Autumn’s Beauty Favourites & Beauty Flops

Well Hello There!

We have officially hit winter, so I thought that now would be a great time to share with you some of the products that I’ve been loving, and loathing throughout the recent couple of months and over autumn. In fact let’s not say loathing as that feels a bit harsh, let’s just say they haven’t tickled my pickle as much as I’d hoped they would. Let’s jump straight in!

Beauty Favourites

  • Kiko Milano Pure Clean Exfoliating Powder – I’ve been using this daily for about two weeks now as part of my evening skincare regime and am now wondering where this has been all my life! I grabbed this as I thought it was a similar concept to Dermologica’s Daily Microfoliant, yet is a damn site cheaper. I’ll be posting a full review of this soon on my Instgram, but can safely say I’m already hooked!
  • Pixi By Petra Mattelustre Lipstick – If you follow me on social media this is a lipstick you will have seen me mention before. I have the shade Plump Pink, which it THE most wonderful, subtle pink I own. It’s perfect for work, or a day out hitting the shops, with the added benefits being that it wears away evenly leaving a very light pink tint to the lips without any patchiness, and is super comfortable to wear.
  • The Ordinary Colours Coverage Foundation – I tend to skip between this and my beloved No.7 Beautifully Matte Foundation, but I’ve been finding that The Ordinary’s Colours provides good coverage, without being heavy or cakey. This is a look I prefer for daytime, and as it’s not super matte it let’s a little radiance shine through. I do find my skin looks oilier by the end of the day, but I can’t fault the quality for the £5.90 price tag. I have had to play around a little to find an application method and base that works with it, but I think I’m finally there!
  • Benefit Hoola Lite Bronzer – Because my skin tone it relatively fair, I find that Hoola Lite offer’s the perfect amount of warmth without leaving my face looking like I’ve been tango’d. In particular, I’ve been loving using Hoola Lite on ‘no make up make up’ days as a crease shade instead of using eyeshadow. It adds a fabulous amount of definition, whilst tying in perfectly with the other areas of the face I’ve already bronzed. Love a good multi use product!
  • Eyelash Primer – I’ve been hopping between Barry M’s Lash Saver and Kiko Milano’s Building Base Primer, both brilliant products however they do differ slightly in consistency and applicators. I find that using a primer before my mascara helps to lift and elongate the lashes, and would certainly be lost without it.
  • The Body Shop British Rose Petal Hand Cream – Yes, we all know I love a good hand cream. I love The Body Shop’s hand creams, but this fragrance in particular tops them all. I ran out of my small tube and instantly replenished with a larger one. It lives by my bedside and I cannot settle for the night until I’ve applied it, firstly because it gives instant relief to my dry skin, but also because I find the scent so sumptuous and relaxing.
  • Spoolies – Random, I know. But after seeing a video of Andreea Ali explaining how she uses a spoolie to lightly brush away mascara smudges, I genuinely feel revolutionised! I always used to wipe mascara mistakes away with a cotton bud, finding myself left with a huge smudge and an area vacant of all the make up applied before it. But this technique (of more of a hack?) of letting the mascara dry completely, then gently brushing away with a spoolie… life changing!


Beauty Flops

  • The Body Shop Tea Tree BB Cream – This genuinely pains me. If you saw my recent post ‘In the Spotlight – The Body Shop‘ you’ll know how much I love this brand, their products and everything they stand for. But this BB cream? Nope. I do not love it. Now I know BB creams aren’t notorious for their amazing coverage, let’s face it that’s not what they’re designed for. But this one does absolutely nothing for my complexion. The texture is very light, almost like a mousse which works away into nothing, just leaving my skin looking shiny. Have you ever squirted a cream or complexion product out of it’s packaging and instantly disliked it, even before application? Well for me this was one of those products. Sorry Body Shop, I do still love you though.
  • Lord & Berry Brunette Magic Brow Pencil – I received this brow pencil in my very last Glossy Box and even though I wasn’t overly excited by it, I always love trying new products so popped it in my make up drawers ready to give it a go. But OMG, this pencil packs some serious heat! And I’m not talking warm, cuddly, fuzzy heat. I’m talking orange tango heat. I don’t know if this brow pencil was the wrong shade for me, but I have pretty dark hair naturally, and if I was going to pick a brow pencil up in store then Brunette would be the shade I’d gravitate towards. Thankfully I was in decent lighting so was able to see the orange massacre that hugged my brow roots, and needless to say I’ve not used it since. For someone with natural warmth in their hair this would probably be a perfect shade match, but if you’re hair colour is like mine, I’d give this one a miss.
  • The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% – I’ve tried to like this but it just doesn’t seem to have any effect on my skin what so ever. Originally purchased in the hope it would help with my acne prone areas (mainly my chin) I  was expecting to see some radical reduction in blemish production. As advised by the packaging I tried applying the salicylic acid directly to blemishes, and tried all over the effected area, but saw no visible difference at all. I also wasn’t a fan of how it turns oddly milky upon application, however in truth I’m not sure if this is because of the products I applied before it. Either way I’m not a fan.
  • Superdrug Extracts Coconut & Almond Shampoo – I can’t say this shampoo is offensive, because it’s really not. But left me feeling kind of ‘meh’. I initially picked it up from my local store because I was on the hunt for a cruelty free shampoo, and it was one of the only ones that I was 100% met this requirement. Plus I like trying own brand beauty products because sometimes I happen to stumble across something amazing. The scent was nice but very subtle, and it didn’t really lather up well at all. For the price it was ok, but I won’t be running out to buy this again. Such a shame as I was really excited by it when I bought it.

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So these were just a few of the beauty items I’ve been using over the recent weeks. Some yay’s and some nay’s, which is all part of the joy of trying things out. Have you tried any of these? And which beauty products have been fantastic or flops for you during Autumn? As always I’d love to know!

Until next time…

With Love




6 thoughts on “Autumn’s Beauty Favourites & Beauty Flops

  1. Hannah says:

    I was so disappointed with the body shop B.B. cream too…. it leaves me looking shiny and orange and covers absolutely zilch!!!
    Not a fan even though I too adore body shop products!!! The make up range doesn’t seem to really do it for me which is a shame 😕

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  2. Thebeautyspyglass says:

    Glad to hear you’re liking a powder exfoliator. I’m still using my Image Skincare pumpkin one – I really like it as it’s gentler than I standard scrub. I really want to try The Ordinary Salicylic acid but by the sound of it I might give it a miss. Have you considered trying Alpha-H Liquid Gold as an alternative. It’s a Glycolic acid resurfacer. I swear by it!
    Great post as always.

    Samantha x

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    • prettypollybeauty says:

      These powder exfoliators are lovely, especially as they’re gentle enough for everyday use. The Salicylic acid just doesn’t work for me, but it might for you! And the price tag means it’s affordable enough to try. I use Glowtonic which is a glycolic acid toner and I love it, the Paula’s Choose BHA is a really good one too. The Salicylic acid is supposed to be good for targeting blemish prone areas, but sadly it just didn’t do the job. Have seen the Alpha H one online and it always has rave reviews! Thanks for reading lovely 😙 xx


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