Sunday, 9 February 2014

January Favourites


It's time to share my monthly favourites again :) All products featured in this post (except one) are brand new or relatively new discoveries and I absolutely looooove them! I tried to keep a nice balance between makeup, haircare, bodycare and skincare this time and I will do my best to avoid writing a long essay :)

BECCA RADIANCE PRIMER (RRP £32.00)

I got this high end primer from Fragrance Direct for only £5.99 and I am really impressed with it. It has a light, hydrating formula and adds the most beautiful glow to my skin. I use it allover my face before applying foundation and mix in a little bit with my base products as well. It is now sold out on FD, but you can buy it from other places really cheap - I think it is being discontinued.

BENEFIT POREFESSIONAL* £24.50

I had some samples of the Porefessional in the past and I really liked it, but having the full size made me appreciate it's magic powers again :) haha. It smoothes my skin instantly, especially when I pair it wit the Porefessional Powder. I use it on my T-zone, around my nose and on my chin to reduce the appearance of pores and fine lines. It is a cult product and I think it is worth every penny.

ANASTASIA BROW WIZ- BRUNETTE £15.50

Very expensive for a tiny eyebrow pencil, but I am pretty sure I will be repurchasing it before it even runs out. It is foolproof! The super fine nib makes it ideal for filling in any gaps in my brows and shade Brunette is a great match for my hair and skintone. It is definitely worth the hype, but I wish it was a bit cheaper. Oh, I have to mention the AMAZING spoolie - it is really dense and will brush through the most bushy brows easily! Perfect!


I still can't believe how much this little pot of lip balm retails at, but... I got it for only £23.00 so I am not feeling guilty. It actually contains real 24carat rose gold! I adore the rose scent and the subtle sparkle it leaves on my lips. It is also very hydrating and... absolutely stunning! It was limited edition though, which is probably a good thing. You can buy the original Baume De Rose (£38.00) without rose gold sparkles, but I don't think it is special/unique enough to be soo overpriced.

ANYTHING VANILLA!

Last years vanilla obsession continues... It started with candles (I blame my husband) and quickly overtook my full life :) haha. I am now obsessed with Vanilla perfumes, Vanilla body lotions, bath products and even antibacterial hand gels... I turned into a walking cupcake...and even strangers stop me in the supermarket to ask about my EDP. I mentioned the Serge Lutens Un Bois Vanille EDP* and Laura Mercier Ambre Vanille Body products in my December favourites, but I am still obsessed with them and they had to be included. Since then, I also ordered the Laura Mercier Ambre Vanille EDT (£41.50) and I wear it with Un Bois Vanille or switch between the two scents. To feed my vanilla addiction during the day, without breaking the bank, I have been using the Bath & Body Works Warm Vanilla Sugar Anti-bacterial hand gels, recommended by Vicki from Let's Talk Beauty. I am on my second bottle right now :) They are really cheap on ebay and perfect for keeping in your handbag.

ORGANIC SURGE OVERNIGHT SENSATION NIGHT CREAM* £8.99

Made with 98.99% natural ingredients, this night cream restores, revitalises and rehydrates the skin, without leaving a greasy residue. It works wonders on dry areas of my face and... it doesn't cost a fortune. It contains organic rose geranium essential oil, aloe vera, green tea and Vitamin E and leaves my skin feeling soft, smooth and supple.

THIS WORKS SLEEP BALM (£12.00)

I got this balm in the Space NK sale and I have been using it every day since it landed on my doorstep. I keep it on my bedside table and massage a small amount onto the back my wrists, my temples and under my nose, before I drift off to sleep. The relaxing scent of Lavender, Cocoi and Coconut Oils is very soothing and it really helps with anxiety and sleep deprivation. I also use the pillow spray from this range - it's amazing!


NIOXIN SCALP & HAIR SYSTEM 2 KIT* (£19.99) via hairtrade.com

I have been curious about Nioxin products for a while and I decided to give one of their starter kits a go. The brand focuses on those who struggle with hair loss, but after the big blogger campaign, everyone was raving about their products, especially those with fine hair. The kit contains three products:

Nioxin Scalp & Hair System 2 Cleanser (150ml) - it is a daily shampoo, designed to add volume and gently cleanse the hair. It contains vitamins, proteins and amino acids to help promote a healthy scalp.

Nioxin Scalp & Hair System 2 Scalp Revitaliser (150ml) - this products is a conditioner, containing soothing essential oils, anti-oxidants and enzymatic complexes. It leaves my hair feeling soft, voluminous, bouncy and hydrated and helps too sooth my scalp as well.

Nioxin Scalp & Hair System 2 Scalp Treatment (40ml) -  I have never heard about suncreen for the scalp, but this products contains SPF 15 to protect the scalp from harmful UVA and UVB rays and nourish it with essential botanicals, nutrients, antioxidants and proteins. I will definitely get the full size for my summer holidays.

I started using the kit at the beginning of December and after two months of regular use (twice a week), I noticed that my scalp is looking much healthier and doesn't feel irritated and sore. Most volumising products aren't good for my scalp and end up leaving it flaky and itchy, but this trio is a real godsend for my fine hair and my sensitive scalp. The shampoo and conditioner add volume and help to make my hair stronger and healthier. I am not sure if my hair became thicker, but it definitely feels healthier and I actually noticed some fuzzy baby hair growing on my hair line :) Not an amazing look, but it means that my scalp is actually reacting  to the treatment. Overall, I am really impressed and I will definitely repurchase all the products full size.

TONI & GUY JUMBO TONG* £20.00

I must admit, after trying Babyliss Pro Perfect Curl, I wasn't even looking for another hair tool, but the jumbo tong caught my eye and I decided to try it. It features a 38mm ceramic barrel for big glamorous waves and added volume and heats up to 180°C (very quickly). It is easy to use and  perfect for those who don't like tight curls or want a little change. It creates an effect similar to big heated rollers, but you have more control. Retailing at only £20.00 it is worth a try and surprisingly, I have been reaching for it a lot.


Have you tried any of the products mentioned in this post? Do you have any recommendations for a cheap Vanilla Perfume? My current two are far too expensive and I need more affordable alternatives :)

*products marked with an asterisk are PR samples


  

34 comments:

  1. Lovely selection! I'm intrigued by that hair tong... especially for the price. I really like the Boots vanilla body spray, it's quite cheap and is very overpowering at first but soon fades to a gorgeous subtle scent that stays all day - I always get loads of compliments when I wear it!x

    Charlotte / coloursandcarousels

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    1. I will check out the Boots Vanilla Body Spray, thank you :) x

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  2. I love the sound of the organic surge night cream! ive been looking for a new night cream, but im so fussy. I like the sound of this.

    Catherine x

    http://www.beautyisintheeyeofthebeholder.co.uk

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  3. Lots of products! :) I used to sell the Nioxin products when I worked in a salon and they're amazing! I also really want to try Brow Wiz and Porefessional!
    Love From Sammie xx

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    1. I agree, such a fab brand. My scalp is very happy :) haha

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  4. The price of that lip balm makes my eyes water haha! You picked out some nice things here, the Organic Surge brand sounds really good.
    Amy x | A Little Boat Sailing

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    1. I know... So expensive, but at least I got it half price :) I wouldn't pay the original price.

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  5. My boyfriend bought me a Laura Mercier bath & body set in the January sales but I don't get it until my birthday next month! They smell gorgeous, I can't wait to get my hands on them! x

    CatherineSarah

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    1. Oh, that's lovely. Laura Mercier products make the best gifts. x

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  6. I haven't tried any Nioxin products but seeing you speak so highly of them I think I should try some!

    www.cupcakesandskirts.blogspot.com

    xx

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    1. I didn't expect anything special from them, but I am really impressed. My hair and scalp feel much healthier now. x

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  7. I love the porefessional I've been using some samples and think I am definitely going to have to go full size!

    http://wednesdayswwpink.blogspot.com.au/

    xx
    E

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    1. Such a fab primer. I wish the full size was slightly bigger though. x

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  8. I really want to try Anastasia's Brow Wiz. It looks like it's great to quickly fill in brows. Great favorites!

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    1. It is amazing. The best pencil I have tried so far. x

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  9. Do people really pay that much for a lip balm? Even at the price you paid, I was working out in my head what else I could buy for that money x
    Beautyqueenuk xx

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    1. Yes, haha :) I wouldn't pay full price for it, or £35 for the original one. It's crazy!
      I got mine with Christmas money though, so I didn't feel guilty.

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  10. You always inspire me! I'm curious to try TONI&GUY Glamour Jumbo Tong and Or de Rose Baume Precieux BY TERRY as it right now is on sale! Love your blog <3

    http://happinessvictim.blogspot.com
    x

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    1. The Toni & Guy Tong is surprisingly good for the price. x

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  11. I finally splurged and just ordered the brow wiz! I can't wait to try it after hearing so many amazing reviews!

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  12. So many favourites for your month of January :) I am looking into purchasing the Anastasia brow wizz~ Just deciding which colour to buy in order to suit my hair colour ^^

    Thank you for sharing~ I hope you have a lovely day! <3

    Ying ♥ || *- YingcBeauty-*
    X x X x X

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    1. It is worth investing in :)

      Thank you lovely x

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  13. LOvely favourites, I can't believe we're into the 2nd week of Feb already this year is flying by!
    The ORGANIC SURGE OVERNIGHT SENSATION NIGHT CREAM sounds very hydrating. OS is a brand I haven't tried too much from. I think I need to make a little order.
    Thank you for the mention - I love the Bath & Body Works hand sanitisers & as you know Im addicted to the Vanilla scents. Glad you like them too x
    http://www.letstalkbeauty.co.uk/

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    1. It's crazy! I feel like Christmas was only two weeks ago :)

      Organic Surge is a lovely brand. My favourites from them are their 2-minute Moisture Hair Mask and First Class Face Mask. My husband likes their Blissful Daily Moisturiser. x

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  14. Have you tried the body shop vanilla perfume? smells divine.
    Great post x
    Adele
    acesparklestar.blogspot.com

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    1. No, I haven't. I will get it once they do another sale :) Thank you for the recommendation. x

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  15. I also love anything vanilla!! :)

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    1. Nothing beats smelling like a yummy vanilla cupcake :)

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  16. I love the by Terry Or de Rose Baume Precieux! It is a luxe brand with a hefty price tag but I love the quality and the finish. I also found it on sale at Open Sky for $23 USD and stocked up before they sold out! Worth every penny. Gifted a couple to close friends. Love, love, love this stuff!

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    1. $23? That's amazing. I wish I could stock up on it, since it is limited edition. I bet your friends loved it :) x

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  17. I have been a huge fan of Anastasia brow products for years. When they came out with brow whiz I snapped it up immediately. It is especially useful in creating natural looking hairs where your eyebrows are sparse. I just love it.

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    1. It's sooo good. I really want to try more Anastasia brow products.

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