October has been an absolutely exciting month for me in regards to beauty and lifestyle, with lots of new discoveries this month! Let’s go on a journey together so I can show you what I think are this month’s most wonderful products. From create your own Bath Bombs to gorgeous sleepwear to skincare, I’ve got something for everyone.
As you can see in the picture below, there are quite a lot! So let’s break em’ down…
Let’s start with Hanro, the luxury sleepwear and lingerie brand from Switzerland that has been around for…130 years! With fans such as Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn, this is certainly a brand with history and clout.
Hanro sleepwear feels luxurious on the skin and my favourite is a little ribbed black camisole with lace (below) that is made of wool and silk so it feels amazing on the skin. As I consider sleep such an integral part of my beauty routine, I like to make sure that what I am sleeping in makes me feel good and is also comfortable enough to take me straight to dreamland. And believe me, Hanro will.
I am also a huge fan of sleeping masks and the one from Hanro fits snugly around my head and doesn’t budge through the night. No sun rays are getting through this one!
Next, let’s talk about Beauty Kitchen (available from http://www.hollandandbarrett.com/). They hail from Glasgow and make the most adorable DIY and natural beauty products. My recent favourite is…get this…Chill Me Create Your Own Bath Bombs Kit. They are 100% natural and what a great gift to give to someone who wants to put their stamp on their own handmade products. It’s all about personalisation these days and who wouldn’t want to make their own bath bombs? They also have a make your own lip balm kit which I have my eye on.
The bomb kit comes in a kilner jar that can be re-used once you have used all of your bath bombs. Chill Me is great for taking the stress off at the end of a long day. With lavender, eucalyptus ylang ylang and rosemary, you will be chilled out to the max in no time. Christmas gift idea anyone?
These days I am really into things for the home. A great lifestyle pick of the month is Pacifica Mediterranean Fig Diffuser (available from http://www.hollandandbarrett.com/). It contains an earthy rich blend of sweet Fig, Oak Moss and creamy Sandalwood and evokes the sensuous scent of fig trees growing along the shores of the Mediterranean. If the weather is getting you down, pop this open and stick it next to your bed. Being an all-natural brand as well, you feel safe in the fact that you are not breathing in any nasties with this diffuser. It’s a beautiful scent for the room and makes a great gift as well.
Recently, I’ve heard a lot of great things about Konjac sponges as a gentle exfoliator for your face. However, there are also many out there that are quite pricey. Thank goodness Superdrug came to the rescue with their very reasonably priced Konjac face sponge. It is great to use first thing in the morning when cleansing on a make-up free face. It is such a gentle exfoliator and feels like a lovely massage to wake you up and get the circulation on your face going. And at £1.99 you’d be silly not to.
An innovation in technology has come knocking at my door. Boots No 7 has come out with a heated eyelash curler! How excited I was to try it. It comes with a battery so is ready to go immediately. This is a fabulous little tool that honestly makes lashes look bigger, longer, grander, everything you would hope it would do. And let’s be honest, sometimes bigger really is better.
Use it before mascara to create the most fantastic eyelashes ever. Who needs a £30.00 mascara when you can use the heated eyelash curler again and again for £14.99?
The skin and bodycare picks continue with…drumroll please. From Boots there exists a Benefit Fun-Size Flirts set (pictured below), which is ten of Benefit’s best sellers all packed together in one package in travel sizes for the fantastic price of £29.50. That means that each product is about £3.00 each and you can test all ten out. The two mini mascaras inside alone are worth the price of the entire box. Mini-mascaras last for ages. The box comes with the top ten bestsellers including:
Porefessional Primer, That Gal Brightening Face Primer, Instant Comeback Face Serum, Ooh La Lift Highlighter, They’re Real Mascara, Bad Gal Lash Mascara, Dandelion Blush, Stay Don’t Stray Primer, Posietint Lip and Cheek Stain, Sunbeam Highlighter.
This is a perfect weekend splurge or gift idea for a beauty junkie friend.
Another product that I would like to recommend this month for skincare is Neutrogena Visibly Clear Pore & Shine Daily Wash (pictured above). Neutrogena recently celebrated their 10th anniversary with this product and it is great for oily skin (like mine) that tends to look like an oil slick by noon. It’s designed to tackle clogged pores and spots and over the years has improved its technology with Microclear that enhances the penetration of key ingredients. And it’s a great buy at £4.49.
Vita Liberata (pictured above) I have recently discovered at Debenhams and it is an organic tanning lotion! Yes, organic! I often wonder what is in those tanning creams that make me go brown…so I was very excited to learn that an organic one had been created. Upon testing, it didn’t leave any nasty smell, sank in easily with no streaks and left me with a golden glow. Great for white winter skin.
Antipodes Manuka Honey Mask (pictured above) is another pick. I have covered it previously but like it so much it is back again. It smells delicious, like vanilla and the instructions say to put in on at sunset (pretty sure they are being cheeky here). It’s lovely and not sticky and leaves skin feeling soft with a faint smell of vanilla. Yum.