So it’s been a busy June for me this year; dance shows, holidays abroad, starting a new job, finishing my A Levels and looking for new digs in Cambridge. Trying to stay on top of all this I once again have completely neglected my blog and once again I apologise. Including this post I’m about to put 3 new posts up so keep an eye out for some chatter about herbal tea and homemade hay fever remedies and maybe a cheeky holiday post too. But for now here is my (slightly belated) June Monthly Favourites post – enjoy x
1. Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm – by M.A.C
If you’re anything like me you are 100% a sucker for a duty free bargain whilst travelling abroad. Of course designer brands such as M.A.C I can spot in the airport a mile off and although I only saved around a fiver on this beauty I am thoroughly pleased with this product. This M.A.C primer comes in at a reasonable £24.00 in England and was roughly 25euros in Greece (America it shoots down to about $20). M.A.C has always been a favourite brand of mine but can be a very confusing shop for the beginner. Especially in skincare; they have a wide range of skin products from foundations and primers to oil control lotions and tan enhancers. It’s hard to know which product to start with. I chose this cream for 3 reasons; the SPF control on this is 35 and being on holiday this was perfect. It is not only a primer but doubles as a tinted foundation so I do not need to apply any foundation over the top. Lastly, it was a perfect skin match for me as it comes in an extensive array of skin shades.
I apply this primer with a foundation brush and it glides on smoothly. You really do have to pay full attention to the application as it can leave orange patches if you are in a hurry, but spending the extra minute on blending is 100% worth as this tinted foundation covers every blemish and skin pigmentation on the face. It doesn’t feel heavy so can be work in hot weather and does not slide off the face when perspiring. Like I said before, the colour match is great and I really feel like a quick sweep of concealer under the eyes is all I need to go out feeling confident with when I’m wearing this product. 5 stars to you MAC cosmetics.
2. Tousle Me Softly Finishing Touch Cream – by Herbal Essences
I’ve possessed this cream/mousse for over 2 years now and I stopped using as it made my hair feel cloggy and greasy. However I took this on holiday with me hoping I could find a use for it after coming out of the pool and sea to give that sexy beachy waves look every girls desires. NOTE: This product should only be used on thick wet hair, I could imagine that applying this to fine hair would weigh it down and just make it feel disgusting as the product is fairly thick in texture. I have long, thick, straight hair which can be very hard to style and wavy hair can only be achieved by French plaiting my hair for hours and using a whole bottle of hairspray after. This product I would apply straight after coming out the shower or the pool and simply scrunch it through my hair- I was pleasantly surprised at the instant beachy waves and curls I then possessed. If I then went back in the water afterwards, when my hair dried it would still keep it’s beachy waves and plus the smell like most Herbal Essences products is AMAZING. Like I said above, I think you must only test this if you have thick hair like me, and use in small amounts; if this stuff works for you it could last you easily up to a year. A great product if you have a certain hair type; if not, I would find a tousle product that is a spray not a mousse.
3. “Detox” and “Green Tea with Manuka Honey” – Clipper
I am a huge fan of Clipper tea bags. Recently a health food shop just opened up about 30 seconds away from my house and they stock every kind of tea imaginable including all my favourite Clipper flavours. Today I was feeling a bit run down with life in general so I went in and treated myself to a box of my usual Green Tea with Manuka Honey and also a box of Detox Infusion. The Detox Infusion is 20 delicious bags of hibiscus, liquorice root, nettle & aloe vera and it is super yummy. It is instantly calming and refreshing but doesn’t contain caffeine meaning I don’t want to head off for a nap as soon as I’ve finished my mug. It calms my nerves, stops me worrying about everyday problems and seems to clear my head whilst making me feel great on the inside. If you haven’t tried Clipper tea bags before I would definitely recommended them and find which flavour is best for you. 100% natural, 100% delicious.
4. Cat Eye Sunglasses – By TopShop
The grueling hunt for a pair of decent sunnies this summer has been second to none; I have trawled all the high street shops, searched online and even glanced wistfully at a few Chanel numbers but nothing was matching up to what I wanted. I have quite a round face with small features and most sunglasses designs either squash my face so I look like I’m wearing goggles or make me look like a character from Bugs Life. And then when I finally do find a pair, they’re even breaking my bank account or breaking in general. Well after months of searching I was browsing in the UK high street brand TopShop and came across the black Cat Eye sunglasses. They just suited my face shape so well and I instantly fell in love with them. They were £16 so well within budget and were lowered to £14.50 with my student discount- BARGAIN. I have been wearing these out almost everyday and what I love about them is I can wear them with a pair of denim shorts and converse or wear them on a summers evening when I’m dolled up in dresses and heels. Definitely go check TopShop out if you are still on the search for the perfect pair because they have a wide range of styles for all face shapes.
5. Distance Shores Body Scrub – Champneys
If you haven’t heard of Champneys before I’m going to indulge you in a little knowledge. Champneys is predominantly the name of a chain of health and beauty spas around the England. There are 4 different resorts you can be whisked away to and if you’re looking for a luxurious weekend away I would definitely recommend checking out their website. Once you’ve been and indulged in all their treatments you will be pleased to know they have an online shop where you can buy their products at reasonable prices (I believe Boots Uk are also stocking some of their products now too). My personal favorite is this exfoliator which I have been carrying around in my wash bag for a good couple of months now. It is gentle enough for the face and sensitive skin but also gives a good scrubbing on touhg dry patches around the knees and elbows too. It makes my bathroom smell just like my very own spa and I just love love love this product.
6. White Wedged Sandals – Primark
Now I know what you’re thinking….Primark. Good quality. Really?! But yes dear bloggers I assure you I would not post a buy in my monthly favorite post that I did not truly believe was worth every penny. These sandals I picked up in a last minute decision before I went on holiday and I had previously found a replica pair in TopShop for around £50.” How much were these shoes Frankie?!” I hear you cry….a beautiful £10. Yes, I spent a tenner on a pair of shoes. AND THEY’RE AMAZING. I can wear them casual on my way down to the pool with my swimsuit and kimono or with a beautiful sparkly dress on a night out. They are only a small wedge so very easy to walk in and the matte white look (looks slightly pink and dull in the above picture) means they go with anything. Love a good bargain!
7. Smooth Nourishing Hand Cream - by Nivea
Especially in this hot weather, my hands are prone to becoming very dry and cracked throughout the year. All I want is a simple hand cream. I don’t want a label that informs me this cream was whipped up by angels or produced from the fluffy clouds of a unicorn’s fridge- I just want a hand cream that does exactly what it says on the label. And this product does exactly that. It gives instant relief to dry cracked hands or peeling skin and is a handy pocket size squeezy bottle so you can take it anywhere with you, anytime, all year round.
So that’s it! Sorry I didn’t have as many products this month, guess things just weren’t living up to my standards! I hope you enjoyed this post; please like or share with your friends and I’ll see you all very soon. Ciao.