You know when you stumble across a blog you absolutely love from the moment you lay eyes on it & then end up scrolling for hours, reading as many posts as possible? I found myself doing that with Sally's blog (The Makeup Directory) recently & wanted to share the love! Each month Sally writes about what can be found in her makeup bag, here is her latest one, Whats In My June Makeup Bag. I've been completely inspired by her to share what is in mine too but of course I wanted to thank Sally for the post idea first before sharing my makeup picks for the month of June.
I love switching up my makeup routine every now & again, I don't have a huge beauty collection really but I do have a bit of a variety compared to most people I know & often forget to have a rummage through my stash. I've had lots of new, exciting makeup products recently though which has pushed me to play around a little more & actually use my pretty products instead of keeping them for 'best'. I mean, I may as well as enjoy them instead of simply admiring them!
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation - This is the base I've been reaching for the most throughout June, oh how I love this stuff. It transforms my skin from being tired & lacklustre into perfection, not only because it blends beautifully & conceals my imperfections it is also the best match for my skin tone. The Magic Foundation is available in every shade you can imagine & the girls at the Covent Garden Store are amazing at finding the right shade for you, mine obviously being the palest shade they do.
IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer - IT Cosmetics is a big fave with Vivianna & has quickly become a big fave with me too! The concealer is extremely thick, yet still very blendable, enabling my under eye circles to become non-existent in a matter of moments.
L'Oreal Paris Infallible Sculpt Contour Palette - I've never been in to contouring as I was scared I'd end up making myself into a muddy-looking mess but recently I've been watching endless tutorials & plucked up the courage to give it a go. It's safe to say I've been converted & it's actually become my favourite step in my makeup routine. This little L'Oreal palette is amazing, the cream to powder formula is fool-proof & it includes a little diagram showing me where to put the product on my face so I can't really go wrong.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade - As always, I've been using my beloved ABH Dipbrow Pomade on my brows. I use the shade Medium Brown which I find is ideal for my ash toned brows. The one downfall this product has is that it is beginning to dry up so it's not as easy to use anymore, has anyone got any tips on how to rectify this?
The Balm NUDE'tude Nude Eyeshadow Palette - Nude Eyeshadow palettes are my weakness, I have quite the collection but I can never say no to a new one. NUDE'tude from The Balm is such a fun, pretty neutrals palette, I get use out of all the shades but my top three are Selfish, Sophisticated & Stand-Offish.
L'Oreal Paris SuperLiner - It's very rare I go without liquid eyeliner if I'm doing a full face of makeup, I find I look strange if I only wear mascara. If you've been a reader of my blog for a long time you'll also know I'm never without the L'Oreal Superliner. To be honest I haven't even tried a huge range of liquid eyeliners because I know this one works for me I don't want to stray away from it & experience any eyeliner disasters!
Too Faced Better Than False Lashes Extreme - When I first started experimenting with makeup I was obsessed with a dual-ended mascara from Rimmel, with one end being a primer to coat & thicken your lashes before you applied the actual mascara. The Too Faced Better Than False Lashes Extreme mascara is a similar concept as it has two products that work together to enhance your lashes. This makes SUCH a difference to my eyelashes, it gives them extra length & thickness thanks to the Nylon fibres that grip on to my lashes to extend them. I love love love this mascara, my eyelashes have never looked so thick & full & I'm pretty lucky to be graced with decent lashes anyway.
Soap & Glory One Heck of a Blot Powder - This powder is my current most-loved finishing product, it sets my makeup into place, blotting out any traces of oil to ensure my makeup doesn't budge all day. It's weightless too so I don't feel like my face is weighed down with another layer of makeup.
Makeup Revolution Lip Euphoria - MUR Lip Euphorias are super comfortable to wear with insane pigmentation levels, I'm so impressed by these! They're buttery soft & creamy to apply & the lasting power is crazy good too & they're pretty much the bargain of the Century at £3 a pop. I wear the shade Fortune if I'm feeling a little more fancy, I love a good berry lip shade & this is right up my street colour wise!
As soon as I saw the trailer (watch the trailers here & here!) for The Secret Life of Pets I knew I would be heading to the cinema to watch it. Luckily enough for me I was invited to attend an exclusive screening with Petplan on the 19th June. Our Pugs, Tilly & Lulu, are insured through Petplan Dog Insurance with their lifetime cover, something that is very important to us & has been extremely valuable as we have had to use our insurance a couple of times to claim.
Before the screening began we were invited into the foyer for refreshments & there was lots of fun stuff going on too. The activities were mostly aimed at Children but we joined in with a few things & got new Dog Tags made for Tilly & Lulu which was a nice little extra. We had the absolute pleasure of meeting Edna the Pug who was part of the Dog Petting station, it was a lovely experience & made me wish Tilly & Lulu had been able to attend too! There was also a Rabbit petting station too, it was adorable to see all the fluffy bunnies hopping around & lapping up the attention. The atmosphere was lovely, you could tell everyone was really excited about the activities that had been arranged, it was the perfect way to while away some time before we could take our seats in front of the big screen!
I'm not going to give too much away about the movie, so don't worry, no spoilers here! What I will say is that it was such an adorable film, perfect for Children but also perfect for us pet crazy adults too. The main reason I was interested in seeing the film so much was of course because it featured the cutest little Pug, named Mel. They represented the personality of the Pug so accurately, every time Mel did something in the movie I was constantly reminded of my two hilarious little Pugs. They have the most comical, loving & playful personalities & I am so glad that was shown in the film. It's an absolute must-watch for anybody with a Pet in their life, it's a heartwarming comedy that I could rewatch over & over!
Will you be heading to the cinema to see The Secret Life of Pets?
A little later than usual but here we are with my favourite products from the month of May, I've been busy, busy busy recently but it feels good to sit down & blog! I went to stay at Beccas house over the weekend & took advantage of her beautiful set up to shoot some blog photos, which is why they may look a little different from my usual ones.
I'm a big fan of Antipodes Skincare & have recently really been loving the Juliet Skin-Brightening Gel Cleanser. The formula is unlike any other cleansers I have used before as it's quite thin & as it's a liquid gel rather than a balm or cream but it still removes makeup effortlessly. It gives my skin a really fresh, glowing appearance & the Manuka Honey and Vinanza Grape keeps blemishes to a minimum.
As I mentioned in my Rosie for Autograph blog post, I absolutely loved the Eyeshadow Stick in Feline Fox so theres no surprises here to see it featured in my monthly faves! I'm obsessed with the colour of it & really love that I can use it for a quick wash of colour or layer it up for a more intense look. If I've got more time on my hands then I've been reaching for Rosie's Eyeshadow Palette in Ballet Slipper instead, or using a combination of both products. It's my perfect everyday palette & I've been travelling quite a bit recently too so it's become my staple travel palette.
After my NARs Sheer Glow Foundation (review here) ran out I wanted to try a new high end foundation, in the end I chose the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation & I'm so glad I did. It transforms my skin into everything I could wish for in a Foundation, it perfects my skin in a way I've never experienced before. It's weightless yet provides full coverage, hides my imperfections effortlessly & gives me a flawless base. I'm going to have to do a full review on it because there is so much more to tell you about!
Just a few favourites from the month of May, the other beauty items in the photograph were used as props as Becca allowed me to rummage through her insane makeup collection & let me use whatever I fancied! The H&M blush & eyeshadows are beautiful though so I'm sure you'll be seeing more of them around on here. What were your favourite beauty products in May?
I loved starting last month with a goals post, (May Goals) it gave me something to look back on when I was feeling demotivated so I thought I would continue it for the month of June. June is going to be an extremely busy month for me & when I think about everything that is going on I feel overwhelmed. It's all exciting stuff though, I just need to be extra organised to pull it all off!
One - Continue working as much as possible on my blog. Last month didn't go to plan at all & I've now got a broken MacBook but I am powering through & using Doms Windows laptop to get some posts finished. I'm one of those people that is never happy with their own work which is why my blog posts are so sporadic, I am trying to stop being so hard on myself though & let of those feelings. We will see...
Two - Make more of an effort to eat healthier. I'm not going to suddenly switch up my diet completely but I am feeling more sluggish than ever recently & I know one reason is down to my diet. We get lazy & order takeaway too much or I'll snack on huge chocolate bars throughout the day & never want to eat a proper meal.
Three - Improve my photography. I love taking photos but it also stresses me out at the same time. I'm a big believer of practice makes perfect so I'm going to stop freaking out over photo taking sessions & concentrate on what I'm doing instead.
Short but sweet, those are my goals for June. Now I'm off to pack my suitcase for a fun mid week trip away with the Pugs!