Thursday, 4 July 2013

June Favourites

 As always, I can't quite believe that another month has passed and it is now July! Although I've not purchased a vast amount of beauty items lately due to sticking to a rather tight budget (no more student loans, boohoo) I've managed to rally together a small group of products that I've been absolutely loving this month. A few of these are making their very first appearance on this blog, so expect some more in-depth reviews coming soon! 

Mac MSF 'light' 
Although I am and always will be a fan of rimmel's stay matte pressed powder, I'd been intrigued by mac MSF's for a while. I read quite a lot of reviews, and heard nothing but good things about this product - so of course, I had to buy it. It was pretty expensive at £22/10g of product but I really like it! Firstly, the shade is brilliant and is the best colour match powder I have in the sense that it doesn't have any orange tones in it once applied. I find it gives just a teenie bit of extra coverage, and helps achieve the 'flawless face' (if that's even possible) and leaves your skin with a healthy, glowing look rather than completely matte. If like me, you have oily/combo skin - I'd still recommend using a powder like stay matte on your tzone as this isn't a longlasting powder on oily areas. Other than that, I love it... and despite heavy usage it looks hardly touched! 

Sleek face kit 'light' 
I purchased the infamous contour kit by sleek about 2 years ago and stupidly picked up the shade medium, which was of course too dark for me - so when I saw this new face kit by sleek I again, had to buy it! I seriously have no will power. The kit includes the contour kit and then a blush too - so 3 products for less than £10. I've really enjoyed using this, I find the contour to be a great shade and again, it isn't orange. The blush is absolutely lovely and SO pigmented - use with caution if you are heavy handed! The highlight is also lovely, it's subtle but it's enough to add a slight sheen to your face. Overall, I am really loving this - plus, it's so compact which makes it great for in the makeup bag. I love multi-use products! 

MUA undress your skin primer 
Finally, I have found a drugstore/highstreet primer that works! I've been looking for something to do the job ever since I tried benefit's the pore-fessional and loved it but couldn't afford it. This little bottle is only £5 from MUA and does exactly the same job for my skin. I apply this before my foundation, concentrating on areas like my tzone and cheeks and it just gives a really nice base to apply foundation. I've noticed a difference in the staying power of my foundation, especially in the previously mentioned problematic tzone! I'm not overly keen on the packaging, the pump sometimes stops working so it needs a good shake - but I can cope with that. 

Elf studio line stipple brush
I actually forgot to mention this last month, but I have seriously been reaching for this every single day (apologies for unclean brush picture, bad blogger). I use a lot of powder products and have previously always opted for a dense, flat brush to apply my powder. However, I've noticed that using a stipple brush has a) made my powder last longer in the pan and b) given a less 'cakey/thick' appearance to my makeup. I'm officially a fan of stipple brushes and this one is just £3.50 from elf! 

Bourjois cream blush in 02 
I've tried a couple of cream blushes in the past, and never really got on with them for one reason or another. However, I absolutely love the shade of this - it's the perfect soft coral and just looks gorgeous on the skin. I've personally found that applying this with my fingers works best. I gently dab two fingers in the product and then onto my cheeks - I only use a brush if I've been a bit heavy handed and need to blend. It really is a gorgeous blush and although it's a dinky little pot for £7.99 - a little goes a long way. 

Essence eye quattro in 'to die for' 
I got this last year from my lovely friend Lauren who lives in Ireland as I can't get essence anywhere near me.  It's literally the perfect neutrals quad, and this is what I use when I'm not using my naked palettes. As you can see I've majorly used the champagne colour, it's my favourite everyday shadow and it's so pretty. The pigmentation in all the colours are fab. There's an inner corner highlight, a matte brown, a shimmer brown and a champagne - the perfect mix! 

Phew! Well done if you made it to the end of this post, a bit lengthy wasn't it? I'd love to know what your favourite product has been this month, or if you've used any of the products above. Let me know in the comments below. 



  1. I have never tried any Sleek products before but I've heard so many good things about them x

    1. I really like them for eyeshadows and blushes - fab pigmentation and lovely wearable colours! :) xo

  2. I have that Elf stipple brush, it is great and soooo cheap! x

    1. I've only recently fell in love with it, it's fab!! x

  3. Great favourites! I've been dying to try Sleek I really need to bite the bullet and do an order.


    1. Thankyou Sarah! :) I really like the brand and it's pretty affordable too, especially when you get palettes like this one and the eyeshadow palettes :) xo