You might want to grab a cuppa. This post is fairly long, well, for me anyway. I guess you don’t realise how many things you have loved in the past month until you actually sit down to write about them. I’ve included a bit of everything this time; from beauty (obviously) to style and a new YouTuber I’ve recently discovered.
As I love reading about the things people have enjoyed, I’m collaborating with one of my fav’s Parie from Class and Glitter again to bring you an epic list of our June favourites.
Told you to grab a cuppa!
June is mine (and Parie‘s!) birthday month so this post would not be complete without mentioning my incredible birthday surprise first! Jass whisked me away to Oakley Court in Windsor for a night, which you can read all about here, and we had the most wonderful, relaxing weekend. I’ve never been one for surprises as I’m a bit of a control freak, but he obviously knows my love of weekends away and he chose such a stunning location. If you haven’t seen my vlog, you can watch it below.
DECLÉOR HYDRA FLORAL SPF30 HYDRATING FLUID*
Decléor is a brand that I’ve grown up hearing all about but haven’t tried until now. My aunt is an extremely loyal customer and having used the range for over 30 years, I’m convinced that she has tried every offering ever launched – Now that is some serious loyalty! Because of this, I’m sure you can imagine my excitement when a generous box of goodies landed at my door.
I immediately fell in love with the Hydra Floral moisturising fluid SPF 30, which claims to protect your skin against pollution, stress and dehydration – all of which can really take a toll on your skin, so it’s nice to have something to protect you from that.
The formula is very lightweight, leaves skin feeling hydrated and soft and the bonus of the sun protection factor 30 makes this a great all year round product – particularly in the summer. It also contains hyaluronic acid that is known to plump fine lines; a welcome addition and perfect for those dull skin days! What is there not to love!?
SMASHBOX CONTOUR KIT IN LIGHT*
An oldie but a goodie! I forgot how much I loved this contour kit until I found it in my stash a few weeks ago. While I love the cool toned contour shade in the palette, the bronzer isn’t my favourite. It’s fine for everyday wear, but the undertone leans slightly orange in comparison to my fav Nars Casino bronzer. You can read my in depth review of this Smashbox kit here.
NARS SOFT MATTE CONCEALER IN CARAMEL
I’m sure everybody that reads my blog and watches my videos is sick of hearing me rave about my beloved Nars Radiant Creamy concealer in Caramel at this point. So when I heard that Nars were launching this Soft Matte concealer a few months ago, I had to purchase it immediately! At first, I hated the formula of this as it doesn’t sit well layered over my Bobbi Brown corrector – Ironically, I find this to be creamier than the Radiant Creamy concealer and the two cream products feel quite heavy under the eye and crease immediately, regardless of how much powder I use to set them with.
Having seen so many people raving about this, I persisted; this time trying it without the corrector underneath and I was shocked to find it actually worked for me! It’s been many years since I used a concealer without correcting my dark circles first as nothing has ever been sufficient to conceal them without leaving an ashy finish. While the finish isn’t 100% perfect, it is actually pigmented enough to conceal my dark circles for daily use. It doesn’t look cakey or unnatural, feels weightless and though I get my usual tiny bit of creasing, its nothing too unflattering. Perfect for daily use and I am extremely impressed!
BEAU BELLE ROSE GOLD SETTING BRUSH*
I must admit that this isn’t a set of brushes I would have purchased myself, purely because I haven’t used a flat foundation brush in years (other than to apply face masks) and I don’t use stippling brushes any more either. When it arrived (about a year ago.. oops!), I incorrectly assumed these brushes might be style over substance as they’re so lightweight but I am honestly impressed with the quality.
My only pet peeve is that they don’t have a name/number/code written on them. It’s so hard to differentiate between them and explain which one I am talking about. The ‘setting brush’ (middle one) which I actually call a contour brush is my go-to brush for carving out my cheekbones, applying bronzer and sometimes even blush. It has been part of my daily brush set since it arrived as it’s the perfect size to get into the hollows of my face and is dense enough to blend everything out seamlessly. Better still, I can confirm that the pretty rose gold handles have held up well over time and you’ll be pleased to know it is available to purchase on it’s own, here for less than £9.
BEN NYE BANANA POWDER*
The infamous Ben Nye Banana Powder is one that has been on my wish list since Kim Kardashian’s MUA mentioned he uses it to set the highlight on her face. As I’m sure you know, the beauty world went crazy for this coveted product and it used to be
difficult impossible to find in the UK.
Thanks to Precious About Makeup (PAM) we now have access to this brand, and I have to say that since using it for a few weeks, I completely understand the hype! The powder itself is very finely milled, lightweight and feels soft and luxurious on the skin; making it perfect for the under-eye area. I prefer to use it as a setting powder all over my face as it complements the yellow undertone in my complexion well. Under the eye area, the yellow would counteract any blue/purple dark circles and brighten up the entire area perfectly. As my dark circles are more brown/grey in tone, this can sometimes make the skin look ashy depending on which concealer I use.
I’m so pleased that they changed the packaging from a bottle with a small lid to this ‘regular’ powder pot as this was something that didn’t appeal to me in the beginning. The old bottle seemed to be practical for MUA’s working on a number of faces as it would have been easier to decant product for hygiene reasons. However, Ben Nye has now become so mainstream that it wasn’t convenient for the average person wanting to dip their damp blending sponge into a tiny lid – this also means less wastage now which is perfect!
Before the insane heatwave we had in the UK a couple of weeks ago, I was living in this oversized utility jacket from Next and embroidered black t-shirt from Matalan. I always paired this outfit with my leopard print canvas pumps from George at Asda as I think the khaki and animal print work really well together.
Sadly I can’t find links for any of these items as I purchased them a few months back, so I assume they are all out of stock now. This, together with my awkward ‘I-think-I’m-a-fashion-blogger’ pose are two pretty big reasons why I will never be a fashion blogger.
A few weeks ago, I discovered BroganTatexo on YouTube through my ‘suggested videos’ page. I saw that Brogan was also at the #DisneyXMAC event I went to last month and it was really nice to watch her take on the same day. Unfortunately, we never met on the day as sadly there often just isn’t enough time to get round the whole room and talk to everybody.
Since discovering Brogan’s channel, I’ve been on a bit of a marathon; watching all of her latest weekly vlogs and when I ran out of recent videos to watch, I went all the way back to the beginning at vlog #1! She is a complete natural in front of the camera, comes across as very genuine and honest, her vlogs flow really well and I have nothing but admiration for anybody that commits to vlogging every single day. As far as I can see, she hasn’t missed a day in around 2 years! Amazing!
These are all my favourite things from the past month; don’t forget to check out Parie’s post here and scope out her little corner of the internet. We tend to like similar things so I am genuinely excited to see if she mentions anything I haven’t tried yet – she’s a terrible enabler!
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What have been your favourites of the month?