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Monday, 5 October 2015

New In Beauty | Blogtober #5

In order to be more accurate the title of this post really should say 'new-ish in beauty' because I've had these things for a good while now. Some have been working fabulously for me and others have been a little disappointing, but here are some of the newest additions to my beauty stash that I've been trying out...
Andrew Barton Ultimate Blonde Shampoo, Ultimate Conditioner and Leave In Moisture Spray*
I wouldn't know wear to start with describing the scent of this range, but it's really lovely and actually lingers in my hair for more than 5 minutes, which hair products never really tend to do. I'm not sure whether they've done anything to help boost my blonde, but they have definitely helped to condition without weighing my hair down. The leave in spray is especially wonderful. Often they can be too heavy or make my hair look immediately oily, but the bottle has been really well designed and gives a super fine mist. Nice!

Charles Worthington Shine Booster Shampoo and Shine Booster Conditioner
Charles Worthington products always smell so wonderful and I had hoped that this duo would give my hair the shine I always desire, but they just left my hair feeling and looking weighed down. If your hair is on the dry side and you long for shiny locks, this could be one to try.

NSPA Brightening Micro-Derma Scrub*
Unfortunately this was a little too heavily fragranced for me to use as a facial scrub, but as I didn't want to waste it I've been using it on my legs. The scrubby particles are tiny and provide a gentle but very effective exfoliation. Thumbs up from me!

TreacleMoon Marshmallow Hearts Bath & Shower Gel*
A little disappointing as a bubble bath because the scent gets a little lost, but a really beautiful shower gel that isn't at all drying. This particular scent smells a lot like the Butterbeer at the Harry Potter Studio Tour and I have no doubt I'll be repurchasing when I finish this bottle, which, as a side note, is lasting forever! 

Vita Coco Coconut Oil
Ah coconut oil! One jar, so many different uses. Initially I tried using it as a moisturiser but my skin is quite dry and it wasn't quite hydrating enough for me. I have found that it makes for a very effective lip balm though! I haven't used it in the kitchen yet, but I did spot a very yummy sounding chocolate recipe somewhere with coconut oil as an important ingredient, so I may have to try and find that again soon and give it a try.

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser
Cream cleansers are my favourite. Unfortunately I got a little slack with my routine and it's break out city on my chin right now. I'm hoping they'll go away very soon now that I'm making sure to do a hot cloth cleanse every evening, and if they do it will be a lesson well learnt. Skincare routines are good. Stick to them if they're working well.

Mineralissima Blush in Abricot* 
A super pretty peachy apricot blush with some shimmer, this mineral blush has been in nestled firmly in my everyday make up bag for a good few weeks now. I love when a blush manages to make it look like I've had enough sleep, even when I haven't, and this does just that.

Seventeen Stay Time Concealer
Not much to say about this one, it's a repurchase and easily my favourite concealer of all time. Plus it's under £5. I love it when affordable beauty products perform amazingly. 

La Roche-Posay Serozinc
I don't think I've ever been so disappointed in a beauty product before. I had such high expectations, but unfortunately Serozinc just seems to be well and truly incompatible with my skin type. I have quite a few blemishes on my chin at the moment and I was hoping a spritz of this every evening would help to clear them up, but all it does is make them sore and angry looking. Not pleasant.

PitROK Crystal Natural Deodorant
Conversely I don't think I've been quite as impressed with a product in a long time. Perusing the deodorant aisle in Boots I picked this up on a whim and it has been working amazingly for me. I went for the spray version even though I thought I might get annoyed with the drying time, but surprisingly I haven't. Hooray for natural deodorants! If you have a favourite I'd love to hear your recommendations.

Bed Head Joyride
Hair styling products are always a bit hit or miss for me and for that reason it always takes me an age to get around to trying them. Joyride is a texturising powder balm and it's marketed as a primer for hair, promising to create the perfect base layer for styling and offer some hold too. Transforming from a balm into a powder it's supposed to add grip and texture. Although my hair definitely needs to be tamed, I haven't given it a try yet. One day maybe!
Tom Ford Black Orchid* and Prada Candy*
A few weeks ago I received a very generous parcel from Fragrance Direct. Prada Candy is feminine and fun, a perfect daytime scent that's sweet but not too overwhelming, although it's definitely possible to go overboard as a little goes a long way. Very different to my usual Stella McCartney, but I think I love them both equally, for different reasons.

Black Orchid, from the bottle to the scent itself, is simply stunning. Incredibly sophisticated and sexy, this is without a doubt the most grown up fragrance in my collection and perfect for evening wear. One spritz is all it takes and often I can still smell the base notes on my skin 24 hours later. For me it's a scent that, like a good red lipstick, makes me feel as though I can take on the world when I'm wearing it.

Are there any new beauty additions to your collection? 
What have you been loving recently?

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  1. I am loving the look of the Ultimate Blonde range :)
    Beauty Wanderer

  2. The blush is beautiful, love mineral makeup - it doesn't break me out :)

    Rachel - Cake Doesn't Count x

  3. I definitely need to try the marshmallow bath and shower gel x

    Heather | Of Beauty & Nothingness x

  4. That's a shame that you didn't get on with Serozinc! I bought it the other day, so hopefully I have better luck with it :)

    Michaela-Leigh xx

  5. I was going to buy Serozinc yesterday and didn't - now I'm a little more worried considering it's price! I might try that moisture spray though. I feel like this weather is drying my hair out like crazy!

    Rachael at broomfie.blogspot.com

  6. Serozinc was pointless for me too, not sure what the hype is about. I like the sound of the hair mist, I need some more conditioning. Have you tried the coconut oil on your hair?x

  7. I really want to try Serozinc, what a shame you didn't get on with it! The marshmallow bath & shower gel sounds gorgeous - Treacle Moon products always smell amazing <3


  8. Will admit that I'm kinda jealous about the Prada & Tom Ford fragrances, I absolutely love those two scents but I still haven't decided to splurge on either of them :)

  9. Marsh Mallow Hearts!? Cuuuute! I bet it's delicious.

    Tara x

  10. That TreacleMoon shower gel sounds yummy, butterbeer? Yes please! xxx

  11. That SEVENTEEN Stay Time concealer is the one I always repurchase too xx

    Ioanna | Hearting.co.uk

  12. I must give the Seventeen Concealer a try as I always like to seek out budget finds as my concealing needs are minimal and I often forget to apply it!!

    I wasn't impressed with Serozinc although my experience was it did nothing for me, luckily not a reaction. Likewise I picked up a marshmallow scented shower gel (diff brand) and it was a little lacklustre in its scent.

    Victoria x

  13. I love the sound of Black Orchid!

    Sophie x | SophiesMakeupBlog

  14. Coconut oil is just the best. So versatile! Plus, liz earle is my holy grail skin care. Best thing ever xx

    Sam // Samantha Betteridge

  15. I want to try La roche posays serozinc! xx

  16. That's a shame Serozinc didn't work for you because the zinc sulfate is meant to be anti-inflammatory and help take down the redness, but everyone's skin is different of course!

    jessica - littlehenrylee.com


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