September Favourites

It’s the Favourites time of the month again! I really wanted to put together a very exciting new blog post earlier in the month, but I’ve been suffering from a reallly long, drawn-out flu/viral infection, which has meant I haven’t been able to do a great deal unfortunately! I didn’t want to put up a rubbish post just for the sake of posting, so hopefully I can have that up very soon instead! Until then, here are some of my favourites this month: mostly classics with a couple of new ones! Have you tried any of these before?

1. Bee Good Honey & Wild Water Mint 3-in-1 Cleansing Water (£10 via Waitrose) – At £10 for just 100ml of cleansing water, this has got to be one of the pricier micellar style cleansers out there! I did receive this in a BBB Box a while ago, and whilst I haven’t read or heard much about it otherwise, it’s an excellent one! It has a very mild natural, earthy honey/mint scent, is gentle on even the most sensitive skin, and doesn’t leave a film or residue on the face. Very refreshing in the morning! The only downsides for me are the price as mentioned, and that it isn’t the most travel-friendly container with the large plastic lid, so I’ll most likely be bringing my mini Bioderma away with me next month instead. Though for everyday use at home, this is now my favourite.

2. REN V-Cense Revitalising Night Cream (£32 via Space NK) – Infamous for forever changing product names, this is REN’s staple frankincense night cream that has been around for a while, same formula and all. Annoyingly, I think this tube is even smaller than before – £32 for just 50ml of product is a bit steep! However I’ve been trying out different night creams and after waking up with blackheads, greasy skin and breakouts from other formulas, I’ve returned to this old favourite. This soothing night cream is ideal for all skin types – my combination/sensitive skin always wakes up looking calm, refreshed and feels soft and nourished – not greasy or irritated at all. I may be sticking with this old favourite for a while – despite the price, my skin is so glad I came back to it!

3. Bath & Body Works Leaves Medium Candle ($12.50 via Bath & Body Works) – Getting my favourite cold weather scent out today! I’m really not one of those people who gets in a Pinterest-fuelled frenzy for pumpkin spice and knits as soon as the first day of Autumn arrives – I feel like the only people who genuinely look forward to the colder weather are those who don’t have to worry about affording their heating bill! But Leaves is the kind of scent that makes you feel warm and cosy – nectar, red apple and spiced berries carry all the way through from the first day of Autumn to Christmas and beyond. I’m so glad there are new Medium candles out this year, as some scents are just better with a more subtle throw – some of the larger candles make even the most pleasant scents really overpowering. I’ll definitely be picking up another whilst I’m away!

4. Lush Yuzu and Cocoa Moisturising Shower Cream (from £4.75 via Lush) – Initially I didn’t get the Yuzu hype, always overlooking the bubbleroon of the same scent in Lush stores, but since picking up the bright yellow shower cream when the Oxford Street store opened several months ago, I’ve definitely fallen for it a little bit more. Most dramatically when pairing with my last Golden Wonder bath bomb recently (packed with the lime-laden Celebrate scent) and realised what a perfect combination it was! And I quite enjoy smelling like a chocolate orange. I’m looking forward to trying this out with more citrus-scented bath products I don’t usually reach for, as they are a heavenly match together – I couldn’t stop smelling myself.

5. Lush Vanilla In The Mist Soap (currently unavailable) – Unfortunately a Kitchen exclusive and one that isn’t much to look at, but one I’ve been obsessed with lately! I use the solid Lush soaps to wash my hands (although you can use them in place of a shower gel too), and having hands that smell like delicious Lush scents makes such everyday chores that much more lovely. If you ever get the chance to purchase one, Vanilla in the Mist smells just like you’d expect – sweet, natural, non-synthetic vanilla. Like expensive vanilla ice cream. I’m very picky with vanilla scents & this is vanilla perfection for me!

6. Escentric Molecules Molecule 01 (£27 via Cult Beauty) – One that’s become something of a signature scent for me, now returning as the weather gets a little chillier. I can never get enough of it as it always smells a little different – mostly it smells of fresh paperback books, a little woody, a little floral – an enigmatic, mysterious scent which is totally unisex and never too strong or overpowering. I’m on my second bottle of this and prefer the refill size as they’re easy to travel with – my Sephora Travalo only holds enough scent for a week or so. I’m not sure how much I believe the claims of using pheromones to produce a unique scent on each person, but it is one of those rare scents I just don’t get tired of. One that everyone needs to try.

7. Ten Digit Creations Whipped Body Butter in Tuca Tuca (from $6 via Ten Digit Creations) – I didn’t buy a whole lot beauty-wise this month as I’m trying to save up for travelling and use products up, though I did treat myself to a TDC order. This wonderful company produces handmade, affordable bath, body and home scents, many inspired by your favourite scents by Lush, Bath & Body Works, Victoria’s Secret as well as their own blends. Ever tried a shower gel/bath bomb by Lush and thought “damn, I wish I could smell like this all the time”? They probably have a scent dupe for that, and you can smell like Lord of Misrule, Northern Lights and more as much as you please! Since getting hooked on the now-discontinued Tuca Tuca scent after thoroughly enjoying Lush’s new Don’t Rain On My Parade shower gel in the exact same scent, I wanted a lotion to pair with the shower gel so I can smell delicious all the time. This lotion is truly spot-on scent-wise, the whipped texture is a delight to apply, and the mixture of shea butter, olive oil and vitamin E makes my skin feel incredibly soft. The only downside is that international shipping can be pricey and you risk getting hit with expensive import taxes and handling fees, though it’s one that’s absolutely worth trying out.

I hope you enjoyed checking out my favourites for the month of September! What have you been obsessing over this month, beauty or otherwise? I’m heading off on my travels at the end of next month, so expect a few more posts before I leave (and maybe a naughty US haul when I return)!

August Favourites!

Hope you’re having a wonderful September so far! I’m currently battling a weird flu/virus so have felt totally drained of energy, but really wanted to share my favourite products during August with you all – hope you enjoy!

1. Bath & Body Works Mango Tango Twist Fine Fragrance Mist ($7 via Bath & Body Works) – Firstly, how cute and pretty is this packaging?! I was tempted to buy one just for the novelty packaging alone, but after my cousin picked herself up one in the store I had to buy my own, especially for just $7. This is the perfect warm weather light fragrance, fruity and delicious mango blossom with a little blackberry, so more unique than other typical mango fragrances. The Fine Fragrance Mists are lighter than a regular perfume, so this is ideal as a go-to everyday scent for warm days and holidays, or when you don’t always want to wear a heavy perfume. I’m wearing this today & I smell good enough to eat!

2. Lavanila The Healthy Deodorant in Vanilla Grapefruit ($14 via Sephora) – I’ve had this a while and really didn’t enjoy it at first as I find cream formulas take forever to dry on me, but I’ve really been enjoying it as my deodorant of choice lately on a lazy day at home, or after bathing in the evening. Unfortunately I can’t wear it on days when I’m out and about as I do get sweaty easily, but it smells gorgeous – presumably it’s weird to sniff your underarms?! I’d love to move to using more natural products and this is a good start, but whilst I’m eternally putting up with teenage levels of sweatiness, I can’t use this sweet-smelling deodorant quite as much as I’d like!

3. The Body Shop Aloe Calming Toner (£9.50 via The Body Shop) – I’d ignored this toner for a while, but really glad I rediscovered it! Most toners just seem to make my skin irritated no matter how ‘gentle’ they claim to be, but this one truly feels calming on the skin and I can actually feel it tightening my pores without causing redness or irritation. Alcohol-free and fragrance-free, this is a must-try for anyone else with sensitive skin.

4. Lush Dream Cream (£5.95 via Lush) – What kind of Favourites post would this be without a Lush product? Dream Cream has been ideal to use on my dry skin patches, especially under my arms, which soothes and absorbs so fast. I’ve already praised this item in my last Empties post – I’d highly recommend it to anyone with dry skin problems or eczema, as it’s a wonderfully soothing product that makes short work of uncomfortable dry skin.

5. Living Proof Perfect Hair Day 5-in-1 Styling Treatment ($26 via Sephora) – Like my Lavanila deodorant, I’d bought this on my travels a good few months ago but hadn’t given it much of a chance until recently! The Living Proof PHD range is unfortunately only available in the US at the moment, not sure why as this product in particular is wonderful! I use a bean-sized amount and rub evenly through damp hair from root to tip. Normally my hair is very fluffy and hard to style the first day after washing, but after using this product it’s so much sleeker, smoother and more manageable, as well as giving a small amount of extra volume. If you use too much it can make your hair feel greasy and waxy – only the smallest amount is needed so it’s excellent value for money, as this chunky tube will last me ages!

6. MAC Fix + To Go [Travel Size] (£10 via MAC Cosmetics UK) – One of those products I hear raved about but hadn’t actually tried for ages! I bought this a while ago and have only been enjoying it recently. I use it as a setting spray on top of my matte foundation so it looks more dewy and natural, as well as helping it stay in place a little better – especially good on top of my L’Oreal True Match foundation as well as my Revlon Colorstay, since they can look a bit too matte otherwise. Some setting sprays can make your skin feel tight and uncomfortable, but this is actually very soothing and hydrating!

7. MAC Maleficent Sculpting Powder in Sculpt (no longer available) – This exact compact was limited edition, but you can buy the same shade here in Pro Pan / depotted form, to be inserted into an existing blush palette. I’m not sure why this isn’t available in a separate compact anymore, as it is the most perfect contour powder for pale, cool-toned skin (I’m MAC NW20 for reference)! I’d been using up Sombre in my Kat Von D palette a little too fast, and this is an excellent dupe in terms of both colour and texture. And also means you don’t have to cart around an entire palette if you need to take it on your travels! I’d found this as a bargain via Depop – hopefully I can find a backup soon!

That’s it for my favourites this month – hopefully I’ll be feeling better soon. I hope no one else has got sick lately! And don’t forget to let me know your monthly favourites below, or link me to your own post – I’d love to know!