Skipping over the part where I write a compulsory few lines about how ridiculously fast the summer has whizzed by and OH MY GOD how are we into September already, and moving directly into the good stuff... August beauty favourites. Unlike last month's post, this one, I feel, is a bit more jam packed thanks to a few splurges here and there throughout the month (including a moment on Sephora.com where I dropped the equivalent of my monthly food bill in the space of a few minutes) and finally getting around to organising my make-up stash which resulted in one or two re-discoveries. Going through my make-up stash made me realise just how much make-up I actually have (and I still end up using the same products more or less day in day out...), and most of it is collecting dust, so a blog sale may be on the cards this month?
I'll begin with my personal favourite - the Becca X Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Champagne Pop which is definitely the product of the moment in the online beauty world. I would forgive you for thinking that this was the whole point of my online Sephora order, but the truth is that I didn't have a whole lot of interest in purchasing it when it first came out. Partly because I already own a thousand other highlighters, and partly because (yes, before I say it, I know I'm in the minority here) I had never heard of Jaclyn Hill before. But then I needed another product to allow my order to qualify for a flat rate delivery charge of £6 (make's total sense) and, well, Champagne Pop happened. It really is true that Becca know how to do highlighters - they just seem to blend into the skin so seamlessly and give the most natural looking dewy glow. Other highlighters can leave me with a reflective stripe across my cheekbones, but this Becca offering always manages to just look like a part of my skin. I don't wear highlighter every single day, just because I prefer a more subtle look for work, but it is one of my favourite make-up products to use and I have really been going to town on it this month whenever I have got the chance.
I used to be a palette girl through and through, but lately I have really been getting into single eyeshadows. I'm not very adventurous when it comes to eyeshadow and I generally stick to the same ones, and whenever I discover one that I like I wear it to death. So I prefer picking out a single shade that I know I will get plenty of wear out of, rather than a palette where it usually happens that I like a few and then leave the rest. Seems like such a waste, even if they do work out better value for money. I have coveted a Burberry eyeshadow for the longest time, but Burberry is an incredibly difficult brand to get a hold of in Ireland. It seemed like fate when I discovered a few weeks back that the brand was finally available on Feel Unique and that coupled with the fact that there was a twenty per cent discount to be availed of meant that the Sheer Eyeshadow in Rosewood was finally going to be mine. I originally wanted Pale Barley, but since it seems to be permanently out of stock I went for Rosewood, a taupey-brown shade with a hint of rose and a sheeny finish. The quality is just incredible - the powder is so silky and finely milled that it applies like a dream, and the pigmentation levels are something else. I have been enjoying wearing it all over the lid and underneath the lower lash line, with a brown kohl eyeliner for an every day look. Which brings me onto my next favourite - MAC 'Teddy' Eye Kohl. I've had this one for years but I've only recently dug it out again and have come to realise just how much of a gem it really is. It's a beautiful bronzey medium brown shade with subtle metallic sheen, and makes a lovely change from a standard matte brown pencil. I love wearing it in my tightline and waterline, with a little smudged into my top and bottom lash lines and it just looks so pretty and natural. I've gone eyeshadow crazy this month, and a second one that I've been loving is the Charlotte Tilbury Eyes To Mesmerise Cream Eyeshadow in Marie Antoinette, a coppery bronze shade with a warm undertone and a subtle shimmering finish. I've come to realise that when it comes to eyeshadows, cooler tones suit me better than warmer tones and I now tend to opt for taupey-brown shades rather than bronze shades. But Marie Antoinette is one that I make an exception for, because it's just so darn pretty when it's on.
I have a bit of a thing for Origins skincare, and I don't think I've ever tried a product that has let me down. I adore their moisturisers, and when I ran out of my High Potency Night-A-Mins Renewal Cream I knew that I wasn't going to turn to any other brand. This time I opted for the Make A Difference Night Moisturiser, the formula of which I have found to be just perfect for my combination skin. It has quite a light gel cream formula that absorbs into the skin quickly and doesn't leave me overly oily, but is still hydrating enough to replenish my skin with moisture overnight.
Onto bodycare... And I think I've found my holy grail fake tan. I have used quite a lot of self tans in my time, but the St Tropez Self Tan Express Bronzing Mousse has blown every other tan I have used out of the water. It can be left on for one to three hours, depending on the level of darkness you wish to achieve, before rinsing it off to reveal a beautiful golden olive colour. The mousse absorbs into my skin in seconds - I prefer this type of formula to creams and lotions which tend to take a lot longer to dry - and it doesn't smell too bad either. It lasts for a few days and fades nice and evenly, not a patch in sight. I always try to moisturise my body the day before I apply it to ensure a smooth application, and the one I have been using the most recently is the Lush Ro's Argan Body Conditioner. I use it in the shower and apply to cleansed, damp skin before rinsing it off. I love the rose scent which lasts for hours, and even though it's quite a heavy duty moisturiser, it doesn't leave any film or residue on my skin.