1 July 2013

June Top 5


June has been and gone and we are officially half way through the year. Where has time gone? July is always one of my favourite months as my birthday is smack bang in the middle of the month. So I'm excited to say goodbye to June and welcome July in with open arms. But of course, I couldn't let a month go by without doing my Top 5. I love sharing the products I've used and enjoyed the most throughout the month and this month is one of the few where all the products in my Top 5 are high-end. But don't let that put you off; these are gorgeous products which I have just utterly adored recently and I'm about to tell you why they are worth their high-end price tag.

Let's start with a bargain shall we? So usually Illamasqua nail polishes retail for £14.50. That's more than I personally would be happy paying for nail polish, even though I adore Illamasqua polishes. I have managed to build a little collection of Illamasqua nail polishes though, and all through sales and discounts! I've placed two orders recently from Illamasqua, one with a 50% off discount code a few weeks back when their Twitter reached a follower milestone and again more recently during their sale which is currently still on and available on the Illamasqua website as well as in stand alone flagship stores. Picking an Illamasqua nail polish up for £7.50 instead of £14.50 is an absolute bargain and I'll be sharing my tiny collection of shades in a post soon, but I just had to stick Gamma in my June Top 5. Gamma is the perfect bright neon orange nail polish which is vibrant; two coats gives you an opaque colour (although I always like to apply three) that's eye-catching and unlike any other neon polish I have tried before. Utterly in love. 


June has been a month of lighter coverage bases for me and BB creams have been a firm favourite most days. I love the REN Satin Perfection BB Cream (£26) and I'm currently using up a couple of sample sizes before I go and buy the full size, but it's a much lighter coverage than I usually opt for so I prefer it for at-home days rather than days out. My favourite base I've been reaching for throughout June is the Clarins Skin Perfecting BB Cream* (£28), which gives me a lighter coverage than my usual foundations would, but with enough coverage to hide any imperfections and give the impression of healthy, glowing skin. The shade isn't a perfect match for me; I use shade 02 Medium and there are also shades 01 Light and 03 Dark. At first it can look quite ashy on me but by the time I have finished applying the rest of my makeup, it settles to a lovely healthy base which leaves my skin looking dewy, hiding any imperfections all whilst feeling light on the skin. It's great when I need to pop out for the day but don't want a heavy foundation weighing on my skin. A powder I have completely fallen in love with in June is the NARS Light Reflecting Loose Powder (£28), which I picked up after my NARS makeover at Space NK. It's just the perfect powder and keeps my makeup completely in place all day long. I hate to say it, but I even prefer it over my Ben Nye Banana Powder; although with a much bigger price tag of £25, I definitely won't be in a rush to use this up! 

With the sun occasionally coming out to brighten up our days, I've been turning more to bronzing products than I have blushes when I'm not out for the day. I'll apply my Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel (£31), formally Chanel Bronze Universal, to contour and add a healthy glow, or a light dusting of NARS Casino Bronzer (£26) all over, with a bit more oomph in the right places for a subtle contour. I adore both of these bronzing products and I think it's safe to say I have been reaching for these two particular bronzers more than any others lately. I recently posted about the Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel, a product I spent a long time wanting and lusting after, and why I think the price is totally justified. It's just a really lovely, luxurious and special product, it stands out in my collection for sure. NARS Casino is every bit as perfect as NARS Laguna, but it's just that touch darker and in the warmer months when my skin grabs whatever colour it can whilst the sun is out. What are your Top 5 products from June?


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  1. Great post! I so want to try the Clarins BB cream.

    Jodie x
    www.retrococktail.co.uk

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    1. Thanks Jodie - It's well worth checking out xo

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  2. The orange nail polish was such a bargain! I love the colour - perfect for the summertime :)

    Sarah
    morethanadored.blogspot.com

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    1. Gamma is going to be a favourite shade for me this summer, I can tell I won't be able to stop wearing it! xo

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  3. Gamma looks so gorgeous, definitely going to go check out the sale on Illamasqua x

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    1. It's absolutely blooming beautiful. Let me know what you pick up from the sale :) xo

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  4. How do you find the Ben NYE powder? Do you recommend it even if you slightly prefer the NARS powder? I've been eyeing up a tub of it but can't think whether it will make me look washed out. x

    Adrienne | Late Night Nonsense

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    1. If you check out my review of the Banana Powder - I rave about it. I adore it and after buying the Banana Powder my Rimmel Stay Matte was long forgotten about! I do think the NARS Light Reflecting powder is better, but price wise the Ben Nye Banana Powder is just more realistic. If you can afford a splurge, invest in the NARS one :) I save it for long days out, special occasions and events because I know my makeup will stay perfect! xo

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    2. Oh and also - The Ben Nye powders come in different shades. There are paler and darker ones for all skin tones :) xo

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  5. I really want to try that Chanel product, I've read about it everywhere I'm just scared to take the plunge!

    Megan xxx
    Thumbelina Lillie | UK Beauty Blog

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    1. I reviewed it recently (click the underlined Chanel and it'll take you to my review!) I was the same - I wanted it for about two years but every time I just couldn't part with the money. Now I couldn't image not having it. It's stunning and so lovely, a firm favourite and looks like it'll last ages too :) xo

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    1. A favourite of mine too :) Although Casino is a better shade for me in the warmer months :) xo

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  7. I need to try Clarins BB, I swatched it and loved the finish same goes for NARS Reflecting Powder. :)

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    1. You should treat yourself to both! :) xo

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  8. The BB cream sounds great! I need a good one.
    Mia x
    miaalice.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. It's really lovely, a great alternative to high coverage bases xo

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  9. That Clarins BB cream sounds gorgeous. I've been really into lighter products recently. And ahh, I NEED the Chanel bronzer.

    Emma | World of dilEMMA
    xo

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    1. Clarins is a favourite brand for me, their products are such high quality xo

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  10. Is the Tan de Soleil Chanel really all that great? I am really pale and it seems like it'd be dark on me..

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    1. I think if you applied with a light hand, or even under your foundation, it would be fab. It's all about technique. I've seen some very pale beauty bloggers and YouTubers use this and it's looked so flattering against their skin tones. Maybe take a little travel pot in store and explain you want to try it at home to see what it's like against your skin tone? :) xo

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