Tuesday, July 2, 2013

June Favourites

Another month gone already, it's actually going to be Christmas again before we know it! This month there have been some skincare, makeup and fragrance bits that I've really been loving:

Caudalie Beauty Elixir
I received this blogger's favourite in my Selfridges Summer Beauty Box last month and I can definitely see why it's on its way to cult status. I like using this as a spray-on toner after cleansing and before moisturising or during the day to freshen and add a dewy touch to my makeup. It was a total lifesaver on holiday as it's so cooling and refreshing. This peppermint-scented mist applies evenly and leaves skin feeling bright and revived and is a great pick-me-up if you're feeling unwell or hungover ha. I will definitely re-purchase this.

This hydrating serum from Indeed Labs was a Caroline Hirons-enabled purchase. The skincare guru is a massive fan of Hydraluron and since dehydrated skin is the most common skintype, I was dying to try it. So when payday rolled around I popped to Boots and picked this up without a second thought. At £25 for 30ml of product, it doesn't come cheap but it's definitely worth it. Hydraluron contains hyaluronic acid which can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water, meaning that when applied before your moisturiser, this serum helps the skin to retain moisture and over time increases the skin's elasticity and smoothness.

Mac Soft & Gentle MSF
All my makeup favourites this month are from Mac, which is unusual for me as I don't actually own a great deal of Mac products. This Mineralize Skinfinish is described by Mac as a 'gilded peach bronze' which makes it sound like a bronzer, but it's actually a stunning highlighter. I love to use this on my cheekbones, under the browbone and on my cupid's bow to add a slight golden glow. This is the perfect highlighting powder for Summer in my opinion. I know some people aren't a fan of this powder as it has a fair bit of glitter in it, so it's not the most subtle of highlighters but I personally love it. I don't find it over the top at all, it just leaves skin looking radiant and glowing.

Mac Paint Pot in Bare Study
I've really been loving cream eyeshadows this month and my most-used has been Bare Study, a beautiful creamy champagne shade which can be used as an all-over wash of colour, as a brow and inner corner highlight, as a base for powder eyeshadows, or my personal favourite - as a creamy smoky eye combined with the Maybelline Colour Tattoo in On & On Bronze. The texture is soft and buttery, making it seriously easy to blend, but you need to work quickly with these paint pots as they dry very fast and won't budge once they've dried, which is great when you're wearing them all day or night.

Mac Lipstick in Vegas Volt
I've mentioned this lipstick in a few posts recently, and my love for it is still going strong. The amplified crème formula means it's seriously pigmented whilst still being creamy and moisturising, which is the perfect combination for any lipstick if you ask me. The colour is an amped up coral which looks stunning with any skintone or hair colour and adds a gorgeous pop of colour to any makeup look.

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Skinscent
Another product that I've raved about previously, even dedicating an entire post to it in May when I first bought it. Estee Lauder's limited edition Summer fragrance is like a holiday in a bottle - with strong coconut and citrus notes, this scent can seriously transport you back to Summer holidays past. It isn't particularly long-lasting as it's only a skinscent rather than an eau de parfum, but I've been spraying this very liberally since I bought it and I've barely made a dint in the 100ml bottle so I know it will last me until Summer 2014. An instantly recognisable scent and a firm favourite for me.

I hope you've all had a fantastic June and are enjoying your Summer so far, especially to all my fellow students who definitely deserve a break after that stressful exam period!

Holly xo
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  1. the mac lipstick is pretty.
    xx Stephanie (www.stephaniesstyleblog.blogspot.com)

  2. I want to get the MAC paint pot, it looks like such a perfect multi-tasking colour.

    Colour Shimmer Sparkle
    Bree :)

  3. that lipstick looks gorgeous! i wish i could pull off corals....

  4. I've been feeling in need of a bold coral! Might swing by the MAC counter to check the lipstick out next time! xx

    Daphne | Peanut Butter and Chocolate Life

  5. I love the Bare Study Paint Pot and use it pretty much every day. I also have the On and On Bronze Colour Tattoo and find they work together well too.
    Vegas Volt looks like such a pretty lipstick!

    Hannah x

  6. The MAC lipstick looks like such a lovely colour and fab for summer :) x

  7. Ohh I just loved Mac MSF, so many uses. My friend has Vegas Volt, SO bright!!!

    Just come across your blog, love it! Followed ♥

    Stevie | Stevie Hearts Makeup

  8. I really want bare study and vegas volt looks (l)!

    check out my blog, if you have the time?

  9. Hello Holly,

    I'm taking the freedom of leaving you a comment because I'm currently working on a fashion-related dissertation for my MSc. I'm doing a survey about the perception of young women towards today's fashion luxury brands, and if you, or any of your lovely reader, could take 5 mins and complete it, it would help me a lot :)
    Here the link of my survey: https://fr.surveymonkey.com/s/2SJRFPJ
    Thank you very much!

    Lou ♥

    Ps:Love the Caudalie products! Works wonder on sensitive skins

  10. I have all three of those MAC products and love them all! The colour of the lipstick is to die for! Also love costa chic at the moment!


  11. Wonderful post again Holly! :) I'd like to give the estee lauder goddess another try! I remember looking for it for ages and when I found it I decided that I didn't like the scent haha but now that I'm thinking about it, I might will like it now. Hope you're having a wonderful day!! <3

    Andrea xx

  12. nice favs. I've been obsessed with my caudalie beauty elixir, I'm on my third bottle already! I also love vegas volt, its so perfect for summer! I also really love Revlon Coral (which is more of an orangey red) this summer too!

  13. Hello (: I just wanted to let you know that I nominated you in the Liebster Blog Awards, which is basically answering 10 questions that I have listed on one of my recent posts, and then tagging 10 people who have under 200 followers. You create your own questions for the people you have tagged.

    I love the MAC lipstick you have, I love a good shade of coral for the summer (:


  14. need to get that perfume the hype is getting to me

  15. Thank you so much for writing this post
    I was very curious...and a bit doubtful about the Caudalie Beauty Elixir
    But it sounds like it's worth the hype
    I will for sure get myself a bottle (small one to try it out first :p)

    You have a very lovely blog
    I'm following you for sure :D

    xox Love from Canada!

    1. You're more than welcome hun :) Yeah I'd definitely say it's more of a luxury than a necessity but it is a lovely refreshing product especially for hot or hungover skin :) xxx

  16. I love the Lipstick!!!


  17. you look amazing http://differentcands.blogspot.kr/2013/07/fashion-small-gathering-in-seoul.html


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