I didn't find June a particularly inspiring month in the world of beauty especially on the cosmetic front. All was not lost as i did pick up a few nice skincare items and had a dig around my stash and found a few neglected cosmetic items which deserved more attention...
NARS Mekong Eyeshadow- A gorgeous super dark espresso with golden shimmer, which provides a great alternative to black. I use this in my outer V a lot to create smokey brown eye looks, I sometimes feel black is too harsh for my fair skin tone but this is just perfect. There is a little bit of fall out but perfectly controllable.
NARS Tuomota Multiple Bronzer- I love this matte bronzer as a contour as it is creamy and easy to blend. I use this with my 109 brush and it looks nice and natural with no bright orange tones, I’ve done a little swatch below so you can see the colour..
Chanel Particuliere Nail Varnish- I’m sure this is perfectly dupable, with say Barry M Mushroom polish, however nothing comes close to having the real deal for me. I must admit i was rather excited when i spotted this on the counter at Jarrolds a couple of weeks back, after a random restock. This is one of those dirty taupe colours which waivers to the brown rather than purple side. I know nobody else probably knows it is Chanel but I feel classy and sophisticated when I wear it, a moderately to expensive guilty pleasure purchase in my opinion.
Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair- This product is one of those cult products which often wins a number of awards, I am often dubious of this, I mean who still votes for Maybelline Great Lash mascara as the best mascara of all time still?? However I let my scepticism go and purchased this, mainly due to seeing Tanya rave about this product (I mean who wouldn’t want skin like hers?). This product has definitely helped heal any blemishes I have faster than normal and soothes my skin when it feels irritated. I don’t use this every night, just keep it to hand for angry skin days.
I hummed and hawed over including the next two items due to one factor, which was price. Neither of these products were cheap, they definitely fall into the expensive guilty pleasure category however I did enjoy using these so thought it would be shame to leave them out.
Aromatherapy Associates Revive Evening Bath and Shower Oil- This is just pure self indulgent luxury, I use a cap of this in the bath when I feel stressed and instantly feel relaxed and revived. This smells divine a mixture of geranium and patchouli. I’m a little sad that my bottle has just one or two more baths left : (
Nude Replenishing Night Oil- This comes in at an extortionate £42 for just 15ml of product however the results were impressive. My skin plays up at times and I suffer from eczema in places. A couple of drops are all i use at night when I feel my skin is in need and I wake up with beautifully soft, glowy skin. Unlike with some oils there is no greasy residue left in morning. A major downfall however is that you can not see how much is left, meaning I can not really say how long this will last at the moment.
I also accquired two new babies in the form of Shu Uemura Atelier beauty boxes (pictured to the left)...
My vanity/set up
These cases are spacious and well-built, perfect for storing my oversized collection
I have thought about doing a collection post however am not sure whether this would be of interest to any of you! Let me know if you would like to see it.
I did do a little haul from In the Groove however i won't bother to post that as you have probably seen it all before! It consisted of Stereo Rose, Stereo Rose and one more Stereo Rose.... better to be safe than sorry : )