Autumn Favourites

It’s definitely autumn now, with beautiful leaves around us and cooler temperatures giving us a reason to wear tights and boots and big snuggly scarves (or is that just me?!). As we move into autumn I switch up my skincare routine slightly (as my skin becomes drier) and my make up preferences tend to alter a little too. In this post I’ll share some of my current autumn favourites.

Autumn Favourites

Balm Balm Beauty Balm*

Balm Balm Beauty Balm
Balm Balm Beauty Balm

I raved about this in my recent post about the LoveLula September Beauty Box so I won’t go on too much but I am absolutely loving it. I tend to use it in the evening and it’s such a gentle yet incredibly effective cleanser, even on days I wear make up. The thing I love, and the reason I’ve included it in my autumn favourites, is how nourishing it is for my skin. It feels lovely to massage into my skin and it leaves it feeling amazing after I’ve rinsed it. I have also used it as an overnight moisturiser; it’s a great multipurpose product. You only need a tiny amount of product so I think this is really good value for money.

Balm Balm Beauty Balm* is available from LoveLula* for £16.50.

Joik Exfoliating Facial Scrub*

Joik Exfoliating Facial Scrub
Joik Exfoliating Facial Scrub

I tried a sample of this a few months ago (hooray for LoveLula stocking samples!), and I loved it but at the time I was using another face scrub (Sukin Super Greens Detoxifying Facial Scrub*, also recommended). Once I’d finished that scrub I ordered the full size of the Joik one, and I now use it a couple of times a week. It contains small grains which help exfoliate, and I find it really helps to deep cleanse and smooth the skin. It’s a fairly gentle scrub which doesn’t irritate my skin at all, and in the cooler months I prefer something a little gentler like this so as not to strip my skin too much. This is a little pricey, however you really only need a tiny amount compared to other scrubs so I feel it offers good value for money.

Joik Exfoliating Facial Scrub* is available from LoveLula* for £16.50.

Sukin Super Greens Nutrient Rich Face Moisturiser*

Sukin Super Greens Nutrient Rich Facial Moisturiser
Sukin Super Greens Nutrient Rich Facial Moisturiser

I’ve mentioned this before on the blog and it’s something I’ve been using for over a year now. I find this to be a very effective moisturiser for my dry skin. It nourishes and is an excellent primer for days when I’m wearing make up. It is quite a thick, creamy moisturiser so takes a little longer to soak in but once it does it leaves the skin feeling really smooth. I find that it doesn’t add any sheen to the skin so if you prefer a matt finish I think you would like this. It’s great value for money compared to other moisturisers. The only real downside for me is the lack of SPF so I tend to wear this under make up which has SPF.

Sukin Super Greens Nutrient Rich Face Moisturiser* is available from LoveLula* for £9.99.

Laidbare From Dusk Till Dawn*

Laidbare From Dusk Till Dawn
Laidbare From Dusk Till Dawn

This is a very new addition to my skincare routine but it has earnt its place as a favourite already. I’m trying out a few Laidbare* items and am really impressed (full review to come when I’ve given them a good test for a few weeks), but this is a standout product for me and very seasonally appropriate. I hadn’t realised this would be an oil serum and am delighted it is as I’d been looking for a face oil to use at night. This is just a gorgeous product. You only need a tiny amount to cover your face and neck, and it feels lovely to massage in. It tends to sit on the skin so I wouldn’t use it during the day; it’s intended for night time use hence the name. From the first morning after I used it, my skin felt so soft and smooth. I’ve used it every night for over a week now and look forward to using it each evening. It’s such a reasonable price too. Highly recommend!

Laidbare From Dusk Till Dawn* is available from LoveLula* for £12.99.

Inika Loose Mineral Blush in Blooming Nude

Inika Loose Mineral Blush in Blooming Nude
Inika Loose Mineral Blush in Blooming Nude

Another item that featured on the blog last year, but this is one I’ve only recently started to use again as I tend to wear peach or pink shade blushes in spring and summer. This is, as the name suggests, a beautiful nude blush. It’s easy to apply but fairly subtle and blends well. It’s the sort of shade that can be used as a bronzer or contour to shape the face, whilst also being able to be used in the traditional way to add that “just pinched” type effect to the cheeks; this is how I tend to use it. It lasts well during the day and as you only need a small amount per application I think they’re great value.

Inika Loose Mineral Blush in Blooming Nude is available from Inika for £21.00.

Pacifica Color Quench Lip Tint in Sugared Fig*

Pacifica Color Quench Lip Tint in Sugared Fig
Pacifica Color Quench Lip Tint in Sugared Fig

I recently shared a full review of all the shade of the Pacifica Color Quench Lip Tints which are probably my most used non-skincare item. As we move into the cooler months I tend to favour slightly darker make up (partly to accompany my burgundy winter coats!) and the Sugared Fig shade is perfect for this. You can see swatches of the colour in my previous post. I wear this either with or without other make up.

Pacifica Color Quench Lip Tint in Sugared Fig* is available from LoveLula* for £7.49.

Ere Perez Clever Carrot Cheek & Lip Balm in Holy*

Ere Perez Clever Carrot Lip and Cheek Balm in Holy
Ere Perez Clever Carrot Lip and Cheek Balm in Holy

Another new one though I don’t feel you need to test make up items as long as skincare items – I loved this as soon as I tried it. I love the versatility and also the fact that it’s so compact so perfect for travel. It is fairly pigmented so I find I have to be very light-handed when using it as a blush. I tend to apply it to my lips first and then use what is left on my fingers to apply to my cheeks. It’s a lovely smooth consistency and I find it moisturises the lips. The stain lasts well – I wore this recently and could still notice the stain about 3 hours later. I love multipurpose products and am likely to be checking out other shades in this range.

Ere Perez Clever Carrot Cheek & Lip Balm in Holy* is available from LoveLula* for £17.00 (currently on sale for £13.60).

So that’s what I’m loving for autumn – what are your favourite autumnal products? Let me know in the comments if you have any recommendations.

 

Disclaimer: Whilst some of these items have been purchased by me, I chose some of these items as part of the LoveLula Accredited Blogger Programme. All products have been reviewed honestly taking into consideration value for money at full price.

*Affiliate link: I may receive a small commission if you purchase via this link. 

Recent cruelty free favourites

I always enjoy reading about people’s favourite products, and I blog my gluten free favourites on my Gluten Free Joeyanne blog, so I thought I’d also share some cruelty free favourites on this blog. Here’s some of the things I’ve been enjoying recently:

Cruelty free favourites - March 2016
Cruelty free favourites – March 2016

Balance Me Cleanse and Smooth Face Balm – I’ve been keen to try this for a while now, and recently got some whilst there was a sale in Debenhams. It’s fairly thick considering its in a tube, and it has scrub particles in (which I wasn’t expecting). I was a bit worried it may be too harsh for my skin but it isn’t at all. It’s really effective at removing make up (even eye make up) and the scrub particles help to really smooth your skin too. I have been using this as my first cleanse at night. The one slight downside of this is that it seems to separate so I find it useful to try to mix it up before using.

Barry M That’s How I Roll Mascara – I posted recently about the struggle I was having finding a good cruelty free mascara. This is no longer a problem thanks to spotting this beauty in Superdrug recently. I suspected it might be similar to Benefit’s Roller Lash (which I used to love!) and I was right. It has a similar plastic wand and is great at lengthening, separating and adding curl. This is now my favourite cruelty free mascara, and it’s great value and easy to get hold of too!

Soap and Glory Gloss Sticks – I’m not much of a fan of lipsticks; I much prefer a balm with a hint of colour. These gloss sticks are great as they’re really moisturising and add a sheen, without being too shiny or sticky. The colour payoff is perfect for me; it’s definitely obvious that it’s coloured (my favourite is Purple Rain), but it’s not so opaque that you have to worry too much about perfect application or about how it might wear. They’re also nice and compact and a great price. I know Soap and Glory used to do much larger gloss sticks and some people prefer those, but I actually really like having the smaller ones as I’d be unlikely to use a full one (and of course they’re a lot cheaper!).

Marks and Spencer Rose Cleansing Balm – as much as I love the Balance Me Cleanse and Smooth Balm, it’s not as close to the Body Shop Cleansing Balm as I’d hoped so I got this to see if that might fill that gap. I think I actually prefer this to the Body Shop one! It’s in a tub, and you just take a small amount of the balm and massage into dry skin. It’s a lovely soft texture and massaging it is really nice. It removes make up well, but because it’s so gentle I’ve been using this sometimes in the mornings and sometimes in the evening on days I haven’t worn make up. It comes with a muslin cloth which is fine, though I prefer to use my Emma Hardie cleansing cloths (I bought them before I went cruelty free but I contacted them recently to find out if they’re a cruelty free brand). I’m so impressed with this product.

Balance Me Stellar Balm – I’m still getting used to the oven in our new place, and managed to burn my hand quite badly on the grill. It was very painful and I wanted something to soothe it, so I decided to try some of the stellar balm which I’ve heard good things about. I tried a sample on my burn one morning, and went back that afternoon to buy it as it worked brilliantly. It’s very thick but is amazing for soothing and moisturising skin. Quite a specific item but definitely one to recommend as I imagine this would be good for all sorts of skin ailments (I’m using it on my small patches of eczema at the moment and it seems to be working well for that too). I got the 30ml size as I wanted it there and then, but as you only need a tiny amount I’d say the smaller size you can get from their website may be preferable.

What have been your favourite products recently? Any cruelty free recommendations?

June Beauty Favourites

I always really enjoy reading other people’s monthly beauty favourites, so thought I’d share the products I’ve been loving this month. Most are things which are fairly new to me, whilst others are things I’ve had for a while but been loving recently. 

June Beauty Favourites

Sleek Face Form Palette – Light (£9.99)

I adore this palette! The brown is a perfect contouring shade for me; I’m just learning contouring and tend to just use a tiny bit under my cheekbones and at my temples. It does need to be blended quite a bit but my Real Techniques Contouring Brush does a great job of that. The highlighter shade is nice too; quite subtle and not too sheeny, but adds a nice highlighting glisten to the top of my cheekbones (I sometimes use down the centre of my nose too). The star of the show though is the blush – it’s amazing! I’ve read that it’s a similar shade to Nars Orgasm (which I’m hoping I might be able to get my hands on when I go to the US soon). It’s a gorgeous pinky-peach shade with gold shimmer. I like my blush to have a shimmer to it, as I tend to have dry skin so a dewy sheen seems to work well for me. This blush is just the right shade for spring-summer; it’s not too heavy, and even if you’re a bit heavy handed with the blush (I’m still learning this whole make up thing!) it blends out really well. It also lasts well too – I’ve been working some long days recently and it’s stayed put all day. Add to this the fact that it’s three products in one with a decent mirror so good for travel too, and it’s moved straight to the top of my favourites list. The palette is available in four shades – I think mine (Light) is the second lightest shade. The lightest (Fair) has the same blush I believe but a slightly lighter contour shade, and Medium and Dark come with bronzer rather than blush. 

Nivea Lip Butter – Caramel Cream (£2.50)

OK, I know a lip balm is not the most exciting thing to talk about. But this one is amazing! I’m all about a nice scented product, and I adore the Caramel Cream scent. It encourages me to use it more often and that has most certainly been doing my dry lips some good! It’s quite a thick balm, and I find it lasts well. It gives a bit of shine and due to being a creamy consistency it lightens your lips slightly (though only very slightly). I like to wear it all the time, either on its own or underneath lipstick. The only downside is it doesn’t have SPF which I like to have in lip products,  but then for the price I’m not too disappointed about that. I’ve also tried the Vanilla and Macademia which has a similar texture, but I’m not as keen on the scent. 

Maybelline 24hr Colour Tattoo Eyeshadow in Pink Gold (£4.99)

I kept seeing these pots being used in YouTube tutorials and mentioned as drugstore bargains on beauty blogs, so I picked up a couple when I spotted them in Superdrug recently. I have the Pink Gold and the On And On Bronze, both of which are lovely, but I’m finding myself reaching for the Pink Gold on a very regular basis. It’s really easy to apply (I just use my fingers) and can either be used as a base for other colours, a highlight shimmer on the centre of the lids, or a really easy all over colour. I’ve been using it on its own and it’s a really flattering shade. It really does last too, and I get a little bit of creasing but I suspect that’s more to do with the poor condition of my eyelids (I have very dry skin and frequent eczema flare ups on my eyelids). Great for travelling with too as it’s easy to apply with fingers; it’s become my staple eyeshadow to take with me when I go away. 

No7 Anti-Ageing Shimmering Lip & Eye Screen (£7.50)

This was another random purchase from the recent No7 voucher epidemic at Boots, and one I’m really pleased I got. I’d been looking for a good lip product with SPF, and this is SPF30 and doubles up as an eye product too. It’s a nice subtle gold sheen, nothing too bright, and works well on both lips and lids. I’m all for multitasking products! The one downside with this is I found it didn’t last very long on the lips, so I had to regularly reapply, but it’s not difficult to do so and doesn’t require a mirror so that’s not too much of a problem. Great product for when you’re in the sunshine. 

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation (£10.99)

Until recently I’d always been a powder foundation girl. I became fond of BB creams (particularly the No7 one for dry skin), and thought I’d try a liquid foundation or two. This is by far my favourite (so far anyway!) and works really well for my skin. Shade 52 (Vanilla) is a good match for me, and the product blends in really nicely. I’ve tried with a couple of different brushes but I tend to prefer applying this with my fingers. It’s another product that I’ve been really impressed by the wear time, especially when I use the Healthy Mix Powder on top. 

Maybelline The Rocket Volum’ Express Mascara (£7.99)

I’m a fan of mascaras with plastic wands, and this is a pretty good one. The main thing I’m looking for in a mascara is definition, I don’t really mind whether it’s length or volume – just something that makes me look like I actually have eyelashes! I also need a mascara to stay put throughout a long day and not have any fallout under my eyes (the circles under there are dark enough as it is!). For this reason, I usually go with a waterproof mascara so my one of these is waterproof, and I like it. It doesn’t seem to clump, doesn’t make my lashes crispy, and stays put all day. I’ve been alternating between this and a No7 one, but at the moment it’s been this more often. 

The Body Shop Almond Body Butter (£13.00)

The Body Shop have been having a huge sale recently, and I’ve stocked up on some products and I’m trying some new things out. This beauty is quite possibly my favourite body moisturiser ever. The scent is amazing, not too strong but you can recognise it and catch a whiff when you’re wearing it. I have dry skin, and the body butters are so good for helping moisturise. It lasts a while too – if I apply this in the morning my skin still feels moisturised in the evening. The one minor downside to this is that it’s quite thick and stays a little tacky, so I do have apply it and then wait before getting dressed. It’s worked wonders for the dry skin on my elbows though, and is a lovely post-shower treat (I’ve also been using the Body Shop Almond Shower Gel which I’m really liking). As an extra bonus, this only cost me £3 as it’s in the sale for £5 and I had a voucher for 40% off. Bargain! (I may have bought a backup). 

So there you have it – my favourite beauty products for June. What have been your favourite products recently? Any new discoveries, tried and trusted favourites, or things you’ve recently rediscovered?