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It’s been a while since I’ve written about any of my favourite products; those kind of posts went out the window when I vowed to try harder with my blog. Looking at my posting schedule over the last few months, we can see that one went well. I’ve been a bit in limbo and not sure about what to post, so I feel like sometimes it’s good to just strip it right back to the start and post a good ol’ classic Current Favourites.

We’ll start with the skincare – there’s been one main addition to my skincare routine recently; The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal detox mask. This is the best face mask I’ve ever used, and I was prompted to buy it by both Yella and Rosie; after trying Rosie’s I decided I needed to get it, for the sake of my skin. It feels a bit gross to put on, but it properly dries all the way down in about half an hour. My pores are so much smaller (which is also due to something else that I’ll go into later) and it just really helps to drag out all the nasty shit in your skin, especially those under-the-skin spots. These masks are quite expensive for a face mask (I think) at £18 for one tub, but I can honestly say that this one is worth it. I’m trying to use it 3 times a week to get the benefits out of it, and sometimes I’ll just use it as a spot treatment instead of a whole face mask.

I’ve also been trying to use Moonmask by Glossier more – I wasn’t too fussed for this when I first bought it, I heard good reviews and was on a Glossier hype so I thought why not? I definitely favoured the Mega Greens mask more, but now I’m starting to appreciate them both equally. When I was in London, Rosie brought her multipack of The Body Shop facemasks, which is where I tried the Himalayan Charcoal one, and I decided to multitask with the Rose one too. It reminded me a lot of Moonmask so instead of repurchasing essentially the same thing, I’ve just been trying to get my moneys worth out of the one I’ve got. It makes my skin feel baby soft and makeup definitely goes on a lot nicer over it – my face actually feels hydrated which is a rarity for me.

Sticking on the topic of skincare but moving away from actual beauty products; I’ve been trying to drink more water. I set myself a daily target of 2L per day but try to get to nearer 3, and the thing making it possible for me to reach it is this MoreWater water bottle. It’s probably a weird thing to have in this sort of post, but I cannot live without this now and really struggle to make my target without it. It has time stamps on it which helped me get into the flow of drinking water, because I’m a bit strange and having times on a water bottle makes me obsessively need to stick to it. I eventually noticed myself getting thirstier and drinking a full bottle (900ml) before the time stamps, and now I refill it up to 4 times a day. I feel so much better and the benefits of drinking a shit tonne of water are endless.

First; my pores have disappeared. I noticed this happening with the water first, and then the face mask I mentioned just before. 2L of water a day made my pores disappear and my skin less oily. On the spots front, I’ve not noticed a massive difference because my diet is still shocking. If my diet was better, my skin would definitely be too. However, something I’ve started to notice now is the changes in my appetite. When I feel like I want to snack, I’ll drink water, and the more I drink the less snacky I feel. I eat a lot of little snacks throughout the day, so I’ve found that replacing them with water has worked perfectly.














Swinging right back to beauty, I wanted to talk about some foundations that I’ve found to be a perfect match for my oily skin. I’m quite bad and I don’t use a primer, but to be honest if these foundations perform THIS well without a primer, they’re only gonna be better with one. So you’re welcome, for being the guinea pig. The first is one I used to wear quite a lot but it really wasn’t my shade – NARS All Day Luminous Weightless. My parents went to Spain a few weeks ago and asked me if I wanted anything from Sephora – I was so tempted to go all out but decided to settle for just the foundation, in the shade Mont Blanc.

It’s a really watery consistency, and when I reviewed it almost 2 years ago (what) I said I didn’t believe the coverage could be as good as everyone says it is. I don’t tend to trust beauty reviews unless it’s by someone with red, spot-prone skin to prove how good the coverage actually will be. I’m blown away by how good it is and it genuinely does last all day – I wear it for about 10 hours from when I put it on in the morning to when I take it off after work and if anything, there is the tiniest bit of oil. Nothing compared to how it’s been with other foundations! My only issue is how expensive it is, I don’t tend to lean towards high-end foundations because I begrudge repurchasing them if they’re over £25. Budget drugstore for me please.

The second foundation is one that I’ve been desperate to own for the longest time – the Fenty Beauty foundation. This came out just under a year ago I think, and people have been raving about it since. I tried it once last year but can’t really remember what I thought of it, hence why I wanted to buy it and try it properly. I ordered one on Depop that had been used once or twice, and it came in the box and pretty much still full so I was well chuffed. I think this is the best foundation I’ve ever used – it sits so lovely on my skin and makes me look genuinely radiant. I found that I didn’t even need to powder because there just wasn’t any oiliness on my face after applying. For a high end foundation, this isn’t even ridiculously expensive, so I have a feeling it’ll stay my favourite foundation for a long, long time.

I’m gonna end this on a lip product, so we almost have all bases covered. I’ve not tried any new lip products in the longest time, until I went to London and Rosie alerted me to the insanity that is MAC liquid lipsticks. I’d just been living with my old reds because I seem to begrudge buying any new makeup right now, but I trust Rosie’s recommendations and she said it’s amazing, I saw proof of how amazing it is, so I bought it as soon as I got home. It lasts all day through anything – I’ll be eating and drinking throughout the day and will have to top up maybe once after the second meal. That’s it. It’s not super drying and I tend to forget I even have it on. It’s become my staple everyday red and I love the formula of it so much that I might even have to invest in some more colours.

What are your current must-have products?

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  • I’m definitely picking up the Fenty Beauty foundation next time I’m in Sephora. My skin is on the oilier side so if it works wonders for you, it should for me too – and I love myself some good coverage.
    For a more affordable good coverage foundation for oily skin I know that the l’Oréal 24h Mat worked well on me. It has medium to full coverage and you can definitely layer up.
    xxx Gabrielle

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