translucent polish before. I love this colour because you can either stick to one layer, which gives you that translucent, "jelly" effect, or you can add another layer for a more solid colour (which 99.9% of nail polishes that claim to be "matte" require you to do anyway). I'd heard of Mavala but never had the chance to try their products. The other shade I've tried, Smiley Orange, is very much a summery shade, but I feel that Candy apple is a mild transition into Autumn, and it's a great shade for your tootsies. Teamed with my numero uno top coat (Revlon Gel Envy Diamond, if you're interested), it's super long-lasting.

Murad Firming Peptide Body Treatment, £36.00*



The first time I used this product went a little like this, "Ooooh, OOOOH, nice". Which is a good thing, by the way. The first "Ooooh" was because it smelled really nice - the grapeseed oil really comes through. Then the second, more enthusiastic "OOOOH" was down to the texture. It pumps out like a cream/milk, but as you massage it in, it becomes an oil. But not a greasy oil, a light, quickly absorbed oil. And the "nice" part was because, well, I was impressed by it. Although I can't confirm whether or not it's an effective firming treatment (because even though I have my lil wobbles, nothing is too out of place *yet*), it's by far the best moisturiser I've come across this year and it lasts ages. I have a lot of love for Murad, as you can tell by my previous beauty post.

Burts Bees Beeswax Lip Balm, £4.99



Yay for Burts Bees and their 100% natural beeswax lip treatment. I can't believe how long it took me to realise that Vaseline wasn't the cure for chapped lips (if anything, putting petrol-eum on your lips will cause more problems than it solves) and to discover things that actually work. Since losing my Dr Pawpaw original balm (RIP) I've turned to this nifty number to solve my lip-related needs. I like that it's ever so slightly minty, as it makes me feel [funky] fresh and the tin is cute, far cuter than Vaseline tins. Just saying.

Clarins Joli Rouge Lipstick in Red Orange, £19.50*



Although the lovely people at Clarins won't score any points for inventive names, at least they don't mess around and you know what you're getting. As the name suggests, this is indeed a fantastic combination of red and orange and therefore very flattering whether you are light, dark, tanned or like me, an attractive greige (pass the blusher plz). These lippies are moisturising (thanks to the mango oil) and simply gliiiiide on. Which is all well and good if you're paying attention, but if you're not and you're a bit tipsy, things can get ugly. Just saying. Eyes on the prize, people.

The Body Shop Skinny Felt Liner, £10.00*



I like how TBS have decided to call this both "skinny" AND "thin" so people are 101% sure that this eyeliner isn't like a marker pen. This eyeliner is brilliant. The line is black black, not grey black as so many are, and it doesn't wipe itself if you go over the line to make it thicker or get closer to your lash line, etc. The price point is also pretty sweet, making it a more financially savvy choice than say, Eyeko, and I'd say I actually prefer it. So yeah. Oh, and I've been using it off and on for a few months and it doesn't show any signs of drying out - YAY.

Have you tried any of these products? Love them? Think differently?

*These products have been gifted, but as always my opinions are my own.
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