AUGUST 2018 BEAUTY, FASHION & LIFESTYLE FAVOURITES

kat von d brow products

Sorry that i’ve skipped a couple of months of favourites posts, but i’m back with my favourites from August 2018 (and really July 2018 too). There’s a lovely mix of makeup, skincare, haircare, jewellery and books. I hope it helps you to discover your own new product loves.

Since I’ve stopped getting my brows done by Benefit, after discovering this amazing Persian lady nearer to where I live, I’ve also switched up my brow grooming products too. Kat Von D have brought out a whole new collection of brow products. There really is something for everyone – from crazy colours, to products for the lightest and darkest of skin and hair tones. It’s also 100% Vegan too.

Kat Von D Brow Struck Dimension Powder in Walnut

Some of the things I am loving from it are – the Beauty Powder Brow Brush #75* (£16 from Debenhams). This brush has really stiff and tightly-packed bristles to give you ultimate control over your brush strokes. It also has a unique combed design to groom hairs as you apply colour. The brow powders are also amazing – I’ve been loving the Brow Struck Dimension Powder in Walnut* (£17 from Debenhams). These powders are semi-metallic to mimic the natural shine and highlights of your real brow hairs. This makes your brows look really natural as you are getting that added dimension. The powders are very pigmented and blend really well – you can even use them as eyeshadows! They are waterproof and smudge proof for up to 12 hours too.

Pixi Beauty Glow-y Gossamer Duo Highlighters in Subtle Sunrise

Pixi Beauty Glow-y Gossamer Duo Highlighters in Subtle Sunrise swatches

As well as these products from Kat Von D, another makeup item that i’ve been loving recently is the Pixi Beauty Glow-y Gossamer Duo Highlighters in Subtle Sunrise* (£20 from Pixi Beauty). These aren’t subtle highlighters – they have a very metallic shine to them, but I love that. There’s a champagne shade and a warmer peachy bronze shade. They blend really nicely and you only need a little to be seen from space. So pretty!

Milani Conceal and Perfect 2 In 1 Foundation and Concealer

Finally, makeup wise, i’ve been all over the Milani Conceal and Perfect 2 In 1 Foundation and Concealer (£12.95 from Just My Look). I use the shade 00A Porcelain, and I just think it looks so natural and flawless on my skin. I do still use a concealer – mainly just for my undereyes. It’s a great foundation, but it’s not a concealer too! It’s water-resistant and stays put all day long. It’s great at evening out skin discolourations or red areas, and it has a natural, dewy look to it. It does oxidise a bit, so be wary of that when you are choosing your shade.

Omorovicza Hydra Melting Cleanser

Onto skincare, i’ve been using a new balm-like cleanser to take my makeup off at night. The new Omorovicza Hydra Melting Cleanser* (£65 from Omorovicza). Now, I am aware that this is very pricey for a cleanser, so if you can’t justify spending that amount, I have so many other more affordable balm cleanser recommendations on my blog. However, if you want to treat yourself, or have a cleanser that you only use on special pamper nights, this is a great one. It smells amazing – a spa blend of essential oils such as rose and chamomile – and feels so luxurious on the skin. It’s a tri-phase cleanser, so it starts off feeling like a gel, that then transforms into an oil (to break down makeup). Then, when you add water, it turns into a milky emulsion that you can easily rinse or flannel off. It contains Mallow Flower Extract to hydrate and reduce inflammation, as well as Sea Buckthorn Berry Oil, which is rich in Vitamins, A, C and E and Omega 7, to purify and regenerate the skin. It removes makeup very well, and it leaves your skin feeling soft and supple.

Haircare-wise, I’ve been so enjoying using the new Shea Moisture 100% Virgin Coconut Oil Leave-In Treatment (£10.98 from Feel Unique). It’s a milky conditioning spray that I spray onto my towel-dried hair and then brush through. It’s light but it really nourishes my hair and helps it look smooth, silky and soft. Plus, who doesn’t adore the smell of coconut?! I also like to use this product another way too. When I want to apply an overnight hair mask onto damp hair, I use this to dampen it – for a double dose of conditioning treatments.

oNecklace Sterling Silver Heartbeat Ring

oNecklace Sterling Silver Heartbeat Ring

Onto fashion, I’ve been obsessed with my new Sterling Silver Heartbeat Ring ($24.95 from oNecklace). I’ve had my eye on Rosie Fortescue’s heartbeat rings for a long time, but they are so expensive; so when I came across this bargain but quality alternative, I just had to have it. It’s a real statement ring, but it looks very chic and expensive too.

Lastly, I have a book to share with you. I’ve not had much time for reading lately, but I have managed to get through a few books whilst I’ve been back working in TV and film production. Most of them have been so-so, but I really enjoyed the thriller The Girlfriend by Michelle Francis (£5.75 paperback or £0.98 Kindle, from Amazon). It’s about a girl, Cherry, who has her sights set on a wealthy man who comes from a wealthy family. She is from a poorer background, but does everything she can to make her life look just as middle-class as his. She’ll stop at nothing to worm her way into his family to improve her living conditions and future, and when her Mother-In-Law starts to suspect that she is not all that she seems, bad things start to happen. Thrillers are definitely my favourite books to read.

This post contains press samples, but all opinions are my own.

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