Showing posts with label Real Techniques. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Real Techniques. Show all posts

Thursday, 30 August 2012

August Favourites {2012}

Yet another month has quickly sailed past, and once again I gather up my monthly favourites into a bag and arrange a still life on the coffee table - after removing the toy cars and plastic dinosaurs first, of course.

Sadly, I've no time for all of the usual pomp and ceremony, so without further ado, here are my August favourites...


Hydraluron - Indeed Labs
This purchase was entirely the fault of Caroline Hirons - although in this case, blame isn't necessarily a negative thing! She blogged about it. She said we needed it. I bought it. As per usual, I will be doing a more in depth review of this as soon as I can, but so far, so good. Definitely a worthy investment.

Mandara Spa Island Paradise Intensive Body Scrub*
You all know by now that I'm an exfoliating addict - I know, I know, I sound like a broken record. This offering from Mandara Spa is a delightfully scrubby scrub, my favourite kind in fact, and has a gorgeous fresh and zesty fruit scent to it, making it particularly well suited to those mornings when you're feeling a little s l o w {that's every morning then}.


As soon as I opened this mascara, I have to admit my hopes were not high. The brush is nothing special, the formulation looked dry and clumpy, and the packaging somewhat cheap and uninviting. However, first impressions aside, I am actually enjoying using this mascara - it takes a little work to ensure there are no obvious clumps {unless that's the look you're going for}, and the formula is a lot drier than I tend to prefer, but this holds an impressive curl all day long without smudging or flaking, something that I was definitely not expecting. 

Finding out that my local Waitrose stocks Korres products was a potentially expensive discovery. Whilst buying a salad and some fruit for lunch one day, one of the infamous Korres Lip Butters just 'fell' into my basket. The Jasmine scent is incredibly delicious, and I'm in love with the gorgeous pale pink sheen this leaves on my lips. It's nourishing as well as being pretty, and although I'm not a huge fan of the packaging, I really love this product. I'm very tempted to try other 'flavours' now, but will wait until I've use this up first... probably!

Essie Nail Lacquer in Turquoise & Caicos and In Stitches
I'm slowly acquiring a new love for Essie polishes, and after blogging about and obsessively wearing the gorgeous Turquoise & Caicos last week, I promptly applied a shade passed on to me by Lydia, called In Stitches. I'd describe it as a dark dusky pink, and it applied nicely in 2 coats. The diffusion line with the bigger brush and improved formulation is definitely preferable to the older versions though.

I picked this up when my tub of Carmex ran out a couple of months ago, and promptly lost it in the depths of my handbag. I recently rediscovered it with glee, and have been enjoying using it ever since. It's essentially just Carmex, in stick form, with a tint - in this case a bright bubblegum pink - that leaves a non-sticky, moisturising sheer colour on the lips. The colour lasts longer than the 'shine', and I find this to be fairly good at keeping my lips well hydrated for at least a couple of hours after initial application.

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip Top Coat
I've wanted a decent top coat for years now, and simply never got around to investing in one - despite the significant amount of times per week that I re-paint my nails. Upon Lydia's trustworthy recommendation, I purchased the Sally Hansen Insta-Dri top coat - a quick drying polish that also increases the longevity for the majority of my nail polishes worn underneath. I won't be without this now.


Real Techniques by Samantha Chapman - Buffing Brush and Contour Brush
If you love beauty, you'll probably have heard of the Pixiwoo sisters, Sam and Nic. Their YouTube videos are incredible, and having met both of them previously I can confirm they are just as nice off screen as they appear on screen - something that clearly transmits well to their huge amount of 'followers'. Their down to earth, fun but professional approach to make up and its artistry has earned them much deserved success, and Sam recently launched her own collection of make up brushes - Real Techniques. My local Boots store stocks them, and I'd had my eye on the Buffing Brush for ages - it looked like the ideal brush for applying a light coverage, well blended foundation - and it is! Available as part of the 'Core Collection' set, it also comes with 3 other brushes, including the Contour Brush, which I have thoroughly enjoyed using for a more precise application of blusher. I can't say enough good things about these brushes, and I will definitely be saving up for some more!

Tangle Teezer - Original Black
Another product passed on to me by Lydia was the Tangle Teezer, a hair brush I have wanted to try for years. I'm sure she won't mind my saying that Lydia has thick hair, and found that this simply didn't brush through her tangles adequately. In comparison, I have fairly thin hair, just a lot of it, and have found that this de-tangles my hair gently and effectively, and seems to be much kinder to my hair than my other brushes. I've really enjoyed using this, and it's now a firm favourite - different strokes for different folks, aye {please excuse the pun, I couldn't help it}. 


The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
I know no one likes being told what to do, however... Buy this book. Stop what you're doing, right now, and buy this book. It's such an incredibly well written, emotive and powerful read and I utterly love it. I first heard about this book in a Gemsmaquillage video, and finally bought it online earlier this month from Amazon {with a handy gift voucher}. John Green possesses an enviable talent for writing, and despite being a male author, this book is narrated from the perspective of a female teenage cancer sufferer. It is not 'just' a book about cancer, or 'just' a teenage romance novel, or even 'just' another best selling book. It is so much more - I urge you to read it and fall in love with it yourself.

Disclaimer: Products denoted with a * were provided for review consideration purposes. I am not affiliated with any of the brands, people or companies mentioned. All words, opinions and photographs are 100% my own. Some links may be affiliated. 
NB: Please ignore my horrible scratched coffee table - toy cars + 2 year old boy = goodbye nice furniture!