My Monthly Favourites! June 2016

My Monthly Favourites! June 2016

How is it possible that another month has passed already? I mean seriously, there’s been days when I’ve still thought it was May recently let alone June, and all of a sudden we’re (almost) into July?!

So it’s the end of the month, Summer’s here, (although you’d be mistaken for thinking otherwise judging by the crap weather lately), and I’ve got a few bits and bobs which I thought I’d put together as a collective review and explain why they made it into my June faves.

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Some of them are old favourites (hello Bourjois Rouge Edition Lipsticks), and some are new loves such as the Kiko Nail Polish, but they have all made it into my favourites list precisely because they pretty much rock.

So without further ado, here’s a little breakdown of what I’ve picked and why, along with a link to where you can pick it up from.

Bourjous Rouge Edition Velvet Matte Lipstick and Radiance Reveal Concealer

My God I don’t even know where to start with my obsessive addiction love for these. I won’t harp on about them too much to be honest as I’ve already sung their praises in a couple of other posts which you can check out here and here if you like.

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But suffice to say, they are a liquid lipstick which dries matte, DOES NOT BUDGE FOR LOVE NOR MONEY ONCE DRIED, and are super-pigmented, yet non-drying.

The shade range is lovely and extends from nudes and pinks right through to coral-oranges and more richer, deeper, berry reds. My current favourite is Hot Pepper and I honestly couldn’t fault them. They are £8.99 available here.

Similarly, the Radiance Reveal Concealer is one which I’ve been reaching for almost every single day recently and like I’ve said in my previous post about it, it’s one of the lightest concealers I’ve ever used, yet somehow manages to pack a punch with coverage too! Would highly recommend.

L’Oreal Elnett Hairspray

An oldie but such a goody. I do flirt quite often between hairspray’s and will chop and change according to what’s currently on offer or whatever awful marketing/packaging appeals to me the most (I’m afraid I am that fickle), but the one that I come back to time and time again is L’Oreal’s Elnett.

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You know what though, there’s a good reason why it’s listed as such a holy-grail, cult classic beauty product. Because it is! Simples. The hand-bag version is £2.60 available from here.

Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation

I’d heard so many good things about this on Instagram recently from other beauty bloggers that I thought it was time to give it a try for myself. Being an oily-skinned girl I’m always on the lookout for a mattifying foundation, as I love the coverage of liquid but find that it just doesn’t work well to control shine, and on the flip-side of that, too much powder and I end up with dry cake-face.

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This foundation is a happy hybrid somewhere between the two. It reminds me very much of Maybelline’s new liquid airbrush mousse foundation, as the formula is quite thick but smooth to apply. The coverage is medium to high, and I’ve been very impressed by the shine-control for such a cheap foundation. It manages to still keep the skin looking like skin as opposed to a flat mask too which is a big bonus.

Would definitely buy again. Well done Rimmel! It costs £5.99 and can be picked up here.

Rimmel Exagerrate Auto Lip Liner in Red Diva

I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love this lip liner. I feel as though it’s my most favourite shade of red I have so far encountered, it’s so blue-toned and makes teeth look much brighter and whiter. Exagerrate is a twist up, thin and waxy crayon essentially, and is so matte it’s practically like cement when it goes on your lips.

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It’s probably one of the most perfect liners out there considering the price, but the only downside I do have to note is that it’s very drying on the lips. Except for that however, I genuinely couldn’t recommend this highly enough. It costs £3.99 and available to buy here.

Dove Derma Spa Summer Revived Body Lotion With Self-Tanners

I’m not going to talk too much about this product here because I’m thinking of doing a whole post on fake-tanning and my favourite methods etc, but for the purposes of this blog I just had to mention that I love this new and updated release from Dove.

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It’s a revised edition of their old popular gradual-tan lotion, and this one has definitely not disappointed me yet. Same principles of the old version (lotion with a hint of self-tan to develop over a period of time), and available in fair to medium and medium to dark skin tones. I think think this could definitely be a firm favourite for a loooong time yet. This costs £6.99 and can be bought here.

Kiko Power Pro Nail Lacquer

I was lucky enough to win this nail polish in an Instagram giveaway a while ago, and it’s one of those colours which I’ve been drawn to wearing so much. It’s a beautiful dusky-rose pink but in other lights there is a hint of lilac and lavender which makes it just so pretty and unique.

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The formula is so lovely and smooth to apply, and it stays glossy chip-free for a decent amount of time. It’s a universally flattering shade which I’d definitely buy again, and is a great introduction to a brand which I’d heard of in the past, but had never used anything by. Kiko are available to buy online here and the polish lacquer costs £4.90.

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So that’s it for my little round up of monthly favourites from June! I really hope you enjoyed reading the post, and if you have any comments, thoughts or questions on any of the products mentioned then please drop me a comment, I would love to hear from you!

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I’ll be back with a new post soon talking about that thing I got up to over the weekend of the 18th June. Anyone reading this who has a blog themselves may know what I’m referring to, but if you don’t then you’ll find out very soon!




  1. July 15, 2016 / 12:20 pm

    I love all your favorites! The Loreal hairspray has been a holy grail for me for years!


    • July 15, 2016 / 9:49 pm

      Thanks for your comment Jenny! Elnett really is hair styling gold isn’t it?! X

    • August 12, 2016 / 12:26 pm

      Thanks my lovely! Elnett is such a classic isn’t it! Sorry for my awful late reply x

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