Favorite Beauty Products: October 2018 Edition

Overwhelmed by all the new beauty products that are out? I’m here to help you narrow down your search. Welcome to my favorite beauty products, a monthly feature in which I’m sharing my favorite products that I’ve tested this month. They’re the best things I’ve tried all month long before having the opportunity to get sick of them and moving on to something new. I didn’t use too many different products over the past month: I’m currently transitioning to a clean beauty routine (trying to be mindful of what I put on my skin and trying to embrace the safest and most effective natural ingredients), and at the same time I’m trying to stick into the 3 step French skincare routine.

So let’s just talk about the new hot cloth facial cleanser, moisture mist, active deodorant balm (free from aluminum) or the perfect fall candle that I’m obsessing over right now! This list only includes my favorite of the ones I tried and tested. Check back at the end of each month to find out which beauty product I loved.

The Best Skincare Products I Tried in October

ANI Skincare – Facial Cleanser

ANI Skincare Facial Cleanser is a hot cloth cleanser. This rich yet gentle cleansing balm melts on contact with the skin to lift off make-up and dirt. The enriching and healing properties of rose geranium and neroli, together with the antioxidant benefits of rosemary and lavender, leave skin cleansed and glowing with health. There is no parabens, sulfates, lanolin, beeswax, synthetic perfumes or palm oil. Gently massage across the face and neck allowing the warmth of your skin to melt the balm. Take a hot, damp cloth and wipe away the cleanser. Finish with a splash of cold water or apply a toner with a cotton pad, then apply with your favorite moisturizer.

Evolve Beauty – Daily Defense Moisture Mist

A potent facial mist with an organic Mexican cactuses’ elixir (known as “Prickly Pear”) to calm irritated skin whilst firming, protecting and increasing skin hydration. African moringa peptides protect skin cells from pollutants and purify the skin. Hyaluronic acid, known for its ability to hold up to 1000 times its weight in water helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, making the skin look younger with an improved skin tone. Fragranced with soothing Orange Flower water and Rosewater. Perfect as a soothing after shaving mist. This mist is 99.4% Natural and 20.5% Organic. Spray lightly over clean face and follow with your daily moisturizer. Can also be applied over make-up throughout the day.

Estee Lauder – Advanced Night Repair

Wake up to the more beautiful looking skin, every day. Address the look of all key signs of aging with exclusive ChronoluxCB™ Technology to help skin’s natural nightly renewal. Lines and wrinkles appear significantly reduced and the skin feels smoother, hydrated, stronger. Suitable for all skin types, Advanced Night Repair reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles without clogging pores or leaving skin greasy. Transforms dull, dehydrated skin whilst you sleep to reveal a visibly smoother, luminous complexion. Enriched with Hyaluronic Acid, the serum restores moisture so you can awaken each morning to youthful-looking skin with protection from environmental aggressors. Apply on clean skin before your moisturizer. Use several drops. Smooth in gently all over face and throat.

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ANI Skincare – Frankincense & Sandalwood Moisturizer

ANI Skincare Frankincense and Sandalwood Daily Moisturiser is a restoring, renewing and enhancing face cream particularly suited to oilier, blemish-prone skin. Evening primrose soothes and protects while the essential oils of frankincense and sandalwood heal and regenerate. Skin is left clear, enhanced and protected. In this moisturizer, there is no parabens, sulfates, lanolin, beeswax, synthetic perfumes or palm oil. Apply a small amount of Frankincense and Sandalwood Daily Moisturiser over face and neck. Gently massage in. Allow a few moments to absorb, while you take several deep breaths and enjoy the aromatherapy benefits that soothe anxiety and promote well-being.

Absolute Aromas – Tea Tree Pure Essential Oil

Battle blemishes with the iconic Tea Tree Pure Essential Oil. With its powerful, purifying properties,  Tea Tree Oil is great for quick application to help reduce blemishes. Perfectly suitable for blemished skin (like mine). Tea Tree is deeply cleansing, thus an important oil for use in infections, problem skin, colds and flu and boosting the immune system.

  • Revitalizing Moisturizer: For problem skin, blend 2 drops of Tea Tree in 5ml (a teaspoon) of Jojoba oil – apply twice daily.
  • Refreshing Steam Facial: Try a weekly steam facial using 1 drop of Tea Tree with 2 drops of Mandarin in a bowl of just-boiled water.

BOA – Coconut Lip Balm

Scent free, hydrates & softens the skin too. The beeswax acts as a barrier and the cocoa butter & avocado oil nourish the skin deep down. Use throughout the day on your lips to keep them soft. A little trick you can use it on dry patches of skin too! Ingredients: *Cocoa Butter, *Bees Wax, Avocado Oil. *Organic

The Natural Deodorant Co. – Active Deodorant Balm Orange + Bergamot

Active Deodorant Balm Orange + Bergamot is a light, fast-absorbing balm for on-the-go application. It’s perfect for your gym days, holidays and extra busy days. The Active range was designed for demanding days when you need your deodorant to ‘go the extra mile’. This naturally powerful formula is best kept or occasional/sports use. 

Ingredients:

  • Sodium bicarbonate leaves a light powder finish oil the skin for a clean, dry feeling
  • Magnesium + clay absorb wetness and provide extra antibacterial protection
  • Coconut oil and shea butter soften underarm skin
  • Free from aluminum, alcohol, preservatives, artificial fragrance, mineral oil, and palm oil

NB: Sodium Bicarbonate is a natural ingredient, but occasionally it causes irritation on some skin types. This is because it is an alkaline ingredient and can, therefore, affect skin pH.  You can use Active Deodorant Balm occasionally when you really feel like you need ‘extra’ protection. For everyday use, I recommend the Clean Deodorant Balm as it contains a lower level of Sodium Bicarbonate and is the perfect combination for almost everyone.

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Vanilla Blanc – Bergamot & Huile de Ylang 

The Matt Edition Kosher Soy®* candles are made using a subtle selection of essential oils that is expertly blended and individually poured by hand. Vanilla Blanc is amongst the few selected brands that use GM Free FDA Accredited certified Kosher Soy Wax which is made with pure soybean oil that has not been treated with herbicides or pesticides. The Bergamot & Huile de Ylang Matt Edition candle is an essential infusion of Bergamot and Ylang Ylang oil with Patchouli and Jasmine middle notes. Angelica Musk flower and Tree moss form the base of this therapeutic scent. This is a subtle fragrance that has been created with relaxation in mind. Ideal for the bedroom or your de-stress corner in the home!

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