Yes, it’s time for the monthly favourite post again! I have a few makeup items that I’ve just really enjoyed using and a couple of lifestyle things that have made me really happy this month.
So I’ll jump straight to it.

 Hylamide HA Blur Surface Hydrator
This will probably come as no surprise as I’ve been going on about it all month but it really is the best primer I’ve ever tried. It’s smoothing, leaves my skin looking plump and radiant and makes a really wonderful base for applying my makeup.
If you’d like to read my full review then I’ll leave the link HERE

 

 

When I first saw this cushion foundation I wasn’t convinced as I’m used to a bottle with a pump. I was on the hunt for a foundation that was light enough to use through the summer months but had slightly more coverage than a BB cream and I can never seem to leave the shop without picking up something extra when there’s a 3 for 2 offer on! So of course it came home with me (whoops!). Well I’m glad it did because it gives such an amazing, natural dewy finish without being too heavy and it’s so easy to use. I didn’t get on too well with the applicator that came with it though, so I used my Real Techniques makeup sponge instead. You simply press your makeup sponge into the cushion sponge of the foundation, then dab your makeup sponge over your face to apply the foundation. I actually found it really easy to blend in and I wasn’t left with any streaky lines across my skin, just beautiful flawless makeup. You can start off light for a sheer coverage or build it up for something a little heavier. I don’t always want to be caked in heavy makeup and I’m not a lover of foundations with a matte finish so this was perfect for me, plus the size of the packaging makes it ease to carry in your makeup bag to apply quick touch ups through the day if you need to. I chose the shade Rose Beige which is perfect for my skin tone.

 

NYX Butter Gloss in shade Cupcake
Oh my word, I adore this lip gloss! Once I’d eventually managed to fight my way through loads of people when the NYX counter finally arrived in Boots and I’d swatched nearly every colour they had, I settled on the shade Cupcake which is a bright peachy pink. This one is really moisturising and makes my lips feel really soft. It gives a creamy sheer to medium coverage but the pigmentation is really high for a lipgloss. It’s not sticky and lasts extremely well, even after eating or drinking. I found having a smaller wand made it so much easier to apply the product with too. Such a bargain at only £5 and a really gorgeous product to wear!

NYX Colour Correcting Concealer

 This is the first all in one colour correcting palette I’ve tried and I’ve really loved using it. Like most people I suffer from blemishes and dark circles and the shades in this palette seem to not only suit my skin tone but actually conceal those problematic areas too. The green one is great for redness, the yellow for brightening, the peach for covering up any blemishes and the pink for concealing under dark circles. I’ve even used the darker shade for contouring, which is something I don’t find easy using cream products but this one seem to be the right shade and easy to blend out with a make up sponge so I didn’t get any harsh lines. The consistency is super soft and creamy but not greasy and really easy to blend in. I dabbed the corrector and concealer shades on with my finger tips and applied them under my liquid foundation, then blended it in using my makeup sponge before applying a light dusting of loose powder to set it all in place. I found it lasted really well and didn’t go all cakey, which I am so pleased about! I was worried that my face would look like a mixture of colours but luckily it really didn’t. This will definitely be a repurchase!

 

 New Stationary
So many of my friends and I are are used to sending emails or texts to stay in touch and a few months ago some of us were discussing how writing an actual letter to a friend seems to be a thing of the past and that we only get something hand written at Christmas or birthdays. We decided to purchase new stationary and exchange letters once in a while. Do you know, it’s been so lovely to hold a letter in my hand that’s come from friends all over the country as well as those who live near by. I think it gives a more personal touch than just typing a few lines on a keyboard.
I’ve even swapped addresses with a few blogger friends I’ve made on Twitter and its been great fun having some new penpals. It makes me feel as though I’ve met them in real life rather than just a name on a screen.

Blossom print paper and matching envelopes: AMAZON
Notepad and pens: Pound Land stores

My Portrait
I couldn’t go the whole month without mentioning how over the moon I was after receiving a portrait of me drawn by Jemma (@dorkfaceblog). I was not only excited but a bit emotional as well because the photo this drawing was based on has a really special meaning to me (I did tell you I was a sentimental old thing, didn’t I?). I think she has done a wonderful job so I’m now on the hunt for a lovely frame to put this picture in once I have printed it off and it will have pride of place hanging on my wall.
Jemma is an amazing, talented artist and also designs blog headers, stickers and other artwork.

Phew, well I think that’s just about it for this month! Oh, another thing I have enjoyed is the gorgeous weather we’ve been having in the UK over the past few weeks. I think they call it summer?!

Thanks for reading. Let me know one thing you’ve really loved using or doing lately.

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Every morning and evening I like to do a full skincare routine as not only am I looking after my skin but I find it’s almost like a mini pamper session and very therapeutic, especially at end of a long day. One of the products I love to use is a serum, which I’ve mentioned a few times in previous posts. I’ve been using one for a while now and have noticed what a big difference it has made to my skin’s appearance compared to applying just a moisturiser on it’s own after cleansing and toning.
A serum has helped with a whole host of skin problems from giving my skin a bit of a boost to brighten it up and to give it some much needed re-hydration.
For me another area I worry about are the signs of getting older. I know this is something that I can’t stop (oh if only!) but by using a serum it has helped with any fine lines I do have and hopefully keep it looking younger for just that little bit longer.

The skincare company LIQ C Dermocosmetics UK contacted me and very kindly offered to send me a couple of their serums to review. Their products are available through their website where you’ll find a range of facial serums with Vitamin C as the main ingredient and a Night Serum Vitamin E Mask. Now I’m not a scientist but I do know Vitamin C has been used in skincare for a number of years, so what makes these serums any different? The company promises that with a “Unique recipe of natural ingredients and both fragrant and colour free they can satisfy even the most discerning customer.”
If you know me by now, you’ll know that I have super dry sensitive skin which can suffer from break outs and areas of redness, so I was really excited to give these a try.

LIQ CC Vitamin C Serum – Rich* £17.90

 

The LIQ C Vitamin E Serum is suitable for dry to extra dry skin and with 15% vitamin C and it is aimed at

  • protection against antioxidants
  • anti-ageing
  • radiance boosting
  • brightening the skin
  • stimulating collagen

The serum comes in a dark glass bottle with a pipette applicator and I find these so much easier to apply a product with. It’s quite a thick, oily consistency but I only needed to use one pipette’s worth to cover my whole face. After cleansing my skin I massaged the serum all over my face, then gently pressed it into my skin using my palms and any product that was left on my hands I massaged into those as well (it doubled up as an excellent cuticle oil!) . When I first applied the serum my skin did feel a bit sticky for a short while afterwards and it did take a while to absorb into my skin. However I didn’t have to wait too long before I had super soft, hydrated skin and luckily there wasn’t any greasy residue left behind. My skin felt really smooth and nourished especially on the dryer areas across my cheeks. It had a really plump, radiant look to it and any fine lines had almost disappeared. I then applied my usual moisturiser over the top and my skin was ready to apply my makeup.
Honestly, this serum is actually really amazing as it’s slightly thicker than my usual serum. I found it to be somewhere between a serum and a daily facial oil, so you’re almost getting two products in one.

LIQ Ce Night Serum Vitamin E Mask* £17.90

 


The night serum mask is suitable for all skin types with 15% Vitamin E and is aimed at

  • optimal skin nutrition and hydration 
  • improving elasticity and firmness
  • smoothing the skin
  • soothes irritation
  • protection against antioxidants

The LIQ Ce Night Serum comes in the same dark glass bottle with a pipette applicator and this one is a slightly thicker consistency than the day serum. After cleansing I massaged it into my skin and pressed it in gently with the palms of my hands, but again it left my skin slightly sticky for a while after I’d used it, which isn’t too bad considering I had all night for it to be able to work it’s magic. The beauty of the night serum is that it contains a high level of vitamin E which helps to reduce and slow down the skin’s ageing process. The following morning my skin did look hydrated and much firmer, it also felt really soft and I was quite surprised to see a lot less red patches on my cheeks than I usually get. LIQ Ce Night Serum is also meant to be good for healing small scars which I don’t have any on my face so I’m not able to give my opinion as to whether this would work or not.

I really like that both serums contain natural ingredients, have no colour and are fragrance free. As I have sensitive skin I’ve not noticed any reaction after using them both for about a week. I absolutely love the way my skin feels so soft and looks really radiant. The only downside would be the length of time the day serum took to melt into my skin, but it wasn’t a major problem as I just styled my hair first before applying makeup.

LIQ C can be found on
Thanks for reading. Have you tried LIQ C products? How did you get on with them? If you haven’t, what’s your favourite facial serum to use?
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A good primer is one of those products that I just love having in my makeup bag and with so many around it’s hard to know which one to choose. Some primers claim to hide your pores, some give you a matte finish or a lovely super glow and some actually give your makeup a little extra staying power.

Using a primer was something that I never really used to bother about until recently, now that I do I’ve noticed a huge difference with how my makeup looks and lasts.
Hylamide HA Blurr Hydrator is a product that I’ve not long discovered and I’m sure, like me, you’ve probably seen it talked about a lot. So I wanted to see what all the fuss was about.

When I finally managed to get hold of some Hylamide HA Blur Prismatic Blurring Surface Hydrator I was really excited to try it out as a primer and oh wow, am I glad I did! It’s probably the best primer I have ever tried. The beauty of this one is that it uses something different called Hyaluronic Acid powder base which makes it compatible with all skin types and promises to blur away any imperfections and smooth out the skin. You can wear it under or over foundation or even mix it in with liquid foundation. Well, honestly as soon as I applied it I could really see a big difference in my skins appearance. It’s so hydrating and smoothing but without being too greasy which my skin absolutely loved and it really helped to minimise any large pores and fine lines. My skin felt noticeably softer and had a lovely plump, radiant look to it compared to other primers I’ve used. It’s just wonderful to wear even on it’s own if I wanted to.

Hylamide HA Blurr Hydrator is quite a thick, creamy consistency but I only needed the tiniest amount to cover my whole face and the smell isn’t too overpowering either, it’s more of a light cosmetic fragrance. It melted right into my skin really quickly and hid a lot of my blemishes. I found it made my foundation so much easier to blend in and the coverage looked a lot more even. especially over the drier areas of my skin. Also an added bonus, I love that my foundation lasted well too!

So it really does just about everything I could want from a primer, it’s a great base for my makeup but does wonders for my skin and it’s appearance too. What more could a girl ask for?
Thanks for reading. Have you tried any new primers lately? What’s your favourite one?

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Cleaning my make up brushes is one of those jobs that I know I need to do but it can take forever and sometimes it can feel like a real chore. I know it’s good hygiene to regularly remove all the oil, make up residue and dead skin cells (sounds disgusting doesn’t it!) and with some brushes not being cheap I also want to make them last longer and get my money’s worth.
Normally I’d clean my brushes using my hands and some baby shampoo, occasionally a tiny drop of baby oil first on sponges and brushes that have been used for foundation or concealer as it helps break down the build up of product.
So when I came across Real Techniques brush cleaning palette a while back I thought it was just one of those things that I didn’t need and that there were other things to spend my money on. I saw more and more people using them and saying how good they were by saving them so much time with this weekly chore. I had a moment of weakness and ended up buying one.

 I got mine from makeupbrushes.co.uk and at the time it was on offer for £11.50 (normal price £12.99) with free postage. It also came with two sample sachets of the Real Techniques brush cleansing gel.

This extremely lightweight silicone palette is about 15cm long and it’s designed to fit comfortably in the palm of your hand. There’s a loop on the back which let’s you slip your hand through for a much better grip, so if your’re clumsy like me then that’s a bonus! The palette has a multi textured surface and allows you to gently swirl the bristles of your brush across them to give a much deeper clean.

 

As you can see, my foundation brush was pretty grubby and seems to need cleaning the most, so I put this one to the test first.

How to use the palette

  1. Squeeze a small amount of the cleansing gel on to the palette
  2. Add some warm water, taking care not to over fill the palette or getting the roots wet, which will completely ruin your make up brushes.
  3. Give each brush a swirl over the textured surfaces and watch all the gunk lift off. Amazing! You will need to repeat these steps when the water gets really dirty.
  4. Afterwards rinse each brush thoroughly and squeeze out any excess water as you would normally do using your traditional method.

 

Hey presto! Squeaky clean brushes. It took half the time to actually clean them which I was really impressed with. This brush also has white tips so it was a good example to show you how clean it was after using the palette.

When I’m cleaning all of my brushes together I’d normally leave them on a towel hanging over the edge of my dressing table to allow them to air dry, but if I was just doing a few then I could also use this palette to rest my brushes across and allow them to dry.

Was it worth the money? Well, I love it, simply because it saved me a lot of time and got my brushes a lot cleaner than just using my hands, so it’s a great little tool to have. And it’s in a gorgeous pink colour too! However I won’t be purchasing the cleansing gel as I also tried cleaning a couple of my brushes using baby shampoo on the palette and this worked just as well as the gel had done.

Have you tried this palette? How do you clean your make up brushes?

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It only seems like yesterday that I was writing last months favourites post and I can’t believe we’re here again already!
Now I’ve talked a lot about my favourite makeup products recently so I wanted to concentrate more on what skincare products I’ve been absolutely loving during June.
I like to take care of my skin all year round but while we are in the warmer months there’s more of it on show due to wearing lighter clothes with short sleeves or open toe shoes and using lighter makeup products too. Although we haven’t had too many really hot days so far, you just never know and I always like to be prepared, just in case!
So, lets get straight on with this months beauty favourites.

Nivea Rich and Nourishing Body Moisturiser
I absolutely love using this rich moisteriser all over my body everyday after a shower, especially concentrating on those areas which are really prone to rough skin such my elbows, legs and feet. Although it’s quite a thick consistency, it’s really easy to apply and absorbs quickly into my skin without leaving it all sticky. It’s super hydrating and leaves my body feeling so soft and nourished. I really love the classic Nivea smell of this lotion which isn’t too over powering either.

Lush Mask of Magnaminty
I really love this mask so much and I don’t know why I haven’t tried it sooner. I’m not sure what’s going on with my skin at the moment as it seems to be going through a few changes and I’ve been suffering from a few breakouts, whether it’s down to the change in season or hormonal I’m not sure, so I decided to give this face mask a go. This thick clay mask has the most gorgeous peppermint smell and when I first applied it to my face it felt all tingly. I didn’t think I was going to be able to use it but honestly it’s so gentle that even my sensitive skin loved it! I’ve used it once a week and left it on for about 15 minutes, then gently exfoliated with a damp face cloth before rinsing it all off. It gives a nice deep clean and my pores have really been reduced, it also helps heal any blemishes or redness. I don’t think my skin has looked as healthy and felt so soft after using a face mask as it has since using this one.

Kiehls Clearly Corrective Dark Circle Perfector
I actually picked this up a few months ago but have only just got round to trying it in the last few weeks. Honestly, this stuff is just amazing! If I’m having a day where I’m not wearing any makeup then I’ll pop this on after my normal eye serum. I really love that it’s got SPF 30 and protects the delicate skin around my eyes, which is quite hard to come across, and it’s perfect for all year round, not just the summer. It’s really hydrating with a light tint to it so it kind of gives that no make up look. Some days I’ve just been wearing this along with a tinted moisturiser, a bit of lip balm and a light coat of mascara and I’m good to go!

Nivea Lip Care Soft Rose
I have these lip balms everywhere, in my handbag, on my desk, the bedroom! They are so soft and creamy and really hydrate my lips. I’ll either wear this on its own as it has a light rose sheen to it or pop it on just before I apply a matte lipstick to save my lips drying out too much. I’ve tried so many lip balms over the years but I will always go back to Nivea and I’ve found it to be as good as some of the more expensive brands.

L’Oreal Paris Skin Perfection Soothing Gel Face Wash
Don’t get me wrong, I love wearing makeup but my favourite part of my beauty routine is taking my makeup off, I find it so relaxing at the end of a long day. I’ll use micellar water first and then I’ve been using this gorgeous gel cleanser to make sure my skin is squeaky clean before using my serum and night cream. I apply it to damp skin, lather it up and simply rinse away with warm water. It’s a rich creamy texture which not only gets rid of all the dirt and grime but is soothes my skin without leaving it feeling dry and tight like some other cleansing washes do. I’ve loved using this in the morning as well while I’ve been in the shower and my skin feels cleansed and hydrated ready for me to apply my makeup for the day.

Soap and Glory Cleansing Brush
This double sided cleansing brush is a brilliant little invention, as I’ve never used a cleansing brush before I found this was a great way to see how I got on with one before wasting money on a more expensive brush. One side has bristles which gently exfoliates and the other side has little silicone bristles to give more of a deep cleanse. At first I thought the bristles were going to be too harsh on my skin but after using it for the first time I was really amazed at how soft they were. I use it every other day starting with the bristle side first and a little of my cleansing gel on damp skin which I gently work into a lather all over my face. Then I’ll rinse, turn the brush over and use the other side all over my face to really help with the circulation. Wow, super glowing skin! Such a great bargain for  only £6.50 which I’ve really enjoyed using as part of my skincare routine and been really pleased with the results.

Well that brings me to the end of my beauty favourites for this month. Thanks so much for reading. What products have you enjoyed using during June? Do you have any recommendations for me to try?

You may also like to see what I picked up in my Superdrug Haul

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