28 September 2014

The Stand-Outs #9

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A picture of Soap & Glory Kick Ass Instant Retouch Powder
A picture of Gone Girl by Gillian Glynn

A picture of SkinLikes Deodorant
This month I'm mixing things up a little and including a little lifestyle extra in with my monthly beauty favourites. For the first time in a long while, all the products which have stood out for me the most this month, are completely new to me. They're all products that I have started trying this September, got absolutely hooked on and couldn't put down.

But first, let's start with a book I definitely can't put down, because wow, Gone Girl (£5.99)?! I don't know what I expected when I started reading one of the most talked about books in recent years, but Gone Girl has gripped me and left me guessing from page one. I've laughed, I've felt awkward, I've raised eyebrows of suspicion, and when I got half way? I was so shocked at the huge twist! I won't say much more, for anyone who hasn't read it yet, plus I haven't finished it myself yet - a few chapters to go, but I am completely 100% hooked and I already feel like I won't know what to do after I've finished reading it. I've even been avoiding all the movie adverts, so as not to spoil any of the book! Have you read Gone Girl, do you love it as much as me?!

Burt's Bees lip balms are my favourite, and I recently raved about some of my favourites, but this one has definitely taken the top spot! Burt's Bees Revitalizing Lip Balm with Blueberry & Dark Chocolate (£3.69) is 100% natural, with Blueberry Seed Oil and Cocoa Powder, both known for their antioxidant properties, alongside Cocoa Seed Butter which conditions. The scent is delicious, it really does smell good enough to eat. It's been a balm I've turned to morning, noon and night, completely addicted! 

A couple more lip products I can't get enough of are the Maybelline Color Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencils (£4.99) which I picked up in a recent beauty haul (see here) and pretty much instantly falling in love, with an instant rave review (see here). These are the best high-street lip pencils I've ever tried, the formula is the right side of creamy, but firm enough for a precise application (and despite the pencils being a little chubby), providing pigmented velvet colour. I currently have In With Coral and Fuchsia Desire, I need to add Berry Much to my stash! 

Another product I picked up in my recent beauty haul that I am really impressed with and turning to everyday, is the Soap & Glory Kick Ass Instant Retouch Powder (£12), which is I seem to like more each time I use it, and I use it a lot. It's perfect for keeping the oil at bay, and I'm just a sucker for Soap & Glory packaging! Check out my full review here.

I've been trying a new serum which is formulated to target pigmentation and brown spots, which has actually surprised me with just how much difference I can see. The Skinbreeze Brightening Serum* (14ml, £40) is a product I've actually been using more than just this month, but the past couple of months on a daily basis, and after continued use I've noticed a clear complexion, the areas of pigmentation I am conscious about are less visible and my overall complexion is much brighter. 

As we're coming into autumn, I'm changing up my shadows a lot more and going for more autumn-typical looks. Some shadows which have easily been my most reached for the past couple of weeks, have been perfect for teaming together or with other shadows in my stash. Clarins Ombre Matte Cream-to-Powder Eyeshadow (£19) range has one of the loveliest cream-to-power formulas I've tried, and I particularly love Nude Pink and Earth. You can read my full review here.

Last but not least, a product I know I'll be repurchasing and the only beauty product featured inside the September The Vegan Kind box (see here), the SkinLikes Deodorant (£4.95) is pretty darn good! It's 100% natural, but whereas other natural deodorants I've tried have had an unusual or unpleasant scent, SkinLikes deodorant actually smells really nice. It's nicer than any other deodorants I've tried, and also doesn't irritate my eczema (sorry for the tmi) which I've actually noticed has gotten better since using this! I think I'll be stocking up!

What stood out for you this month? Do you have any book recommendations for what I should read after I've finished Gone Girl? 

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