It feels like forever since I've shared a monthly favourites post, but sometimes the products I love the most don't change & it would be pretty boring to keep repeating them over & over. I'm just gonna put it out there as well that I'm not actually happy with the photo but it was the best of a very bad bunch. By the time I came to edit these I realised the lighting hadn't been quite right which has resulted in them being grainy, that will teach me for not uploading them to my MacBook to check them! I almost didn't go ahead with today's post but I love all the products & didn't want to alter my schedule for the rest of Blogmas. After that long intro I'll move on to writing about my actual favourite products now!
I can guarantee that throughout Autumn & Winter 99% of the time I'll be wearing a berry toned nail polish. The one I've been reaching for the most is Essie's Bahama Mama, a warm plum shade which I've received so many compliments on. I use the Essie Gel Setter as a top coat which I can't rave about enough, my manicure has a professional salon finish without the price tag!
Shampoo is a hair care product that takes me a long time to get through, as my hair is thick & frizzy it hardly gets greasy so I can get away with around 5 days in between hair washes. Having said that, I do like to try out new shampoos & conditioners when I get the chance to. I bought the LUSH Lullaby Shampoo Bar when I visited the Oxford Street store purely because the gold glitter caught my eye. The little information stand made it appeal to me even more so as it mentions the calming ingredients like chamomile & lavender. I'm really pleased with this shampoo bar, it lathers up a lot more than I expected it to & it's actually really easy to use. I did imagine it being awkward as it's not your conventional kind of shampoo! The reason I love it so much is the fragrance, it's perfect to use if you're washing your hair in the evening, it's a relaxing scent hence the name lullaby. One thing that did take a while to get used to was the fact it leaves my hair feeling quite 'squeaky' but the lady in LUSH told me to expect that as it contains no nasties such as silicone meaning your hair doesn't get coated in anything.
LUSH is getting another mention in my favourites this month, it's no surprise really though as I am a bit of an addict! Cup O' Coffee Exfoliating Mask has got to be up there as one of the best exfoliators I've used. I use it on both my face & body, however I don't tend to leave it on as a mask on my body purely because I'm lazy/impatient. Although it contains grains it's not harsh or too 'scrubby' on my skin, it just feels like you're giving your skin a good clean. I genuinely can't stop stroking my skin afterwards because it feels so new & soft! If you're a coffee lover you'll absolutely love this!
I'd been looking to try out a different drugstore foundation for a while now, so when I noticed a little offer on L'Oreal (spend £14.99 & get a free gift!) I decided to pick up the Infallible 24hr Foundation. It's a really similar formula to NARS Sheer Glow, not quite as thick but provides a soft, dewy looking finish to the skin with a decent amount of coverage. I literally get so excited to apply this in a morning, I got really fed up of applying my makeup but I just needed a change & this foundation has really done the trick! It's everything I love in a base product & it doesn't break the bank either. I also bought the Lumi Magique Concealer as it's said to be a dupe for YSL Touché Éclat. The Rose Gold packaging is all of the heart eyed emojis to me, you just can't beat a rose gold beauty product! I like that this is a 2-in-1 as it can be used to conceal but also highlight. It's amazing at covering my panda eyes, my dark circles have been a lot worse over the past few months so anything that hides them is a miracle product to me! Considering the coverage is high it doesn't feel heavy on my skin at all, it's really lightweight & blends easily too. I'll definitely be making sure theres always a tube of this in my handbag!
We all know how much of a chore washing our makeup brushes is, so when I discovered there was brush cleansers out there that required minimal effort I was sold. I was recommend the No.7 Make Up Brush Cleanser by a friend & I've been hooked since. A couple of pumps onto a cotton pad followed by swirling your brush around & ta-da your brush is makeup free! It's great if you're doing an eyeshadow look that requires multiple colours as you can quickly remove any left over product off the brush without needing to do a thorough wash. Plus you don't need to leave your brushes overnight to dry as you can easily blot them dry on a cotton pad & they're good to go again! You can use the £3 off No.7 makeup vouchers that Boots seem to always be handing out too, so instead of £8 it's a bargain at only £5.