29 July 2014

July Favourites

July Favourites
I'm going to jump straight into my July Favourites post today whereby after much thought and consideration I decided to choose only four things. At the moment I'm on a bit of a drive to use up some things that I already have instead of buying any more which I have to say it is going rather well indeed. 

The first two items are both products which I picked up right at the beginning of June, both the LUSH Big Sea Salt Shampoo and the MAC 217 were products that had been on my little list for quite a while therefore after putting some money aside I decided to finally treat myself to them. 

Starting off with the LUSH Big Sea Salt Shampoo I realise that hair care is something I never really speak about that much on here. The reason for this is quite simply because I'm so bad with hair, right down from the colour, style and general day to day maintenance I just can't seem to get the hang of it. Having heard so much about this particular shampoo I found myself buying it due to all of the positive feedback. I think the novelty of it being sea salt also really intrigued me; I'm a sucker for something a bit different. First of all my general opinion of this is that it is quite simply superb! It cleans my hair so well and leaves it feeling fresh and incredibly soft. The smell of this to me is a huge pull factor as it smells so fresh and clean, it's a hard one to describe but if you get the chance to look at this in store then do so even for just the scent alone.

The MAC 217 was a brush that I really wanted to add to my humble collection; so many bloggers recommended this to me and said it was well worth investing in. I'm not going to lie I almost cried at the thought of purchasing this, as by no means is this cheap for a make up brush however now I have had time to get used to it I can honestly say I'm glad I bit the bullet and picked it up. I've always been pretty shoddy at creating that beautiful blended smoky eye yet this brush just somehow makes it much easier; it's almost like magic.

My Rimmel Salon Pro Nail Polish in the shade 'Hip Hop' was a purchase last year that was very heavily influenced by Anna, which after using it again just last week on my toes for an evening out I found that purchase completely justified. It is such a gorgeous orange toned red which is perfect, I mean truly perfect for this time of year.

Lastly I'm no stranger to a notebook or two however I wanted a new notebook for my blog, a place to store ideas, draft posts and schedules all in one place. The most recent addition to my ever growing stationary collection (it's a problem) is this mint green Nu Era notebook which I picked up from Wilkinson for just £5. I'm really happy with it and have already started filling it with various notes and to do lists, of which now this post is written I can happily tick one post off that rather long list.
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  1. Oh Big... what a love affair I had with it. One of the weirdest yet loveliest hair products I've ever used. If only it wasn't so expensive :(

    Sofia | palelily.blogspot.com

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  2. Everytime I hear someone rave about the MAC 217 brush I just want it more and more. It does seem to be worth the hefty price tag!

    xx Mimmi, Muted Mornings

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  3. Hip Hop looks so pretty - I really want to try it because of Anna too haha! I imagine it would be amazing on the toes :)

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

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  4. The shampoo sounds really nice, I've never tried a haircare product from Lush, I keep saying I'm going to invest in the 217 brush need to do it :) x

    EmmiHearts

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  5. the rimmel nail polish looks really nice :)


    emily xx


    emilycouture95.blogspot.co.uk

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  6. The notebook is beautiful! I can't believe it was only £5!



    Stephanie

    http://missstephanieusher.blogspot.co.uk/

    http://www.bloglovin.com/blog/3436251

    xxxx

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  7. I love the 217... if you fancy more blending brushes but don't fancy paying MAC prices, I'd definitely suggest the Zoeva 227 which is nearly the same brush xx

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  8. I adore the colour of that notebook! So pretty.
    Also a massive fan of the 217 brush, not a fan of MAC bumping the prices up again :(

    Sian | Siân Marie Beauty
    xo

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  9. Great little round up I hear quite a few people talk about the Lush shampoo I was always worried about how the texture would feel sounds worth a try. I've wanted to 217 for ages too but like you the price always puts me off think I might have to invest xx

    http://rinicawrites.blogspot.co.uk

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  10. I love my 217 so much, I often do a whole look using it alone!
    The shampoo looks really interesting, but I am always disappointed with Lush so I'll be only keeping it in mind for now... ;)


    gyudynotesofbeauty.blogspot.com

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  11. I really want to try BIG! That's it, I'm going to buy it on my next Lush trip. xx

    Julie
    www.rainingcake.com

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  12. I really want to get my hands on 217, everybody talks about them. I love your notebook, I'm stationery junkie and that color is beaut!

    Sophia
    http://sophiebysophia.blogspot.com

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  13. The 217 is absolutely fantastic! I don't know what I would do without it! xx

    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

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  15. Hannah Burrows30 July 2014 at 21:36

    I've never heard a bad thing about the 217 brush, I need to get my hands on one asap! Love the look of the nail polish as well, it is the perfect summer colour in my opinion xxx


    Blog This With Hannah

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  16. I love the MAC 217 :) I honestly believe my eye makeup looks so much better when I use it. That nail polish shade looks so pretty, I've tried a few different shades in the range & really like them.


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  17. That's pretty much what I always aim for in the summer; try to use up as much as I can before hauling in some new stuff... not that I always succeed. :P The Nu Era notebook looks very pretty. Love the colour. :) x

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  18. The notebook is so pretty, what a lovely colour!! I really want to try Lush Big Shampoo, but am I right in thinking it contains SLS? :(


    Jess xo

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  19. Love that brush! xx

    www.roseandmuse.com

    www.roseandmusevintage.com

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  20. danniella josephine2 August 2014 at 20:11

    Do you find that the LUSH shampoo gives good volume? :) I heard it does! I need to try it at some point as my hair needs a good deep clean!

    Danniella x

    www.famousinjapan.co.uk

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  21. To be honest Danniella I actually don't. My reason for liking it so much is because it leaves my hair feeling so so so soft and very clean, I'm definitely re-buying it. Having said that it could work really well for you in terms of volume, I do think it would be worth trying :) xx

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  22. It's a fantastic brush! x

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  23. It's nice isn't it! It does Jess I'm afraid and I know you can't really use that :( it's a shame however surely there must be something out there similar. It may be worth a hunt :) xx

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  24. Oh definitely and you know what it is so satisfying to get things used up, I like feeling like I'm slowly detoxing my collection of products if that makes sense xx

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  25. It's so good isn't it, I'm glad I decided to buy it in the end xx

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  26. This Rimmel range in particular is really nice, I like the formula a lot. I agree on the brush, my eye shadow looks a lot better too :) xx

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  27. I hadn't either Hannah but the price of it put me off for such a long time. I'm quite glad I decided to buy it though, it filled a gap that I had in my brush collection as nothing I had achieved the same level of result xx

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  28. It's brilliant isn't it! :) xx

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  29. Thank you, the colour is rather nice isn't it. There is also a bright pink in it however because I have a very bright pink Filofax I thought this would be a nice contrast xx

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  30. I hope you like it Julie :) xx

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  31. Hell yes! So glad I picked it up now! The shampoo is so nice although I find it doesn't really provide me volume xx

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  32. That's a shame, most of the things I have tried from LUSH are really nice although I do find it expensive, especially bath bombs and things like that xx

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  33. Oh for definite the texture is very odd at first but it's not hard to work with as it dissolves rather quickly. I do think the brush is worth investing in :) xx

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  34. Oh I know, they are getting very close to other brands that I would associate as being higher end xx

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  35. Oh thank you! I keep meaning to look at the Zoeva brushes in general, that rose gold set....! X

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  36. I know, it's quite sturdy too :) X

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  37. Hip Hop is gorgeous, I love it on my toe nails in particular :) x

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  38. This is my first haircare product from LUSH and I'm really happy with it :) x

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  39. It is gorgeous on the toes!! xx

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  40. It sure is worth it although it took a long time for me to finally buy it xx

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  41. I couldn't agree more! I'm using it quite quickly I fear and will be sad when it is gone xx

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  42. I LOVE my big sea salt shampoo, I agree the smell is definitely a big factor of how great it is!

    dimplesdiaries

    x

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  43. It's really nice isn't it Hannah :) x

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  44. Ah you can't beat a new notebook! I love the one you chose! xo

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  45. Thank you! I know, I love opening a new one and trying to keep my writing super neat...it never lasts though haha! x

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