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Current Beauty Favourites #2

12:46Alice Grace

agbeauty september 2012 beauty favourites

September seems to have flown by and now October has arrived, bringing the miserable weather with it. To cheer myself up, I thought I'd run through some of the products that I've been loving and have stood out to me this month.

origins high potency night a mins renewal cream moisturiser review

I love Origins skincare; the brand dominates over any other in my weekly routine. All the products are natural and Origins is raved about by many bloggers, but I never see anything about this little gem, the Origins High Potency Night-A-Mins Renewal Cream. Personally, I like to use a separate moisturiser for the mornings and evenings, with the night cream being heavier and more nourishing. This cream is just amazing. It smells delicious, like oranges. It's very thick and hydrating and leaves my skin with such a radiance once I've applied it, but it still sinks into the skin. In the morning, my skin continues to look radiant and feels soft and smooth. At £33 for 50ml, this moisturiser is reasonably priced, as you only need a small amount, to avoid overloading the skin. The packaging isn't anything to shout and scream about, but what's inside, is!

clarins hydraquench intensive bi phase serum review

I received this very generous sample of the HydraQuench Intensive Bi-Phase Serum when I ordered a few more Clarins bits from Feel Unique. Having combination skin that gets oily in places and dry in others, I like serums as they hydrate the deeper layers of skin and don't simply sit on top. Putting my trusted Chanel serum to one side, I thought I'd try this out and boy, am I glad I did. The formula is very liquid, so can get a bit messy as you only need a small amount and the pump can also be a bit unpredictable. Once on the skin, it feels slightly tacky as it sinks in, but I love that; you really feel it's working. Immediately, the skin feels refreshed and looks dewy and long term, it's certainly helped my thirsty skin to look brighter, more awake and any dry patches have been banished. At £40 for 50ml, this serum is definitely cheaper compared to other serums I've used and I do prefer it. As soon as my sample is running low, I'll be rushing to my nearest Clarins counter to purchase the full size. I won't scrap my Chanel, but this will be added to my collection for days when I need an extra moisture surge.

dior addict lipstick 445 createur review
dior addict lipstick 445 createur swatch

Dior's Addict Lipstick in Createur has quickly become one of my all time favourite lipsticks, since I purchased it around 2 months ago. It's a warm, rosy-brown shade with shimmer; quite a dark nude. OK, the shade isn't really wacky or out there, but it is definitely more special than just a usual rosy nude. Unfortunately, the image above does not do the lipstick justice, so go out and swatch it at a Dior counter near you! The fabulous colour lasts on the lips well and leaves a shiny finish, without being too sticky or glossy. When I wear it, I feel that my lips look plumper and more full, possibly due to the fine shimmer. The packaging just looks so decadent - the shape, the coloured reflection of the plastic and the Dior text. These lipsticks are on the expensive side, £24 for 3.5g, but they are definitely worth the price. 

redken all soft supple touch spray review

When my hair's damp, I spritz some of the Redken All Soft Supple Touch Spray through the ends of my hair and then blow dry and style as usual. It smells of coconuts, which I can't decide whether I love or loathe, but this doesn't remain noticeable once you have dried your hair. Besides that, it really does make a difference in how my hair feels and looks. Infused with Argan oil, the results are long lasting, rather than just temporary. This spray is so much lighter than a hair oil/serum, so would be perfect for anyone with finer hair, as it doesn't weigh the hair down at all. I personally tend to use this alongside my Morrocan Oil though, using this redken spray on damp hair and finishing off my style with a tiny amount of hair oil on my dry hair, at the ends - a perfect combination! My hair just feels so much softer, any frizz is tamed and you get such a sleek, glossy finish when you've finished styling. On Feel Unique, this costs £14.70 for 150ml, including free delivery, which is such good value for a higher end hair product.

loreal volume million lashes extra black mascara review
loreal volume million lashes extra black mascara wand

Loreal's Volume Million Lashes Extra Black Mascara does just what it says on the tube and gives me volume, separation and length, all in one. The plastic mascara wand enables me to create my ideal lash look and delivers this with a blacker than black finish. The brush wiper inside the tube, removes excess mascara, ensuring that the wand is never too wet and clumping is minimised. The brush isn't too big that you get mascara everywhere and the pointed tip allows you to grab those pesky little lashes at the corner of the eye. Unlike some mascaras, this one doesn't dry out too quickly, which can be so annoying. It's £10.99, which is good value, as it's such a high quality, drugstore mascara.

Have you tried any of these products?


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