Tuesday, 25 July 2017

A Load of Beauty Favourites

It's been ages since I last sat down to write a favourites post, months in fact. It's been so long that I can't even remember most of them but I thought I'd tell you guys about some of the beauty bits that I've been loving over the past couple of months.

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair - on offer for £45.05 (usually £53) from lookfantastic

I've done quite a bit of travelling recently, 8 flights and counting, and this teeny tiny bottle of magic has become a hand luggage staple for me, because it is amazing. Now my skin is shit at the best of times, let alone when I'm flying. Enter ANR, a serum that is designed to protect and repair the skin whilst reducing the appearance of blemishes - of which I have a few - and providing an intense boost of hydration. It is insanely good! I don't ever want to travel without it because I don't even want to imagine the sorry state my skin would be in if I did.

MAC Liptensity in Medium Rare - £17.50 from MAC

I've got into the habit of buying a MAC lipstick every time I'm in Duty Free, which is a fairly frequent occurrence these days. This is the lipstick that kicked off that habit. I picked it up in Copenhagen Airport back in February when I had a few hours to kill, and it's been knocking around in my handbag ever since. It's such an easy to wear, low maintenance everyday lip. Medium Rare is the most perfect your lips but better shade, a mid-toned rosy pink -  my fave, read more about that here - with a hint of brown to it. It has a dreamy formula with a semi-matte finish that is smooth, creamy and totally comfortable to wear. It's wear time is fairly average, due to the creaminess (read slipperiness) of the formula it doesn't stick around when confronted with food or drink. However it does look good on absolutely everyone,  from us pale folk to olive toned complexions and darker skin tones.

Caudalie Beauty Elixir* - £12/£32 for 30ml/100ml from feelunique

This is such a princess product, in that it's not strictly necessary and also doesn't really do much, but I love it, like really love it. It really perks up tired skin as it is very refreshing and quite hydrating. It also smells incredible, with notes of grape, mint, orange blossom and rosemary. My only slight gripe is that it comes housed in a frosted glass bottle, which is both super luxurious and super impractical, but I'll get over it.

Body Shop Skin Defence Multi-Protection Essence SPF50 - £16/£20 for 40ml/60ml from The Body Shop

As I've got older I've become super aware of photoageing, I really don't want to spend my formative years with the creased, leather-y complexion of an old handbag. So I've started using a facial sunscreen everyday to protect my skin from sun damage and harmful UV rays. I picked this up after running out of my former fave La Roche Posay's Antihelios XL Ultra-Light Fluid (read more about that here) and have become completely obsessed with it. It's incredible. It's non-comedogenic meaning it doesn't break me out. It's also very hydrating and has a lightweight, milky texture that absorbs into the skin without leaving a white cast. It's a really good base for make up and it offers protection from both UVA and UVB rays. I really love it.

Aromatherapy Associates Support Breathe Rollerball* - £16 from lookfantastic

I was given this at Pro Beauty back in February and have used it basically everyday since. I absolutely love it. It has a very fresh scent, with notes of tea tree, pine extract, eucalyptus oil and  peppermint. It smells incredible and is very soothing. I like to use it when I travel to keep me calm, I'm not a nervous flyer but it definitely helps. It's also great to use when you have a cold.

Lancôme Grandiose Wide-Angle Fan Effect Waterproof Mascara - £26 from lancôme

This is another gem that I picked up in Copenhagen Airport's Duty Free. This one however was a total accident. I'd meant to get the Lancôme Grandiose Waterproof eyeliner, which I now have and love by the way. Anyway it was a happy accident because this mascara is now a firm favourite. It features a plastic brush and Lancôme's trademarked swan neck which is designed to get to even the most hard to reach lashes in the inner corners. The mascara itself is very lengthening and it really holds a curl. It's not the most volumising and it does have the tendency to clump - which is never a good look - but it doesn't streak, smudge or flake, and it's not a total nightmare to take off. It's a really good everyday mascara.

Revlon Gel Envy ColorStay in Up the Ante - £7.99 from Boots

This has been a favourite so many times that it's getting quite embarrassing. The colour is great, the formula is great and there's really nothing I can say that I haven't said before, read more about it here.

Let me know some of your favourites by commenting below, on twitter, or dropping me an email at laurenwiththeredhair@gmail.com. Also check out my instagramfacebookbloglovin', snapchat -search lolarocknroses - & pinterest for regular updates.

Love love love xxx

Disclaimer: All products marked with an * were gifted to me. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own and not influenced by outside parties.

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