A little bit late this month but I’ve been on holiday for the past two weeks (score!), I’ve not been on holiday properly for about nine years so it’s been good to get away and enjoy time with family and friends with none of the stresses of normal life. I’m also now on summer holidays from work so I’ve got 4 more weeks off before I’m back in September. I’m hoping the lovely weather will continue but I doubt that it will last, especially as I’m writing this during a thunder storm. Anyways, onto the favourites. A small selection this month, mostly make-up too, not often do I have favourite make-up any more – I usually wear the same things every day. But with this warmer weather I’ve been shaking things up a bit and using my make-up more.
Bourjois Cream Blush – Nude Velvet*
I’ve loved this blush ever since I first received it a couple of months back, it’s such a pretty peachy shade which adds a healthy tint to the cheeks. It blends effortlessly into the skin and works well on top of BB Creams and Tinted moisturisers which I tend to wear in the summer. This shade is perfect on my pale skin but I also think it could work on darker skin tones to add a bit or radiance on the cheekbones. It looks fab when paired with a coral lip and a bronze eye – my favourite make-up look for the sunnier weather.
I received this sample mascara in the post a while ago, and I’ve been loving it ever since. I think I applied for a sample through Grazia magazine – worth keeping an eye on for future opportunities, it’s a pretty decent sample. I’d never tried a Chanel mascara before, and I wasn’t expecting much to be honest. I normally prefer drugstore mascaras as they are cheaper and work just as well. This mascara is something special though, it separates the lashes well whilst adding volume to the roots and lengths. It does not clump, no matter how many layers you apply, and I like to apply lots of mascara on nights out. It also holds out well in the humid weather, it doesn’t melt off and it holds a curl well. The brush is tapered and features both long and short bristles to make application easy and to ensure that there are no clumps. I will definitely be purchasing this mascara once I run out of this sample, I love it.
I have to admit that my brows are my worst enemy, they are blonde and sparse in places where they shouldn’t be and overgrown every where else. I find brow upkeep a chore and I usually just ignore them to be honest. I know, I know. I occasionally fill them in and when I do I use this brow pencil, it’s a pale brown shade which is grey based without any red tones which makes a change for drugstore brow products. I love the texture of this pencil too, it’s just waxy enough to stay in the brows but without making them look unnatural. The other end of the pencil is a clear wax to seal the brows once the pencil is applied and a brow comb too. I would really recommend this product to anyone that hates doing their brows as much as I do!
I think I’ve mentioned these eye shadows by Bourjois before, but they are my favourites from the brand. They are super pigmented and reflective, making them excellent highlighters on the eyes. I also love wearing them all over the lid as a nice brightening look, which is perfect in summer.
I bought this little trial size of the Smashbox Under Eye Primer in a little set from Boots a couple of weeks ago, it also included 2 of their other primers. I’d never tried an under-eye primer before but I have noticed that the fine lines under my eyes sometimes make concealer crease so I thought I’d give this a whirl. It’s actually surprisingly good, it is a light consistency and smoothes and hydrates under the eyes ready for make-up. I’ve used it both under concealer and on it’s own and it works well in both capacities, I especially enjoy the results when it’s worn alone under a BB Cream as it brightens the eyes up just enough without looking too overdone.
I’ve been meaning to try Nail Envy for years now and when I saw this in TK Maxx for £8 I had to pick it up, I have quite sensitive nails which are prone to splitting and aching when I don’t give them a break from nail polish for a while. I’ve been using it as a basecoat for nail polish for around a month now and I can definitely tell a difference in the strength of my nails, they’ve been growing so long that I’ve had to cut them – that never happens! I’ve noticed that the ridges in my nails have become a little better and I haven’t noticed any peeling or splitting since I started using it. I would definitely repurchase this product if I saw it for a good price, there is no way that I can justify the RRP of £18.
What have your favourite products been lately?