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?

Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation

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I am a huge fan of a high-street foundation and Rimmel tends to be one of my favourite. I’ve tried a few from Rimmel in the past, one being the Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation which is lovely if you are look for a very dewy glow but recently I’ve been giving the Rimmel’s Match Perfection Foundation a go.

I decided to give this one a go as I was suffering with very dry skin, especially on my forehead. As the UK’s weather can’t make up its bloody mind half the time, I think my skin was feeling a bit confused plus it doesn’t help sitting in an office all day that constantly blasts artificial air, be it the heating or air condition. The foundation I was using before, just didn’t sit nicely on my skin and throughout the day I was looking more and scalier with my cracking dry skin – not a good look. On my search for a more moisturising foundation, I came across Rimmel’s Match Perfection Foundation. This aims to have 24hr moisture hydration and have a pore blurring effect – two things which I really needed from my foundation.

For moisture, it was really great! The formulation made it really nice to apply over my skin, even when my skin was being problematic and dry. Coverage wise, it’s defiantly more of a medium coverage however it is also quite easy to build it up to more of a fuller coverage if you wanted to. Once applied, this foundation looks great however I wasn’t very impressed with the longevity.

When using the Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation, I would generally apply over moisturised skin using the Real Techniques Buffing Brush (which is a tool I’m not happy about, but more on that in another post!) and then I bounce a beauty blender over my face for a flawless finish and make sure my foundation is even. I would then follow with concealer and finish with a powder to keep everything in place throughout the day. As some of you many know, I work really long hours by the time to include the commute from Brighton to London every day, so I want a foundation that will stay in place and I don’t have to worry about touching up every hour. Although this foundation does look beautiful on the skin, by the time I check my make-up before heading home, it’s practically all worn away…not great for any late afternoon meetings I’ve been sat in, looking like a mess!

Overall though, I do however like this foundation, especially in the winter month when my skin is on the dryer side but for those days when I need my foundation to last, I will be reaching for something else. Admittedly, I’ve worn this foundation with a primer and it has last a little longer but I did find it did take away some of the mostiurzing  benefits – ya win some, you lose some! Would definitely recommend giving this a go if you have dry skin.

Have you tried the Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation before? What is your favourite high-street foundation?