Skin Care

5 Beauty Favourites: August 2020

Do any of you’ve gotten any large objections if I widen the scope of my month-to-month favourites round-ups to incorporate  stuff apart from magnificence? I really feel it will inject some new and welcome joie de vivre into what’s an previous – but surprisingly nonetheless very talked-about – format.

The solely downside is likely to be (spoiler alert!) is that a few of the objects, if I’m let unfastened utterly from my self-imposed constraints, is likely to be a bit random. For instance this month, had I been given free rein, I’d most likely have included a faux-antique rug in my favourites in addition to a classic BelgoChrom desk I picked up (not actually) from Belgium for an absolute steal.

I don’t imply to indicate that all the favourites could be interiors-related – I’ve additionally had an amazing love-affair with a brand new Amazon Prime TV sequence this month –  I’m simply throwing some examples on the market. So what do you assume? Death to the (solely) magnificence favourites? Bring in a brand new period? Or are you change-averse?

(If you’re extremely change-averse then I do genuinely really feel for you. 2020 is most definitely not your 12 months.)

Let me know within the feedback, please – I do love a spot of market analysis on right here! But for now, on with the sweetness favourites. I’ve principally prevented skincare this month regardless of racking up a good few new discoveries that have been deserving of an enormous point out, and that’s as a result of I’m judging the Marie Claire skincare awards. It could be barely disingenuous to go shouting my mouth off about my favourites while others are nonetheless doing their solemn judging.

So two bodycare objects, two make-up favourites and one factor that is skincare however not fairly as you already know it. Shall we begin with that one? It’s known as a ZitSticka and it’s a small patch infused with potent spot-fighting elements that you simply stick over an rising or early-bird blemish. You know when you’ve gotten that onerous swelling beneath the pores and skin and your coronary heart sinks as a result of you already know it’ll take lengthy and painful days to erupt into something you’ll be able to (illegally) squeeze?

That’s what these ZitStickas are aimed toward. I truly did an advert for this product on the very begin of the 12 months, having used it over the Christmas zit interval, however I’ve had a reasonably spot-free spring and summer season and so hadn’t wanted them since. But boy did final month’s PMT week see a great thing about a boil! The good pustule to put a Sticka on and I used to be delighted to seek out that it labored simply in addition to at Christmas. From onerous, crimson pores and skin to…completely nothing.

The raised bump didn’t disappear utterly in a single day, I needed to take the patch off within the morning and double-obliterate it with a second one, however after that it merely dispersed. No squeezing essential, which was good because it’s a really dangerous factor to do with a tough and horrible spot like that.

The patches aren’t low-cost (you will discover them at Cult Beauty here*, they’re £27) however they’re a superb, glorious product to have in your skincare SOS equipment. More information on them over on Cult*.

And to bodycare, the place a Mitchum deodorant stole the present. On nearer inspection, a “man’s” deodorant however I’m not likely positive what makes it manly. The scent is “Cedarwood” however I discover it recent and figgy, which is why it’s within the faves ( deodorant scent is tough to seek out), the components is creamy, aluminium-free and efficient.

True truth: to check efficacy I all the time do a half-half trial, whether or not it’s basis, SPF or an exfoliating physique lotion. You have to hold one half of your take a look at space free from the product being examined – on this case it was in order that I may gauge that day’s sweatiness with one pit and the sweat-fighting prowess of the anti-perspirant with the opposite.

It did effectively. The depths of the underarm have been recent even after a brisk stroll down the river on a scorching day carrying inadvisable ranges of cashmere.

You can discover Mitchum’s Natural Power deodorants right here at Boots*, they’re £4.50.


A seasonal favorite now, within the form of Weleda’s Pine Bath. I do know I’ve talked about this a good bit through the years and normally it’s extra of a winter staple, however I ran out of Epsom Salts the opposite day (shock horror! concern not, I’ve reordered) and bathing simply wasn’t bathing with out one thing added to the water.

The Weleda bathtub milks are glorious – lavender could be my hotter months choice however nothing beats pine for a little bit of a Christmassy run-up. Again, I do know I’m early – I’m not wishing Christmas upon anybody for the second, the very last thing all of us want is one other bloody faculty vacation! – however for those who’re craving these crisp nights and blustery russetty days, this will likely be your bag.

Weleda Pine Bath Milk is £14 here*.

My subsequent favorite is definitely an entire class and so I’m going to kind of mulch over it – in order for you extra of an in-depth rationalization of it then watch the video under. It’s mascaras. All mascaras. I’ve had a kind of renewed falling-in-love of them and have been testing out masses. I’m going to be again with a video of my favorite 4 new mascara launches within the subsequent week or so, however for those who can’t wait that lengthy then know that these are at present “the ones”:

Marc Jacobs At Lash’d Mascara, £25 here*

Charlotte Tilbury Push Up Lashes Mascara, £23 here*

Urban Decay Lash Freak Mascara, £21 here*

Dior Overcurl Mascara, £28 here*

All do issues to my puny, barely-there lashes that might undoubtedly win prizes, if there have been prizes for lash transformations.

And lastly one other favorite that I’m not going to clarify at size; it’s mainly something from Trinny London that counts as “makeup in pots”. In specific the cream eyeshadow in Truth and the cream blush in Electra. I’ve used each so recurrently that it will be disingenuous for them to not make an look within the month-to-month corridor of fame. You can learn my full overview of the eye2eye shadows right here and the cream blush is on-line here*.

And there endeth the sweetness sermon: it’s all on video proper here if you wish to see objects up shut and private or discover out in regards to the make-up I’m carrying. Any further particulars are written under the video pane. Enjoy – and let me know whether or not you’d like me to broaden on my favourites classes!


Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Foundation in B30, £40 here*

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow, £49 here*

Pat McGrath Permagel Lipliner, £25 here*

Pat McGrath Lip Balm, £35 here*

Jumper is from Cocoa Cashmere here

Amazing summary portray in background is by Holly Delaney

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