Friday, 23 January 2015

January Beauty Buys



With the festive season well and truly over and an endless amount of deadlines ahead of me, it's safe to say I've succumbed to the January blues. Although I don't want to wish the year away, I'm definitely ready for Spring/Summer - my two favourite seasons! I can't wait for the weather to warm up and the nights to start drawing out. However, it seems like the cold is here to stay for a few more months, so I decided to cheer myself up with a spot of shopping. With Valentine's Day just around the corner I thought it was the perfect time to indulge in a few beauty bits - here's what I picked up:

Clarins Liquid Bronze Self Tanner. I've heard so many good things about this product and have been meaning to pick it up for ages. While I fake tan my body on a regular basis, I usually leave my face as I'm worried I'll break out. However, this is nice and gentle on the skin and doesn't contain any chemical nasties. I just smooth some onto my face before bed using a cotton pad and it leaves me with a healthy, bronzed glow. It's perfect for when I want a bit of colour but don't fancy wearing a full face of foundation. 

MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation. Although I'm usually loyal to my Estee Lauder Double Wear, the recent weather has left my skin feeling dull and parched. Therefore I've been on the lookout for something a bit more moisturizing. On paper, Studio Sculpt sounded like my perfect foundation so I was eager to try it out - luckily it delivered! It's a gel consistency which means it blends beautifully, and doesn't leave my face feeling tight and cakey. It has a medium to full coverage which is perfect for me, and lasts all day on my skin. The squeeze tube is great for travelling too and means I make much less of a mess when I'm applying my base!

Sudocrem. Not the most glamorous of products, but something I continue to repurchase over and over. Although this is usually linked with babies and nappy rash, I find Sudocrem perfect for soothing spots. I've been suffering from a few breakouts recently due to hormones and what not, so I've been popping a thin layer of Sudocrem on my face before bed time. It really helps reduce redness and dry out any blemishes. Amazing stuff!  

Organix Argan Oil of Morocco. I purchased on a whim while browsing the aisles of Boots a few weeks back. A weightless dry oil, this claims to help hair 'glow' and reduce the appearance of split ends. I've been using it on and off since I bought it and I'm not blown away - while it does a nice job of taming fly aways, it doesn't provide any nourishment or leave my hair looking particularly shiny. I probably wouldn't repurchase.

Sanctuary Spa 5 Minute Thermal Detox Mask. This is a proper pamper product and I've been really enjoying using it when I want a bit of me time. Described as a 'warming charcoal treatment for perfectly clean and purified skin,' this really feels as if it's getting the gunk out of your pores, as disgusting as that sounds! It heats up when it comes into contact with damp skin which feels so relaxing - perfect for bath time.  Due to this being aimed at an oilier complexion, I was concerned it would leave my face feeling a bit tight and dehydrated. However, it does exactly the opposite! Every time I use this I'm left with skin that feels clean, soft and full of moisture. I'll definitely be repurchasing.

What beauty bits have you been treating yourself to recently?

21 comments:

  1. Perfect bits to indulge in and treat yourself to :) www.uninterestinglife12.blogspot.ie

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  2. Oh, Sudocrem is a must - such a good thing for spots!

    The MAC foundation sounds amazing. I agree about the cold weather - it has been playing havoc with my skin recently. Hurry up Spring!

    Beccy || Bluebell & Bumpkin

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    1. My skin behaves much better during the warmer months, I can't wait for Spring! x

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  3. I've heard such good things about MAC Studio Sculpt, I definitelty need to try it! xo

    Jenny | That Northern Gal

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    1. It's a lovely foundation, I'd definitely recommend it if you have dry skin x

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  4. I'm so tempted to try studio sculpt, feel like I've heard loads of good things recently and that Sanctuary Spa mask sounds fab, I didn't know they did face masks! x

    What Rachael Wrote

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    1. I really am loving Studio Sculpt, I think it may even be HG material! I think the mask is currently on offer in Boots so it's worth checking out :) x

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  5. Lovely products. I also using Sudocrem and baby zinc and castrol oil. Perfect products to protect our skin. Have a lovely weekend, Liuba x

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  6. I've never used Mac sculpt foundation before. Does it last long? x

    myloveforxx.blogspot.ie

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    1. I've been wearing it with my Smashbox Photo Finish primer and it lasts all day. Just need to powder every few hours x

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  7. I was actually watching Zoellas haul video today and she have mentioned the Mac Studio Sculpt foundation and she have also remind me how much I loved it, need to repurchase it asap! I have used the Sanctuary Detox Face Mask today, love it for bad skin days. x

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    1. It was Zoella's video that pushed me to buy Studio Sculpt! I'd been looking for a high-coverage foundation suitable for dry skin for ages, and it sounded perfect x

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  8. I love the look of Studio Sculpt, I definitely have to try that out! Gorgeous photo too :)
    Elise @ www.elisedopson.com

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  9. I love this Sanctuary Spa mask and Studio Sculpt used to my my favourite foundation! Lovely post <3

    www.anacelinelabod.com

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  10. Love that clarins fake tan. I get really dry patches and I find its the only thing that doesnt make me look like a zebra!

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  11. I totally agree that sudocrem is great for spots! Lovely post! :)
    Charlotte xx
    http://charlotterose8.blogspot.co.uk

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  12. sudocrem is literally my life in a pot haha it's saved my skin so many times! following you now on GFC so feel free to check out my blog :)

    love katy @ THE RAWRDROBE ♡

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  13. Great post and lovely products! Sanctuary Spa Thermal Mask is one of my favourites too!

    Jana
    Life of Jana

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  14. I have been wanting to try out a MAC foundation for such a long time!

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