Sunday, June 30, 2013

June: Beauty Favourites

So it's the last day of the month again - it's come around so quickly! But along with another month of memories, comes another monthly favourites post, which I really enjoy. Today, I've taken my camera on a little outside venture, to try and capture some of the absolutely beautiful weather we've had over the weekend! In amongst the flowers, are just a handful of my 'of-the-moment' beauty products...


Neom Candle | Restore
Everyone loves a Neom candle and I myself am no exception - they create a little atmosphere of heaven. I've treated myself to the 'Restore' home candle this month, which is a gorgeous, natural aroma of Jasmine, Ginger and Sandalwood. With a guarantee to burn for up to 50 hours, with Neom you will always find assured quality and even when the wicks haven't been lit, the delicious smell will fill the room. With this particular fragrance, classic Jasmine is combined with a zing of Ginger and a touch of mellow Sandalwood, in the endeavour to create the ultimate feel-good scent. I really do find that after burning this for 10 minutes or so, I feel more collected and rejuvenated within myself! Magic! And at the moment you can get your hands on this gorgeous home accessory for just £25, nearly half price. I find that these make wonderful presents, so if you're stuck for ideas at the moment, treat the birthday girl to a little bit of luxury - you can't go wrong. Visit the Neom website, here.


Elizabeth Arden Beauty Box
I've best known Elizabeth Arden for her 8 Hour Cream for a while now, however have never had the opportunity to try any of her make up products. That is, until Me and Mum picked this gorgeous set out in TK Maxx, at the discounted price of just £16. We thought it would be an ideal 'holiday' compact, as it contains just about everything you need to create a gorgeous look - but in miniature! Firstly, I absolutely love the 'Red Door' theme and it reminds me of the telephone boxes in London, which won me over straight away. Inside the compact, are an array of gorgeous Eye Shadows perfect for the warmer months, as well as a Blush and a powder Highlight. What I really like about this palette, is that the colours are really versatile and would suit an array of skin tones; as well as neutrals, Elizabeth Arden has included some fabulous brights which really make your eyes pop. To accentuate even more, the Eye Liner Pencil is soft and very easy to blend if you want a more dramatic, smokey look. Also, for travel size, the Mascara is really powerful and separates lashes so well - you'll never complain of clumps with this one! Finally, the two Lipsticks, Lip Liner and the Lip Gloss really complement the shadow colours and I've found them to have surprisingly great staying power. The RRP for the 'Red Door' Beauty Box is £42, however I've found it for you here for just £24.99! I've not really been able to do these products justice in this description, so I will plan to do a more detailed post, but please do take a look if you are after some show-stopping Summer colours!


Technic 'Highlights' 
I did a full review on this gorgeous beauty bargain earlier this month, which you can read here, but basically, this is an absolute dupe of Benefit's 'High Beam' liquid highlight. Just much, much cheaper. I use this nearly every day now as it gives a beautiful, lasting dewy glow which I absolutely love! I apply it to the top of my cheekbones, my brow bones and cupids bow, using my Pointed Foundation Brush from Real Techniques and can always rely on it for a stunning illuminating effect. At £1.99, I really cannot recommend this product more and it will be one of my favourite products for months to come - one of my top beauty steals of the year so far. 


NAT. Face Organic Rosehip Oil
I've been fascinated with this recent beauty craze over Rosehip Oil, so went out and bought this lovely little product from NAT. Another TK Maxx find, I picked this up for around £5, whereas it's available online here, at natskincare.com, for a more pricey $28. Bargain! Rosehip Oil is described in many places as 'natures way to achieving your most beautiful skin'. The beauty team at NAT, claim that their formula in particular helps fight fine lines, wrinkles and other signs of ageing, leaving you with a smoother, more even skin tone. It's regenerating, hydrating and healing properties have really made a positive difference to the overall appearance of my skin, which I've been really wow-ed by. Those not-so-nice imperfections which are left behind by spots and pimples, are now less noticeable - even after just 3 weeks! I would recommend you get your hands on some Rosehip Oil if you're interested in trying it. I love this particular product as it is completely organic, pure and skin friendly. Also, the easy little pump applicator is always a winner! Let me know how you get on if you do give this a go - I find it so nourishing and luxurious to apply to my skin. 


St. Tropez Bronzing Mousse
When it comes to Self Tanning, my holy grail brand is St. Tropez. I will rarely stray far when I want a flawless, natural looking Summer glow. Their Bronzing Mousse is on my favourites list this month as I still maintain it to be the best holiday-prep fake tan. I applied this the night before I went away to Tenerife for the week and it provided me with the natural colour you always want when you arrive at the beach on the first day - rather than looking like you've just flown in from England! The mousse consistency makes it so easy to apply and I use the St. Tropez Tanning Mitt to achieve that streak-free finish, which is so easily attainable with St. Tropez. With the right exfoliation and moisturising, this self tan will not become patchy and just fade out whilst your natural skin colour enhances from safe sunbathing! Or alternatively, you can build up and darken the tan so easily by reapplying. I'll always stand by this product. The 120ml can is available here, for £13.66.


Crystalline Foot Cream
There's no hiding our feet away during the Summer months and come Spring, I dedicate Sunday nights to the 'DIY Pedi'. After using the Scholl Express Pedi, which is absolutely FAB (full review coming up next month), I've been applying this delicious, rose-scented foot cream, which leaves my feet feeling incredibly soft and smooth! The hydrating formula contains nourishing minerals from the Dead Sea, which really appeals to me after visiting the renowned Salt Lake! Also, eucalyptus oil is in there too, to help alleviate tired soles and replenish vital moisture. I've never heard of Crystalline before now, but after a bit of research have really warmed to their products, which specialise in the benefits of Dead Sea minerals. Have you tried any great foot creams recently?


What are your beauty favourites this month?


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14 comments

  1. Hi there, looks like such a great collection of products - I love st tropez!
    Would you like to follow each other?
    Let me know on my blog and I’ll follow back :)
    Much love, Sarah x

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    1. Hi Sarah, thank you sweet heart! I'd love to, just left you a little comment on your lovely blog xxx

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  2. Gorgeous photos. I don't think i've tried any of your favourites but they all sound lovely! The Elizabeth Arden set looks brilliant, I swear i've seen it in my local TKMaxx too.

    Hannah x
    http://b-l-a-b.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Thank you Hannah, yes I've seen quite a few of them around so finally gave in and bought a set! It's certainly not the best miniature set out there but I think it's great quality and value for money. Plus, perfect colours for Summer!! Have you been to Morocco yet or are you off soon?? Xxx

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  3. Hey your blog is AMAZING all this beauty stuff is great LOVE IT you also take brilliant pictures i am going to follow your blog and bloglovin :)

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    1. Awh thanks Fay!! That's so lovely to hear, thanks for following! Xxx

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  4. Great pictures!
    Really like your blog,maybe we could follow each other! :)

    Only a storm in a coffee cup

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    1. Thank you Leyla, I'd love to! xxx

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    2. Hi Emily!I'm following you too now! :)

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  5. Hey, I love your blog great work ;) Please come check mine out, if you decide to follow me, leave me a comment and I’ll follow you back :) XxXx
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    1. Hi Nessie, thank you! On your blog now, really enjoying reading through some of your recent posts xxx

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  6. Oh my the High Lights looks exactly like High Beam. I had no idea. Thanks for sharing. x

    Shang J.| The Feminine Crusade

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    1. It's so similar isn't it! I had to do a double take when I first saw it on the shelf priced at £1.99! xxx

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