Sunday, 25 August 2013

August Favourites

For me this month has been a lot about recovering from all the time I spent in the sun in July so I've focused on hydration, nourishment and restoration to some extent and for most of my favourites this month that's also the common thread - starting with the small, but oh so important lip balm.

In most of my handbags I will find at least one lip balm since I hate the feeling of dry lips and I always use one to prep my lips before applying lip products. This month the one I have been reaching for the most is the A-Derma Intense Repair Lip Balm. A-Derma is another French skincare range using plant based technology to deliver 100% natural products. When I first got this lip balm in a Glossybox many months ago I really didn't like it and thought it was an overpriced lip balm, but I have completely changed my mind! It's made from Rhealba oat milk which is well known for it's "soothing, softening and protective" qualities and it really feels as if it does all these things when you wear it. It glides on easily and has a non sticky consistency, and even if you don't wear any colour on your lips it adds a lovely and healthy natural shine. Despite the heat wave we've had, my lips have been in good condition thanks to this lip balm. It doesn't seem to be readily available in shops - unless you're in France, so your best bet is to get it on Amazon or eBay, and it is definitely worth the £10 (including delivery).

Every week I compliment my regular skincare routine with different masks and one of my absolute favourites, and also mentioned by loads of other bloggers and vloggers is the REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask. I must admit that when I first tried it a long time ago, I was a little bit apprehensive since glycolic acid is a very potent ingredient used to remove any dead skin, but it also plumps the skin underneath. I follow the instructions carefully and will use this mask perhaps once every 10 days, definitely no more than once a week. You apply it onto clean skin, leave it on for about 10 mins, wipe it off with a cloth and then you rinse your face. Immediately you'll notice that the skin looks more clear, radiant and plump so it's a very effective mask, but because it's so strong it's not suitable for sensitive skin.

Since I abused my hair a little bit in July with sun, salt water and updo's I've tried to add as much moisture as possible back into my hair before A/W, when I'll start to do more heat styling again. I've been using Aussie Beach Mate Shampoo and Conditioner that I mentioned earlier this month pretty much solidly throughout August, which is fairly unusual for me so it says a lot about how great I think they are. The shampoo and conditioner have the same rich formula as Miracle Moist and I love how soft, sleek and silky it makes my hair feel, and of course the candy sweet but fresh orange scent is sooo lovely. 

The weather is still sunny and the skies are beautifully blue most days, however there's been a shift in the air and even though the sun's out, it no longer feels as if it's TTT - Total Tanning Time. So I'm starting to lose my bronzed look a little bit and instead of donning a bikini again, I go for sun in a bottle with the help of Caudalie Divine Legs. I've mentioned this amazing product previously in The Bronze Age, so I won't go into too much detail except to mention again that it is - yes you guessed it, AMAZING. It's so easy to apply, it gives an even golden colour without the strange smell that many other brands have (regardless of what they claim) and it doesn't streak or stain your clothes and sheet. What more could you want from a tanning product?
As the weather has turned a little bit cooler at the moment, I've turned to slightly warmer and more aromatic fragrances and my last favourite this month is a perfect example of that - Origins Ginger Essence. This is one of my all time favourites and I always seem to have a bottle of it in my perfume collection. It is a light and effervescent mix of fresh and cool, zesty citrus fruits like lemon and lime together with warm and spicy, but still sweet crystallized ginger - it's like wearing a slightly peppery ginger ale. This fragrance warms you up from the inside and makes you feel composed, harmonious and focused - it's a truly wonderful scent, perfect for taking you into autumn.

42 comments:

  1. That perfume sounds amazing. Great how a scent can change your mood isn't it!
    Tania x www.make-up-maggie.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Hi Tania! Thank you so much for visting and for leaving the first comment today :o). This is a really gorgeous scent and I'm going to finish it soon, so will need to put that on my birthday wish list :o). Have joined your blog and follow you as well. Hope you'll do the same and come back and visit again soon! Have a great sunday Xx

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  2. A-Derma lip balm sounds awesome, wish I could get it here. Nice post :)

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    1. Thanks a million! Yes I've turned into a big fan of it :O). Xx

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  3. great favorites :D

    Im going to subscribe, maybe you feel like returning the favor ^^
    iscoopbeauty

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    1. Hi Melanie, thank you for visiting and for leaving such a nice comment. Of course, I've just joined and on Bloglovin' too. Hope to see you back soon :O) Xx

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  4. I love Aussie products! They smell so good and aren't too expensive :)xo

    http://901lovely.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Hey Izzie, completely agree, they are so lovely, I almost wish there was a body spray in that scent :O). Xx

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  5. I love aussie shampoo! They smell/feel amaaazing :) I really like your blog! Would you mind having a look at mine? :)
    http://rubyemeliablogs.blogspot.co.uk/

    xxx

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    1. Hello Ruby! Thank you so much for visiting and for your nice comment! I've checked you blog and follow you on Google. Hope you'll visit me again or maybe even join :O). Have a super day and look forward to more posts from you. Xx

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  6. Great products, Love Aussie shampoo! Lovely blog, would you like to follow each other?



    http://rakhshanda-chamberofbeauty.blogspot.in/

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    1. Hiya Rakhshanda! Thank you so much for visiting! I love them too, they are great for long hair. Just joined your blog and follow on Bloglovin' too. Hope you'll visit again soon :o): Xx

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  7. Nice post :-) x

    Http://Kinderhealthandbeautytips.blogpost.co.uk

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  8. i really like the A-Derma lip balm, its so hydrating and lovely on your lips!L xxx

    maquillagemagic.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you for the comment! It was such a positive surprise and I even think I might get another one when this is no more :O). Xx

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  9. Great post, I love Aussie hair products- at the minute I'm trying their range for 'long' hair, but I usually use their 'moisture' range :-) x

    http://www.totalmodisch.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Hello Ruby and thanks a million for visiting! I keep going back to miracle moist - I love most of the Aussie products but it's definitely a favourite :O). Joined your blog and follow you and hope you'll come and visit again :O). Xx

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  10. Super blog? follow?:)
    www.femmfashion.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Sandra - thank you very much for visiting and for the sweet comment. I've joined your blog - particularly liked the green/turqoise outfit - very lovely. Hope you'll come and visit soon again :O). Xx

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  11. I love Origins, they really make fabulous products!
    xo
    styleontheside.com

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    1. Hi Caroline, it's definitely one of my favourite brands :O). Xx

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  12. Super post:) I observed:) your turn:) www.femmfashion.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks a million for the nice feedback :O). Xx

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  13. Origins ginger essence...wooo..sounds like it will zap you out of fatigue!!!
    Love the post dear!

    ..and yea..following you..I finally got my hands on some Caudalie skincare...waiting for the shipment.. :P

    xx

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    1. It really is an amazing fragrance. That's sooo great! Can't wait to read the reviews - I'm curious already :O). Xx

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  14. I adore Aussie products! I was using the miracle moisture one but it meant having to wash it a lot more often because my hair went greasy a lot easier! I love the look of this though, if it does what it says on the tin and gives me beach hair then I'm sold! :)

    www.elissex.blogspot.com
    xx

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    1. Hiya Elisse and thanks for visiting! it's funny what some shampoos do to your hair, this has worked really well with my air - long and a bit dry, so if you give it a go, I hope you'll be happy with it too :o). Please come back and visit again soon :o). Xx

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  15. Love your selection! I really need to try the REN mask!!
    Aims
    Xoxo

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    1. Hey Aimee - I know it's a bit pricey, but you won't regret it. I bought mine in April and I've still got lots of use left, so it'll last you a good while :O). Xx

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  16. I love Aussie products, they've never let me down!

    Jordan-Alice

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    1. Thank you soo much for visiting! I completely agree, and I'm so happy to see that there are so many that really like this brand :o). Hope you'll visit again soon. Xx

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  17. Hi. Thank you for the follow. I am following you back on Bloglovin, and am really enjoying reading through your blog. I really want to try the Ren mask as I am loving their BB cream at the moment.

    Karen xx
    http://silvermachine78.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. That's so lovely of you, thank you very much! It's a brilliant mask, very effective and the skin looks amazing afterwards :O). Xx

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  18. I love REN skincare and Aussie hair products! I think everybody should have a few of their products in their stash!

    Rachel x

    thedrugstorelife.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Hi Rachel, thanks a million for visiting! I agree, they are definitely staple items for me :O. Joined your site and hope you'll come and visit again soon! Xx

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  19. mmm I have been wanting to try that REN mask for a long time, sooner or later I am gonna buy it, btw love your blog. New subscriber.
    Vale http://simplywhatilike.blogspot.it/

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    1. Oh you should, you wont be disappointed, it is truly amazing! Xx

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  20. you choice of products always beautiful i love the hair care product i wish i get here in india :)

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    1. Hiya Jannat - thank you so much, that's lovely of you :O). Hope you have a great weekend! Xx

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