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?

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NYX is now available in Boots! 

 
    

As soon as a couple of fellow Brighton bloggers mentioned there was a new NYX stand in Boots (Brighton) I just had to check it out for myself! I’ve heard a lot of good things about NYX mainly on American blogs/videos (being that it’s an American brand) especially about their soft matte lip creams which are their version of liquid lipsticks, so I knew these were the first products I wanted to try from the brand. 

As I approached the makeup aisles of Boots, it wasn’t hard to spot where the new stand was as there was a swarm of  girls swatching every NYX makeup products in sight. I edge my way into where the liquid lipsticks were and the first one the catch my eye was Stockholm – I’m a real sucker for a nude lip colour! I’m also a huge fan of a purple berry shade so also had to pick up Copenhagen! 

First impressions – I love them! The formulation is soft and mousse like so they feel really nice when you apply them to your lips, feeling comfortable without feeling too dry or sticky. Eventunally it does feel a little drying on the lips as matte lipsticks generally do but no where near as some other liquid lipsticks I’ve tried in the past. On the flipside to this however, I do find they don’t last as long on the lips. Other liquid lipsticks I’ve tried in the past such as The Hour Glass liquid lipsticks lasts for hours on end, the NYX liquid lipsticks…not so much. They do last a good couple of hours though before you need reapplying, and at £5.50 you really don’t mind. All and all for the price, NYX liquid lipsticks are fantastic! 

Have you tried the NYX liquid lipsticks before? What is your favourite shade? And what would you recommend trying next from NYX?