For this months favourites I really had to sit down and think about what I had been using the most of as I've just been using so many products.
So here are a pretty random mix of products - old and new, that I've been loving and using a lot in the month of July.
Garnier Summerbody Moisturizing Lotion Sun-Kissed Look in Light (250ml/£5.10)
Being pretty ghostly I find I look so much healthier and just generally nicer with a bit of 'colour'. However I've found most can develop into too dark of a tan and if I miss anywhere it can look so obvious and just downright silly. Which is why this gradual tan is perfect for pale skin as not only is it pretty foolproof but if you do mess up it doesn't go that dark that it's noticeable. Also the shade of tan is really nice and none orange plus it gradually fades if you don't keep up re-applying it which is a lot nice than a lot of patchy fading tanners I've tried!
Asda Pure Pink Eau de Toilette Perfume (60ml/£5.60)
Now I am normally a perfume snob... well I say that, but I just mean I'm not into buying cheap fragrances that are by supermarkets or clothing brands. I normally like my Paul Smith, Paco Rabbane, CK and YSL scents. However as I love perfume that much I seem to go through it quite fast which isn't a good thing so this is an ideal fragrance for summer to wear when doing nothing special, like... ummm food shopping and lounging around the house! It's quite floral and light and actually doesn't smell cheap like most perfumes that only cost £5.
Dove Intensive Repair Regenerating Mask (200ml/£3.99)
I only started using this in the last week of July so it is a bit of a cheat BUT it was too good not to mention. I find normally hair masks leave my hair feeling smoother when wet but then I don't actually notice much difference when my hair has dried. But this is the first mask that actually makes a difference in the look and feel of my hair when it's dry. The ends definitely appear more smoother and just not as in need of trimming!
The only downside I can see to this mask is the smell... it smells way too chemically than I'm use to.
Bourjois Bronzing Powder Spray for face & body in fair/medium (75ml/£7.99)
I love this product and have been using it a lot since purchasing it, mainly on my face and chest area. The concept of a tan powder spray is great mainly as it doesn't give the skin a wet or even dewy look and of course it means it doesn't run! There are a few downsides to it but on the whole this is such a great product for when you want to wear a dress and then you notice your ghostly white legs, or just when you can't be bothered to tan your face or you realize you are looking pasty! Also application takes seconds which I really do love!
Bourjois Little Round Port Eyeshadow in Voilet Absolu (1.5g/£5.99)
I must hold my hands up and say that I've hardly touched this product since I got it last year because I just didn't think I could pull off the shade. Though recently I've started playing with it more and have found it looks amazing packed onto the lids with a damp brush. The shade is just so intense and jewel-like and also actually suits my green eyes when I'm wanting an alternative smokey eye. I've also found it looks lovely smudged out on my lower lid and just adds that bit of colour than can really lift a neutral eye. Lovely, lovely, lovely!
17 Trio Eye Shadow in Metallic Toffee (£5.49)
I'm still loving my Urban Decay Naked Palette and know I always will but I have been trying to branch out and discover other neutral shades that I'd forgotten about since the Naked Palette look centre stage. This trio of eye shadows was actually the first I came across when rummaging though my
junk makeup drawer and did use to be a favourite. The shades are just perfect for creating a shimmery bronze/brown smokey eye with a touch of highlighting in the inner corner and along the brow bone for the daytime.
Rimmel Multi-Tonal Powder Blush in Autumn Catwalk (£5.19)
Cosmopolitan Blend Perfection Sponge (£3.99)
I've recently been using this damp with the Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation for really flawless looking skin and have rekindled my love for it. This really differs from the standard makeup sponges you can buy for a few pounds as it's a lot more dense and for that reason you have to bounce the sponge off the face which gives your foundation that really blended seamless finish. Just perfect especially when you have clear skin that you want to show off!
Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker XL Extreme-Plump Lip Gloss (10ml/£10.47)
I've actually used this plumping lip gloss for years and years but never mentioned it because I frankly felt it was way over priced... and I still do! However as I use it so much and have re-purchased it twice I kind of feel that it must be worth it seeing as I still use it..if that makes sense. I've recently been wearing this over all my favourite nude lipsticks like Lord & Berry Lipstick crayon in Blush and 17 Mirror Shine Lipstick in Beehive and it really does plump up my lips massively.. which do make them pretty huge and pouty! This does give an intense tingle when applied which I really don't mind and feel is worth it for the effects but I do have a feeling a lot of people would hate the feeling so it is worth noting before making the pricey purchase!
The Goddess Guide by Gisele Scanlon (paperback/£7.94)Seeing this isn't actually a makeup orientated book I do mention it a lot don't I?! But the reason is that I really do love it even after owning it for years. Last month as I was putting up some shelves (see the end results if you are nosy here!) all my books got stacked up by my bed and this was the first one that caught my eye for a bit of light bedtime reading. The Goddess Guide is just such a lovely book to dip in and out of and also for giving as a gift for anyone girly or a bit quirky!
I'm thinking next month there may be no favourites as I will be in shell shock that it's September and therefore nearly freakin' winter!!