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Monthly Beauty & non-Beauty Favourites|August 2016

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I find monthly favourites the hardest to do, probably because I’m the most unorganised person in the world. That and I don’t want to do it too early and not give you a true representation of what I’ve been loving.

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Cream Contour Kit – Fair

I won this in a raffle and planned to write a post on it, but never got round to it. It’s been pretty hot in the UK over the last couple of weeks and unlike other people who wear less, I seem to have been piling on more makeup than ever. I like to use this instead of a foundation as I find it gives a more natural look.

The darkest shade was a bit daunting when I first got this, but have recently found it great for adding a natural bronze to the temples. I use the cooler toned brown for a contour shade and the middle one if I need anything extra. The light colours can come off a bit drying, so I stay away from the eye area, but the white one is a beautiful natural highlight shade. I put it as a base for my powder one.

There are 4 shades available, so there really is something for everyone. When I run out, I’m not sure whether I will repurchase as I always like to try new things. But this is really nice and I think as a beauty lover, it was something I needed to check off my list. The ABH Cream Contour kit is available from Cult Beauty for £39.

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Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder

I picked this up a while ago now and really didn’t like it at first. I used it with my beauty blender to bake under my eyes and my chin. But found that my skin looked flakey and dry after a couple of hours. I was in a rush one day, reached for this and am so glad I did. But instead of using a beauty blender, I used the Real Techniques setting brush (it’s a pink one) to apply a small amount all over my face. It does a really good job of controlling my summer oil issues and a little really does go a long way. I think I’ve used it almost everyday in August. Laura Mercier Translucent powder is available from Feel Unique for £29 for 29g.

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Benefit Ready, Set, BROW! – Clear

Who doesn’t love a magazine freebie?.. I can’t remember which magazine I got this with but I love samples as you get the chance to try before you buy. This stuff does not move. I’m not an expert on brow gel and how to use it. I like to use the smaller brush first and then go back in with the larger side to separate and pull the product evenly through them. It doesn’t clump or leave them looking stiff and shiny. Just really natural. Well, as natural as drawn on brows can look. Being clear, it also means it doesn’t matter if you get it everywhere. Benefits Ready, Set, BROW! is available from Boots priced at £18.50 for 7ml.

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Maybelline Master Ink – Matte & Satin Finishes

For a long time, I struggled to find a liner that was black enough, didn’t fade or smudge and was relatively easy to apply. I went old school and got one of these bad boys around a year ago. The consistency is quite watery, so does take some practice, but once I got the hang of it I loved them. One thing I have noticed, is with use, the fine point on the brush has frayed. I have pulled off the bits and it seems to have fixed the problem. The satin one is slightly more watery than the matte one, but I think they’re both good quality. Especially for the price. There is something satisfying about shaking the little ball in them to mix the product before application.  Maybelline Master Ink Liner is available from Boots for £4.99.

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NYX High Definition blush – Soft Spoken

I look at my other blushes now and think how the hell did I wear these bright colours?.. I ordered this and when I got it I was a bit meh. It didn’t really look like it would make much of a difference. It looks quite orange in the pan, but I would describe it as more of a neutral toned blush with a subtle shimmer.

This is the most versatile blush I own. I wear it on a daily basis because I know it will go with anything. The formula is soft, really easy to work with and I haven’t ever been able to go overboard with it. Soft Spoken is the only High Definition blush I have from NYX, but if this one is anything to go by, these are amazing quality for the price. Seems to be the theme for the faves, does it not?.. haha. NYX blushes are available from Boots priced at £5.50 for 4.5g.

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Beyonce Lemonade Album

My non-beauty favourite for this month has to be Beyonces Lemonade album. I actually watched the visual album first (which is so freaking good!!) and had to buy this. If you haven’t watched the visual album yet, you have to. It’s a bit lengthy at just over an hour, but so worth it. I sat there for 20 minutes speechless. I felt like it was so powerful and the way it’s put together is incredible. Every single time I get in my car, I put this album on. A few of may favourite tracks are Freedom, 6 Inch Heels and Daddy Lessons. The album isn’t great for younger people but overall is so diverse. I can’t recommend it enough. You have to play it really loud though. Thats the only way to truly appreciate it.

So thats it. I know its quite a long one, but as you can tell, I’ve had a lot of loves this month. I hope to make this a bi-monthly thing, but we will have to see how we go.

What have been your favourites this month? Today is a bank holiday in the UK, so stay safe and enjoy the extra jollies.

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