My favourite beauty products of September

I can’t quite believe it’s October already, can you? This has been the fastest year ever, so before we consign September to memory forever, I thought I’d take a quick look back at five of the products that have been in constant rotation this month, kicking off with an all-time favourite: my beloved Rimmel Lasting Finish nail polish in Double Decker Red. This is just the most perfect shade of red I own: it’s rarely off my toes, and it’s often on my fingernails, too, although not today, as you can see. Moving on…

Liz Earle Botanical Shine Shampoo

I know I just reviewed this a few days ago, but I like this more every time I use it. The conditioner is long-gone, but the shampoo is still going strong, and I’m still loving how much more volume it gives my hair. Long may it last…

Impulse Very Pink Body Fragrance

This was sent to me as a PR sample, and I must admit, I wasn’t expecting to like it. I don’t normally use body sprays: they tend to drown out my perfume, and I much prefer a solid, fragrance-free anti-perspiring: also, I can’t look at a can of Impulse without instantly being transported back to my teenage years, and remembering that “Men can’t help acting on Impulse” advert that used to be on TV all the time back then. I sprayed this once, though, just out of curiosity, and, much to my embarrassment… I love it. And I kept sniffing my sleeve for the rest of the day. (Er, because that was where I’d sprayed it.) It’ll be much too sweet for some of you, and it is pretty strong, but there you have it: I just can’t help acting on Impulse, apparently. Oh, well.

Johnson’s Baby Oil

Well, I didn’t claim these would be glamorous, did I? At this time of year, the skin on my legs needs a bit – OK, a LOT – of extra moisture, and this is the product I always find myself returning to, because it just works. That whole “apply to damp skin to lock in moisture” thing? TOTALLY works. Leaves my skin feeling as soft as, well, a baby’s really. And costs just a couple of quid into the bargain: what’s not to love?

Maybelline Super Stay Lip Color in 725 – Flame

I picked this up in Target this summer after a long, long stay at the Maybelline counter (Aside: the one thing I absolutely hate about drugstore lip products is that they rarely seem to have testers available, and because the lipsticks come shrink-wrapped, you can’t try them out to see what they’re going to look like. Gah.). I intended it to be a replacement for the ‘Red Passion’ version of this, which I’d bought earlier in the year, but which was just a little too bright (This was confirmed when I wore it to my parents’ house one day and noticed that my mum couldn’t keep her eyes off my mouth. “Is this lipstick too bright?” I asked. “Yup,” confirmed my mum, not even bothering to spare my feelings. “WAY too bright!”). This one, luckily, is the perfect shade of red, and while it doesn’t last quite as long as ‘Red Passion’ it still lasts a long, long time, and has to be scrubbed off in the evening. Win.

And there you have it! Which products have you been loving this month?