1 September 2014

THE STAND-OUTS #8

A picture of Roger & Gallet Fleur de Figuier Humile Gourmande Ultra-Nourishing Oil

A picture of Antonia Burrell Natural Glow Cleansing Oil

A picture of Rocco's Old School Tattoo Balm

A picture of the Organic Surge Orange Flower Toner
When it came to deciding August's stand-out products, there was no contest. I knew exactly which products I wanted to share with you all, turning to the same products every day. 

SKINCARE LOVES
My skin is so happy lately, I've stopped switching products constantly and I've stuck to using the same products morning and night, for a good 4 weeks now. My complexion is clear, my skin smooth and I have a healthy, radiant glow. The skincare products which have stood out the most for me are the Antonia Burrell Natural Glow Cleansing Oil* (50ml, £29.50), Organic Surge Orange Flower Toner (250ml, £7.50) and Benefit It's Potent! Eye Cream (14g, £25.50). 

The Natural Glow Cleansing Oil has become one of my favourite products to reach for in the evenings, working to effortlessly dissolve makeup, leaving my skin clear and radiant. The scent is very aromatherapy-like, infused with Cypress, which is a natural astringent, Bitter Orange, a natural treatment for acne, Tea tree, which purifies the skin, Lavender, which works to calm irritation, Lemon, which brightens tired skin and Caster Seed, which has anti-inflammatory and healing properties. Four pumps does the job, massaging my skin for a good minute or so, before rinsing off with warm water and a muslin cloth. I can't get enough of this stuff, easily one of the best cleansing oils I've ever used! 

I've shared my love for the Organic Surge Orange Flower Toner before (see here), a toner which has massively helped in keeping my skin happy. One of the most kind-to-skin toners I've ever used, it combines Orange Flower Water, Aloe Vera and Centella Asiatica Extract, to create a light, subtly scented toner that refreshes and brightens my complexion. 

Benefit has really surprised me with their skincare range and there's a lot of products I really love. It wasn't so long ago I shared my love for the Benefit Remove It Oil-Free Makeup Remover (see here), and it's another eye product from their range which has left me smitten over the past month. It's Potent! Eye Cream instantly hydrates my under eye area, smoothing fine lines, working to diminish dark circles and overall, helps to keep the delicate skin refreshed, plump and youthful. My everyday morning eye cream!

HARD WORKING BODY CARE
A couple of weeks ago I headed to Derby to get my thigh tattoo finished (see here), which means I've had to be super careful what products I put on the area, as tattoos are essentially giant open wounds as they heal. Thankfully, my tattoo has healed beautifully and that's entirely down to Rocco's Old School Tattoo Balm (1oz, £14.90). With some pretty hard-working skin-loving ingredients like Organic Mango Seed Butter, Organic Coconut Oil, Beeswax, Shea Butter and Avocado Oil, just to name a few, it has a firm balm consistency which I massage between my hands, before applying as an oil to my tattoo. It helps heal my tattoos quickly, safely, and leaves my skin far less irritated and sore. You can check out my full review of the Tattoo Balm alongside the Rocco's Old School Antiseptic Wash, here.

My tattoo might need some extra loving care, but the rest of my body has enjoyed some serious pampering with the Roger & Gallet Fleur de Figuier Huile Gourmande Ultra-Nourishing Oil* (100ml, £22.05). With the most incredible scent, this light-weight body oil uses 96% natural oil with a blend of Grape, Pomegranate, Blackcurrant, Fig Pulp, Fig Milk, Apricot and Sweet Almond Oils, alongside Omega 6 and antioxidant Vitamins A and E, leaving my skin beautifully scented and effortlessly soft and hydrated after every use. It's easily the most beautiful body oil I've ever tried, and after using it for weeks, I've hardly made a dent - this is one of those lovely products that is set to last a long time! 

I recently shared my very first Jo Malone purchase (see here), and ever since I have just been so smitten with the beautifully scented Jo Malone Earl Grey and Cucumber Colonge (30ml, £40). Combining Bergamot, Cucumber, Beeswax, Vanilla and Musk, it's the perfect everyday scent. 

BRIGHT LIPS, FLAWLESS SKIN
Makeup days have been few and far between through August, with most days being makeup-free, but there's two products which have stood out as my favourites.

It's no secret I adore the Maybelline ColorSensational Vivids range (see here), and recently I just can't get enough of 902 Fuchsia Flash (£7.19), a super-bright pink with blue undertones that has a hint of purple. It's perfect for a statement lip, and the formula is akin to many of my high-end favourites. 

For bases, there's been one foundation I simply cannot stop using, I'm completely and utterly head over heels for the Antipodes Mineral Foundation (6.5g, £23.79), which I recently shared a review of alongside another favourite mineral base (see here). I just love the way this mineral base makes my skin look; it leaves the most flattering, natural, utterly flawless finish, with a true to skin colour and the best longevity I've ever found in a foundation - I've never once had to powder whilst wearing this base, and for me, that's pretty darn good! 

FUSS-FREE HAPPY HAIR
August was the month where my usual hair care favourites were forgotten about, after being obsessed with two products which do everything I need. The Cloud Nine Magical Duet Set* (£16.90) contains two products, covering you from start to finish of your styling routine. The Cloud Nine Quick Dry Potion offers extreme heat protection properties, and massively helps to cut down drying time. A product which can be used on both dry or wet hair, it's a bi-phase product which requires a good shake before use. With a delicious light, fresh and fruity scent, I spritz throughout my mid-lengths to ends before blow-drying, and it cuts down blow-drying time by half! I've tried good quick-dry products before, but this is something else! 

The second product in the duet set is brand new to Cloud Nine, and available exclusively within the Magical Duet Set, the Cloud Nine Magical Remedy. A leave-in conditioning treatment, it works to reduce split ends, prevent breakage, and keep your hair beautifully soft and smooth with a healthy shine. It also works wonders on wet hair for reducing those tangles when brushing. Taking a 5p size amount, I evenly distribute from mid-lengths to ends, and my hair has never been happier. Smitten.

What products stood out the most for you through August? Are any of my favourites your favourites too? If you've shared your August favourites, I'd love to have a read, so make sure to leave a link below! 

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  1. It's Potent eye cream is so lovely and cooling! The lipstick shade is super pretty! I love a vibrant pink lip!
    xprincessjas | x

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    1. It's a fab eye cream, isn't it? I love it! You just can't beat a bright lip :) xo

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  2. I'm with you on the Organic Surge toner - I can't believe it's so cheap because it works brilliantly at hydrating my skin whilst containing no nasties. I really want to try some Antonia Burrell skincare - apparently her serum is amazing xx

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    1. It's fantastic, isn't it? I'm such a big fan of Organic Surge, their products are fantastic! I'm really keen on the products I've tried so far from Antonia Burrell :) xo

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