Apologies that this post is a bit later than usual; but better late than never. It’s time to share my September 2017 beauty favourites with you, and there’s a good mix of both makeup and skincare.
Let’s start with skincare this month. I was very pleasantly surprised by Superdrug’s new Simply Pure Hydrating Night Serum* (£3.99 from Superdrug) I wasn’t expecting much, since it was own-brand and at such a low price point, but it’s really good stuff – which is great news for those of you who only use cruelty free beauty. It’s a basic product that does exactly what it says on the tin. It’s fragrance-free, hypoallergenic and is dermatologically-approved; so will suit all skin types. This serum has a light cream texture and is designed to be used under your usual night cream, and over any actives/treatments such as Retinol or Vitamin C. It contains lots of moisturising and hydrating ingredients such as Hyaluronic Acid and it leaves your skin feeling soft and plump in the morning. I’m always up for any product that tops up my skin’s hydration levels.
The other skincare product in this month’s favourites, is another new product. The Oskia Citylife Cleansing Concentrate* (£36 from Space NK) is a gentle gel-formulated cleanser that is designed to balance your skin pH and protect it from environmental aggressors. You only need to use very small amount of this as when you wet it, it really lathers up. Now, it does have SLS in it, but in this cleanser, that SLS doesn’t have a drying effect on my skin – my skin always feels soft, supple and hydrated after using it. This cleanser contains antioxidents such as Malachite, to protect your skin from free radicals and everyday oxidative stresses; Vitamin F and Aquacanteen to calm and hydrate irritated skin; sulphur, eucalyptus and lavender to soothe the skin; and Vitamins A, C and E to boost skin health, condition and protect. I’ve been reaching for this cleanser on the days that I am going to be/have been outside and subject to pollution.
Onto makeup, I have four products to share with you. I hope you managed to read my post on Fenty Beauty (here) as I’ve been loving this line. My favourite highlighter from them at the moment is the Fenty Beauty Killawatt Highlighter in Metal Moon* (£26 from Harvey Nichols). At first look in the pan, this looks like a simple frosty white highlight; but it actually has a gold shift in it, so it makes the highlight look a lot more natural and with a pearl-like finish. This just looks so pretty on my pale skin and I love the way light hits it. It has quite a powdery formula so don’t load your brush up with too much product. The white irridescent compact packaging is so beautiful too.
I’ve also been loving one of the new Barry M Dazzle Dust shades. The Barry M Dazzle Dust in Nemesis* (£4.59 from Superdrug) is a metallic copper-red loose pigment that I use as an eyeshadow. You don’t need much on your brush at all, and it looks amazing packed onto your lids then blended out at the edges. Such a perfect Autumn colour. If your budget doesn’t stretch to the Urban Decay Naked Heat palette, this is a great way to get a bit of that same warm-toned eyeshadow action. This stuff is incredibly pigmented and blends out evenly and easily too.
Another eyeshadow product I’ve been loving is from the new Clarins Autumn 2017 collection. Their 4-Colour Eyeshadow Palette in 06 Forest (£34 from Clarins), contains 4 eyeshadows – 3 green tones and one coral-champagne highlight shade. These are decently pigmented and you can go for a subtle wash of colour or really ramp things up with a dark smokey eye. Now that my hair is more red-toned, i’ve got back into green eyeshadow, as they go so well together. These shimmer shadows blend really nicely and have good wear time too.
Finally, I’ve been really enjoying using the new addition to Benefit’s brow product line-up. The Benefit Cosmetics Foolproof Brow Powder* (£20 from Benefit Cosmetics) is a two-tone pressed brow powder that allows you to get that coveted ombre brow effect easily. You start with the lighter shade on the inner portion of your brows and graduate to the darker shade at the tips of your brows. The applicator that comes with this is completely useless – you are best to use a small flat angled brush (like you get with Benefit Ka-Brow) instead. Your brows look natural and the pigment stays put all day, if you pop a clear brow gel over the top. The shade I have is 05.
This post contains press samples, but all opinions are my own.
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