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Thursday, 8 August 2013

Monthly Favourites | July


July has been such a lovely month for me.  As well as enjoying some scorching weather at home (the sun has most certainly got his hat on just recently, hasn't he?!), I've also been away to Crete for a week of Pina Coladas and relaxation with the fam, and tottled off to London for 6 days with my uni course to exhibit some of my work. Cor Blimey ;) What a month! As well as this I've also been to an interview for a placement and am now building up for my birthday weekend. It's fair to say I've had a lot of chances to discover new products and re-vamp my makeup routine, and I certainly have found a lot of new cosmetic favourites this month. So much so I've actually had to cut them down! I settled on a few that might tickle your fancy. Far to often I bombard you all with my lipstick favourites but I figured I've had about 4 I've been wearing constantly this month so I'd better save those for a summery post soon...  Anyway, I shall kick off with a selection of July's favourite products...


Victoria's Secret | Body Spray Fragrance in 'Sensual Blush' |

If you saw my recent holiday haul, you'll have seen this little beauty sitting amongst the things I bought. It smells amazing. It's so light and fresh and so summery - and looks really pretty sitting on my dressing table.  Just a few sprays drenches you in the fragrance and for a body spray it actually lasts pretty well. In fact, i've had people ask me what perfume I'm wearing! It also lingers in my bedroom once I've spritzed it so it's also doubled up as a handy room fragrance this month for me - it's safe to say I am addicted to it. I'm slightly gutted that when this one runs out I'm going to struggle to get another... unless I fancy booking a flight to America solely for the purpose of stocking up my fragrance stash, that is.

Urban Decay | Waterproof Eye Liner in 'Demolition' |

I won't say too much about this as I dedicated my most recent post to this little beauty (you can have a read here if you're interested). In summer, I much prefer a brown eyeliner as opposed to black.  I tend to kick the liquid out for a few weeks and settle on a more subtle, natural option for my peepers.  This one is a dream to apply, stays put all day and makes my eyes stand out without looking too smokey. 

Collection | 'Work the Colour' Eyeshadow Pencils |

I've never been intrigued by eyeshadow crayons before up until my Motherbear let me borrow one of hers on holiday.  As soon as I arrived home I swiftly popped out and bought the 3 colours I liked - including the Vintage Pink shade that I'd loved so much in Crete (thanks, Ma!) For the price they are absolutely amazing and are bang on the mark with pigmentation and application.  Once they're on, they're on - they last ages on my eyes and are so fuss-free and simple. The brown colour is perfect for a subtle smokey look for daytime whereas the lightest shade (a gorgeous yellow/white colour) is perfect for the inner corners to brighten up your eyes. LOVE.

Bourjois | Bronzing Primer |

Okay. This is product has fast become my favourite product of the whole month and I'm sure it will remain one of my favourites well into next summer. The consistency is so unbelievably blendable and smooth and it looks so natural buffed in over my foundation.  I also like to apply some underneath my foundation as it helps to smooth the skin and help your makeup stay in place, at the same time as adding a soft, bronzed glow.  It's kept my holiday tan going all month - I often lose colour on my face first so it's been handy to have in my makeup bag for a bit of a boost (it's not a good look when your face is paler than your body is it?!) I'll definitely be buying another pot as soon as this runs out - it's so versatile and I'm determined to make it work for me through autumn/winter too.

Harley Street Skin Care | Spot Less Buster Solution |

I have a full review of this product here if you want to have a nosey, but this spot treatment is now a staple in my skin care routine.  I was actually sent this to try and I've already ordered another bottle for myself.  It treats any blemishes you have really quickly, but without the horrible dry appearance that other treatments tend to leave, meaning that this one is perfect for underneath your makeup.  It can be used as either a topical treatment or used over an entire problem area, meaning that it's more versatile than other treatments I've tried.

Mark Hill | Holiday Hair Cover Up Protection Spray |

This little mini has been a suitcase essential for me this month! My hair often gets a little frazzled in the sun and I often end up battling with a load of frizz towards the end of a holiday. This little spray came in so handy for sunbathing - simply spritz over the ends of your hair and over the scalp area and it helps to protect hair from the heat of the sun.  It smells beautiful and I found it helped my hair to remain softer and frizz-free for longer.

Mac | Paint Pot in 'Rubenesque' |

I have a full review of this paint pot here, but it's been my go-to eyeshadow base this month.  I use it constantly and am totally obsessed with the peachy-gold colour it gives.  It looks beautiful both with or without a tan and looks amazing both on its own or with powder shadow over the top.


Seventeen | Wild Eyes in 'Wild Purple' |

I often get a little scared of applying any form of colour to my eyes - I'm very much a neutrals girl. However, I thought I'd give this purple shade a whirl just recently and I have to say I love it! I have green eyes and it really helps them 'pop'. I put a little in the outer corners for a subtle flash or colour and then use a liner brush to apply some under the lash line.  I'm definitely tempted to grab a few more shades!


And so there we have it - an edited version of this month's favourites! I really struggled knocking them down to 8 so I hope I didn't ramble too much! I didn't post any favourites last month so it's been even tougher choosing them this time around.  I'm currently planning a few things for my birthday at the weekend - I turn the grand old age of 23 so I'm thinking a round of bowling (got to be a little childish!) and a night on the tiles is in order!


What have you been loving this month? Anything here take your fancy?

44 comments:

  1. Lovely favourites.
    I recently just bought the VS Sensual Blush and it smells GORGEOUS!

    ♥ Filthy Fashion ♥

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    1. Its beautiful isn't it! Ive never had a body spray that smells so delicious before - love it :) x

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  2. I really want to try the Bourjois Bronzing Primer, it sounds amazing! Lovely set of favourites :) xx

    belle-amiebeauty.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Ahh get it you wont be disappointed! :) Thanks Amie xx

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  3. I'm not a huge lover of eyeshadow pencils but I've seen those Collection ones crop up a few times today, so tempted to try them anyway despite my initial disappointment in general about them.

    I'd love to try those Victoria Secret sprays :)

    Amy x
    -A Little Boat Sailing-

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    1. Neither am i - but i love the collection ones :) Give them a whirl - they're on offer at the mo so they arent a hugee loss if you don't like them :) xx

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  4. I've never used eyeshadow pencils, may have to try a few out!

    xx

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    1. oo yes give these ones a go! They're really good :) xx

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  5. I really love the bronzing primer! I didn't expect much but now I don't go a day without it! Part from Chanel, I am surprised this hasn't been on the market sooner!

    Belle x
    Mascara & Maltesers

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  6. I love the VS Scents, they all smell so amazing and I've had my eye on rubenesque paint pot for a while now, It just looks so pretty! The Sot treatment sounds great too, I always have issues with dry patches with whatever one I use so it sounds like a must try :)
    Rosalie x
    RosalieJayne

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  7. Great favourites post! I really want to try the VS scent and those Collection pencils look great, I didn't know they did them but I'll have to check them out :) xx

    Curls and Swirls Beauty & Lifestyle

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  8. Ooo love this post Beth, you're queen of selecting great products in my opinion, I'm keen to try those Collection eye shadow pencils as I nearly bought a rimmel one today! Oops...xxx

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  9. I need rubenesque! And now think I want the bourjois primer!!! Eeee

    Liza
    Glambeautys.blogspot.co.uk

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  10. I really want to try some Victoria's secret scents sooo bad! The Mark Hill protection spray sounds great too!

    Alice X

    http://brushofbeauty17.blogspot.co.uk/

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  11. need to try the bourjois bronzing primer! sounds great! Xx

    www.sparklethiscity.blogspot.com

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  12. The Bourjois Bronzing Primer sounds lovely. I'd love to try it out. I'm all for a natural looking, soft bronzed glow. :)

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  13. I really want to smell the VS body spray it sounds amazing especially for summer! xx

    ~ VISUALCANDY INC

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  14. Such lovely favourites, heard so much about the bourjois bronzing primer so very tempted, and those collection eye pencils look great too!

    www.themakeupdirectory.blogspot.co.uk

    xx

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  15. Gorgeous picks! Lovely blog, just discovered you! Following right now!! <3
    Kallie, But First, Coffee

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  16. I'm so interested in the Bourjois Bronzing Primer, I hardly ever use cream products so I'm looking forward to giving it a try. Good to know you liked it so much
    Verity xx
    Life of Verity

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  17. Rubenesque is an absolutely gorgeous colour. I swatched it the last time I was at a counter and now I'm kind of regretting not picking it up :/

    Hayley
    Water Painted Dreams
    xxx

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  18. Such great favourites. I love pencil eyeliners but find they never stay put on my eyes. Maybe this is the one for me? xx

    Essie | The Li'l Sparrow

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  19. I was only in boots the other day holding that bronzing powder... I was so tempted! I'm even more tempted now! I must go back!

    BritishBeautyAddict

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  20. I've been dying to try the Bourjois bronzing primer ever since it came out, I'll definitely need to pick some up I think! :) x

    http://glitterylove.blogspot.co.uk/

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  21. I love the bronzing primer too, its the perfect shade for me! I was nearly crying handing over the £10 for it though haha xx

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  22. Mac's Rubenesque pain pot is so great for summer!
    xxx

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  23. Victoria's secret is calling out for my to buy those sprays, that's my number one want but I don't live near a store :(

    Great post though
    Love Oresiri xoxo
    http://oresiriteru.blogspot.co.uk/

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  24. I think purple eyeshadows tend to look gorgeous on girls with blonde hair - I bet the 17 cream shadow looks marvellous on you :) I've wanted to try the eyeshadow sticks and the bourjois primer for ages now, I'm on a spending ban but maybe when it ends I'll pick them up and give them a try. I keep hearing such great reviews! xx

    Angelica // One Little Vice

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  25. They have a Victoria's Secret in westfield Stratford :)

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  26. I love the collection eye-shadow pencils! x

    http://theressomethingaboutalice.blogspot.co.uk/

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  27. I really want to try the Bourjois Bronzing Primer. It looks really good. I have the Bourjois Bronzing BB Cream which is nice.

    Annie | www.raspberphobia.com

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  28. check out my blog & follow if you like :D

    rorolovesbeauty.blogspot.com

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  29. Ooh fab post as usual misses! Love reading your blog. Your photos always make me envious, they're always so well put together and nicely edited. Some great picks this month - I've never seen those Collection eyeshadow crayons before but you've put them on my radar now. Glad to hear you've had a great month :) xxx

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  30. That wild purple shadow is gorgeous!x

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  31. I love bourjois bronzing primer so glad i decided to buy it :) i really want to try Mac Rubenesque, it sounds lovely!

    Natalie xx
    youralmostalice

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  32. I love the look of the Bourjois bronzing primer, ive just come back from my holiday and im like you my face goes paler first! so this would be a great addition!

    fromkirstyloves.blogspot.co.uk

    xoxo

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  33. The Collection shadow pencils look so interesting! x

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  34. I am definitely going have to check out the Seventeen cream eyeshadow! I just had a peep on the Boots website and I fancy the bronze one too! I hope your having a lovely birthday today too! xx

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  35. There's a VS opening near me in a couple of days, I'm so excited just for these sprays and this post has got me 1000x more excited! How do you choose which one to buy?!

    Emily at Sour Strawberry | UK based beauty blog x

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  36. MAC Rubenesque looks very similar to Maybelline's Color Tattoo in Barely Branded! Though barely branded is a bit lighter I believe; I have yet to try a MAC paint pot but really would like to. And I'm a huge fan of Victoria's Secret Body Splashes, they have such nice scents!
    Amber
    Lovely Notions

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  37. I've been so tempted to try the Bourjois Bronzing Primer. I think I might have to as we are heading into Spring here in NZ soon!

    The Lilly Mint Blog

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  38. I really want to try the Collection pencils but I couldn't find them in my store :( Love the Bourjois bronzing primer, so amazing.
    I couldn't get on with the 17 cream shadows, it's good to see they worked for someone else though :)

    Xxx

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  39. Really want to try the Bourjois bronzing primer but apparently it's very similar to the Chanel cream bronzer which I own so not sure if I really need it.. Although that probably won't stop me :)

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    1. I'm exactly the same and being a fair lady I wasn't sure if it would be too much, but I'll definitely be purchasing this now!
      Lauren x (www.anauburnaccessory.com)

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