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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