This post was something I had originally intended to be a video rather than a written blog post but a multitude of factors including my inability to find a spot in my new room with a decent background and good lighting has prevented that from being the case. I will admit that part of the cause was my wimpyness at the prospect of my new flatmates hearing me film through the paper thin walls but let's just pretend that I'm not a total coward.
This post is a combination of my August and September favourites, not having loved enough items during the month of September to justify a whole post or video. Lets face it, I'm a full time and thus jobless student; I really can't afford to be constantly buying new things. If only I could!
This is a product which was making rounds on beauty blogs a couple weeks ago and I'm pretty sure you'll all be very sick of reading about it at this point. Bad blogger that I am, I was pretty late in getting round to buying this although I had been lusting after it for while before hand. Although it's been said so many times before, this lip product truly is amazing. I am a sucker for a matte lip and this is now not only favourite lip product for August/September but my favourite lip product full stop. It applies flawlessly, has an incredibly opaque formula and lasts very well on the lips (although the 24-hour claim is a bit of a stretch). The only downside for me is the pricetag. Although it is obviously a high street product and so not majorly expensive, £8.99 is on the higher end for a high street lipstick and means I cannot buy every single one as I am dieing to do! I've got my eye out for a budget friendly dupe so do comment if you know of one I should try out.
I was sent this lip balm by the lovely Arianne who's blog I recently designed have been using it daily. For someone that gets rather dry lips (partly due to my love of lipstick), this has been wonderful! The shape is bit random but looks very cute and although I'm not quite sure the flavour of this one, it smells amazing! I BELIEVE it may be Strawberry Sorbet but don't take my word for it.
This exfoliator was sent to me by Thea Skincare as a review sample and is probably my favourite of the products that have been provided to me for review. At this point it is just an empty pot and I am dieing to purchase the full size product, although I will likely wait until Christmas to do so. This exfoliator isn't too harsh to use on sensitive skin but unlike most facial exfoliators designed for more sensitive skin, it is not so mild that it doesn't feel like it's doing anything at all. In fact quite to the contrary, my skin felt so much softer and smoother after only the first use!
This product was one which came free with a Marie Claire magazine and once again, has been completely used up. Can you tell I haven't written a favourites post in a while? I love this cleansing balm for removing my makeup as you can use your hands rather than faffing around with cotton pads and it actually breaks down mascara, something I always have trouble removing. I always have a little giggle at how ridiculous I look before I've rinsed off the balm with my makeup smudged around my eyes like a panda. A full review of this product can be read here.
Prior to buying this bronzer, I had never actually used a bronzer before, having been convinced that it would simply look muddy on a pale girl such as I. However, after reading various reviews which said that Benefit Hoola Bronzer was perfect for paler girls, I made it my mission to find a dupe, finding one in Bourjois Delice De Poudre. At £7.99 it's a hell of a lot cheaper than Hoola and smells like chocolate! I have now incorporated it into my daily makeup routine, using it to contour my cheekbones.
This book isn't in the photograph due to the fact that it's on my kindle which I didn't have to hand at the time but let's just pretend it is! This novel is the first by Klaire de Lys, a makeup artist and YouTuber. It almost seems to be the trend for YouTubers to write books at the moment, with so many seeming to do so, but this was one which I knew I had to buy. Anyone that watches Klaire's makeup tutorials will have seen what an amazing imagination and creativity she has and as such I could not imagine that her novel would disappoint. As I'm sure you've worked out, it certainly did not and it's a book I definitely recommend. I'm already very impatient for the second book in the series!
What products have you been loving recently?