Tuesday, 1 October 2013

September Favourites

Korres Pomegranate Lip Butter
I posted some swatches of this yesterday so hopefully you can see why I'm so enamoured with this luscious lip butter. It's such a lovely neutral pink shade with total 'my lips but better' potential. These lip balms are so hydrating and feel amazing on the lips. They're just perfect for the Autumn/Winter seasons. Full review here.

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer SPF 15
I love thick silicone-based primers for their ability to smooth over the skin and hide pores. But I started to find that they would drag and pill in combination with certain foundations. So they were making my base look slightly patchy rather than flawless. I decided to bite the bullet and shell out for this much loved but incredibly expensive primer and I'm so glad I did. It really is fantastic and is easily the best primer I've ever tried. It gives your makeup some serious staying power as well as minimising pores, smoothing the skin and adding a nice luminescence to your face. Full review here.

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation
In the height of my SPF-free foundation madness I splashed out £34.50 on Giorgio Armani's Luminous Silk Foundation. I loved the coverage and glow it brings to the skin. It really is a gorgeous foundation and perfect for nights out. But as someone who likes to apply their makeup in the morning and then can't be bothered with touching up throughout the day, it just didn't last long enough on my skin. It always ended up going a bit patchy around my nose and forehead no matter which primer I used. So I kinda gave up on it and it had been sitting untouched on my table for months. Then I purchased the amazing Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer and everything I disliked about the Armani foundation had been completely rectified. Of course, the primer kinda negates the whole no SPF thing but now that I use chemical exfoliants on my skin everyday, I do need constant sun protection. Anyway I think they're a perfect team and it's nice that I can actually use this rather pricey foundation again! (Ancient) full review here.

Benefit They're Real Mascara
I bought this a few months ago when my beloved Lancome Doll Eyes mascara finally dried up. I think it has to be one of the most hyped up mascaras ever so I had really big expectations of it. At first I wasn't too keen on it. This mascara certainly lengthens but it was lacking the volume that I crave. It definitely improves as the product dries up a bit but it still was never my first choice when it came to applying my mascara in the morning. However I think it looks really stunning when wearing false lashes. I always pop on another coat of mascara after applying false eyelashes to blend them in a bit more and this one really delivers some beautiful black voluminous lashes. So the name 'They're Real' might not be entirely true anymore but in combination with some nice falsies, this mascara is a dream.

La Roche-Posay Redermic R
My skincare routine, diet adjustments and supplementing must be working because I've not had a single new spot for almost a month now! Probably jinxed myself now though eh? But that's pretty amazing for someone who was getting at least one cropping up every day. My chin was the last place to clear up but it has been helped tremendously by this retinol cream. It has helped to heal up active breakouts, gotten rid of my cystic acne and has worked really well on my skin's personal nemesis - closed comedones. I prefer this over other spot treatments because it works so fantastically on scarring too. It also leaves my skin soft & smooth so if you have sensitive skin this is a great option for a retinol product. Full review here.

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  1. All your picks look so good! I want to try them all! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD 

  2. I need to purchase GALS in my pale shade. I bought it for my wedding where I had a spray tan done, and could get away with it for a few weeks after thanks to my honeymoon tan. Unfortunately that has faded so I need a paler shade! It such a good foundation!

    Leanne @ Leanne-Marie | Beauty, fashion & lifestyle. x x

  3. these products all sound fab! you've just made me want to buy all of these!

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  4. I have 'They're Real' and it's potentially the best mascara I've ever used! x

  5. I just got a sample of the Giorgio Armani foundation to try and I completely agree about the lasting power. I might have to splurge and buy the foundation along with the Hourglass primer :) x

  6. I can't wait to try the Korres butter and GA foundation! They're such hyped products

    Roshni’s Journey

  7. I've heard fantastic things about the hourglass primer, the price is so off putting though! I do think that I'll end up picking it up soon, there's too much temptation!


  8. All of these products sound amazing!

  9. I really like Redermic R, La Roche Posay products tend to suit my skin really well - I haven't got a bad thing to say about any of the ones I've tried! GA Luminous Silk is one of those foundations that's been sitting on my wishlist for ages but I can't bring myself to splash out - perhaps it's time I treated myself! x

  10. I really like the look of the Korres lip butters, they look so hydrating! I bought my friend the Benefit They're Real Mascara and she loves it, must work differently for different people!


  11. I just bought this foundation yesterday in shade 4 and I really like it! Will have to see what it is like after a full days wear!


  12. great picks ! except for the they're real mascara, idk why it doesnt work for me :(
    so want to try the primer n foundation !!

  13. Silk Foundation is my favorite :)

  14. Your favourites posts always make me want to try all of the things!!! ;)

    Jennie xo | sailorjennie.com