Wednesday, August 12, 2015

July 2015 Favourites

A late appearance for July's favourites but before illness struck here is what topped the list for the month.

Palmer's Cocoa Butter Skin Therapy Oil Spray*
It's no secret that I'm more partial to the snooze button than leaping out of bed in the mornings and this leads to some speedy running around to catch my train to work. If ever there is a step to skip in my routine then it will be body lotion which isn't always ideal, especially if my legs are out for all to see.

Thankfully Palmer's new oil spray is perfect for quick application. I literally can spray this liberally like I would a body spray, sometimes giving a cursory rub in but often just leaving it to do it's work and off I go.

Whilst not greasy this is more oily as it's name would suggest but than I would have expected from this type of product. I say this as a compliment as I expected to spray and that was that. Instead I would find that my legs were suitably softened well after the working day is done.

As you can see I'm using the rosehip fragrance which was more for testing purposes expecting to not like it and concentrate on the familar Coconut one but I've rather enjoyed it's floral scent - quite unlike me!

Bumble & Bumble Surf Shampoo and Conditioner
Carrying on the theme of lazy last minute routines, since my holidays I've got into a habit of allowing my hair to dry naturally. I find when doing this, best results come from using my Bumble & Bumble Surf Shampoo and Conditioner to give me a tousled beachy look, that I can even get away with in the office. I do throw in a few spritzs of the Surf Spray too and this trio is definitely one I would always travel with for ease.

Of course as one would expect from this sort of range it can leave your hair a little dry but as a greasy haired suffer this isn't actually an issue I have a problem with. I think it's time to commit to full sizes of these beauties.

Essence get BIG! lashes triple black mascara
I picked up the get BIG! lashes mascara whilst on holiday in June and it became a firm favourite in my make up bag through July. For my make up look that month I was very much about my NYX Coral Red Lipstick and less going on in the eye area. When I say less going on, of course I don't mean in the lashes area and found that some liner and the Essence mascara created just the right look adding volume and length. I'm definitely a big fan of the Essence mascara range and will be looking at adding more to my collection. See the rest of my Essence haul here.

Elemis Pro Radiance Illuminating Flash Balm
The Pro Radiance Illuminating Flash Balm was a product I came across well before beauty blogging was a thing on Florence and Mary. I think it was on its initial release it that they gave it away as a magazine freebie and such was my love back then that I purchased in full size. As time has gone on clearly beauty blogging has taken over and other products have been introduced into my routine. The poor Pro Radiance Illuminating Flash Balm has somehow been relegated to the back of a drawer, until now.

With strobing all the rage this is the perfect moisturiser to start adding the glow. My routine has been applying the flash balm, followed by my base of choice mixed with Becca's Shimmering Skin Perfector. It can be quite a drying product so I do find it's better suited to my Summer skin, or certainly when more on the oily side but otherwise it's a lovely product to use. I also find it makes a perfect primer so I can skip that step when using.

Sleek Creme to Powder Blush, Crimson*
I'm a big fan of Sleek Blushers and am partial to a cream variety so when Sleek released their cream to powder version I was pleased to receive a couple to try. I am not afraid of a red blush and like to wear them with my red lip but I will admit to being a little apprehensive when I saw Crimson in the pan - perhaps it would be more suited to Autumn?

Casting fears aside I tried it and it was love at first sight and sat firmly in my make up bag for the longest time. As we've come to expect from Sleek these blushes are heavily pigmented that just a mere dab of colour on the cheeks is needed and easily blends without fingers making it perfect for on the go application.

Crimson adds a pinky red flush to my cheeks that makes me look wide awake even if I don't feel like and like I've spent a day in the open air. The soft texture blends into a powdery effect which when used with a brush makes for an even better appearance. They actually remind me very much of Chanel's Cream Blush range which makes them a big hit in my eye.

For only £5.99 you can't go wrong especially with its new 'sleek' (sorry, I couldn't resist!) Nars-esq packaging. Why pay more?

What has made your favourites this month?

*This post contains press samples.

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  1. Anything that smells of coconut gets my vote; but rosehip, that sounds fun! I used to be given rosehip syrup as a child and loved it so much.
    Everyone seems to love Elemis, and despite my friend who is a beauty consultant swearing by it, it just passes me by! I am still loving the Boots things you wrote about ages ago that I tried. (Thank you!)
    Don't have anything by Sleek either, but their colour pay-off seems to get the thumbs up from everyone. It's scary how strong some blush colours look in the pan but are wonderful on, isn't it?
    Hope you are feeling better??? Will need to read previous posts. You know me...catch-up Zoe!!

    1. Keep your eye as I have another couple of coconut smelling products making an appearance very soon.

      I'm the same with Elemis. Mum loves it and I think if you're a QVC watcher it's something you come across often but for me it's a nice luxury brand but there's nothing about it that makes me want to pay the price. That said obv I tried this moisturiser for free and instantly brought it so it's definitely a goodie!

      Sleek is a great brand, definitely worth having a look, and if you buy one thing make it a blusher. They're so good for the price.


  2. Sleek blushes are lovely! I only have one shade (Rose Gold) but I would love to try out more. A true red is particularly lovely during the winter for a "snow white" nice flush :) Xx

    Alexandra | Glam O’Clock

    1. I do love my snow white flush! That was my nickname when I was little due to my brunette bob!

  3. I'm currently enjoying Elemis products. I love your flamingo postcard. Sorry to hear you've been unwell.

  4. Ohh that blush looks gorgeous! <3


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