July Favourites

I don’t know about you but July has really dragged for me, it seems like ages ago I was compiling my June favourites.  That’s fine with me though, the further away winter is the better.

So, without further ado, here are my monthly loves for July.  Don’t forget to leave me your own recommendations in the comments below!

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Sedona Lace Makeup Brushes
Top-Bottom: EB15 Pointed Crease; 904 Pencil Brush; 217 Synthetic Small Round Dome; 305 Eye Shading Brush; EB09 Universal Blender.

Firstly, some makeup brushes.  Sedona Lace is an American brand, but their prices are very reasonable even when converted, and they often offer discounts and/or free worldwide shipping.  These brushes were around £7 each, and are fantastic quality for the price.  I particularly like the pointed crease brush, it’s nice and soft, and blends without scratching the heck out of my eyelids. The brushes above are:  EB15 Pointed Crease; 904 Pencil Brush; 217 Synthetic Small Round Dome; 305 Eye Shading Brush; EB09 Universal Blender.

 

 

Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster

Next up, the Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster.  I reviewed this in more detail here so I won’t waffle on for too long now, but let’s just say I’m still loving it for a way to gradually tan my mush.  Another Clarins skincare product I’ve been enjoying for the past few weeks is the Extra-Comfort Toning Lotion.  I love using this each evening to remove the last traces of cleanser; the soothing aloe vera ensures it doesn’t sting like some toners can.  Although not the cheapest, it is a large bottle, and I can see it lasting a good few months.

 

Clarins Extra-Comfort Toning Lotion

 

Bourjois Color Boost

The Bourjois ColorBoost Lip Crayon in On The Beach (with SPF 15) was actually a free gift included with some other Bourjois purchases.  It isn’t a colour that I would normally choose, but I recently gave it another go because I was going to my daughter’s sports day and I couldn’t find a lip balm that contained an SPF.  I was pleasantly surprised to find that with a tan I could – just about – pull off this bright peachy colour.  I have actually purchased another shade, in a more appropriate nude colour, because I love how easily it goes on.  I didn’t find that it lasted 10 hours, but these crayons are super moisturising and just the right side of glossy, without being even remotely sticky.

 

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess

 

Finally, the gorgeous Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Eau Fraiche Skinscent. This is a limited edition perfume that is re-released every spring/summer with a different bottle.  It smells like coconuts and beaches, and I just love spritzing it from head to toe – and back again.  I have tried, and owned, many many perfumes since I was a teenager, and this wins joint first place with my other long term love; a D&G perfume that my husband surprised me with a couple of years ago.  It is really a summer scent, but I’m not sure I’ll be able to give it up come autumn.

 

Thanks for reading, and see you next month!

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To Tan or Not to Tan (the face)

I have sporadically self-tanned my body for a few years, but tanning my face is something that I have avoided.  Not because I like the two-toned look, but because I don’t like the thought of using products formulated for the body on my face.

So, when I came across this new little gem from Clarins it would be an understatement to say I was excited.  The Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster is a teeny tiny little bottle, containing little drops of liquid sunshine.  It is designed in such a way that you can push on one end, and a drop will come out of the dropper.  Simply add 1-3 drops with your usual facial moisturiser, mix in the palm  of your hand and apply to the face.  It will then work its magic on your skin to create a golden glow.  Simple pimple.

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What I love about the Golden Glow Booster, is exactly what frustrated me about the St Tropez Gradual Tan in-shower lotion; it is very subtle. I personally don’t want to go to sleep with my face one colour, and wake up quite another. That’s fine on my body – I can hide that – but my face is so… well, public.  Anyway, I have found that three days of mixing three drops in with my night cream creates the perfect colour.  Not unnaturally brown, but simply healthy looking.  My skin, although not hyper-sensitive, can react to some products.  If I overdo it with new things, or use anything too harsh, I will end up with soreness across my cheekbones, and/or bumps along my jawline.  After using the Radiance-Plus Glow Booster for a week, I have had no adverse reaction whatsoever, so I would expect that most – if not all – skin types will get on with it.  There is no smell that I could detect, so if you wanted a double dose you could apply in the morning too.

I really cannot rate this amazing stuff highly enough.  At £18 for 15ml, it is not cheap, however, a little goes a long way, and I can see it lasting well beyond the end of summer.

 

If you are a self-tanner, what do you do? Choose a darker foundation to make up the difference, or do you use body products on your face? Let me know in the comments below!

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