The final month of summer has now over orthough today feels like we still have plenty of warmth left. We are another month down and closer to christmas (*counts down days till Boots Christmas Gift Guide is on the shelves!)
So August is over so here we have my best and most used items of the month.
First up is the Real Techniques Duo Face Brush (reviewed HERE) I have really abused this brush this month. Even with the best (still not amazing sigh) tan Ive had in years applying bronzer is just to easy to appear ive gone heavy handed. This brush just will not let that happen. Also creates beautiful cheeks when I layer my blushes to give a little depth to the skin.
Next the Bumble and Bumble Surf Shampoo and Conditioner Duo, these just give me great hair days every time I use. I dont have to blow dry my hair for the best look. The conditioner is the perfect lightness for my fine locks, it never leaves my roots greasy or my ends weighed down. I reviewed these back in July HERE and have been using them ever since. Only niggle I have is there is no lingering sent after.
Serozinc, ow how I would of been lost without you this month. A quick spray here to tone or cool and a good spray on both my children. My son had hives randomly one evening and they disappeared within the hour after spraying this little miracle in a can. Was also great for Kara and her regular bouts of prickly heat. I also reviewed this back in July HERE.
My concealer of choice this month has been 17 Stay Time, this has done me well for actually lasting when my face is sliding off in the heat. I am finding it a little heavy around the eyes though so still looking for my HG product here! Check out my review on budget concealers HERE.
Finally Maybellines Rocket Mascara, I used during the second half of the month and have not put down! I was having real problems with mascara fallout with the heat. I had panda eyes before lunch most days. This mascara was a real investment in terms of lasting, volumizing and really defining my lashes. I also LOVE this brush, its thick and picks up the perfect amount of product so you dont wind up with clumpy eyes. I now just have to get used to waterproof Mascara!
What were your favourites for August?
Over the last 6 months I have made many changes to both my makeup bag and skincare, both of which have been improved for the better.
Bellow I’ve listed the 5 things that I feel have been real game changers in my opinion…….
First up switch out is foaming face washes. I discovered that the foaming ingredients in pretty much ALL face washes are actually a major breeding ground for bacteria. I also discovered that oil on an oily face does not equal a mega breakouts. Infact it creates a better hydrated and healthy looking face! Switch in Cleansing Balms, and with this it has made my evening cleansing routine more of a little treat, including giving myself a little face massage, very nice! My current love Balance Me Cleansing Balm.
Next up I joined this band wagon a little later than everyone else, lip crayons. Originally I was not really keen purely on the fact they looked like an item from my sons crafting box, a bar of lipstick is a lot more classic looking and alot less “ive decided to take a wax crayon to my face.” However the switch out happened as the formulas improved and the focus was shifted over to crayons making them fairly common across many high street brands trying become the next dupe of Cliniques Chubby Stick. My current favourite brand is Revlon Just Bitten Balm Stain.
Wipes, Have they ever really been good for our faces? After using a sensitive baby wipe on my face and coming out in a bumpy rash all over my cheeks I decided to stop using them on my children and find an alternative for those nights where I that shatted/possibly a little drunk to give my face a 10 step extreme cleanse down before I collapse into bed. Switch in Micellar waters….
The next item I have switched into the mix is cream blusher, really I have been using it for years on and off with Stila’s Convertible colour being my first ever purchase when I was 21! But this year cream blushers have really hit the high street and have been great for this seasons radiant look. Powder blush maybe switched out for now but I could not see this being forever. My heart is with good quality powder blush. For pink pinched cheeks I go with Topshops Cream Blusher.
Finally and permanently switched out is Facial scrubs. Im talking the grainy kind that claims to give your pores a good clear out. Well for the last umm? lets say around 16 years I have tried nearly every type on the market and nothing compares to when I finally purchased a chemical based exfoliant!!! Switch in Alpha H Liquid Gold!
What have you changed in your makeup/skincare closet this month?