It's that time of the month again, where I share my beauty favourites with you. This month's is jam-packed with amazing products as I've had a truly beauty-filled few weeks.
If you've read this blog for quite a while now, you'll know that I reviewed the L'Oreal Professionnel Steampod last year (here) and loved it. I'll let you read the original review for full details of the product, but in short, they are epic hair straighteners that are powered by steam. You fill a little tank with water just like you would an iron. L'Oreal Professionnel have released a limited edition Brazillian Fantasy Steampod* (£145 from L'Oreal) - nothing has changed in terms of operation, but a cool tropical floral design has been added to the irons, which makes them a bit more fun to use.
Another hair product I'm been loving is the This Works Sleep Plus Hair Elixir (£25 from Bath & Unwind). I've actually only been using this for a week, but I just had to put it in my favourites as I'm about to buy another one for when I run out. If you love the scent of the This Works Sleep range, you'll love this hair mist that you can spray on wet or dry hair to help you sleep and condition your locks at the same time. Having this relaxing scent on my hair helps me calm down at bedtime and drift off to sleep. It contains sunflower extract, argan oil, jojoba oil and baobab oil to make your hair softer, smoother and shinier when you wake up - it really works.
A product that I've been loving for my nails is the Leighton Denny Marvel Balm* (£10 from M&S). This balm is designed to moisturise and soften cuticles, but it can also be used on the lips and other very dry areas of skin. I've been using it just for my nails as it has a light floral scent that I like, but wouldn't want on my lips. It's blend of vitamins and minerals really helps to keep my cuticles and the skin around my nails looking good, and I like the large amount you get for the price. If you are looking for a cuticle product, I'd definitely recommend trying this out.
The final product in the skincare arena that I had to put in my favourites this month is the Clarins Energy Booster Serum (£27 from Debenhams). This is a little vial of concentrated goodness for the skin that you can add drops of to your moisturiser, serum foundation or face mask to give it an extra 'boost' if your skin needs some extra attention. The Energy Booster is for skin that is looking fatigued and needs some added radiance. It contains ginseng as its key ingredient as this is stimulating and is packed with nutrients. If I have a really full-on or stressful week, I add this to one of my products and it makes my skin look more radiant, even and rested.
Finally, my makeup favourites have a lot of glow going on. I'm all about this at the moment. First up is the famed Illamasqua Radiance Veil Illuminating Primer (£32 from Illamasqua). This is literally like a pot of melted rose gold - it's so intense and you only need to use a little at a time or you'll be seen from space. I apply it before foundation, although you can mix some in, and it gives you a stunning luminous glow.
I've also been loving another of Urban Decay's summer-release highlighters (I reviewed another - Fireball - here). The Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Highlighter in Aura* (£19) was part of their limited edition summer collection, but is now sold out. You can still get the Fireball shade on Feel Unique, but there isn't any Aura anywhere online I'm afraid. This pink-toned highlighter is beautifully irridescent and looks amazing on top of blusher or instead of blusher. The formula of these is great too - so creamy and blendable.
Lastly, the Collection Illuminating Touch Under Eye Brightener* (£4.99 from Boots) is a pink-toned luminous concealer that's designed to counteract dark circles and brighten. The lumnosity comes from light-diffusing pearl pigments. I really like this and I wear it over whatever full-coverage concealer I am using. It makes me look like I've had a better night's sleep than I have.
Which of these would you like to try?
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