Tuesday 3 September 2013

August Favourites

Elemental Herbology Cell Food
I've been trying to simplify down my skincare routine lately and I've managed to remain faithful to this serum for the past couple of months. This is a gorgeously scented thick white liquid that can really boost the appearance of your skin. It feels very light & fresh on the skin, providing the right level of hydration without any shine or greasiness. This is a serum that you can use both in the morning & evening and at night you don't even need to follow it up with a moisturiser. It's nice to let your skin breathe once in a while if you're accustomed to using heavy night creams. The radiance it brings to my face is just lovely & it has definitely helped to make my complexion look healthier and more even toned. Full review here.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Luminous Light
These powders are pretty much the only makeup product I've been truly excited about in a long while. Every review I read & every YouTube video I watched made them seem amazing and that's exactly what they are. I put off buying one for ages because I wanted to swatch them for myself first but my nearest Space.NK carrying Hourglass products is way up in Harrogate. The lovely ladies at Space.NK in Leeds gave me a code to get free shipping on their website (enablers!) so after much deliberation I went for Luminous Light. I love nothing more than glowing skin so this was the perfect one for me. It makes me look really healthy and gives my skin a flawless airbrushed appearance without the normal cakeyness associated with powders. My skin isn't very oily so it does set my makeup really well & makes my CC cream last all day without any primer. Love love love this powder!!

Bragg's Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
Here's a weird one. I originally bought this to make the Meta-D/Bombshell Spell metabolism boosting drinks from the Tone It Up Diet. However they taste absolutely foul no matter how much apple/pineapple juice & honey you sweeten it with! I fell off the dieting wagon a while ago but I'm gonna try again soon now that I have time for the gym. Anyways this stuff has so many different uses. You can dilute it with water and make it into a toner. It contains a high level of Alpha Hydroxy Acid so it's great for spots & scarring. My daughter got stung by a wasp the other day and I used this on a cotton pad to neutralise the sting. What I used it for last week is totally freaky. I used it to get rid of a flesh coloured mole on the side of my nose. I did something stupid and tried to squeeze it because it was annoying me but that just made it red. So after my usual skincare routine I dipped a cotton bud in the vinegar and held it against the mole for a few minutes. It burned a little but otherwise was fine. After a few days of doing this, the mole turned into a manky brown scab. I looked like I had a huge zit on my nose for a couple of days but then the scab fell off. The mole was also gone. I had a small red dot left over but that soon healed up with the use of some Trilogy Rosehip Oil. Now my nose is smooth yay! So yeah that was really weird and I don't suggest you do this on your moles without getting them checked by a doctor first but it's so crazy to think you can actually burn off moles with vinegar! You can get apple cider vinegar from loads of different supermarkets but if you ask any health fanatic, they'll tell you that Bragg's is the best one you can buy.

L'Oréal Elvive Extraordinary Oil Mist For Fine Hair
I had just ran out of my bottle of Moroccanoil when I spotted this new spray oil in Boots. I have very damaged hair from excessive bleaching but it is also quite fine so if I overload it with oils or other hair products it can start to look rather greasy. I tend to only wash my hair once a week so this can be a bit of a problem. However this stuff is utterly perfect for those of us with fine hair. It's a lightweight dry oil enriched with lotus flower oil that absorbs really quickly and makes your hair look healthy & shiny without being heavy. I normally spray some in my hair before & after blowdrying and it doesn't weigh my hair down at all. I can even get away with a couple of spritzes in my hair every day. It has such a beautiful scent and it really lingers in your hair. It's great for getting rid of frizz & flyaways. I love that it comes with a spray too because it makes it easier to distribute the product evenly.

Elemis Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Facial Wash
This stuff is simply amazing. It's a really gentle cleanser that feels very creamy on the skin and foams up just the right amount. The lactic acid found in fruit enzymes is used to slough away dead skin cells without irritation and it leaves my skin extremely clear & smooth. Since I started using this cleanser I've found that I don't need an exfoliating toner anymore because this does it all in one step. I really recommend trying this if you have blemish prone skin as it has worked wonders for me and it has fast become my favourite cleanser ever! Full review here.

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  1. The Elemis face wash sounds lovely and great for my skin type! I might have to try it when I've run out of my other cleansers :)xo


  2. I love the sound of the elemis face wash. Think I'll be adding that to my wishlist x


  3. ooh that apple cider vinegar sounds interesting, but like sudocrem where you can put it on everything x

  4. The elemis serum looks lovely, not sur eon the hourglass powder though! It seems like it would be really hard to find x


  5. That powder looks so good. I don't really use highlighters etc on my face as I prefer it to be matte but it doesn't stop me lusting over things in their pans!



  6. I really want to try the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder, everyone is saying such beautiful things about it and I'm so curious!

  7. Love the apple cider vinegar tips! I hateee the smell of it though so I'm scared to use it

    Roshni’s Journey

  8. Ooo Cell Food sounds incredible - I would love to try it :))) xx

  9. Never thought of making a toner myself before really want to try now, Really want to try the Hourglass powder too heard so many good things :p xx Emmi


  10. After hearing so many bloggers rave on about the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders, I decided to cave in a few weeks ago and I'm so glad I did! I swatched them all in store and decided on Dim Light. I really want to try more Hourglass products, but I think I'll need to save up my money before I decide to splurge on any more of their products. Wow, that apple cider vinegar sounds incredible! I have a friend who's a bit of a health nut and she drinks a shot glass of the stuff every night. I decided to try it myself and I love it! Maybe I'm weird, but I love super sour stuff and it's great how it's so good for you. I feel like it totally detoxes my insides!


  11. The powder looks amazing, I really want to try it! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD 

  12. That lighting powder looks absolutely gorgeous!

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  13. Cell Food sounds so amazing... and the Hourglass powder is looking more and more tempting every day! I've heard great things about apple cider vinegar, though I've never tried it myself. I didn't know you could use it for your skin, but I've heard it's really good for digestion!

    Ellie | Ellalogy

  14. An oil that sprays sounds so good, might have to give it a try x

  15. The Hourglass powder sounds amazingg! I really want it now, and I had no idea you could use apple cider on your face thats so good xx


  16. Try to use the apple cider vinegar then :)