It isn’t very often that we can experience a bit of the old sunshine here in the UK yet I have to say that this week has been absolutely beautiful! Granted it has been a little bit too hot at times and we have had some rather odd spells of thunder, rain and even hail yet on a whole it is great to finally bring out the ice cream without sitting inside in front of the TV! This truly wouldn’t be a UK blog without the weather being mentioned somewhere now would it.
Onto this month’s beauty favourites I have picked out five items that I have being using the most. Those who visited my blog a few days ago will spot my most recent review which was the Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch*. This has been the only primer that I have reached for since it was kindly sent out to me to road test around a month ago, where I have to say it has become my firm favourite. For a while I had being using the Laura Mercier Foundation Primer and whilst I was quite happy with it I had wondered if there was something better. For me personally I find the Clarins primer to work much better on my skin type which is oily to combination with the odd areas of dehydration.
Sticking with make up products for one more moment I have here a Vintage Metallix cream eye shadow from Illamasqua in the shade ‘Embellish’. During Illamasqua’s last online sale I managed to snap up a little gift set which contained a brow gel, gel liner and this eye shadow in which out of all three this was the product that was left feeling a little unloved. During a little clear out a few weeks ago I made a mental note to start using this and have not looked back since. It is a beautiful cream eye shadow which blends out effortlessly and is super pigmented; a little sure does go a long way with this. Like all of my cream eye shadows it falls within the bronze spectrum yet this particular one also has tiny flecks of glitter in it which it subtle but still eye catching; I think this makes this particular eye shadow much more unique. Whilst I do think that this is more than wearable for day time use I’d much prefer to wear it for an evening out because of the added glitter element.
My trusty Burt’s Bees lip balm* in the shade grapefruit has not left my bag this last month as for some reason my lips have being really suffering of late. I have a couple more of these floating around and tend to reach for them over every other lip balm I have. They are simple to use and they provide me relief for a couple of hours, they’re also pretty affordable too. This month I’m back with an old favourite and oh how I missed it within my routine! The Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic is a repurchase whereby since my original review back in 2013 it has remained to be one of my all-time favourite toners. For me I find that the best time to use this is after I have either used a clay mask or when I have used an exfoliating toner as I really do feel as though it hydrates my skin nicely.
To round off this month’s favourites I wanted to end with my budget beauty find. When it comes to cleaning make up brushes I know a lot of people find it to be somewhat of a chore however I enjoy it, I like knowing they are clean. Having said that I can’t clean them properly every single day therefore the B Make Up Brush Cleanser was something I decided to pick up on a whim when in Superdrug a few weeks ago. At the time it was on offer for roughly £3 although at full price it is only £4.99. I thought this was a pretty good to honest as it allows me to quickly spot clean my brushes without having to wait a few hours for them to dry. Whilst it will never make up for washing them properly (I save that for the weekends) I do think that this has helped me quite a lot, especially when I seem to use the MAC 217 for everything these days.
What have been your beauty favourites this month?