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.

Product Review: Jergens Daily Moisture (fragrance free)

I was a big fan of scented body lotions up until a couple of years ago when my tastes changed completely. Now I’m all about the fragrance-free stuff, and for a couple of reasons. First of all, I find that if I wear non-scented body lotion my perfume wears better throughout the day and secondly, I have sensitive skin and the fragrance-free options do a much better job of not irritating my skin. I decided to pick this lotion up while browsing my local Priceline, as I’d noticed a lot of people on twitter getting excited that the Jergen’s range was now available in Australia. I’d never heard of the Jergens brand before so I wasn’t sure what all the fuss was about, but now I do. This is a GREAT product. It doesn’t irritate my skin at all, even if I apply it immediately after shaving. It’s targeted at dry skin so it’s quite a thick lotion, but it sinks into skin quickly, and I can easily apply this right before putting on my clothes in the morning. I also love that it comes in a pump bottle, because it makes it all the more easy to apply on the go. It really is fragrance free, some lotions claim this but then they have a weird kind of smell to them – this doesn’t. If you’re in the market for a decent body moisturiser for summer, definitely check this out. The Jergens Daily Moisture (fragrance free) retails for $7.99 AUD (currently on sale for $5.99) and is available for purchase from Priceline.

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.

Product Review: Demeter ‘Lemon Meringue’ Cologne Spray

I first heard about Demeter fragrances years ago, before they were readily available for purchase in Australia. This was frustrating, because there were so many scents from the range that I wanted to try for myself. I was recently made aware that MU Australia stock a wide range of scents from Demeter, including a little gem called ‘Lemon Meringue’. Now, Demeter fragrances are essentially supposed to smell like whatever the particular cologne is called, and this is no exception. This smells EXACTLY like a big ol’ piece of lemon meringue pie. Delicious. They have somehow found the right balance between the citrus element of the lemon and the sugar of the meringue without being too bitter or too sweet. If you’re a fan of gourmand scents with a sweet leaning, this is perfection. The only down side to the spray is that the scent is not long lasting, so I tend to chuck the bottle into my handbag for quick touch-ups on the go throughout the day. I’m sure everyone catching public transport with me is dying to figure out what smells like lemon meringue pie. Jokes on you suckers, it’s ME! If you’re keen to try one of the Demeter Cologne Sprays for yourself, there is a wide range of scents to choose from including pizza, and lettuce. Yes, you read that right. Honestly, I’m tempted to get the pizza cologne, just to see if my boyfriend can pick the scent. The Demeter Lemon Meringue Cologne Spray retails for $29.50 AUD and is available for purchase from MU Australia (note: this product was sent for consideration for review).

Subtle Energies Giveaway Winner

First of all, I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who took the time to enter the Subtle Energies Rasayana Pack Giveaway. I’m pleased to announce that the lucky winner of the gorgeous Rasayana pack is Kimberley!

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Congratulations Kimberley, I will be contacting you for your postal address soon. If you missed out this time be sure to keep an eye out for more giveaways in the future, as they’re not too far away! I hope you all have a great long weekend, (I recommend the mini eggs).