Pinch Punch and all that! The beginning of June means it’s supposed to start getting warmer now that we’re into Summer, although today’s weather has been utter pants! Not impressed…
Anyway, I thought I would do my first ever monthly favourites for a change as I love reading other bloggers’ posts on this subject. There were a few things which I used a lot throughout May, and which I thought I’d share with you.
It’s a bit of a mixed bag; mostly make up and skin care with a couple of stationary items in there too. (Because I’m a stationary freak if I’m being totally honest).
First up is an old favourite of mine, and one which is probably no surprise to any readers of my old blog, as I used to rave about this quite a lot…It is of course the Healthy Mix foundation from Bourjois.
I can’t rave about this foundation enough. It has medium to full coverage depending on how it’s applied (I like a beauty blender), and it lasts a decent amount of time too. It has ‘radiance revealing’ ingredients such as apricot extract (which also make it smell lush), and it has no SPF which makes it a good choice if you don’t want a Casper face in flash photography.
I think my only criticism would be that it still makes my face pretty shiny around the forehead and nose. As I have oily skin anyway, liquid foundations all tend to make it more shiny without powder on top so it’s not the end of the world, but if Bourjois ever brought out a matte version of this (major hint/beg there to anyone reading this who works for the company!), then I would be one seriously happy bunny. Healthy Mix costs £9.99 and is available from Boots and Superdrug along with some supermarkets.
Next up is another foundation which I’ve been using on the days when I want a very definite matte finish. It is L’Oreal Infallible 24H-Matte and as the name would suggest, this holds no prisoners when it comes to shine.
I’ve taken to wearing this quite sparingly to be honest, as it really is seriously mattifying. I find that on areas such as my forehead and nose it works an absolute treat, but if I apply it to my cheeks and anyway near the eyes it starts to make my skin get pretty dry after a few hours.
I think I’m right in saying it has an SPF (although a low one), which is a blessing or curse depending on what your personal preference is with sun protection in make up. But overall I think this is a brilliant foundation, and probably a good one to try out for the summer months when we all can get a bit sweaty-betty now and again. Infallible 24H-Matte costs £7.99 from Boots.
Up next is Maybelline’s Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser. Essentially a primer for the face before applying your foundation, (and a dupe for The Porefessional from Benefit so I’ve been told), this clear gel-type formula has a bit of a strange texture.
I’m not 100% convinced on the claims that it ‘erases’ pores to be honest with you, but it does create a nice smooth base to apply your foundation, and I have found that my liquid foundations tend to stay on better when applied on top of this. Baby Skin costs £7.99 from Boots.
Onto skincare now, and a cleanser which I’ve been enjoying using from The Sanctuary.
The Ultimate Cleansing Oil is so lovely to use. A couple of pumps put onto your skin while its dry and then mixed with water work to create a very light lather and leaves the face feeling silky soft. I like to use this after I’ve removed all my make up as it acts as a lovely ‘second cleanse’ to ensure any stubborn bits of mascara have gone. Just rinse with water and pat dry. Job done!
The oil does have quite a strong lavender scent however, which isn’t the worst thing in the world, but worth bearing in mind if you’re not partial to heavily scented face products. Or lavender.
The Ultimate Cleansing Oil is available from Boots and costs £12.00.
Two more skin and body care products which made it into my favourites are cute miniatures by No.7 and were very kindly gifted to me by my best friend. (Thank you Heidi!)
The first is Beautiful Skin Perfecting Body Polish which I’ve been absolutely loving using in the shower a couple of times a week. I find a lot of body exfoliators’ can be a little too rough and abrasive on the skin sometimes which is OK when you want it to be like that, but not particularly ideal for weekly use. This polish has the most finely-milled beads blended into the lotion which makes it far nicer to apply on your skin. At the same time though, it still exfoliates very well, so it’s a win-win all round!
The next No.7 favourite of mine is Youthful Eye Serum. I’m so slack with eye creams a lot of the time, but now that I’m rapidly approaching my thirties and starting to notice more and more creases and lines around the eyes I think it’s probably high-time I started looking after my skin a bit more.
This is a lovely eye cream and does just what you want it to do; provide moisture and comfort along with anti-ageing properties to the skin around the eyes. It’s incredibly light to apply and a little goes a long way.
The exfoliator costs £10.50 and the eye serum is £19.50, both available exclusively from Boots.
The last skincare item I’ve been loving was another freebie of sorts (it comes with Marie Claire this month), and it’s the St Tropez Everyday Tinted Body Lotion.
I used this the night before a wedding I was going to, as I wanted to look a little better than the shade of pasty-ness I currently was. It is a pretty thick texture and quite dark in colour once first applied, but as with all fake tans, don’t let that put you off. Once hands are washed well after application (or a mitt is used in the first instance), then you just sit back and wait for the lotion to work its magic. I found that the colour had deepened a little over night which I was chuffed about, and the shade itself is a beautiful golden tone; nothing too orange or mahogany.
It costs £15.00 for 200ml and is available from Boots.
Last but by no means least for this favourites post, I couldn’t help but share a few little stationary buys which I bought a few weeks ago and am in love with.
I can’t beat a pretty notebook, and as soon as I saw this set I knew I had to have it…
Both books are with plain paper as opposed to lined, and the pens are just standard blue biros’ which are nothing exactly exciting I know, but it’s something which I just love collecting and starting a nice little stationary stash. And can we just admire the beautiful gold?? (I definitely have a thing for gold too in case you hadn’t noticed!).
The books are pens were from the Card Factory and cost less than £5.00 for everything. Bargain.
So that’s it for my first ever monthly favourites! I really hope you enjoyed reading this post, and let me know in the comments if any of these items have made it into your faves before too; would love to hear from you!