Friday, 1 September 2017

August Favourites

I am so pleased that September is here, it's the best month. It's my birthday on the 8th; Autumn begins on the 22nd; and, don't deny it, the countdown for Christmas lowkey starts now.

September has started on a high, I got my hair dyed this morning so I'm feeling fresh! I got some fabulous blogger mail, and some more amazing opportunities made their way into my inbox! I'm determined to make the blog jam packed with incredible content this month. Anyway, here's what I've had been loving through August:

The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension
I bought this to help tackle my pigmentation. I've got to say firstly that, this product definitely has cons. I can't stand the formula. It's a thick liquid with a sticky silicone like feel to it (think the consistency of Smashbox's Photo Finish Primer, without the softness). It also has a tendency to bunch up and clump together and form goopy little balls on my face, especially when product is layered on top of it.  Despite this, I am on a budget at the moment and I really wanted to inject some strong Vitamin C into my skincare routine. Horrible formula aside, this product has incredible results. Within two nightly uses, the pigmentation on my forehead had disappeared completely, and the harsher pigmentation on my cheeks is noticeably fading everyday. And for £4.60? I'm just going to shut up about the formula.

Less Is More Lavender Smooth Balm
I am not a hair care guru. In fact, hair care is probably the only aspect of my life in which I consider myself a minimalist. I've recently been loving this hair balm by Less is More. As someone with very, very thick hair, my barnet is prone to being frizzy and in a perpetual state of tangled. After I've washed my hair, I towel dry it and, if I have time, I let it partially air dry. I'll message the balm into my hair when it's more than damp, but it's not dripping. I find it makes my hair much smoother, shinier, softer to touch and tames the tangles so it's a hell of a lot easier to brush. This product still gets even better, the lavender fragrance is lovely and lingers in my hair all day, and it's 100% organic!

Laura Geller Lash Boss Mascara*
This is my current go-to mascara when I want dramatic lashes. This mascara adds a volume, curl and length - what more could you want? I love the wand, it's double sided with one side being much smaller and slimmer, so it's perfect for wiggling into the lower lashes without getting black smudges everywhere!

Dr Hauschka Sheer Lipstick
When I first received these and saw the name, I was hesitant. When it comes to my lippies, I am an opaque girl. Normally, when I think sheer, I think of a visible, sticky slick of colour on the lips. Not a flattering image. However, these sheer lipsticks are the opposite of that and I am obsessed.
Top to bottom: #01, #03
You can't tell you have lipstick on, instead these give my lips a stunning wash of colour that totally compliments the natural shade of my lips. They have a glossy finish, so the end result is really a your-lips-but-better situation. These are now, hands down, my absolute go-to lipstick for casual, everyday make up.

Nars Bord de Plage Highlighting Palette
I wanted this for so, so long and I managed to resist. I'm so glad I finally caved, this is the most gorgeous palette I own, easily. With two bronzers - Laguna (light warm bronze) and Casino (medium warm bronze) - and four highlighters: Rivage (pale champagne), Crique (pale gold), Corniche (pale pink) Galet (gold). This is definitely a must-have palette in the make up stashes of glow junkies. I love the packaging of it, too. It's got an almost tortoise shell print on it, it's definitely a stand out piece on my vanity.
Top to bottom: Rivage, Crique, Laguna, Corniche, Galet, Casino 
 The only thing I was a little disappointed in was the size of the bronzers. It's commonplace to use a bigger brush to bronze with and it's very difficult to pick up product from the small strip of bronzer, I think Nars could have made the palette a touch wider.

What were you loving last month? 

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49 comments

  1. The Ordinary looks nice and they have good prices

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  2. I am really wanting to try some of The Ordinary after the launched their foundation but I'm hearing so many mixed reviews that I think it's going to be a miss for me...

    My August favourite this year was probably my MaxFactor Creme Puff blushes!!

    Melanie-Jessica || www.melaniewithanie.com

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    1. Been wanting to try the vitamin c product you mention

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  4. The NARS palette is on my Christmas list!

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  5. The Ordinary now has stands in House of Fraser! You bet I snagged some up when they launched there!

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  6. Now I am a Leo baby, an August gal who loves to sgow off her mane I am very opposite when it comes to my hair and spend alot of time and cash on it. Hair always has to be right or I am not

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  7. Loving the sound of The Ordinary vit C suspension , I have pigmentation also, so I’m going to try this , their prices are fantastic!

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  8. I love all of these great products

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  9. I'm lazy and have hair prone to frizz so 'The less is More' Lavander Smooth Balm sounds like a dream!

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  10. You will never go wrong with Nars!

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  11. lavender Smooth balm sounds amazing - I love that scent!!

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  12. I am dying to try the lavender hair balm it's perfect for me after your great review told me so lol what a wonderful product

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  13. That palette looks nice... might have to investigate...!

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  14. I like the Dr Hauschka Sheer Lipsticks, they look great.

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  15. I keep hearing good things about The Ordinary so I really must get round to ordering!

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  16. I would love to try the lavender smooth balm.

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  17. Interesting take I love hearing good things expesh with bronzers

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  18. I've heard really good things about the Laura Geller products!

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  19. I love the ordinary! Great products :) xx

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  20. good to see your review about Laura Geller mascara - so difficult to get a good mascara, how many of us have spent a lot of money on mascaras that turn out to be duds

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  21. I like a decent mascara and this one I would consider. My hair is thick and frizzy too and I can honestly recommend Alberto Balsam Smooth and Sleek shampoo and the conditioner. Supermarkets often have it on offer for £1 a bottle and bargain shops like Home Bargains and the pound shop sell it too.My hair - and I've got bleached hair - is shiny and sleek for the first time in years. I love it

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  22. The Nars palette looks gorgeous. Really want to try the Ordinary Vitamin C. I heard that mixing it with COSRX Snail 96 can combat some of the formula issues

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  23. Norwich needs to get a NARS counter!! I'm missing out!!

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  24. I always go for opaque lipsticks too. But the sheen ones look really pretty in the swatches x

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  25. I use Vitamin E Intense Moisture Cream under my make up, it really helps to hydrate my dry skin x

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  26. Would love to try the Laura Geller Lash Boss mascara

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  27. August seems such a long while ago, this post has made me long for the summer

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  28. I love these shades. They looked good for the end of summer beginning of autumn.

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  29. Im a mixed female and my hair is wild kind of has a tina turner look when brushed out. The lavendar smooth sounds like it could help my lioness hair.

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  30. I’m also on a budget so I might give the Vit C suspension a whirl also, and the Less is More Balm, I’ve recently gone blue which involved bleaching and my hair is so dang tangled it’s unreal, takes the absolute Mick to comb through the knots.

    http://disasterdavis.co.uk/

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  31. I need to try that balm because my hair is frizzy living in a Louisiana we always have sticky weather !

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  32. Great favourites! The NARS highlighter palette looks stunning

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