July Favourites 2014

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I can’t believe that July has already gone by! That means that Summer is almost over and the saddest thing about that is that I live in a country surrounded by water, yet I’ve only been swimming once ūüė¶ On a positive note, the end of the month means it’s time for a monthly favourites! I’ve gone through the things I’ve used the most and narrowed it down to those items that discovered or re-discovered this month, if that makes any sense.

e.l.f. Lipstick in Classy

This was actually one of the first lipsticks I ever owned and I’m really glad I’m using it again. I had shoved it away for the longest time because I’m always trying new lip products but I took it with me to Birmingham as I wanted an everyday lip, and I immediately remembered why I love it! Even though it’s not that long-lasting, the colour pay-off is just so pretty. The creamy texture together with the colour gives that ‘my lips but better’ look which I absolutely love, especially in Summer.

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Sanctuary Spa Deep Cleanse Facial 5 Minute Thermal Detox Mask

As you probably realized, I mentioned this product not too long ago in my Birmingham Haul. The reason I’ve included this in this monthly favourites is because I just can’t get enough of this face mask! I use it about twice a week (even three if I feel like a pick-me-up) and use it only on my problematic areas in conjunction with other face masks.

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Collection Lasting Perfection Ultimate Wear Concealer in Dark (04)

Also from my Birmingham Haul is this concealer. It’s not something I particularly love, but I have been using it all month. I like using this mostly to cover up my dark circles and any redness (mostly around my nose). This concealer just makes my dark circles disappear – I actually have¬†been using this together with¬†the Maybelline Age Rewind concealer and it’s fantastic! I don’t use this on my blemishes only because I find it darkens them rather than conceals them. This might be because the shade is slightly dark. I still have to pick up a lighter shade, but other than that it works fine.

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Primark Black Bowling Bag

I’ve been looking for an everyday bowling bag for a while now so I was so happy when I stumbled on this baby at Primark! The thing I love most about it is that it’s just the right size – I am not a very ‘big-bag’ type of person so this was just right. Even though it looks small, believe me when I tell you that I can fit a ton of stuff in there! And this is what I mean by the right size – you can fit your umbrella, purse, makeup bag and even(I must admit, not that comfortably) foolscaps. It’s great for everyday but you can also dress it up, which I love. And for just ¬£8 this bag is an absolute bargain!

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Primark Black Slip-on Shoes

I finally own a pair of slip-ons! Primark is full of these shoes so I went a bit overboard and bought 3 pairs (I know..), but in my defense they were only ¬£3! I mean, how on earth would I pass on a bargain like that?! Anyway, not only do they go great with almost anything, but they’re also super comfortable. I’ve been living in these from the moment I got them and they didn’t tire me out or irritate my feet whatsoever. Definitely one of the best purchases I made on holiday!

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And that’s all for this month’s favourites!

What are your monthly favourites? If you enjoyed this post, like it! Share your thoughts and comments below ūüôā

Until next time,

Elaine xo

 

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e.l.f. Haul

Another parcel came through the mail! After all this time ordering online, I can’t help but get excited when something arrives at my door. As you might have noticed from the post’s title, this time it’s a parcel from e.l.f. Cosmetics.¬†I love buying products from e.l.f. because they have ongoing offers at really affordable prices.

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This time round I decided to get some brushes and essentials rather than makeup itself. So let’s start off!

Total Face Brush Р£1.95

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I already have another one of these brushes so I got an extra one just so I can alternate between the two. Also, if I needed to blend some harsh lines or whatnot, I prefer using a clean face brush rather than one with product on it. This brush is from their Essential line, and at the price – it’s great. It’s quite fluffy, light and soft so I find it works best with powder and also contouring your face.

Blending Eye Brush Р£1.95

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This is also a brush that’s not new to my collection. I mainly bought it for the same reasons as the Total Face Brush¬†– and you can never have enough blending tools. This is also from the Essential¬†line and even though it may be slightly softer and fluffier, I find that it does the job.

Blending Wedges Р£1.95

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This blending wheel comes in a pack of 8 blending wedges and for just ¬£1.95, it’s a good deal. These are¬†intended to blend any harsh lines, but can also be used to stipple on your makeup such as foundation or blusher – anything that has a liquid or cream consistency. By stippling on your makeup you’ll be able to achieve a more natural, even look and whether you’re travelling, a beginner or don’t want to spend money on brushes, these are an ideal essential in your makeup bag.

Eyeliner Brush Р£1.95

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Lately, I’m really getting into using black eyeshadow as eyeliner – it’s easy and looks like you’ve put more work into it than you actually have. To apply the eyeshadow I was actually using e.l.f.’s Smudge Brush, and even though it works just fine, I wanted a flat eyeliner brush to see if it applies better. As you can see I’ve actually been using this with the colour ‘Ebony’ from Stila’s In the Light Palette.¬†You can also use this brush for cream consistencies, not just powder and is great to get that sleek line when applying your liner.

Waterproof Eyeliner Crayon in Black Р£3.95

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I originally had got this in brown and loved it, so I decided to get it in black aswell. This eyeliner crayon is from their Studio line (that’s why it’s slightly more expensive) and if it’s anything like the brown one I have, it works great. It glides on really easily and stays on for a long time without particularly smudging. The only problem I have with¬†this product (and I have the same problem with the brown one) is that the crayon itself is not very secure in its packaging. With the brown one, the crayon had even fallen out of the tube! Therefore, the product isn’t 100% steady in its tube which is a bit disappointing since it’s actually good and from their Studio line. Nonetheless, I would still recommend trying these out as the product itself is very good.

Small Precision Brush Р£3.95

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Also from the Studio line, this brush is ideal for eyeshadow application in the inner corner of the eyes. Since the bristles are short and packed together, but the handle is quite long, the brush provides good stability and densely packs the product onto the brush. It can also be used to apply concealer to blemishes.

Nail polish in Smoky Brown Р£1

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Even though this nail polish is not currently in season, I’ve been wanting a brown nail polish for ages. I’ve quite a number of e.l.f. nail polishes and they all go on quite smooth. It might two or three coats, but for just ¬£1 – so what?!

When I purchased this order, e.l.f. sent me two FREE gifts for spending over £15:

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Super Glossy Lip Shine in Pink Pop Р£1.95

I must admit – I was quite happy with this gift. Even though I’m not really a fan of lip glosses, I own another three shades and I just love them. Firstly, they’re small and squeezable so they fit right into your handbag if you’re on the go. Secondly, I find that they give just the right amount of colour to your lips – I just love them!

Mineral Eyeshadow in Temptress Р£3

This small loose pigment eyeshadow pot is from (as the name implies) the Mineral¬†line and is a beautiful matte taupe colour. It will look gorgeous when blending into the crease as it gives just the right amount of depth and definition to your eyes. You do have to be careful with loose shadows as they can create a mess, but I’m excited to try it out.

Do you have any of the products I purchased? Did you find this interesting? Like the post! Share your thoughts and comments below!

Until next time,

Elaine xo

 

 

 

Sick, Sick, Sick

So I must admit, I don’t have the strongest immune system. At all. It seems that my immune system and I are constantly not on the same page. So yes, I get sick a lot. But most of the time, it’s not ‘serious-sick’ – a cold, stomach virus, sore throat…throw a couple of infections here and there and we’re good to go.

Lately, it seems that everyone around me is¬†falling ill¬†someway or another and it was about time that I was next. So I am sick. Sick-ish. I currently have a chesty cough that sometimes gives me shortness of breath. I guess it’s not too bad and should be okay in no time. But even though I wish I could stay in bed all day and hibernate, things still have to get done.

And this is why I decided to share the ‘routine’ I follow so as to feel (and look) a bit better.

Firstly, may I say that I’m naturally lazy – so just imagine me when I’m not feeling well (I’ve realized that till now, this post is reflecting bad on me). That is why I avoid things such as washing my hair or painting my nails. However, I do feel that recovering from being sick is a process so once I start feeling a bit better, I do attempt to groom myself – it feels like you’re getting rid of the sickness.

After successfully getting out of bed, I normally start off with my skin routine. Now as you may have seen in my previous post, I don’t have a very complicated routine. However, in cases like this I just stick to a refreshing¬†cleanser such as my¬†Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash by¬†The Body Shop and finish it off with a good moisturiser such as the¬†Vitamin E Moisture Cream, also by The Body Shop. That simple.

I’ll normally put up my hair in a messy bun so it’s out of the way. If you have manageable hair and feel like being a bit fancier than a messy bun, sprinkle on some dry shampoo and a simple side braid will do the trick. Sporting a braid will make it look as if you spent more time on your hair than you actually did!

Let’s say¬†I’m feeling brave and feel like going out – I’ll need to put on some makeup because there is no way I’m walking out of the house looking like I’m promoting a new campaign for dark circles and zits. Nothing too fancy. I normally¬†apply my makeup right after moisturising¬†my face, so I’ll go ahead with my e.l.f. All Over Cover Stick¬†( I use the shade Honey). What this does is basically evens out my complexion since my skin is slightly yellow-toned and so. If you’re not applying your makeup after moisturising your face, the easiest thing to do is to use a tinted moisturiser (ideally with an SPF). This way it’s¬†moisturising and providing coverage at the same time. I personally use the All Over Cover Stick,¬†so I would need to go back in with concealer to hide my dark circles and blemishes. The concealer I’m using is the Maybelline New York Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Concealer + Treatment (wow, that’s a mouthful!). Even though this concealer is targeted for anti-aging and for dark circles, I use this for my dark circles as well as for blemishes and to cancel out any redness on my face.

Moving on to¬†setting your makeup with powder. If you’re wearing minimal or a full face of makeup, you should always set your makeup so it stays put throughout the day and so you won’t look greasy. A good drugstore powder is the Rimmel London Stay Matte Pressed Powder. Next, I like to use The Body Shop’s Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder in Medium Matte (03). This is an optional step but I like to apply bronzer as it adds a bit of warmth to your face. I then lightly¬†stipple on¬†Sleek’s Blush in Rose Gold¬†for a bit of colour on my cheeks.

A bit of eye makeup goes a long way. For a softer, more neutral look, I prefer to use brown liner over black. I personally skip this step because I feel I can get away with just mascara, but if you’re willing to go that extra step – why not?! For brown liner I normally use the e.l.f. Waterproof Eyeliner Crayon as it’s really easy to use and gives you the liberty of not being super precise. Finishing off my eye makeup, I apply the¬†Maybelline New York The Falsies Volum’ Express Mascara in Very Black. I prefer using a waterproof mascara when I’m sick because that way it won’t get all over my face if my eyes water or I accidentally rub them.

Lastly, I apply some lip balm to prevent dry lips and I’m good to go. If I’m staying inside I’ll just slap on¬†the Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm right after moisturising and that’s it. However, if I’m going out, I prefer using the Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm in Hibiscus as it gives off a splash of rosy colour.

Other things that help me when I’m feeling sick include a moisturising hand cream, a Vitamin C drink, reading (books mostly – I’m not that into magazines or catalogues) and of course – a good movie or series!

I hope you found this post interesting and not too dragging. If anyone of you reading this, happens to be sick – I wish you a speedy recovery!

If enjoyed this post? Like it! What are you up to when you get sick? Share your thoughts and comment below!

Until next time,

Elaine xo