This month's favourites | July 2015

27 Jul 2015

A picture of beauty products
This month has gone by crazy fast, although I always think July is pretty quick - probably because it's my favourite month of the year. Not only is July usually hot and sunny in the UK, but July is also my birthday month and this month was the dreaded 27! Makeup wise I had mostly makeup free days this month, which I put down to total laziness and just not wanting to put makeup on when I'm just at home all day. That said I have a bunch of favourites to share with you all that covers makeup, skincare, body care and a nail polish, which is a very new addition to my beauty stash!

We've been so lucky this summer to have some really beautiful hot summer days (amid the usual rain and grey skies akin to England!) and on those days there is nothing I've wanted more than to cool down and feel refreshed. A favourite product of mine for keeping my skin feeling fresh and reviving tired, dry eyes is Origins No Puffery (£24), a lovely cooling eye roll-on that I keep in the fridge and pop on whenever I need it. It uses Yeast Extract and Heolen Mushroom Extract to help de-puff, brighten, calm and reduce redness. Love, love, love!

Keeping my skin insanely smooth and happy this month is a mask I am using twice a week; Merumaya Skin Brightening Exfoliating Peel* (£19.50), which from first use left me in absolute awe. Although I've managed to avoid any pregnancy breakouts (Didn't know I was pregnant? Catch up with the baby news here), my skin is definitely dehydrated, and I'm talking full blown winter dehydration! This has left my skin slightly rough in texture and so I've been turning to exfoliating products which are safe to use during pregnancy, topping things up with hydrating serums and creams where necessary. The Skin Brightening Exfoliating Peel is a miracle worker, instantaneously leaving my skin unbelievably smooth and softer to the touch. It combines Acid and Enzyme technology for highly effective results in under 10 minutes, with a light-weight gel formula that helps to reduce congestion, clear blockages and remove dead skin cells, all whilst helping to prevent spots, retexturising and brightening skin. It does have a slight tingle feeling once applied, but nothing unbearable and I actually like that tingle you get with masks of this nature! It's recommended you leave on for 5-10 minutes; I opt for the full 10 minutes before rinsing away with a warm, soft bamboo cloth (my favourite is the Bodhi & Birch Bamboo Cotton Flannel £6). An amazing mask at a very reasonable price for the benefits it gives my skin.

In an attempt to reduce the dehydration my skin is currently experiencing and boost those moisture levels, I've been using the Pestle & Mortar Pure Hyaluronic Serum* (£33), which is going to be perfect for any cruelty free readers out there - as it's completely cruelty free! Described as a multi-tasker for skin, the Pure Hyaluronic Serum has a lovely consistency; not too thick you struggle to get it out of the pipette but not so thin it feels like it's doing nothing. It quickly works to target fine lines, dullness and dehydration, giving skin a boost of hydration whilst restoring plumpness and providing skin with a healthy glow, leaving skin looking more radiant and youthful. I've been turning to this beauty in the morning's and after daily use for several weeks now, I can honestly say it has made a huge difference to my skin and also works wonderfully under makeup!

I've been a bit obsessed with body oils recently, loving the way my skin feels softer than ever when I use body oils, compared to my usual favourites for body care. I'm trying to make sure I use up products before going onto new ones and noticed I have more than a few body oils already started, tried a few times then left alone - so I'm working my way through each one in the hopes of using them up and freeing up some space in my beauty storage. The oil I've been using nightly for the past few weeks is The Body Shop Cocoa Butter Beautifying Oil (£10), by far the most budget-friendly option in my stash and a scent I adore through summer. It has a subtle but delicious scent of cocoa and using Community Fair Trade Marula Oil alongside nut oils, gives skin an instant boost of hydration, leaving my skin feeling super soft in an instant. Even better? It doesn't leave my skin feeling sticky, it's not messy to apply and the scent lingers for a fair while, too. Obsessed.

Makeup wise I've mostly gone for neutral makeup looks this month, but one lip product in particular that I can't get enough of is the Basgy Lip Velvet in Spinning Plates* (£12) which is a lovely warm plummy brown and currently exclusive to FeelUnique. I have been trying a few products from Bagsy this month and I have to admit, a few are standing out as absolute favouites and makeup must-haves for me. This stunning Lip Velvet is one of those products; it is everything I wanted the Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick to be, has the most beautiful velvety soft formula, gives lovely colour pay-off without drying or caking throughout the day. Keep an eye out for my full review of Bagsy coming soon!

Last but not least and the most recent addition to my beauty stash which has instantly become a hit, the stunning Jacava Nail Polish in Saville Row* (£15.50), an incredibly beautiful dark sapphire blue which I am smitten with. Application wise I find 3 coats are necessary for a truly opaque finish, but you could also get away with 2. I always use a top coat but I actually find this has a lovely glossy finish before applying a top coat, too, so you could probably get away with not wearing one if you didn't have one to hand. I'm completely new to Jacava, whose polishes are created with a luxurious '9-free formula'; free from Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, Camphor, DBP, Toluene, Parabens, Phthalates, Lead, Xylene, Ethyl Tosylamide and animal-derived ingredients, making Jacava a cruelty-free brand!

What were your favourite products this July?

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