Tuesday, 4 October 2011

September: this month we've mostly been wearing...

It's been rather a changeable start to autumn, with some days more like mid-summer and some with that hint of mist and nip in the air that we both love. Here's some of the key products we've been enjoying during the month that ushers in our favourite season...

Sarah:

1. Le Labo Rose 31  (£90 for 50ml)
This choice will surprise nobody who read my recent, rapturous account of my Le Labo Liberty experience. A week or two on and I'm still in love with this incensey musk-laden rose EDP.

2. Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Skin Brightening Moisturiser with SPF15 (£9.99 for 50ml, from Boots)*
I've been trialling a couple of skincare items from Aveeno's new face-care range and this has been my September day cream. Despite being shot through with shimmer particles, it doesn't give that "Twilight vampire" glittery face effect, just a general healthy appearance. It's a hard-working, light and comfortable summer moisturiser at a bargain price.

3. Naked Coco de Mer shower gel (£3.79 for 200ml)
In a fast-spinning world of beauty fickleness and over-saturated consumer markets, our love for Naked products holds true. Coco de Mer is a supremely indulgent, moisturising, SLS-free shower gel, and it costs a teeny fraction of what you might expect for its quality.

4. Benefit They're Real mascara (£18.50 for 8.5g)*
I'm still enjoying this all-singing, all-dancing, all-lengthening and volumising mascara from Benefit. Over time, it has not dried or clumped up in the tube. (And indeed it shouldn't, at £18.50)

5. Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum foundation (£10.99 for 30ml)*
I should really do a full review of this foundation, which is light, natural-looking and yet deceptively good at covering spots and freckles etc. It also has a delightful fruity smell.

Gemma:

1.  Chanel Illusion d'Ombre in Illusoire (£22.50)
I've fallen head over heels for Chanel's new Illusion d'Ombre eyeshadows, not least because the bouncy-gel texture is something I've never seen before.  Illusoire is a gorgeous silver-purple, which looks great with my greenish eyes.  I love how quick and easy it is to get a subtly sparkly, smoky look with this shade, and I've worn it a fair bit this month as a result.

2.  Estee Lauder Pure Color Lipstick in Crystal Rose (£18)*
.. and following on from my love of Illusoire, the slightly heavier eye I've been wearing has been crying out for a polished neutral lip.  Which is exactly what I get from Crystal Rose - it's the perfect neutral on me, with enough pink to stop my lips looking dead, and enough beige to make it a great My Lips But Better shade.

3.  Clarisonic (from £150)
In reality, I use my Clarisonic month in, month out, and I swear it's the thing that keeps my skin looking clear, fresh, and even.  I've not raved about it in a while, though, so I thought I should highlight it again.  I'm always staggered by the amount of brownish residual dirt it manages to get off my skin after a thorough oil cleanse, and I wouldn't be without it a year and a half after buying it.  Expensive, yes, but a worthwhile investment.

4.  Hairfix Recovery Regime (£9.95 per product)
After almost two years of avoiding it completely, this month saw me go back to using silicone on my hair (more on that later).  I've gotten mighty used to having hair that doesn't feel heavily laden with product, and the Hairfix Recovery Regime is helping me keep my hair light and properly clean - I use it once a week to remove any product residue, and my hair is left feeling light, bouncy, shiny, and clean.

5.  Enrapture Encode Totem Styler (£74.99 from Boots)*
This month, I've been to a few weddings and special events.  Typically, I've ended up spending more time on my makeup than I have on my hair - but thanks to the Totem Styler and it's speed-heating, variable-temperature goodness, I've been able to add some smoothly defined into my messy curls double quick, giving me a slightly more polished look.  I particularly love the variable heat along the barrel - which allows you to create loose curls at the mid lengths with tighter curls at the end, uniformly perfect ringlets, or loose romantic curls with the flick of a switch, and very little skill.

* PR samples

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