July Favourites

july favourites

July favourites, including a response to some of the comments on my Best Budget Foundations video and one new product that I just don’t get. I don’t usually include dislikes in my favourites videos (mainly because they are supposed to be about things I love) but this particular product really took me by surprise.

You’ll have to click play to find out what it is – as usual all of the products are listed below the video pane. Enjoy!

BUDGET FOUNDATION VIDEO: https://youtu.be/rS7ZrOgDZmo

TILI BEAUTY BOX VIDEO (contains advertorial): https://youtu.be/0WPSFv0ff_4

This Month’s Favourites (and a Dislike!):

H&M Top: http://goo.gl/oLx7Hi

L’Oreal True Match – 23 shades: http://tidd.ly/52b55758

Effaclar Unifiant: http://tidd.ly/fe94f23a

Chanel Le Vernis

Eucerin Hyaluron Filler Eye Cream – didn’t even realise this was SPF15! http://tidd.ly/c0d7560e

Eyeko Skinny Mascara: http://tidd.ly/267ff347

Bourjois Mascara Volume Reveal: http://tidd.ly/b28f1422

Neal’s Yard Frankincense Cleanser

Dior Rouge Lipstick in Souffle Nude: http://tidd.ly/a67cc7d3

Becca Backlight Priming Filter: http://bit.ly/2a8MdoL

Origins GinZing Peel-Off Mask: http://tidd.ly/5978ce2c

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Sunday Tittle Tattle: New Shirt, Murderous Stare

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Look, I know a new shirt isn’t big news, but I have to be honest: not a lot has happened this week. That I want to write about, at any rate. The quick dip into my local H&M was a definite highlight (as was the chocolate and salted caramel milkshake from Five Guys I downed whilst perusing the aisles) and the fact that I managed to nab myself such a pleasing bargain makes this prime weekly news fodder.

New shirt alert! What’s printed with palm trees, has a soft feel and only costs £7.99? The Light Pink/Palms Jersey Top from H&M! I’m off to get another one of these first thing on Monday – I see online that they have the same cut in different prints, too, so I may have to grab a few alternatives whilst I’m at it.

Excuse my murderous stare in the photograph – this particular picture was never actually supposed to see the light of day, it was just a quick test to try out a new background. I even have one eye more shut than the other, which isn’t ideal, but it’s the only photo I have of the shirt in question and I’m writing this in bed at 11.30pm on Saturday night so there’s no way I’m dragging myself back up to take a better one!

Anyway, if you like your tops with a relaxed fit, sexy neckline (not too revealing but in no way demure) and soft feel, you can’t go too far wrong with this H&M number. Not at that price. Find it here: H&M

l'occitane 40th anniversary giveaway

In other breaking news, well done to the following FORTY people who I am pleased to announce are the winners of the l’Occitane giveaway. Please hold tight and the brand will be in touch via email to get your prize choice and postal address!

Lorah, Natasha (hollisn), Rebecca Burslam, Stephanie (stephcxh), Michelle Atkins, Katryna (katlmc), Clare (cprakel), Rebecca (@dunelm), Lottie (flareaforte), Lily (lhartdyke), SV (vannsd), Shelley (shelley.g), Jess (rbf2010), E Nicholls (enicholls73), Min (owenwall), Rachel Flounders, Anna (annahope97), Simon (si.jo.leaver), Claire (@mileshayler), Ria (riahickman), Sofi Paige, Bella (claire.jones2409), Sinead Hagen, Lu (lu82.lu), A Davison (angsplace), Tara Lynne Woolley, Jacqui Littler, Ali (@bacon), Amy (amybu), Josephine R Hetherington, Liv (vixen_25), Amanda (atghome), Nicola (nicola_dcmcg), Tiffany Ye, Stephanie (vampireblood69), Beth McLaughlin, Sarah (si2004), Zabiba (zabiba_kohli), Nikki (nicola_pile), Tamara (tamaravoituron).

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The Best Budget Foundations

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As promised, my edit of the best budget (high street/drugstore) foundations. This has been a long, long time in the making – I’ve tried some really shockingly bad face bases and some excellent ones and the four that follow are, I think, outstanding. I hope that there’s something for everyone – prices range from £7.99 to around £16 for the Effaclar BB Blur (worth every penny) but nearly all of the products I’ve featured have some sort of offer running that make them even more affordable.

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation: All Skin Types, Dewy/Fresh Finish, Medium Coverage

bourjois healthy mix serum foundation review

My absolute pick of the bunch, though Effaclar comes a very close second, the Healthy Mix Serum (£10.99 at Boots here) stands up to even the most luxurious foundations. Light, juicy, fresh, it’s non-greasy and nicely hydrating so suitable for just about every skin type. The very oily or very dry might want to prep and prime accordingly – either an oil-absorbing primer (Laura Mercier, Urban Decay) or a rich moisturiser depending on circumstances. Though I’d say that prepping the skin is important before using any base, if you have particularly oily or dry and flaky skin. (Stay tuned for a video on that very subject. I’ve been primer-testing!)

Effaclar BB Blur: Oily/Combination Skin, Flawless/Airbrushed Finish, Medium Coverage

la roche-posay effaclar bb blur review

I say “medium coverage” but that’s only because it’s the fairest way I can think of to describe the way that La Roche-Posay’s Effaclar BB Blur (on offer for £11 instead of £16 here) works. Really, in terms of pigment, coverage here is quite light, but the way that the BB magically blurs imperfections and gives this sort of miraculous airbrushed finish means that the final result is similar to one you’d get with a heavy coverage foundation. Except that the product is almost entirely weightless – a soft, fluffy mousse that just glides over the skin, smoothing over lumps and bumps and making the skin appear flawless. Watch the video to see exactly what I mean – there’s also a post with before-and-after pics here.

Max Factor Face Finity 3 in 1: All Skin Types, Velvet Finish, Full Coverage

max factor face finity foundation review

A three-in-one wonder from Max Factor that primes and conceals as well as providing a full coverage foundation. Great for oilier skin that tends to see makeup sliding off or going patchy throughout the day, but I wouldn’t rule this out at all if you’re drier – I have always found this to be quite nourishing in feel despite the velvet finish. Find it at Boots here – it’s £9.99 at the moment, £3 off.

L’Oreal Paris Infallible Matte: Oily/Combination Skin, Matte Finish, Full Coverage

l'oreal infallible matte foundation review

This is a great little find – just £7.99 at Boots here, a neat tube that’s easy to cart about and a radiant, full-coverage finish that reminds me a lot of Chanel’s Perfection Lumiere Velvet. I’ve said suitable for oily skin, but mainly because it is so good at keeping shine at bay – it’s perfectly OK on normal-dry skin too, so long as you’re adequately moisturised. Very dry, flaky skin perhaps not, but I have to say that I’ve had no problems with this around my nose or on my chin where I tend to get red and dry. Again, take a look at the video to see this being applied.

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Weekly Window Shop: Beat The Heat

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Sod’s law says it’ll be raining and miserable when this post publishes, but it’s always good to be prepared, so if you want to be cool as a cucumber next time a heatwave hits then take a look at the following bits and pieces. Floaty dresses that won’t cling to your skin and some beauty saviours that truly rescue your complexion when the temperatures soar…

miss selfridge summer dress

Let’s start with my pick of the week, shall we? Or should I say @AMR_Rach’s pick of the week, because she found it and emailed it with an “oh my GOD look at this” note attached. The Nude Bow Tie dress from Miss Selfridge – perfect in every way. Great colour, gorgeous cut and – the best part – it’s in the sale! All sizes available at time of typing. It’s down to £42.

omorovicza queen of hungary mist

A switch to beauty and Omorovicza’s Queen of Hungary Mist: my answer to virtually every situation, when the heat is on. Feeling faint? Spritz this around as though you’re some sort of Victorian lady having a “moment”. Makeup looking dry and and cakey? Mist some QoH over your face for instant dewiness. It’s a spa in a bottle – the most incredible scent and a cooling, refreshing effect on the skin. The limited edition handbag size is available this summer for £25.

hush mandalay dress

Back to dresses and a true summer staple – the Mandalay dress from Hush. I’m sure I’ve featured this before, but the swathes of fresh white cotton and pretty embroidered bodice are just to gorgeous to miss. This dress is also in the sale – £45 – at Hush.

fresh rose face mask

Fresh’s Rose Face Mask is one of the most refreshing masks I have ever tried. I’ve been using it for around six or seven months now and it’s a proper treat – I like to think of it as my “toning mask” and I tend to slather it on after cleansing and before using any sort of heavy-duty moisturising stuff. Real rose petals in a light, rose-jelly gel that doesn’t set or dry but stays cool and juicy and makes your face feel thoroughly rehydrated. This is great for hot, tired skin. Find it at Harrods – it’s £47 but you get a whopping great pot and don’t need to use too much at a time..

hm embroidered white dress

Oh I do very much like this floaty embroidered dress from H&M – how did I miss this when I popped in yesterday? I think a return visit is in order. You need to look at it on the H&M page from all angles to truly appreciate how comfy and flattering this is, it’s a true “bung it on and waft around like a celebrity who’s been on a yoga retreat” sort of affair. £39.99 online.

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Acquarella Water-based Polish.

I haven’t posted about anything nail related in so, so long now, simply because there isn’t much going on with natural nail brands! So when Acquarella launched onto Naturisimo I was very interested to see if they would hold up against already established brands such as Little Ondine, Kure Bazaar, etc.

Acquarella polish is water-based, scent free, fast drying and long lasting. The shades I’ve tried are Girly (pink), Zesty (Tomato red), French Vanilla (sheer peach) and their clear nail conditioner. I have been pleasantly surprised and the brand has proven to me that we don’t need nail polish with fumes that could knock you out to have a long lasting manicure.

Unlike conventional polish, Acquarella is free from Toluene, DBP, Formaldehyde or petrochemical solvents. They’re non-flammable and are not considered hazardous like regular polish. Their water-based formula is breathable and won’t discolour nails, and is also safe for use during pregnancy and for those with asthma. Uhm, is there anything they can’t do?

French Vanilla is a gorgeous sheer peach shade and my favourite of the bunch. Pictured above is three coats for almost opaque coverage. A perfect looking manicure lasted about 2 days, and from there minor chipping began, it was honestly nothing major but I’m a serial picker and as soon as chips begin to show my brain gleefully tells my fingers to absentmindedly pick that polish off when I’m watching TV, damn.

I was incredibly impressed with Girly and Zesty, too, both applied flawlessly and were fully opaque in one coat! Paired with the fast drying formula you can literally paint and be touch dry and ready to go in 5 minutes.

The Nail Conditioner is a clear, super glossy nail prep product that hydrates and strengthens nails. I can’t vouch for the treatment aspect as my nails are really strong and grow way too fast for my liking – it’s kind of annoying (humble brag). BUT, It sure is glossy and would be perfect for someone looking to treat their nails and keep them looking neat and shiny.
I also received the remover which I don’t really rate – it just did a poor job, so stick with the polishes and you’ll be good.

 

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