Tuesday, 24 September 2013

September Saviours

      Sitting down to write this post, I've just had the realisation that Christmas Eve is only 3 months away! Or to make it sound even more daunting...a mere 12 weeks, if like me, the idea of Christmas shopping at this time of year makes you break out in a cold sweat, check out some of my September favourites to get some no-brainer gift ideas for the females in your life. 

      First up is a money-saving miracle in the form of Nad's Brazillian Wax. If the very thought of shelling out for waxing every month makes you want to hibernate and revert to the likes of a cave woman, then consider snapping up this little life-saver hair-remover. 

      It's a snip at only £9.49 at Boots, and lasts for around two to three waxes. It's extremely easy to use, as it's the Brazillian hot wax version, meaning it doesn't require those long fiddly strips. Plus, anyone who's had the hot wax before, will be well aware of the advantages of using hot instead of strip, (so much less pain-inducing!)

      Next is a little something I bought when I was studying in Memphis, in a very well-known store (to Americans!) called Dollar Tree. I've raved about Dollar Tree in some previous posts that I wrote throughout my time in Memphis. Being on a student budget, the store which is the American equivalent of our beloved Poundland became the go-to shop for my penny-pinching, or rather cent-pinching European friends and I. What's more, it stocked a ton of makeup and beauty products.
      Amongst a lot of other things, I picked up this New York Color Blushable Creme Stick in the shade 'Urban Spice'. I hardly used this whilst in America and now I'm not really sure why! It's the perfect consistency and colour to rub under the cheekbones to create a subtle but long-lasting contour. I haven't yet seen this product in England, so will be on the hunt for a decent dupe, however I can't quite see me finding one as cheap as one dollar! 

      One brand we certainly don't associate with the term 'cheap and cheerful' is MAC. In fact, I purposely keep my distance from the counters in a bid to not spot something and then tell myself that I HAVE to buy it. (I'm sure I'm not the only one.) However, when I saw my friend sporting Lady Danger it just looked like the most perfect red lipstick, and to be honest, for me it is. I know that a lot of people love the infamous Ruby Woo and Russian Red by MAC, but they are a lot more bluish-red than coral-red which is what suits my skin tone. 

      Last but by no means least, is a little freebie from Cosmopolitan magazine. Hair products and I don't tend to get on, I prefer to leave it natural and a bit messy, so don't really like anything that professes to make my hair super-glossy and straight. Yet lately I've been trying out a few new products since my hair has been coloured a few shades lighter than usual and so the condition has some what deteriorated. This Argan Oil Hair Transforming Cream from the 'Phil Smith Be Gorgeous' range is a thirst-quencher for dry hair. It contains the now infamous Moroccan Argan oil, and claims that it will 'miraculously transform the texture of your hair into lustrous silky locks.' Bold statement? Not really, as it lives up to the claims. What I like most about it is that it doesn't weigh my hair down or make it greasy, and you only need a pea-sized amount to make your hair feel nourished again. 

Are there any other hair saviours out there that I can add to my small but gradually growing collection?