June 2018 Monthly Favourites

Hello lovelies 😊 I’m here to talk about all my June favourites. I can’t believe I’m writing my June hits & misses. I hope June has been a good month for you, it’s hard to believe we are into July already!

Hits

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation.

This foundation is a cult favourite among many beauty lovers and for good reason too.  It is one I have wanted to try for a long time but because it is so expensive I never took the plunge until recently.

I have been using this since I got it and I have to say it has become one of my favourite foundations.  It’s beautiful.  I can get light, medium or full coverage from it.  It’s glowy but doesn’t look greasy or oily.

It’s long wearing, it blends out beautifully and any products I put over it go on nicely too.  I also found that even when set (and I always set foundation) this doesn’t lose its glow. It still retains its glow, which I love.

I did buy a pump for it from Look Fantastic for €3.95 so it’s not exactly expensive but if I was splashing out €43 for a foundation I wouldn’t fancy having to spend extra just for a pump. If you want to purchase this you can get it from ASOS £33 (full price).

Smashbox Camera Ready BB Water SPF 30

As you’ll know from previous blog posts I have been on the hunt for a BB cream for quite a while now and after trying a few different ones, I’m pretty sure I’ve found my holy grail.

This one by Smashbox is fabulous. Lightweight, long lasting, excellent coverage, doesn’t look heavy, cakey or dry and it blends out like a dream.  It works best with a brush as a beauty blender just soaks it up.

I haven’t got one bad thing to say about it.  Despite being a BB Water I can get light, medium or full coverage from it.  I expected it to be light in coverage but it can be built up.

Although I prefer BB products in the warmer months this is one that I would wear all year round because I can get such great coverage from it.  It has a beautiful satin finish too and it looks radiant and healthy. 

We’ve been having seriously warm weather here in Ireland as of late and even through the really hot days and days where I’ve been outside a lot, this has held up really well.

There have been days where I have needed to use a mattifying primer & setting spray underneath it which I’ve had to do that with the NARS Sheer Glow as well and it still doesn’t look matte.  It still had a beautiful radiant, healthy glow.

Charlotte Tilbury Flawless Filter

This product from Charlotte Tilbury has received huge hype and adoration from make up lovers worldwide and I can see why.

I waited a while before purchasing this as I am usually reluctant to buy into hype.  However I can say that with this product, the hype is most definitely warranted. It is beautiful.

It gives my skin such a stunning glow that looks natural. I love this buffed into my skin on it’s own on days where I don’t want to wear make-up or when I am wearing very little make-up.

It looks great under pretty much any foundation I’ve tried and when I apply it over my foundation it gives a dewy effect to my skin.

I absolutely love it. It’s £30/€40, which isn’t the most affordable but it’s so worth it. It’s something that would last quite a while I think.

I found it hard to decide on a colour but eventually went for Light 3, which is perfect for my skin tone. I was worried it might be a little dark but thankfully it isn’t.

Blank Canvas F18 Short Duo Fibre Brush

This brush by Blank Canvas Cosmetics is one I’ve had for a few years now and I’d forgotten about it as I rarely used it until a few months ago when I was doing my make-up and couldn’t find the brush I was using to set my under-eye concealer.  In a pinch I grabbed this one and I haven’t looked back since. 

It’s the most perfect brush for setting my under-eye area.  It’s soft with some density and it’s the perfect size and shape for my under-eye area.

I have seen some videos where brushes similar to this are used for blush but I think it’s too small for that, maybe that’s just me though.

Personally, I prefer the Real Techniques Stippling brush for blush application.

This particular brush seems hard to find and the only place I could find it in stock is on Molloys Pharmacy website for €10.95. I’ve had mine for about three of four years now and it’s still going strong.

Blank Canvas F36 Round Cheek Brush

I bought this around a month ago when Cloud 10 Beauty had a promotion and I paid buttons for it.  It was so cheap but its great quality. 

All Blank Canvas Brushes that I have tried have been great quality and they are very affordable too.

This brush is perfect for buffing in primers, highlighters, cream blush etc.  It works so well at blending them out for a seamless finish.  I love it.  It’s the perfect shape and size and it’s dense too but it’s not harsh on my skin. 

Clarins Summer 2018 Collection Bronzer/Blusher

This bronzer by Clarins is beautiful.  Every year they release a summer collection that always includes a bronzer and this year was no exception.  The packaging is gorgeous and the bronzer itself is even more gorgeous.

I struggle with bronzers as I often find they are too warm for my complexion so I look orange or as if I’ve applied too much so I’m always wary when it comes to bronzers especially when I buy online mostly.

Thankfully this one worked out, its perfect for my pale complexion.  It looks beautiful and smells gorgeous, although that’s not important, it’s nice when a product smells nice!

This is quite pricey, it is €47 which is a lot for a bronzer.  This is Clarins though and they are a high-end brand.  The bronzer is huge so it will last a while (which I’m using as justification for buying it!).

If you’re a makeup lover like me and you love a bit of a luxury (and who doesn’t love a bitta luxury goodness?!) then this is one product I would recommend checking out.  I can’t stop raving about it! 

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

Setting sprays are something I’ve only started using within the last year and this is one I’ve heard rave reviews about.  It’s a cult favourite and I can see why, it’s bloody amazing.  Previous to this I used the Kat Von D Lock It setting spray which was only okay.

I didn’t find it to do a whole lot really bar take away any powdery look but I didn’t find it to help my makeup last longer .

At Christmas Sephora had a duo set of the All Nighter so I decided to pick it up and try it out and I’m delighted I did.  It takes away any powdery look that my face may have after I set my face and it helps my makeup to last longer.

It’s expensive at €31 so if you see a duo set definitely pick that up instead as it’s far better value.  I’ll be repurchasing this once I finish my current bottle.

I can’t be without it at all. I use it every day I do my make-up and without it I don’t feel my makeup looks as good as it does with it.

I’ve used the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Fixing Mist too and really disliked it, I’m currently trying out the Catrice Mattifying Spray and while it’s good, it’s not as good as the All Nighter. 

There is just something about the All Nighter that makes it stand out from other sprays. You can buy it in Debenhams

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5

This is something I’ve been using for around a month now and while using it I decided to stop using other serums and oils just to see how well this worked for me, if it worked at all. 

I have been super impressed with this and how well it has worked for me.

I didn’t expect it to work so well. This is lightweight, absorbs quickly, leaves my skin feeling hydrated, moisturised and nourished.

This costs €6.80 on Cloud 10 Beauty (where I bought it) and frankly it gives its other (more expensive) counterparts a run for their money. I mean for €6.80 you can’t go wrong.

If you are on the hunt for a new serum or if you have dry or very dry skin this is something to check out because honestly I can’t see it cc you, especially for €6.80.

Catrice Prime And Fine Anti-Shine Fixing Spray

Yup. Another setting spray. This one by Catrice is fabulous and the best part? It costs €4.95. It’s a steal.

Although it’s supposed to have a matte finish I don’t find it mattifies me a whole lot which I like. It does take down *some* glow/shine but not a lot and it definitely doesn’t mattify my base in any way.

I use this before applying my base products, especially with the glorious weather we have been having in Ireland of late. 

Although my skin is dry and mattifying products are not something I should use on it.  However, with the hot weather I have needed to use something to help my foundation last well.

On the days where I have needed my makeup to look well & last all day (usually days where I would be outside lot) I use the Makeup Forever mattifying primer with a spritz of this on my face before applying my base products. 

Doing this helped hugely with keeping my makeup in place and lasting all day.  You can purchase this from Inish Pharmacy.

That rounds up my June Favourites.  I don’t have any misses this month, which is great.  Normally I’ll have at least two products that didn’t work for me or that I didn’t like.

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