8.28.2017

August Favourites.


I think monthly favourite posts may well be up there as my most-read. Discovering new, beautiful products to try, and, potentially, add to my daily routine.

Since I've both purchased and rediscovered some pretty special beauty gems as of late, I thought I'd get typing and share some current favourites of my own.

~La Roche-Posay Hydraphase Intense Serum (£20)~

You know when your skin's so damn dry, that nothing you apply fully hydrates it? I feel ya. I've had this 'issue' recently, which has made wearing makeup somewhat uncomfortable. Without concealer or foundation, my complexion looks pretty alright, however if I even dare to glance over at my beloved It Cosmetics CC Cream, it all goes pear shaped. Not ideal, I'm sure you'll agree.

From browsing the web for yet another concoction, I came across La Roche-Posay. Throwing back to 2015, blogger's with oilier skin types were continuously singing the brand's praises thanks to its Effaclar range, so I honestly don't know why they didn't cross my mind to solve my skin woes, sooner. But alas, I did my research and subsequently stocked up on some gems that promised to add some much-needed moisture into my skin, one of which is the Hydraphase Intense Serum.

With hyaluronic acid fragments, arginine, serine and La Roche-Posay's thermal spring water, the gel quickly absorbs into the skin, leaving it soft, smooth and prepped for the next step, moisturiser. Unlike other hyaluronic acid serums I've tried in the past, this doesn't leave the skin feeling uncomfortably tight. Think a quick spritz with your favourite facial spray, instead. I also find (in partnership with my new LRP moisturiser - range review coming soon, fyi), any base I apply as a final layer sits a whole lot better. No crazy dry patches, no nothin'. The scent is also worth a mention, too. It's light, almost untraceable, with an aquatic fragrance. Overall the serum is a big winner for me and something I'm very happy to have in my bathroom cupboard.

~Korres Santorini Vine Shower Gel (£8)~

I've never really been one to get overly excited over shower gel. Until now, that is. This lil' (250ml) bottle is an absolute treat to use, I'm telling you now. Not only is the packaging pretty dreamy, but the formula is also ah-mazing. Described as "a fresh, fruity scent of blossoming greek vineyards", the gel is light, moisturising, and smells likes sweets, which frankly, I'm all over.

~Emporio Armani, Because It's You Eau de Parfum (£47)~

Another scent related favourite, this time in the shape of the Emporio Armani, Because It's You Eau de Parfum. I'd been on the lookout for a new fragrance for a good few months (just ask my poor boyfriend and his nostrils after sniffing bottles a plenty!), when I came across this recent launch.

I'm not the best when it comes to describing perfumes, but I'd say this is sweet and floral with a fruity kick. Not something I would normally reach for, but there's something about it that I love.

~Kat Von D Liquid Lipstick in Lolita (£17)~

The beauty world has gone all kinds of crazy for liquid lipsticks as of late, and from the ones I've tried, I'd say Kat Von D's offerings are up there as some of the best. With a crazy 26 shades to choose from, the lipsticks certainly pack a punch when it comes to pigmentation, drying down to a seriously matte, but non-drying finish. I also have Bow 'n' Arrow, however Lolita is my go-to shade. With its doe-foot applicator, it's a breeze to apply, leaving you with a rosy, slightly brown lip that I just can't get enough of. The longevity is pretty impressive too. Though it can require a quick top up after a good few hours of wear, it does fade evenly so you don't need to be checking yourself in the mirror every five minutes (basically the dream, no?). Definitely one to snap up, stat.

~Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate (£37)~

If there's a skincare product that's bound to impress, it's this. I've had the Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Serum (which I've reviewed <) in my stash for around a year now, and it's something I'm almost certain to continually purchase. Not only does it top up hydration levels whilst working to even out the skin tone, the scent is also top-notch, particularly applied pre-slumber. Have a read of my review for my full thoughts, but basically, it's a winner.

~Laura Mercier Foundation Primer - Hydrating (£30)~

In case this post hasn't already given away, my skin is a kinda dry. Patchy foundation isn't a good look, which is why this L.M. primer is something of a godsend. Leaving a dewy, almost tacky feel to the skin, it's the perfect base ahead of your foundation/cc cream/tinted moisturiser, or whatever you choose to use. It's definitely not the cheapest, but you only need the smallest amount which magically manages to make all the difference.

~ZOEVA Rose Golden Palette (£18)~

For days when I'm wanting to make a little more effort, the Zoeva Rose Golden Palette is where it's at. Buildable, blendable and b-e-a-utiful, the 10 shades prove to come in très handy both day and night. Coming in at £1.80 per shadow, it's one hell of a bargain, but don't think that results in inferior quality. I can't wait to pair the warm, rose tones with layers as the weather gets colder. This is essentially Autumn in a palette.


Have you tried any of the above? I'd love to know your current beauty favourites!

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