July 2016 Favourites

I seriously cannot believe July is over! I know people always say the years go by quicker as you get older, but this is just ridiculous! Before you know it, you’ll be thinking about Christmas presents!

This month has been a bit of a strange one. It’s been ridiculously hot one minute, then hammering with rain the next. Because of this, it’s been quite difficult to pick out my consistent favourites this month, as they’ve been a bit all over the place!

Bourjois City Radiance Foundation (£9.99, Boots) – I picked this up by mistake, thinking it was a BB/CC cream, and was drawn to it because it has SPF 30 (It was extremely hot and sunny at the time) and an anti-pollution screen. I really hate wearing foundation when it’s incredibly hot, as I hate the feeling of my foundation ‘sweating’ off my skin, but I feel I still need a little coverage to even out my skin tone. I genuinely love the Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation and Serum, and was excited to try another foundation from this brand. It is a great foundation; it’s light, easy to blend and doesn’t feel ‘heavy’ on my skin. It didn’t actually feel like a foundation but more like a CC cream, which was great with the heat as it lasted well. I still put my usual suncream underneath, but felt comfortable throughout the day. My only drawback was the shades available; it comes in 6 shades currently, but all are very light which might make matching this to a tan difficult, especially if you are Olive/dark-skinned. I usually take my Nars Sheer Glow on holiday, but this is definitely something I will take on holidays in the future due to the ease of wear and being a cheaper product. I wouldn’t say this is an exact dupe, but it feels the same on my skin, and gives that same dewy finish.

The Body Shop Instaglow CC Cream (£14.00, The Body Shop)Again, another product brought for use in the hot weather, due to past experience with The Body Shop products and the natural/no makeup makeup approach. This product is a complete all-rounder! It minimises pores, illuminates and hydrates the skin, reduces shine for 24 hours and also has SPF 20. It comes in 3 shades – I have the peachy glow – but I am seriously going to go and buy the other two, as this is a winner in my books. It is so lightweight on the skin, it literally felt like I wasn’t wearing a thing on my skin! The peachy glow claims to “reduce any dullness and awaken tired complexions by recreating a natural healthy radiance”, which gives it the feel of a colour correcting product. It doesn’t give any coverage, so I wouldn’t usually wear this on its own; it would work extremely well as a primer under my normal foundation to create a natural looking glow, but due to the incredible heat the UK has been having, I wore it alone and still felt great.

Tanya Burr Rosy flush cheek palette (£8.00, Superdrug) – I have to say I’ve been reaching for this a lot this month, purely because of the bronzer. I love the fact it’s a matte bronzer with just the tiniest hint of shimmer (I’m not a big fan of ‘chunky’ glittery bronzers). It adds a really lovely beached bronzed look without looking too over the top, which is perfect for the random weather we’ve been having! It blends really easily onto the skin, and is highly pigmented for a high street product. The blush is a lovely shade of rosy pink with a slight shimmer that creates a glowing look without being too distracting. The highlighter is a frosty white, which isn’t something I usually go for as I prefer a more champagne highlight; however, I’ve been using this as an inner eye highlight and on the Cupid’s bow, which looks lovely for summer evenings. It also makes a great eyeshadow, too! The palette is also a great size if you wanted to take this away on holiday, too.

Sleek Blush by 3 Palette, Pumpkin (£9.99, Boots) – Sleek blush palettes are literally the BEST on the High Street. Period. If you want value for money combined with the quality of high-end, you really need to look no further. I remember spending ages swatching all the colours in all the palettes before deciding on this one, but I do not regret it. The colours are just so bold and summery, I can’t help reaching for this. It was the palette I took on holiday with me, it’s the one I reach for to create both day and nighttime looks, it’s just a good all-rounder. The colours are just so pigmented, it is unreal. The colour payoff is amazing. Two shades are more matte, whilst the one on the far left (Lantern) has a slight shimmer. I was a little apprehensive about using these because I didn’t want to look like a clown (seriously bold colours!) but they blend like a dream and give such a subtle colour, although the option is there should you wish to intensify the colour! I haven’t got the other palettes, but when I get paid I am going to add the rest to my collection, they’re too good to miss out on!

The Body Shop Indian Night Jasmine Perfume (£15.00, The Body Shop) – I wrote a review on these products earlier on this month, so if you’re looking for something a little more detailed, see my previous blog posts. Simply put, I’ve worn this perfume every day for about two months solid. I freaking love it! It’s such a beautiful summer scent, so exotic and oriental, it’s perfect for warm summer nights. I don’t find this product lasts as long as other perfumes, but used with the other products in the range it’s very long-lasting. If you’re looking for an inexpensive scent for the summer, I would absolutely recommend looking at the rest of the range.

Bee Good Youth Enhancing Plump and Firm moisturizer (50ml, £23.50, ) – I actually received this product in a Glossybox a few months ago (a sample sized product), and was really pleased to get it as I always love trying a new face cream, especially products that claim to be ‘firming’. This is a really great, travel sized bottle that’s perfect for sticking in your handbag when you’re out all day. Granted, the full-sized product is very expensive, and a lot more than I’d usually spend on a product; but after trying the sample size it’s definitely worth the extra money you’d pay. Based around the idea of ‘six super ingredients’, this product was designed to strengthen, tighten, provide a radiance boost and anti-wrinkling. Due to the size of the sample I’ve only used this product on my under eye area, but it has made my skin feel tighter and softer. After using this, I’d definitely bee (see what I did there?) willing to try more of their products.

Real Techniques Bold Metals Collection Tapered Shadow Brush (203, £16.00, Boots) – I think everyone who’s ever used a Real Techniques makeup brush will agree that they are the best brushes you can buy on the High Street. I ALWAYS reach for these brushes over any other, and just love their new collection. Granted, it is more expensive than the previous range, but are such an amazing quality I don’t mind spending a little bit more. This particular brush I’ve found myself reaching for frequently; it is perfect for blending in eye shadows along the crease, it is super soft and handles perfectly without being too heavy or ‘clumsy’. These brushes look more attractive in your collection than their previous brushes; the metallic finish and geometric shaping give it a distinctly more high-end feel, and it definitely feels more expensive than it is. If they decide to release a ‘giftset’ where you can purchase several of these brushes in one set, I will definitely be investing!

Teapigs Rhubarb and Ginger Tea (15 bags, £3.99, I am a big caffeine drinker, but because I know too much is bad for you, I’ve really been trying to make an effort to cut down. Luckily I do like herbal and fruit teas, so I’ve made a conscious effort to try a variety of different flavours, and happened to stumble across this website by accident. I’ve ordered a number of their teas, and enjoyed them immensely, but this is the one I’ve been reaching for above all others. It’s like having a pudding in a cup! I love the taste of ginger anyway, but find that some ginger teas have a distinct licorice taste, which I don’t like. This is gorgeous! It’s so fruity and zesty, and like drinking summer in a cup. You need to leave it slightly longer to brew than most teas, but the taste is immense. I ordered the 15 bag packet, but they also do a sample pack if you want to try it first – they offer this for a number of their products. Don’t take my word for it; there are so many flavours to choose from, order several samples and see what you like! That’s what I do!

Hope you all had a great July; here’s to an even better August!





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