12 May 2018

New in Beauty: May

Generally, I try and limit my beauty purchases each month but recently I've picked up a few essentials you could probably classify as 'boring', however they've proved pretty practical so far! My skincare routine has had a bit of an uplift, I've added a new beauty tool to the mix, and I've switched up my hair washing regime.

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser
This iconic Cetaphil cleanser has been around for absolutely ages and I'm almost certain you'll know someone who has it in their bathroom cabinet. I have heard both good and bad things about it, but decided to buy a small bottle because my skin was having a freak out. I actually used to use this a few years ago, and while it didn't give me drastic results, it did keep my skin looking calm. I felt the cleansers I was using before either dried my skin out or were too heavy for use in the morning. I'm sure there's a better alternative out there, but until I find it I'll keep using this in the morning and an oil cleanser at night.

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo
I have heard amazing things about this cream over the past few years and I've always wanted to try it but it has never been readily available in New Zealand until recently. It sounds slightly crazy, but after just one use I could tell a difference in my skin; nothing drastic, but my complexion and breakouts were less red looking. I've been using this for a couple of weeks now and I'm really impressed. I use it in place of my morning moisturiser and it works as such a great makeup base because it smoothes out pores and leaves skin feeling incredibly soft. As my skin gets quite oily during the day, this really appealed because it somewhat mattifies skin without drying it out. It's not like this has cured me of all pimples, but the existing scars I have on my face have noticeably gone down.

Bumble and Bumble Sunday Shampoo
Although this was a slightly expensive purchase (for a shampoo) I really wanted to try it after, again, hearing great things. Over the last few months I've noticed my hair gets really oily at the roots and dry at the ends, so I thought I could benefit from using a cleansing shampoo weekly to get rid of any product build-up and generally make things more squeaky clean. I've used this a couple of times in the last two weeks and I've found it does make my hair less slippy and oily, and it also does a good job at reducing frizz which I didn't expect. Overall, a thumbs up from me.

Morphe MB31 Angled Buffer Brush
While I still occasionally use a Beauty Blender with my foundation, I've been loving switching back to brushes because it buffs product in so much better. I knew my Real Techniques Buffer Brush really needed to be replaced, so I decided to try one of the Morphe brushes. While I could have gone for one of the more expensive ones, I'm really chuffed with this one. The synthetic bristles are unbelievably soft and I find the angled shape works well in places like around the nose and chin. I'd be interested to know what their other brushes are like.

Have you tried any of these products?




  1. I definitely need to try the la roche posay skincare - I've heard endless raves about their products so I definitely need to jump on the bandwagon.


    1. I have also heard great things :) x

  2. I really need to try that Chanel Perfume xx


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