Monday, 30 September 2019

September Favourites 2019

I haven't done a monthly favourites for a while now, so I thought it was about time I showed you some of the products I have been loving this month. There is a mixture of skincare, body care, hair care and of course, makeup....Let's get into it...
The Maui hair and body care brand is originally from America, and as a lover of most things American, when I saw it in Boots I knew I had to try something out. I opted for the Maui Moisture Calming + Frangipani Dry Body Oil (£9.99 for 237ml) as at this time of year, my skin gets super dry, and sometimes even itchy because of how dry it gets. Plus, I love the ease and quickness of a body oil spray as you can just spritz it on after your bath or shower. This leaves my skin smelling heavenly, without being overpowering and really helps to keep my skin from drying out. It contains frangipani, exotic orchid extract and bright cypress oil to keep the skin super moisturised and looking and feeling healthy. You can find it at Boots here.
Not only does the skin on my body get dry in Winter, but so does the skin on my face. So I have been using the Pixi Glow Mist to hydrate my skin and get it looking more glowy and healthier. The Pixi Glow Mist is enriched with 13 natural oils plus propolis, aloe vera and fruit extracts to hydrate, protect and nourish the skin. It can be used as a hydrating facial spray or to set your makeup in place and leave it with a glowy finish. The Glow Mist is suitable for all skin types and if you suffer from redness, this will be great for you as it contains lavender oil to soothe and calm the skin. The Pixi Glow Mist costs £16.00 for 80ml and you can find it online at Pixi here.
As much as I love a boujee product, I also love a good bargain and whilst browsing my local Poundland last month I took a look at their makeup range, Makeup Gallery. The products, are quite obviously just £1.00 each and whilst some of them don't look the best quality, I did pick up a couple of the Makeup Gallery Shine On Intense Colour & Shine Lip Glosses. They had quite a selection of colours to choose from but I chose a trusty nude and a pretty pink nude. The formula isn't at all sticky, and you get such great colour payoff and coverage from them, that I would easily pay much more than just £1.00 for them. I love how glossy they leave my lips looking too. You can find your nearest Poundland online here.
Bronzers are one of my favourite makeup products at the moment and whilst in Boots recently, they had a 3 for 2 offer on as well as a £10.00 off voucher, and so I picked up the No7 Bronzer as I haven't tried it before. The No7 Bronzer is available in three shades, Golden Sand, Maple and Caramel. As I have fair to light skin, I chose the lightest shade Golden Sand, and it gives me a really pretty golden glow to my skin. The compact itself is rose gold and it has a mirror on the inside of the lid. This is a matte bronzer, which I prefer as I like to use a highlighter too, and his finely milled silky soft powder contains emollients to leave a comfortable, natural bronzed look. The No7 Bronzer costs £12.50 and you can find it online at Boots here.
I have been getting some American Beauty Boxes recently, and one product which I received in one of them is the Harper + Ari Juice Cleanse. Now I hadn't heard of the brand before, which is one of the reasons I have been loving the American boxes so much, and the Juice Cleanse is such a gorgeous product. The pot contains eight exfoliating sugar cubes, and just one will exfoliate and nourish the entire body. You simply take a cube with you into the bath or shower and gently massage it over wet skin. I break the cube up slightly before using it and it leaves my skin smelling of pineapple, kiwi and green apple and feeling silky soft and not at all dry. The Harper + Ari Juice Cleanse costs $16.00/£12.83 and you can find it online at Harper + Ari here.
Another American branded product I love is the Milani Illuminating Face Powder, which is available here in the UK. I must admit, I first chose it purely due to the packaging, as it comes in a regular face powder compact, but the embossed roses in the powder look stunning. There are multiple shades available and this is 01 Amber Nectar, which is the lightest option available. You can use this as a highlighter, blusher, bronzer or all-over face powder and it adds a super pretty finish to the skin. You could also take an eye brush and use each individual rose to create a peach and nude eye look, so you can get so many different uses out of this that I just had to include it in my monthly favourites as I love a multi-use product. The Milani Illuminating Face Powder costs £12.75 and you can find it online at Beauty Bay here.
I think I must own nearly all of the MAC Extra Dimension Skin Finish compacts, as they are just so stunning and one which I have been reaching for a lot lately is the MAC Extra Dimension Skin Finish in the shade Soft Frost. The formula of the skin finishes are liquid to powder and are full of prismatic reflections to give you the prettiest highlight. Soft Frost does have a soft lilac tone to it, and so I don't think this would be everyone's cup of tea, but it looks so wispy and delicate and suits my fair skin beautifully. The MAC Extra Dimension Skin Finish costs £26.50, and so it isn't the cheapest highlighter out there, but they last forever and are well worth the money in my opinion. You can find them online here.
Because the skin on my face gets so dry, particularly in the colder months, a face scrub or exfoliator is a must for me. I have been loving the Herbal Essentials* Gentle Renewal Scrub as it isn't made from any harsh or skin-damaging ingredients, and is instead made from natural, mild exfoliants that care for the skin. I tend to use exfoliators twice a week, but you may only need to use it once a week, depending on your skin. I have very sensitive skin which is prone to redness, and that is why I prefer to have a more natural scrub than something too abrasive. The Herbal Essentials Gentle Renewal Scrub works effectively at scrubbing away those dead skin cells, to leave my skin looking and feeling so much smoother and healthier, without drying it out or damaging the skin. The Scrub itself feels super creamy and soft when you massage it into the skin, and has a lovely, fresh scent to it, which perks me up no end. The Herbal Essentials Gentle Renewal Scrub costs £12.00 for 75ml, and this is going to last you a long time as a little goes a long way and you can find it online here.
Another of the products I got from my 3 for 2 on No7 at Boots was the No7 Airbrush Away Pore Minimising Primer. I hadn't previously tried any of the No7 Primers before, but this one just blew me away and I have used it so often already. The No7 Airbrush Away Pore Minimising Primer creates a barrier on the skin to shield the complexion from any shine or oiliness coming through, therefore leaving the skin perfectly smooth and even throughout the day. This is one of those wonder products, and I have been reaching for it over my Cover FX Gripping Primer more recently. You get 30ml of product, which looks like a cream at first, but once you massage it into the skin, it feels more like Benefit's Porefessional, but better. I have never seen a product instantly smooth my skin and cover my pores as quick as this does, and I honestly recommend you try it. The No7 Airbrush Away Pore Minimising Primer costs £16.50 and you can find it online at Boots here. Be sure to look out for a deal or offer though!
I am a sales person's dream. I am so easily locked in to a conversation about a product I have yet to try, and if they try that product out on me, even better - just take my money beauty counters! Whilst in Harvey Nichols a couple of months ago, the Aveda assistant sat me down and started playing with my hair, which is heaven in itself, and applied the Aveda Damage Remedy Daily Hair Repair to the ends of my hair. It felt like silk for goodness sake, how could I not buy it?! The Aveda Damage Remedy Daily Hair Repair is a 98% naturally derived leave-in treatment that instantly repairs the look of hair and helps protect it from heat styling. It can be used on damp hair, but if, once styled, your hair is a little dry on the ends, I like to run a small amount directly onto the ends, and it honestly works some magic let me tell you. The downside is that it is a pricey product. The Aveda Damage Remedy Daily Hair Repair costs £25.00, and whilst you do get 100ml, it is a bit of an investment, but when I find products that work and do as they say they do, I am more than happy to fork out a little extra. You can find the Damage Remedy Daily Hair Repair online here.
All the Loves,
Kathryn xxx

*Items marked with an asterix have been gifted to me, but all opinions are my own

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