Wednesday, 5 August 2015

July beauty favourites

Being the beauty junkie I am means that I play every day with lots of beauty products, some are lovely but get forgotten after a few uses but some are making a big impressions on me and I want to reach for them almost daily. These are the ones that deserve the place in my monthly favourites post. I don't do these kind of posts every month but when I do, you can be sure I'm sharing with you products I truly love.

July beauty favourites

If you're my regular reader you know that I have been very lucky to be sent some awesome skincare products recently (my Ole Henriksen routine) and I am enjoying using everything and will talk more about all the products in the near future, but one of them that managed to impressed me after only one use is the Lemon Strip Flash Peel (*). It's a professional-strength one-step express peel which incorporates a 20 % AHA complex of lactic, glycolic, and multi-fruit acids to dissolve dead skin cells and resurface the skin. It also contains Algae and Liquorice extracts to calms, sooth and brighten the skin. I talked about it previously that I don't like the scent of it but I think I get used to it already as I don't mind it as much, especially that it fades pretty quickly once the product is on the skin. I apply it with the provided brush to my clean face, leave it for 10 minutes and then rinse it using lukewarm water and face cloth. My skin is instantly much smoother, pores look tighter and any dry patches are gone. I'm loving this peel!
Now something between skincare and makeup, This Works In Transit Camera Close-Up which is a mask, moisturiser and primer in one, I've used it only as a primer, using thin layer before applying my foundation and I have to say that I really like it. It feels just like a moisturiser, it gets absorbed very quickly, leaves a thin film on the skin but without any greasy residue, it doesn't make my skin oilier throughout the day but adds a bit of moisture. I don't think it extends the wear time of my makeup in any significant way but it makes the makeup application easier and leaves my skin naturally luminous. It contains "Hyaluronic Acid, Argan Oil, Starflower Oil and Caffeine to rapidly erase signs of fatigue and boost hydration levels". I have a 15ml sample which I got a couple of months ago with Bazaar magazine and even though I use it quite often as a primer it's still going strong as a little goes a long way. The only thing I'm not crazy about is the initial herbal scent but it fades quickly so I'm not too bothered about it.
July beauty favourites
I am very late to the party but I always thought that the L'Oreal Tue Match foundation is not suitable for oily skin and maybe that's true but my skin has changed in the last few months and has become more on the normal side (getting old I guess!) so I have finally decided to get this foundation. And I am so glad I did as I absolutely love it! It gives me good coverage but without looking heavy or cakey, it looks very natural and kind of dewy on my skin and lasts well around 8-9 hours which I think it's great. I need to blot my skin around the 4th hour mark but after that I can get till the end of the day with the skin looking very good. I'm wearing shade W3 Golden Beige at the moment but I think I might even go a shade darker as I did get tanned a bit, I really don't know where and when as the Summer in UK has been rather miserable. If you haven't tried this foundation yet you must do it and thank me later :)
I have just reviewed the Makeup Revolution Ultra Contour Palette (*) so you can check my opinion on it in my post but, in short, I love it and use it every day since I received it 2 weeks ago, to set my under eye concealer, bronze, contour my face and add subtle highlight. Fantastic value for money and great budget alternative to ABH Contour palette.
Before I got the MUR Contour palette one product that I was reaching for almost daily was the Freedom Makeup Pro Glow in the shade Purr which is a much cheaper alternative to the Too Faced Leopard bronzer. The Pro Glow gives the most beautiful flush of colour to my cheeks with subtle sheen, I use it as my 3 in 1 product as it works as a bronzer/blush/highlighter. I apply it with a duo fibre brush to my cheeks like I would bronzer/blush and also a bit to my temples and forehead and it looks beautiful.
When it comes to my lips I have been loving two lipsticks more then others recently, one for when I don't want anything bold, the new Rimmel Nudes by Kate in the shade #45 and one for when I was feeling more daring, the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in #11 So Hap'pink. I love Rimmel lipsticks and the #45 is such a gorgeous nude shade, more on the pink-y brown side, it's a bit sheer but I don't mind it with a shade like this. The Bourjois one, on the other hand, is very pigmented dark fuchsia pink (it looks a bit too red in my photo) that sets to a matte finish, it's comfortable on the lips, lasts good amount of time and leaves a light stain behind. It's my only one colour from this range but I will definitely pick some other shades.
Rimmel Longlasting Lipstick Kate Nude 45

And last but not least is my favourite palette of the last few weeks, the Zoeva Golden Rose. I have lots of palettes and I like to play with different ones on weekends but on weekdays I don't have time to spend hours on intricate eye looks and tend to reach for an easy shades that compliment my eye colour and looks good on its own. And that's when the Golden Rose palette comes in handy, it contains so many gorgeous shades to slap all over the lid, with Luster or Harmony in the crease, Wonder Full to darken the lash line and my eyes are done, simple, quick but very pretty. Just look at the swatches!
Zoeva Golden Rose palette swatches
So these are my favourite beauty products of the last few weeks. Have you tried any of them?
Did you love them as much as I do?
Let me know your latest favourite beauty products.
Disclaimer: (*) products were sent to me by the companies in exchange for an honest review.

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