18 July 2013

July's favourites (so far!)

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Before I do the videos I have been promising for the beauty bits and bobs I mentioned in an earlier post I thought I would do a short post about some of the other things I have been loving recently, I will do a video about these too.

So, I have been really getting back in to highlighters recently, I think now the sun's out it is nice to have a pretty glow to the skin. I have heard a few bloggers talking about this one and thought I would give it a go! Essie Button tweeted about a special offer so I went for it. At £15.00 (full price) it is not cheap at all but as I got it reduced I was happy to go with it. The product is by the brand 'The Balm' and is called 'Mary-Lou Manizer'. I got mine from Feel Unique but you can get it from a few other online stores too. It comes in a trendy compact, with a mirror inside, and is highly pigmented so I would recommend tapping your brush off slightly before sweeping it onto your cheeks. I really like it overall and use it in the inner corner of my eye to really make the eyes 'pop' open as well as on the top of the cheek bones. The only thing to be wary of is how soft the powder is - it may not be one to leave rattling about in your handbag!

I will be doing a nail varnish video soon but I recently purchased the Sally Hanson Mega Shine topcoat from Boots (£6.39). I have some varnishes that chip like crazy after just one day, but with this top coat they have hugely improved staying power - I am very impressed! I will talk about this more at a later date!

You may have noticed in a couple of recent pictures that I have been sporting wavy hair! I have always wanted to do this but the curls usually drop straight out before I have reached the bottom of the stairs! I went to Tescos and brought this Leo Bancroft 'Totally Protected' spray and haven't looked back since. I can't remember exactly how much this was, but it was under £5.00, and well worth every penny. I use it after washing my hair and spray it throughout, adding a bit more to the ends. Then blow-dry. After this, when I am separating my hair into sections, I spray a bit more on then curl. It holds well and protects! Bargain!

I love bright lip colours but they are not always appropriate for work. This new lip crayon, by Bourgeois, is a fantastic compromise! It comes in four, very wearable shades (mine is Orange Punch), and is just enough colour to add impact plus is highly moisturising. At £7.99 (full price) it is not the cheapest out there but you can certainly feel the moisture added to your lips and it has a pretty shine too.

Lastly are two products by Rimmel. Desperate for a new concealer I mooched about in Boots until this one caught my eye by Rimmel. It is called Match Perfection Illuminating Concealer - I have the shade Ivory. It comes in a squeezable tube with a brush on the end - it is hard to control the amount you are squeezing out but other than that it is really nice. It gives fairly good coverage and does what it says on the tin - illuminates! All good when you are tired and busy! The second product was the Rimmel Scandal Eyes Waterproof Khol Eyeliner, in Nude (£3.99). I have always used a white eyeliner in the waterline of my eyes but heard that this shade is so much more natural and that is so true! It really opens the eyes and it lasts most of the day! 

Hang on in there for more via the medium of a video - more reviews to come!


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