NARS Laguna Bronzing Powder (£27) - So I used this bronzer about two years ago before converting to Hoola by Benefit. I use Hoola a lot in Summer as I think it's great for an all over bronzed glowy look when I like to convince myself I'm an uber toned and beachy Californian. However, for the colder months I prefer to opt for a rosier look so I like to use bronzer as a contourer instead. The NARS bronzers are extremely pigmented so you only need the smallest bit to last you and Laguna seems to be the best shade to suit all skin types. If you want a strong bronzer to add a bit of depth to the face (around the cheekbones and temples) then this one is perfect. Don't use it for an all over look because I think it's a bit too strong and your face is going to look a different race to the rest of your body.
2. Daim Bar Bag of Minis - Tom and I really only go to Ikea to pick up one of their mega bags of Daims. They're so incredibly moreish and I can cram a ridiculous amount into my handbag which is a blessing and a curse. I don't think I can really review a Daim bar I'm just so obsessed with them I had to give them a platform for me to gush about their greatness. I refuse to believe that there are people out there who don't like them. Purchase immediately.
3. MAC 'Fleur Power' Powder Blush (£18) - Referring back to what I said earlier about preferring a rosier look in the colder months, this is the product I like to use to achieve such a look! I've had this powder blush from MAC for about a year and I never bothered to really use it because I couldn't get over how shocking the colour was. Although it looks terrifying, it applies gorgeously. All you need is the smallest amount applied to a blusher brush being sure to knock off any excess powder. It gives the best flush of 'Ive just ran a short marathon' colour which is great for me as I can't run full stop.
5. Lush Retread Conditioner (£10.75) - On the topic of hydration I'm always looking for ways to keep my hair super soft and healthy. Aside from using coconut oil as a weekly deep conditioning treatment, I haven't been so impressed with previous everyday conditioners I've bought before. I've always liked Lush products and their emphasis on using natural ingredients so I thought I'd try my luck with one of their conditioners. The price point is a little high compared to the average conditioner so I can understand any initial hesitation, but luckily you have me to waste my money first before you do. Firstly, I like that it's in a tub. You're given a fairly generous amount and I like that I can scoop up as much or as little as I like. The product itself smells great and applies nicely although it wasn't as thick as I expected and as I have long hair, I leave it on for at least 10 minutes to really let it sink in. After it's been washed out and my hair has dried I can really appreciate what a great product it is. My hair feels incredibly soft and light, it also makes the ends of my hair appear lighter in colour too (not sure why? Am I delusional?) and it stays feeling silky until the next wash. With many other conditioners, the hair tends to feel super soft after it's washed but dries out as the day passes but with this one I didn't have that problem at all. My one tip for this product would be to leave it in for 10/15 minutes for the full affect.
6. Miaroma Essential Oils in Ginger and Eucalyptus (£4.99 - £7.99) - I've been reading up on essential oils and their health benefits for a long time and I finally got round to actually purchasing some. They've been used in aromatherapy and holistic remedies for years so I thought it was time to jump on the oil bandwagon...however, because the oils are so potent, a carrier oil is needed to mix them with so I bought some almond oil which isn't pictured here. Essentially a carrier oil is a natural, scentless moisturising oil used to dilute the essential oils so they can be massaged or applied onto the skin safely. I bought bottles of lavender and tea tree oil too but I wanted to talk about the ginger and eucalyptus as I feel they're especially great for the upcoming months. Ginger essential oil is especially warming and great for any digestive upsets or nausea as well as great at boosting the immune system. It is also very uplifting and energising which I think is important as it seems like as soon as it gets cold, everyone tends to feel much more sluggish and they're suddenly cursed with some sort of illness. On the lines of illness, eucalyptus oil is also great at warding off that dreaded Winter flu that makes public spaces feel like being submerged in a pool of germs. As well as being antiseptic, antibacterial and anti inflammatory, eucalyptus oil is also a great decongestant that will help you clear any oncoming coughs and sniffles. You can apply the oils (plus carrier oil) directly to the affected area or through areas which will absorb the oils into your bloodstream the quickest such as the soles of the feet. On the plus side, Holland and Barrett have a penny sale on at the moment which includes all the oils so now is the time to try them out on the cheap. Google the health benefits of essential oils to learn more or I'll be here all day explaining.
Philip B Oud Royal Thermal Heat Protection Spray (£8-£20) - I've never really bothered with heat protection spray in the past. I'm lucky enough to have hair that doesn't need anything done to it in the morning and I never went through the teenage phase of perma straightened hair. However, I've recently been teaching myself how to blow dry my hair with a round brush because I feel like it's much nicer to make the effort with your hair during Autumn/Winter when you know you're not going to end up a horrible sweaty mess. I may also have watched both seasons of The City in 3 days and Olivia Palermo was reminding me of how much I have life/hair envy for her. I'd read great reviews on the Philip B stuff and the smell is actually incredible. With the combination of that and my Lush conditioner my hair stays really smooth and extra bouncy after my blow dry. The only qualm I have is that I bought the 60ml bottle for £8 which is pretty tiny and will run out really soon.
8. Denman D75 Medium Round Brush (£8.99) - Back to my Olivia Palermo envy, I just want to take a minute to say how flawless she always looks. She has killer style, perfect make up and incredible hair. So thanks to her, I decided to by a round brush and get my blowdrying act together. As I'm a complete blowdry virgin, I chose the Denman brush as A) They sell it where I work and B) Denman seem to be pretty famous for their brushes. I feel like the bristles aren't always great at gripping my hair properly, but that might be down to my shoddy technique. It does get the job done nicely and so far it has resulted in a really nice soft smooth finish to my hair, although the brush does get hot very quickly. So far it's doing the job but I would love any brush recommendations from seasoned blowdrying pro's!