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August Monthly Favourites ft. The Ordinary, Innisfree + Bobbi Brown!

It feels like ages since I sat down and talked with everyone but it has only been a solid week of me being away! Really sorry about that. Last Tuesday, I went to a Spa day with two of my very good friends which was something planned months in advance. That took up the full day but sometimes you just need to catch-up with people and life you know? That day, I promised myself to leave technology behind!

Realistically, posting on Tuesday or even the following day wasn’t going to happen but I still had plans to post twice last week. Come Thursday evening, I noticed that my throat was starting to feel clogged up which is normally the first sign that I’m coming down with a cold – and that’s exactly what happened. The bad kind too. As if that wasn’t enough, on Friday evening, I noticed I had a peculiar mosquito bite on my leg which actually swell up the following day like a bruised golf ball. Genuinely praying to the Gods that this all clears up since I’m going to Berlin on the 11th.

All in all, I’m feeling better now. That or I’m sick of sleeping and not being very active so I’m typing this at 2am with eyes wide open. For me, sleeping is not quite a blessing now since I feel like I haven’t put my energy into much lately and I hate feeling this way. This is not me! Anyways, enough rambling. Favourites!


Featured in this post: 

The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution
The Ordinary Ascorbic Glucoside Solution 12%
Witch Cleansing Lotion
Dr Organic Aloe Vera Gel
Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Pact
La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL
Bobbi Brown SPF 50 Protective Face Base



A little goes a long way with this one: My skin has just been up and down in the last month or so. Truthfully, I think my skin just doesn’t like warmer climates so it gets congested and all sorts. I recently purchased The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution which has just worked from day one. I had some red, bumpy under-the-skin spots on my lower cheek but this solution flattened them almost immediately. It’s a small bottle but you only need a little so go ahead and check it out sometime!

Vitamin C goodness: I have been using product after product from The Ordinary and this is another firm favourite. It’s the The Ordinary Ascorbic Glucoside Solution 12% which is essentially a vitamin C serum. I didn’t really like the Vitamin C Suspension [Refer to this post] but this one gets a mention from me. It’s just easy to use, hydrating and has been brightening my skin which you know, needs it when you’ve been spotty…


A blessing for oily skin: Do you see a theme yet? Maybe this should be re-named ‘Break-out Edition’ or something. I picked up the Witch Cleansing Lotion at Home Bargains for £1 on-the-whim and it’s up there with my favourite toners ever which yes – is a statement. It actually reminds me of some of the old toners I used to use but without the sting. This is great in controlling my oil levels and hopefully there is more stock since I want more!

The one I keep as back-up for times like these: There are products that I don’t use all the time but will definitely have in my beauty cupboard and it’s the Dr Organic Aloe Vera Gel. I turn to this whenever I’m breaking out since it’s a great antiseptic yet it doesn’t dry out my skin. I use this almost like a sleeping mask. There’s a slight tightening effect which I really like too.

New favourite powder on-the-go!: Whenever I buy anything, it takes a while for me to use the products properly. But – I’ve finally gotten round to using the Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Pact and I really like it! [See: YesStyle Beauty Haul + Experience] I have been using it to set my under-eye concealer and for on-the-go touchups – both of which I find works well. I don’t feel that my pores are getting clogged at all which I think is a main worry of powders. Oh, and the puff that comes with it is super soft and cushiony which is a major plus.

It took some time but I’ve gotten to know you: I didn’t get off to a good start with the La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL. At first, I accidentally got the ‘tinted fluid’ which is much too dark for me to use. Eventually, I got the ‘non-perfumed fluid’ which I really liked on its own but on top of skincare, it seemed to weirdly disintegrate and pill! Not cute as this disrupted my makeup routine. Eventually, I read on Makeup Alley that you should warm it between your fingers before applying. What a difference that made! As a result, I will be taking this with me to Berlin. 🙂

Already preparing for winter? Possibly: As you may know, I’m a bit of a Clinique snob. Now, it’s probably safe to say that I’m also a Bobbi Brown snob. 😛 I recently invested in the Bobbi Brown SPF 50 Protective Face Base after an SA recommended it which was a gamble since the Clinique product I wanted wasn’t in-stock. This is more of a cream so it almost acts like a moisturiser too (I personally wouldn’t bother with a primer if you’re doing makeup). There’s something about this that preps your skin in a clean, model-like way along with a complimentary planty smell. I’m actually surprised that I don’t hear much about this? I think this will make a brilliant winter staple in my kit this season.

Well, that’s it for my favourites! This isn’t one of the two posts that I was going to have up last week, but I figured that I would post this first seeing as it’s still early September. As I have mentioned, I’m off to Berlin next week but I’m hoping to pre-plan some posts as to not go completely missing-in-action. Of course, my number one priority right now is more my health but believe me when I say writing has helped settle my mind. 🙂

See you soon and as always, let me know what your favourites have been! ❤

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  1. Spa day with friends sound like fun! It’s good to be “off the grid” once in a while – I typically try to do it once a week. Sorry to hear you were under the weather – hope you’re back to 100% before your trip! Berlin is a place I’ve been wanting to visit!

    Funny, I was just researching the various Vitamin C options from The Ordinary and settled on the Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate Solution 20% in Vitamin F – but I’m slightly worried that it might feel greasy. How’s the texture of the Ascorbic Glucoside Solution 12%? Do you use it day or night time?

    The Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Pact sounds good – I’ve been wanting to try Innisfree makeup – or more Korean makeup in general.

    • Spa day was amazing! My friend paid for it in advance as a late birthday present (my birthday’s in June) – it was a back massage and facial package in one. 🙂 I’ve never felt so zen in my life! Haha, will definitely be trying out more spa packages in the future! We also tried the other facilities such as the swimming pool and sauna. Basically did everything available!!

      That Vitamin F product has such a long name. I actually haven’t read up on that product but I’m sure I will check it out when I do my next Ordinary shop which am sure will be seasonal from now on because they keep releasing new products (they’re releasing sunscreens next!).

      The texture of the Ascorbic Glucoside Solution 12% is a watery gel consistency. Really easily absorbed into the skin, it’s not oily or tacky feeling at all.

  2. I love the Salisylic acid by the ordinary! I just run out of mine and I’ve another one coming my way! I love it! I’m also obsessed with the glycolic acid mask, I can’t actually remember the name but is the one that looks like blood!

    • I’m sure that I will order more of the Salicylic Acid in the future! I think it’s a great staple to have for really bad breakouts.

      Haha the one that looks like blood…I actually know which one you mean but I haven’t tried it because of that very reason! I think it’s the peeling solution? I will have to see a demo on YouTube to be convinced to try it but I don’t think it’s something I’m interested in getting. Thanks for reading! 🙂

      • It’s actually really great and it doesn’t look like blood one is one the face, it becomes a sheer pink 😀 It’s a peeling but I really like it, it gives me new skin everytime, but it’s not really harsh 😀 You are welcome! xx

    • I wish someone was able to tell me! I had used much of it before I found the solution and it was so simple… but no problem, I hope you like it. 🙂

  3. Ah thank you! I purchased the Vitamin C suspension and….I have NOT liked it. It immediately stung and brought me up in loads of tiny bumps. At first I was like…oh maybe it’s meant to bring them up to clear them? but aside from that I’ve seen no difference. x

    • There are actually some people who like it and I don’t understand why! I hate it, the texture and grit, the time it takes to absorb (I have no patience for that). I need to do some research to see how people are using this because I think it might be down to that.

      Sounds like you’re sensitive to Vitamin C maybe? If it doesn’t work for you, it doesn’t work! This one I’ve favourited though is a milder form of Vitamin C but still brightening. 🙂

    • Thank you for your kind words! 🙂 Definitely give The Ordinary a go. It can be a bit intimidating with the different names and products, but I would say go easy, and don’t feel that you need to buy everything! Let me know how you get on! x

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