Another month done and dusted! I swear it feels like it was just Christmas. This month was very important to me. June was the month that four quick years finally paid off; the month that will forever be remembered as when I graduated University. I'm a bit sad I'm not going straight into my Master's Degree, but I'm going to take some time off, make some money to help pay for it, and get some experience. But nobody wants to hear about my life, makeup is much, much more exciting! During my little hiatus, I took the opportunity to test lots of new makeup. June's beauty favourites are some of the stand out products from that time period.
The Body Shop Tea Tree Flawless BB Cream
I picked this up on a random whim at the beginning of last month when my local Body Shop was running some amazing deals! It has been one of my most used products during my mini hiatus. I have it in the shade '01', the lightest. For there only being three shades, it is a pretty good match for my pale skin. People who don't enjoy products with a strong scent should maybe give a pass on this, as it contains organic tea tree oil, lemon tea tree oil and tamanu oil.
Makeup Revolution Matte Lip Kit in Echelon
I have found my everyday pinky nude liquid lipstick. It is a perfect dusty, pink nude shade. The original formula of the Makeup Revolution Matte Lip Kits was not one of my favourites; it left my lips feeling extremely dry and slightly gritty. Like the product balled up after it had dried. However, the new formula is so much nicer, comparable to the likes of Kat von D and Anastasia Beverly Hills. The new formula is smooth, not too drying and lasts for ages before the inner lip starts to fade.
Maybelline One by One Volum' Express
I am one of those people who will have tonnes of unopened mascaras just collecting in my drawer, just waiting for the time I need a new one. You can't beat that feeling of opening a fresh new mascara! I bought this legit ages ago from Tk Maxx, so much so that it seems to have been discontinued, however I only opened it a few weeks ago. I didn't really expect much but I'm really enjoying it. I got the shade brownish-black which makes it a lot more natural than many of my other mascaras. The mascara itself is very lengthening and separating and defines my eyes very nicely. Two big thumbs up! However, I just need to find something similar for future use, just because it has been discontinued.
theBalm Frat Boy Blush
Summer has to be all about the pinky peach blushes! Since buying theBalm Frat Boy from the BirchBox Shop, I have been in serious love! The shade is just perfect for a natural, summertime blush, not too over the top. The blush is very pigmented though, so a heavy hand could lead to slightly overdone cheeks. I find that there is a little bit of powder dust kicked up when I apply it, even though I do use a heavy hand. Maybe the formula of the blush is a bit softer than others I have used?
Over the past year, I have become very invested in my brows. I've been choosing to go a bit bolder and more defined with my brows. While the NYX Micro Brow Pencil used to be my go-to, the Benefit KaBrow is the way forward! I find it so easy to use and the pigmentation is just right: not too strong to create Sharpie brows, but not so weak that it does nothing. It's also super handy that there is a little brow brush hidden in the handle of the cap; making it super travel-friendly.
I'm always looking for new products to be recommended, so let me know what some of your recent favourites have been! Makeup, skincare, bodycare, I don't mind!
Louise x x