September favourites & fails

Now that it’s finally October (spooky season) I can put the bad of last month behind me & focus on the good! I don’t do favourites & fails a lot, mainly when I have some products that I feel quite strongly about. Let’s begin with our faves.

Something that’s been a favourite of mine for a while, and will continue to be for the time coming is the boots tea tree and witch hazel toner. I’ve gone through bottles of this, and always come back to it. It isn’t too harsh that it strips my skin, but daily use definitely helps to control my blemishes. It’s a great price as well, it’s usually £4 but is on offer every other week. I’ve told others about it & it’s helped them too.

After being in London in August, I was colour matched to my CORRECT shade of the nars radiant longwear foundation, and now love it. It really goes to show that the wrong colour can put you off a nice foundation. It has a really nice radiant finish, as you’d expect. It’s a medium, buildable coverage, and feels very lightweight on the skin. I find it doesn’t separate or look bad by the end of the day, which can be a common thing for me and my oily skin. I definitely recommend going to get colour matched and seeing if you’re able to take a sample to try.

The bondi sands gradual tanner is the first one I bought since the dove summer glow moisturiser, which I used for far too long. I love the size, and colour of the bottle, and how much you get for the price. Its only a subtle tan but very natural and lasts well. I bought this a few days before a wedding to give me a bit more colour, and it gave me a sun kissed glow. It does smell slightly of biscuits which I know isn’t the best, but it works so well that I just don’t care.

Since starting at bare minerals I’ve been desperate to try their skincare, and after my training in August I picked myself up a few cleansers. I grabbed the oil obsessed makeup remover, and the clay chameleon and blemish remedy cleansers. I’ve used the blemish remedy and oil obsessed almost everyday since (though swapped the blemish one for the murad when testing my rocca box, read here) And my skin has been looking fresh and spit free (for the most part). I used the blemish remedy when I was away and it kept my stress spots at bay which is amazing if I’m being honest, usually nothing touches them. I’ve recently started using the clay chameleon cleanser as my skin has been fairly good, and this is not only fun, but a real treat for the skin. It still cleans really well and keeps my spots at bay, but the papaya In it helps to brighten as well. [affiliate-disclaimer, I’m not saying this because I work for the brand. I genuinely love the products. I most likely will get nothing from posting this, unless you come onto my counter to buy it].

For the longest time I’ve been looking for an eye cream with spf in it, and it wasn’t until I was gifted with the dermalogica eye cream from one of my blogger friends that I was finally happy. This is such a nice eye cream. Not only do you get a lot in the tube, and obviously you don’t really need much at once. It also has this slight pink tint that seems to brighten and blur the look of the undereye. I’ve definitely noticed that my under eyes look brighter since using this, and are hydrated throughout the day. The only downside, depending on how you look at it, is that you can’t use this at night, so you need a separate cream for night. This isn’t so bad as I’m trying to use up one of my old eye creams anyway.

When I went to an event at the body shop a few weeks back I picked up a hair shampoo scrub and have used it most hair washes since. I find that although my hair gets oily, my scalp is very dry and flaky, so I wanted to try a scrub to remove the dry skin. This has a really nice fresh feeling to it, that’s also quite cooling. My scalp feels a lot smoother and I don’t notice so many flakes, whilst still keeping my hair clean.


When nip and fab released their vitamin c collection, I was so excited to get my hands on something. I love vitamin c to brighten my skin, and help me look healthy and glowy. I grabbed the concentrate to try. After about 2 weeks of using it, I noticed that I had a lot of little white heads all over my face. I wasn’t sure what was causing it so I removed different things from my routine until they went away. I thought it was this, so put it to the side for some time. Probably about a month or so later I looked at it again. I wasn’t 100% sure it was this, and as my skin was being good I thought I’d try it again. Like the time before, after a few days use I had little whiteheads all over my face. Nothing else in my routine had changed, and I wasn’t using anything that doesn’t work well with vitamin c. The only thing it could be was this concentrate. I was gutted. I so desperately wanted this to work and be amazing. I’m slightly put off using this range now, but maybe in the future I’ll try something else.

It’s a good thing when you have a lot more faves than fails, & a sight I’d like to see more. September was definitely a good month! What are you favourites and fails for September?

Thank you for reading this post, until next time,

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