August Favourites

As if it's the end of summer... Have we even had one in the UK?! As much as I love the mulled wine, coziness, knitwear and berry lips of Autumn, it's already making me sad that it's dark by 7pm. Anyway, it's time for a look at the products that blew me away this month! Apologies if there are a few different favourites in a similar sort of category but I thought I'd stay as true to the new products I've been loving this month as possible.

Allure Magazine | £4.80

This magazine has a bit of a cult following and luckily my local W H Smith stocks it (though the first few times I tried to find it the staff either had no clue what I was on about, wouldn't help me or at one point I was shown Hello Magazine - is my accent really that Manc?!) It is an American magazine focussed on beauty, so some of the products aren't available in the UK, however I love the articles and it gives me plenty to add to the wish list! We're a few issues behind in the UK unless you subscribe or pay more online, which is a little annoying but Allure is still essential beauty blogger reading.

KIKO Rebel Romantic Perfecting Bronzer in 02 Medium-Dark | £12.90 | post

Half of my favourites could easily have been made up by products from this collection but I've limited myself to the one I used the most, which is this unusual bronzer. It contains a lilac powder, which is supposed to correct sallowness and dullness, as well as a matte bronzing shade. I mix the two together and it gives me the perfect hint of sun-kissed colour. 

MAC Mineralise Skinfinish in Global Glow | £24

Post-holiday, this golden-bronze shade is my perfect highlighter. It looks really glittery in the pan but it really doesn't reflect on the skin, instead you get a dewy glow. This is perfect for me as I tend to go fairly matte with my base, so it's nice to add a bit of radiance back into my skin.

Bobbi Brown Corrector in Dark Peach | £19

I fancied a change from my Benefit Erase Paste and the Bobbi Brown Corrector seemed perfect. I have the shade Dark Peach, which cancels out my dark circles whilst being a little brightening. When I use this I only need a light concealer on top like the Maybelline Age Rewind.

MAC Lip Pencil in Spice | £12.50

There are basically two nude lip colours I wear: mauve and dark brown. This month I finally got into using lip pencils and I've managed to cover both bases. I love the formula of MAC's lip pencils as they go on nice and creamy but they're waxy enough to make your lipstick last longer. Spice is the perfect medium-brown, warm-toned nude to go with some of my favourite shades like Taupe, Jubilee and Velvet Teddy (which you can check out in my MAC Lipstick Collection).

MAC Matte Lipstick in Mehr | £15.50 MAC Lip Pencil in Soar | £12.50

Mehr is a lipstick that's so 'me', I can't believe I didn't own it sooner! I'd obviously heard a lot of hype surrounding the Soar Lip Pencil but it wasn't until I saw a Lily Pebbles video that I discovered the two were made to go together. Mehr is a matte but the formula is gorgeously creamy. It's a sort of dusky pink lip combination with a tiny hint of plummy-ness. You can see how the two together look applied here.

Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dolce Vita | £19

From one amazing matte formula to another! A colleague who obviously knows me too well kindly gave me her Space NK NCentive that was due to expire, so I took the opportunity to finally get myself a Nars Matte Lip Pencil. Dolce Vita is the perfect 'not-too-scary' wearable bright rosy-coral-pink. It just glides on without clinging to dry patches and looks really flattering on. I wouldn't mind checking out some more shades next pay day...

Zoeva Cocoa Blend Eyeshadow Palette | £15.50

It may sound ridiculous but I didn't pick this up for a while as it felt more like an Autumn palette to me but with September round the corner and this back in stock on Beauty Bay, I just couldn't resist! I'm sure regular readers never thought they'd see a coloured eyeshadow on my blog but this palette is the perfect way to gently ease yourself out of your comfort zone. I love wearing a golden shade across the lid with a little of the pink shade in the crease. I will be posting a full review on this shortly but in the meantime I've swatched my favourite shades below.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eyeliner in Scorch | £15.50

These eyeliners from Urban Decay are probably the best coloured liner formula I've ever tried! I love wearing them on my water line as I find it looks a bit harsh to wear black underneath the eyes. Scorch is perfect for a bronze-brown neutral eye. It's a kind of warm golden-bronze shimmer.

Laura Mercier Caviar Eyeshadow Stick in Copper | £22

I've long-wanted to try a Laura Mercier Caviar Stick as, although there are many cheaper alternatives and different brands offering something similar, the shades are really unlike anything else I've come across. Copper is the most beautiful dewy golden-amber shimmer. I use it on the inner corner of my eye and it really is gorgeous. 

MAC Pro Refill Eyeshadow Pan in All That Glitters | £10

As I've mentioned, I'm building my first ever MAC Pro Palette and as my inner-corner highlight shade I've chosen the much-loved All That Glitters. It's also really lovely across the inner half of the lid and on some skin tones I think it would work really nicely as an all-over shade. It really is the kind of colour that looks different on everyone. Some people find it very golden and very peachy, but on me it's relatively neutral with a hint of pinky-golden-peach.

Soap & Glory Scrub Your Nose In It* | £9

This is an oldie but a goodie for a lot of people but this month was actually my first time trying this! It really isn't too 'scrubby'; there are very small, gentle exfoliating particles as well as AHAs in this treatment. I use it on my t-zone and it genuinely does make my large pores look considerably more refined!

I usually link back to blog posts for swatches in my favourites but seeing as most of these haven't had full reviews yet, I've swatched them below:

What do you think of my favourites? What were yours this month?


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  1. I could totally shop your lovely stash and I have already seen a few products that I need to add to my wish list. The MAC offerings look amazing (I need that Mehr Lipstick although I think it may look similar to Twig on my lips- what do you think?)... thanks for sharing...xx

    1. It is pretty similar to Twig (I do actually have some comparison swatches in my MAC lipstick collection) but pinker - I have a type when it comes to lipstick...haha xx

  2. I love MAC Mehr+ Soar combo! they look amazing!
    I love your pics, they're amazing! they motivate me to improve my photography :) xx


  3. Such a lovely selection! I have been loving some face masks and hair products from Redken and Keratase lately! Xx

    Alexandra | Glam O’Clock - Enter my Realash International Giveaway

  4. I need this palette <3 (like I dont have already 3 zoevas)

  5. You have such a lovely collection of favourites this month - I love the photos.

  6. Lovely post, Jasmine! Love reading about other people's monthly favourites. Yours are very high-end this month, I'm jealous! Mine (on my blog)... not so much ha!xx

    Laura | Lala London: Beauty & Lifestyle

  7. I need everything. Jasmine, you do bad things to my bank account, you know? x


  8. The Kiko bronzer looks gorgeous! I love the colour of Urban Decay scorch too! I really want to get a Zoeva palette but I definitely don't need one, the colours in Cocoa Blend are lovely though!

    Danielle's Beauty Blog

    1. It really is a special palette and well worth checking out! xx

  9. I adore the Zoeva Cocoa Blend Palette, so many beautiful shades!

    Lauren x

  10. Everytime I see your posts about the new KIKO range I want it even more, just can't go on until it is in my life..lol
    But some great faves there and I would love to also pick up the palette too as so many people are saying how good it is :)

    Pams Stuff and Things

  11. oh that palette is to die for :) we have a very humid summer in NYC :( last year was so much better

  12. Just burst out laughing at the Allure/Hello mixup haha! Looks like you've found some amazing products this month :)

    Claire | Stylingo.co.uk | xx

  13. The Zoeva palette is so pigmented and the colours are beautiful! I love the product names for S&G too. They're always so creative!

    Katya | The Beauty Harbour

  14. So many lovely favorites :-D I just posted my favorites as well if you would like to see what I have been loving this month :-) x

    Makeup, Beauty & Fashion

  15. KIKO seems to pull it together really well it looks like such a high end brand rather than being really affordable


    1. I agree - you'd never think the entire range was under £15 :) xx

  16. The Zoeva palette has been on my wish list since it was released, it's gorgeous!

    Sara - She Who Is Short

  17. The KIKO bronzer sounds lovely, and the MAC lipstick and pencil have been in my wishlist forever!! Great picks, I also want to try the Zoeva brushes!! xxx


  18. I just have to get my hands on that Zoeva palette, the shade selection looks amazing!

    The Late Latte

  19. Great selection of favourites. I am really interested in that palette but I'm not sure if it is available where I'm from!! :( the shades look beautiful though

    1. The Zoeva website ships to most countries I believe :) I'm also pretty sure Beauty Bay does free international delivery xx

  20. I've never brought Allure before, a lot of the magazines like Elle that I've tried haven't had much beauty content, so I might have to give that a go :)

    Velvet Blush

  21. What a great list of favourites and Mehr is super pretty on you! I just read about the Zoeva palette on Alina's blog and now I see it appearing as your favourite, I'm taking it as a sign that I must try to get my hands on it.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  22. Great picks! That Zoeva palette is just stunning - I've seen it on so many blogs recently but your swatches made me want it even more & I just tried ordering it only to find that it is sold out on Beauty Bay :-( I love the look of Mehr & am going to see if I can find it in the airport on Friday! xx


    1. Oh no! I'm sorry about that! Definitely keep an eye out xx

  23. that zoeva paletter looks gorgeous - loving the pink shade so much!! i've been meaning to pick up the soar lip liner to go with my mehr lipstick for a while too, they look like an amazing combo! xx


  24. These all look great and there are definitely some staples in here I'm thinking Mac All That Glitters and lip liner in Spice. xx


  25. I've never actually read Allure but I really need to get onto it asap. I have also been loving the Zoeva Cocoal Blend palette, it's just a total stunner of a palette x

    Beauty with charm

  26. I've really struggled with the Zoeva palettes. The matte shades are beaut, but the pigmentation of the shimmery shades are odd. When applied with a finger they are great, but with a brush they're not great.


  27. The Zoeva palette is on my list! I love MAC Mehr i have been wearing it a lot x
    Emma | Emmys Beauty Cave

  28. The Mac Mehr lipstick is soooo my color! I own zero Mac products, so awful I know, but that one seems easily worth it! :) It looks like I might have to break my Mac makeup virginity.

    Kelsey | www.abalancingpeach.com

    1. Mehr is a great first product to do that with haha xx

  29. The Zoeva palette is absolutely gorgeous oh my goodness! I've definitely been loving a red lip this month x

    Jordan | Keep Dreaming ♡

  30. This just cements my need for the Zoeva Cocoa Blend Eyeshadow Palette! It's so beautiful.

    Beauty Isles | An Island Girl's Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

  31. The Zoeva palette has some amazing shades, it's so pretty! Xx


  32. I recently see everywhere his MAC Mineralise Skinfinish in Global Glow and I'm dying to try this!


  33. Thank you for the comments! Glad you enjoyed seeing my favourites :) xx

  34. I am in love with that Dolce Vita shade! I bet it looks beautiful on you hun ^_^
    Also that stunning zoeva palette has been everywhere as of late and I am feeling so tempted by it, the shades are so so beautiful and I also love the price point of it too!
    Iqra |The Blushing Giraffe x


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