02 October 2014

Monthly favourites: September

Another month done, where is this year going? I still have a lot (and I mean A LOT) of work to do, so please refrain from telling me how many Sundays there are left until Christmas... Right, enough of being a grinch, let's get stuck into my favourites of the past month, shall we?

Palmer's Cocoa Butter Bronze Sunless Tanner & Instant Bronzer with SPF 15

I am terrified of sunless tanning products. I'd much rather lay in the sun or be as pale as a ghost than slapping on a liquid/cream that is going to make me look like a streaky ooma-loompa. Browsing in Dischem one day, as you do, I discovered this on the suntan shelf and decided I would try it. (A few weeks before that I bought a can of Carribean Tan's Tan-in-a-can which I am petrified of using.) Long story short, I've managed to work my way through a quarter of the tube and I actually really like the stuff! It's basically a bronzy body lotion that develops into a golden tan. Being the scaredy cat that I am, I'm currently just using it on my legs.

REN Frankincense Revitalising Night Cream

I purchased this when my Clarins Multi-Active Night Cream ran out and I saw its ludicrous price increase. After using a sample of this night cream, I knew this was going to be my new night cream of choice. The smell takes a bit of getting used to, but I find the Frankincense scent very comforting and relaxing at night. The cream hydrates and plumps my skin and is just generally "nice" on the skin.

Lipidol Facial Cleansing Oil and Facial Treatment Oil

Big noise has been made over this brand in recent weeks and I totally understand why. There are only six products in the range (all oils), each and every product costs R79.95, the packaging is absolutely fuss-free, and it feels amazing on the skin. I have two products and haven't been able to stop using them since I've bought it. The facial cleansing oil (light blue oil) smells clean and menthol-y and removes every last bit of makeup without leaving my skin feeling greasy. I put a few drops in my hand and smooth it onto a dry (dirty) face. I then massage it into my skin and remove it with a wet, hot cloth. My skin feels smooth and clean, not stripped or greasy. I then apply my toner and follow it with the facial treatment oil. The oils are all (except for the body oil) coloured, but they are coloured with plant dyes, so no nasties in there. I don't like the smell of the facial treatment oil that much, but I love the way it feels on my skin, and that's all that matters. I've been waking up with radiant-looking skin for the past two weeks, and I think I owe it to this Lipidol combo.

Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick in "Warm sand"

I'm not normally one to wear foundation, but this is such an easy product to apply and it never looks cakey. It's just a simple, creamy foundation and you control how much you use by swiping it across your skin. I paint this on warrior style, and then use my Real Techniques Buffing Brush to blend it in. You can read the full review here.

Konjac sponge

This little sponge is so quick and easy to use. I'm not a morning person at all, so reaching for this when I'm still basically asleep, is a Godsend. You can read the full review here.

MaxFactor False Lash Mascara in Brown Black

I was on the hunt for a new mascara and picked up this MaxFactor mascara. It's got a big brush with stiff bristles which I like, because it separates my lashes nicely. The brown/black colour is also very subtle for daytime.

The Body Shop Instablur for Eyes

I've spoken about this here. It's a lovely eyeshadow primer (it might even be better than my Urban Decay eyeshadow primer potion!) and you can use it as an under-eye concealer as well, bonus!

Essie in "Splash of grenadine"

I think this might be the first nail polish to ever make it to my monthly favourites list. I love nail polish and I have too many, but it rarely (read: never) happens that I wear a certain colour two, three times during one month. This is exactly what happened with Splash of Grenadine. I can't accurately explain the colour, but it's like a girly pink with a blue undertone, making it almost a pinky-purple. It looks stunning on both fingers and toes, as well as pale skin and tanned skin. I really think this will be my go-to colour for Spring.

That was my favourites! What were your favourites this past month? Let me know in the comments section!

Until next time!


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