I find it really hard to pick my favourites each month and keep it fresh! I still love everything I loved last month, and the month before, etc. and I would hate sounding like a broken record. Luckily I have three out of five new things to share with you this month, plus one stellar serum that deserves it's time to shine and an old favourite that I'm beginning to appreciate more and more as the days go by.
We may as well start with the big carrot in the room, the Yes To Carrots Scalp Relief Shampoo. I picked this up the other week when having a rare browse in Boots. They no longer sell Naked Shampoo (I can't believe they went out of business!) and have been replaced with Yes To & another natural-ish range in my store. Michael has a super sensitive scalp and mine is constantly irritated lately so I thought we'd try this little number as a Naked replacement instead of both using my expensive John Masters Shampoo. I love him but that's not going to happen.
Anyway, I've been hooked on using this shampoo ever since, it foams up like crazy and soothes irritation. It's not perfect and my scalp is still an issue, but I quite like it.
I've been using the Antipodes Apostle Skin-Brightening & Tone-Correcting Serum for at least 3-4 months now, maybe even longer, but it never really measured on my radar. I only realised a few days ago that I actually have been using this every single day for months, so I guess I must really quite like it! I may even write a full review. The reason I reach for this daily (besides the delicious fruity smell) is because it's the only water-based serum I have right now making it my go-to product to mix with a facial oil to help said oil sink into my skin quicker. I also think it has helped quite a lot to reduce the darkness of a cluster of scars on my cheek - it's not super potent for that sort of thing but every little helps, right?
An old timer that's seeing a lot of use these days is the W3ll People Narcissist Foundation Stick. I picked this up last year (it has a 24-month use by date) in London at Content but never really fell for it completely, I've always liked it but never used it religiously. Maybe it's because it's in a stick? The colour match is great, I have the palest shade and it's a perfect neutral and really pale. The formula is creamy and easy to blend, the coverage is light-medium and can be built up and tapped over blemishes and marks for a flawless finish. It does need setting with powder on my oily skin or it will slip and slide in the heat.
Last month I used this as concealer under my eyes, I literally drew a huge half circle under each eye, going heavy on the application, I then blended it in with the orange real techniques contour brush bringing it down onto my cheeks and when I was done I looked SO awake and everything was bright and fantastic. I've been using it like that ever since and am kiiiiinda addicted.
A most surprising favourite has to be the Inika Mineral Blush Pot in the shade Pink Pinch. I'm all for products that make my life easier and this is one of them, especially as I often skip blush for fear of making a mess of it. This is a REVELATION in blush application, just a few light taps and you have a little pink flush with zero effort. I'm not sure if you can take the puff off to wash it yet - it doesn't seem so which is a shame, but I will find out and get back to you.
Lastly I've chosen to include Schmidt's Bergamot & Lime Natural Deodorant. This stuff smells ah-mazing. I love citrus scents, especially lime so this was always going to go down well with me and my nose. I'm still getting used to natural paste like deodorants, they're a hassle to apply so most days I skip this and reach for a roll-on, but still, the scent is worth it. (mine is the sample size, worry not, this small post isn't £11! - though that is pretty darn expensive for a deodorant, no?!)
Question: How do you prefer to read product roundups and monthly favourite posts? In a casual chatty style like above or the products listed out nice 'n' neat & straight to the point with what I think about them. I can never decide and worry my rambles are too long to read.
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