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Monday, 5 November 2012

October Favourites

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Products Mentioned & Full Review Links: Xen Tan Dark Lotion Absolute Luxe, Versace Crystal Noir Perfume*, Ren Glycolatic Radiance Renewal Mask, Bourjois Magic Nail Polish Remover, Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation in Cashew Beige and Laura Mercier Mineral Powder in Real Sand, Topshop Lipstick in Whimsical, Caudalie Beauty Elixir & Rituals Eye and Cheek Palette in Peach*
Xen Tan Dark Lotion Absolute Luxe: I love love love this fake tan! Literally I can't rave about a tan enough. Although I think the price is way above something I'd be willing to pay for. I think it retails for around £40 which even though I love the product I don't know how willing id be to pay for it. After exfoliating, I'll I leave this overnight and then wash off for the best results. The colour is perfect for my olive skin, leaving me with a beautiful glow without being too orange or it looking muddy. I just love it. It has a really sweet, almost sickly smell and the lotion blends into the skin so well. The only downside is the price!

Versace Crystal Noir: I don't tend to go for deeper, darker scents but I was pleasantly surprised when I got this one. It has a spicy, musky scent which I don't find too over powering. The notes are very sensual and distinct like sandalwood, peony and gardenia. It feels very warming and uplifting which is lovely for the colder months!

Ren Glycolatic Radiance Renewal Mask: Radiance is something my skin lacks completely, most of the time my skin looks dull and always needs a big boost. This mask is packed full of fruit acids that give a gentle but effective facial peel. I find this reduces inflammation and really aids the healing time of my scarring. The tone and overall appearance of my skin improves after just once use and leaves my skin looking glowy, smooth and flawless.

Bourjois Magic Nail Polish Remover: Since going back to acrylic nails I've been finding myself reaching for this more and more. I was indifferent when I first got this product but I actually see how useful and quick it is to use. It's acetone free so doesn't melt the nails and doesn't smell horrific like some nail polish removers.

Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation & Mineral Powder: This is my go-to foundation routine at the moment. I used to hate LM Silk Creme but for some reason when I bought it again it worked much better for me. I use a pea sized ammount and apply it with a Real Techniques Buffing brush all over the face. I don't know what I was doing wrong before but it works perfectly, leaving a natural, flawless glowing look. I also have been using the mineral pressed powder to set the foundation and touch up during the day.

Topshop Lipstick in Whimsical: This has been my go-to lipstick recently. It's a nude true peach lipstick which is super flattering on my skin tone. Super creamy with a velvet matte finish. I'm a big Topshop lipstick fan and would recommend most of their shades! I have a topshop lipstick swatch collection on my blog, if you wanted to check here!

Caudalie Beauty Elixir: I find this is the perfect pick me up for cold mornings to wake up tired skin. After cleansing, a few spritz's and my face is ready for makeup application. I think it's a bit overhyped but I really enjoy using it for no other reason apart from I just like it!

Rituals Cheek and Eye Glow in Peach: I've had one of these for over a year, but when I was on holiday I smashed it on my hotel floor and was devastated. Thankfully they offered to send me another one, even though I would have bought it myself! I think this is a wonderful eye and cheek palette as it's so versatile. I love using the colours on my lid, or swirled together for a glowy cheek look. I especially like the gold on the lid and then wearing the peach tone under my lower lashes.

20 comments

  1. I love topshop whimsical, I never thought I could find a nude that suits my pale skin! X

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  2. I love Topshop whimsical, it's my favourite out of the shades I have! X

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  3. The Rituals cheek and eye glow looks fab, I want itttt x

    http://vividiorquue.blogspot.com

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  4. Even though I'm a total MAC lipstick addict , I'm sooo considering getting whimsical!! Xxx

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  5. Such good products! I have the bourjois remover and love it. :) thanks for this xx

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  6. Hi Lily, I definitely prefer the shorter and snappier to the point aspect of this video! It was cut and edited together really well too. At the end of the day you are discussing the product, and it's far better to be concise about the item and your opinion than to continue talking just to fill empty space. I feel I learnt a lot about the products without feeling I'd wasted ten minutes of my life! Good luck moving forward :) Victoria xx

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  7. Love your favourites, I have been eyeing up whimsical for a while now. NEED! xx

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  8. I've finally ordered some Xen Tan after hearing so many good things about it, can't wait for it to arrive :)
    Daniella x

    http://daniella-r.blogspot.co.uk

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  9. Great choices - I really want to try the Laura Mercier silk creme foundation!
    Katie xo
    http://sugarfixxbeauty.blogspot.com

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  10. About to watch your video! Really love hearing about your favourites. xx

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  11. great products this month xx

    ravingbeautyx.blogspot.co.uk

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  12. love the Bourjois Nail Polish Remover, so simple to use! xx

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  13. I've always wanted to try that Laura Mercier foundation!! It really sounds lovely :)

    thriftthick.blogspot.com

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  14. Just bit the bullet and ordered some Laura Mercier foundation! x

    http://laurenjadem.blogspot.co.uk

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  15. Hi, I really would like an amazing face mask and the Ren Renual Mask looks amazing, however not for my bank balance! Have you used anything that works in the same way that may be a little cheaper? Or would you say that spending £30 is worth it?

    Great video, as ever, and I love the snappy, to-the-point take on things :)

    Kirsti xx
    www.silentsweethearts.blogspot.com

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  16. I really want to try some REN skincare products!!

    xjoedix.blogspot.co.uk

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  17. I'm definitely going to get the Laura Mercier foundation. Heard so many good things about it. What colour do you wear?

    Gillian x

    www.glamupeveryday.com

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  18. I need to try the magic nail polish remover!! xxx

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  19. All products look lovely! Really want to the the nail varnish remover! *.* <3

    http://styleitwithme.blogspot.co.uk/

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  20. loved this video, the short descriptions were brilliant ! xx
    thebeautyheroes.blogspot.co.uk

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