My Monthly Favourites! July 2016

My Monthly Favourites! July 2016

Is it still acceptable to say pinch punch at the end of the day?! Well another month is over and I’ve got a few products to talk about which I enjoyed using throughout July, and have made it into my monthly favourites.

There’s a good mix of make up and skin care products here, and they’re all from the high street so are easily available to pick up from Boots, Superdrug and even most supermarkets.

my monthly favourites! july 2016 by ellemma

First up is something which probably isn’t much of a surprise to anyone who used to read my old blog, because I pretty much raved about it all the time. It’s the Micellar Cleansing Water from Garnier which I absolutely LOVE for removing make up and giving my face a ‘first’ cleanse.

garnier micellar cleansing water review by ellemma

I’ve been buying this stuff since it was first released a few years ago, and have never been without a bottle. I usually get the pink-capped one which is the original, but I thought I’d try out the one targeted towards combination/sensitive skin for a change because my skin hasn’t been in the best of conditions lately.

The water is just amazing for removing all traces of make up quickly and gently with just one or two soaked cotton wool pads. It’s never broken me out in spots or caused irritation, is suitable for eyes and lips, and it lasts ages. Definitely going to be in my favourites for a long time to come yet I think.

It’s usually £4.99 for 400ml but is always on offer at somewhere or other, so definitely worth shopping around. (Currently on at Boots for £3.00 here.)

Sticking with skin care, another product which made it into my favourites is something that I only bought a couple of weeks ago, but I’ve been really enjoying using it and again, it’s a fab bargain.

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It’s the Superdrug Vitamin E Gentle Oatmeal Exfoliator and I’ve been loving using this in the shower about once a week to give my face a good exfoliation. Some scrubs I’ve used in the past have been so rough it’s felt like I’ve scrubbed away half my face after using them, but this one is far more gentle (as the name suggests), thanks to the formulation of oatmeal and multivitamins.

I’m really liking this a lot, and a tiny amount goes a long way which is brilliant. It only costs £2.99 for 100ml and is available exclusively at Superdrug here.

Two more products for the skin, or specifically hands, which made it into my favourites last month are the Almond Hand and Nail Cream, and Cuticle Oil from The Body Shop.

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The cream smells beautiful, and as you would expect from The Body Shop, is packed full of natural and fair trade ingredients which work to create a gorgeous consistency.

It is very light and easily absorbed into the skin, and the tube packaging makes it really handy for popping into your bag. This has left my hands feeling super-soft recently, and is well deserved of a place in last month’s favourites.

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The cuticle oil pen is a clever little product. You know the concealers which have a twist-cap at the bottom so you can get out the right amount of product? Well this does exactly the same thing, with a little brush at the top so that you can literally ‘paint’ the oil onto each of your cuticles.

I also tend to rub any excess into the nail and surrounding skin too. It’s incredibly nourishing, and my nails have definitely felt less brittle since using this on a regular basis.

The hand cream is £5.00 for 30 ml and the cuticle oil is £7.50, available here.

Now onto the first make up favourite of the post, and this one is something which I always knew I would like, even before using it. It’s the Gimme Brow Volumizing Hair Gel from Benefit, and my very cute little miniature version was a free gift with last month’s Glamour. (Sidenote: don’t Glamour just do the best freebies?!)

Benefit are a brand which I’ve always loved. I think their quality is well matched to their gorgeous packaging and quirky product names and puns. Their new brow range which contains something like nine, (I may be wrong; it might be even more), products entirely devoted to the brows is something pretty amazing, and I’d heard so many good things about Gimme Brow from other bloggers and You Tubers.

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I love this so much! The little brush is absolutely perfect for combing through the brows, and the medium, ashy-toned brown gel blends into the hairs perfectly. The formula is so good as it’s able to keep the brows in place while sort of plumping them up at the same time; think of a volumizing hairspray, but for your brows. I couldn’t be without this now, and although it’s a little on the pricey side at £18.50, I think it’s worth every penny.

Last but by no means least, are a collection of make up products which I honestly haven’t stopped using for the past month, and which I think are the definition of monthly favourites based on usage alone. I won’t go on about them too much, as my last post was all about them, but I will just say that they are the Sculpting Palette and Lasting Finish Lipsticks by Rimmel to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Kate Moss being with the brand. Make up goals right there! Literally, the colours in the palette are stunning and have such a gorgeous colour pay off, while the lipsticks come in six shades, three nudes and three reds, and I think there is at least one colour to suit everyone’s skin tone.

My obsession is with Muse Red, a ‘true’ blue-toned red very similar to Mac’s Ruby Woo.

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Boho Nude is definitely my favourite from the nudes, owing to the brown-tones which I tend to prefer:

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But there is also a very pretty pink-nude called Rock N Roll Nude, which would look amazing with a smokey-eye:

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If you want to read about the collection in full and see more photos, then I’ll pop a link here for you to go and check it out. Prices start from £6.49 for the lipsticks and £6.99 for the palette. There are gel nail polishes too which I’ve included in the full post, and which are also really lovely.

So that’s it for my July favourites! I hope you enjoyed reading it and found something useful in here from the reviews. Let me know if you’ve used any of these products and what your thoughts are on them; I love getting comments!

Back with a new post very soon.




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