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October Monthly Favourites ft. Konjac Sponges, Bourjois + Carmex

The cold started to really settle in towards the end of this month, so I hope everyone has geared up, whether it’s their skincare, makeup or clothes, shoes and accessories 🙂

Most of this month’s favourites are products that I use from time to time, but due to the seasonal change, it has become more effective in my day-to-day routine. Using the perfect product under the right circumstances (i.e. skin type/problem, weather) is essential but not always easy to master!

Here are my favourites for this month: 

Konjac Sponges
Miaroma’s Sweet Almond Oil
Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Lotion
Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation (in 52 Vanilla)
Nyx Tame & Frame Brow Pomade (in 04 Espresso)
LUSH Mint Julips Lip Scrub
Carmex Cherry Tube


Exfoliating doesn’t feel like a chore with this tool: Back in June, I bought two konjac sponges from TK Maxx at £4.99 each. Prior to that, I knew about the existence of konjac sponges but had not fully researched it until I saw it in-store. Only recently had I begun to use one for body exfoliating, one for face exfoliating. This tool is so soft and makes the most out of the cleansing foam! It’s not one of those nitty, gritty cheap ‘sponges’ you get at the supermarket for £1 (which BTW – I think do more damage than good to your skin). Bad news is, you need to replace every 4-6 weeks.

Oil is your friend, not your enemy: My cleansing balm ran out and after quite a heavy spending month, I decided to not buy a new one just yet. Instead, I am using Miaroma’s Sweet Almond Oil which can be found at Holland&Barrett if you’re from the UK. Normally, I will use the oil to remove mascara and subsequently moisturise my eye area. On rarer occasions, I will use as a hair mask (great for dry scalps). As a cleansing oil, this melts away all my make-up, whilst moisturising my skin and giving me an extra barrier. Just be sure to follow with a cleansing foam after, because not all the oil (and dirt) can be rinsed off.

It’s what you use, not how you use it: This is a funny one. I have been using the Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Lotion since June, and loved it since the first application. But I have been using it as a serum, rather than a toner. Therefore technically, I’ve been double-toning as well as double-cleansing! Despite that, I don’t think it has affected my experience with the product too much. My skin is always hydrated whenever I use this. Bouncy, I’m telling you. I’m already thinking of purchasing another bottle.

My love for this foundation has been re-ignited: Earlier this summer, my Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation (in 52 Vanilla) ran out. I survived a few months without it but actually, I came to really miss it. The thing is, I have combination/oily skin and if you are like me, almost all foundations recommended are matte which I hate. This meets somewhere in the middle – a semi-matte. The finish is really natural, with the prettiest dewy finish that makes your skin glowing from underneath. Recommend!

Filling in brows isn’t so bad after all: Brows have become a huge trend. You can say I am very late on the bandwagon, and that it’s only been this year where I feel I’ve finally got it right. The Nyx Tame & Frame Brow Pomade (in 04 Espresso) has been surprisingly easy to use, granted you use a nice brow brush. The staying power of this is great, application is smooth, and brows look fuller but not overdone.

Dry lips are a thing of the past: I don’t necessarily suffer from dry, cracked lips but there are two main things that affect mine: dehydration and many lipstick applications. Ever since using LUSH Mint Julips Lip Scrub, I don’t have to worry about the latter. It smooths away all the dead skin cells, practically revealing new lips. I finish with Carmex Cherry Tube to moisturise and protect. Oh and these products are lasting me forever!

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