December Favourites: Beauty and Skincare Products

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It’s that time again: new season, new skincare routine. The last time I did one of these posts, I was preparing for the summer holidays. Now, I sit in my home: cosy, warm, but terrified of the harsh cold weather outside. Let’s face it, winter is great for the festivities, but when it comes to your skin, it’s not all that great. The cold, bleak winds of winter can really take it’s toll on our once sun-kissed, glowy complexion.

That’s why I have decided to write another post on the products I have been using, and loving, to help with my winter skin! I will also discuss other beauty products I have been frequently using to keep myself feeling great over the winter months.

PIXI Skintreats: Makeup Fixing Mist with Rose Water & Green Tea, 80ml

I have only recently discovered this skincare brand, and so far, i’m really loving it. I have heard reviews from other products containing rose water and how it can be really great for glowing skin, such as Mario Badescu: Facial Spray with Aloe Herbs and Rose Water. For full makeup, I use this before and after I apply my makeup. Most days when I do minimal makeup, I tend to just use this after. It all depends really, and it can come down to personal preference as well as trying out what works best for you. I find that once all over your face is enough!

To be completely honest, at the price of £16 from Boots, I wouldn’t say it was considerably cheap. However, for me, this seems to really work. It doesn’t give me a “dewy” finish that just makes my oily skin look oilier throughout the day. What it does do? Well, after using this daily for a week, I noticed that my skin was no longer becoming shiny or oily throughout the day, and my complexion improved drastically – from dull, tired skin, to glowing and refreshed skin. Overall, this most definitely set my makeup – but without the sticky feeling. It also improved the appearance of my skin. I would definitely recommend this! Like I said though, there are other cheaper brands out there, but this is currently one of the better high-street makeup setting sprays I have used so far!

NIP + FAB Hydrate: Dragon’s Blood Fix Plumping Serum, 50ml

This one has been mentioned on my previous post, but since i’m still using it during the winter months, I thought I should say why! The product is dispensed through a pump, which I personally prefer. It comes out clear and has a gel-like form – which is lovely as it melts right into your skin when applying. My skin instantly feels refreshed and moisturised! Although, it is worth mentioning that this product sets into your skin pretty quickly – so make sure to work it in before it dries!

First of all, I apply this before anything else. It acts as my base before I add any moisturiser and my PIXI setting spray. This serum really helps me when my skin needs a little extra moisture. My skin looks fresh and new, and as I prefer to not use foundation during the day, I find that this really helps my skin to look it’s best. Again, NIP + FAB have some great products, and like PIXI, I have yet to try them all! I find that I tend to only use this product when my skin needs a good pick me up. But when used daily, it really does do wonders for your skin! Let me know in the comments if you have tried this product. What are your thoughts?

Korean Egg White Sheet Mask

I can’t really remember where I bought this, sorry guys. I do know that it was definitely from either Superdrug or Primark, though! I have to say, this mask is really good for prepping your skin before a big night out – or for using during the busy party season ahead! It gives a lovely glow to your skin, and makes you feel very pampered and fresh. As with many sheet masks, this does leave a lot of serum on your skin, so make sure to massage it into your face and neck – or remove any extra with a cotton pad.

OGX Brazillian Keratin Smooth Shampoo & Conditioner (Separate), both 385ml

OK. This one isn’t skincare, but it is beauty, and so far I am in LOVE with this particular product. It has done wonders to my hair. My hair is shiny, smooth, and smells amazing. The conditioner is thick, so you don’t need much of it to make a difference to your hair. Scrubbing your scalp as well as the roots can really help your hair to look more refreshed. I shampoo twice, then use a little coin-sized amount of conditioner on the lengths and ends. I leave the conditioner in for a few minutes, and rinse. I really have found my new favourite product for washing my hair – and I will continue to buy this, or try out other products from their range.

VO5 Heat Protect Serum: For Illuminating Shine with Frizz Control, 50ml

After buying this for my summer holiday, and knowing how oily my hair can get, I was not expecting much. However, I gave it a try anyway. My hair can get quite dry on holiday, but with countless trial and errors using different oils and serums, I was a bit worried I would have the same problem with this product. I was completely wrong! This product helped my hair to feel soft and gave it a lovely shine – without feeling oily or weighed-down.

I use this by adding a pea-sized amount to the palms of my hands, and then massaging it through the lengths and ends of my hair. This is done either before drying my hair when it’s wet, or before using any other heat tools on my hair when it’s dry. It really works either way! I will forever be using this product, as I find that it gives a better finish than many of the sprays I have tried. Just to mention, though, I still use heat protection spray now and again, but this serum avoids that damp, sticky feeling on your hair. In addition to all of this, I find that this product does the job with controlling frizz! Even on holiday, my hair did not become as frizzy as it does without. To be honest, my hair kept well for a long time which I was also pleased about.

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My next post will be all about my most wanted skincare, makeup, and other beauty products! I cannot wait to share it with you all! Follow me on Instagram: @favouritethingsblog

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Autumn Fashion & Beauty Haul

Hey everyone! After a few weeks away from blogging, I have decided to share a post about my current purchases.

Autumn is one of those seasons that I have a love/hate relationship with. It is the season of colourful leaves, soup, jumpers, and hot drinks. But it is also the season of a whole new colour pallette in regards to fashion and makeup!

Yes, it gets cold – and thus, the reason why I hate it at times. I love the summer and the warmth it brings, as well as the longer days (silently dreads the dark, gloomy days ahead). However, I do love the different shades of dark red that it brings to my style. That is why, recently, I have gone shopping to buy a few new items for my wardrobe!

Burgundy button-up dress and check fitted skirt, both from New look:

I love both of these new pieces and I would really love to buy the dress in black too! I decided to buy these because I thought they would be good to wear for work or possibly interviews if styled with a blouse. The thing I love best about fashion at this time of year, is the ability to layer different pieces together to create different outfits.

Now for the skincare and makeup. I recently went shopping to stock up on a few things that I needed. They may not all be related to autumn, as they are useful all-year-round, but I decided to try them out!

Garnier Skin Active Gel Face Wash, under £2 on offer at Boots:

I love this so far! It is so nice to use and it really feels like your skin is being cleansed properly without becoming oily or dry. This one is designed specifically for combination-oily skin, so I definitely recommend this if you are prone to oiliness, but can also get dry skin at times. Every skin is different, I know, but it is definitely worth a try if you want a great face wash at a budget price! They also do a micellar water range in this type of gel face wash, which I also need to try out because I love their micellar water products.

St. Ives Apricot Blemish-Prone Face Scrub, under £5 at Boots:

I have bought and used this before many times, especially during the summer months to keep my skin bright and exfoliated. I have recently ran out of this product, so I HAD to buy more! I love the St. Ives range of scrubs and they do a different one for every skin need. I am prone to blemishes, so I like to use this specific one, but there is another that I would like to try – it’s a nourishing one that keeps your skin soft and nourished – find it on this link!

Soap & Glory Mother Pucker Matte Lipstick in the Shade Cinnamon Beige:

I bought this because I have been wanting to try the Soap & Glory lipsticks for a while! So far, I am not too sure about it. The consistency is great, and not too drying like some of the Mac ones. Also, it seems to last a good amount of time before having to reapply the product.

However, for me, this shade does not work. I think it comes out more of a brown tone on my lips – as mine are quite dark in colour naturally! I do think that it is the perfect shade for autumn, so I may have to give it another chance to see how I feel about it. I can’t remember how much I paid, but I think it was £9 (I also got myself some student discount as Boots were giving 20% off!).

Essie Nail Lacquer in the shade Bordeaux:

I LOVE this colour. Dark red is my favourite anyway, so I usually hate it during the summer when I feel like I have to wear lighter shades on my nails (I usually just opt for a brighter red). The consistency, thickness, everything about this nail varnish is great. Ok, it’s not dead cheap – under £10 but it does work well and applies evenly and stays put quite well with the use of a top coat. A must have autumn shade for me!


I hope you liked this post. If you want, share some thoughts on your favourite products or clothing pieces for autumn…let’s get a conversation going on beauty and fashion! Thanks for reading!