Monday, 3 September 2012

August Favourites

Red magazine
I first bought Red magazine in June, to read on the ferry over to the Isle of Man when I went to watch the TT Races with my boyfriend. I enjoyed it so much I subscribed as soon as we got back. It's different from most glossy magazines - less adverts, less fashion, less patronising 'self esteem' features and sex tips. It's a good mix of lifestyle and beauty, which is just what I'm aiming for with this blog. They have a great website too, Red Online

Shu Uemura Essence Absolue Hair Oil
I'd wanted this hair oil for ages, since I first discovered hair oils about 18 months ago. There's no denying that it's ridiculously expensive but it does the job. It leaves my hair so soft and really smooths down the short, wispy hairs that give away how damaged my barnet is. You know how when you stroke a hamster or a rabbit, their fur is so soft you can hardly feel it? That's what this stuff does to your hair. I bought it from feelunique

Optrex Actimist
I bought this on a whim when I was out one day and my eyes were playing up. Since I took a course of Roaccutane (very strong acne medication) a few years ago my eyes have been extremely dry. I look like I'm crying a lot of the time, it's really annoying! The nice lady in Boots recommended this and even though it wasn't cheap, I've used it so much it's definitely been worth it. It has a six month expiry date too, unlike most drops which are only 30 days, so I've got plenty of time to get my money's worth!  You just spray it onto closed eyelids, much easier to use than drops if you are out and about

Espa Restorative Bath Oil
I've seen a lot of beauty blog posts lately where bloggers 'shop their stash' ie discover old products lurking in their stash and re-use them rather than buying new ones. I had a look in my stash and found this bath oil that I'd completely forgotten about. It's a bit of a luxury and I certainly don't use it in every bath but it smells absolutely divine, like a spa day in a bottle, and on hard days I promise myself a bath with this in the evening and the thought of it helps me make it to the end of the day. From Harvey Nichols

Kerastase Cristalliste Lait Cristal Luminous Perfecting Conditioner
I'd been meaning to try this conditioner since it launched, I've tried a few Kerastase conditioners in the past and quite liked them, although the shampoos don't do much for me. But this stuff is great. Designed for long hair with weighed down roots and dry ends, it's particularly light but has great results. From feelunique

Avon mascara
I've always been a bit of a mascara snob, I've used Lancome or Estee Lauder mascaras for as long as I can remember. I got this Avon mascara free with a magazine and thought I'd give it a go, it might come in useful for 'nothing special, just popping to the supermarket' sort of days. But I was absolutely stunned to find out how good it is.

What have been your favourite things this August?


  1. Be careful with the optrex spray babes, it's super strong & can dry the eyes out more in the long run, wouldn't want you to have further eye troubles in the future!
    your hair oil review gave me the giggles, tempted to buy it so I feel like a hamster too :) x

    1. Ah thanks for the warning, I'll keep an eye out (ha!) for extra dryness.
      Hmmm that wasn't a good analogy was it? Why would we want to feel like rodents?? xx


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