Another month bites the dust! My days are still as much of a sleep deprived blur with my four month old as they were when he was a new-newborn. I’m not even sure how I have the energy to write this post! I’m still not managing to wear much makeup but I have been looking after myself a little more in terms of skincare, hair care and body care and this month’s “March beauty favourites” will back me up on this.
March Beauty Favourites
Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Night Pads Extreme
My hormones are still a little wonky post-baby and my skin is suffering for it. I’m getting weird scaly patches on my face, particularly on my T-zone and under my eyebrows. I’ve tried to use an abrasive face scrub but it wasn’t helping much so I bought some Glycolic Fix Night Pads.
These pads are a chemical exfoliant and are the stronger version of Nip + Fab’s Glycolic Fix Daily Cleansing Pads. They contain 5% glycolic acid (to exfoliate and fade discoloration), salicylic acid (to clean pores), lactic acid (to remove dead skin cells) and hyaluronic acid (to moisturise).
I rub a pad on my T-zone and nose every day after a shower. It’s not recommended to use them every day but rather two to three times a week, but since my scaly forehead needed all the help it could get I’ve been over doing it.
The results have been fantastic. My skin is smoother, softer and more radiant. The blackheads on my nose have not vanished but they have become softer and are easier to extract so I’m sure it’s only a matter of time.
There are 60 pads in a tub. If you use three pads a week, a tub will last you TWENTY weeks. Each tub only costs £15 and they often go on half price special at Superdrug so they are major value for money.
Right now, Nip + Fab are selling these for £5! HURRY!
Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask (Berry)
Dry, cracked lips have plagued me for a solid year now (ever since I fell pregnant) and Laneige’s Lip Sleeping Mask is the only product that has helped.
I would never have known about this product if it wasn’t for the YesStyle beauty subscription box it arrived in and I completely under estimated its greatness when I first tried it. The Lip Sleeping mask has a whole array of amazing ingredients in it such as Vitamin C, hyaluronic acid and antioxidants.
I use it throughout the day as a lip balm and I make sure to slather on a little extra before bedtime. The overall texture of my lips has smoothed out and they no longer look like a dried-up dam bed.
There is a very faint berry scent and taste but it’s too subtle to notice it after you’ve applied the product.
This “lip balm” has a rather hefty price tag, in my opinion (£20 for 20g) but I whole-heatedly believe that it is worth every penny and 20g of lip balm is A LOT of product.
Essence Matt Matt Matt Longlasting Lipgloss in 02 Beauty – Approved!
I love this lippie so much that I wrote a full review on it.
It’s the perfect pinky-brown nude colour with a velvet finish and it feels SO comfortable on the lips. I often forget that I am wearing it.
Best of all, it only costs £2.30
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Maybelline Master Drama Nudes Liner in Brownie Glitz
This is another product that I have already reviewed this month but gosh dang it I can’t get over the colour Brownie Glitz. I also can’t stop using it. It’s so gorgeous. If you read my review, you’ll know that I think the Master Drama Nudes liners are THE BEST metallic eyeliners available at the drug store. They are so soft and smooth. It’s what eyeliner dreams are made of. Plus, once they dry, they don’t budge, neither do they crease or fade. I LOVE IT.
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Garnier Oil Beauty Extra Dry Skin Restoring Body Lotion
Dry skin is trending in my life at the moment, and I’ve been testing yet another lotion in the hopes of finding ‘the one’.
First off, I’d like to thank Garnier for using a pump nozzle! All body lotions should come with these, standard!
Secondly, I need to talk about the scent! It makes me so nostalgic and I love it! I’m instantly transported back to the early “naughtys” (2000’s) to my tween years when I use this lotion. I think it smells soooo similar to one of the pink Impulse body sprays which was my absolute favourite back in the day. (I’m actually going to go to the shops to find out exactly which pink one. I’ll keep you posted.)
It’s a very floraly, summery scent. I don’t think I’d like to use this lotion in winter because the scent is quite over powering and I prefer darker notes as the weather cools, but for spring and summer, it’s wonderful. It will absolutely clash with your perfume though, so do bare that in mind.
Besides the lovely scent and the practical packaging, this is a really good body lotion. It’s got Babassu, Shea, Avocado and Almond oils in it to make sure your skin is well moisturised and it works from day one. My skin is so much happier.
The Wet Brush
I first discovered The Wet Brush two years ago, and it is still my ride or die hair brush to this day. I recently misplaced my OG Wet Brush and I’m not exaggerating when I say I had a bad hair week. It got to the point where I was cutting the knots out of my hair because I just couldn’t bare the pain of brushing them out with a Tangle Teezer anymore.
After searching the whole house, three times over, I ordered a new Wet Brush off Amazon. True as Bob, I found my old one the next day. I’m not even mad. As far as I’m concerned, it is impossible to have too many Wet Brushes because they are incredible.
You can read my review from two years ago. I still believe it’s the best detangling hair brush, ever.
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March Beauty Dislikes
Garnier Honey Treasures Hand Lotion
Garnier has recently expanded their Ultimate Blends range to include hand and body lotions. (The Ultimate Blends range was previously limited to hair care products.)
This hand cream is aimed at people with very dry skin and claims to be non-greasy and non-sticky. The ingredients include royal jelly and nourishing honey (hence the name).
I feel that it’s not moisturising enough. The visibly dry areas on my hands don’t look any better right after I apply this cream and they have not improved much after a solid week’s use. I expect to experience slight but immediate relief from dryness when applying a hand cream and I’m not getting it from this one.
The formula is light and watery so it is easy to rub into my hands but it leaves a slimy feeling behind. When I try to write with a pen or type on my keyboard, I leave oily finger prints all over the place, even when using less than a pea sized amount for both hands. This greasiness is usually expected when using a hand cream but the label reads ‘non-greasy’.
On the plus side, the packaging is gorgeous and it smells amazing but neither of these things are what a hand cream should be about.
I do feel that, just like the Ultimate Blends hair care range, there are some varieties that don’t work for me, at all, and some that are up there with my all-time favourite shampoos EVER (like The Colour Illuminator) so maybe I just need to try out the other hand creams in the range.