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.
If I hadn’t already listed enough things I love about the colder months, here’s another: the scents. Fragrance gets darker, muskier, woodier and just better. If you like the sound of this but aren’t sure of the best smelling goodies then here I am, happy to help, as always.
It’s common knowledge that Jo Malone is fragrance queen, and with the vast range available there’s something to please everyone. My warming winter picks are the infamous Wood Sage and Sea Salt and Pomegranate Noir. Delicious.
Diptyque are also pretty great when it comes to the old smelly stuff, and Eau Duelle HAS to mine by the end of the season. It’s vanillary but in a mature way – a certain je ne sais quoi, if you will. For those who don’t like the sweeter smells, Vetyverio is a bit more of a tree like scent and is fairly unisex so you could always get it for your boyfriend and wear it yourself. Subtle.
If you’re on a budget or have a thing for mixing up a unique scent, The Library Of Fragrance has you covered. They have over 100 individual singular scents which can be worn alone or layered and mixed as you please. I reckon Gingerbread and Marshmallow could smell like a dream come true, or perhaps mix Fig with Paperback.
What are your scents of the season?
I know we’re nine days into June (halfway through the year oh my) but I wanted to ensure that if I did this Monthly Favourites thing I did it every month, so i’m coming at you today with my favourites from the month of May!
A little non-beauty offering in this months collection is my new watch, which I hinted at in yesterdays jewellery post. It’s from Daniel Wellington and is the Classic Sheffield Lady watch featuring a black leather strap and rose gold bezel(?) with a very simple white face. I love this watch, I haven’t taken it off since getting it and it’s an absolute dream at finishing off outfits.
My base has taken a transformation and I’ve been turning to the NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser and the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light. The tinted moisturiser glides on easily for a natural skin finish without any imperfections and the powder sets it all in place, removing shine whilst still letting me glow. More on that soon.
The month saw a few additions in the lipstick department and I’ve been opting for Chanel Rouge Coco in Adrienne for daytime and Mac lipstick in Mehr come sundown. I’m really pleased with both of them and they fit nicely into my lipstick wardrobe.
I introduced my new scent to you around a week ago and i’m not lying when I say i’m besotted, fresh enough for everyday wear and womanly enough for evening. I don’t even know where my other perfumes are…
I finally got my hands on the MAC 217, popping my MAC brush cherry and making all of my eye makeup that little bit better. I might even like it better than my Sigma one.
So that’s it for another month, it’ll be 2020 before we know it. What did you love in the month of may? Have you tried any of my picks?
Say hello to my new scent, Stella EDT; the little sister of Stella EDP featuring a little bit more rose and a more daytime/spring appropriate smell.
I’d personally describe the scent as girly, floral and fresh but in a mature, sophisticated woman way. I do love the original EDP fragrance but the majority of perfumes give me a headache so this lighter option is right up my street; similar but a little lighter and a lot easier on the old tete. J’adore.
“Stella Eau de Toilette is a fresh and sparkling scent of garden rose. It contains the same notes of amber and rose as the original, but includes additional accords of frozen lemon, mandarin, freesia, peony and violet leaf. It opens with fresh mandarin and frozen lemon, balanced with watery tones of freesia to create a soft, dewy feeling. The floral heart of Bulgarian rose essence with crunchy violet leaves and delicate peony petals, brings a freshness to the fragrance, while amber gris base notes reveal a masculine undertone.”
Whilst being light, the fragrance lasts well on the skin and its base notes mean that it gets better with time. It smells womanly, unlike my usual choices (which are vanilla and sweetshop inspired scents) and so this fragrance is a welcome addition to my collection and has already made its mark at the forefront of my ‘fragrance wardrobe’. Perfect for everyday and evening, Stella is on to a winner with this one. Have you given it a whiff?
Today I decided to have a rummage through my drawer of samples. It’s easy to get stuck in a rut with makeup, especially with early mornings when there’s no time to think or be creative. I have a fairly extensive makeup collection but it’s not massive, and I do have a regular turn around of products. I love trying new things however, and often pick up testers and samples when I’m out and about. Sometimes I get back and use them immediately but others I put them in a drawer and wait until I’m looking for inspiration or until I’m in the market to go out and purchase something new. That’s where this post comes in, with the change of seasons I’m looking to change up my routines a little and try out more products.
I have various foundation samples from the new maybelline dream wonder foundation (which I hate) to nars sheer glow and illamasquas skin base and I’m currently battling the two out to choose my next base purchase. I also have a sample of the origins drink up intensive overnight mask which I reviewed a while ago. I ran out and couldn’t get a full size so I picked up another sample (he he).
I love taking testers of perfumes. At the top of my list is the Stella eau de toilette which is a fairly new release and is a lighter, fresher version of the well loved original. I’ve also got a few from olfactive and evody, all of which are unique fragrances which I really do need to road test.
I have various lotions and potions which come free in shopping bags or are glued into the pages of Elle magazine and glamour. These are again a great way of trying something before you go out and spend the money on them.
Most higher end brands will offer samples without a second thought however if they have low stock or at the drugstore you may have to take your own pot and ask them to pop a little bit of the display sample in it. Most places are fine with this.
So my memory is fresh and I’m looking forward to adding to my ever extensive beauty wish list after giving these a try. What have you tried recently? Is there anything you’d like me to review in full?
Le Soft Perfume 5g – £20
“Princess of the sea, crescent of golden sand, that transcends the music and the smell of flowers thrown into the sea…”
Le soft perfume is a multi-sensory fragrance product which combines scent with natural cosmetics and is entirely alcohol and paraben free. Created in Paris, the Le Soft Perfume range consists of three collections each containing four perfumes; all with moisturising, nourishing and relaxing properties. Each fragrance has it’s own personality which is reflected in the colourful themed packaging.
Pictured here, from the Plages (Beach) collection, Copacabana is the perfect summery scent. Ideal for those lucky enough to be getting some winter sun or for those holding on to summer, despite the rain outside. Copacabana smells like summer holidays, festivals, happiness and joy. Top notes of Pink Peppercorn, Petit Grain and Bergamot are followed smoothly by the sweet, floral notes of Jasmine, Violet and Orange Blossom providing a warm, soothing feel whilst still being very fresh and appropriate for all day wear.
Having never used a solid perfume before, I have to declare that it’s love. The scent of Le Soft Perfume is exceptionally long lasting and there is a scent to suit everyone – even men! The packaging is fun and eclectic and suits the scent perfectly. A definite handbag essential and a perfect stocking filler for any beauty lover.