Cloud 9 Skin Solutions Spot Clearing Gel (£32)* - I have been suffering from severe hormonal acne lately and I was in dire need of help to reduce the redness and swelling. I have tried other spot gels before to no avail, but this one seemed different. I can't say this totally rids acne, because it doesn't, but what it does do is help reduce the inflammation, soreness, redness and dries the little buggers up. What I will say is don't be too heavy handed as it can dry out the skin in the process. I found I applied too much one evening and the next morning by chin was quite literally peeling. A little drop is all you need as it is quite fluid and is invisible on application. Hormonal acne is incredibly difficult to treat topically, but this definitely helped the process. It did sting a bit when the spots were particularly inflamed, but I actually like this, as I know it's getting to work. Other than that there was no other irritation and spots haven't been returning at the rapid rate they usually do. It is pricy, but it will last for such a long time considering you get 50ml of product.
Zelens PHA+ Bio-Peel Resurfacing Facial Pads (£65)* - I am running low on these and I don't know what I will do when they run out, as £65 is a little steep for a product with roughly two months supply. If you've got a little more disposable income than I, then these are totally worth the splurge. Apart from that small negative, the Zelens pads are a skin savior. My skin has changed so much since using these, especially in terms of texture. The pads combine polyhydroxy acids (PHA) with alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) and beta hydroxy acids (BHA) to promote gentle exfoliation without irritation. I love acid exfoliators, and surprisingly - considering my skin can be sensitive - my complexion laps them up, which is due to the larger molecular size PHA. My skin is so much more refined and even and considering the high content of acid, my skin feels supple, hydrated and plump post-use, and looks especially radiant. You get 50 pre-soaked pads in a tub and I find one does my face sufficiently. I tend to use these every other day as I am quite prone to acne breakouts on my chin and dryness everywhere else. These are great for breakouts due to the promotion of gentle exfoliation.
Benefit they're real! Mascara - Let me just confess that I really disliked this mascara the first time I tried it and thereafter deemed myself a Rollerlash gal. I recently received a mini of the they're real! and decided to give it another go, and to my surprise, I love it. I wouldn't say my lashes look like they do when they have falsies on, but they're definitely more volumised without looking clumpy. I also really like the brush, it catches all my little, rather sparse lashes. My only qualm is that it's not the easiest to get off and it's only really oil that removes it.
The Wet Brush (£11.99)* - OK, I have been converted from Tangle Teezer to The Wet Brush. Don't get me wrong, I still use my Tangle Teezer on dry hair and I have the portable one in my handbag, but for wet hair, this brush is a game changer. I am not the biggest fan of this particular colour way (I may have to get a pretty pastel lilac one for picture purposes) but it really makes the whole experience much nicer. After the shower my hair can still get a wee bit knotty, but this brush overcomes that in an instant. The Wet Brush has been designed with thin, strong and flexible IntelliFlex bristles that detangle without pulling, tugging or pain; resulting in healthier hair with no split ends or hair loss. Pain free detangling right here, I tell ya. I have the Classic version, but I know they do other brushes, like the paddle brush for example - I just think it's fab!
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Eden (£18)* - So who ever thought I would need an eyeshadow primer? I certainly didn't. As I have got more and more into using eyeshadow, I've realised how much better it lasts with a good base. I usually use a cream shadow for this, including the MAC Paint Points, but I have also dabbled in other eyeshadow primers in the past. I think I was using one from Smashbox, which I didn't really like as it seemed to go very patchy. This nude matte eyelid primer from Urban Decay is exactly like what other people say - a game changer (new favourite phrase maybe?). This is thick enough and tinted enough to provide a really even base on the lid while also diminishing discolouration and veins. It also provides just enough tackiness for eyeshadow to adhere to and helps colour appear more vibrant without creasing. I think the packaging for this has been updated recently too to include a handy applicator wand so you can apply it just as you would a concealer.
Colorpop Cosmetics Matte Liquid Lipstick in Trap ($6)* - You can tell I have loved this lipstick ever since I got it as the writing on the tube has completely rubbed off (slightly annoying, but well loved nonetheless). This is a gorgeous greyish pink nude shade that is so easy to wear on a day-to-day basis. I have this in my handbag most days and it only needs topping up once or twice during the day.