August Favourites 2015

I apologise for the tardiness of this monthly favourites! At the start of September I moved house and so I was packing and unpacking boxes at a time when I would have normally been drafting this post. I’ve been in my new place a week now and finally feel settled enough to get writing again (lucky you!) So, to begin:

Sukin – Environmentally Conscious Skincare

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If you’re looking for an affordable, natural and ethical skincare brand, take a look at Australian brand Sukin. I came across this brand browsing the Holland and Barrett website which had them on a 3 for 2 offer at the time. I was intrigued by the brand image and eventually bought the Cream Cleanser, Revitalising Facial Scrub and Facial Moisturiser from lookfantastic.com, coming in at under £15 for all three. Sukin is the number one natural skincare brand in Australian pharmacies and is 100% certified carbon neutral. I really like their slogan: “Skincare that doesn’t cost the Earth.” And not only are these products eco-friendly, 100% vegan and cruelty free, they also contain only natural botanical ingredients. Just look at that long list of what’s not in their products!

On the whole I find these products pleasantly simple. The Cream Cleanser removes makeup very well and refreshes the skin, so it’s also a good one for morning use. The Facial Scrub exfoliates effectively without any of the big chunks or ‘micro beads’ we all hate. The Facial Moisturiser is very nourishing and also leaves the skin the perfect texture for makeup application. I enjoy using them all because of the natural feeling my skin is left with, and the cleanser and moisturiser have a faint chocolatey scent which I love (in my opinion – my boyfriend smelt them and thought they smelt of raspberries).

If you’re as intrigued as I was when I found this brand, take a look at their website for their full range of affordable, quality, environmentally conscious products.

Maybelline Dream Bronze BB Cream

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In a desperate bid to prolong the feeling of summer, I bought the Maybelline Dream Bronze BB Cream: £6.99 in Superdrug. I had just used up the last of my Maybelline Dream Fresh, a BB cream I had really liked on tanned glowy skin, so I decided to give this new 8 in1 formula a go. It boasts that it: illuminates, warms skintone, evens, veils imperfections, has SPF 25, hydrates, smoothes and refreshes. Though I’m certain that ‘evens’ and ‘veils imperfections’ means exactly the same thing, I do like this BB cream. It is much like its older sister Dream Fresh in its texture and coverage, but it definitely has a more bronzing effect (as you would hope). The product comes in two shades; light-medium and medium-deep, and I actually had to buy the lighter shade of the two, something I’m not used to (and also potentially an issue for anyone who is paler than me). The product’s overall finish is the beautiful, glowing, bronzed skin that you see everywhere in the height of summer, and I absolutely love it.

Clarins Beauty Flash Balm

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Along a similar theme of ‘glowiness’ my next favourite is an old one. Beauty Flash Balm is really the only ‘primer’ type of product I regularly use. I remember the first time I used it I noticed how lifted it made my skin feel almost instantly. A small amount of this spread over your skin (not rubbed in) adds a brightness to your skin and leaves a nice base for makeup. Some days if I can’t stand the idea of putting foundation or bb cream on I’ll just use BFB and a bit of concealer to wake my face up.

Gosh Velvet Touch lipsticks

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Lastly, some new favourite lipsticks. I was lucky enough to win a little Gosh lipstick bundle in one of their Instagram competitions a couple of weeks ago. Gosh lipsticks have long been on my list of lipsticks to try as I’ve heard only good things (all of which I agree with). I love the two shades I was sent; 166 Divine and 170 Night Kiss.

Here are some wobbly swatches.

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‘Divine’ is a really true Hollywood red, my favourite kind of red. Night Kiss came out a little bit lighter than I expected it to when I first saw the bullet. It’s a light plummy colour, rather than the deep vampy purple that I was expecting. That’s not to say I dislike it, it’s a beautiful shade. As for the wear, they are what I’d call semi-matte. Matte to the touch and in their pigmentation, but comfortable and moisture rich rather than drying. You get some pretty intense colour with these lipsticks, plus a beautiful creamy consistency in over 30 shades. Well worth the £6.99, and even more worth it if you wait until they are on offer in Superdrug which they are bound to be at some point in the near future.

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