LFW Beauty Essentials* | Bloggers Hangout

London Fashion Week has just gone by and I couldn't think of a better time to play around with a few new products - these are some of the Bloggers Hangout LFW Beauty Must Haves that I've been trying out over the last couple of weeks.

Skin Doctors is a brand which I've heard a lot of good things about, but haven't had too much experience with personally. I've tried a couple of depilatory products from them, which I found worked well for me, but I haven't dabbled in their skincare much, so when I was kindly sent a couple of their new launches, I was really excited to give them a go!

As I've been running low on my current cleansing product, the Skin Doctors pH Balancing Cleanser arrived in perfect time. Formerly known as the Skin Doctors Accelerating Cleanser, the pH Balancing Cleanser is an actively foaming product that gently cleanses and exfoliates the skin, leaving it free of make up, impurities and dead skin cells. 
The cleanser contains 3 main active ingredients which help to revitalise and regenerate the skin:

  • Avocado Extract nourishes and moisturises the skin
  • Lactic Acid, which is a type of Alpha Hydroxy Acid. It has antibacterial, anti ageing and hydrating properties. This works by exfoliating the surface layers of dead skin cells to stimulate the cell renewal process.
  • Sodium Laureth Sulphate, which is a foaming agent extracted from coconuts, helps maintain a healthy pH balance of the skin, while deeply cleansing the skin
So far, I've really enjoyed using this cleanser, but I'll keep you posted on my thoughts!

*touch wood* I'm fairly lucky in the sense that my skin isn't usually prone to spots and inflammation, however, I think spot treatments are really important to have somewhere in your skincare drawer in case you ever need them! The Skin Doctors Zit Zapper is specifically designed to reduce swelling and redness overnight, with active ingredients such as Tea Tree, Witch Hazel, Salicylic Acid and Zinc Sulphate. The tea tree and witch hazel both have antibacterial properties, and are well known for assisting in the treatment of spots and inflammation, but the Zit Zapper treatment has added benefits. Salicylic acid helps to reduce follicle blockage, which allows excess oils, dead skin cells and bacteria to escape from underneath the skin, and the Zinc Sulphate has anti inflammatory properties and also helps to prevent and reduce scarring. The Zit Zapper itself comes in the form of a roll on, which is super fuss free to use.
If you suffer with blemishes or have skin that's prone to spots, it's a really good product to look into!

Urban Veda pride themselves in producing natural skincare including Ayurveda, which is based around a holistic knowledge of plants and the therapeutic properties they hold. The Purifying Body Scrub is made from a mixture of plant-based cleansers, botanical extracts and essential oils which are used to cleanse, moisturise and detoxify the skin. It also contains walnut shell powder and pumice, which work really well together to exfoliate the skin and get rid of dead skin cells. The scrub feels very natural and very fresh. It is very rich in antioxidants and also has various essential oils in it, including Neem Oil, Spearmint, Wild Mint, Witch Hazel and Eucalyptus. I'm pleasantly surprised as too how much I'm actually enjoying this scrub at the moment, and I'd definitely recommend looking into Urban Veda for natural skincare.

Batiste is so well known and so well loved as a brand and everyone always raves about how amazing their dry shampoos are...I hate to admit it, but I've never tried them! I have normal to dry hair, so I've never dabbled into dry shampoo and it always means I've never had the chance to dabble into Batiste as a brand. 
That all changed very recently when I found out that Batiste now have a new 'Stylist' range! (I'm late to the bandwagon, I know)  If you're not familiar with the Stylist range, it includes a Frizz Tamer, XXL Plumping Powder, Texturizing Spray, Heat & Shine Spray and an XXL Volume Spray. My favourites are the XXL Volume Spray, which gives you all the oomph you need, and the Texturizing Spray, which is perfect for adding more shape and texture to the hair, and works very well to give you that sexy bed head/effortlessly tousled kind of look. For £4.49 a pop and cans that will last you for months on end, it's money well spent and totally worth a shot.

Is it perfume? Is it a phone case? Is it...both?

I had so many questions when I came across Perphone because it's unlike anything I had ever seen before! It's basically an iPhone case with interchangeable perfume cartridges and my mind was blown when I saw this - It's such a unique product. The Perphone comes with four different perfume cartridges called Brindille, Cantabelle, Journal Intimé and Songeries and they all smell beautiful!
What I love about this case is that it's so innovative and it's so sleek; it doesn't make your phone feel bulky at all. All you have to do is twist the cartridge and you're ready to spritz. 

Your phone is something that you always carry with you, so having a perfume built into the case is so handy to have on the go!

The Wet Brush has become such an essential for me in my haircare routine! I have naturally very wavy hair which can tangle easily and it becomes really difficult to manage and the Wet Brush has made the process so much easier! 
The brush has super thin Intelliflex bristles which are strong and flexible, and the brush just glides through the hair and really easily combs out the tangles. I have already noticed less breakage in my hair since I've been using this brush, and I love that it is designed to be used on wet and dry hair.
It's no secret that brushing wet hair can be really damaging, and using a wide tooth comb is a much better option, but the Wet Brush is designed to work on wet hair without causing damage or pulling on the hair, and it helps to detangle hair in the process. 

I am obsessed with the new Sensationail Polish to Gel kit...obsessed.
If you know anything about me, you know that painting my nails isn't my forté - I'll spend ages trying to paint my nails, ages waiting them to dry and then as soon as I let my guard down, they chip or smudge and I just take the nail polish off out of frustration.
The new Polish to Gel kit by Sensationail is honestly a game changer! Painting my nails has never been so easy and the finished result is actually flawless. Everyone knows how expensive gel nails can be at the salon, but the kit makes it so easy to achieve the same results, without the massive price tag, in the comfort of your own home.
 Usually, with gel nail kits, you would have to buy specific gel nail paints but the Polish to Gel kit allows you to create a gel manicure with any nail polish you already have, either by mixing the two together with the mixing method, or by curing the nails first then applying the top coat. 
The kit comes complete with the UV Lamp and USB adapter, the Polish to Gel top coat, a Gel Primer, a Gel Cleanser, a nail stick, a nail file, lint free wipes and a mixing pot. I have been hooked!

I have really enjoyed trying out these LFW Beauty Must Haves! 
Have you tried any of these products? What were your thoughts?

Disclaimer : This post contains PR samples. Anything marked with a * was either sent or gifted to me by companies to try out and possibly review. I only accept products that I think I will use, and that I only mention things that I would actually recommend to you. All opinions are 100% my own.

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