I've been loving this banana shampoo and conditioner from The Body Shop. I adore the scent of banana so using this on my hair has been a real treat. It also seems to make my hair super soft which I didn't expect.
I own quite a few perfumes but after purchasing this on my last pay day I've hardly worn anything else. I just LOVE Prada Candy. I'm so pleased I bought it as it's perfect for me. It's so sweet yet still manages to be sophisticated and grown up at the same time. The bottle is pretty too. I've been using the Candy Shower Gel I got in the gift set with the perfume and that's great too. It feels quite luxurious to use and the bottle is so cute!
One of these items is a product that regularly appears on monthly favourites and that's the Urban Decay Naked Palette. I've hardly used this palette to be honest, even though I love it so much. I think my main problem is because I keep it in it's plastic packaging so it feels like a chore to get out so I stick to my Pixi palette from my September favourites. I'm going to make a real effort to get more use out of the Naked palette now though. I used this for a night out and I fell back in love with it so I'm looking forward to seeing what looks I can create with it as I have a few more nights out coming up soon.
A couple of other products I use for nights out are these Too Faced products - Pink Leopard Bronzing Powder and Absolutely Invisible Translucent Pressed Powder. I hadn't used Pink Leopard for ages but I rediscovered this recently and love the pink glow it gives to the cheeks. It's ideal for pale skinned girlies like me as it doesn't look muddy! I've been using the pressed powder for every night out for a long time now and it's great at setting my foundation and getting rid of any last traces of shine. As much as I love this, I am rather tempted to try MAC Skinfinish Natural so may have to swatch that next time I'm near a MAC counter.
The two nail polishes I really liked this month are Zoya in Marina and Models Own in Top Turquoise. They are both great quality polishes that look opaque in one coat. I've particularly enjoyed using these colours as they make a great change compared to my usual pink/purple nails!
Skin / Hand Care
I'll start with the Elemis skin care products. The last few weeks I've been using Papaya Enzyme Peel and Exotic Cream Moisturising mask as a weekly treat for my skin. I smooth on Papaya Enzyme Peel for 15 minutes to exfoliate my skin then after rinsing that off I slather on a nice layer of the Exotic Cream Moisturing Mask. I've been leaving this on for a few hours to give my skin a moisture boost. The packaging says you can leave it on overnight if you want so it's perfectly fine to leave it on for hours! My skin is so soft after using this combo and it feels like a really good treat since Elemis is a spa brand. I guess it's the next best thing to having a facial. That's what I tell myself anyway... hehe. The Pro Collagen Marine Cream is a 15ml sample size I got in an Elemis Anti Ageing set. I tend to use this as a night moisturiser (when I actually remember to moisturise at night - oops!). I'm trying to make it last as it's quite expensive to repurchase! You only need a tiny amount for your whole face and it really feels like the good quality ingredients are doing great stuff for my skin. I love buying skin care products and I have a load of Liz Earle stuff coming for Christmas which I'm quite excited about!
The last item is a L'Occitane Shea Butter hand cream. It's a limited edition version in the scent Cocoa Flower which I got free in the October Marie Claire magazine. I thought this was a great deal as the hand cream would be £7.50 to purchase from L'Occitane. I really enjoy using L'occitane hand creams, especially the shea butter ones as they are so thick and really moisturise your hands but don't leave them greasy.
Hope you've enjoyed reading my favourites and it hasn't been too rambly! Please feel free to send me links to your favourites as I always enjoy reading them.