January Beauty Favourites

january beauty favourites

This came around quickly, didn’t it? I’m still recovering from cooking the Christmas dinner! January Beauty Favourites; we have some hair stuff, some nice morsels of makeup and the results of my sponsored Olay skincare trial*. I also have another giveaway for you (UK only, this time) so keep on reading to find out how to claim a free serum.

If you missed the last couple of Olay posts then you can catch up with them here – basically I’ve been testing out the new Regenerist Luminous serum and SPF20 and have refrained from using all other skincare products for the past month. Five or six weeks, actually, if you want to be pedantic, but for the first week or so I was a bit ill (first trimester pregnancy woes!) and hardly got out of bed to wash my face, let alone apply serum. But anyway, to cut out the waffle, I have definitely given the serum a proper, full, month-long trial and am very happy with the results. I mentioned in one of the last posts that I was very pleased that Olay had added a serum to the line-up – easy to slip into any skincare routine, simple and quick to apply, but with targeted results. (Regenerist Luminous concentrates on helping to even out skintone and generally brighten the skin.)

olay regenerist luminous review

I was particularly pleased to be testing the serum during pregnancy, because one of my skincare worries pre-conception was that my melanin production would go all wonky and I’d be left with dark patches; using the serum felt like a bit of a skin “insurance”. The key ingredients, niacinamide and Sepiwhite (see here for the science bit), not only help with excess melanin production but help to diminish existing signs such as dark spots and patches of pigmentation, so it felt like a good fit for me! I didn’t have any dark spots, but the serum definitely kept my skin on an even keel, I think, and it looked brighter and slightly more luminescent after the trial was up.

You can hear more about the serum and SPF20 in the video, but if you’d like to try the Skin Tone Perfecting Serum for free then the first 50 UK readers to email their name and address through to Olay will be sent one. [email protected]

roller lash mascara review

There are some nice makeup treats in this month’s favourites; a pretty Chanel blusher, a great lip gloss and the new Roller Lash mascara (pictured above) from Benefit. It doesn’t launch until March, but I’ll make sure that I review it properly before then – it’s very good. Right, take a look at the video – the product links are below. Enjoy, comment, share…

More Monthly Favourite posts…

Products Shown in Video:

Benefit Roller Lash: launches March

Olay Regenerist Luminous Serum and SPF20: http://goo.gl/jsMCNz

Chanel Jardin de Chanel Blush: http://tidd.ly/6f0d6211

Amazing Concealer: http://goo.gl/aADSkJ

Zelens Lip Glaze in Rose: http://goo.gl/y895ps

Philip Kingsley Flaky Itchy Scalp Shampoo: http://rstyle.me/n/waweyt6a6

Sachajuan Hair Repair: http://goo.gl/c54iSJ

 *my skincare trial and related posts and videos have been sponsored by Olay

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  1. razan
    January 28, 2015 / 8:16 am

    I want a serum please!!!! :)

  2. Dominika
    January 28, 2015 / 8:29 am

    I’d love to try the serum. Ruth, your skin looks perfect!

  3. Nyree (Mishido13)
    January 28, 2015 / 8:31 am

    Fingers crossed I’m lucky enough to get one of the serums!

    I think there is going to be a free sample of the Benefit Roller Mascara in the March issue of Elle Magazine (out at the end of this week I think) so that might be of interest to your other subscribers. :0)

    Oh, if you haven’t tried it yet, get a tube of Estée Lauder’s Little Black Primer. Oh my, this stuff is seriously good! It’s a tint (for dress down days) primer (so lengthening!!!) and a mascara top coat to make any mascara water resistant and prevent flaking. I’ve used this for a few days with Lancôme mascaras (Hypnose and Doll) and it has worked phenomenally well. I think this is going to be a cult classic. I think it’s exclusive to Boots at present. I’d love to hear how you get on with this x

  4. AxxaNice
    January 28, 2015 / 9:06 am

    Hey Ruth, I would love to try the Luminous Serum.
    Have a nice day :D

  5. Sophie
    January 28, 2015 / 9:06 am

    Hi Ruth, Is this where I comment to be the first 50?

  6. Natasha
    January 28, 2015 / 9:15 am

    I have emailed Olay (fingers crossed). Thank-you of the opportunity and thank-you for writing your blog & making your videos.

  7. Lisa Halliday
    January 28, 2015 / 9:19 am

    I don’t know where we are supposed to comment for the Olay giveaway :-/

    • January 28, 2015 / 10:00 am

      It says in the post to email – is it showing up? xx

  8. Kirsty wilson
    January 28, 2015 / 9:40 am

    I dont know how to enter this comp so here’s my email address lol [email protected]

    Thanks xxx

  9. January 28, 2015 / 9:55 am

    The Regenerist Luminous serum sounds great ! I have been looking for a product which successfully evens out my skin tone so I might give this a try.


  10. Adriana Ouvidor
    January 28, 2015 / 9:59 am

    hello!! :)

  11. Nicole Oyama
    January 28, 2015 / 10:00 am

    You are sporting a pregnancy glow beautifully!!!!
    And I would like to enter the giveaway
    Here’s my email, [email protected]

    Maybe clarify how to enter next time!:)

    Hope you’re having a great day, video was lovely as usual.

  12. Dawn Fields
    January 28, 2015 / 10:00 am

    That serum sounds perfect for my skin! Enjoyed this post.

  13. January 28, 2015 / 10:06 am

    Lovely videos Ruth! You are simply glowing. xxx

  14. January 28, 2015 / 10:09 am

    Have to say I really like your blog – a perfect morning read.

  15. Thebes
    January 28, 2015 / 10:14 am

    Wow thank you for the giveaway offer! Just out of curiosity, will Olay email us back if we’ve qualified or not?

    The Roller Lash sounds incredible, I can’t wait to try it out!

  16. Jessica
    January 28, 2015 / 10:25 am

    I’m a long time fan first time commenter! And it’s so wonderful to hear about your pregnancy news! The olay serum sounds pretty amazing, especially as you’re a rather discerning lady when it comes to skincare. Struggle with pigmentation on my cheeks, especially in summer. This serum sounds ideal!

  17. Alice Batterham
    January 28, 2015 / 10:39 am

    Hi Ruth I would luv to try the serum -would be brilliant. Ur skin looks flawless xx

  18. Justi
    January 28, 2015 / 10:46 am

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts about above product, I’ll give it a try.
    At the moment I’m in the middle of using polyphenol serum from caudalie you recommended in one of the videos.

    All the best for you and your baby. By the way – that’s so good you feel better now than in the beginning of your pregnancy.

  19. January 28, 2015 / 11:01 am

    Id love to try the Olay serum!

  20. Lauren
    January 28, 2015 / 11:08 am

    Hope I’m in time to try the serum x

  21. January 28, 2015 / 11:16 am

    The serum sounds amazing!!

  22. Prauserk
    January 28, 2015 / 11:17 am

    Great post and video (as always).Would love to try some of the serum, please!!!

  23. Helen I'Anson
    January 28, 2015 / 11:20 am

    Ooooh I would LOVE a serum please xxx

  24. Rhod
    January 28, 2015 / 11:25 am

    Hi Ruth, would lovet to try this serum
    Thanx x

  25. laura nicholson
    January 28, 2015 / 11:27 am

    I would love to try the serum please ive just started to use olay! I Love your skincare videos

  26. Tara Jooyandeh
    January 28, 2015 / 11:27 am

    Hi all, Ruth states above that you have to email your email address for the Olay giveaway to:

    [email protected]

    UK readers only.

    Rith, you are looking beautiful as ever, hope all goes well in pregnancy! xo Tara from California

  27. natasha
    January 28, 2015 / 11:45 am

    would love to try this ruth, if you say its good then i trust that!

  28. natasha
    January 28, 2015 / 11:47 am

    would love to give this a try, trust your judements
    e-mail is [email protected] xx

  29. Beth
    January 28, 2015 / 11:50 am

    Hi Ruth!
    I’m fairly new to olay products and would love to try the serum!
    Thankyou :) xx

  30. Lucy
    January 28, 2015 / 11:54 am

    Hi Ruth have just started using moisturiser and eye cream after reading your blog .have just had my baby and skin looking a bit lacklustre would love to try serum as well !xx

  31. Becky
    January 28, 2015 / 12:00 pm

    Ooowwww I would love to try the serum…. please………. ps love your videos. Xx

  32. Gabrielle
    January 28, 2015 / 12:00 pm

    Dear Ruth,
    could you maybe do a post on pregnancy skincare? Are there ingredients you particularly appreciate right now, or some you try to avoid? I was also wondering if you use the “Pai stretch mark system” since you like the brand as such? Have a great day!

  33. Kamila Perleczka
    January 28, 2015 / 12:05 pm

    Woukd love to try this serum Ruth. :*

  34. shazmin
    January 28, 2015 / 12:05 pm

    Would love to get the serum as i have pigmentation.

  35. Amanda Gale
    January 28, 2015 / 12:09 pm

    I’d love to try that serum please. I’ve got one stubborn sun spot on my forehead and this sounds good for it. Thank you x

  36. Judy
    January 28, 2015 / 12:16 pm

    This range looks quite interesting, will probably give these products a go. Thanks for the review!x

  37. Laura Bozena
    January 28, 2015 / 12:24 pm

    Just emailed so fingers crossed I’m one of the lucky ones!
    You look amazing Ruth, so healthy and happy and truly glowing. Beautiful :) I hope everything goes well for you and so excited for you! xx

  38. January 28, 2015 / 12:25 pm

    I’d love a serum!!!

  39. sabena
    January 28, 2015 / 12:31 pm

    would definitely love to try the serum!

  40. Xue Du
    January 28, 2015 / 12:36 pm

    Hi The serum looks look, never tried Olay product but always interested! Would love to try out the serum please~ Thank you so much!!!

  41. Maria Alphonso
    January 28, 2015 / 12:38 pm

    Hello, Would love to try this serum. Thank you so much

  42. Sarah Atherton
    January 28, 2015 / 12:43 pm

    I would love to try the serum. Great review as ever x

  43. Emma Nicholson
    January 28, 2015 / 12:45 pm

    I’ve never tried a serum before, this sounds like a good one to try! :)

  44. Eva
    January 28, 2015 / 12:46 pm

    I’d love to try the serum as I battle with dark spots on my face!

  45. fanny cormier
    January 28, 2015 / 12:58 pm

    Congratulations on your pregnancy Ruth!I would love try the serum!

  46. Mila
    January 28, 2015 / 1:12 pm

    Thank you for your blogpost! Always very useful for me. I would love to try serum please. Thank you, xx

  47. Nidhi shukla
    January 28, 2015 / 1:15 pm

    I wanna try this serum!!!…

  48. Emily
    January 28, 2015 / 1:17 pm

    Brilliant review, thankyou Ruth, I would also love to try the serum

  49. Brogan Ritchie
    January 28, 2015 / 1:18 pm

    as always, another great review Ruth! I would love to try the serum, thanks. Brogan xx

  50. Louise Mason
    January 28, 2015 / 1:19 pm

    Would love to try please!

  51. Khadiza Begum
    January 28, 2015 / 1:22 pm

    I would LOVE to try the serum, as I am covered in acne scarring! Thanks so much! x

  52. Lisa Nazir
    January 28, 2015 / 1:30 pm

    Would love to try this if I’m not too late!

  53. Carla Cassells
    January 28, 2015 / 1:41 pm

    Who doesn’t love a freebie! Obsessed with serums! x

    January 28, 2015 / 1:41 pm

    Hello Ruth!! first of all Congratulations on your pregnancy so happy for you!
    yes I would love to receive and try olay serum.
    thank you XOXO

  55. Leyna
    January 28, 2015 / 1:42 pm

    Hi Ruth! Have been following you for a while now and love everything you do! I would love to try the serum too!

  56. Larissa
    January 28, 2015 / 1:49 pm

    I would love to try the serum!! thank you

  57. Alice Reydet
    January 28, 2015 / 2:04 pm

    I would love to try the serum! It looks like it does a great job!

  58. Sara Kirstos
    January 28, 2015 / 2:17 pm

    I would love to try!!!

  59. mirela
    January 28, 2015 / 2:17 pm

    Hi,i am pregnant as well and i would like to try the serum

  60. mirela
    January 28, 2015 / 2:18 pm

    I would like to try the serum

  61. January 28, 2015 / 2:22 pm

    I get those little fine cat hairs stuck to my eyelashes on a daily basis! They get everywhere, don’t they? And are bloody painful if you get one stuck to your eyeball . . .

  62. Harun karim
    January 28, 2015 / 2:24 pm

    I would love to true out the serum becouse I do have some dark spots and I think this will be benifsual to be ☺️

  63. January 28, 2015 / 2:34 pm

    I’m actually becoming slightly obsessed with serums, and that is all thanks to you, in a good sense that is;)!
    At the moment I’m trying out a Paese cosmetics serum, with triple hyaluronic acid, hoping to have my wrinkle-free skin back again, which is probably naive and never going to happen, since I talk. A lot. Which involves full-face expressions. Therefore I will never be able to play a Victorian lady, able to speak and smile in a dignifying and face-still manner.;)))

  64. Brittany
    January 28, 2015 / 2:38 pm

    That serum sounds awesome! Too bad I’m not top 50.

  65. Catherine Lennon
    January 28, 2015 / 2:40 pm

    Would love to try if there’s any left xx

  66. Debbie
    January 28, 2015 / 2:50 pm

    Would love to try this!

  67. courtney perry
    January 28, 2015 / 3:27 pm

    I would love to try this!! Thanks, Courtney

  68. Caroline
    January 28, 2015 / 3:57 pm

    I would of loved to try the serum but think I’m a little to late. Great blog post and video Ruth.

  69. Bobby
    January 28, 2015 / 4:46 pm

    Would love to try the serum if there’s any left!!!

  70. January 28, 2015 / 4:50 pm

    I love your focus on good quality skincare , so you can get away with wearing little make up! I am the same. Good skin is the best investment ;)

    I just posted a Food Diary on my blog about nutrition and healthy lifestyle and I would really appreciate your opinion on it :)


    Helena xx

  71. Rita
    January 28, 2015 / 5:02 pm

    Would love to try

  72. Brigitta
    January 28, 2015 / 5:12 pm

    Thank you for your tips and tricks, Ruth!
    And yes, of course I would love to try the serum :-)

  73. Danny Halling
    January 28, 2015 / 5:18 pm

    Would love to try this if I could x My mother swears by the brand olay and my nan does too!! xxx

  74. Shobnam
    January 28, 2015 / 5:23 pm

    Hi Ruth! I would like to try the serum pleeeease :) Many congratulations btw! X

  75. Grace Russell
    January 28, 2015 / 5:32 pm

    This serum looks fab! I would love to try it if there are any left!

  76. Ali
    January 28, 2015 / 6:39 pm

    I would love to try as I am also pregnant and concerned about pigmentation- you look fab!

  77. Laura
    January 28, 2015 / 6:44 pm

    I would love to try the serum if there’s any left. I have discolouration from old acne scars so it sounds brilliant!

  78. January 28, 2015 / 7:03 pm

    I don’t actually see a video in this post. Am I missing a link or something?

  79. claire
    January 28, 2015 / 7:19 pm

    Like the look of serum =D

  80. Lady Bracknell
    January 28, 2015 / 8:22 pm

    Ooh! I am a freckle-embattlled and also pregnant pregnant person, who would love to try the serum but fear that luminous ship may well have sailed… Still if there are any extras, I am putting my hand up in the air!

  81. marymary
    January 28, 2015 / 9:12 pm

    I got the luminous serum a few days ago as it’s on offer at boots. I like the barely there texture and v light scent. Time will tell how well it works but so far no irritation or breakouts.

  82. Amy
    January 28, 2015 / 9:53 pm

    Hello – for some reason the video is not working, on this site or on youtube. I can only hear your voice on youtube. Thanks!

  83. Sarah
    January 28, 2015 / 9:55 pm

    Would love to try it

  84. agne
    January 28, 2015 / 9:56 pm

    Love to try new stuff :), serums are my new thing.

  85. Katarina
    January 28, 2015 / 9:57 pm

    I’m probably too late :) but your skin looks amazing! Xxx

  86. Alison
    January 28, 2015 / 9:59 pm

    Congratulations! :)

  87. Lisa Nazir
    January 28, 2015 / 10:08 pm

    Oh bum! I thought it was reply by email to the blogpost too! Aw,I was really quick to reply too and thought I seemed to be among the first 50 comments! Ah well, I’ve emailed Olay now as well! Highly unlikely to be any left but hope springs ever eternal! I was so chuffed too! I wear a hijab and I get mad pigmentation lines across my forehead between my face & my scarf! Was keen to try this serum out! Never mind- It’s all a learning experience!

  88. Lisa
    January 28, 2015 / 10:23 pm

    Ruth you look lovely and glowing… Pregnancy suits you

  89. Iman
    January 28, 2015 / 11:14 pm

    I eally want to try the serum sound great xx

  90. January 28, 2015 / 11:23 pm

    Missed the boat…booooo :(

    Sounds great, though.

  91. Rebecca marks
    January 29, 2015 / 12:32 am

    Sounds amazing would love to try the serum!

  92. Nazia Ahmed
    January 29, 2015 / 1:11 am

    Congratulations on the baby bump! Xx

  93. fragrancelover
    January 29, 2015 / 11:18 am

    Hi Ruth, One quick question – not exactly beauty related- Please could you tell me where you got that beautiful ring on your left hand, from? It’s very beautiful and striking – is it your wedding ring?

    • January 29, 2015 / 1:44 pm

      It’s from Bvlgari. It’s kind of a new wedding ring, because someone mystic said I should wear gold for my health! : )

  94. Cheryl Charles
    January 29, 2015 / 7:46 pm

    Would love to try the olay range x

  95. Parminder
    January 31, 2015 / 7:48 am

    Hi hun, wud love to win, bz never have the money to look after my skin n I’m pregnant to, I’m 29 week feel my face need a bit of tlc, hope im not so l8, love watching ur video, thanks, love pam xxx

  96. Christine
    February 9, 2015 / 5:07 pm

    Was so looking forward top your Olay Regenerist comments but now I see that these products are targeting an age range that I am most definitely out of. Any recommendations for a 45 year old interested in a product containing niacinimide? Thanks & hope that all is well with the bump!

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