NEW IN #2
My New In series continues, yet this time the new purchases are all in the name of beauty. These products aren't strictly speaking new - some have graced my dresser for a few months already - but I thought they were worth mentioning and I recommend them to anyone with similar skin as me.
With winter approaching my skin always undergoes a transformation from oily to dry. To counteract this, I have already stocked up on products I believe will help to improve this.
Kiehl's Skin Rescuer
First up is the Kiehl's Skin Rescuer, which has been on my wishlist for quite some time. In summer, this moisturiser would be the last thing I'd reach for, yet now that it has gotten colder and I'm also cycling to work everyday, it is the perfect product to keep my skin moisturised without making it look too shiny.
Ren Evercalm Anti-Redness Serum
Of course, before I apply the Skin Rescuer, I always use a pump of Ren's Evercalm Anti-Redness Serum, which I repurchased a few weeks ago after using up its predecessor at the beginning of summer. It's a staple product in my beauty routine and will be purchased again and again in the future.
Aesop Control Gel
I think I have probably mentioned this little helper in about every single beauty post I've written, so let's keep it short and sweet. It smells good, soothes breakouts and makes them go away quickly. Enough said!
Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment
This little pot of eye cream can be found on many beauty bloggers' dressers and yes, I caved into the pressure and pressed 'order' when I found an old beauty voucher that needed to be spent. While it has a weird consistency - it almost feels wet and oily at the same time, making it a bit awkward to apply - my experience so far has been a positive one. It doesn't necessarily excite me, but then again: Does eye cream ever excite anyone?! It does the job, and that's good enough for me.
Let's continue with the pamper part - think masks, lip balms and moisturisers. I might not necessarily need them, but they do make life so much more enjoyable.
Aesop Primrose Facial Cleansing Masque
With the sun setting around 4 pm these days, I'm more than ready to get cosy and spend my evenings at home drawing and listening to Jazz. My new habits mean I have far more time to look after my skin these days, so some new face masks had to be purchased. Aesop's Primrose Facial Cleansing Masque is the perfect one for giving my skin a proper once-over without being too harsh. I love the soothing scent and in fact, I might have to pop some on right now!
Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask
If there is one hyped product, it has to be this mask by Antipodes. It leaves my skin feeling soothed and is the perfect alternative to Aesop's offering above. Manuka Honey, said to be a traditional Maori remedy, draws moisture to the skin and makes this mask a wonder-hydrator. It also works wonders when applied to spots and left overnight.
Aesop Rind Concentrate Body Balm
I wasn't particularly looking for an alternative to my all-time favourite body balm by Aesop, the Rejuvenate Intensive Body Balm, when the lovely girl at Aesop snuck this little bottle of Rind Concentrate Body Balm into my shopping bag. It is lighter than Rejuvenate and smells of a beautiful concoction of oranges, lemons and grapefruits - and I'll probably be purchasing the normal size rather soon. Watch and learn, ladies, that's what good sales techniques look like!
Dior Lip Glow
My mum gave me this lip balm when I was last at home and it has since not left my handbag. I don't quite understand how it works, but when you apply it to your lips it changes from transparent to a natural pink, which varies for every wearer. Mine goes quite pink - the perfect shade to glam up my otherwise washed-out complexion come 7pm in the office.
Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balm in Sweet Violet
Let's stick with tinted balms for a minute and discuss this offering by Burt's Bees. When I first came across these natural lip balms in various tints thanks to Bridie, I knew I was onto a winner. They're super nurturing and pack quite the punch, considering they consist of merely natural ingredients such as shea butter and coconut oil. I've just finished my lip balm in the shade Hibiscus and decided to go with a more unusual colour, Sweet Violet. The purple undertones are so unusual - this has to be my favourite lip product.
Aesop Resurrection Hand Wash
I finally bought this hand soap, after pining after it for over two years now. It might be the most expensive hand soap on the planet, but it does work wonders, comes in an incredibly beautiful bottle and will last for ages. Washing my hands has since become a joy and I am already considering purchasing the matching hand cream, especially now that winter is nye.
Burberry Sheer Eye shadows in Pale Barley and Midnight Brown
I don't tend to wear eye makeup very often - many weekdays, I just wear tinted eyebrow gel, blusher and concealer - but when I do, I want it to last long, be subtle and make my eyes 'pop' (that phrase always makes me cringe). Burberry's eyeshadows were a revelation to me and have since been used many a-times. Especially the shade Pale Barley is the perfect shade for my green eyes, remains subtle and is the perfect day-time colour. On the other hand, Midnight Brown is great for applying in the crease or creating a more dramatic evening look.
That's it for now. Let me know what beauty products you've recently welcomed into your home - I'd love to hear!