August Top 5

28 Aug 2013

August has been a bit of a funny month for me. I had a really, really bad experience with my first ever HD Brows at the end of July, which carried well on in to August - think a bad reaction, then treble it. My skin was horrendous on the entirety of my forehead and temples, for a good four week period. So I wasn't really able to wear makeup much for most of August, although trust me - I wish I had! I wanted nothing more than to cover up the mess created by my HD Brows, something I don't think I will ever have the courage to get again - I'll stick to my tweezers in future! Most of my Top 5 for August are therefore, not makeup related. But still products I have absolutely adored using throughout August and a few which were quite frankly, life savers, whilst I was dealing with my horrendous HD Brows reaction.

NEOM Organics Complete Bliss Moroccan Blush Rose Organic Room Mist* - I have been a little stressed throughout August. It feels as if the year is whizzing past at a speed I can't keep up with, and my bad reaction to the HD Brows left me agitated, stressed and frustrated. One product I found massively helped in relaxing me, making me feel more serene and generally in a much happier mood, is the NEOM Complete Bliss Room Mist. Each NEOM product has a treatment element to it and this particular room mist is formulated to create a 'feel good' scent which leaves you feeling uplifted and de-stressed. I have become a big fan of Moroccan Rose scents, particularly after falling in love with the scent of the REN Moroccan Rose Otto Body Wash. This scent is just as heavenly, with traditional Moroccan rose teamed with a touch of black pepper and lime. I've been spritzing this around my room first thing in the morning's when I wake up, and just before bed. It has been a massive help in keeping me more relaxed and calm, with a beautifully sensuous scent that makes me wish this was available in perfume form, too. (NEOM*, £16)

Clarins Gentle Exfoliator Brigthening Toner - If you read my post on my New Skincare Favourites, it won't be a surprise to see this product in my August Top 5. Completely changing the way I see exfoliators, this is one product which was an absolute God send during my bad HD Brows reaction. It helped to calm my skin and used after the majority of my bad reaction had calmed down, it helped get my skin back to the supple, soft and plump skin I am used to. It also worked wonderfully on the worst areas affected by the bad reaction, preventing any scarring or darker pigmentation from the 40+ pusteles which decided to rent my forehead for a month. I love how gentle this is, yet still leaves my skin feeling and looking so much better. A holy grail product I would recommend to anyone - even those with super sensitive skin types. (Escentual, £25)

Clarins Eau des Jardins* - Summer is on it's way out and Autumn has well and truly begun, but I'm not yet ready to say goodbye to refreshing, Summer scents. I love the deeper, warmer, more spicy and woody scents I turn to in the Autumn and Winter, but I genuinely think this stunning Clarins scent will be used a lot in the colder months, as well as being adored over these past few, warmer weeks. The scent is truly stunning, with essential oils, plant extracts and phytotherapy benefits. Eau des Jardins has a beautiful combination of fruity and zesty scents, with wild rose, comforting wood, beach, sorbier and blackcurrant bud extracts. This isn't just any old scent; this uplifting and calming scent is a treatment which works to moisturise, soothe and soften skin all whilst leaving you smelling divine. I am a big fan - and I am definitely heading to a Clarins counter to check out the other two treatment scents in the range. I also adore the bottle, which is a gradient ruby red into calm yellows, almost like a sunset as stunning as the scent. (Escentual*, 100ml, £32)  

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II* - Even if you haven't tried it yourself, I think it's safe to say the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair is a pretty famous product - everyone has at least heard of it. Having never personally tried it myself, I was really excited to hear of the newly released Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II. I was kindly sent some to try for myself and I can see why Advanced Night Repair is so popular. Working to reduce the signs of ageing, smoothing the skin as well as hydrating it and making the skin firmer, youthful and radiant. This serum also works to even out skin tone, leave skin looking healthier, fresher and more rested as well as younger and more plump. Using innovative technology, this definitely falls into the superhero night time skincare products pot for me. Our skin works harder whilst we are asleep; this is the perfect product for giving your skin that extra added boost. I love the consistency of this; light, instantly soothing and soft. A little goes a long way and I need at most four drops for my face and neck. Suitable for all skin types (although extra sensitive types should patch test first), this is dermatologist-tested, opthalmologist-tested, fragrance free and non-acnegenic. It contains hyaluronic acid which helps to boost hydration levels by locking in moisture, and helps repair and protect, as well as boosting, the skins natural renewal process. There's so many benefits to this serum, that I could ramble on for hours! Go get a sample, go treat yourself, pop it on your birthday/Christmas list - I am besotted. (Boots*, 30ml, £49)

Babyliss New Big Hair* - I've mentioned it a lot on the blog previously, but for those who don't know, I have recently gone from having hair which went down to the middle of my back, to a bob. I much prefer having shorter hair, but one thing I found I struggled with was styling my much shorter hair. Straighteners leave it looking lifeless and lank, but my hair is naturally curly which can create a mini afro look for me. The Babyliss New Big Hair has been a life saver, making styling and controlling my hair much, much easier. Although a tad loud to use (it reminds me of hood dryers in salons), it is one of the easiest hair tools I have ever used. Great for adding volume, body and shape to your style, I use this on half damp, half dried hair. I can give my hair volume at the roots with this beauty, or opt for a more classic, softened bob. I think it's exceptionally easy to use, although can leave your arms a little sore! At first it took me a while to use this, but I've now got it down to a T with it taking just 15 minutes to style the whole of my hair. If you're looking for an easy to use hair tool that works and adds the volume, body and shape our hair can lack, this is a tool for you. Super easy, with gorgeous results. (Boots*, £44.99

So no makeup in this month's Top 5, but some super skin saviours, two beautiful scents and a life-saver hair tool. What made it into your Top 5 for August? 

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