Well, I guess this post is better late than never right? It would appear as though I missed last month's favourites alongside a whole heap of other blog posts; let's just call it a bit of a whirlwind of a month. Today, however I am back with my July Beauty Favourites. It has been lovely to sit down and write a blog post and edit photographs again, here is hoping I can get back on track and publish a bit more regularly again.
Last month, and indeed the month before I pretty much stuck to the beauty products I know and love. Heading out to work so early often leaves you very little time to experiment, therefore you come to rely upon certain products to give you the best results. One such product in my opinion is that of the Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue.
When I first saw this cropping up I was super excited. The promise of a hydrating, light weight liquid based formula with added SPF, all from a brand which is well known for their mineral based make up...I was sold. Light weight products are super important for me as I don't like my skin to feel heavy with makeup, therefore I was incredibly keen to give this a go. Since I purchased this it has been pretty much my go to base product, although it did initially take a bit of getting used to as I am not a fan of blending this with a brush. Yes, the formula is not as light as I initially thought it would be, in fact it is more like a gel, however it does blend out beautifully (with a sponge applicator) leaving the skin looking fresh and dewy. Due to the fact that I like to use an exfoliating toner, it gives me added reassurance that I am using an SPF within my routine as this step can be so often easily missed.
This purchase was a complete impulse buy a few weeks ago whilst waiting for a prescription in Boots. They were three new masks from L'Oreal all which were on offer at £5, full retail being just £7.99. Of course being somewhat of a sucker for a new skincare product I quickly popped two of them in my basket; I opted for the detox and purifying options. Having tried both I can quite firmly say that my favourite of the two is the detox mask which I have to say for me is the best budget clay mask that I have tried in a very long time. To me it has a slightly similar affect to that of GlamGlow which is of course triple the price. This isn't as good as GlamGlow don't get me wrong, however, for the price I personally find this very hard to beat.
Having previously used the No7 Beautiful Skin Day and Night Cream and loved them both equally, I was incredibly curious to see what their most recent launch was like. The No7 Early Defence Day Cream is a light weight day time moisturiser which aims to help skin to remain looking younger for longer. As to whether that is working, I honestly cannot tell, however what I can tell you is that this moisturiser is keeping my skin hydrated all whilst keeping my oily skin at bay. Make up seems to sit very well on top of this which is always a bonus, although a primer will always help with any issues there. Like nearly all, if not all of No7 moisturisers this contains SPF 15 and 5*UVA technology meaning that you are protected from the ageing effects from the sun.
For a very long time I have been a huge fan of the Benefit They're Real Mascara, in fact, even now it is still one of my favourite mascaras to use. That being said, I have being reaching for Benefit Roller Lash more recently, not least because I am more than aware that it is strictly past its three month shelf life (we will keep that between me and you). When I first started using this I will admit to thinking that it was just 'ok', however now that it has dried out a little bit more I find it so much easier to use. It makes my lashes look a lot longer than they are, all whilst adding a nice curl to them and definition. Yes, it is expensive for a mascara as I do personally think that the high street offers some fantastic products for less than £10, however if mascara is your thing then this is one well worth checking out.
Album of the MonthThis is a new feature I wished to add into the mix as I simply adore music. I am a bit late to the game with this one, as despite listening to Bastille for ages on the likes of Spotify, I didn't actually own the album. It goes without saying that since I picked this up from HMV a few weeks ago, I have been listening to it none stop; it makes a great running album too! My favourite tracks so far are Bad Blood, Oblivion and Daniel in the Den.
What are you currently listening to?
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