June is coming to an end and I have a few favourites to share with you, beauty and otherwise, so keep reading if you want to know what I have been loving this month. Don't be confused by the picture below there are no MAC products in this post, I just thought the picture was too cute not to include.
BARRY M MATTE POLISH - £4
Firstly, and this is a complete turn around for me, I have been obsessed with matte nails, in particular the shades Vanilla and Mocha by Barry M. I know summer is about bright and vibrant nails, but there is something so casual yet polished about neutral nails.
|Photo by Lily Melrose|
Speaking of matte, the Matte Eyeshadow Palette by Too Faced is divine. I love the colour selection, it is such a good range of neutral and deep shades, everything you need for a variety of different eye looks. This palette could easily take you from day to night. Very easy to wear, you can't really go wrong with it, any combination would look beautiful.
The first Naked palette is something I have been reaching for a lot in recent days, in particular the exceptionally bright and eye-catching Half Baked shade in the centre and Smog, they are perfect for impromptu nights out and really elevates any eye look. They even look beautiful on their own. Very much in love with this palette, from the velvet packaging to the endless amount of pigmented shimmery shadows, it screams summer nights out of fun to me. I do think out of all the palettes in the Naked collection this is the most suited to those with warmer skin tones, because gold looks so lovely on tan skin. Most likely, you can get a better price if you have a look on eBay, amazon and depop.
SLEEK LPP 04 - £7
This is actually a pressed powder by Sleek which I use for bronzing and adding some definition to my face, it's quite neutral toned and obviously several shades darker than my skin tone. It has an SPF 15 and it works really well, easy to blend it doesn't look to heavy and you only need the slightest amount of product on your brush. I would say it looks to me like it has a slight, very slight, shimmer to it, which I don't mind in the summer, because it is a luminous powder. It is very pretty though, perfect for those of medium skin tones and there are four shades in total with one shown below being the darkest. Great affordable bronzing powder.
UD PERVERSION MASCARA - £19.50
Two hasty swipes of this mascara will give you really black lashes and for me the formula was quite volumising and clump-free. I think you could build it to a false lash effect, but even with one coat you get quite a difference. I always wipe off some product when I unscrew the wand, but with this mascara I only take off excess product because it is the formula that makes this mascara good as the wand, in my opinion, is quite generic.
UD SESSO LIPGLOSS - £14.50
Want plumper lips without surgery? All you need is a pretty nude gloss, simples. My favourite at the moment is Urban Decay's Naked lipgloss in Sesso which I got as part of the Naked on the Run palette (review here). It's a great formula, not sticky and just a pretty nude-pink shade that leaves your lips looking glossy and full. Lip gloss in the summer is one of my favourite things to wear.
I already have Primark eyelash curlers, but I lost my Kevyn Aucoin eyelash curlers a year ago and I came across these curlers when buying some holiday attire for Greece. I love the colour, gold eyelash curlers make me feel fancy and these do a surprisingly good job at curling my lashes. The curl holds and the spongy part in the middle has yer to come loose, it doesn't hurt my lashes or pull them out. All in all, they are comparable to my Kevyn Aucoin eyelash curlers and these are a quarter of the price.
H&M FRINGED BAG - £20
This was my go-to bag for my summer vacation, it is the perfect colour as it compliments any outfit and is large enough to carry around without feeling like your arm is going to spontaneously break away from your body. Furthermore, the fringing adds an element of fun and I love playing with the tassels when I am bored or waiting. It is big enough to fit in everything you need, I even took it to the beach and managed to cram a beach towel, sun glasses, two bottles of water, a charger, my phone and my purse. Love it. Even more importantly, it's one of those bags that even if all you need to take is your purse and phone you don't feel ridiculous because it isn't that big.
OLAY TOTAL EFFECT - £7.45
Only recently started to use this, but the formula is quite interesting. It is thicker than I prefer, but it doesn't feel greasy on the skin, it absorbs quickly and leaves your face feeling really soft and smooth, the perfect base for makeup application. It has a very clean scent that isn't overpowering which I love. This product is alleged to be a moisturiser and serum combined which explains why the texture is different, in addition it has an SPF 20 and anti-ageing properties. So far I like it, I would recommend it and just because a product is anti-ageing it doesn't mean you can't use even if you're 16.
EMPIRE TV SHOW
I started watching this show and I am already addicted, it is about a record company called Empire and the battle between three brothers (and the two youngest have such a great, sweet, adorable relationship) for the role of CEO. It has some great music and several fantastic upcoming artists, the two main characters Jamal and Hakeem (that is their character's names) are already signed to Columbia Records (who represent Beyonce). The story line is great, the singing is incredible, it is entertaining from the first second. I did find some scenes difficult to watch, but it's still a great show. Like an R&B, grittier version of Nashville. Andre (the one in the suit, far left) is ridiculously good-looking.
PARKS AND RECREATION
Another show that I have slowly become infatuated with is Parks and Rec, I have so much admiration for Amy Poehler that I am reading her book Yes, Please. She is smart, beautiful and strong, she doesn't pretend everything is perfect, she just appears quite real and honest. Her show is so funny, you would think a show about the Parks and Recreation department in a small town in Indiana would put you to sleep but it is refreshingly hilarious. I love it, and I am already about to finish season 4. April is the best. The absolute best.
Thank you so much for reading, hope you enjoyed this post and please share your favourites in the comments below. I would love to know what music you are liking and TV shows as well as your favourite beauty products. Don't forget to follow and let me know any suggestions you have for posts. Have a wonderful day and a life-changing July, summer is officially in the air. Take care.