Sunday, 30 June 2019

June Favourites

Well, June didn't start the best with all that rain, but as always I have lots of lovely things to show you which I have been loving this month. It is often so hard to choose and not pick too many, so I try to keep to around 15! Let's crack on...
I received the Manna Kadar Champagne Charcoal Scrub ($24.00) in one of my FabFitFun boxes and in all honesty I hadn't even heard of the brand before, which is something that FabFitFun is great for, for trying new products and brands. The Scrub is perfect for exfoliating the skin to remove any dead skin cells so that your skin is lovely and soft for Summer dresses and of course that champagne fragrance is everything boujee. If you would like $15 off your FabFitFun box, use the link here.
I discovered that Superdrug had released a Limited Edition Solait Express Dark Tan Mousse (£5.99) which has been scented with coconut, and I am all for anything coconut. It was originally £5.99, but it was on offer for £3.99 which is incredible value for a self tan mousse. One of the things I love most about this is that you only need to leave it on 1-3 hours and then you can rinse it off and it contains Vitamin E to keep the skin moisturised. You can find it online at Superdrug here.
I am a sucker for delicious packaging and Bobbi Brown recently came out with the Bobbi Brown Crushed Liquid Lip (£19.00) in a few new shades with cool ombre packaging. I went for the shade East Coast Slay as it is one of those light nudes that is perfect for just about any occasion and I bloody love a good Bobbi Brown lippy, as they are made so well and the pigmentation is always second to none. You can find them online at Bobbi Brown here.
I have been looking at inserting an online shop onto my blog and so I have recently been making some test orders from the USA. One thing I ordered is the L'Oreal Voluminous Original Mascara ($8.99) in the shade Deep Burgundy. It is very similar in style to the L'Oreal Lash Paradise so it applies really well and I just really fancied the shade as I do like to experiment but sometimes you don't want neon lashes and this works lovely. Let me know if you would be interested in me ordering more of these.
I am currently saving my holiday (in December!) and so I haven't been having my nails done lately as they are just an expense I don't need right now. So, I have been using some of the gorgeous imPRESS Press-On Manicures* (£7.99) and this particular style is my current absolute favourite. It is called Yeah Boy and consists of marbled-effect nails, light grey ones and silver glittery nails. They are super quick and easy to apply and much cheaper than going to the salon. You can find them online here.
My skin hates both Summer and Winter, and I forever have dry, itchy skin, particularly on my arms and legs and so I have to keep on top of it. A product which I received in a recent beauty box is the Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Purpose Dry Oil (£18.50 for 50ml). The 50ml bottle comes with a spray applicator and it can be used on the face, body and hair, although I sometimes even pop a few drops in my bath by removing the lid. It smells divine and I love that it is a dry oil so that you aren't left with a greasy residue. You can find it online here.
I first tried Kristin Ess hair care whilst I was over in Orlando last November, after discovering her through Lauren Conrad. I brought a few products back with me at the time and after loving them I have been trying out a couple of others. One which is perfect for this time of year is the Kristin Ess Sea Salt Air Dry Spray (£18.00 for 200ml), which is perfect for straight or wavy hair and adds instant texture and volume, like a traditional salt spray but without any stickiness. You can find it in the UK here.
When placing a L'Occitane order online, you got a free face mask when you spent £15 or more. L'Occitane have only just started doing face masks, so I was really glad to be able to try one. I received the L'Occitane Purifying Mask (£4.50) which contains freshly-cut Provencal thyme and therefore smells heavenly. They come in cute little pods and so are great for travelling with or just a little pick me up and come in three more varieties to suit different skincare needs. You can find them online here.
One product which has been a MUST-have lately, and is the one product you need for Summer, is the SKN Rehab SKN Filter* (£30.00). This sun protection contains a powerful combination of vitamins and antioxidants to not only protect the skin with its SPF30, but also to target and treat the damaging effects of the sun. It has a rich and silky texture and contains Vitamin E to treat lines and wrinkles, as well as Vitamin C to help treat sun spots, pigmentation and uneven texture. You get 50ml of product, which I think is such great value and you only need a small amount each day before going out in the sun. You can find it online here.
During the Summer months, I tend to wear a lot of light coloured eye makeup, and therefore I like to use a brown eyeliner as I am quite naturally fair anyway. So I picked up the Wet n Wild Liquid Eyeliner in the shade Dark Brown. It only costs £3.00 and it has such a precise tip that it is hard to make a mistake, and I love that it gives a more natural, yet still defined eye line. You can find it online at Beauty Bay here.
My best friend Jay told me about the Charles Worthington Grow Strong Longer & Stronger Protein Treatment (£8.99) which she first started using after she gave birth to her baby boy Jose. She had had some hair loss and thinning and so she had started using this to add some strength to her hair. I bought it to try and so far I have been loving it, as you only need a tiny bit and so your hair doesn't feel greasy and it is a leave-in treatment which has really helped my hair to grow thicker and longer much quicker than normal. You can find it online here.
I saw Jay's sister Brooklyn a few weeks ago and her lips looked phenomenal so I asked what she was wearing and she said she had put the DuWop Venom Gloss (£16.00) on top of her regular lip product. I have quite thin lips and I can't afford to have fillers and so I ordered it in the shade Love In A Mist, which is a pink/lilac shade and looks lovely either on its own or on top of other lip products to really plump up the lips without the pain. You can find it online here.
When placing a Cult Beauty order, if you spent a certain amount, you got a free goody bag, so I added the Natasha Denona Blush & Glow Blush & Highlighting Powder (£16.00) to my basket. It is a super cute duo gold palette which contains a pretty pink shimmery blush and a light gold champagne shimmery highlighter. Natasha Denona's products are often very expensive, and so this is a great way to try them out at a cheaper price. You can find it online at Cult Beauty here.
I always think there is something really comforting about baby skincare products, perhaps it is the gentle scent and for someone who can get quite sensitive skin, the fact that they are gentle on the skin. So I recently ordered the L'Occitane Shea Baby Lovely & Gentle Moisturising Milk (£16.00 for 100ml), and I like to use it when I need a little comfort in my life. It comes in cute pastel packaging and smells heavenly as well as keeping my skin lovely and soft. You can find it online here.
My lips get super dry in Summer (and Winter, again my skin just doesn't like extreme weather change), and so I have been using the Smith's Rosebud Salve* to keep my lips super soft and nourished. I first got into this when I was a teenager as Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen used to rave about it, and if it was good enough for them, it was good enough for me. The salve is rose-scented and reminds me of a fragrant rose garden in Summer. It can also be used on other dry areas of the face and body as it is such a hydrating salve and works so well. You can find it online here.
All the Loves,
Kathryn xxx

*Items asterixed have been gifted to me, but all opinions are my own

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