Saturday, November 1, 2014

October Favourites

2014 has flown by. I can't believe it's the end of October but it's been crazy and busy so I'm quite thankful it's over. Spring brought an onslaught of weird transitional skincare needs as my skin struggled to adjust from cold and sunny to hot and humid. This meant catering to and curing some seriously weird skin. In other news, University assessment tasks have been hectic but life has been good. I finished off October on an excellent note.

Lush Angels on Bare Skin cleanser
Bioré Combination Skin Balancing Cleanser
I stopped using The Face Shop's Herb Day 365 Aloe Cleansing Foam in favour of a sample of Angels on Bare Skin, and once I'd used that up, I started back on a new bottle of the Biore cleanser, which I'd used and loved last year. Both are more gentle options, that leave the skin clean and soft (Angels on Bare Skin is infinitely better than the Herbalism and Aqua Marina cleansers- so note that not all Lush cleansers are made equal). Making the switch really helped clear up the flaky skin I was going through, especially when used with the EcoTools Pure Complexion Deep Cleansing Facial Sponge that I included in last month's favourites.

Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask to Quench Skin's Thirst
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream
Both of these helped to remedy the flaky weirdness that overcame my skin in October. When the FAB Ultra Repair Cream wasn't doing enough, I busted out the big guns with Origins Drink Up Intensive and it was so rich and deeply calming without being greasy or causing further problems. Once the worst was over I went back to the FAB Ultra Repair Cream and it finished off any remaining flakiness.

La Roche-Posay Sensi White Essence
This is the best product I've found for reducing hyperpigmentation from acne scars. It helps that it's formulated for sensitive Asian skin, but it's not the cheapest line so when La Roche-Posay was 20% off at Priceline I had difficulty choosing just one Sensi White product to take home with me. They had a toner, and a lotion and this essence, but in that situation I thought go big or go home, right? and I purchased the essence and it's been amazing. I've only been using it for about 3-4 weeks but the hyperpigmentation has been  noticeably alleviated. I'll continue using it and if all the hyperpigmentation is eradicated, then I'll declare its HG status.

Since I established a skincare routine 6 weeks ago, I've been having the best skin I've seen on myself in many months. My current routine of Bioré Combination Skin Balancing Cleanser, Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Lotion (included in last month's favourites), Benzac 5% Benzoyl Peroxide water-based acne gel (also in last month's favourites); FAB Ultra Repair Cream moisturiser; La Roche-Posay Sensi White Essence on hyperpigmentation is working extremely well for me.

Revlon Whimsical over L'Oreal Blue Riviera
Both polishes I purchased in part due to my lovely blogger friend Lena at sleepandwater. I snapped a photo for my Instagram while wearing this- I've since taken it off after it chipped during the week that I had it on- and I love this combination because on its own, Whimsical is a very dusky, almost dull seafoam. When layered over a sheer coat of Blue Riviera it becomes a bit brighter and more pastel and the glitter is adorable and just plain cute to look at.

Lush So White shower gel
I went into Lush to have a look at the Christmas collection and after hearing Zoella rave about the So White bath bomb and having a whiff of it instore, I fell hard for the shower gel version. It smells deliciously fresh and strongly of apple, but in the shower the bergamot and neroli shine through and it's a very Lush experience, but delightfully it leaves the skin delicately scented and I cannot get enough of it. I wish I'd bought a bigger bottle but I'll see if I'm still crazy about it after finishing this one.

Marc Jacobs Daisy EDT
I bought this in a gift set when Target had a 50% off sale last year and I go through phases of liking and hating it. I've been wearing all of my fragrances on rotation depending on how I'm feeling and what the weather's like, but I've been liking Daisy a lot. It's very spring-ish and sometimes it's exactly what I'm feeling. I've also loved layering Versace Bright Crystal with the Vineyard Peach Body Mist from The Body Shop, but I spoke about that last month.

I've been using this so much I feel like I have to share it with everybody because when I found out about this app I was beyond excited. Before finding Instasize I'd wondered what people were using to scale their Instagram photos because sometimes the set square crop just wasn't cutting it (talk about first world problems) but it's super easy to do with Instasize! And the best part is that it's free.

Band of Brothers
I've been steadily going through Band of Brothers (only 2 more episodes to go!) with my boyfriend and it's such an exceptional series- I've liked Damian Lewis from his crime series Life, which got axed after two seasons- and the fact that Band of Brothers is based on true stories and interviews with the veterans are shown as an intro to each episode makes it all the more moving and special.

Claire Marshall
I wish I was as cool as Claire.


  1. The nail polishes must look gorgeous together! Will have to go have a look on instagram :)

  2. Ooh I've been so curious about the LRP Sensi White range. I haven't seen any reviews though, and they are a bit pricey. I might have to check them out next time it's on sale, plus my handy dandy work discount! Woot! I also want to check out the new Lush stuff, though probs won't purchase anything till the 50% off sale. Yeah the instagram square sitch can be annoying sometimes - I use whitagram to keep 'em rectangular.

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

  3. The La Roche-Posay Sensi White Essence sounds promising. Ever since major breakouts months ago my skin's still on the mend. I've never considered doing anything with hyperpigmentation but I might need to check it out next time the Priceline sale rolls around. The LUSH bath/shower gel sounds so lovely, I've never heard of it before but need to get myself to a store to sniff it in person. LUSH do Christmas/festive capsule collections SO well. And thanks for the little mention, so glad you're liking Whimsical and the L'Oreal :)

  4. I need to try that Sensi White Essence! I swear by the Go-To Exfoliating Swipeys but it'd be nice to have something else to switch between for targeting hyper pigmentation!

    Sarah | More Than Adored

  5. Thanks for commenting on my Instagram photo! I wish I'd taken a better picture but they definitely were not my best work- they're a gorgeous combination though, and quite affordable too! xx

  6. The Sensi White cleanser/toner/lotion were cheaper than the essence but I already have cleansers and lotion steps in my routine and I didn't know how much of an impact the toner would have. The sale made the $45~ essence about $30~ so with your discount you'd have some pretty amazing deals. I'm holding out til the 50% boxing day sale to stock up on So White but it smells utterly gorgeous and I tried it as a shampoo because... it says it can be shampoo... and it smelled SO good.

  7. I don't wear makeup much these days so dealing with hyperpigmentation is my main skin concern because it's on show so often. Avene have products for that as well, and I've tried the rosehip oil/Antipodes Apostle serum and I remember it was a gorgeous combination but I don't recall if it had targeted whitening action so I'll use this up and see if it's truly a miracle-worker. I usually gloss over Lush collections but I wanted so many things when I went into Lush! The bath bombs seem lovely but I'd rather get a shower gel for price/habit because I can't remember the last time I ran a bath for myself and it's more economical to get the shower gel. It doubles as shampoo as well, or so the girl told me, and I tried it out the other night to see if it maximised the fragrance. Totally holding out for the 50% off sale that you take advantage of every year- I want the Shine gift set or a huge bottle of this shower gel. Glad I'm in Brisbane this Christmas. :) xx

  8. I've read your post on the Go-To Swipeys and I know how great chemical exfoliating pads are because I used up a whole tub of First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads but I think the Swipeys are more potent because you can't use them everyday and they cost about 4-5x what I paid for the FAB version. The Sensi White Essence is going really well though- it's really speeding up what normally takes many many months for cell renewal and skin lightening.

  9. I know what you mean they are more expensive but I enjoy supporting local business like Go-To so I'll probably continue to buy them over others just for that reason :) I know they say you can't use them everyday but I do.. My skin is pretty tolerant and I would never recommend for others to use them the way I do but it's just what works best for me. I'm still going to pick up the Sensi White Essence though because you're speaking so highly of it! It'll be so interesting to see how it goes for me :) I'll let you know xx