Thursday, 22 September 2011

Monthly Favourites: August '11.

I always tend to be fashionably late with my monthly favourites posts even though I don't think they need to be posted on the first of every month, but this time I'm just stupidly late. We're closer to October than August - oops! But better late than never, right?

Pale blue is my absolute favourite colour to wear on my nails, there's something about that bluetack-esque shade that manages to look so right with my skin tone. Unfortunately I've yet to find one that doesn't chip on my nails ridiculously quickly but Bloo Boo from Models Own is the best one I've found to date. The colour is perfect but I don't feel the formula lives up to the hype the brand gets, in my opinion. The brush is a bit too thin for my liking but it's not bad and for some reason I really love the bottle - is that weird? I'm glad I didn't splurge on Models Own polishes when they had the 50% off discount but I'm happy to have Bloo Boo in my collection. If anyone has any recommendations for pale blue nail polishes that don't chip super easily I'd love to know; I've already tried Essie Borrowed & Blue and that chips within a few hours of application which is SO annoying!

As the days get cooler my skin just gets drier and drier so I've been on the lookout for moisturising skincare that's gentle and won't break me out and I think I've found two real gems. The Vichy Aqualia Thermal Fortifying & Soothing Hydrating Concentrate is a serum that I apply before my moisturiser if I'm having an exceptionally dry skin day. This bottle was gifted to me by the gorgeous Kate from Ghost Parties who has a wealth of skincare knowledge and I think she may just have single handedly saved my skin this Autumn/Winter! Vichy is fast becoming one of my favourite skincare brands along with Avene. I've heard a few people rave about the Avene Rich Hydrating Cream and they were spot on with the amount of praise they were giving this product, it's fabulous! It's intensively moisturising without being greasy and I find it really soothing and calming too. I've been using this at night recently but I think this will soon become my day time moisturiser with another incredible product I have recently discovered becoming my evening moisturiser of choice. I'll pop a post up about my current skincare really soon because it's been requested a lot recently!

Blusher wise I've been alternating between two during the whole month of August which is a little bit silly considering I have so many sitting unloved! Some mornings I wake up and fancy going for a fresh peachy make up look so I reach for the MAC Something Special cremeblend blush. This is the perfect peach colour that looks so natural and manages to instantly brighten and lift my complexion. I had been after the new peachy Illamasqua cream pigment but I have been reliably informed that it's incredibly similar to this & I adore the MAC cream blusher formulation so I'll stick with this one! On days I feel like going for a more neutral look I reach for my trusty NARS Douceur powder blush. I've raved about this countless times before and it has quickly become a staple product in my make up collection. It goes with absolutely any look, if I feel like wearing a lot of eyeliner or a statement lip then this is the blush I use so I don't look too overdone!

I have been loving lipsticks that have a sheen to them recently. They're much easier to wear than matte formulations and there's no need for a gloss as well! Revlon ColorBurst Peach Lipstick is exactly what the name suggests, it's a beautiful peach shade. This looks beautiful with MAC Something Special blush, it might be a bit matchy matchy but I love it! Revlon Baby Pink & MAC Viva Glam Gaga are lipsticks that I think a quite similar to each other which is perfect because I adore the colour of the Gaga lipstick (even though I'm not sure how well it suits me) but it's now discontinued! The Revlon is a tiny bit more sheer but they're both beautiful and I reach for them both all of the time.

This Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow is fabulous because it allows me to wear eye make up without it slipping off 30 minutes later - it's a miracle! I like this infinitely more than my MAC Paint Pot, I think it does a much better job and I got this for a bargain price from Cheap Smells. The packaging is beautiful and the shade Recess is a perfect neutral base for any look - Sin eyeshadow from Urban Decay looks especially beautiful over this. I really can't say enough good things about this, I'm really impressed!

My last two favourites from August are two of the new products from Good Things, I was lucky enough to receive some more of the new products which I'm sure will pop up in future favourites posts because the products really are divine. I've repurchased the Five Minute Facial Mask & the Bright Eyes Eye Cream and I will absolutely be repurchasing these too. The Good Things Ultra Rich Creamy Scrub (♦) is my new favourite shower product since Naked discontinued a bunch of my favourite products! If you love fruity smelling products then you need this in your life! The 'scrubby bits' are gentle but not too gentle and your skin is left feeling squeaky clean and super smooth. The Good Things Ultra Rich Body Butter (♦) is equally gorgeous and it smells divine. Again if you're a lover of fruity smells then you need this! I prefer this to The Body Shop body butters and that really is saying something because those are a cult favourite! The tub is enormous & will last you a super long time which is always a good thing - aha get it, good thing...Good Things?! Ohh I really am the least funny person ever! But yes, gorgeous products that I thoroughly recommend to everyone!

Those were my favourite products during the month of August! What were yours?
Have you tried any of these products before, did you love them?
xoxo

19 comments:

  1. love the colour on the lady gaga lipstick

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  2. Benefit Creaseless Cream is honestly some of the best stuff I've ever used - have to agree there!

    Jem xXx

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  3. Hey,
    regarding chipped polish, have you tried stick on nails? Polish refuses to chip on them, and if you get some decent glue, they last a good week :)

    I wear Nailene ones from ebay, you get 200 for £6

    Laura
    xx

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  4. Aha I'm glad it's not just me that's always late with things like this!
    I'm loving the sound of the Good Things scrub!

    xo

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  5. No way, I can't believe there's a body butter out there that tops those from the Body Shop! Now I have to google these good things, haha

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  6. Wow! I just love the colour nail polish you've chosen. I too find it hard to find a nail polish that does not chip away instantly. I'm currently using Rimmel London 60 seconds nail polish. It does not last for ages, but it last around 2 whole days without chipping (which is the longest any nail polish has lasted for me so far!) I don't know if they have a similar colour to the models own nail polish but they have loads of pretty colours, so I think its worth looking into :) xx
    http://hundreds-n-thousands.blogspot.com/

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  7. Better late than never! I really need to get myself a benefit creaseless cream and get on a plane to the UK so I can pick up Good Things! I want to try them so badly!

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  8. I love this post, I want everything! I suffer from extremely dry skin so I think I'll give those creams a go :) thanks xxx

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  9. Ahh you've got so many things I've been wanting to try, namely Avene, Benefit Creaseless Cream and the Revlon lippies! :) Lovely faves!

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  10. Oh that Benefit shadow is beautiful :). I want to pick up some creaseless creams.

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  11. These sound good! I love the Good Things range so far; the face stuff is great, must try the body stuff too! The ingredients in the scrub sound too good to miss! x

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  12. Lovely post :) I really want to try something from Avene and from Good Things, so I might give these items a whirl xx

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  13. I love the models own colour.
    Will have to make a cheeky purchase I think :)

    Makeup for Biochemists

    x

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  14. I'd be terrible with a monthly favourites post, hence the reason I started a generic, beauty highlights feature ;) I really really really want to try a NARS blush soon, and think I might pick up one of those Good Things creamy scrubs. Thanks for sharing (and bankrupting me!) as ever Jennie, haha. xxxx

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  15. I just went and brought both of the Benefit pots thanks to this post! Thank you!!! xoxo

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  16. i totally need to stop reading your blog, it just makes me want to go out and buy a whole new range of cosmetics and toiletries and buy a fancy camera to take pretty photographs, oh and own a rabbit. haha!

    the good things packaging is amazing, i want to buy it just for that - might have to go have a nosey in superdrug soon

    xx

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  17. Love this post :) i would love to try that serum ! i have trouble finding the right one for my skin to. i recently found a pretty good one . please check out my blog http://beautyisasin.blogspot.com/ much love sarah

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  18. bit of a random comment but how beautiful are your photos?! Your blog is one of the nicest beauty posts that has good pictures as well as good reviews! yay! x

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  19. About your chipping nailpolish : I've heard really good things about shellac so maybe you could give that a go? I think you can pick any colour you want too.

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