October Favourites

Oh look, another month down and another lot of favourites to share. The hardest product for me to pick is always skincare, mostly because I use the same things over and over again. Having said that, I worked something new into my routine this month, and I’m really liking it. So without further ado, here are my favourites from October –

Tresemme Salon Finish Hairspray – My all-time favourite hairspray is the O&M Queenie, but my ol’ faithful bottle has stopped working (the spray nozzle has become clogged with product, and it now either doesn’t spray at all OR sprays out half because I can’t make it stop), so I’ve moved on to something new. My hair is notoriously difficult to work with, curls tend to drop about an hour after I’ve styled my hair, but this hairspray works just as well as Queenie at holding a style for the entire day.

Nivea Moisturising Fluid SPF 15 – I tend to go through a bottle of facial sunscreen once a year, which works out well because you shouldn’t really keep sunscreen for much longer than that anyway. I wanted a cheaper alternative to the La Roche Posay sunscreen I’d been wearing for the past couple of years, and this one is working well for me. It doesn’t leave too much of a white cast on my skin (although to be honest, it’s hard to tell #palefaceproblems), and isn’t overly greasy.

Dove Go Fresh Deodorant in Pomegranate and Lemon Verbena – I never thought I’d be the kind of person to ration my use of a deodorant, but here we are. I placed an order with Catch of the Day recently (I buy a lot of household cleaning items in bulk from there once a year), and picked up a couple of bottles of this deodorant because I couldn’t remember seeing this scent anywhere. Guys, this smells amazing. I love it even more than the nectarine/ginger scent (which also seems to have disappeared off the face of the earth), which has been my favourite deodorant for a year or so now. If anyone sees this scent available for purchase anywhere in Australia, please let me know!

MAC Eyeshadow in ‘all that glitters’ – Remember this bad boy? This is an ooooold favourite of mine that I dug back out of my collection when I was hunting for a bronze-gold eyeshadow similar to the one Laurel wears on ‘How To Get Away With Murder’. This isn’t even close to what she wears, but I’m loving it all the same.

September Favourites

It’s been a long time since I featured a monthly favourites post on The Belle Lumiere, but there have been so many products I’ve been loving lately that I thought it was the perfect time to bring ‘favourites’ back (cue a Justin Timberlake song in everyone’s head… YOU’RE WELCOME). And now, without further ado, here are my favourite beauty products from the month of September –

Clear Intense Hydration Shampoo & Conditioner – I first heard of ‘Clear’ products back when Miranda Kerr was announced as the face (hair?) of the brand, but hadn’t gotten around to trying anything from their range until quite recently. This has become one of my all-time favourite shampoo and conditioner duos, they work perfectly on my fine (dry) hair.

Chanel ‘Chance’ Perfume – I received this as a gift in late September, started wearing it immediately and have worn it everyday since. This is such a lovely scent, fresh and light and perfectly summery – I’ve had a few compliments already while I’ve been wearing it. I’m so glad I own this perfume again, because it’s one of my all-time favourites.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in ‘Tipsy’ – You’re all probably sick of hearing me rave about this blush by now, but it really is quite wonderful. I wrote up a full review of the blush last week, which you can check out here if you’re interested. Basically this is the blush you want if you’re in need of something to ‘brighten’ your face. Even my doctor made a comment about my face looking much fresher when I went to see her recently. I owe it all to this blush.

Burts Bees Radiance Eye Cream – I recently ran out of the Avene eye cream that I was using (after picking it up on a whim at Priceline), and this lovely replacement arrived on my doorstep right before I was set to go and purchase something new. Great timing. I only have a couple of requirements when it comes to eye cream – light to medium weight, moisturising without being too heavy, and easy to use packaging. This ticks all of those boxes and more.

Favourite Youtubers

MyHouseWifeLife (also TheBusyBeeBuzz & OrganizedLikeJen) – Jen was the first youtuber I ever really followed and I still get excited when I see her videos popping up in my subscription box. My favourite of her channels is ‘My Housewife Life’, because I love seeing how she spends her days. I’ve never really wanted to be a housewife, but she sure does make it seem fun. She doesn’t do vlogs as regularly as she used to, due to a troll infestation in the comments section of every video. This is a real shame, because I miss the way that her videos used to be, but I still go back and watch her old vlog series, because I’m a loser like that.

EssieButtonVlogs (also EssieButton) – Watching Estee’s vlogs is one of my favourite ways to waste time. I think she’s absolutely stunning, but she has a very laid back attitude, and isn’t afraid to make fun of herself, so I can bear how pretty she is without getting too jealous. Her dog Reggie has become one of the animals that I (creepily) obsess over from afar, and she has inspired me to switch up my daily coffee for a nice big cup of tea. I tend to watch her Vlogs more than the videos on her regular channel, but those are always top quality when I tune into EssieButton.

ViviannaDoesMakeup – Anna recently started doing vlogs, and they’ve become one of my favourite videos to watch each week. I find her utterly gorgeous, and therefore lemming any beauty product she puts on her face (because obviously they’ll make ME just as gorgeous, right?!). I really love watching Anna’s videos, I think she seems like one of the loveliest people on youtube. Also, I want her hair. And wardrobe. And face.

Michele1218 – Michele was one of the first Youtube “gurus” I subscribed to, and I still watch her videos on a regular basis. Her vibe has changed quite a bit over the past couple of years, as she’s become a new mom and has a different focus now. Regardless of this change, I still love the content of her videos, and she remains one of my youtube style icons. Yet another youtube who I have massive hair envy for. Sigh.

Kimmmberleyy (also KimberleyReads) – Kimberley is one of the few Australian Youtubers that I watch. She has two channels, and I watch both pretty religiously. Her dog Luca is another animal that I obsess over from afar, and his cameos in Kimberley’s videos never fail to make me laugh. If you need some inspiration to read a book, her book channel is one of the things I watch to motivate myself to pick something up and READ.

Autumn/Winter Hair Care Essentials

evo normal persons Shampoo & Conditioner – I’ve loved every single product I’ve tried from the evo hair care range, and the ‘normal persons’ shampoo and conditioner duo is no exception. It also happens to be a new favourite of mine, and I’ve been washing my hair with it every week for a couple of months now. These products are aimed at people with normal to oily hair (bingo), are nice and lightweight, and feel like they’re gently clarifying my hair with every wash.

LUSH Big Shampoo – I tend to make more of an effort to style my hair in the cooler months of the year (mostly because it’s not as much of a living hell to use heat styling tools on my hair as it is in summer), which means I use more products. I use LUSH’s Big Shampoo once a week to help strip all the excess product from my roots. I’ve repurchased ‘Big’ three or four times now, and it’s firmly cemented it’s place as my all-time favourite clarifying shampoo.

Unico Protein Treatment – I let it go far too long between hair cuts recently, and my hair was in dire need of some hard-core conditioning. I use this once a week as a deep conditioning treatment, and also on the ends of my hair every couple of days to help keep my split ends in check. I really like this treatment because it gives a heavy-duty moisture boost without weighing down my hair.

Tresemme Heat Protectant Spray – Lets face it people. Nobody likes getting out of bed in the morning. Let alone when it’s 2 degrees and pitch black outside. The fastest way for me to ‘style’ my hair is to straighten it, which I’ve been doing a lot lately. I use this bad boy before blow drying my hair on days that I know I’m going to be straightening it afterwards.

Kerastase Nectar Thermique – This is one of my all-time favourite hair products, a ‘holy grail’ if you will. I use this every day before blow drying my hair (except for times like right now, where I’m running out and I’m too scared to finish up the tube without having a back up in my cupboard). This does such a great job of smoothing down the frizziness of my hair. I couldn’t live without it.

June Favourites

01) Real Techniques Powder Brush – I rarely include makeup brushes in my favourites because so few of them have much of an impact on me. This is one of the better brushes that I’ve come across, it’s soft to the touch, applies powder well, and does not shed. At all. This is such a joy, because I’d grown accustomed to picking random black brush hairs off of my face before leaving the house.

02) Tarte Amazonian Blush in Dollface – This is the longest lasting blush that I own, which makes it perfect for the days where I know I’m going to walk into the bathroom after a long day at work and stare at my corpse-like reflection and wish that I still had some blush on.

03) Nivea Caramel Cream Lip Butter – I’ve been using this as my morning lip balm, I apply it before putting my makeup on and then by the time I reach the stage where I’m applying my lipstick for the day my lips are prepped and ready. I find that I can’t wear this on it’s own because it leaves a white sheen on my lips, but under lipstick it works just fine.

04) Revlon Lip Butter in Berry Smoothie – This was my go-to lip colour for June and I really enjoyed using it. Just an FYI – out of the shades that I own, this seems to be the most hydrating of the Revlon Lip Butter bunch but I still had to wear a lip balm underneath it. These aren’t the most moisturising of lip products, that’s for sure.

05) Paula’s Choice Hydralight Cleanser – This cleanser is pretty much perfection. It’s a lightweight gel formula, it cleans my face well without leaving my skin feeling stripped. and it’s fragrance free. I bought the JUMBO size of this and I never want it to run out. Ever. I LOVE IT OK.