It feels like forever since I blogged. Life has been a little manic lately, but I finally took some time out to compile my monthly favourites. I know I’m early with this post, but I figured it’s as good as the end of September now anyway, so without further ado, here’s what I’ve been loving over the last few weeks.
Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation
OK so confession time….this is my first ever purchase of Estee Lauder Double Wear…. *braces self for raised eyebrows and scorned looks*.
I don’t quite know why it’s taken me so long to try the foundation which every blogger worth her salt has bought at one point or another, but I finally bit the bullet and got it a few weeks ago…and I have been using this stuff EVERY SINGLE DAY ever since.
It’s a very thick yet blendable texture which is highly pigmented, so a little goes a really long way. The first time I tried this I put way too much on my hand, because I underestimated just how high a coverage it can achieve with barely a 5p sized-amount. I use the real techniques beauty blender and I find it’s been the best for creating a smooth base, but a brush or even fingers would work just as well.
This foundation needs minimal powder to keep it in place, and it’s so corny I’m going to cringe saying this, but it literally does stay in place all day. I can absolutely see why it’s a holy grail product for so many girls, and it is without doubt my new favourite foundation. A first-time buy, and definitely not the last.
It’s £31.00 for 30 ml, and available from all the usual department stores along with Boots.
Estee Lauder DayWear Advanced Multi-Protection Anti-Oxidant Cream
Such long names for products these days… I got this dinky little pot of moisturiser for free as part of a ‘gift with purchase’ deal when I bought the foundation, and I’ve been really liking it too.
Funnily enough I don’t like using it in the morning before foundation, as I find it’s a little too rich for my oily-prone skin, but it’s got such a beautiful consistency and I’m in love with the smell (a sort of cucumber/aloe vera combination – basically very fresh and light). It leaves my face feeling so soft and moisturised, and I especially like using this as part of my evening skin-care routine. I know I know, it’s a DAY CREAM. But sometimes, rules are made to be broken aren’t they??
It’s £42.00 (ouch) for 50 ml and again available at all usual department stores.
Revlon ColorStay Moisture Stain
Another liquid lipstick. And a red one oh what a surprise! It’s not like I have an addiction or anything….Ahem.
I heard a lot of good things about this lip stain when it came out a while ago, but I hadn’t been overly interested in trying any out, as I’m usually more into matte lips than anything with a gloss. That said, I was having a
crazy rummage browse, in TK Maxx last week and I happened to see this particular one for £3.00. So I couldn’t not get it for that price, with almost a fiver off the RRP.
It’s going to sound strange saying this, but as the name of the product suggests, this really is a moisture-rich lipstick. It actually feels very wet upon application, but not watery enough so that it slips off. If anything, there’s some sort of ingredient in there which seems to help it stick to the lips, and longevity is pretty impressive at a good five hours before I can see signs of it wearing off.
The best bit of course is the fact that unlike some other liquid lipsticks which seem to literally sap the moisture out of your lips, these do a good job at replenishing any dryness, and the shade I found, ‘New York Scene’ which is a beautiful burgundy-red, is the perfect transitional shade now that we are almost well into Autumn. I would definitely look out for more colours in this range.
The Moisture Stain range is usually £7.99 per lipstick, but TK Maxx were selling them for £3.00 as of last week at my local store, so it might be worth a look there if you like a bargain!
L.A Girl Pro Conceal H.D Concealer
Like Double Wear, this is another of those products which I have heard so much about in the blogging community, and on Instagram especially, but hadn’t bothered trying until recently. One of the reasons for me not getting it sooner is that it has to be bought on Amazon, which isn’t a big deal at all, but I tend to prefer shopping in Boots, Superdrug etc when I can.
Also like Double Wear, this concealer is very rich and heavily pigmented, so probably best left to nights out or when there’s going to be lot of photography. A tiny bit blended into the skin goes a long way, and I think the coverage and range of shades is incredible. (A tip I’ve heard on Instagram is to buy a darker shade and voila, instant cream contour for a few quid).
The prices vary a lot but start from £2.00 up to £5.00, and are available from Amazon and Beauty Bay.
Tanya Burr Cosmetics Nail Polish
Of all the products featured in this favourites list, I think I’d have to admit that this is probably my least favorite, which is a little sad and upsetting as I love Tanya Burr and all that she’s about.
There’s nothing actually wrong with the polish or colour, but it just seemed a little too wishy-washy, and not as pigmented as I had hoped. A decent two-coats could completely change the look though, so I definitely wouldn’t rule it out, and the colour itself is a very pretty shade. (Also the packaging is gorgeous).
The Tanya Burr Cosmetics range is available exclusively at Superdrug and Feel Unique, and the polish costs £4.99.
Last but by no means list, special shout out to Blogosphere magazine, which I’d heard of a while ago and finally managed to find a copy of in WH Smiths a couple of weeks ago. The latest issue is out now featuring Victoria from In the Frow, but even though this issue is an ‘older one’, the content is always relevant. Packed full of useful tips, tricks and insightful interviews and features – it’s truly the best mag out there for bloggers and I can’t wait to get my hands on the new issue.
Blogosphere costs £5.00 and is available from WH Smith.
So that’s my little round up of monthly favourites! I really hope you enjoyed reading this post. If you have tried any of the above products or if you’ve got a recommendation of something which you think I would enjoy then please drop me a comment or email; I love to hear from you!
Take care and I’ll be back soon (Won’t leave it as long this time)