Monthly Favourites – August 2016

This month’s favourites are mainly makeup focused as my skincare hasn’t changed over to past couple of months. During the summer my makeup does change slightly as all I’m looking for is that staying power for my makeup to stay in place throughout the hot (sometimes sweaty!) days!

When it gets to the summer, although most people lean towards using creamy makeup products to give them that dewy fresh look, I tend to reach for powders. During the summer I can get quite shiny and during the week at work, I want to ensure my makeup stays on as long as possible which is why I reach more for the powders face products. For an overall face powder, I have been recently loving the Rimmel Clear Complexion Clarifying Powder. This does not only stops me looking like a shiny mess throughout the day, it really affordable too. So much so that I’ve bought a couple of these compacts to keep in different handbags throughout the summer months.

To add a bit of colour and dimension to my face I’ve been reaching for the Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder for contouring and Benefit’s Box Blush in Sugarbomb for my cheeks. The Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder has always been a firm favourite of mine and I find using a power contour instead of cream contour means the product doesn’t slip across my face throughout the day. The Sugarbomb blush by Benefit, as you can tell from the worn package is also a well-loved product of mine. Although you see four different colours in the pan, they combine together to make a gorgeous pink toned blush which also adds a little bit of highlight to the top of your cheeks too.

To keep everything in place over the warmer months I’ve also been using Revlon’s PhotoReady Perfecting Primer. I notice a real difference with my makeup when I’ve not used this primer underneath my makeup. When it comes to the end of hard working, hot and humid day, I find that my base needs very little touch-up if I’ve used this primer. Without using it, all my make-up have practically worn off by the time I’ve left work.

And to add a pop of colour to my summer makeup routine, I’ve been loving the red nails, red lip combo. I love a dark coloured lip during the winter months, but when it comes to the summer I’ve never really been much of a coral/pink lip lover – instead I reach for the classic, bright reds! For my nails, I’ve been loving Rimmel’s Double Decker Red from their 60-second range. You get a great coat from this polish after just one application and it last pretty well on my nails too. For my lips, I’ve been reaching for NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Kitten Heels. A gorgeous bright red and the formulation of these are great for longevity.

What are your August favourites? Have you tried any of these products before?

Another Magazine Freebies Alert! ft. yet more Benefit!

Another month, another stash of freebies with the glossy monthly magazines and Benefit are taking charge this summer!

Once again Elle magazine has teamed up with Benefit giving away the new ‘Dew The Hoola’ liquid bronzer, worth £9.95. It’s a soft-matter liquid bronzer for the face which dispenses from a pump bottle. It’s a new concept which I’ve not actually  before in the makeup aisle, so I’m really excited to give it a go. With the magazine only costing £4.10, it’s well worth picking up just to give this bronzer a test.

One of the biggest makeup launches this summer has definitely been Benefit’s brow collection. Benefit have done a great job is getting samples out everywhere for us makeup junkies to get hooked I, ready for us to then want to buy the full sized products. Benefit have teamed up with a range of titles this summer and given away sample sizes of each of their new brow products. This month, Glamour are giving away a free sample of Benefit’s ‘Gimme Brow Fibre Gel’, so worth picking up Glamour magazine this month if you’ve fancied giving this a go!

So run to nearest newsagent now and pick up your copy on Elle and Glamour to test these Benefits goodies!

Have you seen any other good magazine freebies lately??

Magazine Freebies Alert! Ft. Benefit and Eyeko


It’s that time of year again when the glossy monthly magazines give away great beauty freebies and this year Elle and In Style did not disappoint!

This month, InStyle magazine have teamed up with Eyeko and are giving away 5x different products; Eyeko’s Skinny Liquid Eyeliner, Fat Liquid Eyeliner, Black Magic Mascara, Brow Gel and their Lengthening Skinny Brush Mascara. I ended up picking the Lengthening Skinny Skinny Brush Mascara as I’ve heard really great things about Eyeko’s mascara.

Elle magazine however are giving away the new Benefit Goof Proof Brow pencil. If you saw my beauty wish list earlier this week, you’ll know I was eager to give this a go, so I just had to pick up Elle magazine this month! Unfortunately you’re unable to flick through all the copies of Elle on the magazine stand to find your shade as I believe they are only giving away shade 2, however this is still a pretty neutral shade which will still suit a lot of people or at least give everyone a chance to see how it feels/look. Plus Benefit are also giving away a free eyebrow wax for every reader!

I’m looking forward to giving these two products a go and will let you know my thoughts. At roughly £4 for each magazine, it’s worth picking them up to give the products a go rather than paying full price and finding you don’t like them. So run to your nearest magazine stand now and grab these while you can!

Have you seen any other good magazines freebies lately?

The Beauty Wish List

With pay-day round the corner, I’ve  already been scouting around all the beauty websites, I now have a beauty wish list as long as my arm! Here are biggest culperts cutrently sitting on top of my wish list – 

Dior BB Cream – Since it launched, I’ve brought a tube of this every summer! It lasts me for the entire season and makes for the perfect base during the warmer months.

Sleek Cream Contour Palette – Sleek always bring it with their palettes! They are on of my favourite high-street brands because they create great quality palettes that sometimes give even my MAC palettes a run for their money. There are only a handful of high-street brands who have attempted the cream contour colour, so excited to see the quality of this Sleek palette.

Beauty Boxes – I’ve wanted to start up another beauty box subscription for ages, but just don’t know which one to go for. I’ve had Glossybox before, but never tried the Birchboxes…any recommendations with which I should pick?

Origins GinZing Peel-Off Mask – I’m a massive fan of Origins skincare and a big fan of a peel mask, so it’s a win win with this pick. Definitely want to give this a go! 

Benefits Goof Proof Eyebrow Pencil – Benefit are about the launch an even more extended range to their eyebrow collection. Brows are something I’ve been getting more and more into recently but if I’m honest, I’m still struggling to find the perfect products for my brows. Being a ‘good proof’ pencil means I can’t go far wrong…right?! 

Now let’s wish for a big unexpected bonus in this month’s pay packet so I can try them all…!

What’s currently on your beauty wish list? Have you tried any of these products – what were your thoughts?