Monthly Favourites: May 2018

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It’s been a very busy month for me with attending two weddings and a festival, plus the weather has been amazing! I feel like I’ve lived out of a suitcase all of this month, staying away every weekend for all the events I’ve attended. Starting in Southampton for the first wedding, then up towards London for my best friend’s wedding the following weekend, ending May in Portsmouth at a festival. And the sun has been shining through-out which has been wonderful. With the travelling and the heat, there have been a few favourite products which have stood out for me this month, so here are my May favourites:

John Frieda Fizz Ease Serum – I brought this back in October before I headed on holiday to Tenerife because as soon as I go on holiday, I get a solid case of Monica’s Barbados hair! The John Frieda Frizz Ease Serum is the only thing that will help manage my hair in the heat and with the sun making a rare appearance over the UK this past month, this has saved me from a few bad hair days. I use two small pumps on my wet hair before blow drying and it tames my hair from frizz for the next couple of days before washing it again.

Spiral Hair Ties – I only found these spiral hair ties last year and I love them! Similar theme to the above product, managing my hair in this heat is a mission! As soon as it gets warms the hair needs to go up in a bun on top of my head. These hair ties are amazing at holding your hair up in a bun without causing too much tension, pulling at the scalp. They also don’t leave any ridges in my hair either so I can easily take my hair down without any panic of needing to grab the straighteners.

Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look In A Palette – Living out of a suitcase for most of the month has meant living with a streamlined make-up bag. This wonderful little palette from Charlotte Tilbury however has made life so much easier. In just one small palette you get three eyeshadow colours, two blush shades plus a bronzer and highlighter. Apart from your base (foundation and concealer), mascara and an eyebrow product, I’ve not needed much else! The quality of the products are great too, with amazing colour pay-off and longevity.

The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture-Protect Emulsion – I picked this up at the beginning of the month and used it every day since. The Body Shop is really upping their game this year – my favourite Body Shop products post coming soon! This moisturizer has everything I want in a morning face product in one – Vitamin E and Wheatgerm Oil to help with the texture of my skin and helping with some scarring I have, Hyaluronic Acid for a big dose of hydration, plus SPF 30 to protect my skin in this gorgeous weather we have been having. It’s a gorgeous, light moisturizer for the mornings and I would really recommend if you are looking for a new daily SPF.

Your Good Skin Nourishing Hot Cloth Cleanser – If you follow me on Instagram, you will have seen I’ve been enjoying the new Hot Cloth Cleanser from Your Good Skin. So much so that this might even replace my beloved Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser…and you know how much I love that cleanser! I will review this in more detail very soon and do a more detailed comparison to the Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser, but what I will say is this is great and would recommend checking out if you are on the hunt for a new cleanser.

Hope you have all had a lovely May! What are your favourite products of May?

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Monthly Favourites: March 2018

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Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser in Rose and Lavender
This month my skin has been quite problematic with breakouts and experiencing a whole range of different textures – dry, oily, then dry and flaky – it’s been a mess! When this happens I strip my skincare right back and go back to the products I know and trust. My staple cleanser which you will always find in my bathroom cabinet is Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser. I’ve used this one on and off for nearly 10 years and I can always rely on this to getting my skin back on track. I’ve been using this all month and my skin is finally getting back to normal!

La Roche Posay Cicaplast Levres Barrier Repairing Balm
This was a new find during the month of March. After watching Nadine Baggott’s video – Why Most Lip Balms Are Bad For Your Lips (and which really work) she recommended the La Roche Posay Cicaplast Levres Barrier Repairing Balm. Naddine explains in her video that those lip balms containing Mint, Menthol, Peppermint, Spearmint, Rose, Camphor, Lemon derivatives and even capsaican (a chilli derivative) actually irritate the lips, whereas the La Roche Posay Balm contains none of these ingredients just simply Panthenol to help sooth chapped lips. I’ve been applying this every morning and evening before bed, as it has really helped soothed my lips.

MAC Cream Colour Base in Hush
During these winter months, I tend to stick to a more heavier coverage foundation because my skin hates the cold so I try all I can to cover it. These bases however tend to remove all glow from my complexion so a cream highlight for me is a must. There are two cream highlighters I have in my collection – Glossier Haloscope in Quartz (a common favourite in the beauty blogger community) and MAC Cream Colour Base in Hush (which I picked up after the Pixiwoo sisters raved about it). Out of the two however, its been the MAC Cream Colour Base in Hush which I have been loving the most. It really suits my skin tone and gives me a really lovely glow on my cheek-bones. This also featured in my recent post – How Much Is Your Make-Up Bag as this has been in my everyday make-up bag for the past couple of months. Have a read of it – HERE

Bleach London Make-up
If you read my last post (HERE) you will know I’ve recently tried out Bleach London make-up range and for the whole of this month I’ve really enjoyed it! The eyeshadows (or Louder Powders) do not budge and are really pigmented, plus only £3 each – I’m looking forward to trying out more of these. The contour is my most favourite though. The highstreet and in fact some high-end brands have not managed to bring out contour shades for all complexions but Bleach London have managed it. This colour for me is light and subtle for everyday use – me and my round face have loved it all month!

LOreal Mega Volume Miss Baby Roll mascara in waterproof
Regular readers of StephiSays will know I have horrible lashes – they are straight and very stubborn. I am really fussy when it comes to mascaras, and only waterproof mascaras tend to hold a curl in my lashes. My absolute favourite mascara has always been L’Oreal False Lash Architect but when I couldn’t pick this up recently in my local Superdrug as it was out of stock, I decided to pick up LOreal Mega Volume Miss Baby Roll mascara. Apparently its new from LOreal and I picked it up to try because it was on offer and waterproof. Turns out it’s pretty good! Might have to do a closer comparison on these mascara soon – stay tuned!

What have been your March beauty favourites?

Monthly Favourites: February 2018

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Today is the last day in February and it’s snowing – can you believe it! I hope everyone is staying warm. I thought I would share my favourites of of month with all – I have some beauty picks and a couple of non-beauty picks too!

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Kat Von D Studded Kiss lipstick in Cathedral
During the cold winter months, the lipstick I’ve been reaching for the most has been Kat Von D Studded Kiss lipstick in Cathedral. For me it’s the perfect winter berry colour as I find it’s not very bold shade compared to most berry lip colours and suits my skin tone really nicely. The formulation is really nice too as it’s a satin-matte finish and I find it quite long lasting on the lips too. If you are looking for an everyday berry shade, I would recommend checking this out – plus the packaging is beautiful!

Glossier Invisible Shield – Sunscreen (SPF 30)
I’ve mentioned this before in my previous blog (linked here) when I shared my 2nd Glossier haul. And with using more acids in my beauty routine lately (find out more here), finding a good SPF was a must! I’ve used this every day since I brought it and not only do I love that it is protecting my skin, I also really like the texture of this gel formulation under my makeup as it almost works as a primer too.

Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution
When I was younger I suffered with severe acne leading me to do a course of Roaccutane when I was 17 years old. After 6 months my skin was clear from acne but ever since I’ve really struggled with scarring. When I get a dreaded spot on my face I can usually tackle it within a couple of days however the mark will tend to hang around for quite some time afterwards. Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution is the only thing I have found that will reduce these marks overtime. I’m currently on my second bottle and found it really speeds up reducing any marks or discolouration.  This month, my skin has been particularly bad with breakouts and as my skin starts to calm down, I’ve used this religiously AM and PM. Finally my skin is looking clearer again!

Revlon Color Stay Foundation Norm/Dry Nude 200
As a beauty addict, I’ve tested a lot of foundations in my time but when my skin is being problematic and I need my makeup to stay in place all day, I always rely on Revlon Color Stay Foundation for Norm/Dry skin types. It’s an oldie but a goodie and with my skin playing up this month, this has been the only foundation I’ve been reaching for in February.

Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix Body Cream
As my love for skincare acids grows, I wanted to see if there was any body-care products I could test. It however seems that the high-street beauty market hasn’t yet jumped on this bandwagon apart from Nip+Fab. I decided to try out their Glycolic Fix Body Cream – it contains, glycolic acid, salicylic and lactic acids to naturally exfoliate and make the skin look brighter and smoother. Throughout February I’ve used this every other day mainly focusing on my arms and legs (which tend to get most dry) and I have noticed my skin feeling soft and brighter. What I also love is that it soaks in really quickly too so I can quickly get dressed after my shower, unlike many other body moisturiser I’ve used previously which tends to leave my skin feeling a little greasy. Downside is it’s £9.99 for a 200ml bottle, and I’ve already nearly finished this bottle.

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Reading
One of my goals in 2018 was to read more books and so far I have read/listened to via Audible 5x books. And I have to say I’ve been loving taking some time for myself over the past couple of months to have some escapism with getting into a good book. My favourite for this month was definitely Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton which I reviewed recently HERE. I’m now reading Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman which I have been reading on my Kindle, and I cannot put it down. I’ve also really been loving my Kindle too – I know the feel of reading an actual book is way better than reading from a screen but it’s really handy to have when I’m commuting back and forth to London for work. I can honestly say my train journey home (it takes me over an hour every night!) feels like it takes 15mins as I’m so drawn into reading the story.

My Stojo cup
In a bid to try and be more environmentally friendly, I wanted to purchase a reusable coffee cup but I was concerned about how bulky a cup will be in my handbag all the time. It was when I was listening to Emma Gunns podcast and her #26habits (her challenge of trying to break and start a new habit every two weeks) and her first was trying to break the habit of not buying shop-bought coffees, she then mentioned about Stojo Cups. This coffee cup is designed to collapse into a more compact size which you can throw in your bag. It’s also made from recycled materials – so it’s a win, win! I will however warn you that coffee shop baristas haven’t seen many of these cups yet, and on a couple of occasions they have gone to push the lid onto the cup (rather than gently twisting the top on) and the coffee has gone everywhere due to the cup being squishy. My tip if you want to get one of these cups, only hand over the cup and keep the lid back to put on yourself.

What have been your favourites from the month of Feb? Also do you have any good book recommendations for me?