Friday, 20 November 2015

Top 3 Products for October

I know I'm a little late with this, as we are half way through November, but I've been so busy starting my masters degree I haven't had time for anything else! I've not tried many products this month due to studying hard, but I do have a few that I have been loving.

Nars Velvet matte lip pencil in Damned

I saw this on a make up video by 'Vivianna does Make up' back at the beginning of October and loved the berry colour, so thought I'd treat myself (not that it takes much for me to buy make up!) I love the autumnal shade lipsticks and have never really branched out into the matte sticking mainly to sheer or velvet styles, so thought this was a great way to try it. I really like the lip pencil application as its so much easier to apply, and because it's a pencil you don't need a lip liner as well - which is always a bonus, as it's practically two products in one. The formula is easy to apply and the staying power is excellent, leaving a great stain colour on the lips as it fades. It's not drying as I thought it may be and the pigmentation is amazing. It is my new go to colour for day and night as you can go more natural with the make up and statement lip for the day or vamp it up with a smoky eye for a great evening look. A great versatile piece that I feel can justify the £18 price tag.

Collection illuminating touch foundation

I am a big fan of the illuminating touch concealer (check my previous post here). It's inexpensive and a great product, so I was perusing the beauty aisles in Boots and saw they have brought out a foundation from the same range. I went for cool beige as the porcelain shade looked a little light even for my pasty pale skin. So beware the shades do appear to be on the lighter side and you may want to swatch them first before buying. It is an excellent foundation and I have been using it everyday for work throughout October. It has a light to medium coverage, which you can build up, and gives a more dewy finish, which I prefer to the matte finish as I have dry skin. It isn't drying and wears well throughout the day. It is not the best foundation out there and I would definitely reach for my higher end foundations like Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua for an evening out - but for everyday it's a great find, especially at the £5.99 bargain price tag!

Phyto Phytokeratine extreme cream

This was in my LookFantastic birthday beauty box back in September. I didn't use it initially as I was pretty happy with my current hair care routine, but found it again at the beginning of October so thought I'd start using it. I wish I had used it sooner, as it has been a game changer as far as my haircare routine goes. It is a leave-in conditioner treatment for dry, damaged hair. You can use it before blow drying as a conditioner treatment and also provides heat protection for up to 220 degrees. I love the fact it offers a two in one product that helps repair your hair but also protects it when blow drying and straightening. I have been using it every time I wash my hair, and it is in excellent condition. I have just ordered another bottle as it has nearly run out and I can't imagine my hair without it at the moment! Not cheap at £26.50 for 100ml, but a little goes a long way and has really helped my dry colour damaged hair find a new lease of life.

That's it for October products and I'm well on my way to discovering new ones for November.

Rachel x

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