29 September 2016
September was a great month for beauty.
There are times when I feel really compelled by the latest beauty products and I literally love the process of doing my makeup every morning. Lately this has been the way for me, and as I've had products crop up more than usual, I've whittled down my favourites which include everything from the perfect summer smelling scrub to the epitome of a perfect nail polish colour.
Nuxe Reve de Miel Ultra Nourishing Lip Balm
There have been two stand-out lip balms in my stash this month, and this little pot is one of them. As mentioned in my last beauty first impressions post, I love that this lip balm acts as a treatment on the lips and is thick in consistency. My only gripe is that it can be hard to work into the lips, but all you need to do is warm up the balm between your fingers and your'e good to go. I feel like this one is more suitable for night-time, where as...
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant
...this product is better for throughout the day. I've seen some YouTubers using this in vlogs and such, so I was excited to try it out. Although I don't particularly like the smell of this (it's just a bit medical-smelling if that makes sense), this is more of a gel to liquid balm that melts onto the lips. I would say this isn't so much a treatment as a temporary quick fix and it does the job nicely. This product isn't actually specifically a lip balm, you can use it for skin healing and so on.
Hask Strengthening Shine Hair Oil
This baby is a contender for my favourite hair oil at the moment. I've featured an OGX oil on the blog recently, and I love both of these. I think they do a similar job of adding moisture and a bit of shine to the hair, while sorting out some frizz. I would say definitely give this product a go, or the OGX one as they're both pretty affordable.
Sinful Colours Nail Polish in Vacation Time
This is a bit of a weird one to share because I found it in a New Zealand pharmacy for $6, so it's probably not widely available (okay after googling this it's available in places like Walmart and Superdrug), but I thought I'd chuck this in anyway. I absolutely love the colour of this polish and it's the perfect pink nude shade I've been after. I've had a few compliments on my nails while wearing this, and surprisingly for $6 nail polish, the formula is pretty swell. You definitely need a base and/or top coat with this to prolong the wear, which leads me to the next couple products...
Essie All In One Base Coat* and Good To Go Top Coat*
I've had these for a while but I'm so slack with my nail polish application that I barely remember to use them. The first time I applied the pink nail polish I mentioned above, it chipped fairly fast, but after using this base and top coat, it significantly improved the wear. I'll definitely try and remember to use top and base coats more often!
The Body Shop Chinese Ginseng and Rice Clarifying Polishing Mask*
I'm reviewing this mask for Sophie's blog shortly, but I thought I would mention this product here because this is my new favourite face mask. I'm really impressed with what The Body Shop have been coming out with lately, especially this new range of masks to target different needs. This one is all about polishing and brightening up the skin, buffing away anything rough and leaving the skin feeling smooth. This mask is quite exfoliating which I love because my face feels really fresh afterwards. I think this would be one to use once a week because it might end up being a little too harsh.
The Body Shop Pinita Colada Body Scrub
The Pinita Colada range is actually out October 3rd in New Zealand, so you'll have to wait a few more days to get your mitts on it, but I'm suitably in love with the one product I've tried so far. If you live in the Northern Hemisphere and it's just been your summer then you may have already tried this. The smell of this range is incredible and will be perfect for upcoming summer days. I barely ever look after my skin with bodycare - exfoliating, moisturising, etc. but something like this makes it really easy. I find The Body Shop scrubs exfoliate the skin really well without being too harsh and leave your pins feeling silky smooth, the low maintenance way.
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