A/W is always the best time for beauty, in my opinion, as the trends are right up my street and there's always an abundance of limited-edition collections to swoon over. Lately, there's been so many amazing, new releases that I've barely been able to keep up, so I've put together a little list of what I'm currently lusting after.
Hair Xpertise is a brand that never seems to get much coverage in the beauty world, but their haircare range is so impressive that they deserve some recognition. I've dabbled with a few of their products before - their Kera 10 Treatment is one of my favourite leave-in conditioners and their Argan Oil Treatment leaves hair so sleek that I'm always complimented on my tresses whenever I use it. Most recently, I've been trying out the new Hair Xpertise Argan Renew Shampoo and Conditioner*, which are aimed at strengthing and protecting the hair, using an anti-aging blend of ingredients.
The craze for MAC makeup has definitely died down a lot, as of late. Rewind a few years and I'm sure you were just as obsessed as me, desperate to snap up every shade of lipstick and eyeshadow or entire limited-edition collections as soon as they launched. Whilst I still adore the iconic brand, the urge to open a pop-up shop in my bedroom isn't quite as strong as it used to be and I've significantly downsized my collection. That doesn't mean I'm not tempted by some treats every once in a while, though; I just tend to restrain myself and avoid any purchases that I know I'll regret. Viva Glam Gaga ring any bells? My recent MAC marathon was solely focused on new eyeshadow pans to spice up my much-loved, but same-y, palettes, after having them for so long. Surprise, surprise - I plumped for four, neutral shades, all of which are permanent.
As soon as you hear the words double wear, you immediately think of the heavy, full-coverage foundation from Estee Lauder. The one that gets the notoriously bad rep as being cakey and almost paint-like, but which actually gives a beautiful finish that's long-lasting and can look natural-ish, if you blend, blend, blend. Whilst the original base may hog the limelight, there is another star of the show within the same line of foundations - Estee Lauder Double Wear Light. I've been reaching for this underrated product non-stop recently, so I thought I'd share my thoughts on it.