Instead of doing a generic ‘Monthly Favourites’ post like most beauty bloggers/vloggers seem to do (and, admittedly what I also did last month), I thought I would take a different approach this month and instead do something I’ve decided to call a ‘Month In Review’, in which I’ll still be talking about my favourite beauty products, but also picking out the highlights of the month for me personally with pictures and videos (if they’ll work).
Currently, as I’m writing this, I’m on a plane from Tenerife back to Manchester. It’s a late flight (almost 1am at the time I’m typing) but I’m so awake because planes make me so unnecessarily nervous! Despite the plane anxiety, I’ve had a lovely relaxing week away in the heat, and I’ve actually managed to tan a little bit for the first time ever in my life which is a bit of a shock to the system! Don’t worry though – I’m still the same ‘palebambi’. I haven’t tanned that much!
Whilst at Manchester Airport before our holiday had truly begun, I was more than ready to raid duty free for some cheap(er) high end makeup! After much back and forth between trying to choose YSL’s Rouge Volupté Shine lipstick (£26) or their Touché Eclat Blur Primer (£29.50) (the one with gold flecks in it!), I ended up having the luckiest moment in my life when after I had finally chosen the primer to buy, the super lovely and generous counter girl gave me a massive free sample of the lipstick I wanted (08; Pink In Confidence) in the form of a barely used tester – basically giving me the whole £26 of product for free (which is why it has the plastic top, and not the normal gold top). I was on cloud nine for the rest of the day, as you can imagine. I spent the majority of my holiday wearing both the primer and the lipstick on evenings, pushing my Body Shop Instablur and my other lip colours I brought to the side for the whole week!
Also while I was away, I bought myself a Chanel Rouge Coco lipstick (£26) in the shade 432; Cecile, and on the plane ride home my Dad bought me the YSL Touché Eclat pen in shade 02; Ivory Radiance (thank you Dad!). Somehow I managed to increase my YSL makeup collection from one thing to four in just a week which seems kind of crazy! I’m not at all complaining though. Both YSL and Chanel packaging is so classy and gorgeous it brings me endless happiness! Beautifully packaged products are definitely my weakness. I have yet to use both of these products for the first time – but let me know if you would like to see a review on any of the products I’ve mentioned in the future!
On lazy poolside days in Tenerife I did a lot of reading. The book I brought with me was ‘Pretty Honest’ by Sali Hughes (£16.99) – if you’re a beauty fanatic like me and don’t own this book, you absolutely need it! It’s the beauty BIBLE. Even if you think you know everything about beauty (and I can almost say without a doubt, no one knows as much about beauty as Sali does) you still need this! It’s a staple item for any woman’s bookcase, and it reads in such a way that you feel like Sali is your best friend you’ve known forever! Her book has definitely influenced how I write about beauty (I can already sense I slight change in my blog writing style). Sali made me realise that beauty writings should be read in a way that makes the reader feel like you’re very close – it should be honest and kind of blunt, but full of extremely helpful and unforgettable advice that shouldn’t come across as condescending or dispassionate in any way, shape, or form. This is an absolute must-have read!
[Photos taken from Google] I also really wanted to mention, despite the fact it has nothing to do with beauty, that on one of the final days of our holiday, we went to Siam Water Park! It was such a fun day out and they had some really cute seals there, but the one thing I just HAVE to share is that I totally braved up to go on this horrendously dangerous looking water slide; the Tower of Powder. It’s an extremely tall water slide that basically has you at a vertical drop! It’s horrifying to look up at, so once I was up there I didn’t dare look down or else I knew I would have chickened out! The experience lasted only seconds but it was completely thrilling and even though I couldn’t see or breathe the whole way down I’m so glad I did it! If you ever go to Tenerife you have to be brave and go on this water slide; it will make you feel like you can do anything afterwards!
Probably my most favourite beauty product of this month was the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette (£41). I love it so much, in fact, that I have already hit pan on one of the colours (Tempera) which I use as a base on my whole lid. I’ve been really experimenting with this palette – more than I have with any other palette I’ve ever owned! It’s so diverse. My go-to look involves a lot of pinks and reds, but I have also been trying natural looks with the neutral colours, and even smoky orange looks which is so far out of my comfort zone! I would recommend this palette to anyone, you can’t go wrong with it. Excellent quality. It makes me so excited for any future ABH eyeshadow palettes!
Another product that I’ve been loving this month is the Makeup Revolution Golden Sugar Ultra Blush palette (£6)! It served me so well when I was away, providing me with bronzer, blush, and highlight in one little palette. Every shade is packed with so much pigment, and applies beautifully. The super cheap price is a crazy added bonus! I especially love how each pan looks like a cute little planet (I’m a sucker for cute designs on powders).
Some of my honourable mentions this month include the Makeup Forever Face & Body foundation (£27; 38 Pink Porcelain) (which, no, I will not stop raving about). It’s an amazing foundation, and I’ve written so many times about it before. The freckles on my face came out after a bit of sun exposure, and I love freckles! They’re so cute and youthful and I don’t understand anyone who wants to hide them. This foundation allowed me to even out my skin tone without erasing my freckles, which I was so happy about! I also want to shout out to Nivea for their Essential Care lip balm (£1.65) which has been my best friend since I returned from holiday. The sun and salt water had totally dried out my lips, and this lip balm has revived them so quickly! I have actually just run out of it, but I will definitely be repurchasing. It is great for when your lips need some intensive care.
I also want to mention that I have recently started selling things on my Depop shop (@alixnss). At the moment, I’ve got some hair care products, hair extensions, a couple of skirts, and a dress. You’ll be surprised to see that my white American Apparel tennis skirt is up for sale but that’s not because I’ve fallen out with it; it’s too big! I’m really itching to replace it with a smaller size, so if you would like to buy a size S white AA skirt for £30 then help a girl out (PLEASE). I want it sold ASAP!
Speaking of Depop, I’ve found the best shop EVER on there! I’m sure some of you already know I love cute things, Hello Kitty especially, but Rilakumma and Totoro also! Well, @thestationerycloset on Depop sell all kinds of cute stationary with these kinds of designs, and they have even more items on their website. I’ve bought from them three times already, I’m obsessed! I really wanted to give them a shout out because the seller is such a sweetheart and has done me an amazing bulk deal before too. You can see everything I purchased from them in the picture above, and if that doesn’t persuade you to check them out, I don’t know what will. They deserve every penny they earn!
That’s all for my first Month in Review! What did you think of it? Do you prefer Month In Review or Monthly favourites? Please leave me some comments so I can decide what to do for next month! I hope you enjoyed this post, and I’ll see you in the next one. ❤
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