Wednesday 7 September 2016

August Favourites

It's been a good while since I posted a lil round up of my monthly favourites, but August has definitely been a month of trying out new products and seeing what works for me. Oddly and out of the blue, I seem to have got my mojo back with drugstore products, so I've been using a lot of those - I didn't include any Bourjois items in this bunch of faves because I already posted about them this week, but you can bet your bottom dollar that they have been my stars of the month alongside these pals.
I've loved reaching for my custom single eye shadow palette this month, but the particular shadow to constantly catch my eye has to be 'Homecoming' by Makeup Geek, which is a gorgeous shimmery brown that is extremely pigmented and goes perfectly with my other favourite MUG shadow, Barcelona Beach (everyday crease brown come at me.) I am blown away by the quality of the shadows that you can pick up for £4.95; I need to invest in more shades because honestly, I can't see myself buying single shadows from any other company anymore.
Since Summer calls for light lip colours and sheer formulas, I've been leaning towards a lustre finish rather than matte in terms of MAC lippies, and my favourite has been Patisserie, which I've talked about before on my blog, but is the prettiest neutral pink. Although a dark lip will always be a winner for me, I do like lipsticks which, if I'm in a hurry I can apply without a mirror. This shade is one of those, the 'quick, I need to doll up my lips' shade that I turn to time and time again.
During the past few months I've heard a lot of chat about W7, a make up brand that always seems to create dupes for the high end. The retail store I've worked in for two years always has some of their products in stock, but nothing has ever grabbed me as much as this Absolute Lashes Mascara, which looks uncannily similar to 'They're Real' by Benefit. I was talking to a lady at the till, who swore that this mascara was just as good, and for £3 I decided to try it - whoa. This is a serious dupe. Don't knock it till you've tried it; W7 are a serious dark horse in this beauty business. I'm desperate to get my hands on their dupe for the Charlotte Tilbury contour kit, and if I ever see it in person I won't be able to resist picking it up.
Tame and Frame by NYX has been my everyday brow product for months now, and only in August did I finally accept that this particular brow pomade is worth a mention. The packaging doesn't thrill me, which is possibly why I haven't featured it until now, but I can't ignore how good this stuff is. If you want an easy option to fill in your brows, with a brilliant colour selection, then this will be up your alley. I've fallen in love.
Lastly, and an unusual addition to my normal beauty stash, is a hair care product. I've gone through a dry shampoo evolution over the years and remained loyal to my favourites - the early teen years were an ode to Batiste, the past couple a diary of Urban Fudge, and now I've got a bottle of Philip Kingsley 'One more day' in my sights, I'm not sure I'll look back until the next chapter of my dry shampoo life walks in. I am obsessed with the fresh (slightly perfumed) scent to this, and the clean texture of my roots afterward. The ultimate test is whether it looks like you've dumped a bottle of talc on your head, and I'm happy to report no white hair with this one. 10/10.



  1. I've just done a huge MUG eyeshadow order, seek! I'm so excited to start using them, homecoming was a colour I so nearly picked up, it's gorgeous! I am also loving the Mac Patisserie shade, I haven't seen that one in stores so will have to look out for it! xo

    Hanney |

    1. MUG eyeshadows literally can't be beaten in my opinion - Barcelona Beach and Homecoming are my faves! I love MAC Patisserie, the lustre finish is amazing :)


  2. I've wanted to try the NYX brow pomade for ages now!
    Kathy x


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