I am terrible at remembering to round up my currently favourites on a monthly basis but I feel like such a sense of achievement when I can finally tick it off my to-do list! It’s something that I put off, not because I don’t want to write it up, but because it gets shifted down the list of my priorities. I think to myself ‘well, I’ve always get next month’…
Time to tackle the Monthly Favourites selection, though! Let’s go…
Herbal Essences Daily Detox Range*
Herbal Essences launched the Daily Detox range in January – a very appropriate time to release ‘detoxing’ products. We think about a detox for our body and skin after the Christmas holidays and I never even considered my hair at any given point. This is probably why I struggle to maintain my hair, I can’t keep it healthy and shiny for more than 2 weeks after I’ve had it cut. Bear in mind that I only get my hair cut twice a year… if that!!!
I forget how much our hair goes through each day; pollutions, products, heat, the wind (omg, the tangles and knots!!) and whilst I’m really clued up about my skincare routine and stick to a strict twice-a-day-routine, the same can not be said about my hair.
The Daily Detox range is, in theory, designed to be used at the end of the day to ‘wash the day away’. I can’t wash my hair in the evening because 99% of the time, I’ll wake up with hair that’s going in different direction. But when I’m using Herbal Essences The Daily Detox shampoo and conditioner in the morning, it refreshes and cleanses without leaving build up. My hair remains cleans for up to 3 days.
The star ingredient in the product is mint oil which is known for it’s cleansing and refreshing properties, but also it provides a more mental calming effect on body and mind. The options in the range includes: Daily Detox Shine White Tea and Mint, Daily Detox Volume Crimson Orange and Mint, Daily Detox Clean Golden Raspberry and Mint. All suitable for colour-treated hair and is available in stockists such as Sainsbury’s, Boots, and Superdrug at £3.99 each,
Monsoon Rose Gold Eau de Parfum*, £35.00
I am going through bottles of perfume like no tomorrow, which is very unlike me because I am normally quite precious over my perfume collection, I can make a bottle last for about 4 years! I have been more heavy handed with perfumes that have a more affordable price tag, and I find myself freshening up with my fragrance of choice about 3-4 times a day. That’s an acceptable amount of time, right?!
Monsoon Rose Gold Eau de Parfum is a lovely rose scented perfume with fruity tones. It isn’t as sweet as the usual rose fragrances that I’d opt for, but it’s a pleasant, all-rounder perfume all the same! It has a minimal packaging design with nude and rose gold accents. The perfume itself has notes of lemon, soft fruits, velvety rose, tuberose, neroli, Eastern woods, musks, vanilla and balsamic amber.
Mandara Spa Butter Collection*, from £2.50
Mandara Spa is a great body care brand. Everytime I walk past their products in Sainsbury’s, I have to stop and sniff everything. The Butter Collection is formulated with coconut – it contains no nasty parabens, SLES, microbeads or mineral oil. For such great products that aims to create a spa experience, you’d expect them to be expensive but thankfully, prices start from £2.50. Mandara Spa is am affordable, relaxing, me-time treat for everyone.
The scents in the Butter Collection include Mango & Coconut, Ylang Ylang & Coconut, Lime & Coconut, Shea & Coconut with products ranging from shower cream, bath milk, body butter, hand butter and foot polishes. My favourite is the bath milk and body butter – they are divine! Check them out next time you’re shopping in Sainsbury’s.
Ciate London Dewy Stix*, £22.00
This is a highlighter stick that gives a radiant, dewy finish. If your skin is looking dull and lacklustre (much like mine is at the moment) then this would be a brilliant cosmetic product to give the illusion of a healthy glow in an instant. However, if you’re prone to oily skin, I’d give this a miss because there is a bit of a shine to the Dewy Stix, as the name suggest.
Supermood Beauty Sleep*, from £30.40
A couple of months ago, I was introduced to an online beauty shop called Sulis + Thermae who stock fantastic brands such as Connock London, D.L & Co, Miller Harris, Oskia, and Supermood. It’s a carefully curated selection of brands and every single one on their website will excite every single beauty fanatic.
I’ve been trying a few Supermood products lately, in particular their Beauty Sleep range; Sweet Pillow Scent Spray, Oil Ritual Face Wash, and Youth Restoring Night Cream. As they all do different things, it’s hard to pick a favourite, especially as all three give such great results – but I do love a pillow spray! I find it touch to settle down on the evening so this helps me relax and eventually fall asleep.
The Oil Ritual Face Wash contains coconut oil, pomegranate oil, sunflower seed oil to softens skin. If you have time, it’s nice to do a facial style massage with this, it is advisable to focus on the acupuncture points of the face for full benefits.
This is then followed it by a toner and serum of choice, finish by the Youth Restoring Night Cream which features sea fennel stem cell extract which repairs and rejuvenates the skin while you sleep. It’s a lovely night cream, very soothing and fast absorbing. It takes care of your skin while you get your beauty sleep.
Neem Sunita Passi from Tri-Dosha*, from £11.45
I’ve noticed the ingredient, neem, pop up a few times lately. Neem is a tree which becomes a powerful, rich ingredient in oil or powdr form. It has been used in Ayurverdic medicine, one of the world’s oldest wellness and holistic healing methods. Ayurveda is something I am only just learning to understand and I find it very interesting. It’s slowly emerging in to the mainstream beauty world and I sense that we’ll hear more about soon.
Neem is the key ingredient in both of the products from Tri-Dosha (pictured above). Sweet Orange and Rose Geranium Refreshing Hand Wash and Shower Gel is a gentle, comforting and soap-free. It comforts even the most sensitive, problem prone skin. It doesn’t foam up which is a good thing as foaming agents used in bath products tend to dry your skin out (with a chance of irritation), but there’s no risk of that with this shower gel.
The Lavendar, Rose, Geranium and Chamomile Replenishing Lotion (£12.60) feels lovely on skin. It has a light and milky consistency that sinks in to skin without greasiness or stickiness. It has neem, natural oils such as jojoba and lavender to restore the skin’s moisture and suppleness. If you’re in to the Ayurveda approach for whatever personal reasons, you may be interested in trying the body products from Tri-Dosha.
What beauty products have you enjoyed using this month?
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