August has been a great month for finding some real stand out products, here are those which made me smile.
A Heat Protectant You Can Spray on Dry Hair
Like many people, I don’t use heat protectant every day as I don’t use heat on my hair everyday. I air dry whenever I can and it is only when I wake up the next morning that I decide that I want to curl the ends/straighten a kink out etc… This is when I need a heat protector I can spray directly onto dry hair and that takes a minimal time to dry.
It can also be used to add moisture to the ends, smooth through dry hair to make it look more sleek and obviously for it’s intended purpose of applying on wet hair after washing as a protectant.
The spray nozzles leaves a fine mist and the product is easily combed through the hair, it dries super quickly so you can start work within seconds. It barely has any grip when dry which is great as you can run the straighteners through without it catching. The other stand out feature was the smell, it smells lovely and fresh, which is ideal for a mid day freshen up. All in all a fantastic product and at a really good price, it’s only £9.
A Peptide Packed Super Light Moisturiser for Under Makeup
Who knew Fake Bake did skincare, or for that matter makeup and bath products? They are also really good. I tried a few of their new offerings ( a lovely cleaning balm, yummy smelling coconut bodyscrub which will be can be bought directly from their website or at parties thrown by consultants (good at home business idea for busy Mums.)
I particularly liked the moisturiser though as it sinks in so quickly, is not at all greasy, has a ton of great ingredients like Matrixyl 3000 which is a peptide combo that helps plump, improve skin tone and reduce wrinkles. It also has a pump top, Yay my favourite.
Long Lasting Non Cakey Foundation Spray
Urban Decay De-Slick – Travel Size £8.10 (full size out of stock everywhere!)
I am sure I have mentioned this before on the blog as I use it to make my makeup last as long as possible, but I have found another use for it. Wayne Goss (who in my opinion is the best makeup artist and most lovely of guys) did a post about a hydration spray that Jane Iredale has launched which you use to take a the powdery look off your skin once you have applied a full face of makeup. It looks lovely but I have enough makeup and skincare to kit out all the Kardashian’s at the moment so I had a play with my Serozinc and then this. I figured that this would work just as well as I often find myself giving my face a mist with it to give me a slightly more dewy/less matte look. I am pleased to report that this works perfectly and can still help extend the life of your makeup too. I have the old style bottle, the new one is a bit nicer looking.
Sleep in a Jar
I mentioned this in my holiday skincare post (see link) I used this every other day whilst on holiday. I was in the sun most days and my normally oily skin can become a bit parched and wrinkled. Whilst it didn’t make me look completely recovered by morning, my skin looked substantially less thirsty and dried out. I was concerned that the cream would be too heavy for me and break me out but luckily the gel balm consistency just quenched my poor skin and left me blemish free. My only slight disappointment is the packaging, I don’t like jars, I find them unhygienic and difficult to use with slippy hands. I nice pump wouldn’t have gone amiss, however I do have some small plastic spatulas that I use for skin creams that help keep the contents of the jars hygienic so I will have to use those. I fully recommend this cream for those of you with normally dry skin as I feel it would be perfect. It contains hyaluronic acid (to lock moisture in,) salicylic acid (to keep pores clear) and niacinamide which helps even your skin tone. To round up I would say this is a great everyday capture all moisturiser that most people could benefit from adding into their routine.
3D Lip Gloss for luscious lips
I posted an Instagram picture of me wearing this a few weeks ago and it honestly does it no justice. The tube looks a little lack lustre but the product is gorgeous. It’s silky smooth, has a lovely fruity scent and the gloss itself is clear enough to wear over most stains or lipliners and just gives a lovely 3D look to your lips. I really like this product and have found myself wearing it most days recently.
Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush Dupe
I have a couple of the Daniel Sandler Watercolour Fluid Blushers already but wanted something a bit more corally. I decided on a whim that I would give this a go as it was only £3. The consistency is less watery than the Daniel Sandler ones, but the staying power and blendablity are still there. It takes only a fraction of a pump of the cute bottle to get enough blush for your face and so will probably last me forever. The colour is a mid tone coral more on the pink than the orange side. It has really high end packaging with a pump and a lovely matte lid with a satisfying click. It comes in 3 shades, Bloom, Heart & Desire of which I have Heart. You could buy all 3 though and still have change from one Daniel Sander.
*Sample received for review purposes