Thursday, August 1, 2013

July Favourites

July was hot. The UK was hit with the longest heatwave in seven years which meant jeans and jackets were replaced with shorts and sun dresses, and SPF products became top of the skincare priority list (I hope!). My sun protection pick was the Clarins Sun Wrinkle Control Cream SPF 30, which protects against both UVA and UVB rays (something we should all be checking for in our SPF products as both contribute differently towards skin cancer, sunburn and skin aging so a sun screen that only protects from one type of ultraviolet radiation is not offering you full protection from the sun damage). This cream is quickly absorbed, non-greasy and did a fantastic job of keeping my skin moisturised and protected from even the slightest sunburn! Job done. 
I took a little five day holiday with the family this month and there were three makeup products that I used almost every night and have continued to pick up most days since I got back. Firstly, my Inglot Freedom System Palette which I reviewed in full here - a completely personalised and hand-picked palette of bronzey neutral shades and a stunning champagne highlighting colour. These eyeshadows are by far the most pigmented in my collection, the texture is perfect and the shimmer is intense, making it the perfect collection of shadows to create a bronze smokey eye. 
On the creamier side of the eyeshadow spectrum, I've also been favouring the Maybelline Colour Tattoo in On & On Bronze which I feel like I've spoken about far too much recently but it is seriously such a brilliant highstreet cream shadow. Soft and blendable with amaaazing colour payoff, I can't believe I was ever without this product in my makeup bag.
For lips, an old favourite made a welcome return - the Sleek True Colour Lipstick in Barely There - the most perfect peachy pink shade which has a creamy and moisturising texture whilst being completely opaque on the lips (see full review here). 
This month I also discovered a new favourite nail polish range on the highstreet. The Rimmel Salon Pro range has a shiny gel-like finish and lasts really well on the nails. There is a great selection of colours available - I particularly like the collection that Kate Moss has designed for the range in which all the shades are named after music genre. My favourite this month was 'Jazz Funk', which is a deep rose pink. I liked it so much that I went back and bought another three colours from the range. 
Finally, this month a hair product has made its way into my favourites. The L'Oreal Studio Matte and Messy Shine-Free Fibre Paste is great for adding texture to my hair and giving it that messy, undone look. I think this particular product from the range is actually intended for men, but it works so well in my long hair. I just rub a small amount of product between my hands and rake it through the ends of my hair before blowdrying it roughly and it adds the perfect amount of grit and texture. Take a look at the effects of the Matte and Messy range here.

Have you tried any of these products?
What is your favourite product of the month?

Holly xo


  1. I love the Maybelline Colour Tattoo in On & On Bronze, you can never talk about it too much haha.
    The L'Oreal Fibre Paste sounds really interesting!

    Hannah x

  2. I love everything on your favourites! The Rimmel nails varnishes from this rane are officially my all time favourites, the brush is so easy to work with. Now, that Clarins SPF.. I have on from La Roche Posay and I can't wear anything on top or over it because it PEELS right off! So annoying. I've been eyeing this Clarins SPF, does it do that at all? xx

    1. Hi Fernanda :) No I've never noticed the Clarins SPF to cause any peeling, it's always been a nice base for makeup on me xo

  3. I really want to try the Clarins SPF, sounds so great! Good tip about the Matt & Messy paste, I love the 'un-done' look with my hair!

    Stevie | Stevie Hearts Makeup

  4. The Maybelline Color Tattoo is something that's always going to amazing and I really want to build my own palette with inglot! xx

    Daphne | Peanut Butter and Chocolate Life | bloglovin

  5. Eeps, I've been lusting over an Inglot palette! Everyone says they are so amazing, I don't know if I'll be able to resist the temptation any longer...
    Natalie | Salt & Sail

  6. ah my boyfriend bought that loreal hair stuff and doesn't like it, never thought to try it out myself, and definitively will now thankyou!

    ordaining serendipity

  7. the inglot palette looks nice.
    xx Stephanie (

  8. I love every single thing here! Especially the Color Tattoo! And the Sleek lipstick! Great picks xx

    Justine | BRIGHTON DREAM

  9. This is inspiring, seriously. Summertime means having some more time to dedicate to beauty/fashion purchases, and putting a little more effort and thoughts on that!
    I will absolutely go for the matte and messy shine free! I was looking for something for my hair, and that looks perfect!

    1. Thanks so much Lucia, that's really sweet :) I hope you like the fibre paste! xx

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  11. I absolutely love the eyeshadow palette! Great and versatile colors :D

  12. Very tempted to buy the Bourjois healthy mix!

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