I’ve found it quite difficult to complete my August favourites this month. As its been so hot, and quite muggy on some days, it’s been pointless wearing some beauty products this month because they run straight off your face! I also found that I’ve been liking some of the same things as last month, so about halfway through I forced myself to try and mix it up a little!
I’ve actually got more beauty products than makeup, as I find that my skin can go quite dry, probably as a result of being in the sun too long, sun cream and taking too many showers (dries the skin out, you see).
Soap and Glory Orangeasm Super Rich Body Butter (Full size 300l, £10.00, Boots) – I’ve actually got a smaller sample sized pot that I received as part of a MASSIVE gift set Christmas time, and I’ve been slowly working my way through them all. It just coincides that I’ve saved the Orange scented one for summertime, and blimey does this smell summery! With a combination of mandarin and lemon scents, this leaves my skin feeling tingly fresh and so sweet smelling. It actually feels more like a jelly than a cream, but it soaks into the skin well without feeling greasy and the scent lasts a long time. There are so many different scented body and hand creams in their range, I would highly recommend taking a look at these. Sometimes I forget that Soap and Glory do beauty products as well as makeup, and I am always impressed with their ranges.
Naobay Protective Hair Mask Volume Conditioner (£10, VIA GlossyBox website) – Another forgotten GlossyBox product, that has been rediscovered and loved. I’ve actually brought this conditioner again, I loved it so much. I don’t use it as a conditioner with shampoo, but more as a hair mask after washing. This conditioner contains Shea butter and Argan oil, so my hair always feels soft and silky after using it. It is a very rich product though, so I use it sparingly as it might make you hair a little ‘heavy’ with daily use.
De Bruyere Lait Apres Soleil After Sun Lotion (£9.48, VIA GlossyBox website) – This has been an absolute godsend this summer. Firstly, it smells amazing, not like normal after sun lotions. It has a lovely coconut smell, and is more of a milk than a cream. At first I thought that the small tube and consistency of the product would mean it wouldn’t last long, but you only need a small bit and the tube has lasted all summer. It leaves my skin feeling cooled and tingly, and I’ve found myself reaching for it over other products I own. I can’t remember whether this was a full size or sample sized product, but as the tube I have is very small, for the price you pay I don’t think I’d repurchase it for the amount of product you get. A shame really, as it’s a great product.
The Body Shop Tea Tree Pore Minimiser (£8.50, The Body Shop) – I try and take very good care of my skin, so I find that my pores aren’t that bad. I do, however, feel that I needed to pay special attention to the pores on the end of my nose and on my cheeks, so I purchased this to reduce their appearance, and have to say that this stuff has worked wonders! I’ve used a few of their Tea Tree Oil range, but I think this may be one of my favourites so far. As I have slightly oily skin it completely mattifies and blots excess oil, creating a smooth surface perfect for applying makeup. I haven’t used this as a primer, but I have no doubt that it would work extremely well. I wouldn’t recommend it if you have dry skin as it may be too drying, but it worked perfect on me. And I have noticed a definite improvement in my pores, especially when I apply it after moisturiser before I go to bed. A great product for £8.50, and one I can see myself repurchasing many times!
Revlon Super Length Mascara (£9.99, Boots) – This is an amazing mascara! Revolt have released a whole new range of mascara so, with each one designed to give a desired effect, from lengthening, to thickening and volumising. I have the lengthening mascara, and boy does it add length! I have quite thick lashes anyway, but they aren’t as long as I would like them to be, so when I use this it looks like I’m wearing false eyelashes! Revlon are currently on a 3 for 2 deal at Boots, so it might be worth taking a look at some of their products.
Soap and Glory Superfatcat Liquid Eyeliner Pen (£6.00, Boots) – I’m not the best at using liquid eyeliner, so when I find a product that makes that process a lot easier, I tend to use it again and again. The thing I like most about this one, is the pen nib is very wide, which means that you can lay it along your bottom lash base when you’d like your wing to be and it’ll imprint it. You can then curve the pen along your upper lash line to join it to the inner corner of your eye, as the pen is designed like a calligraphy pen, meaning you get a wider or narrow line depending on how you hold it and the pressure you apply. It took a bit of practice and getting used to, but I found it has sped up the entire process and made it easier to get even wings. It’s long lasting and very black, perfect for a day or nighttime look.
Soap and Glory Sexy Motherpucker Glossy Stick 3D Volume Lip Shine (£3.50, Boots) – This product is a complete bargain for £3.50! It glides on and leaves a creamy glossy look, so similar to a lipgloss but without being the slightest bit sticky! I love it! It really does plump your lips up, leaving them feeling tingly and fresh. I tend to apply it first thing when I’m doing my makeup, and leave my lipstick to last as it does give a fuller looking pout. I brought the shade Nudist, which is a lovely pink/beige shade perfect for the daytime, but at this price you could collect all 5 shades. You don’t get a lot of product given the size of the tube, but it’s a great travel sized item. I hope they bring out some more shades, and a larger product too!
Bluebird Tea Easter Egg Nests (Prices from £5, bluebirdtea.com) – I know, it’s not really the season to be drinking Easter themed tea, but this stuff is amazing. Actually, all of Bluebird Tea is amazing, and I’ve had quite a few. This particular tea is a lovely sweet tea, with tiny mini marshmallows in it, that is perfect when you fancy a sugar kick minus the actual sugar. It reminds me of Easter eggs and my childhood, and I get all gooey inside when I drink it, because it seriously tastes like the Easter egg nests I made when I was younger. If you’re a fan of loose leaf tea, and like to try different and unusual flavours I highly recommend their website. There is so much choice, and every single tea I’ve tried from here is incredible. This tea has a lovely decadent chocolate flavour, but isn’t too sweet. I tried it hot and black, but I can imagine it would also be nice with sweetened milk too. Seriously try these teas.
The 10th Kingdom DVD (Prices start from £5.30, Amazon.co.uk) – I watched this for the first time as a child around 15 years ago, and completely fell in love with it. Recently, my sister and I have been watching it over the course of a few days, and I’ve completely fell in love with it again. Basically, it tells the story of Virgini, a New York waitress who stumbles across a prince who was turned into a dog (sounds crazy!!), and finds a portal into the magical 9 Kingdoms where fairytale are real and actually happened, and it’s up to her to save the 9 kingdoms from the Evil Queen intent on ruling them all. Seriously, 12 year old me loved it and 27 year old me loves it still! It makes me feel all nostalgic and childlike again; it’s clever and funny and highly recommended to those of you who like fantasy based mini series. This was the first Once Upon A Time, and in my opinion a far better version!
And that’s it for another month! I’m sure September will bring some new favourites, and I look forward to seeing you there!
As always, let me know in the comments anything you think I’ll like!