Current Beauty Favourites

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I was going to start by titling this blog post as ‘September Beauty Favourites’, but then I realised, these are products that I am consistently reaching for as we make our way well into the Autumn wonderfulness that is October. Is it just me or has the beauty of Autumn jumped out at us all of a sudden? Driving home from work this week I found myself lost in a moment, admiring the beauty of the country lanes lined with trees filled with a beautiful variety of green, golden and coppery leaves which are slowly descending, decorating the grass verges in a carpet of colour. Something I’ve seen many times before but have never really appreciated.

I thought I’d jump into October with a few of my faves. Skin care and make up to be precise, these are all items that have either been recent purchases and I’m loving, or long tried and tested, dependable staples. For an easy ready I’ll break it down into the two categories, starting with…

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Skin Care

So two of the newest skin care products I’ve introduced into my regime are products that are already well-loved by many, and they come from the wonderful Pixi By Petra. The first purchase was their collaboration with skin care guru Caroline Hirons and the creation that is Double Cleanse. A two-step system consisting of a solid cleansing oil and a cleansing cream. You can use both cleansers during your routine, or choose one depending on your needs and preferences. I personally use them both of an evening whilst in the shower. Firstly the oil to remove any make up and grime, and then the cream as a second cleanse to really make sure I’ve removed everything. They’re an absolute pleasure to use and I’m not sure if it’s the Double Cleanse itself, or just double cleansing in general but I’ve seen a dramatic reduction in the amount of painful blemishes appearing on my chin, which has pretty much been like a minefield for the past year or so. After I’ve used this I then move onto the second Pixi product, the majorly adored and raved about Glow Tonic which is a Glycolic Acid Exfoliating Toner. This is my final phase of making sure my pores are squeaky clean! I love that it’s gentle and I cannot tell you how much I adore the scent. If Pixi made this in an EDP I’d be out there to buy it in a shot. Overall the two seem to be working well together, and as they say, if it aint broke, don’t fix it!

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Whilst we’re on the subject of cleansers, if you follow my Instagram you may be aware of my recent discovery of  Little Green Soap Company and their natural skin care products. I’ve gotten a real taste (not literal) for their bath truffles, but have also started a love affair with their Natural Cleansing Oil. This has become my daily morning cleanser and is such a lovely way to wake the skin up in the morning. It contains apricot, coconut and sweet almond oils, along with some other essential oils too and I’m sure just from those ingredients you can imagine how good it smells. I simply massage it into the skin, then remove with a warm, damp wash cloth. This has then been followed with Glow Tonic and my favourite Soap & Glory Speed Plump Moisturiser.

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Mask wise there are just a couple to mention. Superfacialist by Una Brennan produce a lovely rose scented hydrating mask. This mask has a thick creamy consistency, which doesn’t dry down on the skin. I smother my face in it, leave it on for five minutes then wash it away. Nice and easy. The rose scent is quite floral which I personally like, but I appreciate that’s probably not to everyone’s taste. It contains marshmallow extract which supposedly hydrates, plumps and replenishes the skin, all of which I feel this product actually does. I can’t actually see this mask on the Superfacialist website anymore, so I’m wondering if they’ve discontinued it, however they still offer other products in the Rose Hydrate range, and if you are interested in a mask, there is the Salycilic Acid Clay Mask option. The next mask is an odd one but I’ll put anything on my face if it gives me the results I want. Within reason! I picked up the Collagen Overnight Gel Mask by The Creme Shop a little while ago now, but I always find myself coming back to it. The information about what it does and contains is limited, but there’s nothing that gives me silky morning skin like this does. Texture wise we’re talking gloopy, jelly like gel which actually feels like water once it’s begun to be worked into the skin and then dries down to nothing. The next morning my skin is so soft that I can’t help but like it. Oh and I can’t write this paragraph without mentioning the Oh K! Gold Dust Hydrogel Mask. I’m definitely preferring these gel type masks, they seem to stick so much more and don’t slide or come out of contact with the skin. If you love a good sheet mask I highly recommend checking these ones out.

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Make Up

If you follow my Instagram page you will probably have seen many of the products I’m about to mention, and for good reason. Most of them are affordable drugstore items which give me exactly the result I want and are in my book, dependable. Base wise I’ve been using the High Adherence Silicone Primer from The Ordinary. This is a thick and creamy primer which fills pores like a boss and sets down to give a smooth and silky base on which to apply my foundation which actually seems to sit well on top. My all time favourite foundation is No.7’s Beautifuly Matte Foundation which promises to offer all day velvet matte perfection. Now if that doesn’t get you oily skin gals going then I don’t know what will! It’s oil free and contains SPF 15. Click here if you’d like to see my full review. On days when I feel like wearing something a little lighter I reach for Bourjois’ 123 Perfect CC Cream. This is very thin and lightweight and I tend to use a buffing brush to work it in for a natural yet glowy finish. If I fancy adding a little colour to my cheeks I dive into my Primark Bronzing Brick, which cost around £3 from memory and gives a beautiful gradient of warmth and highlight in all the right places. It’s cheap but extremely cheerful. The only downside is that the lid has broken off but then for £3 you can’t have everything. To conceal, the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer tends to come out, great for under eyes and ok for blemishes and scaring, however it tones them down rather than completely hiding them. I’ve just purchased a small colour correcting pallet as my acne scaring is so dark that I don’t think any concealer will effectively cover on its own. As an under eye concealer it is very good at brightening the whole area and does sit well on the skin. I am lusting over Tarte’s Shapetape Concealer, but that’s strictly for when I actually run out of what I already have.

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Then onto the finishing touches. My absolute favourite little team for lashes at the moment is Kiko’s False Lashes Concentrate Building Base Coat and Dior’s Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara. On their own they’re fabulous, but together they are outstanding. The primer really thickens and lengthens the lashes, and on top of that the mascara adds lift and curl. This is a combination I would whole heartedly recommend! Then for brows it has to be my Meech N Mia Browliner in #21. I do have to keep it well sharpened but it’s fab for adding subtle natural colour where you need it. I follow this with Benefit’s Gimme Brow Fibre Gel to set my unruly hairs into place. I’m swear they’ve got a mind of their own. Like hairy little outlaws. This particular one is a sample size I picked up from the counter a little while back and it’s still going strong. Finally onto the lips. I’m all about a simple natural lip at the moment, and Pixi By Petra seem to have got that covered for me too. I’m using their Mattlustre Lipstick in the shade Plump Pink, and it can do not wrong. The formula is creamy, semi sheer and offers a satin like finish. It wears very well too. The other quick and easy product for a natural pucker is the CuteBalm’s Macaroon Tinted Balm in the shade Crushed Berry. This was a Glossy Box goodie which can be used for both lips and cheeks, but I’m not a major fan of balmy like products on my cheeks so tend to stick to using it to give my lips a ‘popsicle stained’ vibe. Again this is quite sheer, but gives just enough colour to bring my face to life a little.

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Lastly I’d like to mention some recent additions to my brush collection, which are the award-winning Real Techniques Blush and Powder brushes. I was able to pick them up from my local beauty outlet store for about £6.00 – £7.00 each and I’m impressed with how fluffy and soft they are. I’m a big fan of their Expert Face Brush so am not surprised that I like these too. Sam and Nic who are the creators of the Real Techniques range really seem to have nailed it for me. I do keep daydreaming about their Powder Bleu line but am trying to have some degree of self-control!

So there we are for my current beauty favourites. Some newbies, some oldies, but all goodies. What have you guys been loving this month? I’d love to hear!

With Love

Lou – Pretty Polly Beauty x

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