Recent Favourites

Not sure I’ve ever done a current favourites post before! It’s definitely something I always intend to do but never seem to get around to. But there are a few items recently that I am just in LOVE with, so I had to tell you all about them and, of course, why I love them so much!

Mary Lou Manizer

Yet again I am late to the party with another cult product. I think I hadn’t tried it before now because I snobbishly assumed because it was a high street product that it would be as amazing as it is! But having been using this stuff daily for the last few months, I am totally converted. I have fairly pale skin most of the time and I feel like this is perfect for me because there isn’t too strong a colour to the highlighter, just a beautifully finely-milled ‘sheen’. The colour that is there is very neutral-pearl, and I think it would actually suit most skin colours. This is going to be a staple make-up bag must have for a while to come I think!

Estee Lauder Pure Color Eyeshadow Paint – 01 Chained

I’m not sure if it’s my age (30 next year, eek!), buy my eyelids are starting to become more dry in the morning/evening and more oily throughout the day. Before this started happening I’d never really explored the world of cream eyeshadows, but since I started using them I have seen a huge difference in the way my eyeshadow wears throughout the day. This one in particular from Estee Lauder is a gorgeous bronze metallic that has AMAZING wear throughout the day! I do still love a good quality powder shadow, but feel like if I want an eye look that is quick, easy and will last the day, then cream shadows are the first thing I reach for!

Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix Daily Cleansing Pads

I decided to try these as an alternative to exfoliating beads after reading some horrible reports on how they aren’t degradable and are killing off a lot of our sea life. I saw Caroline Hirons talking about them earlier this year as one of her go-to high street favourite exfoliators and I must admit I’m not the least bit disappointed with them! They’re a little on the pricey side for high street skincare @ £12.95, but they are worth every penny in my opinion!

I’ve been using them daily for the last 5 weeks and I can see a very obvious difference in my skin. I’ve been making sure to use an SPF afterwards when using them in the morning though, as they do leave your skin sensitive to the elements!

NKD SKN Pre-Shower Tan

I tried this for the first time this summer as I was looking for an alternative to the all-night, sticky, uncomfortable feeling that I was getting from the St. Moritz mouse. Although there is still a bit of a weird feeling on the skin after being washed off, it’s a LOT more comfortable for anyone like me who likes to sleep in developer tans! The idea of this product is that you apply it 10 minutes before you have a shower, wash it off when you’re in there, and 8 hours later you look like a bronzed goddess…

A few things I’d add to this process; be sure to thoroughly moisturise before application, wash your hands really thoroughly afterwards, leave it on for 30-40 minutes for a more noticeable (but not orange) tan! It does leave you with a beautiful colour that last quite well between 4-6 days.

Tigi Bead Head Recover Shampoo & Conditioner

I bought this after it was recommended by a few of my friends to help me repair my hair a little (bleached highlights took their toll on my locks eventually). I’d been using a lot of leave-in or deep conditioning masques on my hair, but they were all starting to leave my roots rather greasy, despite me only attempting to apply them to then ends of my hair. Bed Head in general is a great brand used in a lot of salons worldwide. I’ve used they’re styling products for quite a few years now, but hadn’t given the shampoo and conditioner a shot, for some reason. 

But they have worked wonders for balancing out my oily-roots-dry-ends hair!

They have a 1, 2 or 3 ‘repairing’ scale, with mine sitting at level 2. I’ve actually started to condition my hair first, followed my shampooing and that seems to making a huge difference as well!

I hope you enjoyed reading that roundup of my most recent faves! Let me know in the comments if you have tried any of them, and what you thought!