Two of the brands I love this month are entirely new to me, while one is a firm favourite and the other is becoming a go-to after trying several other items. Every single one of these products has impressed me and are definitely worth a try. Here's what I think of them all:
Each of the bath melts is hand rolled out of shea butter, which is fragranced using essential oils and contains dried flowers. My little bag of melts contains one marigold, one rose and one cornflower melt, each of which has a really delicate floral fragrance that gets released in the water to create a wonderfully scented bath.
You simply pop one in the bath when you're running it and the shea butter will melt into the water, while the petals float on top of it. While they may not be as colourful as bath bombs, the butter soaks into your skin to leave it incredibly moisturised.
I recommend patting your skin dry when you get out of the bath so your towel doesn't remove all the butter, this will ensure it continues to moisturise your skin even after your bath. I use them on their own and sometimes with bubble bath, but its worth noting that the shea butter makes the bubbles disappear much faster. These are definitely great products for autumn and winter too, as they are stopping the cold and wet weather from drying out my skin.
While the shade that I got isn't really one I would choose as I like a more pink tone, it is really nice and warm so manages to add a nice hue to my skin. It also has a slight shimmer to it, so it works as a blusher and a highlighter, as well as lip stain.
The texture of the product is nice and creamy but not super thick so it doesn't leave my skin feeling oily or my pores clogged. In fact, it goes on nice and light, is easily blendable and allows your skin to breathe. It also didn't dry my skin out when I used it on by cheeks, however, it did leave my lips feeling a bit dry when I used it as a lip stain and the colour didn't last long.
It's worth noting that the colour looks really vibrant when you put it on as a blusher, even after you've blended it, but after a minute or so, it is much more subtle. You can also build up the colour or apply it really likely depending on your preference. If you want an easy all-rounder, this is definitely a good option.
To start with, this is the full-sized product. It is only 50ml, which is a bit disappointing as it is much smaller than most facial scrubs on the market. However, the fact that it contains so many lovely ingredients - including honey from British bees - and gives such great results means I can overlook this.
It is really beautifully creamy and the fragrance is a stunning combination of floral and honey notes that leaves your skin lightly scented. The scrubby bits in it are really gentle and yet effective, so you don't need to really scrub hard to leave your skin feeling smooth and soft. It also doesn't stretch your pores, which is great if, like me, you have enlarged pores in certain areas.
The scrub also doesn't dry your skin out as the honey and natural oils moisturise it beautifully. It also contains beeswax, which helps to lock moisture in and protect your skin, which is perfect for this time of year. On top of this, a little bit goes a really long way so this tub is going to last me a while.
This is a Birchbox exclusive brand and I got it in my October box but didn't give it a try for a while as it isn't really a colour I wear. However, now I have red hair, I have found I can get away with more warm tones than I could when I had black hair or rocked my natural blonde so I finally gave it a try.
The colour is really rich so you don't need to build it up, while the subtle metallic tones help to brighten your eyes. It glides on really smoothly without creasing or leaving your eyelids feeling oily like so many shadow sticks do. I found that it dries really quickly so you need to blend it almost as soon as putting it on, especially as once it has set, it doesn't budge. This may mean you need to hurry up when applying it, but it also means it stays put all day.
I've been able to combine it with powder and eyeliner to create a variety of looks that are ideal for autumn. You can wear it as part of a statement look or make it seem more subtle by applying lightly. All in all, I'm so impressed with this product and want to get it in a couple of lighter shades to see how they work as highlighters, especially as it's only £8.
Look out for more beauty favourites and product reviews in the next couple of weeks.