January Favourites

 Ok, so I'm a tad late with this one, as it is now almost a week into February. However, monthly favourites is something I really want to start featuring on my blog so I thought it was better late than never with this one. I think each month I'll include a variety of items, not just restricting to beauty products and tools. Hopefully that way it'll make it more interesting for fashion/lifestyle bloggers to read, too! However as you can see, this month my priorities have clearly been with beauty products, so apologies to any fashion/lifestyle bloggers reading this!

Bourjois Magic 1 Second Nail Polish Remover This product really is a true gem. I bought it some time ago, after hearing nothing but great reviews on other blogs. Removing nail varnish is one of life's most tedious chores. Mess = everywhere = me in a grump. However this product has made the procedure of a heck of a lot easier (and bearable!). I'm sure you will have already read a million and one reviews on this, so I won't go into great detail, but you basically dip your polish coated nail into the pot and leave for one second. Now if I'm honest, I'd say if you want the best results then leave to soak for maybe three/four seconds instead. But still, that's pretty amazing if you ask me. Just think about how much time and effort it saves you! It's retailed at £4.99, which is a real bargain considering how great it is.

Argan Oil Hair Treatment There are tonnes of hair oils out there now, and it's safe to say 2012 was definitely their year. I've had this bottle for a while now and I've really enjoyed using it. It claims to do four different things; nourish dry damaged hair, repair and rejuvenate, smooth and eliminate frizz, and to give protection and shine. This is actually the only hair oil that I've ever tried, so I can't actually compare it to the others on the market. However it definitely does smooth the hair and add shine. I'm not entirely sure on it's claims to repair and rejuvenate though, but I suppose once your hair is damaged there's not going back minus getting it cut. I would recommend this product, but I think I'm going to try Moroccan Oil next to see what I think. You can pick this up in Boots for £12.99

L'Oreal Elnett Volume Heat Styling Spray I picked this up recently as I've been on the lookout for a really great heat protectant. This is a fairly recent product and there are a few different formats to choose from; straight, volume and curls. I went for volume as I always like to have a bit of oomph in my hair. The directions advise you to spritz on damp hair and then brush through. I do actually think that it gives added volume and so far I'm impressed. However I'm not so sure on the claims for 'up to three days', perhaps it's more one or two. Still, it's not that much of an issue. I picked mine up from Boots, where they currently have £1 off the range, meaning you can pick it up for £4.99.

Liz Earle Superskin Moisturiser I've recently become a tad addicted to Liz Earle, shall we say. I've always been aware of the brand, however it wasn't until I began blogging that I really got to see how popular it is. Liz Earle is now a huge part of my daily skincare routine. In-fact, it's made up entirely of the brands products. The Superskin Moisturiser is aimed for more mature, or very dry skin, but as I'm only 19, I don't have 'mature' skin. Therefore, I use this whenever my skin is going through a dry patch. I tend to apply this on an evening rather than first thing, as it gives it a chance to really soak in whilst I sleep. The moisturiser helps to prevent moisture loss, improve skin elasticity and help protect from environmental damage. Whenever I use this, my skin looks and feels seriously soft and fresh. There are various sizes of the moisturiser available on the Liz Earle website. You can pick up a 15ml jar for £13.25. Definitely worth a try. It's also worth mentioning that the Liz Earle Superskin Concentrate is absolutely beautiful also. I will be doing a review on this soon.

Liz Earle Deep Cleansing Mask More Liz Earle! Told you I'm obsessed.. This time, a face mask. I have all the Liz Earle face masks in my collection, thanks to the (amazing) 2012 advent calender. However this particular one didn't come with it, so I suppose my curiosity got the better of me? The Deep Cleansing Face Mask claims to draw out impurities and leaves the skin balanced and calm. Now I'm going to cut to the chase with this one; that's exactly what it does. I think this is my favourite face mask of all time. Yes, it's that good. You can apply it to the entire face or the key problem areas. However I enjoy using it that much that I just tend to apply it all over. Upon purchase, the mask comes in a little pouch along with two sponges to remove it with. I use this once or twice and week and I feel it really gives my skin a boost. This mask isn't suitable for sensitive skin, so avoid if this applies to you. If it does, there are two other masks from Liz Earle, which are also equally lovely. There are two sizes of this mask available, so if you're just wanting to give it a try then I'd recommend going for the 15ml tube, as it only costs £5.25 and comes with the two sponges. A little goes a long way with this mask, so it really does last for ages.

Rimmel Instant Wash Off  Instant Tan In Medium Matte Applying fake tan is such a chore. The whole preparation involved; and that's even before you've started getting out your mitt. I'm have an English Rose complexion, and although I don't always wear fake tan, I do like being bronzed from time to time. So this is perfect for the occasion when you've been too lazy to apply fake tan the night before an event, or when last minute plans come about. You simply apply it and then off you go for the day. I tend to apply it with a mitt so I don't get horrific orange palms. However it'd work just as well without, but you would have to give your hands a wee scrub. The tan is great, as it doesn't leave you with any fashion faux pas from transfer onto your clothes. I've worn white with this and even that was a-ok. You can pick this up pretty much everywhere, and there are quite a few different types available. I bought mine from Boots for around £6.99. Rimmel have now brought pump bottles into the range for a little bit extra, so I think I'll be giving them a try when I've finished this bottle.

Essie Nail Varnish in 'a list' The Essie brand is one of my favourites when it comes to nail polish. I'm building up quite the collection it seems. However out of the lot, this is my number one. If I'm wanting  a 'classic' red, then this is my go-to shade. I have to admit, if you don't wear a top coat then this does chip pretty fast, however there is a simple solution to this. This red seems as though it would go with almost every skin tone, which is rather impressive. You don't have to apply numerous layers of this for it to look 'finished'. One or two, tops. Overall I'm very impressed and definitely recommend giving it a shot if you haven't done so already. You can pick this up from Boots for £7.99.

I hope you've enjoyed reading my first 'monthly favourites' post and there shall be more to come!


  1. I've used that Rimmel tan for years it's sooo good. Bought the L'oreal spray (for wavy hair) recently and was really impressed! x

    1. It's great isn't it! Yeah I'm really chuffed with it so far! xx

  2. I still haven't got round to trying that bourjois polish remover - I definitely need to pick it up! x


  3. I really want to try some Liz Earle products, they sounds great! Xx


    1. I'm such a fan, if not a little obsessed! xx

  4. A girl after my own heart, love that Argan oil too, it's fab and lightweight

    vivalablonde.blogspot.com xx

    1. Oh you babe, Shannon. I know how awesome is it!



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