Hurrah! A beauty post! June Favourites already… I can’t quite believe it.

As I mentioned in my last post many moons ago, I’ve been on the move a fair amount this month and so my makeup bag has been packed full of firm favourites, and these are a few things that made the cut.

First up is my new scent of choice which comes in the form of Jimmy Choo EDP (£41 30ml, Selfridges). This is sweet while also being slightly sensual (ha!) which makes it suitable for both day and night.

Next up and possibly the most exciting is one of the many new brow launches from Benefit. They’ve literally gone brow crazy and have released a boat load of new bits all in this swish silver packaging. I managed to nab a copy of Elle which held a Pre-release of the Goof Proof Brow Pencil (£18.50 full size, Benefit) before it came out on counters and to say i’m suitably impressed would be an understatement. This is waxy enough to stay in place while smooth enough so that it doesn’t feel as though you might give yourself a face lift while dragging it across. Shade 2 just happens to be the perfect shade for my blonde hair dark brow combination. I’m feeling pretty smug about the whole thing.

I was having a dig around in my collection and rediscovered my old fave Burberry’s Eyeshadow in Pale Barley (£23, Burberry) and now I wonder how it got to the back of my drawer and how I lived without it for a few months. The formula is outstanding; buttery soft but not powdery and it packs a real punch in terms of pigment. My favourite way to apply this is with a MAC 217 brush in a wishy washy motion. The brush does the work for you making the 7am smoky eye a breeze.

For nourishment, shine and colour on the lips there’s no better thing than the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector (£18, Boots) I’d recommend picking this up in Duty Free for a two for one type deal. They’re great for no makeup days and for pairing with a full face. I’ll probably pick up another when I’m off on my jollys.

Roller Lash (£19.50, Benefit) is my favourite mascara ever. There, I said it. Yes, I’ve dabbled with others but nothing compares to the curling and lengthening that this tube delivers. One coat works wonders but if you’ve time for a second the difference is almost unbelievable. I usually go for a waterproof formula but this stays put all day and doesn’t end up in my eyebrows like others. It’s stubborn to remove but worth it for the look and longevity.

Finally the Collection Speedy Highlight (£3.99, Boots) has changed the way I glow. Alone, this is fine for a super subtle sheen however as a base for a powder highlight this is AMAZING. I use it for the latter because I like to resemble a lightbulb and this with a sweep of MAC soft and gentle leaves me shining like a beacon. In a good way, obv.

september favouritesYou might think that it’s October 8th and I’m way too late for a September celebration, but late favourites are sort of my thing now. It seems at the end of every month I fall out with blogging (although this month I had to wait for internet installation) and then the beginning of the next one reignites my love, so you’ll just have to bear with me until I can maintain some consistency.

September was a funny old month for me, I moved in with the boyf and so a lot of days were spent in Ikea repeating outfits, having greasy hair and not a trace of makeup. However the end of the month saw me back at uni for my third and final year and I had a complete shock and threw on all of the makeup I own as well as picking up a few bits to make my face a little bit more seasonal. It’s no secret that I love autumn and you’ll be hearing me say that in the next months worth of posts (that pre-writing life) but for some reason I find it the most motivating, inspiring and it brings out my favourite shades for both beauty and fashion; here’s a breakdown of Septembers beauty bunch.

Moving stress and being reintroduced to the student life left my skin craving attention and so I picked up the Let The Good Times Roll mask from Lush. This contains popcorn and turns into a bitty paste when mixed with water. It is slightly too abrasive for my skin everyday but on SOS occasions and particularly flaky days this has been my skin savoir, and it smells fantastic.

Autumn see’s me transfer to the lipstick queen and so a subtle wash of Maybellines Colour Tattoo in Creamy Beige is all that i’ve swiped onto my eyes. For lips I’ve been going bold and pairing Rimmel Cappuccino Lip Liner with Nars Cruella and I adore the finished look. For something a little more 9am lecture appropriate I dusted off my old favourite MAC Freckletone Lipstick or have been squeezing on a shed load of the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in 01. I’ve also (yes I do only have one mouth) been loving the Fresh Sugar Lip Balm in Nude for off duty days – shoutout to Andie for picking it up for me.

For cheeks I’m still loving my NARS X Christopher Kane Blush in Silent Nude as a blusher sculpter all in one product, and I also picked up a few bits from H&M’s new beauty line; namely the Cream Blush in Cameo Brown. More on that shortly.

Are you tired after that? I am…

 

the best products

More often than not, I can be found rambling on about or roaming the aisles for the best dupes. Often with hyped up high end products, drugstore brands catch on to the buzz and create something similar but more affordable; emphasis on the word ‘similar’. Most of the time i’ll settle for the budget alternative but occasionally i’ll get this itch to get my hands on the real deal to see if there really is a difference between high street and high end beauty products and moral of the story is that there is. High end options are usually made with higher quality ingredients making them a higher quality product; hence the higher price tag… You’re not always paying for the name.

I have literally gone on and on and on about alternatives for the hyped up By Terry Ombre Blackstars, and eventually ended up spending more than the due £28 on a number of cheaper options when I could have just splashed the cash and been very happy with my purchase. Compared to similar offerings from Bourjous and No7 to name a few, By Terry Ombre Blackstars are a lot softer on the lid, don’t take as much blending and last a lot longer. Sometimes I have to admit defeat…

Another thing I could’ve searched high and low for in search of something more generous to my bank balance is the BeautyBlender. This £15 sponge expands significantly more than it’s drugstore counterparts, feels softer on the skin, aborbs little to no product and washes well. Plus the shape is in fact completely unique.

Next in the firing line is the Too Faced Chocolate Soleil, a more expensive version of the Bourjois Chocolate Bronzer. Now, I word it this way because something leads me to believe that the high street offering from Bourjois actually came out before the Too Faced option, but nevertheless the more expensive item is much better quality, isn’t at all chalky and comes in a trio of chocolate shades to suit any skintone. We’re on to a winner.

Finally, the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors have been reinacted by the likes of Topshop and No7, each creating their own take on the squeezy gloss. The range from Clarins delivers a plethora of shades compared to the mere handful at other beauty stands, as well as having a unique foam applicator with nine pinprick holes for even application, rather than distributing all of the product to the centre… Clever. 

pink lip editIf you’ve been here from the start (almost one year!) then you might remember the original Pink Lip Edit post, consisting of my favourite shades of the moment. In short, i’ve sacked those off and today will share with you what’s been on my lips in the most recent months. Pink. Pout. Power.

The Gloss: For a subtle sheen through the summer I opted for Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in 01. A squeezy tube and fuzzy sponge applicator mean you get the right amount of gloss, colour and product. This offering is perfect for no makeup makeup days or for days when you don’t want to worry about having lipstick on your chin and don’t mind a quick reapplication every few hours. Easy Squeezy.

The Mattes: When it comes to paler shades i’m not usually one for a matte finish, but with Charlotte Tilbury’s Miss Kensington and MAC’s Mehr I changed my ways. Both colours offer a matte finish without feeling at all drying and deliver a fuller more healthy looking lip than any other matte I’ve tried.

The Sheeny Shades: For something a little more satin I opt for Sephora’s Little Treat; a creamy mid pink shade which is great for day or night or I scribble on a load of NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Descanso. These shades are muted while still making a statement with their satin finishes and perky pinkness, great with a cool toned eyeshadow.

The Designer Dolls: I’ve grown a little fond of designer pout polish. Chanel Rouge Coco in Adrienne is the ring leader in this one, a peachy pink offering which is perfect for indecisive days. Marc Jacobs New Nudes Sheer Lip Gel in Understudy followed suit and these pair are secretly my favourites. Don’t tell the others…