Monday, September 16, 2013

Autumn essentials

Sadly summer is very slowly coming to an end. And as we say goodbye to the long sunny afternoons, poolside holidays and impromptu beach trips it's once again time to switch the beauty regime. As much as I love the Autumn, it does pose some serious problems. Frizzy hair, dry skin and tired eyes to name a few. So I have compiled a short list of my must have Autumn buys...

I'm going to start with a new life saving foundation I've discovered - L'Oreal True match in Rose Vanilla. This has been around for a little while and I've been tempted to invest for some time so when my everyday foundation ran out I decided to take this for a spin. It promises a flawless finish and it certainly delivers on this front. This foundation doesn't require you to use a lot as it has very good coverage. It blends amazingly without leaving blotches or streaky lines, and is ideal for everyday use. The range offers a spectrum of shades so it's easy to match to your skintone (although this can also be quite daunting trying to pick between two nearly identical shades!) Most importantly It is currently rescuing my dried out skin, giving me a very subtle healthy glow!

My favourite brand at the moment is without a doubt L'Oreal. I'm not normally a huge fan but the last few months have seen me reaching for several of their products. My most recent purchase is their Skin perfection purifying micellar solution (what a mouthful!) which has had so much hype surrounding it the last few months. I'd heard some rumours that this was similar to Bioderma (the holy grail of all skincare) and I have to say this is probably the closest us Brits have to the genius that is Bioderma. This product promises to remove make up and impurities whilst also toning the skin. This cuts out the middle man, as there is no need to tone after using this, just moisturise and go! It isn't greasy, it doesn't dry out the skin and it's really soothing on application. After only using this a few times I felt like my skin was much clearer and had a fresh appearance. 

The next product that's had me succumbing to the hype is something most of you have probably heard of. Of course it is (drum roll please) Maybelline Baby lips! The long awaited and much anticipated product from the U.S that has had shelves in Boots completely cleared. I was lucky enough to purchase without much hassle and had my pick of the bunch! The range has 6 different colours which have various smells and shades but I finally opted for 'Mint Fresh' which has no colour but a gorgeous minty smell. The balm is very moisturising without being greasy, and is great value for money. I can't quite grasp why there's so much hype around these but as lip balms go it is good quality, perfect for trying to rescue those dried out lips. 

My next favourite is a hair saviour which I've been coveting for some time now. I definitely don't take as much care over my hair as i should, so when i find a product that works (and has quick results - I am very impatient) I tend to cling on to it. I've always wanted to try a hair oil, but all the faff that comes with it filled me with dread. VO5 Hot oil first appealed to me because it does not require heating before application. You apply it to wet hair, leave for one minute and then wash off. With only one minute to work I wasn't expecting magic but the results were fantastic! This oil helps to moisturise brittle or dry hair without making it greasy. I was really impressed when after one application my hair was already softer and easier to style. I tend to use this once a week and will definitely be repurchasing now my first bottle is empty!

Last but not least I would like to introduce to you my latest spot fighting partner. My daily skincare routine always seems to fixate on trying to get rid of blemishes, and this Lush favourite Grease Lightening has made my job slightly easier! I've been looking for a spot treatment that's strong enough to fight spots without making my skin feel dry for sometime and this seems to be it. It consists of Tea tree and Witch Hazel, which combined seem to be the perfect soothing remedy for red or irritated spots. I've been using this every morning and evening, and so far so good! I would definitely recommend this for anybody who needs a little bit of help keeping their complexion clean and fresh.

What are your Autumn must haves?

VO5 Hot oil - £4.29
Grease Lightening - £5.95

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