Monday, 13 August 2012

July Favourites

Alpha-H Daily Essential Moisturiser SPF 50+
Alpha-H's Liquid Gold is my ultimate skincare product. But when you use glycolic acid on your skin you need to wear SPF on a daily basis which is something I've always struggled to find good products for. I really wanted a moisturiser with a high SPF built in to save piling on SPF and moisturiser separately. The team at BuyaPowa very kindly used my suggestion of this moisturiser as one of their 'blue skies' co-buys and I immediately snapped it up. I'm so glad I did because its the best product with SPF I've ever used. It doesn't smell, it doesn't leave a white cast, it doesn't make my skin look greasy, it hydrates my skin perfectly and it sits well underneath my makeup. Its pretty much a dream product.

REN Invisible Pores Detox Mask
This has been a bit of a life saver this month! I was so eager to try out that new YSL Touché Éclat foundation and I was totally loving my little sample bottle because it looks so beautiful on the skin. But it gave me one of the worst breakouts I've had in my entire life! The entire bottom half of my face was just covered in spots and it looked horrible. This mask really helped to save my skin. Its a fab clay based mask and its so good at clearing up spots. When it dries you can see where all your pores are around your face which is kinda freaky and cool at the same time. It tightens large pores and leaves my face feeling so clean and smooth. My breakout from hell was gone within a couple of days and I really think that this was the reason why they went away so quickly.

REN ClearCalm 3 Clarifying Clay Cleanser
I've become a bit of a REN convert this month. I got fed up of buying cheap crappy cleansers that were doing nothing for my skin and purchased two REN ones instead. This cleanser is different to any others I've tried in that it contains clay so its almost as if you're getting the effects of applying a clay mask but in a gentle daily dose. Its so calming on the skin and effective at getting rid of spots without drying out your skin whatsoever. Perfect for combination blemish prone skin like mine.

V05 Hot Oil Moisture Soak Elixir
I go swimming with my daughter every week and my heavily bleached barnet is not a big fan of chlorine. It started to take it toll and was really drying out my hair. I saw this recommended on a few blogs and decided to purchase a tube. This really helps to restore the condition of my hair and apparently it helps to get rid of 75% more chlorine than shampooing alone. Its so much easier to use than the hot oil tubes that you have to warm up before applying but with just as good effects. It only lasts me three shampoos though. I've already repurchased this twice because I love it so much.

Illamasqua Naked Rose Blusher
I've not actually been buying much makeup lately, shock horror! My focus is definitely on skincare at the moment because I feel like yet another pink lipstick isn't really what I need or want to spend money on. The only new collection that I've actually been excited by was Illamasqua Naked Strangers. The colours in this collection are all gorgeous nudes and I was instantly drawn to this beautiful blusher. Its a lovely beigey pink colour that is super flattering and unlike any other blusher I own. Like all Illamasqua blushers it is soft, easily blendable, highly pigmented and long lasting. Its pretty much all I've worn on my cheeks this month.

Breaking Bad
This is a show that for some reason I ignored for years. I'd always heard good things about it but it was only a few weeks ago that I decided to watch it for the first time. I'm so glad I did because it is one of the best television shows I've ever seen. The show revolves around the life of Walter White, a middle aged chemistry teacher turned meth cook/general badass upon discovering that he has lung cancer. He wants to raise money for his family before he kicks the bucket but, of course, the world of drug dealing is pretty crazy so its a bit of a bumpy ride. We've been marathoning the whole show and have just started watching season 4 now. Walter becomes more badass as each season passes and its insane watching the lengths he'll go to provide for his kids. Definitely check this out if you haven't already, you won't regret it!


  1. I LOVE Breaking bad! I really want to try Ren as well! xx

  2. Breaking Bad is such an awesome show! Can't wait to watch the current season, got some serious withdrawal symptoms going on after watching all the previous seasons in about two weeks:D x

  3. We must have similar tastes, I want everything in your favourites except for Naked Rose which I own and I love Breaking Bad! I'm desperate to try some REN skincare, I've heard nothing but great things about it.

  4. That vo5 elixir is a liiiiife saver! Whenever I overly frazzle my hair with straighteners that's what I turn to to fix it all up again!


  5. Been wanting to try the vo5 hot oil elixir for a while now, my hair is so dry and something like this would be great for it! x
    Dreams and Dresses

  6. oh i have that REN clay cleanser and absolutely love it!

  7. Looove breaking bad, Mr White is HARDCORE in the 4th season! enjoy!

  8. I'm a total REN convert too, my blog is just slowly turning into a shrine to REN hahaha!
    I just need more REN in my life ASAP!

  9. I love that VO5 oil. I've used it quite a few times and had great results.
    Breaking Bad is such a great show! Need to watch season 4 myself!



  10. I really want to try that VO5 oil x

  11. I've been thinking about the VO5 oil, I've heard some great stuff about it :)

  12. What's that,acid you use? also I have bad dry patches on my cheeks and above my lip with don't look good. I tried so many moisturisers,even clinque one which was great at first but not as good now.. Nothing seems to moisturise it and I exfoliate twice a,week and spend slot of good foundations and moisturisers x

    1. its alpha-h liquid gold. it will totally help to get rid of your dry patches and its a lot less harsh on the skin than normal exfoliation. maybe you should try a serum to help hydrate your skin rather than just a moisturiser. i like the caudalie vinosource one :) xx

  13. i really want to pick some of the stuff up you have in your favourites! and my boyfriend is obsessed with breaking bad, maybe in need to join in

    chlo @chlowitty blogs

  14. Really enjoying reading your blog, especially these posts, you are making me want a lot of products! The vo5 oil looks good, I swim and my hair is as dry as a biscuit!