09/10/2014

Beauty | Summer Favourites





Now Autumn is well and truly underway, I thought it was time for me to share my favourites from the past few months. I'm definitely more of an Autumn/Winter lover and much prefer being snuggled up inside rather than outside soaking up the sun so I'm overjoyed that it's starting to get colder and I can wear layers again. That being said, I did discover some wonderful products in Summer so it wasn't too bad after all. Silver lining, I suppose!


Micellar Cleansing Water £4.99 - Garnier
After using make up wipes for the past few years, I thought I'd give this cleansing water a go seen as every blogger under the sun seemed to be raving about it and I wasn't disappointed. It takes off my make up with such ease and my eyes have definitely been less irritated now I'm no longer scrubbing at them with a wipe for ten minutes. Having tried cleansers before from various other brands, I always found them to stings my eyes and leave my skin feeling greasy but this is completely the opposite. It's gentle on my skin and leaves it feeling hydrated afterwards with no trace of make up left in sight. It makes taking my make up off at the end of the day that little bit less of a chore and who doesn't want that!

Eye Shadow in 'Omega' £10 - MAC Cosmetics
Originally, I bought this shade to fill in my brows but I didn't feel like it defined them enough so I put it to one side and never really reached for it again. Then about a month ago, I was looking for that perfect subtle crease shade and realised I already had it in my make up stash. It's a beautiful matte eye shadow which gives a nice definition to the eye and is super easy to blend which is great when I'm in a rush for work.

Lip Cream in 'Double Take' £8 - Topshop (No longer available)
Having not worn lipgloss for a good seven or eight years, I would say I'm, without a doubt, a lipstick girl through and through. So, as you can imagine, I was a bit disappointed when I got this freebie from Topshop several months ago but after trying it out a few times it's become one of my go to lip products. It has great colour pay off, a lovely formula that isn't too sticky and lasts a decent amount of time before I have to touch up. I wouldn't say I'm a total convert and still wear lipstick 90% of the time but this little beauty has made me want to try some more lip creams/lip lacquers. The Rimmel Apocolips are calling out to me, has anyone tried them before?





Pigment in 'Vanilla' £10 - MAC Cosmetics
I actually got this for my birthday last November from my bff Alice and have no idea why it took me so long to actually start using this. I think pigments can be a bit scary at first, especially because they seem so messy but once you get the hang of opening them without the product flying everywhere (oops), you'll wonder how you ever lived without them. They are honestly soooo beautiful and in particular, the shade Vanilla, is perfect for highlighting my brow bone and brightening up the inner corner of my eyes. This is now a must have product for when I'm going out in the evening and need that extra oomph for my eyes.

High Beam Highlighter £19.50 - Benefit Cosmetics
As you'll know if you read my previous favourites post (see here), I had been loving the Topshop Glow Stick throughout Spring but Summer saw the return of an old favourite, Benefit's High Beam. In the past month or so, I have been trying out more of a dramatic highlight look than I would usually go for and this has been the perfect tool for it. It comes with an applicator brush similar to that of a nail polish which makes it so easy to apply and you can easily go for a subtle sheen or you can build up the product for a more intense glow. I usually put a few dots along the tops of my cheekbones, along my nose and on my cupids bow and then blend out with my fingertips. So simple but SO effective.

Cream Blush in 'Neon Rose' £7 - Topshop (No longer available, similar here)
This is the first cream blush I ever purchased so it will probably always hold a special place in my heart but for good reason. I know the shade looks ridiculously bright in the packaging, but a little goes a long way and this can be used for a subtle flush of the cheeks or a brighter look when you're feeling more confident. It's a dream to apply and blends in seamlessly with my skin using only my fingertips. It's perfect for on the go as you don't need a brush and it comes with a mirror, what more could you want!
Although this is technically no longer available, I suspect they just updated the packaging and changed the name to 'Flush' as it looks identical to this shade on the website but don't kill me if I'm wrong!

So those are the products I've been loving this summer. Are you guys sad to see the summer go or looking forward to cosy nights in? Other non beauty favourites are Downton Abbey (I'm on series three), The Office US (I'm on series five) and I've also been loving belting out the song Changing by Sigma and Paloma Faith. What TV/Music have you been enjoying?




2 comments :

  1. Proud of you for finally writing this up :') And it's honestly so beautifully written, I'm going to throw you a party! ...one more compliment to complete the trio - these photos are edited incredibly. Lots of love xoxo

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    1. Still waiting for this party... haha thank you though! Glad I finally published it xoxo

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