Favourite Summer Products 2016

Summer Beauty Favourites 2016

Roger Gallet Fleur de Figuier Ultra Nourishing Oil

This is a beautiful body oil and its perfect for keeping your skin soft, and nourished during the warmer months. I like to use it either in the evening after a bath / shower, to lock in moisture and too soothe my legs after shaving. Or alternatively its nice to apply to your skin if you have your legs / arms out, it gives them an added healthy radiance without looking greasy. It is also really good at hydrating those more stubborn areas like elbows / knees. Oh and how could I not mention that it has a gorgeous fresh juicy fig scent – yes we all know fig is my favourite scent and its the perfect sweet Summer scent. This body oil is enriched with fruit oils (grape, pomegranate, blackcurrant, apricot, passionfruit and sweet almond oil)

bareMinerals Complexion Rescue

This is one of my favourite makeup bases but I especially like to using it when the weather is warm because it has broad spectrum SPF30, it feels light on the skin whilst giving you just the perfect amount of coverage and it makes my skin look radiant. I also like that it’s not only a great makeup item but it’s also full of skin loving ingredients too, including

  • Marine botanicals – help refuel thirsty skin and enhance skins appearance
  • Water loving humectants,Tehalsose and glycerine- which locks in moisture
  • Heart leaf globe daisy – an antioxidant, defends skin from from environmental aggressors
  • Calcium and Magnesium – help replenish the skin and promote the skins moisture balance

I really enjoy wearing this and find it easy to apply (I use my RT sponge), it gives a nice, even, & very natural coverage and it lasts well even on warm days. Even my lovely Mum who is in her 50’s bought it and uses it as her everyday foundation.

essence Blush Up Powder Blush in Heat Wave

Everything about this blush screams SUMMER – look at that beautiful peachy / pink / orange ombre colour. I like to use this by swirling my brush through all the pretty shades getting a little of each colour and then applying it to my cheeks, with a very light hand. This is very pigmented and a little product goes a long way so bare that in mind.

Kiko Sunscreen Stick SPF 50

I always wear SPF on a daily basis, no excuses. I like to (where I can) have it in my moisturiser or foundation (like the bareMinerals Complexion Rescue). That being said I like to be prepared when I am out an about and I like to carry a facial SPF in my handbag. This solid Kiko Sunscreen Stick is very convenient and travel friendly. Just twist it up and swipe it across your face where needed. Its fuss free, mess free and super quick. This is quite creamy but blends in well without leaving your skin looking white and its perfect for keeping your nose from getting burnt when out & about. It also helps that the packaging is cute and pink.Summer Favourite Products 2016

eos Lemon Drop Lip Balm

This smells of Lemons which just makes me feels so Summery. I know these spherical lip balms are a little gimmicky but this one has SPF15 in and it does make my lips feel hydrated and soft. Its not the best lip balm out there but its pretty decent and these eos ones are quite readily available in the UK now. If I was going to recommend my all time favourite Summer Lip Balm  it would 100% be the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant SPF15 – the stick one though not the pot, its incredible but I don’t currently have one so this eos one is my backup option.

TonyMoly I’m Real Sheet Mask

I have used all of the masks in this I’m Real Collection, there are 11 in total and to be honest they are all pretty good. I like how instantly cooling and nourishing they feel on the skin. They are literally dripping with essence and I try to keep them on as long as I can – well for as long as I can sit still and relax. These fit perfectly on my small face, the eye and mouth holes are in the right place which doesn’t often happen with these sheet masks. This lemon one is targeted at brightening the skin which is a really nice one for the warmer months, when you want most of your days to be makeup free.

These TonyMoly masks are very affordable and I buy mine as a set of 11 masks from Amazon, they arrive quickly and they come in the most adorable bright packaging.

July 2016 Beauty Favourites

Five Beauty Favourites July 2016

Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic

I adore using this toner as part of my morning skincare routine. Its so soothing, calming and refreshing on the skin. It contains so many skin loving ingredients (as you expect from skincare experts Liz Earle), including active ingredients aloe vera to revitalise and soften and calendula, chamomile, cucumber and natural source vitamin E to soothe and refresh the skin.

This feels so gentle and soothing nice on the skin and the formula is alcohol free. It does have quite a strong floral / botanical scent, which I like and find relaxing. I pour a little product on to a cotton pad & sweep all over my face and neck every morning. Its not at all drying and leaves your skin feeling leans and hydrated, ready for the next step in your skincare routine. This paired with the Eye is the complete package! Now that Liz Earle is sold at larger Boots stores it is even easier to get hold of, which is ideal.

My Current Favourite Beauty Products

Max Factor Creme Puff Blush in Gorgeous Berries 

I always come back to this blush more than any other in my collection. Its just beautiful. I love the packaging, the fact that its a baked blush and the colour looks a little different each time I wear it. This blush has a marbling effect and I have heard them described as dupes for the much coveted Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blusher, I haven’t used those so I can’t compare. Although I can say its incredible quality for the price.

The Max Factor ones are buttery soft and extremely pigmented, I have the shade Gorgeous Berries which is a deep mauve berry shade. It is the darkest shade in the range and it gives the cheeks a beautiful flush of colour, if you want to build up the intensity you can go all out. These wear really well and the colour lasts all day. This shade does have a slight sheen to it but I wouldn’t say it was anything on par with a highlighter.

Maybelline Dream Flawless Nude

Again this is a foundation I have had in my collection for some time now and its one I love to go back to. The consistency is so fluid that I find it easy to blend and get a good even coverage. This is quite a dark shade compared to what I would usually wear but it works for the warmer months when I have a little more colour, so I am making the most of it. This gives quite a light coverage but it is build-able and it gives the skin a velvety smooth flawless (as the name suggests) finish. I really like the way it makes my skin look and it feels lightweight. Unlike some bases it actually looks better throughout the day, bonus!

July favourite products swatches

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in BackTalk*

I have been wearing this lipstick almost everyday, the colour is so easy to wear. Its is a comfort matte finish but it doesn’t make my lips feel overly dry. Its not a faff to apply and it just makes me look like I have have made more of an effort with my makeup (when I am wearing bare minimal). BackTalk is a gorgeous mauve pink nude shade and I just can’t get enough of it.

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in BackTalk

Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow Stick in Golden Pink

I know I am not alone in loving cream shadows, they are a lazy girls best friend. You just sweep the product over your eyelid & blend it out using your finger & it always looks amazing. This Golden Pink is not what I would call a pink, it is a lot more a golden and has a pretty metallic finish. These cream shadow sticks are easy to blend but after a couple of minutes they dry done and do not budge. These are very similar to the Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks which I have quite a few of and I’d say the quality of them is identical. I always travel with cream shadows, because they take up no space, they don’t break in your makeup bag and you don’t need a brush.

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Favourites Products June 2016

June 2016 Favourite Products

Ooh! Oils Of Heaven – Cacay Facial Oil*

I hadn’t told my Mum that I’d found my HG facial oil but when she told me my skin was looking healthy and glowing I knew I wasn’t wrong about this product. I had thought to myself that my skin was looking and feeling brighter, my complexion more even and generally healthier but you never believe it until someone else points it out.

I’m completely sold on this 100% Cacay Oil Facial Oil from Oils of Heaven. It works so well on my skin and I’ve been wearing it day & night. I do like to apply a drop or two throughout the day too, when I’m not wearing any makeup. Cacay Oil has a high content of vitamin A, vitamin E and Linoleic Acid (omega-6) which are all proven to have effective results in skincare.

I did review these Oils of Heaven last week, if you’d like to have a read of that & get a little more information.

Essence Make Me Brow 

OK, so I really like my Benefit Gimme Brow but I live in a REALLY small town and its not that easy to get hold of & it can be a little pricey. So I had heard a few good things about the Essence Make Me Brow and had my fingers crossed that it could be a good dupe. Excitingly I can say, YES it is a damn good dupe & its only £2.50, I am thrilled with the quality and the colour match for my brows is so good. It gives good colour and hold to my brows, I bloody love it. I’s available in 3 shades and I have the darkest one. If you have an Essence counter near you then buy one & test it out for yourself. Its my number 1 favourite product this month.

Essence Blush Up in Pinky Flow 

I have a few of these Essence Blushers, this one is a really pretty everyday option. It’s a trio of pink shades from a deep pink to a light soft pink. Its not too pigmented but you can build it up if you like to a more intense colour. I don’t like to wear too much blush, simply because I have quite a rosy complexion & I don’t want to draw too much attention to it. This is a silky soft formula and it blends out well. I wouldn’t say its the longest wearing but I love this colour its so subtle and fresh on the skin.
June Favourites 2016

Chloe Love Story EDP

I like this perfume a lot, its such a fresh, feminine scent. It has notes of stephanotis jasmine, orange blossom, cedar and neroli. So it has a sweet, floral very fresh scent. I have been wearing this most days, its a really light daytime scent which lasts a very long time on me. I can smell it hours after I apply it. The bottle is also very pretty and sweet, I like to have this out on my vanity area.

Origins No Puffery Cooling Eye Roll On

Goodbye tired, puffy eyes! This is one of the first products I reach for once I’ve cleansed my skin in the morning. I like to keep it in my fridge so it stays extra cold & is soothing on my eyes. This is a roller ball that you apply to your under eyes to help de puff, wake up & hydrate that area. It feels so nice, especially when you’re struggling to wake up on those early mornings. It has Cucumber to cool and sooth, Yeast to de puff & Hoelen Mushroom Extract to calm. So for a little extra help banishing those under eye bags & dark circles this is a great product to have in your skincare stash.

Origins No Puffery Roll On

Nails Inc Gel One Coat Nail Polish in Chiltern Park*

This is truly a one coat nail polish, its opaque and vibrant without having to apply more than one coat. I love this bright pink shade and its gorgeous on my toes, its going to be my Summer polish of choice. It wears well and looks glossy and really vibrant. I do enjoy Nails Inc polishes but this was the first time using one of their Gel One Coat polishes & I was impressed.

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My Desk Essentials

My Desk Essentials

I work from home & seem to spend more & more time sat at my desk (not great for my posture), I try to keep my space as tidy as possible but it always ends up looking like a complete mess by the end of the week. Here are a few essentials I always have to hand, there are no snacks included in this post but rest assured in my desk drawer I have a supply of biscuits that would feed an army.

A huge cup of (quite weak) tea is my number one desk essential, I drink more tea in a day than I care to admit. I am a chai tea drinker most of the time but I am partial to a PUKKA Apple & Cinnamon, Lemon & Ginger and I like anything that has cardamon, cloves and winter spices in. I couldn’t get through my day without tea & I find popping to the kitchen to brew up makes me actually leave my desk otherwise I would sit there for far too long without moving.

Hand sanitiser – I’m terrible for touching my face, hair and biting my nails when sat at my desk so I like to make sure I keep my hands as clean as possible so I do use these quite a lot. I know they can be quite drying and contain a lot of alcohol but these Bath & Body Works ones just smell wonderful and look so cute sat on my desk.

What Is On Your Desk

I like to either burn a candle or my melts just to keep my office smelling lovely. I am a very very lucky lady as Timothy Dunn sent me some of their Spring / Summer candles to try out. Click through If you want to read my review of their Arabian Fig Candle (which is my ALL time favourite scent). Their candles are utterly luxurious from the outer packaging right down to the elegant bespoke hand blown glass container, everything feels like exquisite quality, such a treat. Their candles kick out scent even when they’re not burning, they have at least 60 hour burn time and I burn them for about 2 hours a day & then blow it out and the scent continues to be very present in the air. I’m currently burning the Mille Fleurs* scent which is a sophisticate blend described as:-

An exotic floral bouquet with tuberose, ylang ylang, frangipani, orchid, jasmine, lotus flower, white rose, carnation and neroli blossom with undertones of powdery heliotrope, vanilla and musk..

I think I may have the most luxurious smelling office, its really lovely to have this burning whilst I work, I find the scent relaxing, rich and it reminds me of a warm Summer evening. The candle burns down evenly and cleanly, it doesn’t give off any soot and the glass containers are just too beautiful to throw away so I like to reuse them. I have a small succulent plant in one. If you like to burn luxurious candles then Timothy Dunn needs to be on your to try list.

Lipbalm is a must for me & I have drawer full of them (hoarder) so each week I pick a different one to use and this week it has been the Blistex Intensive Moisturiser Cherry. I do like Blistex lip products and find they work well at stopping my lips from drying out without having a greasy formula. It contains a blend of Shea butter & bees wax so very nourishing and smoothing on the lips oh & its also SPF15.  I like this cherry scented one & I think I will pop it in my handbag so I can keep using it.

My Desk Essentials

I have used Jurlique Hand Cream for almost 10 years now and I love to have one in my handbag or on my desk. This has a rich but gentle, hydrating and smoothing formula, its so nice to massage in to your hands throughout the day to keep them feeling moisturised and nourished. This does have quite a rich creamy formula but it doesn’t leave your hands greasy and you can apply it & get right back to typing / working. I personally like the Rose scent but I know its not everyones cup of tea and Jurlique also have Citrus, Lavender and Jasmine ones to pick from. I have their 40ml tube which I think is more handbag / desk friendly.

To keep my skin and my mind fresh and soothed I like to use a face mist and this Pai offering has been doing the trick. I would say its more of a spray than a mist so its quite wet on the skin but it feels refreshing. This Rice Plant & Rosemary BioAffinity Skin Tonic is fantastic if you have sensitive, dull skin.

It contains pure ‘living waters’ extracted directly from the plant. Rich in amino acids, vitamins and trace minerals, with regular use they help to cleanse and purify combination skin types. These natural elixirs have the exact pH and biochemical balance of healthy skin, giving unparalleled skin affinity while improving the appearance of skin tone and texture.

Just wonderfully gentle and a great product to add to your skincare routine. Pai is such a great brand and their skincare always seems to work wonders. Give me your Pai skincare recomendations if you have any.

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