By Anastasia Burton
At the beginning of this month, I went on a mini beauty spree and purchased some essential beauty products that were recommended to me by friends and family. Many of the items I bought worked surprisingly well, so I decided that I’d share some of those items with our readers!
The first item on my list is a bit pricey but, in my opinion, was very much worth the money. That star product is the Vichy Laboratories Aqualia Thermal. This is a night spa cream/gel, which claims to be replenishing and radiance-enhancing. I have only good things to say about this product; I apply it to my t-zone mainly, however, if I feel like my skin needs that extra bit of moisture, I also blend onto my cheeks and neck. The gel is quite cold and soothing, which is exactly what your skin needs after a long day in the harsh September winds. This product left my skin feeling fresh and nourished after the first use, which I was quite impressed by. Hopefully you will be impressed too!
The next item is a more affordable product, so, don’t worry, you can still look good on a budget! The P.S. Nude Addiction 9 Shades eye-shadow palette is another essential product to add to your beauty arsenal. I will be completely honest and admit that this palette might be a Penneys “Huda Beauty” dupe, but don’t worry, that’s the only negative! This palette is only €3.50, bargain! It has everyday-wearable matte and shimmer shades, to add that extra pop to your eye looks. I was skeptical when I first got this palette since Penneys was never my go-to make-up stock up spot, but I must say, I have found myself quite addicted to the product! The shades blend well and the kick back is minimal. Unfortunately, this palette has no mirror, but it’s a small enough palette to fit into your purse, making it an amazing product for travel and convenience.
Third on our list is the Catrice Strobing Effect Baked Highlighter. This product is a great body and face highlight, but its downfall must be the fact that it is very glittery. If you are not a fan of finding glitter all over your face and body for days after using it, then this product might not be for you. It easily transfers and might look chunky if not blended well, but, other than that, it’s a very pretty highlight product.
The fourth and penultimate item on this list is a concealer from Bourjois, Radiance Reveal. This small concealer is handy for travel or quick touch ups. I can’t complain about creasing or cracking in the under-eye area with this product. It does not dry out the skin and isn’t hard to blend, since the consistency is quite smooth. I don’t usually set my concealer with powder, so I can’t comment on how it would work with powder on top, I’m afraid! The only downfall would be the fact that the concealer is quite small, and it’s difficult to scoop up the product with the applicator.
The final product is an affordable mascara, which I have been using side by side with the cult Benefit Roller Lash mascara. This mascara is bargain-brand Essence’s Multi-Action Volume Mascara. It separates the lashes easily, due to its thin wand, which helps to elongate the lashes, as well as make them darker. I must say, I prefer this mascara to Benefit’s Roller Lash, due to it being a lot easier to handle and the fact that it makes my lashes look almost doll-like. This product is undoubtedly the best of all my September beauty buys and I would strongly recommend it.
I hope you enjoyed this list and wish you all the luck in finding your go to beauty products this Autumn!