June Favourites


I must warn you; I have a lot of favourites this month and even whittling down to this meant I've had to exclude products I really like from this list! It was my birthday and I think the residual 'yay new things' mood stayed with me throughout the month so I treated myself a bit too (needless to say I will not be doing much of that during July)

Of course a fair few birthday presents have made it into this list, of the ones I feel I've had a chance to use properly. I couldn't not mention the Stila Eyes Are the Window Palette in Soul (£30, review and swatches here) as for the first half of June I barely wore anything else. It's probably my perfect everyday neutral eyeshadow palette with gorgeous packaging, buttery powders and a great balance of warm vs. cool tones and shimmers vs. mattes. A product I've used even more from my Birthday Haul is the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Mood Exposure (£28). Dear lord, I think I've found my beauty soulmate... the one I could probably give up every other blusher in favour of... I love the glitter-free 'glow from within' effect of these blusher/highlighter combining products and this shade is mauve, dusky pink and slightly plummy at the same time. Everything about this blusher is perfect for me! 

I also got a few fragrance bits for my birthday I've been loving. Firstly is the heavenly Jo Malone Candle in Sweet Almond and Macaroon (£42), which is every bit as delicious and sweet as it sounds without being sickly or overwhelming. I was also given a gorgeous Summer fruity-but-floral personal fragrance in the Jo Malone Nectarine Blossom and Honey Cologne (£42 for 30ml). The compact size means it's the one I take for trips away. I have a second favourite fragrance (excessive, I know...) which I've actually had a while but didn't have a chance to use properly before this month as I was using up some others: Diptyque Oyedo Eau de Toilette (£75 for 100ml, post here). It's just beyond gorgeous; a woody-but-fruity citrus and cedar wood combination. I melt every time I catch a waft of it! 

This month there have been two lip products I've fallen for. Firstly the Nars Audacious Lipstick in Anna* (£24, review and swatch here), which is a gorgeous mauve/dusky pink that's more than a nude but less than a bright. It has the creamiest semi-matte texture and maybe at some point I'll pick up another shade. Secondly is the Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Honey (£18) which I picked up from their store in Marylebone (FYI they also take orders so give them a call for the details). I've wanted to try these for ages and I haven't been disappointed! Honey is a gorgeous warm nude 'my lips but better' and the formula is so moisturising and comfortable.

Next up are my more drugstore picks. A new addition but already on it's way to Holy Grail Status is the Charles Worthington Volume & Bounce Texturising Spray (£6.99). I'm always paranoid that my hair looks flat when worn loose and straight but a few spritzes of this in the roots, a bit of scrunching and it has so much more body. I've had so many more compliments on my hair since using this (to be fair, one or two were once I asked if anything looks different, but the majority were un-prompted!) Again, a newer purchase is the L'Oreal False Lash Telescopic Mascara (£10.99), but with mascaras when you know, you know! I prefer a rubberised wand and favour length and definition so this is doing all the things for me and has become my go-to for the daytime. For ages I didn't pick up anything from the Limited Edition Collection but Topshop's Parma Violet Nail Polish (£6) caught my eye (see it in action here) and I've since fallen hard for it. It's literally the pastel-lilac-blue shade of Parma Violets and the brush is so easy to use and the formula doesn't go gloopy; it's nice and opaque and dries really fast.

I'm on a little bit of a skincare hype at the moment, and whilst it takes me a while to full make up my mind there are a few that already have me converted. You can read my full thoughts here and here. Firstly is the Pixi Glow Tonic (£18), which is a cult product for very good reason! It's essentially a toner/chemical exfoliant gentle enough for daily use. By removing dead skin cells it helps uncover fresh new skin. I've also found a bit of an improvement in old blemish scars. A similar favourite (also packed with these magical AHAs) is the REN Glow & Go Kit (£12), which contains the Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask and the 1 Minute Flash Rinse Facial. The mask is a fruity gel formula, which has a similar effect to the Glow Tonic but is more intense and concentrated. The Rinse is an odd, gritty toothpaste-like texture and again it gives immediate, impressive glowing results. Rounding up this category is the Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate (£36), an overnight oil treatment I've been using a couple of times a week. I genuinely did a double-take the first time I went to brush my teeth in the morning after using this and saw the results in the mirror! My skin looks and feels considerably softer, plumper, more awake and less dull.

After my birthday I finally caved into the By Terry Ombre Blackstar in Bronze Moon (£29). These are eye-wateringly expensive (though I did have discount code) and with amazing alternatives like KIKO's out there, I resisted for a very long time. Bronze Moon is a beautiful, multifaceted bronze-golden shimmer and the texture is just unreal. I've pretty much worn this everyday since I got it so at least I'm getting my money's worth! 

I'll finish up with my book favourite: Pretty Honest by Sali Hughes (from £4.99, full review here). I got it for my birthday and I'm really sad I only have a couple of chapters left as this has been such a great read! It's rare to find a beauty guide genuinely helpful for those of us already well-versed but this is, as well as being witty and more-ish. It's split into bite-sized chapters on different beauty topics and I'm already seeing the difference taking Sali's advice has made.


What do you think of my June Favourites? If you've tried any of these I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

 


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45 comments

  1. The Stila palette looks gorgeous and definitely on my wishlist! I haven't tried a nail polish from Topshop but the shade you have looks really pretty x
    Emma | Emmys Beauty Cave

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    1. The formula is so good too - I definitely want more of their polishes! xx

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  2. I have been lusting after the Stila palette as it looks so good and everyone has a good thing to say about it. Also I do love the Topshop nail polish but don't have that many in my collection but I must sort that.

    Pams Stuff and Things

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  3. Ooh I've not seen that Ren kit before, will have to pick that up to try the products :) haha don't you love it when you find a makeup soulmate?! Those products are so special. And the candle sounds delicious :)

    Kat | www.kathorrocks.com

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    1. It's a great way to give them a whirl before investing! xx

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  4. Your June favourites is basically my wishlist!! I want everything you've mentioned! I love Pixi Glow Tonic & you've reminded me how amazing Kiehl's Midnight Recovery is! xx

    Beautylymin

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  5. Great picks, the topshop nail polish looks so pretty, I'm currently loving everything lilac! :)
    Urban Obsessions // Vegan Food & Lifestyle Blog

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  6. So many gorgeous favourites! I also got the Ren mask duo to try them and while I like the Glycolactic one the ! Minute Facial didn't impressed me at all, I couldn't see much of a difference in my skin after using it. x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

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    1. Oh no! At least you got to try it out first though instead of splashing out on the full sized for it not to work out xx

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  7. I'm so jealous you've got a By Terry Ombre Blackstar Eyeshadow! These are such gorgeous picks!

    Katya | The Beauty Harbour

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  8. So many amazing products! The Hourglasse blush is so lovely, such a beautiful shade! Xx

    riitamacedo.blogspot.pt

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  9. Ohhh I always get excited to read your monthly favourites because I know my wish list will increase while my purse suffers. I really need to get my hands on the L'oreal telescopic Mascara. I have heard a lot about it and hearing now that it is good with lengthening and definition, I think it may be one for me....lovely round as always...xx

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed :D Can't recommend telescopic enough! xx

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  10. So many lovely items - I love my Hourglass Blush in Diffused Heat! Also, Jo Malone Peony and Blush Suede perfume is my favourite; I love musky scents!! x

    www.angerawrs.co.uk

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  11. My wish list constantly grows after reading your posts! :D Parma Violet is such a gorgeous shade!

    Style Sunrise☀

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  12. Wow you've got some really fab bits in this post! I'm a huge lover of PIXI Glow Tonic - it's done such amazing things for my skin! I definitely want to pick up Sali Hughes - it sounds right up my street! Lovely post x

    emily x ❤ | emilyloula

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    1. I absolutely loved Pretty Honest! xx

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  13. Wow you certainly have had a lot of favourites throughout June haha! I have just the one NARS audacious lip shade too but I love it, the formula is so long lasting!! That Charles Worthington spray has now been added to my wish list after this review, my hair is so flat in the roots so I feel you on that one girl! x

    Toni x
    clarkecouture.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Hope you love it as much as I do! xx

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  14. I want everything in this post now haha! Your monthly favourites are always so lovely! I've been eyeing the Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate for ages, but with that pricetag I'm still on the fence. However, after your recommendation I might take the plunge.... xx

    http://www.phraseologies.co.uk/

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    1. Yeah it is a bit off-putting - I had £10 of Debenhams points so put that towards it, you can also get it at Space NK if you have an NCentive on your points card you could do that too :) xx

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  15. I love Hourglass stuff! I wish I got their blush palette when it was around. Also love that Nars lipstick too x

    www.throughneweyesx.com

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    1. Me too I've ended up buying 2/3 of the shades individually! xx

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  16. I have been wanting to get the Stila Palette for a while, it looks so good! x

    www.bitchinpam.com

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  17. Stilla palette is beautiful! i have it on my wishlist ... been dying to get my hands also on anything Hourglass :) love your favorites

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  18. Great products! I have the topshop nail polish and it is perfect for summe!

    Love Jacynta xxx
    www.jacyntawalsh.com

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  19. Amazing picks for this month! The Stila palette is just breathtaking!

    Z ♥
    http://beautybyz.blogspot.se/

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  20. Wow! A lovely set of faves. I love the Fresh Lip Treatment in Honey too. xx

    Julie
    www.rainingcake.com

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  21. Ohh that blush is beauty - end of!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

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  22. SO. MANY. PRODUCTS! I need that Stila palette in my life!

    themakeupleague.blogspot.com

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  23. Ahhh so many gorgeous products ! I want to try everything from your favorites. The Stilla palette looks so gorgeous and Soul has to be my pick too ! Mood Exposure sounds so perfect for everyday too, I love mauvy neutral blushes for everyday !

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    1. I think Mood Exposure would be perfect for you in that case ;) xx

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  24. That Stila palette is gorg! I need it in my life! xo

    Lauren // The Beauty Ideal

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  25. You have sooo many products that I am just completely lusting over. You are going to be a serious enabler.

    Georgia | The Weekend Attic - Personal Style, Beauty and Lifestyle

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  26. The Pixi Glow Tonic is part of my June faves too! I need to restock on a night serum and the Kiehl's has been on my wishlist for a while now. It's so nice when a product provides instant results. I think it's time for me to give it a go :)

    Alexandra | Glam O’Clock

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    1. The Kiehl's gives such amazing overnight results even now after using it a lot I can see the amazing effects! xx

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  27. Such a great range of products, none of which I've tried! Defiantly time to make some splurges I think :)

    abbievictoriamakeup.blogspot.com

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  28. Thank you for your comments - I'm glad you all enjoyed my favourites. Hope it wasn't too overwhelming with so many this month! xx

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  29. I cannot wait to find the hourglass blushers and give them a swatch because you've totally sold them to me! And the packaging helps too haha, I'm also trying to have a less 'treat yo self' month in July - good luck! D:
    Iqra |The Blushing Giraffe x

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  30. that stila palette is just gorgeous, i'll have to pick that up sooner rather than later. i love stila's eyeshadows to death.

    brooke | brooke elise

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  31. The Stila palette is popping up in so many Favourites posts at the moment, I can see why, it's gorgeous! I love the look of the Hourglass blusher too <3 I bet it looks amazing on the skin!!

    Jess xo
    http://just-jesss.blogspot.co.uk
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    1. It's the most stunning blusher I own in the pan and on the cheeks :) xx

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  32. I am so jealous of your fab collection of products! I can't wait to get my hands on some Hourglass products.

    Loving your blog!xx

    Laura | Lala London: Beauty & Lifestyle

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  33. I really, and I mean REALLY want the Stila Eyes Are the Window palette in Soul! It's just, aaahhh, haha :D.

    I tried the Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate a couple weeks ago and wanted to love it but some of the ingredients just didn't work well with my skin as it made my cheeks look flaky and dry and everything else looked really oily when I woke up :(. Then I tried the Vitamin E overnight serum from Body Shop and fell in love so I've been using that instead :)x

    Anu | My life as Anu | bloglovin

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