Today I will be sharing the final post of my October monthly series, my October First Impressions. Quick reviews and first impressions of all of the products I have tried out. Some already have full reviews, and others will have full reviews coming soon. You can check out my haul and favourites for October if you haven’t already!
As I mentioned in a previous post, I am a hoarder of note when it comes to Limited Edition products, in fear that they will never be seen again. But, I thought it was about time I use these products from Christmas past, as in The Body Shop Christmas 2015! I am really enjoying the scent of the Glazed Apple Candle, and I am quite sad that there is no apple variant this year, I loved the Spiced Apple from last year. The only thing is that, no matter what I do the candle pools, please someone tell me how to make it stop! I also have a Frosted Plum and Frosted Cranberry Body Butter, both suitable for all skin types. When it comes to body butter, I prefer the intense hydration version for dry skin, but these aren’t too bad, especially since we are entering summer. I am loving the scent of the Frosted Cranberry, but not too impressed by Frosted Plum. Frosted Plum is back in this year’s Christmas Collection, along with Frosted Berries and Vanilla Chai from last year.
Yves Rocher So Elixir is quite spicy yet summery, and includes notes of jasmine, bergamot and patchouli.
I bought this Mies Perfume Oil at Kamersvol, and it basically smells like pure Jasmine, I love it so much!
The Lancome O de L’Orangerie is amazing! A burst of citrus in a bed of jasmine, I just can’t get enough!
As you can see Jasmine is my note of choice, especially for Summer!
I have been enjoying my New Skincare on Trial monthly posts, where I share my thoughts on the latest skincare products I have added to my routine. These products will be in an upcoming post, once I have used them for a significant amount of time. But here are my First Impressions for now.
Just a pea sized amount of the *dermalogica Precleanse Balm massaged into dry skin melts away makeup, including liquid lipstick and waterproof mascara, and I love that it doesn’t bug my eyes at all! Once water is added, the balm turns into a milky emulsion that is easily rinsed away, and doesn’t leave any greasy trace. The Balm also comes with a handy little cleansing mitt that can be used for a deeper clean or mild exfoliation.
Next up the dermalogica Daily Resurfacer is a little applicator pad that fits over your finger, and contains one application of alpha and beta hydroxy acids and enzymes to smooth the skin. I am loving this! I am a huge fan of peels and acids, and using this after cleansing really helps to exfoliate and resurface the skin without irritation or redness. But, do not use this when using a highly active retinol product, as it can bee too much for the skin, and cause flaking and irritation.
The Soap & Glory Scrub Your Nose In It is a very fine grit exfoliator, that offers both chemical and physical exfoliation without being harsh on the skin. It has a lovely fresh mint scent, and a blue colour. My skin felt refreshed and cleansed after use, and definitely more refined.
There is a new Double Serum in town, the *Clarins 8th Generation Double Serum. I featured the previous version in this post, and really enjoyed using it, but mentioned that it is quite oily and rich. The new version is even better, and is formulated without mineral oil! You can actually see and feel the difference between the new and old serum. The 8th Generation Double Serum still has the 20 plant extracts, but also includes Turmerone, a derivative of Turmeric. The packaging of the new serum, as was the case with the old, contains two different compartments for the Hydric and Lipidic phases, which are combined when you dispense the product. A new feature of the 8th Generation is the two dials on the bottle, which allows you to control how much of the serum is dispensed, I prefer the larger dose, since my skin is on the dehydrated side. I have noticed a definite change in my skin since I started using this, it is hydrated, plump and radiant.
I love the chicness of Nuxe, as well as the gorgeous scent of the products. And the *Nuxe Creme Fraiche de Beauté 48HR Moisturising Cream and 48HR Moisture SOS Rescue Mask are no different, with a delectable orange blossom scent. The Moisturising Cream is soft and silky on the skin, and does a great job of reducing dehydration lines and plumping up the skin. But, the SOS Rescue Mask is my favourite! It can be used as an overnight mask, which is my favourite way to use it, or it can be used for 10 minutes for a quick hydration boost. My skin is left looking radiant and supple, and as if it has had a big gulp of water!
I am obsessed with sun protection, and basically slather myself everyday, as if I am going to the beach, even though I live in the city, and spend most of my time indoors. The newest sun protection I have been trying is the Bioderma Photoderm MAX 50+ Tinted Aquafluid in Golden. I love how thin a fluid this is, it works perfectly well under makeup, and doesn’t look or feel greasy. The one issue I have is that the tint is slightly too dark for me, although it’s not a biggy, since it is a very slight tint, and doesn’t provide any coverage.
I have already reviewed these stunning Urban Studio and CALA brushes, which you can check out here.
How gorgeous is the packaging of the Mara Hoffman for Sephora Collection? I am loving this Kaleidescape Pro Flawless Airbrush 56, and have been using it daily to apply my concealer. It is soft enough to use under the eyes, and blends really well without streaking. I also bought the Tinted Lip Balm in Wilderberry. This balm is really moisturising, and gives lips a nice tint while leaving them soft and supple. It looks way more pigmented in the tube than it actually is though.
Edgars fashion brand Kelso has launched a makeup line called *Kelso Colour which will be available in stores this month. I was sent the Chubby Sticks and a Brown Mascara to test out, and will have a full review with swatches up soon. A few of the Chubby Sticks have a metallic type finish, which is definitely on trend right now, although my favourites are Oh Snap and Lerato, a bright orange and red. The mascara applicator is amazing! A plastic bristled spoolie, that seperates and curls lashes without loading on too much product. It reminds me a lot of the Catrice Glam & Doll Mascara.
I bought this Sephora Collection Disney Minnie Beauty, Minnie-ature Cream Lip Stain Set that contains five mini Cream Lip Stains, and includes the famous Always Red. Unfortunately after swatching these, I realised I will only end up wearing at most two shades, Always Red and Mandarin Muse, and it is not worth keeping the whole set, although I do love the matte finish and feel of these. So, it will be added to my Blog Sale.
You may have seen in my haul post that I picked up a few items from the new Catrice Soleil d’Ete Limited Edition. The highlighter is so beautiful and soft and buttery I cannot get enough of it. The bronzer is quite warm toned, but also soft and buttery, and does a great job of creating that sun kissed look. Lastly, the two eye products are so pigmented, long lasting and the metallic look is perfect for the festive season. I will have a full review and swatches of this new range up soon.
Another range I had to stop hoarding is the MAC Nutcracker Collection, which I reviewed over here.
Thanks for reading ladies!