Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Monthly Favourites: June

Can you believe we're now in the 7th month of the year? It's scary to think we're already half way through and closer to christmas than the beginning of the year, Christmas feels like it was only last week. Where is my life going?! I've had a busy June mainly working, I started a new beauty therapy job alongside my full time job so it means a lot of 6 day weeks but my wages at the end of the month made it all worthwhile. We've had some news about us moving so that'll all be within the next month or so which probably means I probably won't get a summer holiday this year but I'm still holding out hope. Anyway, enough of my ramble, I'll get onto the good stuff...

Excuse the grubbiness of it but I am absolutely head over heels in love with the Real Techniques Complexion Sponge, when I was applying concealer under my eyes it would crease and cake and it drove me mad, but since using the sponge to dab in the concealer, I've noticed it stays put and doesn't crease around my eyes. If you read my Birchbox post you'll know how much I'm dying to try the BeautyBlender, of course since I've never used it I can't comment on how well it fairs in comparison but it's a good starting point for anyone like me who's new to sponges.

I've been loving my bases at the moment but seeing as it's been hot in England (well sticky, humid and hot) I've been switching up what foundation I've been using. For good skin days, I've opted for the Garnier Miracle Cream, a white cream that changes to adapt to your skin tone when applied, I like this as a base because it evens out my skin tone, doesn't look orange and also hydrates my skin all day. It doesn't last throughout the whole day and I do find I need a touch up around 3ish but for those days where you've got errands to run or having a good skin day, it's a great base to opt for. When my skin isn't looking so great, I'll be honest in this weather I am looking slightly spotty, I go for a base with more coverage and at the moment I've been loving the Estee Lauder Double Wear Light, I picked this up in my local Boots for £14 (yes, £14!) and I've really enjoyed wearing this. It's a lighter version of the Double Wear but I find this formula isn't as drying so I can wear this throughout the day and the foundation doesn't cake. The best thing of all is that it really does stay put all day so when I'm busy I don't need to worry about touch ups.

For lips, in this weather it's pretty much pointless trying to wear lipstick, I carry them in my bag but they just seem to end up melting so I leave my lipsticks in the safety of a cool drawer and I've been loving the Clarins Lip Balm Crayon in 02 Creamy Pink. It's a lipstick/lipbalm hybrid but it's lovely on the lips, a soft wash of colour and a moisturising formula. I did post that I didn't see much colour pay off with these but my lighting must have just been bad because when applied well, the colour really comes out.

And finally, we have the Makeup Revolution Focus & Fix Eye Primer, I was debating purchasing the Nars one I love so much but when I saw the packaging I personally didn't think it was great value for money. After hearing about Makeup Revolution and how good their products are, I put this in my basket when I ordered the eyeshadow and blush palettes. The verdict is in and I'd say it's as good as a high end counterpart, I've worn this on a couple of occasions and it's seen my eyeshadow through a hot, sweaty day and if that's not putting it to the test, I don't know what is. For around £4, this is an absolute bargain so save your pennies and get an eyeshadow palette to team it with.

What products have you been loving throughout June?

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