Hello readers – it’s been a while. I’ve been thinking a lot about why I blog and what I want to do here (post on this to follow!) and here’s the first change; I’m going to move towards a monthly “things I love” post that goes beyond beauty reviews. This is partly because I want to share more of my best finds with you, and partly because as I don’t regularly work with brands I don’t have stacks of new products to review every month! I’d love to hear what you think of these mixed reviews.
I have also decided not to carry on with affiliate links on the blog, so you won’t see them any more. All the products below this month were bought by me with my own money.
Right, onto this month’s “things I love right now”:
Boots Botanics Hydration Burst dual action cleanser, £5.99: This has fast become my favourite evening cleanser ever, I honestly can’t believe the price point. Straight out of the tube, this is a thick gel with a very mild scent, which you massage into the face and neck. At first, it seems a bit too stiff but as you keep massaging it transforms into a silky oil that easily removes eyeliner, sunscreen and foundation. I then work a little warm water in to emulsify and remove with a few swipes of a hot flannel. This performs as well and is as pleasant to use as much more expensive gel-to-oil cleansers and the bonus of the gel-to-oil step is that it really encourages you to spend the time to work it in. It is suitable for dehydrated and sensitive skins, and leaves your face feeling refreshed but supple and soft, ready for the next step in your skincare routine. Having used this for about a month some persistent congestion on my cheeks has cleared up and my skin looks better than it has for a long time. Contains no mineral oil.
GOSH Lip Oil in Raspberry: I picked this up on a whim in Superdrug for £7.49 and it’s become a handbag staple for the summer. Containing a mixture of natural oils with a very slight tint, it gives my lips the sheen of a gloss without the stickiness and drying glosses can sometimes give you. It’s also perfect to add a bit of polish when you have light makeup on and don’t want to wear a lipstick – something I tend to wear less in warm weather – and I’ve found it very hydrating, my lips really benefit from wearing it. You need to apply quite frequently but when a product is this lovely and foolproof I really don’t mind that! GOSH don’t disclose ingredients but list this as vegan friendly and not tested on animals.
Kikki.K large “Pause” personal planner: Those of you who follow me on Instagram will have already seen this beauty; I love a chunky A5 planner to keep me organised at home and at work, and really enjoy setting out my week. I went back to paper as I find the ritual of writing really helps me remember and prioritise, funny for an iPhone and blog addict who spends her time typing! This planner was a very thoughtful birthday gift – the monochrome polka dot outside won’t date and I’ve already begun to experiment with additional inserts. Etsy is a fabulous source of planner goodies like the pink sparkly clip from RoyalPlanner also pictured, but be warned, it gets addictive!
Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet foundation, £33: I always feel a little guilty recommending something so pricy, in case people don’t like it, but I have to say I have completely fallen in love with this lightweight foundation! It describes itself as “second skin” and “smoothing” and I can confirm that it somehow hits the miracle of evening everything out without making you look and feel caked in makeup and without drying out the skin. It is “velvet matte” in finish, but doesn’t give that flat look some mattifying foundations do; in fact I feel like my skin gains some radiance from this and looks healthier. This is recommended for normal to combination skins and I wouldn’t advise it for the very dry unless you use a hefty moisturising primer, however I think anyone else could give it a go. I give it a good shake, then apply with fingers and find it easy to build up over problem areas. Plus the beautiful little bottle is so dinky and so practical! I wear shade 10, or shade 20 when I have a bit of a tan like I do now. A splurge, but definitely worth it for me.
Kate Moss for Rimmel Sculpting Kit in Coral Glow, £6.99: Now I do want to point out that I am not in on the extreme contouring/face changing trend as I just don’t have enough time, so I can’t comment on whether this is suitable for that or not! What it is, is a lovely, reasonably-priced blush/bronze/highlighter set with a silky texture and decent colour pay off. The highlight shade is also fine enough not to make you look like a robot which can be an issue with cheaper palettes. The three colours work well on my fair skin and the back has a handy diagram showing you where to use the shades to get a contour effect. There’s also a “golden bronze” colourway for darker skin tones. I like this kit as it’s simple, effective and also a great travel/holiday bag staple, as you wouldn’t need to take separate boxes. There’s no brush included but I’d prefer to have a slimmer case than the cheap brush you tend to get at this price point. Definitely worth a look.
Sainsbury’s sunnies, £8.49: I picked these up on a total whim and have worn them loads – a fun update, didn’t cost the earth so perfect for the beach/festival/days out with a sunglasses obsessed toddler.
What are you loving this June? Any suggestions on how I could improve these posts?