01 October 2012

September Favourites from Armani Beauty, La Roche Posay, ARTDECO, A'Kin, Liz Earle, Chanel and Origins

Gosh. Nothing like a monthly favourites post to remind us of time's swift passage and the importance of seizing the day and enjoying life while we can. Or maybe I should just lay off the gin. Either way, here are the beauty bits that have made my world that little bit sweeter over the past few weeks.

ONE Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Silk Eyeshadow in #24

Absolutely my favourite eyeshadow at the moment. These cream/powder hybrids swirl two colours together to give a one-second shimmery, smokey eye with gorgeous depth and dimension. Doesn't crease, flake or fade and can be worn wet or dry. You can read my full review here.

Wearing Origins foundation & Armani eyeshadow

TWO La Roche Posay Hydraphase Intense Serum

I just wrote about it so I won't bang on, but I still can't believe how good this serum is - if you have dehydrated skin, you need it in your life. An absolute bargain at €23 - this one's a keeper.

THREE ARTDECO Ceramic Nail Laquer #69

Have you tried ARTDECO? I really rate this brand - they have some stellar products, including their nail polish and felt tip pen liners. Right now I'm going to extremes with nails and if it's not a nude or dramatically dark, then I don't want to know. This creamy cafe au lait shade (€11.05) is part of the Mystic Garden collection which is perfect for my current mood - it's all earthy neutrals or intense dark shades.

FOUR A’kin Pure Radiance Rosehip Oil

Throughout the summer I use a lighter moisturiser than in the colder months. But now the temperature's dropped and I still have some current product to use up. I've been adding a single drop of this intensely nourishing rosehip oil to my moisturiser at night, for an extra boost. A'kin are a lovely organic brand that you'll find in pharmacies as well as Arnotts, Dublin. This is €19.99.


FIVE Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Special Edition

Cleanse & Polish is a staple in my bathroom cabinet (it was #1 in my feature in U Magazine). This divinely scented special edition is formulated with rose and lavender essential oils and makes a nice change to my night-time routine. It’s €17 and €2.50 of that will be donated to the Prince's Trust charity in the UK.  Can't get Liz Earle near you? Order from their website - they started off as an online brand so it's a painless experience, and their customer service is second to none.

SIX Chanel Sublimage La Crème Yeux

I have to include this even though - and I'm sorry - it's a staggering €140. Yes, mine was a press sample, and yes, I am extraordinarily grateful, because this is also staggeringly good. Seems to brighten, lighten, tighten and also plump up the skin - but are there better value creams that are also great performers? Hell yeah. You could take a look at this one from NUXE, for starters.

SEVEN Origins Plantscription Foundation SPF 15

The Plantscription range has been extended and now includes this lovely foundation, which gives a flattering finish with a little bit of dewiness. Like the rest of the products in the line, this contains Anogeissus tree bark extract, an anti-aging ingredient that can protect collagen and boost the natural regeneration process of the skin. It's oil free and costs €36 for 30 ml.

That's what I'm loving - now what about you?
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