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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I have quite a collection of everyday colours, but there are times when I like to pop on a brighter colour such as an evening out or just because it’s a sunny day and I feel like wearing one. There are also days when I just like to stick on a clear lipgloss or a lip balm, usually when I’m at home or I’ve over slept in the morning and haven’t got time to put on a nice glossy lippy.
I’ve been having so much fun playing around with different lipstick shades lately. However it did go a bit wrong the other day as I bought a deep plum lipgloss which I’d swatched on the back of my hand whilst in the shop and thought ooh that’s gorgeous. Unfortunately when I got home and tried it on my lips I realised it was completely the wrong colour for me. Oh well, you live and learn! So I gave it to someone who I know will get far more use out of it than it being sat in my draw for the rest of eternity.

These are the 5 lipsticks that I seem to be reaching for a lot at the moment, a few old favourites and a few new additions.

Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in shade Mayfair Red Lady
Yes, I know! A red features in my favourite 5 shades. I’m as shocked as you probably are. I know this is a colour most people would associate with winter or Valentine’s day but I’ve been to few parties lately and this has been the perfect shade. It’s really glossy and I must admit, I do feel very glam while I’m wearing it!

Rimmel by Kate in Shade Rossetto (no. 28)
A pale baby pink has to the second favourite shade i’d reach for after a nude, especially in the summer. I love wearing this if I have a tan or I’m wearing a white summer outfit.

Max Factor Matte Lipstick in shade Rosewood
A gorgeous brownish nude and used with my Max Factor lip liner in Princess Pink it makes the perfect colour for everyday.

Makeup Reveloution Iconic Lipstick in shade We Were Lovers
This is the newest addition to my lipstick collection and oh my word, it’s gorgeous! A bright pinky red colour which I bought in a recent Superdrug Haul and I’ve worn it so much already. This one will definitely be replaced with a second tube.

Clarins lipstick in shade Pink Orchid
Another shade I love wearing in the summer is peach. This is a colour I wear for almost any occassion whether it’s while I’m out shopping, going for a stroll in the woods or out for a meal in the evening.

Left to right: Mayfair Red Lady, Rossetto, Rosewood, We Were Lovers, Pink Orchid

These lipsticks are all easy to apply and long lasting. The only one I don’t find as hydrating as the rest is the Max Factor Rosewood as it’s a matt lipstick, but then all I do is apply a small amount of lipbalm first to stop it drying out my lips too much. I also think these shades suit my hair colour and skin tone.

Thanks for reading.
Let me know what your favourite lip shades are?

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If you’re following me on Twitter already you may have seen that a few weeks ago I mentioned I’d been into town and treated myself to a few things. I usually get really excited when I end up coming home with some pretty new products to play around with. I also picked up a few items to replace ones that were almost finished.
My local Superdrug is one of their smaller stores as I live in a quiet little town in Hertfordshire. I do have the option of going to their Stevenage store which has a much larger range of brands in stock, and of course I can always shop on line.
I’ve not done a Haul post before but I actually love reading them on other blogs or watching haul videos on YouTube so I thought I’d show you what items I picked up.

 

Makeup Revolution Salvation Palette Hard Day
I am so in love with the Makeup Revolution range at the moment, especially the eyeshadow palettes. I never thought that I would love any other palette other than my beloved Urban Decay Naked ones but oh these are just so gorgeous. This one has 18 colours, 12 shimmer and 6 matte and the colours just looked so pretty that I’m looking forward to trying it out. To be honest, I can’t believe I’ve waited this long!

Makeup Revolution Sculpt & Contour Kit
I’ve mentioned in a previous post that I prefer powders compared to cream products and this little beauty had to come home with me. It was such a bargain at £3.50 and I like the fact that everything you need is in one cute little palette. I’ve gone for the lighter shade in Ultra Fair and it is highly pigmented so, as with the blusher palette that I already own (full review HERE), you only need a tiny amount on your brush when applying it. I have used it a couple of times since buying it and the colours are so pretty and the staying power is amazing. I’m not keen on over contouring but this one was perfect for adding some definition to my face.

Maybelline Baby Skin Pore Eraser
I love Maybelline’s Age Rewind Eye Concealer so much and with the warmer weather I was on the hunt for a lightweight primer to go under my foundation. I’d seen this one a few times but I always seem to go past the Maybelline stand without actually having a proper look. My skin is dry and sensitive with areas of redness but I can also suffer with open pores around the sides of my nose, I am a complex case! I am looking forward to giving this one a try to see if it really does do the trick. I’ll let you know how I get on.

Rimmel Match Perfection Loose Powder
I don’t use a lot of powder buy occassional I’ll apply some over the top of areas where I’ve used concealer to set it in place. I’d been using a pressed powder and needed to replace it so while in store I had a browse to see what was available. i’ve heard a lot about how good Rimmel’s powders were from other bloggers so I bought this one to try. I have used it a few times and so far I’ve loved it. It’s not too heavy and doesn’t leave my makeup looking all cakey, which I can’t stand.

I’m not usually one to jump on the band waggon the moment something new comes out but I had seen Zoella’s new Sweet Inspiration range almost everywhere. When I smelt some of the products in store I thought they were just devine and the packaging is just so pretty. Not knowing how I might react to this range on my skin type I thought I’d spray some of the tester first and left it while I went round the rest of the store. I know that’s not really long enough but there wasn’t any immediate reaction. So far so good. I decided to pick up the body mist as I thought on days when I don’t want to wear a heavy purfume this would be ideal. Plus it’s small enough that I can carry in my handbag if I wanted to.
Like I needed another makeup bag! Well, yes, I did as the ones I’ve got are either too big to go in my handbag that I end up taking far too much stuff with me or too small and products end up rolling around in the bottom of my bag where I can’t find them. I just loved the colour of this one and it seems the perfect size to carry round all my everyday essentials. I also think the list of favourite things written on the back (there’s everything from cupcakes to candles) are just me down to a tee!

Rimmel Brow This Way Styling Gel in Clear
I am rubbish at filling in my eyebrows with a pencil so tend to use a powder kit and to keep them in place I use a clear gel. The one I’ve been using for years is coming to an end so I needed to pick up some more. I remembered reading that this was supposed to be similar to the Benefit brow gel and I’ll be interested to see how it compares to my last brand.

Makeup Revolution Iconic Lipstick
I’m really loving bright lipsticks at the moment which is amazing considering I’m such a fan of nudes. I was at the Makeup Revelation stand for ages swatching different shades and the shade We Were Lovers was one of my favourites. it’s a bright pinky red, although the photo on their website makes it look more of a pinky nude. I knew 2016 was going to be a year of moving away from my comfort zone in so many areas and something as simple as a brighter shade of lipstick can make all the difference. I’m hoping to do a makeup post to show you a look using one of my bright lip colours.

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge
Technically, this is not a treat. It’s a must for my makeup kit, so that when I’ve washed my other one I can leave it to dry properly but still have a makeup sponge to use.

Thank you for reading this post and I hope you enjoyed having a look at what items I’d bought in my haul. Have you bought any new products lately? Have you written a post on a recent haul you’ve done? I’d love to have a read.

 

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Last week I was tagged by Sarah from Writing Rambling to do The Beauty Blogger Tag. I’ve not done a beauty tag before and it’s one I’d love to do, all you have to do is answer the questions. So I won’t waffle on too much and get straight to it.

What’s your favourite perfume and what do you think it says about you?
Miss Dior Cherie is my all time favourite. It was the first perfume I bought myself, it says I can be quite independent but also I’m a hopeless romantic.

Contour or Strobe?
Definitely contour!

What’s your night-time skincare routine?
I cleanse with micellar water, if I’ve worn a lot of makeup that day I’ll give it an extra cleanse with a gel-cleanser. I then apply a serum and night cream followed by an eye serum. I also use a hand cream and lip balm before going to bed.

Favourite lip colour shade?
Nude, which probably comes as no surprise!

Favourite eyeshadow palette?
I’m obssessed with my Makeup Revolution Affirmation palette, all the colours I need for everyday.

What’s your number one makeup tip?
Always take your makeup off before going to bed at night. No matter how tired (or drunk!) I am I still make sure I do this and I never use wipes.

What’s your favourite store for cosmetics?
It’s got to be either Boots or Superdrug, so many makeup brands under one roof and I can collect my loyalty points for extra treats.

What’s a high-end makeup item you’d love to own?
Anything from Hourglass or Illamasque.

Which celeb do you feel nails it, makeup wise?
Adele for her amazing eye makeup

You have an hour to pack for a surprise weekend, which all-rounder palette and lipstick would you choose to take with you?
I don’t actually own an all-rounder palette, so I’d probably be in a real flap about what to take. I suppose I could improvise and take my ELF Eyes 100 Eyeshadow palette, which has every colour for eyeshadows plus I could use the pinks, neutrals and creams for blushers and highlighters (well you did say I only had an hour!). The lipstick I’d take would be whichever my favourite happened to be at the time, so most probably one from NYX or MUA.

Thanks for reading and if you fancy doing this tag be sure to let me know. I’d love to read your answers!

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Makeup Revolution Ultra Blush Palette
I thought it was high time I got a new blusher as this is one thing I don’t seem to have enough of, so while I was in town a few weeks ago I popped into Superdrug to check out what they’d got. I’m already a fan of Makeup Revolution as I have a few of their eyeshadow palettes, which I absolutely love, and I’d been wanting to try a few more of their products for a while so of course I was immediately drawn to the Makeup Revelution section first. I’d decided on getting a powder palette and I’m not particularly a fan of cream blushers, or maybe I just need more practice! I was expecting to purchase one or two single blushers but this stunning Sugar and Spice colour palette caught my eye immediately as I think the pretty pink tones seem to suit my skin tone and hair colouring.

First of all I must say about the price, it was only £6 so an absolute bargain considering how many shades you get. I also love the shiny black packaging which I think looks quite chic and a lot more expensive than it actually is. It also has a large mirror which is great for travelling if you can’t be bothered to pack a separate one.
There are 8 gorgeous colours to choose from all in one palette with a mix of powder blushers. highlighters and contour colours. It has 2 neutral shades which are perfect for contouring, a pinky nude and a peachy pink which are both great for an everyday look, 2 brighter pink shades for something a little bolder plus 2 shimmery pink shades which I found were wonderful for highlighting. You also get a decent amount of product for each colour option too. There really is something for every makeup look I’d want to do.
Each colour was incredibly pigmented so I only needed to use a small amount on a brush and for the highlighter shades I found it best to use a fan brush. The colours gave a lovely creamy, satin finish and blended in really nicely. The colour lasted well and still looked good at the end of the day, which I was so happy about especially as we are going into summer and warmer weather.
So far I’ve been using more of the pinky nude colours and lighter one of the highlighters for a natural glowy look for everyday and I can’t wait to use the raspberry pink blusher again for an evening party makeup look or even just for something a bit bolder during the day.
This blusher palette really is adorable, I think it’s the best one I’ve ever owned (is it wrong to get this excited about a product?) and at this price I may well go back and get the cream blusher palette next month!

Have you got a favourite blusher palette?

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