Saturday, 3 September 2016
Beauty Brands I Recently Discovered
So recently I wanted to try some new brands as I tend to stick to the same ones most of the time. On one side that's good, as it shows just how loyal I am to certain companies but on the other side it can get a little boring if for one reason or another you can't buy the products. As I'm currently in London interning and I'm constantly surrounded by new stuff and new experiences, I thought I would go 'all out' and bring with me a few products I never tried before to test them.
Let me know if you've tried/heard of them before!
Botanicals Nourish Body Polish (£24 Available HERE)
I have heard of Botanicals before I think, but it was one of those situations where it goes in one ear and out the other, also, until recently I didn't really need a new product for my skincare routine. That quickly changed after I ran out of my old body scrub (shock horror). Now, hear me out, I know that to some that's not a big deal but I found that exfoliating really helps any moisturiser do a better job and there's something quite satisfying about getting rid of any dead skin. I specifically use this on elbows, ankles, hands and knees. It is made with raw organic cane sugar, Himalayan mineral crystal, and a special blend of anti-ageing essential oils - including wild rose and rose geranium, also it smells bloody amazing.
It's very easy to use, you just remove a teaspoon of the product and mix it in with warm water, then keep massaging it until all the granules have dissolved. Boom! I feel like a new person each time I use it and highly recommend picking it up.
High Definition Setting Powder (£20.00) + Illuminator (£23.50)
HD as a brand is most known for their brow products (and yeah, I just recently found out about them thanks to Cohorted beauty boxes) so I was very curious to test out their new-ish releases for the face instead. Now, this could have gone two ways - really well or tragically - and fortunately I am happy to report that both things performed extremely well (to my surprise!)
The Illuminator is definitely going to be my go-to product for glowing skin this autumn and winter. It's lightweight, it blends beautifully and with a hint of peach tones it adds life to your face. I don't think people can quite tell if your skin is naturally glowing or if you're using something because it's not as harsh and in your face as some highlighters we have on the market. This is perfect for people who appreciate more the natural look and like something subtle for day to day use. I even mix this with my blushes!
The Finishing Powder is the bomb as it keeps my T-zone in check and doesn't leave a white cast or any grey ashy look behind. I like it also because it doesn't accentuate any skin texture and it doesn't bring attention to any dry patches.
Roxanne Campbell Nail Polish (£10) Shades: Violets are Blue , Kiss Me First
You may be familiar with Roxanne, as she has worked with some amazing designers and models throughout her career, painting nails to gorgeous catwalk superstars as well as olympic athletes. I was so excited when I found out that she came out with her own nail polish brand, as I knew that it would have been good considering she has worked in the industry for years, and knows a thing or two about what makes a good nail varnish.
I was right, these gems apply beautifully with one coat, and the glossiness makes them look like gel nail polish you just had apply at the salon. I love them as they're fuss free and the applicator picks up enough product to cover your whole nail in one swipe so you're ready to go. The colour range is great too as it has brights, neutrals and darks although I hope they will expand it anyway.
Boutique Lipsticks (£4.99) and Lip Liners (£2) from Sainsbury's
Did I need any more lipsticks in my collection? No. But how could I stop myself when I found out about these budget friendly lip products at Sainsbury's? I literally had never heard of Boutique before and I was shocked to discover they aren't exactly super new, as they've been around for a while. They have lip liners, lipsticks, nail polishes and more - all at very affordable price points. I couldn't resist the nude liners as I've been using them regularly under any lipstick to improve longevity. Chinese Whispers is a pale nude with peach undertones and I use it mainly in the centre of the lips to enhance them, or all over the lip when I then apply a darker lipstick on top. Seal One's Fate is slightly darker and has brick-brown undertones which are my favourite.
As for the lipsticks, both are medium-longevity and they applied nicely. It's worth noting that they do smell of old school lip products though which to me is not an issue but it may be for some. The pink shade (Lip in The Bud) was't too pink, if you know what I mean. I think that I doesn't wash me out and it's as a nice day to day shade. The red (Paint the Town Red) is quite bright and has a little bit of a cherry/pink undertone. I liked both a lot and if you were looking for new makeup, give these a little test.
Have you discovered any new product or brand recently? Let me know as I'm always looking for the next great find!