My blog is in its third month so now I feel I can do my first monthly favourites as I think I've reviewed enough products to choose from. July has been a good month for many reasons, I got my first staff nurse job secured for September when I finish university, my 4 year old son (yes I know I don't look old enough ha!) finished nursery and starts big boy school in Septemer which I'm excited about but also sad of the realisation he's growing up and he's not my baby anymore! I also won a 100 follower giveaway and won a MAC lipstick! So here's my July favourites and the products I've been loving this month...
So I think the product I've been loving the most is this Collection (Previously named Collection 2000) Lasting Perfection concealer in the shade medium. I haven't done a review about it as I'm pretty sure unless you have been living under a rock everybody in the beauty and blogging world would have at some point raved about this. I started blogging 3 months ago but actually only bought this 2 weeks ago as I was waiting until all the hype had died down, plus I still had a lot of my beloved Touche Éclat concealer left and I'm consciously trying to save money. So basically I have been using this everyday since I bought it, it's amazing for under your eyes in reducing dark lines and just generally brightening under your eyes, it doesn't leave the under eye area cakey or dry and at just £4.19 it is a beauty steal. I hope Collection never discontinue it!
I bought this Bourjois cream blusher in shade Healthy Glow 02 back in June and I have literally used it every time I have applied makeup. You can read my full review of it here. I find you can apply this with fingers and blend it in or I have been using my Real Techniques stippling brush with gives a lovely finish and I find I can blend it in much better, but be careful not to put too much on the stippling brush! I had to include this in my July favourites as it has been my only cream blush I have been reaching for throughout June and July, and still find it a gorgeous coral colour for the summer.
I absolutely love this spring water and have mentioned it a few times in the odd post I have done and again I just had to include it as last week after having two of the mini Avene bottles of this I had run out of it again so decided to buy the bigger bottle as I love it so much. Basically this product is useful for all sorts of things including to calm down skin after shaving, sunburn, to use on cuts, after tweezing, to set makeup after application to make it last longer. In fact, the one thing I do use it for mostly is not on their list ha, I use it as a sort of toner, I spray it onto a cotton wool pad and after doing my morning and evening face cleanse I apply this as a sort of cooling toner, which helps remove any makeup traces that the cleanser hasn't been able to remove. It's fabulous.
One thing I'm guilty of as a blogger is not having enough make up brushes (I actually only have four, oops!) But this Ecotools brush and the real techniques stippling brush are the two brushes I reach for every time I apply makeup, and are really my go-to brushes. I got this quite a while ago, it's a brand that's sold in Boots and is reasonably cheap. This is actually supposed to be a blusher brush but I have quite small features on my face so I find this way too big for blusher. If I used this to apply blusher I think I would end up looking very patchy and not blended. I actually use this brush to apply my finishing powder and it works great when applying either my Rimmel Stay Matte powder or my MAC Fix powder.
Ok...I have something to confess. I did a review back in June on this Bourjois foundation and lots of bloggers were raving about how brilliant it was, I went and bought it and did a full review on it which I stated lots of pros about it but also stated how I didn't like how it seemed to cling to every dry bit of my face and blemishes and make it stand out. But this month I thought I will give it another try and this time it was much better and wasn't clinging to every blemish making it look dry and flaky, no where near as bad as when I wrote that review. Both times I was putting on primer too, so all I can think of was that at the time of the review in June my skin must have been worse than now as I do have combination skin. Who knows, maybe the lovely summer weather we have been having has made my skin better? So I actually really like this foundation now and use this on a day to day basis and keep my MAC and other higher end foundations for just nights outs and more special occasions.
I'm not going to give too much away about this product as I have been using it for the last two weeks and making sure I get a good time span to be able to write a full review of it properly which I will be putting up in the next 1-2 weeks, but I just had to include it as I have noticed a big difference in my skin from using it and my pores reduced.
So there's my monthly favourites, this year is really flying by don't you think?!