I am a little obsessed with balm cleansers at the moment, if you find the idea of rubbing oil over your face weird, get comfortable with it - your skin will thank you. The main ingredient of the Boots Botanics hot cloth cleansing balm is olive oil, as well as beeswax, lemon peel oil, jojoba oil, almond oil and rosehip. It does smell a little 'organic' but I'm willing to put up with that. I rub a pea size amount over the face, sometimes I'll leave it on for 10 minutes if I have the time. Then I run a flannel or muslin cloth under hot water, ring out the excess and gently buff away the cleanser. So far my skin is much softer, and the texture is smoother. Absolute bargain too.
I'm a huge fan of the original Effaclar Duo, they reformulated the serum to include dark mark fighting properties, I still have dark circles under my eyes and acne scars, but it hasn't been long enough to tell if they are fading yet. Its a beautifully texture - somewhere between a gel and a cream. It really helps your moisturizer to sink in, and also makes a great base for make-up. It also unclogs pores to help prevent spots. I'll probably keep repurchasing this forever.
Blistex have really been saving my lips this Winter. I ran out of my relief cream and needed a replacement. The Blistex intensive moisturizer is much more convenient because it doesn't come in a metal tube, meaning it won't break and leak product, although it still leaves a white cast if you apply too much, after a few minutes this disappears and your lips are deeply nourished.
Primark is really getting better and better I feel. I had a little look around their new homewear collection and found these scented candles. I absolutely love the packaging, the square jars and pretty patterned labels make the candle look much more expensive than its £2 price tag. The scent fills the room slowly and isn't overpowering. They also have many amazing scents to choose from, my favorites are 'Pineapple and Ginger', and 'Nectarine and Lemon blossom' - they have a burn time of 30 hours. I'm going back for the other scents!
My first Nars purchase was this eyeshadow in 'Fez' which is the most beautiful shimmery bronze. Its the ideal glittery, day to night time nude color for me. Its almost a 'my eyelids but better' shade. Its shimmery but in a very subtle way. The formula of this shadow is insane, buttery soft, super blendable and highly pigmented. It stays on the lid all day and looks as good after 12 hours as it does on first application. I can't sing its praises enough, but be warned it is pricey. Pricey but worth it.
Can you tell I have a thing for bronze right now? I saw the Wonder Bronze by Soap and Glory and as soon as I swatched it on my hand new I had to have it. If you swirl your brush through all the colors, it gives a subtle, golden glow to the cheeks, I use it on just the tops of the cheeks to highlight. I'm cheating here because I haven't had it that long, but I couldn't not mention it, I've been using it every single day. The golden hue is perfect for darker skins.
The Soap and Glory archery 2-in-1 is amazing, it has the tiniest nib on one side, ideal for creating feathery strokes that mimic brow hairs, and the other side has a spooly to brush through the hairs and keep them neat. Mine is in 'hot chocolate' I think right now they only have three shades. Its very comparable to the much loved Anastasia brow wiz but half the price. If you struggle with making your brows look natural, this is a godsend!
I got a small tube of Soap and Glory's Hand Food from my sister for Christmas and didn't think much of it (I didn't know much about Soap and Glory at that point) I tried it and couldn't believe how incredible it smells! like lime sherbet and marshmallows. It feels a little greasy at first, but after a minute it sinks into the hands and softens them. I ran out of this recently and already want the full size version.
My skin is in serious need of moisture these days, I blame all the years I spent trying to strip my face of its natural oils - completely counter productive by the way because you just end up producing even more oil, trust me. The Origins drink up intensive overnight mask is so much more than I thought it would be. Its essentially a super thick moisturizer that you massage into the skin and your face drinks it up as you sleep. I woke up with the softest, smoothest, most glowing skin I've ever had. After one use! buy this. Seriously, do yourself a favor and go buy this now. Its amazing skin in a bottle.
I've been wearing the Killer Queen fragrance for about a year now, but my love for it is still going strong. Named after the song written by Freddie mercury, it has top notes of dark plum, bergamot and wild berries. It also contains cashmere, patchouli and liquid praline. If you're near a fragrance counter any time soon, give it a smell. It doesn't last a long time on the skin but its often on offer at Superdrug so you can afford to over-spray.
I haven't been reading much lately, but I got my hands on Pretty Honest by Sali Hughes and fell in love. Hughes talks about beauty in such a frank, honest, helpful and informative way. If you want to know which acids you should have in your skincare routine, what skin type you are, how to look good in photos, how to get what you want from your hairdresser/debenhams make-up artist - this book is your friend. She also has a very helpful YouTube channel and a column in The Gurdian. A sassy lady who really knows her stuff.