Through the few beauty boxes that land on my doorstep every month to the products I buy because a few bloggers happened to mention how awesome they are I thought it was about time that I did a new beauty finds post to unveil some of the products I have recently tried that I now couldn’t be without.
Balmi Strawberry Lip Balm £3.99
I am rubbish with lip balms and hate using them, more often than not sticking to moisture filled lipsticks but when I looked through my choices for December’s You Beauty Box this little box caught my eye. I was won over by the fact that it was a cute little rose gold coloured cube and it just looked so cute. For a while it just sat on my dressing table looking pretty but I thought I better start using it and I am blooming glad I did. I put a lashing of this on first thing in the morning when I wake up and as soon as I’ve taken my make-up off in the evening and it really is nourishing for my lips.
It is strawberry scented but it is enough to smell nice without being too overpowering. I had a look online to see about potentially buying another one to leave in my bag but Boots only did the cheap plastic looking ones and I wanted the rose gold one, but I soon found it in Superdrug (yay) priced at just £3.99.
Lottie London Soap Star Brush Cleaner £6.99
I’ve seen a few varieties of these brush cleaner soaps floating around and was completely intrigued about them because they make the idea of cleaning my brushes so much easier. This version seems to be the most ‘drugstore’ price of them all so I thought i’d give it a go.
The round soap sits inside the container but there is space all round it (including underneath it) so the excess water when you use it can drain out. All you have to do is run your brush under the tap and then scrub against the soap until it lathers, you then carry on until it’s clean and move onto the next one. I pretty much cleaned most of my brushes in less than 5 minutes which is insane. I usually put off cleaning them because it takes such a long time but this has changed that no end!
I was originally worried about staining the soap with makeup but this didn’t happen (even after some bright blusher brushes and all my foundation/ base brushes. All you need to do is tip the container to get the excess water from inside: genius.
La Roche-Posay Effaclar BB Blur £14
I’ve spoken about this briefly in my foundation/ base rundown but I definitely feel that this product needs another mention so people realise how much I love it. I read about five reviews in quick succession of one another about this product and people were praising how it blurred their imperfections etc so I had to try it. I don’t need a lot of encouragement to buy new products and I found a great deal online so it was in my basket quicker than my card could have cried out.
I try not to expect too much when I order products but this deserves it’s praise. The product comes out in a whipped formula which makes it really easy to blend into the skin and literally as soon as it hits the red patches on my cheeks or the slight colour pigmentation I have around my lips, or the blemishes which pop up every now and then it evens out my skin tone straight away. This is such an amazing base for my face and it has done a better job of leveling out my skin than any product ever has. I have just noticed that this brand has started to pop up in Boots– although only the skincare- but I am hoping they bring in the BB Blur soon enough!
Tony Moly Sheet Masks
Sheet masks are the hype at the moment and there’s good reason behind it. I was originally going to wait until my trip to the States to stock up on products but I found an amazing price for the full set of 11 Tony Moly masks on Amazon so I had to get them.
Each mask is drenched in serum and they’re all supposed to do different things such as hydrate, exfoliate, radiate etc. I love putting on face masks but find the faff of both putting on a mask and taking it off a bit too much hassle which is what I love about sheet masks. Whack it on, leave it on for 20-30 mins (or until it dries), take it off and rub the excess serum into your skin: easy peasy.
Each mask that I have tried has left my face glowing and looking great and when you can buy them for this price I don’t mind quite as much, but when they’re £3-5 each I couldn’t justify them.
Garnier Moisture Nourish £3.99
A few weeks ago I had a drugstore haul in Boots where I picked up a whole range of products and seeing as the skincare was 3 for 2 I picked up a few new Garnier products. I had seen this online and what jumped out to me was that it was aimed at dry to very dry skin. Although my skin isn’t too dry it’s only patches I thought I would give it a go especially because there are also other variations such as normal to dry skin that I could try at a later date. The price was naturally a massive bonus as well.
I was expecting it to feel quite oily/ greasy or thick as it is meant to be for very dry skin and provide moisture, but it was actually silky, sunk straight into my skin and wasn’t greasy at all. I have been using this every evening before going to bed and I certainly have noticed that by the morning my skin is smooth and the dry patches don’t seem as noticeable.