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Wednesday, 2 October 2013

September Favourites 2013

As we venture into October, I'm going to kick it off with my favourites over the past month.

St Ives naturally clear blemish fighting apricot face  scrub, claims it effectively lifts away surface oils and dirt that can lead to blackheads and blemishes. 
This is hands down not only my favourite product this month but I will keep repurchasing it. I have always been conscience to try new skin products before as my skin can be complex. I was worried this could break me out.
What attracted me was that it's for blemish prone skin, highlighted it was oil free with salicylic acids and has 100% natural exfoliants. The scrub has a lovely consistency, it isn't too abrasive and has become my miracle in a tube. My skin feels lovely and fresh after using this product. I highly recommend looking into this brand if you are after a new face scrub. Currently retailing at £4.29 in Boots.

No7 Beautiful Skin Moisturiser for Normal/Dry skin, says it is enriched with rosehip oil to smooth dry areas. They claim three quarters of women noticed a more radiant complex after just one week. After three weeks of use, I noticed my skin was a little more radiant but the hydrating quality was the biggest benefit. I love it is infused with SPF 15 and 5 Star UVA, especially with the nice weather the UK has been having. It is quite a thick and heavy consistency in comparison to previous products I've used but it isn't greasy and it blends really nicely into the skin. Sold in Boots and currently retails at £12.50.

Before I get into my makeup favourites for this month, I want to write about the amazing service I received from the No 7 Counter in Boots.
If you haven't heard, No 7 has come out with a new way to determine your shade of foundation called the Match Made Service.

In a nutshell the little handheld device (pictured on the left) will take pictures of your skin. They do this on both sides or sometimes on your face and neck giving a reading of what shade you will be. That shade is spread across the No 7 foundations so you can choose a liquid foundation, a CC cream...etc.
When I went to get mine done, I found I was the shade Calico (the palest shade, no surprise!) and the lady was very helpful with determining which foundation was going to give me the coverage I wanted. We had a bit of a makeup talk as I am such a novice and she said that if I ever needed a hand to come and talk to her. A few weeks later, I did when looking for eyebrow products. I have had these products for a while but after taking a break with the nice UK weather, they have soon enough became a favourite again.

No 7 Stay Perfect Liquid Foundation (In Calico), says it helps the skin to resist the signs of a makeup meltdown and gives non-stop complexion perfection. Soft, silky and flattering in any light, it will not rub or fade away, keeping your makeup looking freshly applied and retouch free for 16 hours. 
I love this foundation. I am not usually a liquid foundation person, my routine used to involve either a mousse or a powder cover, that has all changed now. What I love most is the cover, a medium cover, with a natural/matte finish but that's build-able. It's also Hypo-allergenic with SPF 15, great bonus points, the only thing that I still haven't tested is the 16 hour stay. It has lasted me the day without needing a retouch which is great as I'm not a top up make up person. This foundation has a brilliant consistency, not too runny or too thick and easily blends into the skin with a brush, sponge or your fingers. If you want to venture into liquid foundations, I recommend going to your local No 7 Counter. Available at Boots and currently retails at £14.00.

No 7 Beautiful Brows Pencil (In Black/Brown), says it defines brows without smudging or flaking. I have never been a shadow or powder person when it comes to filling in my brows. After deciding that I was going to stop dying my hair for a while I needed to find a lighter shade for my brows. Through my teenage years I over plucked them and although they aren't as bad now I don't need to dramatically draw them on, just fill them in a bit. This pencil is very soft and not as waxy in texture like previous brands I've used, so I wouldn't suggest it for the heavy handed. For people that need a quick fill and for it to last I recommend this 100%. It is currently retailing in Boots at £6.50.

Maybelline Superstay 10 Hour Stain Gloss (In Endless Ruby), says it glides on wet and smooth, never drags. Is vibrant and shiny wear, never flat and provides a lightweight layer or lasting colour. 
I don't agree with all the things this product claims to say. For me the vibrant factor doesn't last the full 10 hours, I would say more towards 6 but the stain is still there. The reason this is a favourite is the lightweight feel and the way it sits. I have tried so many stains that smudge under my lips and stain my skin, leaving me to go over with concealer on a brush straight after application. This stains the lips and just the lips. I love the shine this has as well, not too dramatic more of a natural dewy look. It is also buildable, uncommon for a stain. This currently retails at £6.99 in Boots.

Maggie Rose - Preacher's Daughter

So one day in April, I was just browsing through YouTube and Maggie Rose came up as a suggestion. I clicked on her music video for I Ain't Your Mama and literally had that song in my head for months. When her album Cut To Impress was released it became the only thing I listened to for ages. This month in the UK, The X Factor & The X Factor USA seasons started again and throughout the auditions I was hoping for a good Country singer. It wasn't until my friend asked what songs I want to hear them audition with, Preacher's Daughter popped in my head. Maggie Rose has amazing characteristics in her voice that makes you know its her and her vocal range reflects perfectly with this song. The story is sad and it really takes a twist to how you think it's going to turn out. It has become the song I keep singing and have in my head this past month.

Katy Perry - Roar

With the album Prism set to come out in late October, the single Roar has created such a buzz for it's release. In all honesty after listening to this song it did take time for it to stick in my head. Then it became another one of those songs I couldn't stop singing every time it came on the radio. The song changes pace quit easily with a stomp along beat over the verses and really building up on the chorus which is something Katy has done with previous songs. I think this song has such a simplistic feel to it but the meaning is a lot more personal. With pop music not reflecting as my favourable genre so far this year, I feel that may change with the release of Prism and I am so looking forward to it.

As always, thanks for reading...

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