It literally feels like yesterday that I was posting my July favourites, I can’t believe how fast August has gone! But the month is coming to an end, so its time to see what i’ve been loving and hating this month! As usual, lets start with the favourites.
Creme de la Mer Lip Balm
I have never heard a bad thing about Creme de la Mer and have always wanted to try their products, but with face creams retailing for around the £300 mark, I opted for the ‘cheaper’ option. I say ‘cheaper’ because this lip balm was definitely not cheap. This retails for £48 which makes this possibly the priciest lip balm i’ve ever seen. However, I bit the bullet and brought it, and I LOVE it. It contains La Mer’s famous miracle broth which is a potent cocktail of sea kelp, vitamins C, E and B12, essential oils and other beneficial compounds. The prices of La Mer’s products are so high due to this Miracle Broth component, as the sea kelp is only harvested twice a year and the broth itself is made in a biofermentation process which takes 3-4 months, so lots of care and attention is taken when making these products. As well as the miracle broth, the lip balm contains a protein found in the arctic to help defend the delicate skin of the lips against harsh climates. It also contains mint which gives it a nice refreshing feel. I have perpetually dry lips and this has made them silky soft in just one week. I definitely recommend this product to anyone whose in the mood to splurge on a luxury product!
Mac Oil Control lotion
As an oily skinned person, I am constantly looking for new products to try help control my oil and this little gem has done just that. I purchased this for £10 from Mac. This is a very lightweight formula. Although it is an oil control lotion, it doesnt dry out the skin, its actually very moisturising without being oily. This is great for use under make up before a primer or as a primer, and makes a great dupe for my Estee Lauder Day Wear Matte moisturiser. I notice that this does help control my oil, but it doesn’t stop it completely, which is fine with me because I wasn’t expecting a miracle!
L’Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara
This is the most bizarre unique formula i’ve ever seen in a mascara. The formula itself looks and feels very dry on the wand, and when applying it doesn’t go clumpy as it’s not wet, but it applies a generous amount of product to the lashes. It’s so hard to explain the consistency unless you’ve tried it yourself. I personally like the drier formula of this mascara as I find it is less messy to apply and doesn’t clump my lashes together. The wand of this mascara is very big which gives great volume to the lashes. This retails for £11.99 from Superdrug.
Too Faced Sweet Peach Lipgloss in Papa Don’t Peach
Im not usually a gloss lover but this little cutie has stolen my heart. Not only does this smell incredible like the rest of the sweet peach range, its super pigmented and moisturising without being sticky like a traditional lipgloss. This colour goes perfectly with any makeup look. This can be worn by itself as a highly pigmented nude gloss, or over a nude lipstick. This retails for £16 from Debenhams.
These liners are absolutely amazing! These retail for £5.50 each and come in a huge range of shades. The vivid brights liners come in every colour of the rainbow- which I will be investing in- and the glam liner comes in a beautiful gold glitter. These are so pigmented, the swatches above show just one swipe of each of the liners! For such a cheap price these are a great addition to any makeup collection as they bring a bit of extra glam to any makeup look.
Mac Retro Matte Liquid lip colour in Bengal Tiger
As someone who usually sticks to nudes, it took some pushing to get me to purchase this lipstick, but I’m so glad I did! This is a super vibrant red-orange lipstick that looks amazing on all skin tones. With a simple eye look, this lipstick really makes a statement. This retails for £17.50 from Mac. This dries down completely matte and lasts all day. I wore this to work, worked a 9 hour shift, ate lunch and dinner, and it still looked perfect. My only downfall of this lipstick is that it is quite drying, but with the mac prep and prime lip primer underneath, you’re on to a winner!
And now for the disappointing products. Now, although ive listed these two products in my disappointing section, I’m completely on the fence with them. I don’t completely hate them, but I don’t really love them either. Im going to continue to use the following two products to see if I can get a definitive opinion.
BH Cosmetic Foil Eye Palette
This palette retails for £13 and you get 28 eyeshadows, so its pretty good value for money. However I am so on the fence with this palette. It swatches beautifully as shown above, but it doesn’t apply like that to they eyes. When you try and blend these shadows, they blend away into nothing. They also don’t pack onto the lid with a brush very well either, they don’t appear as pigmented as they do when swatched which is disappointing. However, I am going to persist and try and make these work because there are some beautiful shades in this palette.
Elf Expert Liner
This liner retails for just £3 which is an absolute bargain. However I am again on the fence with this product. Its so pigmented, like literally the blackest liquid liner ive ever tried, and it applies nicely to the eyes with the little brush. But it bleeds. You can see in the swatch above, it bleeds into all the little lines in my skin meaning that my eyeliner doesn’t look straight when I apply it. Despite the bleeding, I think for £3 this is a good liquid liner for beginners.
So, they’re my favourites and disappointing products for the month of August! Let me know if you guys have tried any of them and what your thoughts on them are. Also let me know what some of your favourites are so I can give them a try!