Wednesday, 26 October 2016

October 2016 Favourites...

Autumn is probably my most favourite season and I like nothing more than snuggling up with a book and blankets. I start lighting some candles (which I only tend to do in Autumn/Winter) and begin to incorporate some winter skincare into my routine to ward of the effects of the changing weather.
Below are the things I have been enjoying this month so far, there are others but these are the most prominent to me for various reasons:

Darphin Intral Toner 50ml – Full Size 200ml £28.00 or 500ml £56.00 Escentual (1/3 off at the moment)

I bought this sample size in a kit from eBay as I heard that it was fantastic for sensitive and irritated skin. At the time I was suffering with irritation on my forehead which I think was caused by over exfoliation (stupid me!) so was in desperate need of something that may sort it out. In the kit was also the Intral cleanser. Upon use my skin was immediately relieved and the redness and irritation practically disappeared overnight! I love that the toner is alcohol free and super gentle and moisturising, no stinging. Plus, it smells amazing. A full size purchase has already been made of this and the cleanser! So pleased I found this before the harsh weather sets in.

Bareminerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream in Vanilla - £27.00 Feel Unique

I’ve had this multitasking foundation for a while and haven’t really been reaching for it over the last few months until October came around. I suddenly felt I needed something hydrating but lightweight. I go through periods where I like full coverage foundations and then switch to wanting something less so. I’ve used this nearly every day and have been enjoying how buildable it is but still staying super natural. It applies like a foundation but feels like a gel on the skin and is supposed to be the best of a BB, CC and every other letter of the alphabet all rolled into one ;) I also love that you don’t need to be a pro in order to apply as either fingers or brush works well with this. No dry patchy makeup for me this winter as apparently it increases skin’s hydration by 215% after 1 week. I don’t know how this is possible but if it says that then surely it must do! ;)

The Good Father by Noah Hawley

This is the book I am reading at the moment and I am really enjoying it. All about how a father deals with his son being charged with murdering the President of the United States. It focuses on America’s Criminal Justice System and details accounts of famous murderers, with the father in denial looking for clues of parental influence to understand why his remote but seemingly normal child would do such a thing. It packs an emotional punch and is very thought provoking, especially if you have a child yourself it will get you thinking what would you do in that situation. This is an account of a father accepting his child for better and for worse, until death do them part. Hankies are needed for sure. And I haven’t even finished the book!!

Nip and Fab Glycolic Fix Night Pads Extreme - £14.95 Boots (on offer at the moment for £9.97)

I bought these after seeing lots of Instagram posts about them. Even though they say ‘Extreme’ apparently their acid content isn’t too scary. Packed with glycolic acid, salicylic acid, lactic acid and hyaluronic acid these target oily and congested skin. Even though I have sensitive skin I was assured that using these a couple of times a week shouldn’t cause any irritation or breakouts. So far so good, these have created brighter more refined skin and only leave a tingle after application. I think my irritation was caused by using these and a flannel in the same routine which over exfoliated my skin and caused the redness and small spots. Therefore, I won’t be making that mistake twice! It’s a nice addition to my collection as I haven’t used acid pads before and I like that they are easy to use and a quick sweep over the skin is all you need for them to be effective. Less faff than topical/liquid acids and are a must over the coming months when skin is known to be duller and lacklustre.

Nuxe Reve de Miel Honey Lip Balm £9.50 Escentual (1/3 off at the moment)

This has got to be my favourite lip balm. Ever! This my second or third tub! Its ideal for autumn/winter months as it is super hydrating and comes in a delicious whipped formula that lasts a long time on the lips. Usually I apply overnight and come morning it’s still there! It protects from harsh conditions and intensively nourishes. This is a cult product and apparently 1 gets sold across the world every 28 seconds! Although it is thick it’s not heavy, the texture is non greasy and leaves a matte effect on the lips which I like. Will continue to be a repurchase time and time again as I haven’t found anything that beats it!

Clinique Moisture Surge 125ml £22.00 Look Fantastic

I bought this spritz at the beginning of October knowing that I would need a facial spray that packs a punch in the hydration department. It definitely does this! I like that it’s no faff and is gentle on the skin. There aren’t any outstanding ingredients, it’s just simple and does the job. I use this most nights after acid toning and any time I am at home/office and feel the central heating sucking the life out of my skin! Quick spray of this and all feels good again. Also it’s worth mentioning the spray nozzle on this distributes a nice even layer which is a must when it comes to facial sprays, I hate feeling drenched! All in all, it really works and I will continue to repurchase. The rest of the moisture surge range is also fantastic and I would recommend it to anyone as they have options for both oily and dry skins. 

That’s my round up of the month’s favourites, I would be interested to know what are yours? Happy Halloween :)

Thanks for reading xx


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