Every year I find the passing of July to be somewhat of a sad one, it is for me the month which optimises summer here in the UK and of course what with it also being my birthday month I find it sad to say goodbye. Nevertheless time is waiting for no man therefore it is time to get straight into my monthly beauty favourites as before I know it I will be writing the same for August.
Starting off with make up I have rarely strayed away from my Max Factor Creme Puff Blush in nude mauve since I purchased it back in March. This shade has been a firm favourite of mine because it looks so natural and incredibly pretty on the skin; in fact I do keep meaning to pick up a couple of the other shades because I have been so impressed with this one. If you haven't yet tried these blushes then I really do highly recommend them as they're long lasting, affordable and easy to use.
Over the last month I have being growing my nails and have once again being wearing various nail polishes. Without a doubt my most worn of all time let alone throughout July has been Barry M Raspberry. I absolutely adore this shade and always get complements on it when I wear it. Like all Barry M polishes this is cheap as chips and lasts really well on me; again this shade in particular will be a repurchase in the future. I would also like to make a note that this particular polish is almost three years old now and the consistency is just as good as the day when I first purchased it; well done Barry M!
My last make up item comes from the soon to be released Clarins Autumn Collection whereby the Rouge Éclat Lipstick* in the shade Tawny Rose will be truly perfect for autumn. I have being wearing this a lot since it first landed on my doorstep as I have been super impressed with the texture and indeed the shade. I really do like my nude shades at the moment so I can see this being a firm favourite long into the next season.
In terms of skincare there is a product here which I have being using for a while yet find myself only now mentioning it. The Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel was a product I was sceptical of, purely because of the hype around it yet I have to say I do like it. Whilst I don't think it is a revolutionary product I do think it is a very good one. It is essentially a balm/gel cleanser which at first behaves much like a runny balm texture yet once it comes into contact with water it turns to a gel like texture which foams up. I actually don't like to use the word foam there as it is not typical of that reaction however I couldn't think of a more appropriate word. Whilst I really do like using this I don't know if I would repurchase it, it is after all a little bit expensive. Having said that, if I did have a little bit of cash to spare at the end of the month then I would be tempted to treat myself to this again.
Over the last few weeks my skin has become quite dehydrated and no matter what I did or used it didn't seem to improve things long term. Since then I have being trying out the Jurlique Advanced Serum Herbal Recovery Serum* which I have to say has made quite the improvement to my skin. I feel like it is too soon to rave about this because I haven't being using it that long yet I really did want to mention this now as so far I have been very happy to use this within my skincare routine.
My final beauty favourite this month is a fragrance and happens to be one which I had wanted to purchase for a very long time. As it happens I was kindly given the opportunity to try this for myself, although I already knew it was one that I liked a lot after countless sprays of it in the aisles of Boots and various other stores. Thierry Mugler Alien* is quite a distinct fragrance and isn't one that I would typically associate with summer, having said that I have never been one to conform to seasonal appropriate make up or clothing. This is a floral woody amber scent which is quite warm; I think if you like Stella by Stella McCartney then chance is you may like this too.