Sunday, 12 October 2014

Twice Haul

Hey guys! Today I am here with another haul post, containing some very exciting things, all from Twice. If you had never heard of Twice before, they are an American company which sell second-hand, and sometimes new, clothing and handbags! Now when I said second-hand your mind may think of old clothes, that nobody would want, however Twice only sell like-new products from recent collections. The brands that they sell include Kate Spade, J.Crew, Ralph Lauren and much more, the only difference is that they cost a fraction of their original RRP!

Even though Twice are an American brand they actually post internationally to the UK, Canada and Australia (also I checked, you don't have to pay tax and duty)! Ontop of this, you can also sell any of your unwanted clothes and handbags to them, helping you earn some money. Sadly this option is currently only available for those living in America, but hopefully they change that in the future!

I must admit, when I saw that they saw that they sell a lot of high-end brands, I was a little hesitant about whether or not the products, bags especially, were genuine or not! After having a little look around the Q&A section, I read that they check all of their products for authenticity, so I guess that clears that one up.

Now that I have got that little explanation done, onto what I bought from Twice when I was given some money to spend! I honestly spent hours searching through everything on the website, trying to find my few favourite things (which was so hard, especially since there seemed to be loads of new products coming onto the site every hour), however I eventually narrowed it down to five things!

Their handbag section is actually quite new to the site, so I obviously had to get something from there, or should I say two somethings! The first one that I ended up going for was the gorgeous Kate Spade Palm Springs Maggie Satchel* in Pebble, which cost $114.95/£71.52 (RRP of $398/£247.63). I spotted this beautiful light, blush pink leather bag and had to buy it! It has so much room inside, plus it is actually my first designer handbag which is exciting. This was brand new with its original Kate Spade tag and dust bag, and even though it had a couple of little marks on the back (which I've managed to wipe off), it is seriously amazing value for money considering the original cost!

The other bag oriented thing that I got was again from Kate Spade, this time it was the Kate Spade Spotted Neda Purse* for $49.95/£31.08 (RRP of $198/£123.19)! I have wanted a Kate Spade purse for absolutely ages, so when I saw this I knew that I would be buying it, especially since it has spots on which is probably my favourite print. The lining of this is lovely, and also fits so much in it!

Strangely I don't own a single pair of black jeans, so I thought that it would be a good idea to get some, especially since monochrome seems to popular for autumn and winter this year! With that in mind I decided to go for a pair of American Eagle Black Jegging Jeans*, for $16.95/£10.55 (RRP $50/£31.11). Even though these are classed as jeggings on the Twice website (since they contain 2% spandex), they feel, for all intensive purposes, like normal jeans! The fit of these are honestly amazing - they aren't too long and are really comfy.

I got a couple of tops too! The first being a MANGO Brown Striped Blouse* for only $8.95/£5.57 (RRP $50/£31.11).  I must admit that even though this is in the size XS, it is very oversized, and I did think that the brown was a bit darker than it was in real life, but I think that it looks alright on - I just need to find a belt of some sort to help pull it in at the waist! Apart from that though it feels well made, and the material is nice!

The second top, and last thing that I bought, was a Uniqlo Oatmeal 3/4 Sleeve Top* for $7.95/£4.95 (RRP $14.90/£9.27)! I love 3/4 sleeve tops, and loved the colour of this, so obviously I had to buy it. Uniqlo isn't a brand that I had heard of, however the material of this is quite thick and extremely soft, meaning that I'll have to look into some of their other tops!

I was really impressed with my purchases and what you could get from Twice, for a fraction of what the products would normally cost! I really wish that there were more shops like this, as it's a great way of being able to buy designers labels without paying the full cost.

I have also kindly been given a 50% off code (yes, 50%) for all of my readers on their first order, to help indulge in some somewhat guilt free shopping! If you'd like to take advantage of that lovely offer then make sure that you click here, and you should get a little code popup for you to use. I'd love to know what you buy if you get something from Twice too!

What do you think of the concept of Twice?

My Diamond Advertiser for October is Jordan from Jordan Alice!

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Top 5 Autumn Nail Polishes

Hey guys! Autumn has officially started and October is here, so I thought that it would be fun to post about my top 5 autumn nail polishes! I am a little stereotypical with my autumn nail polishes, and love berry red shades, however blues and nudes are also lovely. I actually had quite a hard job picking my favourite five, out of the fifty-plus shades that I own, however I just about narrowed it down!

China Glaze Nail Lacquer - Blue Bells Ring (80653)
How pretty is the shade of this polish?! This is a light midnight blue, with tiny pieces of silver glitter contained in it, which makes it a stunning shade. In the swatch I used two coats of polish, although you can very easily get away with only one thin coat, which just shows how pigmented it is!

I also must say that the application is gorgeous. You get no streaks whatsoever, and it applies very smooth and evenly! I get easily atleast five days wear out of it with practically no wear at all, which I am really happy with. Infact I may apply this on my nails tomorrow, so keep an eye out for a possible NOTD (nails of the day) on my Instagram!

OPI Nail Lacquer - Glints Of Glinda*
Forget autumn, this is my absolute favourite nail polish any day of the year! Glints Of Glinda is a peachy nude, with quite a gel-like texture. I use two coats of this to get the perfect shade, and it then lasts for atleast four days (that's as long as I can last without picking it off my nails), but even then there is no signs of chipping or damage at all. This dries pretty quickly, although I do find that it can be a little delicate a few hours after applying it, possibly because of the gel-like formulation!

Of course this isn't your traditional autumn nail polish shade, but if you like lighter polishes in autumn then this is definitely one for you!

Barry M Nail Paint - Raspberry (273)
Raspberry is a deep raspberry shade, with a very strong shine! The formulation of this is fairly runny, and I would have to say that this does take quite a while to dry, so be a bit cautious about that if you're in a rush. I find that I need two or three layers to get a really strong shade! The lasting power is fairly average, around two or three days before it shows wear. I admit that this isn't a great polish if you are rushing, or want it to last you for days, but I just adore the colour!

Essie Nail Lacquer - Leading Lady (934)
Some may say that because Leading Lady is a glitter red shade it is more winter/Christmas orientated, but since it is a wine red/burgundy instead of bright red I'd say that it would be perfect for either! You only need two thin coats to get a really strong, glittery shade and it also dries ridiculously fast (does anybody else notice that glitter polishes always seem to dry quicker than those that aren't?).

This is more of a semi-matte polish than a glossy finish, and it also dries quite rough, meaning that you will definitely need a top coat! I do need to say that this is a complete and utter pain to remove, although that seems to be a reoccurring problem with glitter polishes, so I'm sure that you all know what I mean.

It's just generally a lovely glitter red nail polish, which is definitely worth buying!

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour - Accessoire (573)*

Accessoire is a deep burgundy shade, which is quite vampy! You only need two, possibly even one, coats of it as it is quite opaque. It doesn't dry as quickly as Blue Bells Ring, but it isn't as slow as Raspberry, so somewhere inbetween those two! I get around three days wear before it starts showing any signs of wear, plus the finish is very even and it rarely ever goes streaky when I apply it.

If you are after a dark shade for autumn then this could be it! Accessoire is a very classy shade, which I think would suit most people.

So they are my top 5 autumn nail polishes! Whilst writing this post I actually remember that I still haven't used my OPI Matte Top Coat (which I got for my birthday or Christmas last December), so I must try that out really soon, since I think that matte nails look nicer in autumn and winter. If you could let me know what sort of shades you wear with a matte top coat I'd really appreciate it! I've also been looking at some other, non-berry, shades for autumn like the Nails Inc Gel Polish in the shade Porchester Square, so I'd love to know if you've ever tried/reviewed that one.

What are your favourite nail polishes for autumn?

My Diamond Advertiser for October is Jordan from Jordan Alice!

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

My Little Parisienne Box

Hey guys! If you haven't heard already My Little Box officially launched in the UK this month! For those of you who have never heard of My Little Box, they are a company who make monthly lifestyle boxes (think Glossybox but far better and prettier) each with their own theme or "story", whether it's the My Little Weekend Box or My Little Smile Box. I say lifestyle as it isn't a completely beauty-orientated box, instead it will have a few beauty products and some other bits! This month was the Parisienne box, or should I say My Little Parisienne Box as it is formally known, which is full of Paris chic!

Every box has a really cute and fun feel to them, be it a bold colour scheme or the gorgeous little illustrations dotted over the box and products contained within! If you just look at some of the past boxes here you will see what I mean - I wish that I could have them all.

Now, the exciting bit, what I actually got in the box! When you first open the box it is all kinds of exciting. I was first greeted with a little card showing an Eiffel Tower illustration, which I absolutely love (I'm definitely going to keep it and put it somewhere on my bedroom wall). You then get a little bundle wrapped in a pretty black and white My Little Box bow, which held together a notebook, a sheet of stickers, a laptop sleeve and a cute little bag, which I will talk about more in a second!

Within the notebook there's an introduction about My Little Box, of course containing a lot more little illustrations, how they came to be, some photos of their HQ and much more! I also love how there are a few funny bits included, such as the dictionary themed definition of My Little Box saying: "a surprise package (not a bill) that finds its way into your mailbox each month, filled with a carefully edited selection of beauty products, fashion accessories, personalised stationery and more. Synonyms: lifestyle box, treasure chest, box of goodies, beauty box - Potential side effects: addiction - Precautions for use: keep way from your sister, mother or girlfriends to avoid jealousy - or theft", which I think sums it up completely! Then after that, the rest of the notebook is made up of completely blank pages, leaving you to do whatever you may please with it (possibly coming up with some illustrations of your own?)

As for the stickers they are very Parisienne, be it the lady in a striped top walking a dog, holding a bag with a baguette in or the little Eiffel Tower and coffee! Like I said there was also a lovely laptop sleeve included in the box, with a navy and white spotty theme, again with an illustation on. Sadly this doesn't fit my laptop, as I believe that it is for the 13" Macbook, but I can hopefully find a use for it! 

Now, onto this little bag covered in navy bows! I found inside three very exciting beauty products, which still kept up with the Parisienne theme - the first being a 30ml Laura Mercier Foundation Primer (worth about £18), a 10ml Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Purpose Dry Oil (worth about £2.80) and a My Little Beauty Stylo Lumiere (worth £11). I've been using the Laura Mercier primer for the last couple of days on its own, rather than under foundation which is one of the uses for me, and it has made my skin look a lot smoother, plus it feels very light! I'm actually yet to use the Nuxe oil, but I'm really interested in the whole "oil to fight oil" stuff, so I'll definitely be testing this out soon. As for the My Little Beauty highlighter pen, this is actually made by My Little Box's little beauty company, and it looks like a gorgeous rosy highlighter which I really must try! 

The cost of each month's box is £11 plus £3.95 delivery, however you can get it for £13.95 including delivery if you get it delivered to your work address! I do think that's a very reasonable price, considering the quality of the products in the box and the fact that the beauty products alone worked out to be worth about £31.80. 

You can just see the amount of effort that has gone into creating each box and I am completely blown away! If there is one beauty/lifestyle box that you are ever going to buy, then make it a My Little Box because you will honestly not regret it.

What are your thoughts on My Little Box?

My Diamond Advertiser for October is Jordan from Jordan Alice!

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Current Everyday Makeup

Hey guys! I thought that it would be fun to do a post on the everyday makeup that I've been using throughout the summer, as I will now be beginning to change my products about a bit to make way for darker eyeshadows and all the loveliness of autumn makeup. Some of you who have been reading my blog for a while will definitely recognise some of the products from previous posts!

Obviously before the makeup I do all of my skincare bits, but I will save that for another post! To start off, around ten minutes after I use my moisturiser, I apply a small pea-sized amount of the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer, by smoothing it out with my fingers using an "upwards and outwards" motion. Definitely do not rub this in in circles though, as the primer starts coming off in little bobbles! Following on from the primer I go onto foundation, for which I use the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua in B10* with the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. This is a really light, low coverage foundation which I honestly absolutely adore!

For concealer I use the Nars Creamy Concealer, in Vanilla, which I could not recommend enough! Under my eyes I just swipe some on, then dab it in with my ring finger, however if I need to conceal any spots I put a little concealer on the back of my hand, then apply bit-by-bit with the Eco Tools Deluxe Concealer Brush

To completely set my base I always use the Collection Pressed Powder in Ivory, which is an amazing, velvety powder (plus it only costs £1.99)! For use under my eyes and on spots I use a little domed brush, which I got from an unbranded set on eBay, and for everywhere else I use a large powder brush, also from a set of unbranded brushes that I have had for many years. 

Onto eyes now! As with my base makeup, I always start off with a primer for my eyelids to help things last that bit longer. For this I use the Helen E Eyeshadow Primer, followed by Walk Of Shame from the Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette, using the Nanshy Large Shader Brush*! To add some colour, I blend in Liar from the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette with the Nanshy Blending Eyeshadow Brush*. The last eyeshadow I use is again from the Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette! This time I use the Nanshy Angled Detailer Brush* and dab it in Faint, then lightly apply it along my lower lashline.

Rather than using my all time favourite eyeliner, the Soap & Glory Supercat Pen Eyeliner, I've actually been applying a thin line of Collection Extreme 24 Hour Pen Eyeliner along my upper lash line! My Supercat eyeliner is starting to run out, and I just haven't bothered to buy a new one yet, which has made me realise just how similar the Collection version is.

To curl my lashes I use the Primark Eyelash Curlers, which I hold on for about thirty seconds on each eye, to make sure that they have a really strong curl! These really are great eyelash curlers, and for £1 you can't do wrong. After I've curled my eyelashes I obviously finish off with mascara! For this I use the Clarins Truly Waterproof Mascara*, which I have absolutely adore recently. It's a gorgeous mascara that lasts all day without any fallout at all, and makes my lashes look very voluminous!

Something that I hadn't really bothered with in the past is my eyebrows! Obviously I plucked them, but I never filled them in or used any brow products, since I couldn't figure out what products would look alright on my eyebrows. That was until I discovered the Benefit Gimme Brow Brow Gel in Light/Medium! This is like a mini mascara (apart from the colour of course), and it is so simple to use. I just brush this through my brows in an upwards motion, then go through them with a spooli to get rid of any clumps and sort out the shape!

Once all of my eye makeup is finished, I go on to the rest of my face! To do this I use a little of the Sleek Bronzer, from the Face Form Palette in Light, on my cheek bones with an unbranded angled blush brush. I also use the Chanel Joues Contraste Blush in Accent*, with the Real Techniques Blush Brush, to add some more colour! 

I have been keeping my lips really simple, by popping on some of the Burt's Bees Lip Shimmer in Apricot*! This is a very buttery coloured lip balm (the formulation is very similar the the Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Lipsticks), and it is so easy to apply. 

That is everything that I use for my current everyday makeup! There are some absolutely amazing products in this selection, which you all must try. I could do a makeup favourites post in the future if that would interest any of you, so please let me know about that! 

What are your favourite everyday makeup products at the moment?

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Recent Purchases

Hey guys! Something that I haven't done in quite a while is a haul, so I thought that I would collect together most of the stuff that I have bought recently and do a recent purchases post! I actually remembered after taking all of the photos for this post, and packing my softboxes away, that I had left out a few things, but I will maybe pop them in a future haul. 

Shopping just hasn't really been my things recently, especially beauty wise! Most beauty things just haven't been catching my eye at all, whereas clothes have been far more interesting to me than usual. 

I'll start off with clothes! From Debenhams I bought a couple of things, the first being a Tenki Cream Chevron Print Dress (the link isn't the exact dress, but similar) for £26. I hadn't actually heard of Tenki before, however they do some beautiful dresses, and this one really caught my eye! The top half of the dress is a floaty cream material, then the lower half is navy with a coloured chevron type print. The second thing from Debenhams is a Red Herring Navy Spotted 2-in-1 Dress for £13! This has definitely been my absolute favourite dress over the summer, as it's really soft and floaty, plus I could quite easily wear it over autumn and winter as it's navy. 

Since I am so short I find it really hard to find blouses or shirts that aren't too long for me, so when I found a really pretty one in H&M I had to buy it! I bought the Draped Wraparound Blouse in white for £19.99, and it looks nice with just some jeans and boots, making it perfect for the colder weather. 

The last piece of clothing that I bought was just a Primark Navy Boyfriend Cardigan for £8, if I remember correctly! Cardigans are essential for when it gets colder, and this is nice just popped on over a dress or jeans to add an extra layer. 

Before I get to beauty orientated things, there are three other things! The first is a Limit Cream Strap Watch from H. Samuel (the link is the same watch, but in burgundy), which only cost £1.99. I had been after a little watch for a while, so when this was in the sale I couldn't stop myself from buying it! Then I got a really pretty Red Herring White Faux Pearl Flower Earring & Necklace Set for £2.40 in the Debenhams sale! I only bought this for the necklace really, because I can't wear earrings that aren't genuine silver or gold, since my ears literally burn if I wear anything else.

The other would be the M&S De Jouy Toiletry Purse for £6.80, using a discount code! I'll tell you the truth, the main reason that I bought this is because it matches my Ikea duvet cover (the blue and white one that everybody seems to have), but it really is a lovely makeup bag. It has a waterproof lining inside, which is great as you can then wipe it if any makeup gets spilt and the bag is just a lovely quality! This also doesn't open like a normal zip makeup bag, instead it is more of a clutch bag style and has a zip, then two bent metal bars on the top which you open apart and kind of fold down. Hopefully that made some sort of sense, as that is honestly the best way that I could describe it! 

Now onto beauty things! The first thing would be the Lush Comforter Bubble Bar for £4.50. This is my absolute favourite bubble bar, as it smells amazing and each bubble bar lasts for ages (I bought my first one in December 2012 and I only ran out in June this year), making it great value for money. 

One very exciting thing would have to be my first ever YSL lipstick! I'd been after one for ages, because just look at them - they are gorgeous. I noticed that Feel Unique had an offer of "£10 off a spend of £25" so I got the YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Lipstick in Corail Intuitive for only £15, rather than its usual price of £25! Corail Intuitive is a beautiful pinky coral shade that really seems to suit my skin tone, and the formulation is really nice. 

Another great offer that I got would be the Benefit Gimme Brow Brow Gel, in Light/Medium, from Look Fantastic for £12.60 instead of £17.50, also using a discount code!

A couple of essential products that I also got were the Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic and Collection Pressed Powder in Ivory! The Skin Tonic cost me £13.25 from Liz Earle, and although this is a little pricey, I really don't mind paying that as my last bottle lasted me over a year and it does miracles to my skin. The Collection Pressed Powder only cost me £1.99 from Boots, which is an absolute bargain for such a good powder - I'd really recommend that you try it!

That is, nearly, everything that I have bought recently! You may have noticed that this is my second post within a week, as I'm trying to get back into blogging, so hopefully I can keep it up. I have actually got all of my posts planned (emphasize the planned part, rather than written), meaning that should help me keep up with it a little more! 

What have you bought recently?

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Clarins Autumn 2014 Collection - Ladylike

Hey guys! One brand that I have never done a post on is Clarins, I'm not sure why as they have some lovely products, and their recent releases have been seriously good! Clarins also just launched their collection for autumn 2014, which they've named "Ladylike". Most of the products are quite neutral, with a mainly purple, grey, nude shade range, but there are also a few striking lipstick shades! This means today that I am here with a review of a few products from the collection.

Clarins Ombre Matte Eyeshadow - Nude Beige (01), Taupe (03), Sparkle Grey (05) - £19*
First up are the Ombre Matte eyeshadows! These are described as a "cream-to-powder matte" eyeshadow, but I wouldn't really call them a cream eyeshadow, more of a velvety smooth powder. They really do apply beautifully, and are very easily to blend! As for lasting power, I get a good six hours wear, without any primer, before they start to crease at all, and as my eyes can get quite oily (hence why I almost always wear an eyeshadow primer) I think that is pretty good.

The three shades, out of the range of six, that I got were Nude Beige, Taupe and Sparkle Grey! Nude Beige is quite a self-explanatory name, a matte nude beige shade. I love using this as a base for my eyeshadow as it's a lovely, blendable shade that seems to go with every other eyeshadow shade! Taupe is a dark taupe shade and Sparkle Grey is a gorgeous shimmery purple, grey shade, which is one of the prettiest shades that I've seen. Purple toned eyeshadows are something that I almost never wear, so I was actually surprised that this seemed to suit me really well!

These are a lovely range of eyeshadows, which I would definitely recommend! They are a little pricey at £19 each, but there seems to be a lot of product in each pot and one would make a great Christmas present (yes, I am already talking about Christmas presents).

Clarins Instant Light Eye Perfecting Base - £22*
Following on from the subject of eyeshadow, onto Clarins' eye primer! This can either be used by itself to smooth out your eyelids and add a little colour, or under eyeshadow to help prolong the life of your eyeshadow and reduce the risk of it creasing.

This is tanned skin shade (that's the best way I can describe it), but blends out slightly lighter than that! The shade of this does actually remind me of the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer in Eden, but slightly more nude toned. The formulation is really smooth and creamy, plus when it dries it feels incredibly light!

I definitely do notice a difference in my eyeshadow's longevity when I use this, since it can increase six hours wear without creasing, to more than ten hours of wear!

Clarins Perfect Eyes & Brows Palette - £35*
This is a product that I have seen a lot of other bloggers raving about! The Clarins Perfect Eyes & Brow Palette is a must have on-the-go palette, as it contains not only three brow powders (which can also be used as eyeshadows), a setting wax and pink highlighter (you could either use this as an eyeshadow or under your brow bone), but also three little tools - mini tweezers, a mini spooli brush and a mini double ended brush (you know the ones, with a sponge brush on one end then a tilted eyebrow brush on the other)! All of this being in one little palette, in my eyes, is pretty amazing, especially if you are going somewhere where you need to pack light but don't want to skimp out on products.

I'll start off with the powders and wax first! For me, I use a mixture of the light and medium powders to fill in my eyebrows, then apply a little of the clear wax to set them. My favourite use for the pink highlighter is under my brow bone, to help define it a little and add some shimmer! The three powders and highlighter are very pigmented, so you only need to apply a small amount of product to the brush.

The tools in the palette are all really useful too! The tweezers are absolutely amazing, they are sharp, great quality and very easy to use. Ah the spooli, probably the most underrated essential makeup accessory there is! I use a spooli to comb through my brows when I am tweezing them, and filling them in to make them look more natural. As for the double ended brush, I haven't found a use for the the sponge end (I've always hated those things) but the tilted brush end is great for applying the brow powder!

This really is a great little compact to carry around with you for any eyeshadow or brow touch ups, so I'd definitely suggest that you test it out! I must say that my only negative would be that I'm not overly keen on the wax, as it is pretty hard to pick up and a little awkward to apply, but apart from that the palette is a winner. 

Overall these are five lovely products, and Clarins really did well with them! I'm very excited to see the winter collections as the autumn one was great. I'd best go and see if I can find some sneaky previews of it somewhere now!

What was your favourite product from the Clarins Ladylike Collection?

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Monthly Favourites - August 2014

Hey guys! Can you believe that it's already September?! This year is going ridiculously quick - I mean in only three months it will be December, which I honestly can't believe. Anyway, this time I am back with another Monthly Favourites post! In August there were quite a lot of products that I loved, some new and some re-discoveries.

First off is the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette (which I just spotted is 10% off at Feel Unique)! I won this in June from Jordan's competition, and have been absolutely loving it since. I know that there is a huge amount of hype surrounding this palette, but it is honestly gorgeous and completely worth the hype! Almost all of the shades have rose gold or bronze tones, making this palette perfect for Autumn. My favourite shade is definitely Liar, which is a lovely rosy bronze shade, and I use in the outer corners of my eyes!

There are a couple of other makeup products that I loved in August too, both eye products! I had never really tried to apply anything to my eyebrows before, as I found it very hard to find a product that was the correct shade - that was until I found the Benefit Gimme Brow Brow-Volumizing Fibre Gel in Light/Medium. This looks like a mini mascara, since it is in the same sort of tube complete with a little wand! I find the best way of using this is by combing the brow gel up through my eyebrows, then combing through with a spooli to get rid of any lumps of product.

Lastly for makeup is an actual mascara, the Clarins Truly Waterproof Mascara*! I had this packed away in my makeup drawers, but never actually gave it much attention, that was until Victoria started raving about how good it was. I then decided to give it a chance and test it out a bit more, and I am so glad that I did! It lasts perfectly all day, without a single bit of fallout, plus it rarely goes clumpy on my lashes when I apply it - definitely a winner mascara, especially since it is waterproof.

For facial skincare there has been a few products that have stood out for me, two which are actually from the same brand! I am talking about the Clearasil Ultra Blemish + Marks Scrub and Clearasil Ultra Rapid Action Deep Pore Treatment Toner, which I discovered after my skin began breaking out (I would guess because it has suddenly gone quite cold compared to what it was). These two really helped clear my skin up, so I'd definitely recommend them!

There is also another two skincare products that I've loved, the first being the Benefit They're Real Remover*! I kindly got given this mini at the Benefit event, which I went to a couple of months ago, and have absolutely adore it since then. It is a creamy formula, which I apply half a pea sized amount of onto each of my eyes, rub it in a bit, then remove with a cotton pad soaked in warm water! It removes eye makeup extremely easily, so I must repurchase this once I run out. If there is one piece of advice that I could give though, do not get this in your eyes, I have done it a couple of times and it stings a ridiculous amount!

The second is the Nuxe Fraiche De Beaute 24hr Soothing And Moisturising Cream, which is a rediscovery of mine! I used this non-stop last summer, but packed it away when I found it too light for winter, so it was a nice surprise to remember how much I loved it. As I said it's a light formula (it works really well under makeup), but it's also moisturising without being oily!

Ever since the start of this year my hands have been getting VERY dry, and I still haven't figured out why! Something that did help me a lot recently though is the Soap & Glory The Scrub Of Your Life, which is basically a hand scrub that removes dry skin whilst adding a lot of moisture. Even hand cream hasn't been able to give my hands as much moisture as this scrub has!

There has been three lip products that I've adored this month, two being lip balms! The first lip balm that I've been using, to get rid of the incredibly dry lips that I had been getting, is the Blistex Relief Cream. This is honestly the most moisturising and soothing lip balm that I have ever tried in my life, it's not sticky at all and lasts for hours without me needing to reapply it!

The other lip balm is the Burt's Bees Ultra Moisturising Lip Treatment*! I started using this a few weeks ago and it is already one of my favourite lip balms. The formulation is light and not sticky at all, but it also has a really strong shine, meaning that it looks gorgeous by itself!

Another Burt's Bees product I've loved is the Burt's Bees Lip Shimmer* in the shade Apricot! This is like a coloured lip balm, meaning that it is very moisturising whilst having a strong colour payoff. The formulation of this actually reminds me of the Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Lipsticks, although the colour is stonger, but for a fraction of the price! They last for hours and have a lovely minty scent.

So, they are my August favourites! As you can see there was a lot of products that I really liked, I guess that it was a lucky month! I hope that I can find just as many new favourites as I did in August, especially some that I could carry on using into winter.

What were your August favourites?