Sunday, 1 September 2013

Monthly Favourites | August


So.. the end of August has rolled around, meaning that another month has been and passed us by. The end of August also more or less symbolizes the end of Summer too! :( Boo! The silver lining on that cloud, however, is that I can now write up a Summer Highlights blog post. Yay! For now though, here's the beauty bits I've been loving through the month of August:


Liz Earle 'Cleanse and Polish' Hot Cloth Cleanser - Original and Grapefruit and Patchouli
Yep, I was the last person in the whole world to try out Liz Earle's award winning and much loved Cleanse and Polish cleanser. I've included both variants in this favourites post, as I do use and love them both equally. I enjoy the Limited Edition version for a morning cleanse because of the more uplifting and invigoration sensation from the fresh citrus fragrance, and I prefer the original for an evening cleanse because of the calming and relaxing rosemary and chamomile extracts. These both leave the skin feeling so cleansed and refreshed but also soft and supple at the same time and I would recommend either of them to anybody.
Full Review of the Original C&P: here.
Full Review of the Limited Ed. C&P: here.


Vitage Vitamin C Skin Radiance Serum*
Not usually a product I'd expect to feature in a favourites post, as serums are a skincare step I feel a little bit iffy about - probably because I've never experienced one that has done any good for me or made a noticeable difference. This one was sent as a little surprise extra along with another product that I was expecting from Vitage and my first thoughts were very much 'hmm a serum, whatevs'. But, I put it to trial in good beauty blogger fashion and WOW. This radiance serum has claims to firm, brighten and even the skin tone and these are claims that I wish every radiance product would live up to. I really feel like this step before moisturising helps to add a natural luminance to my skintone and gives it a boost of health - so I pretty much like I eat vegetables for every meal of the day and drink gallons and gallons of water all the time! Although, when it costs £53.00 for 28ml, I have to say I'd expect nothing less than amazement. 



Real Techniques Expert Face Brush*
This has changed the way I apply my foundation since using this brush! Since the first time I used the Expert Face Brush I've not touched my Buffing Brush once, and it just doesn't even compare. Seriously, if you have the RT Buffing Brush and think it's good ..try this one instead! I find that for some reason the same amount of product goes further when using this brush (e.g. with the Buffing Brush I'd use 1.5 pumps of foundation, but with this I need less than 1, for the same coverage with the same foundation). The small brush head makes application more precise in fiddly areas like the nose and under the eyes, and the result is an amazingly flawless but still natural looking coverage. LOVE.
Full Review: here.


ELF Blush and Bronze Cream Contour Duo - St. Lucia
I have wanted to do a full review post on this compact duo, but I just haven't had the chance to get around to it yet. This duo has got a very lovely NARS-esque feel to it, and I'd pay so much more than £3.75 for it! What a bargain. (This picture is from the haul post when I first got it; it looks a little bit of a sorry mess now that I've stippled the hell out of it!). Two beautifully flattering contour shades in a perfect, matte brown shade that is so far from orange it is a ideal to chisel in some cheekbones, and a lovely rosey pink shade that makes a very pretty blush on fair skin. The consistency is super soft and creamy, they're not as soft as butter - they're softer than butter! And they stay as a cream formula too, none of this cream-to-powder nonsense. They blend really easily and have the staying power to rival absolutely anything in my make up collection. My one criticism is that they so, so pigmented that it can be easy to go a bit OTT and even a slight tap into the product with a make up brush can be a little too much - so go easy! (Swatches at the beginning and end of this post show one light swipe of each colour)


Maybelline 24hr Color Tattoo - On and On Bronze
Another product that I'm 10 hours late to the party with discovering how great it is. I really should just learn to listen to the hype that surrounds a product and buy into it straight away, instead of just dismissing them. Actually, I shouldn't encourage that at all - I already buy wayy to much! But why have I gone all of this time without the little marvel?! I have a sizeable stash of these Color Tattoos now, but On and On Bronze is definitely my most used and favourite shade. It's so wearable for so many different occasions and I'm pretty sure the subtle bronze colouring would be flattering on any complexion. I love wearing this as a one colour shadow for a simple day time look, or making it more intense as as base for other colours for a more dramatic look. It's also easy to smudge and use just as a liner, on either the upper or lower lashlines. Such a versatile product in a gorgeous shade.


Bourjois Rouge Edition Lipstick - #10 Rouge Buzz
I've recently entered into a full blown love affair with orange toned red lipsticks. Gone are my days of being restricted to solely fuchsia pink, and I've branched out into a different realm of bold. #10 Rouge Buzz is my absolute favourite shade from my Bourjois Rouge Edition lipsticks, and at first I compared it to Mac's Morange, but I've since been corrected and told it's actually more similar to Lady Danger (although I own neither of these from Mac so have struggled to compare accurately). The consistency is soft and creamy with a high glossy shine finish and average staying power, but it really is the colour that I'm in love with. It could just be me but I feel like it really brings out my eyes ..if you've got blue peepers then maybe take a look at this shade!
You can see an Instagram picture of me wearing this here and also here.
Full Review: here.

Bourjois Color Boost Lip Crayon - Red Sunrise
It's no secret that Bourjois has been on fire recently with their new cosmetic releases and I've really been enjoying a couple of their Color Boost lip crayons. We all know the drill now with these lip balm crayons and how they offer long lasting moisturisation to the lips with a strong hit of a colour, in a novelty format of a crayon style applicator. I'm personally a big fan of the lip crayon style products and haven't got bored of the endless releases of them yet! I am particularly loving Red Sunrise, from the new Bourjois range - one of their brightest and boldest shades, in a beautiful pinky red shade. For the moisturisation that these offer on the lips, it's really fantastic how pigmented and also long lasting the colour pay off is too. I love the glossy finishes of these ones too so that you essentially have a balm, colour and gloss all in one!


One last random favourite to throw into the mix, and that's my new blog design! I mentioned it briefly in my Cleanse & Polish post how happy I was with it, but now it is completely, 100% finished and I can't express enough how much I love it. Serena was absolutely amazing to work with: so quick and efficient, skilled and creative. She brought to life any ideas that I had and was done in less than a day, all for a very reasonable total of £20. It's exactly what I was hoping for and I do feel that it has a couple of very unique touches too it. If you're looking for a layout refresh, Pretty Wild Things is the place for you to go!

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65 comments:

  1. I am really intrigued by the ELF duo, looks fantastic and great value for money! Great post.

    Em

    Em’s Mixed Bag

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    1. It is really good, and I'm amazed at it for the price!! All make up should be this cheap xx

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  2. Sooo love the maybelline color tattoo...unfortunately I can't seem to find this particular shade...;(
    http://fatzee.blogspot.com

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  3. Sooo love the maybelline color tattoo...unfortunately I can't seem to find this particular shade...;(
    http://fatzee.blogspot.com

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    1. Aw no! :( Are you not from the UK? It's the most common shade over here - can find it anywhere! xx

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    2. It's called "Bad to the Bronze" in the US. You can find it at Rite Aid, Ulta, CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, and Drugstore.com. Hope this helps!

      xx Lauren
      Dirty Blonde Ambition

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  4. Those Bourjois lip products look gorgeous :) great favourites!

    Sophierosehearts x

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  5. I love the original C&P so I NEED to try the limited edition one! Great post as always :)
    xx

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    1. Oooh you do, get it while you can and they stop selling it! Aw, thank youuu xx

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  6. I love my Bourjois Red Sunrise lipstick - it's such an easy one to apply last minute but adds such a great colour it always looks fab.

    Victoria

    FlorenceandMary.com

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    1. Definitely agree! Can turn any old look into a glam one in about 3 seconds. Amazing! xx

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  7. Oh I bet I'd love the LE cleanse and polish. I love citrusy scented skincare products.

    Hayley
    Water Painted Dreams
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    1. It's quite subtle, but it's definitely a boost of freshness from the grapefruit :) xx

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  8. The lipstick and lip crayon are both lovely colours!x

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  9. Oh my! When I saw the photo I honestly thought the duo was nars. Elf have pulled it out of the bag on that one! x

    duggydimples.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I can't blame you for thinking that. It SO looks like a Nars compact!! xx

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  10. Love the packaging of the limited edition C&P! Just gorgeous! I'd buy it for that reason alone :)

    Also have to say I thought that duo was a Nars product! Looks so similar & still can't believe how cheap Elf is, will have to pick that one up.

    And I've also been loving on and on bronze, used it pretty much every day last week! Xx

    http://daniellabeautyjunkie.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Haha, you're not the first person to say that about the packaging! It does help that they've made the bottle for it beautiful. Definitely can't blame you for thinking it was Nars; how alike do they look! xx

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  11. I really want to get my hands on one of those Bourjois lip products! Some fab monthly faves :)

    IAmLinderella.blogspot.co.uk

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  12. Great faves my love!! I bought my mum the expert face brush as part of her birthday present and its loveeeely! I most get round to buying it!! I also love the look of that elf duo!! P.S - loving the new layout :) xxxxx.

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    1. Thaank you! :) Oooh I bet you're always pinching it off her, haha. It's so much better than the buffing brush - you neeed one. Aw, thanks so much! xxx

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  13. Love the RT expert face brush !! great faves :) xx

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  14. Totally agree with the Liz earl cleanse and polish, it’s my favourite too! The vitamin c serum sounds so good too!x

    zoeyinwonderland.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Yayy, it's a popular cleanser for a reason - it's flipping amazing! Ahh yes it's a brilliant serum, just wish I was minted to be able to afford how much it costs :| xx

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  15. The Elf Duo looks amazing!
    Your new layout looks great too!

    Katrina xx

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  16. Need to get my hands on that ELF duo and RT brush :)

    sparklewithlaughter.blogspot.com

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  17. The ELF duo looks amazing!
    Loving the colour boosts and rouge edition lippys myself, bourjois have really been on form lately! :) xxx

    http://xosarah-loves.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Yeah Bourjois have totally been nailing it! Almost all of their new releases have been absolutely amazing, especially their lip products! :) xx

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  18. Great favourites! :)

    Kate xo | www.beautybabbles.com

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  19. I also picked the same Bourjois Color Boost and Maybelline Color Tatoo for my august favourites! :)

    Blu Button Box

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  20. I want the Bourjois lip stick and crayon!
    They look great on you.
    Thanks for sending me your link on twitter.
    Now following you on GFC and bloglovin.

    darlingsophie.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Bourjois have great lip products! Aw, thanks! :D
      It's no problem - thank you for following :) xx

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  21. I am desperate to try the maybelline colour tattoos They just look so gorgeous! The cream ELF duo looks great too- it's so tempting!... :o

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    1. Once you'll try them you'll wonder how you never tried them earlier - that's how I felt! So creamy, pigmented and long lasting. Haha, it's only £3.75 - give yourself a little treat ;) xx

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  22. Always meaning to try the Bourjois lip products, they look amazing!!
    Emgeorgias.blogspot.com

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    1. They are really good! They cost a little more than some other brands cos they are like £8.. but they're good!! xx

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  23. The limited edition cleanse and polish looks so good, I recently caved in to all the reviews and bought cleanse and polish. It's an essential now!

    Hafsah
    http://ispyglitter.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. I only recently caved too, I love it so much. You should try the limited edition! :) xx

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  24. i want to try all of these products! thank you!

    http://herguiltypleasureblog.blogspot.com

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  25. I LOVE the RT brushes but I've never tried the one you mentioned. I have to go out and get it now! I also have the ELF duo it's amazing. One of my favorite products!

    www.lifeofahousewife.com

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    1. Ooh, the Expert Face one is now top of my list for favourite brushes. I think it's quite underhyped for how good it is :) xx

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    2. Hey Hanna, Life of a Housewife can still use the coupon code featured on your blog last month if she's interested!

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  26. There are some fab products here! Love the RT brushes, recently did a review! I also cannot live without my Liz Earle cleanse and polish - really want to get my hands on the limited edition one!

    BritishBeautyAddict

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    1. Ooh I'll have to go and check out your RT review :) You definitely should try the limited edition one! xx

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  27. That St.lucia palette is lovely, I honestly though it was NARS at first!

    I'm holding a giveaway of a MAC Lipstick of your choice on my blog if you'd like to enter!
    http://abigailalicex.blogspot.com

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    1. Haha, a lot of people have thought the same thing! It definitely does look like NARS - same size and everything!! xx

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  28. I can't believe that elf product isn't nars! I really want to try it now. The rest of your favourites are exactly what I have been loving too

    themacaronaddict.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I know!! It's a good'un! :) Yay, great minds think alike xx

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  29. The RT Expert Face brush is amazing! I've been using for the past few weeks and my foundation looks so much better. I find the brush really helps give a good coverage and I also use it to blend concealer. In love! xx

    Imogen | the Bluebird & the Robin

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    1. I agree, makes my foundation look a lot better too - it's amazing! :) xx

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  30. I really want to try that Elf product, haven't tried anything by then yet but that looks lovely!

    eyelashwishes-x.blogspot.co.uk

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  31. I love the Liz Earle's, Maybelline Colour Tattoos and the RT Expert Face brush! I find that brush gives a little more coverage than the buffing brush does, due to the bristles being a little more packed together. Love your favourites xxx

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