August favourites

August Faves

September may almost be over, but here’s a round-up of my favourite products from August!

1. Monki French Bulldog Pouch, £6, ASOS
This gorgeous little pleather pouch was actually a gift for my birthday in July from my friend Hannah – it’s so adorable and is the perfect size to pop a few makeup favourites into before stashing in your handbag.

2. Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer, £25, Boots
I’ve actually had this primer for around a year, but just came back to it recently after my skin became a little dryer. It offers a silky smooth base for foundation, or if you’re feeling brave, can be worn alone for a matte finish.  It works quite well to hide any imperfections like scars or fine lines and is a lightweight blend of vitamins A and E, grape seed extract and green tea so offers all these goodies for your face too.

3. Estee Lauder Perfectionist Youth-infusing Foundation, £37, esteelauder.co.uk
This is a brand new product from Estee Lauder and something I was treated to – as a fan of the Double Wear I was keen to try this new formula and am pleased to report that my shade ‘pure beige’ in this range is actually a slightly less orange than with the Double Wear. It smells really nice and fresh and glides on quickly offering light, silky coverage – the finish is definitely a lot lighter than others in the range and I would compare it to a BB cream, but for weekends where I’m not going to be stressing through my makeup like in the week (argh!) then it suits me fine and doesn’t feel like it’s clogging my pores at all.

4. Clinique Colour Surge Eye Shadow Quad, £28, clinique.co.uk
I’ve had this little sample palette for years – I think it came with a bonus time, but the colours inside are ‘beach plum’, ‘strawberry fudge’ and ‘mink duo’ I’ve added a link to a similar palette available.  I don’t often use eyeshadow but I love the subtle sheen and blendability of these powders, particularly the neutral shade to wear under liquid eyeliner for a buff look.

5. Bourjois Poudre De Riz De Java, £9.99, Boots
This cute little product was released to celebrates the 150th birthday of Bourjois. The product was apparently based on their best-selling cult classic from 1879! The delicately scented feather-light powder can be used alone or over foundation to smooth the complexion and set make-up. The shade is transparent so worries about building extra unwanted colour.

6. Burt’s Bees Lip Shine, £6.99, burtsbees.co.uk
I signed up for a subscription to Glamour mag recently and received a little gift, which was a selection of Burt’s Bees lip goodies, including this Lip Shine in shade ‘wink’. The smell, taste, consistency – it’s all gorgeous, and considering it’s a gloss the staying power is also pretty good, only having to reapply around lunchtime. This is my first venture into Burt’s Bees lip products and I’m totally impressed.

7. Jemma Kidd Blusher Brush
I’ve had this brush for years, having aquired it in the US, but unfortunately can’t seem to find them stocked in the UK anymore, however I have found a link to other Jemma Kidd products from The Beauty Store that look amazing, including the Stardust Crème. I use this brush for blending blusher with foundation powder for a flawless look.

8. Shavata Lash Fabricator, £12.75, Beautybay.com
I’m a massive fan of lash fibres and a number of companies offer them, but I find Shavata’s don’t clump as much as others that I’ve tried. To give yourself a false-lash effect and boost the performance of your mascara simply brush like you would with a normal brush, straight over the top of your mascara before it dries, and add another layer of mascara to fix it. You can keep layering for a more full, fluttering effect. Top tip: apply looking down into a mirror so none of the fibres fall into your eyes, and use a fixing spray for extra hold (with eyes closed!)

9. Lancôme Hypnôse Mascara, £22, lancome.co.uk
I got this cute little mini-mascara in one o fLancôme’s offers where if you buy a million things, you get something small for *free* (how can anyone resist?!) I’m a sucker for those offers, and it’s usually Lancôme and clinique that grab me. Anyway, this mascara is amazing, it’s kind of ‘old-school’ in that it has a proper brush, you know, know weird rubber brush head or anything, just straight-up bristles that give a good coating of flutter to the lashes. Sweet.

10. Benefit They’re real! Push-up Liner, £18.50, benefitcosmetics.co.uk
This is the eyeliner that beauty bloggers around the world have been going crazy over since its recent launch, and of course I felt the burning need that I simply had. to. have. it. But alas, I couldn’t get hold of the darn thing for the life of me, even when I abroad in Rhodes, they were even sold out there, with forlorn looking girls slumped around the one tester left in Sephora, clinging longingly to it’s sleek packaging. So, I had to wait, when I finally got my my hands on one, I must admit the novelty had worn off, but it’s a great product none the less. For fans of gel eyeliner it’s a must-have and super-easy to use. I always come back to a liquid eyeliner, but for a more smoky smudged look I really like this lash-hugging gel liner pen.

11. Forever 21 Mascara Primer
I bought this AGES ago on a shopping trip with my sister, but it doesn’t seem to be available anymore to buy, it’s a fab little lash primer that just gives a little extra oomph to your mascara and makes the lashes look longer and with more curl. Try Clinique’s Lash Building Primer instead (£13, clinique.co.uk) in fact, why not wait until Bonus Time, so you can buy into all the little freebies too, yay!

12. Too faced Brow Envy Kit, £23.14, beautybay.com
Too Faced is a brand – along with Urban Decay – that I loved as a kid, probably more down to the fact that they had the most kick-ass pigmented eyeshadow colours, and glitters around, cos back then, bold was definitely better (was it?) but I’ve recently fallen in love with the brand all over again for their cutesy packaging and well thought out products. This little kit is ACE, it offers a setting wax, two powder colours and a highlighter crème. There is also two little brushes, and even some eyebrow stencils. I LOVE the highlighter to just dab under the eyebrow arches, and a little pop on the cupids bow.

I had the luxury of writing this post from home today as I have a day off on annual leave – where my 9-5 plan is brunch, lunch, and booze! Couldn’t resist sharing these snaps of Roxy, who as you can see loves it when I’m home blogging.

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