August has seen me going on holidays (I miss you Valencia!) and back at work in the full time capacity. It's also seen me turning 31 and being out and about every single weekend celebrating mine and friends birthdays :) It's been a super busy month, both in my private and work life, so I took a bit of a blogging break to help me cope with increased social and work activities. I hope you haven't given up on me yet, seeing as I've posted once a week only. I hope not, as I come back a little more rested and with plentiful of fresh ideas. I have so much to show you in terms of faves this month, so without a further ado, let's get on with it, shall we?
I have quite a bit of skincare loves this month and I think we'll start here. First up a huge shout out to Bioderma Moisturing Anti-UV Mist, which I re-purchased already in time for my trip to Spain. It's such a great novelty and I hope more brands will come up with their versions. It's basically a face mist, that's truly moisturising and also give you a great UV protection. I'm obsessed with SPF, especially in summer months, as my super pale complexion just can't handle the sun very well. I love this stuff. Finally you can up your SPF during a day and over your makeup! It's also reasonably priced at £8.00 and you can get it in Boots.
Next up will be my post sun (and not only) treat that is Unani Dermo Defence Face Mask. I discovered it in one of the beauty boxes and having read it has a great, ultra moisturising properties, that help combat environment changes to the skin, I thought taking it with me on holidays to be a great idea. I scooped a little to a tiny pot and I don't regret taking it with me. It really is super hydrating and I used it in the evenings after the days in the sun. It helped to clear my suddenly more oily than dry skin (thanks to the heat I suppose) as well as being deeply nourishing. It's perfect for sensitive skin and it helped to soothe it after sunbathing. Let me know if you'd like a full review on this mask, as I'm quite impressed with it. Available here.
I probably mentioned it once or twice before, but I'm a double cleanse
enthusiast freak. Recently I discovered a great new range at Boots and this cleansing oil has honestly changed my life. Is it better than my usual coconut oil? Probably not, but the scent... I mean the full on citrus scent is just pure heaven :) Superfacialist by Una Brennan Vitamin C+ Skin Renew Cleansing Oil (ON OFFER £7.33 from £10.99 in Boots now) is pure genius. Not only does it smell amazing, it removes all makeup quickly and leaves the skin radiant and hydrated. It actually feels like getting a nice facial and results, even after first use are astonishing. Definitely recommend you give it a try, especially as it's on offer now.
Lancome Energie de Vie Pearly Wake-up Lotion is something I discovered only a month ago or so in the great Lancome Energie de Vie Try Me Kit (£20.00 available now at Boots). It's basically an essence to be used in the mornings before your moisturiser. I take around 5 drops and pat it on my skin before my serum. It gives an extra level of moisture but also really wakes up my skin. It's crazy, but if I have a proper insomnia-tastic night and my skin looks dull and tired, this little gem truly works at soothing and taking the whole swollen look down. plus the scent of the whole series is to die for. Love from the first use.
During my holidays my feet have been hit pretty badly by all the walking. One day, they were so bad, I had tears in my eyes. They were swollen and I couldn't take a step without moaning in pain. It was pretty bad. On my visit to Sephora a lovely sales assistant recommended the Sephora Lavender Foot Mask (RPR 3.95 Euro). This is by far THE BEST FOOT MASK I've ever used. Not only does it relax and soothe tired feet, it's super refreshing and deeply moisturising. My feet felt and looked AMAZING afterwards. It's recommended to be used for 20 mins but I put them on for an hour. If you keep it in the fridge overnight as well - it makes all the difference too. Brilliant buy, so I went back and bought couple more lol.
Scent of the month must be my recent '40 mins in the queue during a Zara sale' purchase - Zara Oriental. I mentioned it before in the Summer Lovin' tag (Click here to check it out) and I honestly can't get enough. It's super cheap and it smells fruity and flowery and sweet and girly... It's just everything. One small con is the lasting power, but you can't ask for a lot given it was less that a fiver. I adore this scent so much, I actually bought a mini travel spray bottle so I can have it with me all the time lol. Buy here.
Continuing on how scents affect me is my another budget buy from Primark. Stay Sweet Strawberry & Peach Scented Candle (£3.00) smells incredible. I love sweet candle scents, especially in summer months and this candle gives me life. Plus just look at this gorgeous design with a kitty. In love!
Time to talk a little about makeup, am I right? I loved so many bits this month but what won August for me is definitely Jeffree Star Beauty Killer Palette! It's available directly from Beauty Bay and constantly in stock so get yours now! It's bloody incredible. Say whatever you want about Jeffree Star, whom I love btw, but his cosmetics line is pure quality! The shades seem quite unwearable, yet I've used it pretty much every day in August. It flew with me to Spain, it sorted my daily work makeup needs as well as my birthday makeup. I can't praise it enough and if you'd like to see more of it, check out my full review HERE.
Not too long ago I was contacted by a lovely Roksana, who's a distributor of Eco-Cosmetics 4U and I was sent few products to test out*. I was quite worried about the Bamboo Silk Powder as it's not recommended for dry skin. However with my skin experiencing a bit of craziness recently, what a life saver it was. It's very finely milled natural powder and an alternative to mineral powders. It's perfect for setting up makeup, especially in t-zone, so if you have combination or oily skin, or your skin decides to go crazy because of the heat, this one's for you. I'm not in love with the packaging, as it's quite on a cheap side but the powder itself is brilliant. Bamboo Powder isn't comodenic so it won't block up your pores and surprisingly it gives the skin a bit of a blurring effect. It can slightly whiten your skin, so I'll recommend it for pale skin tones. You can mix it with pigments as a powder base to make it more appropriate for your skin tone. It's available here for £4.99.
Having had zero luck with mascaras recently, it comes as a total surprise to me and probably you as well, that I have two mascaras to show you this month. I bought a sample of cult Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara in Sephora and I am in love with it. It gives me volume as well as superb lash separation - it's uncanny ! Definitely buying full size when I'm done with the deluxe sample. Click here to buy from Debenhams. And the drugstore mascara of the month is the Maybelline Lash Sensational Luscious. I loved the original version so I had to try the new one, as it's infused with oils. It gives you an incredible volume. It's slightly more on the clumpy side that Too Faced but honestly great anyway! Click to buy here.
Lipstick wise I've been into a lot of nudes and muted tones especially recently. Sephora Matte Lip Creme in 05 is a gorgeous liquid lipstick that despite the claim of being matte, has almost metallic finish to it. I really love it as a daytime colour and it stays put for good 3-4 hours. NYX Lingerie in Baby Doll is my newest purchase in the series and I finally discovered a nude that's light enough for my complexion. I love pairing it with MAC stone for the Kylie lip look. Buy here. Lastly NYX Matte Lipstick in Tea Rose is a great muted medium pink with mauve tones. It gives semi matte finish, lasts 2-3 hours and it's super comfortable to wear. Ideal work lip. Buy here.
Lastly a little shoutout to the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray. What I would do without it in those heat infused days??? It keeps makeup put for longer, takes away the powdery look and it's been a life saver during my holidays and every day life when temperatures hit 25 Celsius plus. Click here to buy.
*Disclaimer - product sent to me for review. Not sponsored. My opinions are mine and mine alone*