Tuesday, 1 August 2017

JULY FAVOURITES AND FAILS


It's been a while but you know I will never leave you. It is the first day of August so being the new and improved me I am getting my July Favourites and Fails in before it is appallingly late. I actually landed from my week away in Portugal this morning and have been busy taking photos and planning lots of posts. Never mind all that, let's dive into what I have been loving and hating over the past 30 days. As always, please share your recent go-to products in the comments below as well.


Hair products are a rare topic of conversation on my blog, but the Aveda Invati Scalp Revitalizer (£45) has been doing the most for my tresses as of late. I spray it on my hair morning and night and although I can't confidently vouch for hair growth I believe it has reduced my hair loss and instantly makes my hair feel heavier, thicker and more luscious. I will be doing a more in-depth post soon, but it is already on my repurchase list. I practically worship it. I bought mine from Look Fantastic.


I am sure you've all heard about Juvia's Place already, it is now available on Beauty Bay which is brilliant. Sadly, I paid the shocking custom fees to get three palettes before they became available in the UK and as a self-proclaimed impatient asshole I can say I do not regret this decision as I had a month longer to play with them. The Mini Masquerade Palette (£28) has been the one I have been drawn to the most when I am feeling creative. It is such a stunning smorgasbord of colours. I love.


B. Blusher in Darl (£8) is still my favourite blush to use. It is just the perfect soft warm pink hue for my skin colour. I apply it quite liberally on my cheeks as it is one of those magical products that just never looks like it is too much. I also apply a dot on the centre of my forehead, nose and chin, a tip from Tata Harper, as it livens up my sleep-deprived skin the appropriate amount. Totally gorgeous blush that would suit everyone, it is also fast replacing Becca Amaretto as my favourite blush which is crazy considering how inexpensive it is in comparison. Also great news as Amaretto doesn't seem to be available anymore, if you have any blush recommendations please share.


I have yet to find a cream contour palette to tempt me. Contouring has been my constant obsession for the longest time, so although I own a hefty amount of powder contour products and palettes, both of the high end and affordable variety, I only have two cream contour products. Both are very affordable but I think the LA Girl Pro Concealers (£5) deserve their due, they are definitely worth the hype and massive exposure they get on Instagram. The shade range, the price, the pigmentation and the blendability. You get a lot of bang for your buck as I only need to draw a single thin line beneath my cheekbones to get the desired sculpted effect. I am keen to try Urban Decay's Shape Shifter palette but frankly this concealer fulfils all my needs. I have the shade Beautiful Bronze.

The last product I want to mention that I have been enjoying is the Laura Mercier Hydrating Primer* (£30). I don't rate it much as a primer as I have not noticed an effect on the lasting power of my foundation, but the overall texture and feel is pleasant for this time of year. It is so light and feels hydrating instantly without feeling heavy or greasy. Great for summer and for girls or boys with oily skin that don't like heavy moisturisers but still want to prep their skin properly. 


FAIL

The last thing left to talk about is the one product that didn't cut it for me this past month ultimately leaving me disappointed. I did have high hopes for the Beauty Bakerie Lip Whip Remover(£13). Although it does remove makeup, specifically the Beauty Bakerie Lip Whips I find it oily to the point of being greasy. It feels almost dirty to me and I itch to triple cleanse after using it. I expected a cream and not a saturated pad. It is designed specifically to remove liquid lipsticks I believe, although you can use it all over your face. I just wouldn't recommend it for anyone with oily skin. It is not a nice experience and there are many other products out there that do the same thing. An ordinary makeup wipe will do. I have tried using it all over my face and it feels horrible and doesn't do a good job so for lip use only. I don't wear liquid lipsticks often so don't think I am the right demographic for this product. If you are an avid liquid lipstick wearer you might love this, but I use it strictly for removing swatches on my arms. 


Thank you for reading my July Favourites, all affiliate links are marked with an asterisk and everything apart from the Laura Mercier Primer which I received in a goody bag and the Beauty Bakerie Lip Whip Remover which was sent by PR was purchased with my own money. I am still figuring out the best way to be completely transparent on my blog, without it being braggy or annoying so if you have any suggestions let me know. Hope you have the best month ever. I am actually working on an August Goals post now so hope you come back tomorrow for that. Take care.

What products have disappointed you lately?

Love 
Kiran

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  1. Hope you had a great holiday! That palette is stunning!

    I have a disappointing products post coming soon! xx

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    1. Thank you Siobhan, I look forward to reading it x

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  2. I am so jealous you have the Juvias Place palette already! Totally worth the customs, it is STUNNING. I seriously cannot wait to get my hands on them, and this has just encouraged me!

    Erin || MakeErinOver

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    1. I think you will really like them Erin! I really want to get my hands on the Zulu palette, hopefully it will come to Beauty Bay soon, it has the most stunning yellow which I know you would love! Thank you for reading xx

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  3. Hope you had a great holiday! I've been seeing Juvias place all over Instagram. The bright shades look amazing! Xx

    Toni | sheergloss

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    1. Thank you Toni, I agree they are stunning xx

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  4. I'm really into Aveda for hair products, their stuff is amazing x

    franklyflawless.com

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    1. I agree, I have only tried this one product so far but keen to try their anti-dandruff products too x

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  5. I hope you had a great vacation. I have the Nubian palette and I love it. I want the Masquerade palette. It looks fun. Http://www.mrsqbeauty.com

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    1. I agree, I didn't get the Nubian palette as I thought I already own those shades. Thank you for reading xxx

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  6. I've never tried Aveda's hair products, but it sounds great!

    http://www.myclusterofthoughts.com/

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    1. It is really good I have noticed such a difference in my hair xx

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  7. Great favourites ! I haven't encountered any disappointing products in a while. My recent favourite has been the NARS tinted moisturizer.

    Great post x

    www.themisslubna.com

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    1. I really want to try that but I got put off by the 'Radiance' in the name, not sure it would work for my oily skin. Thank you for reading xxx

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  8. Great favorites! I love that colorful palette!\
    - Cielo
    Mermaid in Heels

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  9. That palette is so pretty, I love the bright shades and you can create so many looks with it! x

    Yiota
    PinkDaisyLoves

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    1. Very true, thank you for reading Yiota xxx

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  10. I need that Juvia's Place palette in my life! xx

    Indie// In Search of the Holy Grail

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    1. Completely understand how you feel! Xx

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  11. Great post! I really want to try the Aveda Scalp Revitalizer now and the Laura Mercier Primer is on my list! xx

    Teodora xx
    www.girloftoday.co.uk

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  12. WOW! I love that Juvia's palette. As far as my disappointments, I was SO excited about the Butter London greenery nail polish (based off of the spring green shade as Pantone's color of the year). It was WAY too thin and streaky, and just plain bad. It even left a yellow-tinted stain on my nails!

    Hannah
    Floraful

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    1. No, that is awful! It sounds like such a lovely colour as well, what a let down. Thank you for reading Hannah xxx

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  13. I really want to try Juvias Place eyeshadows! The one you showed seems great!

    carolinasmakeuplife.blogspot.pt

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  14. Thanks for sharing these products. That palette looks amazing.

    http://www.kathrineeldridge.com

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  15. Wow, that palette is so so pretty xx

    tipscapsule.blogspot.com

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  16. Great favourites, I love the look of that palette all of the colours look gorgeous!xx

    Hannah | luxuryblush

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  17. OMG Juvia's Place eyeshadows are to die for! I would be impatient as well ahaha xx Nikita

    BLOG//Jasmine Loves

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  18. The Juvia's place palettes look so nice! I just don't know which one to try first, so I kind of put off buying them altogether :D

    Love, Charline | Charline Has a Blog

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    1. That's why I bought pretty much all of them, my honest opinion is skip out on the Magic Palette I never reach for it myself. I will have an in-depth review up soon I just need to set up my new phone so I can take fancy photos xxx

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  19. Love the sound of that Aveda Scalp Revitalizer, it definitely sounds like something I could use :D I'm also a fan of the Laura Mercier Hydrating Primer, especially in the winter time when my skin is dryer. I find that it helps prevent dry patches and cakiness with concealers!

    Jenny | Geeky Posh

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    1. Definitely, thank you for reading Jenny x

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  20. The Aveda product sounds really good because my hair falls out a lot too, but I don't want it to be thicker at the same time haha! I need to get my hands on some LA Girl concealers, what shade do you use for a contour? x

    Velvet Blush

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    1. It's Beautiful Bronze lovely, I could probably go darker for my skin though x

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  21. I do love that palette as well! I love the shades :)

    xx Alyssa // STYLE VANITY

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  22. Love the look of the palette! Such pretty colours :) x

    astoldbykirsty.co.uk

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  23. Ooh, that palette looks like a dream! It has pretty much everything. I'd love to see the other palettes you got too!

    Sam / My Beauty Cloud

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  24. The LA Girl Pro Concealers are really good, I loved using them. I also have the Laura Mercier primer and it`s quite nice, but I don`t think it`s worth the money.

    http://www.beautynerd.co.uk

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    1. I wish I had picked a better concealer shade the one I got is way to peachy for my skin tone x

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  25. That Aveda spray sounds like something I would like. I cannot wait until your full review on it!

    Jennifer
    Effortlessly Sophisticated

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    1. I am really glad I will be doing it very soon x

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  26. Loved this palette, the shades are so lovely, I would definietly enjoy wearing them.

    Nina's Style Blog

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  27. I'm so interested to try Aveda hair products this sounds really good.

    Have a lovely weekend.

    Gemma x
    www.jacquardflower.uk

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    1. I want to try more myself as well, thank you for reading Gemma. Hope you have a great week as well x

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  28. That palette looks gorgeous! I love how bright the shadows are <3 Too bad about the liquid lipstick remover x

    Laura
    Pink Frenzy

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