June Favourites

 

It’s almost July already! And summer is already in full swing: the weather on the South Coast has been glorious; even a little hot at times! Here are some of the warm weather-friendly products I’ve been loving this month..

 

1. Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh Delight EDT (£44.20 via Escentual) – Do you recognise this from my birthday wishlist? I ended up getting this as a gift to myself (including some much-wanted Topshop clothes) since I couldn’t get it out of my head. I’d sampled it a couple of times before and fallen in love – Marc Jacobs can do no wrong with fragrances. It does smell like an expensive fruit cocktail with a decadant touch of floral – something that I can definitely get into. Undoubtedly an extravagant purchase, but it is so wearable in summer weather, and the bottle looks so gorgeous on the dressing table. In love.

2. Lush Ultrabland Facial Cleanser (£6.95 via Lush) – Cleansing balms are a huge deal in the beauty world lately, and Ultrabland is my personal favourite. The simple, natural formula gives the most gentle yet effective cleanse, removing dirt and makeup easily – ideal for sensitive skin. I’ve been using this every day for the last couple of weeks and my skin feels more calm than ever (not to mention so soft afterwards thanks to the almond oil). I’ve heard fairly good things about other (significantly more expensive) cleansing balms, but who needs them when Ultrabland does such a great job for a fraction of the price?

3. La Roche Posay Hydraphase Intense Masque (£10.66 via Feel Unique) – Anyone notice I kind of  love French skincare brands lately? The simple, bland formulas soothe my sensitive skin and do exactly what they claim without a hint of irritation. The Hydraphase mask came in particularly useful when I got caught outdoors in the sun whilst catching up with a friend for longer than I thought (clearly SPF 15 isn’t enough for my paleness!)  and I was left with mild but very sore and uncomfortable sunburn. My Avene Eau Thermale helped a little, but wasn’t quite enough to stop the chronic pain. The next day, I used this mask and it did wonders to cool, soothe and rehydrate my skin, as well as making it look less red. This would be ideal for anyone with dry or combination skin – a simple, truly hydrating mask without the extra unnecessary ingredients. A summer essential!

4. Bath & Body Works Frosted Cupcake Mini Candle ($3 – 4.50 via Bath & Body Works) – I still harbour a full-on obsession with Bath and Body Works candles, remaning amazed at how such brilliant and beloved cult products still haven’t made it to the UK (not officially of course – you can sometimes get them on Ebay if you’re willing to pay significantly more than RRP). Even these little mini candles smell incredible with an excellent throw – no obviously synthetic heave-inducing scents over here. I bought Frosted Cupcake from one of their outlet stores in the US last year and have only just got round to burning it. Glad I did, because it smells amazing – like a bakery full of freshly made vanilla cupcakes, without being sickly or overpowering. Perfect for getting comfortable in the evening and binge-watching some Orange Is The New Black!

5. Organix Brazilian Keratin Therapy Anti-Breakage Serum (£4.66 via Superdrug) – After 2 years of having this lying around and previously considering tossing it, I’m so glad I gave it another chance! I’d bought it long ago to combat the horrible frizzy-ness that the weird humidity of September / October on the South Coast brings, and worked pretty well to keep it under control. Usually I rub some Moroccan Oil into my ends to keep them looking healthy and smooth, but my hair had got used to it after so much use. I decided to give this a go on a whim and was amazed at the results! After washing, my hair is so sleek, smooth and shiny without being greasy – soft and touchable without being fluffy. It looks like I just had an expensive treatment done, but it’s only a 5p-size blob of this worked through the length of my hair after every wash. Since you only need such a tiny amount, I consider this little bottle to be great value and worth a try to anyone in need of a frizz-proof post-wash serum or treatment.

6. NARS Penny Lane Cream Blush (previously £21.50 via Space NK) – I have a horrible feeling this shade and formula has been discontinued since this product has proved near impossible to find in recent months, but I originally received this in a makeup swap from a lovely girl in Portugal, and then received a backup at Christmas last year – when you love a product like this, you really do need backups just in case of emergency! I’ve since hit pan on this one, so it shows how much I use it. I dab a small amount on my E.L.F. blush brush (perfect size for these little pans) and blend it in with the other side. This shade suits my pale, cool-toned skin, giving a beautifully healthy yet natural look, and the formula wears all day without problems. I actually prefer cream blush in the warmer weather, since it looks pleasantly natural yet seems to hold up better than powder blush without wearing off. I’m so glad I have a backup of this gorgeous shade.

 

I hope my June Favourites have inspired you! What products are you loving this month?

Ultimate Summer Lip Shades for Redheads

Being a redhead isn’t all fun and games, you know! I love my (dyed) flame red hair and all its multi-tonal goodness, but it can be tricky to navigate the myriad of colours available in clothing and makeup products without crossing the fine line between complimentary and clashing.

Since I’m slightly (ok, incredibly) obsessed with lip products, I’ve narrowed my enormous collection down to share with you my absolute favourite can’t-live-without lip products for the summer time, hopefully helping out other redheads with some ideas!

As not everyone has exactly the same colouring and skin undertones, shades that work for me may not be your top favourites as well, but if you’re struggling or need inspiration, here is a good place to start! I’m NW20 in MAC makeup, so I have naturally fair to light skin (mixture of Northern and Eastern European heritage) with cool undertones. I have naturally very pigmented lips, so the lightest colours don’t always show up on me, or just look very similar to another. I mentioned that my hair is dyed red with five different tones throughout, so it does rapidly fade from a warm dark colour to a lighter, ‘ginger’ one! Though whatever stage my hair is at, these lip colours are ones that always work for me.

L-R: MAC Ravishing, Maybelline Color Sensational in Park Ave Peach, MUA lipstick in Juicy, Givenchy Le Rouge in Beige Plume, Revlon Lip Butter in Peach Parfait, L’Oreal CP Julianne, L’Oreal CP Cheryl, NYX Butter Gloss in Maple Blondie

As you can see, I find that peaches, peachy-pinks and brownish-pinks work best for me! I steer clear of cool-toned reds and pinks as well as pale nudes, since they make me washed out. Similarly, anything more brown than pink tends to give my skin a dirty look. I save the dusky rose and plum shades for winter!

 

1. MAC Ravishing – This does look a touch more orange in person! MAC Ravishing is the perfect ‘gateway’ coral-orange shade for anyone who’s never worn a similar shade before. The Cremesheen formula isn’t too drying yet wears well for a creamy formula, and also buildable, meaning you can go for a more subtle mood-boosting wash of colour, or add extra for more of a statement shade that won’t wash you out. This was my first ever MAC lipstick and one of my all-time favourites!

2. Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in Park Ave Peach– This shade was tricky to hunt down, but I eventually managed to get hold of one on Amazon for just a few pounds! A great budget dupe for MAC See Sheer, this is an ideal wearable red-orange shade which works well with a ‘no-makeup-makeup’ look,especially on holiday when makeup looks are more toned down – a bold shade but not overpowering.

3. MUA Lipstick in Juicy – Everyone’s favourite £1 lipstick! The formula and colours are an absolute steal for the price. ‘Juicy’ is a bright, energising coral-pink shade with a slight glossy sheen. A lovely, bright pick-me-up shade for summer weather that would suit almost any skin tone and hair colours.

4. Givenchy Le Rouge in 102 Beige Plume – From my cheapest lipstick to my most expensive! A very lovely Sephora SA used this on me in the US last year and I had to treat myself to it before leaving. During my many shopping excursions on that trip, I noticed every store (MAC, Sephora, and Macy’s, among others) always recommended me a more brown-toned lip shade, whereas beauty counters I’ve visited in the UK have always steered me towards pinker shades. The large silver and real leather case is a seriously luxe statement on its own, housing a very wearable pink-brown neutral with a divine creamy formula.

 

5. Revlon Lip Butter in Peach Parfait – Revlon seems to be more of a mid-range brand, especially in the UK at least, so I only own a few of their products! The Lip Butter formula is one of my favourites – a sheer wash of colour and very moisturising. Peach Parfait is a gorgeous shimmery peachy-pink, giving a lovely sheen rather than a glitterbomb. I’ve been wearing this with minimal makeup lately, as it makes me look more put-together when I don’t have time for foundation and eye makeup!

6. L’Oreal Collection Privee in Julianne’s Nude – I think I’ve mentioned already how much I love this collection! Julianne’s Nude is intended to be an ideal pinky-nude for redheads in a lovely creamy formula. An ideal suit-all nude to pair with a dramatic eye look.

7. L’Oreal Collection Privee in Cheryl’s Nude – Featured in my last Favourites post, Cheryl’s Nude is my all-time favourite go-to nude shade to wear with dramatic cat-eye liner and smoky shadow to even out my natural lip colour and give a subtle sheen. A pale beige-pink shade in a creamy formula, it complements my colouring perfectly – not so pale it washes me out, and not too dark. Shame these are limited edition, I’ll have to stock up!

8. NYX Butter Gloss in Maple Blondie – The only gloss on this list!  I tend to avoid gloss formulas since the weather is usually windy and there’s nothing more frustrating than getting your hair stuck to your lipgloss, and many formulas seem to be so sticky I can’t wait to get them off. NYX’s gloss formula is my absolute favourite – gorgeous vanilla scent, great shade range and all of the shine with minimal stickiness! I wear Maple Blondie most of all, since the shade is so flattering and really brightens up my complexion. I can’t wait to get hold of more of these.

 

That’s it for my summer lip edit, maybe I’ll do the same with other types of products in future! I really hope it was helpful and inspired you to check out some new & wonderful products for the summer months!

May Favourites

 

Hello! Welcome to my favourites for the month of May! This is the first month in a while I haven’t had many brand new products to rave about due to having to budget for so many birthdays this month, though that did allow me to rediscover some forever favourites that are seriously underrated!

 

1. Avene Eau Thermale (£3.15 via Boots) – I picked up this mini handbag-size thermal water spray on impulse, since I’d never tried a product like this before; lucky I ended up loving it! Not just ideal for misting on sensitive or irritated skin after cleansing, it is also like heaven in a bottle during hot weather. We have had a few real summer days already this year, and sprayed on a makeup-less face this is so calming and refreshing. After only a few weeks of use I’m almost out, so I’ll have to repurchase soon!

2. La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel for Oily Sensitive Skin (£11 via Boots) – I seem to be on a bit of a French skincare kick this month! Honestly though, I always thought ‘natural’ skincare was best for sensitive skin, but the essential oils and plant extracts only ended up irritating it more. The French really do bland, truly effective skincare well, and at a reasonable price too! This cleanser is not to be used for removing mascara or eyeliner, but it does a great job of deep cleaning pores without drying skin out at all. It’s so hard to find a cleanser that works for sensitive oily skin – they either seem to not do a great job or strip and irritate, but this really has made my skin look much more clear!

3. Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadow Palette (£37 via Debenhams) – One of my oldest palettes – I’ve had this for nearly 3 years! I hadn’t used it in a while, deciding to come back to it only recently and I’m so glad I did. The Urban Decay eyeshadow formula is probably my all-time favourite, soft and pigmented with a gorgeous range of shades. I always stick to palettes rather than individual shadows, mainly because all the shades complement each other well – pretty much taking out all the effort of choosing colours for you! The original Naked palette is my current favourite of all my eyeshadow palettes – great formula, gorgeous mix of mostly shimmer shades with a couple of mattes, and suits most skin tones, especially my cool-toned skin. I’d rather spend my money on a Naked palette than on any of the cheaper knock-offs any day!

4. Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealer in Light (£7.99 via Superdrug) – This product almost went into the bin at first..now I’m glad it didn’t, since it’s a new favourite of mine! The Light shade seems to be sold out everywhere and so many bloggers and Youtubers rave about this product, so I was thrilled to eventually find this in my local Tesco Extra store. Sadly I hated the sponge applicator which irritated my under-eye area, barely allowing any product through, certainly not enough to cover my dark circles. Luckily I had the bright idea of ripping off the sponge and using it straight from the twist applicator – now it’s a whole different story. The product itself is thick and blendable, now giving decent coverage and doesn’t crease at the first sign of oiliness or perspiration – I was amazed after a crazy day of climbing, walking and generally being idiots with friends on a hot sunny day that my concealer was still intact in the evening. Nice job Maybelline!

5. Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream (£9.99 via ASOS) – I don’t think I’ve ever quite been so excited at a face product. I really disliked the Healthy Mix foundation, so I didn’t have the highest hopes for this; however I was proved well and truly wrong. Despite its runny consistency, it blends easily onto bare skin, magically neutralising annoying redness and undereye circles. Not sure how it does this, but I’m seriously impressed! I wore this every day on my trip to Amsterdam at the beginning of April and most days throughout May. Quick and easy to apply, the light texture makes it perfect for warmer weather, ideally over sunscreen if you’re outdoors, since the SPF 15 it contains would not be enough for any more than brief sun exposure. My only issue is that the shades do run dark – I accidentally bought the 2nd shade of 4 (Light Beige) first time around and it made me look far too dark! Luckily, Ivory is an ideal match for N15 – 20 skin – I’ll be wearing this all summer.

6. L’Oreal Paris Color Riche Collection Privee Lipstick in Cheryl’s Nude (£8.16 via Feel Unique) – I’m not sure anyone quite understands the love I have for this particular lipstick. No, it’s not a Hello Kitty lipstick, it’s Cheryl Cole for L’Oreal, but I couldn’t stand the ideal of having her name emblazoned on the front! I’m definitely not one of her biggest fans. The reason I have and love it is that it’s the perfect creamy nude lipstick for pale-skinned redheads and brunettes, much preferable to the ‘concealer nude’ and brown nude shades of the past. I wear this on an almost-daily basis and I couldn’t have asked for a better muted pinky-peach shade to accompany a more dramatic eye look. I also love Julianne’s Nude from the same limited edition collection, which also suits the same skin and hair colours as this, but leans a touch more pink than peach. I took advantage of Superdrug’s 3 for 2 promotion and got myself a backup of both shades – Cheryl’s shade is my favourite and I don’t want to be without it!

7. Zoeva brushes in 223 and 231 (EUR6.20 each via Zoeva Shop) – Can we talk about how wonderful and perfect Zoeva brushes are? These days it’s entirely possible to get hold of good quality brushes which are also affordable – think Real Techniques! I’d heard about them via MakeupAlley and after some investigation, decided on filling out my sorely lacking eye brush collection with a few choice items. The 231 Petit Crease has made applying shadow to my eye crease so much easier than before – the uber-soft bristles don’t pull or irritate my eyelids and the slightly tapered end fits the small area perfectly. The 223 Petit Eye Blender has revolutionised my blending technique – no more using my fingertips! The soft, ultra-dense bristles allow me to easily blend out my shadow, even on top of primer which can sometimes make blending much more tedious. As well as looking sleek, performing well and feeling like excellent quality all around, they also wash flawlessly, ready to be used again. Despite the steep shipping costs (£7.50 per order to the UK from Germany), the low price of individual products makes the cost absolutely worth it. I had a great experience ordering directly from Zoeva and really want to look into trying out their face brushes in the near future – I’d pick these over other eye brushes from a premium brand any day.

 

That’s it for my May Favourites! This is up a little late due to my birthday on the 1st June – I had a great time & will post all about my birthday purchases very soon! Let me know what your favourites were this month down below!