October Beauty: What Really Worked?

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A new format for you; I’ve rolled the October monthly “favourites” and “most-used” into one mega-video to create – wait for it – October Beauty: What Really Worked?

Now don’t get me wrong, I love picking out the most exciting new launches and best old-school beauty staples for my favourites videos. I also love analysing the products I’ve been using to work out which ones I’ve used the most over the course of the month. But it all just started to seem a bit fussy and complicated and so what we have now is a severely edited-down collection of beauty things that a) have been used loads and b) are brilliant enough to be in a favourites video.

Double whammy excellence.

It’s a “what’s good”, “what works”, “what do I keep coming back to” video that dispenses with the frippery and gets straight to the point. I hope that you like it. If you do, I’ll keep it going and in addition do a seasonal favourites video instead of a monthly one. In fact, I’ve jumped the gun on this and already filmed my Autumn Favourites (comes out in a few days) so if you have any major misgivings about this new format then I’m afraid they will have to wait until the end of November!

Righty-ho, off we go with some excellent skincare buys and the makeup bits that have managed to cut the mustard. If you want to spoil the surprise then there’s a list of products beneath the video pane – the rest of you, click the play button and brace yourselves for yet another audiovisual banquet.

(links marked * are affiliate links, for more info see disclaimer below post)

Eucerin Lip Balm, £4*: https://bit.ly/2Daa3i5

Benefit Gimme Brow, £20.50*: http://bit.ly/2CRmQoP

Collection Concealer, £4 at Tesco or find online at Amazon*: https://amzn.to/2OV9miW

Institut Esthederm Hyaluronic Serum, £49.50*: https://bit.ly/2D9Wu1Z

Chanel Solution 10 Sensitive Skin Cream, £62*: https://bit.ly/2Q9THsM

La Roche-Posay Toleriane Fluide Ultra, £11.66*: https://bit.ly/2OeGKfj

Beauty Pie JapanFusion Cleanser, here

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  1. Gilly Middleburgh
    November 9, 2018 / 4:33 pm

    Love your blogs but sometimes I just don’t have time to listen to the whole thing so for me this new format really works.

  2. Emma Hatfield
    November 7, 2018 / 9:44 am

    Ruth, you mentioned using lip balm when you have a cold… you should try No-Sor. Amazon sell it for less than £3. As a kid, I used to be mortified when my mum would forage through the bargain bin in literally every shop we went in. However, this was one of the things she found and it is A-bloody-mazing. I’m in my 40’s now and have never been without it. As soon as a cold strikes, out comes the No-Sor and Kleenex Balsam and there’s not a sore, peely beak in sight.

    • November 7, 2018 / 12:39 pm

      Yes, that’s great stuff! x

  3. Vivian Chiu
    November 3, 2018 / 10:16 am

    Hi Ruth,

    I love your blog and do prefer the new format. Looking forward for the next one.


  4. Lisa
    November 3, 2018 / 8:13 am

    Love this format…it’s always super helpful to have a ‘what actually works’ video. Thanks Ruth . I love the Eucerin Lip Balm too and Toleriane Ultra…yay! Xxx

  5. November 2, 2018 / 9:35 pm

    Nice video! I need to check brow product that you recommend, this color looks great on you. However, for sparse brow might be good to combine it with brow shadow. La Roche-Posay is also worth to try. Thank you Ruth.

    • November 3, 2018 / 8:21 pm

      Which brow shadow do you use? And yes, you’re right x

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