Wednesday, 7 August 2013

July Beauty Favourites

As most of you know, I was on holiday for the past 2 weeks so many of these products featured are ones that I used whilst I was away. I don't tend to stick the same products unless they really wow me. I like to try out new things, new products that are being hyped about and find hidden gems. I've featured a range of skincare, make-up and haircare products this month so I hope you enjoy!

John Frieda Sheer Blonde Leave- In Conditioner & Batiste XXL Plumping Powder

John Frieda Sheer Blonde Leave- In Conditioner: First up we have this leave-in conditioner by John Frieda which is specially designed for blonde hair in need of moisture, strength and shine. I used this product every day whilst I was away and it kept my hair feeling soft and hydrated. I washed my hair as normal, towel dried and then spritzed this through the mid-lengths/ ends and combed through. I wouldn't say you need a lot of the product as this could make your hair a little greasy if too much is used. I would 100% repurchase this product again which I will need to do soon as it's nearly empty already!

Batiste XXL Plumping Powder: Batiste's Dry Shampoo is possibly my all-time favourite hair product so when I heard they had created a plumping powder I had to try it. I used to use the Tresemme plumping powder but I found it made my hair clump together and dried it out too much. I find this Batiste one much better to use by sprinkling a little along my roots and backcombing with a brush. The powder feels fine so doesn't clump my hair together but holds the volume at the root well.

Lancaster After Sun Tan Maximizer

Lancaster After Sun Tan Maximizer: If I could recommend one product to take away with you this year it would definitely be this. I've been using the Lancaster Tan Maximizer for 2 years now and it's a product I keep repurchasing time and time again. The product is designed to enhance your natural tan without any self-tanning additives whilst leaving your skin soothed and soft. I can't say this product will make you really really tanned but it does help to prolong and deepen your natural tan. I find this really lightweight on my skin so it doesn't feel sticky and soaks in well. The smell is absolutely divine, it really reminds me of that typical holiday smell. I usually buy the larger bottle which I think is 250ml but they do last quite well so you may be alright with the smaller bottle.

Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation & Real Techniques Duo-Fiber Contour Brush

Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation: Whilst I was on holiday, I began searching for a lightweight foundation with good coverage as my usual YSL Teint Eclat started to feel a little heavy. I did buy the Mac Face & Body Foundation before I went away which I love but the colour was now too pale. I came across the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua foundation and it was love at first sight! This ultra-light foundation felt so silky on my skin whilst still providing a good coverage over any blemishes. I bought the shade '30 Beige' which is a little darker than my YSL BD50 but not too dark. I apply this using my Real Techniques buffing brush and still apply concealer and powder for a finished look. I wore this both during the daytime and evening and it definitely stood the test of time! I'm definitely going to continue using this now I'm home but on ration as it's quite expensive at £32.

Real Techniques Duo-Fiber Contour Brush: I ummed and ahhed for a quite a while over purchasing the Real Techniques Duo-Fiber collection but now I'm so glad I did. My favourite brush from the collection is the contour brush which is amazing for controlled contouring and sculpting. I usually use a larger brush to apply my blusher such as the Real Techniques Blush Brush and then use this to hollow out my cheeks and contour my nose. The contour brush is incredibly soft and great at blending without rubbing away the make-up which has been applied underneath.

Smashbox Heatwave Eyeshadow Palette

Smashbox Heatwave Eyeshadow Palette: I've purchased a fair few new eyeshadow palettes these past few months and this is by far my favourite. I wasn't sure about splashing out on the palette when I first saw it in Boots but after swatching a few shades on my hand I had to have it. I love the warm peachy shades of the top row and the bottom darker shades are great for creating a smoky eye look. My favourite shade is the fourth along on the top row - a strong coral/ peach shade which is lovely for a daytime look or blended with darker shades on the evening. I also love the light pearl shade which is amazing for highlighting, I tend to use this on the arch of my brow, down the centre of my nows and in the cupid's bow of my lip. 

HD Brows Palette 'Vamp'

HD Brows Palette 'Vamp': I can't believe I lived without the product for so long until last month, what was I thinking?! I've always used a Mac eyeshadow and a Mac 22 brush for my eyebrows which is good but this is so much better! I bought the darker palette 'Vamp' but they also do lighter palettes for a more natural look. I used the bottom right shade the most as this is the exact shade of my eyebrows so it blends in really well. I don't really use the little brush that comes with the set as it's difficult to hold with my nails so I still use my Mac 22 brush. I can't explain how good this eyebrow palette is if you want to achieve a strong, bold look with definition. I will be repurchasing this over and over again!

Ciaté Mini 'Speed Dial' & Kiko shade 338

Ciaté Mini 'Speed Dial': Like many of you, I dashed out to purchase the Ciaté advent calendar last year and although I liked many of the shades, I just completely forgot I had them! I opened the calendar up again the other day and started going through some of the polishes that I liked and came across 'Speed Dial'. 'Speed Dial' is a subtle coral shade which is fairly bright and bold without looking neon. I've applied it to my toes as I think a coral polish is great for holiday and goes with pretty much everything. I quite like how the bottle is so small as it's almost like a tester, so if I really like the shade I can repurchase it without a large bottle going to waste.

Kiko shade 338: Since discovering the Kiko shop in Marbella, I have gone absolutely crazy about their nail polishes! The collection is full of so many amazing shades and their make-up is pretty good too. I picked up a handful of colours including this pastel lilac shade which is one of my all-time favourite colours. I have a similar shade my Models Own called 'Blueberry Muffin' but this has a stronger purple tone and stands out more on the nail. I'm painting my nails this weekend so this will definitely be my top choice!


  1. That after tan maximiser sounds great, anything to keep the holiday glow a bit longer!Xx

    Lucy Cole | A UK Fashion, Style and Beauty Blog

  2. i've heard amazing things about Lancaster's tan maximiser, i might give it a go!
    sara x

  3. I swear by my HD Brow palette too - I have the 'Foxy' one though, but equally oh my god I don't know what I did without it?! I use it as eyeshadow too although I'm worried I'm going to hit pan soon so will defo be stopping that! (Gives me an excuse to buy new eyeshadow right? Haha)

    Holly Mixtures

  4. I've been looking at the new real technique brushes so I think il have to purchase them. All of the other ranges are so good so I'm hoping these will be too :)


  5. I think I need that HD Brow palette! And the colours of the Smashbox eyeshadows are gorgeous!

    Becca Clare x