It’s always such a toughie to narrow things down for a current or monthly favourites blogpost which explains why I don’t often do these! I have such a long list of product that I love using, it really is endless! But I have selected some of the things I’ve enjoyed using the most in the past 4 weeks on a daily or regular basis.
Shea Moisture Fruit Fusion Coconut Water Weightless Texture Spray*
If you have thick, dry, unmanageable hair, you must try Shea Moisture! I’ve been using their shampoo, conditioner, and hair masque and it makes my hair look shiny and healthier. To keep up the condition of my hair, I’ve been avoiding hair spray. Instead, I’ve opted for Shea Moistures Weightless Texture Spray which features coconut water for hydration and also a fruit fusion of fresh dragon fruit, lychee berry, and green apple extract.
Lee Stafford Coco Loco Coconut Mask
I adore this range of hair products which uses coconut oil - the key ingredient of the moment! With the scent of creamy, tropical coconuts, Lee Stafford's Coco Loco range helps boost hydration to dry hair. I’ve been using straighteners almost every day since I got it cut short so my hair is in need of a good hair treatment and I use a hair mask twice a week now! The best thing about it is that at £6.99, it is so affordable!
Redken Pillow Proof Blow-dry Extreme Primer Cream*
Up until a few months ago, I was actually very confused by hair primers. I didn’t understand or see the point of them. Was it a conditioner? Was it a styling product? How do you use it? When do you use it?! You see… I was very confused. However, it has become a beauty essential… especially with my hair needing a lot of TLC! Using Pillow Proof primer will primer prepare, shields and strengthen hair. It protects heat of up to 230C which allows you to crank up the hairdryer and speed up drying time.
Frank Body Coffee Scrub*
I only just blogged about the benefits of using coffee body scrubs the other day but I have been so impressed with it, I decided to feature it as one of my current favourites. The full size packs start from £11.95 so it's a few quid cheaper than other brands, and if you think about it, a tub of good quality body scrub from the high street chemist is priced at around £8-£14 anyway. It's something new to try, especially if you love the smell of coffee because the scent of it is reeaaaally strong! I particularly love the cocao (mmm! Chocolate!), and also the coconut scented one.
The Body Shop Pinita Colada Body Butter*
I urge you to go in to The Body Shop and take a sniff of Pinita Colada. Like, NOW! The delicious smelling body collection is a limited edition range and I assume it’s only going to be around until end of Summer, so there isn’t long left! The body butter is not as dense and ‘buttery’ as I remember it, but that's a good thing in my eyes because I don't like it when creams are too rich. The Pinita Colada Body Butter is a very lovely moisturiser that doesn’t take too much effort to rub in to skin.
Claudia Louch Mousse Foundation*
This took a bit of getting used to but come to think of it, I’ve always found moussey textured makeup to be quite difficult to work with. What I’ve come to realise is that you have a delicate touch and take time to blend it in to skin using light motion. This foundation by skincare expert, Claudia Louch, is a light coverage and a natural matte finish. It’s 94% natural, hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic, fragrance free and contains no harsh chemicals or parabens.
This multi-purpose beauty balm is worth every penny of it’s £10.99 price tag. I’ve tried a lot of beauty balms but Lanolips is the best one yet. You can use it to moisturise lips, hands, cuticles, brittle nails, insect bites, soothe itchy skin. The Original is unscented but I’d be interested to try the strawberry one next time!
Roger & Gallet Sublime Hand and Nail Cream*
Don’t let this size of this tube fool ya. It lasted for so long! Seriously, I had this on my desk for 6 months and used it at least once a day and there was still a decent amount left in the tube! Everytime I applied it, I was like ‘when is this going to end?! I want to buy a new one!’. I think it’s because you don’t need to put much on, the scent can be quite overpowering! This Sublime edition is a replenishing formula of shea butter, sweet almost and evening primrose oil. It has a sunny fragrance of ylang-ylang, orange blossom, soft coconut flower, and musk.
Puressentiel Respiratory Range*
I suffer from hayfever in June and July and every year, I try find a cure but to no avail. Apart from taking antihistamines, I often give other remedies a try. In the past, I’ve had a go at homeopathy, local honey, herbal. The latest thing I’ve been testing out are the sprays and balm from Puressentiel. Now, it doesn’t take away the itchiness in my face that hayfever causes, but the aromatherapy based products does soothes the airways and aid swollen sinuses. I’d say that these eucalyptus-scented remedies would work better for a cold so I’ll be keeping these safe for Winter!
Dragonfly Tea* (Berry Green tea)
Lastly, a non-beauty related product! Green tea isn’t to everyones taste but I personally like it. Having a Chinese mother who often brews the bitterest of bitter teas (my fellow Chinese will completely know where I’m coming from), my taste buds can totally handle it. Unlike a traditional green tea which has a bitter edge, the offering from Dragonfly Tea is light and delicate. I usually like it plain but my new favourite is Berry Green, it’s tasty and naturally sweet, and needless to say, it’s healthier than a cup of cwofffeee.