June Favourites

June Favourites

(from top left) Origins Clear Improvement mask £22, Charles Worthington Volume & Bounce spray £6.99, NARS blush in Luster £22.50, Isabel Marant leather bomber jacket (not the same as mine, but similar) £310, Revlon lip butter in Strawberry Shortcake £7.99, Origins United State balancing tonic £18, NARS Radiant Creamy concealer £22, NARS cream blending brush £24, ASOS floral flatforms £22, Schwarzkopf got2b salt spray £2

Origins Clear Improvement mask: I'm kicking off this month's favourites with what can only be described as the King of Face Masks. I first read about Origins' Clear Improvement charcoal mask on gh0stparties' blog a few months ago and it's been top of the "To Buy" list on my phone ever since. Whilst I've learnt never to question anything Kate the skincare extraodinaire says (no seriously, don't question it, just buy it and admire your beautiful skin) I was dubious about the pricetag, at £22 I really needed to see some results to justify the spend. On one of my many (many...many) visits to the Origins' counter I picked up a tester and that was it, I never looked back. Now every Sunday evening I cleanse my face, open my pores with a hot flannel, apply this to all my problem areas and let the mask work it's magic whilst I catch up on Keeping Up With The Kardashians (essential Sunday viewing). It unclogs my pores, controls excess oil, reduces impurities and removes environmental build up, leaving my skin with a healthy glow for a few days and a flawless complexion for the rest of the week. This mask should be an absolute staple for anyone with oily, dull or problematic skin. So pretty much anyone with a face then! 
Charles Worthington Volume & Bounce spray: Up until recently I just didn't believe in texturising sprays. My hair is ridiculously thick, it's essentially a blanket with highlights, so trying to lift the flat, lifeless roots was a daily battle. Then one day as I wondered along the hair aisles of Boots, dreaming of volumized locks, this hot pink bottle caught my eye. It was part of a deal so I thought I might as well Google the reviews (something which I can't recommend enough if you're buying a new product, check blogs and makeupalley). The first one I read called it "an excellent dupe of the Oribe dry texturizing spray" so I eagerly snatched a bottle of the shelf. There was no way I was ever going to spend £40 on the Oribe spray, even if it was worshipped by Zoella and her giant hair, so finding a dupe for £7 sounded almost too good to be true. I'm now utterly in love with this spray. Not only does it lift my roots and give my carpet-hair loads of volume but it stays this way for the rest of the day! In fact I have to be careful not to go overboard when I'm spraying because it can actually make my hair too big (wait, hair that's too big, is there such a thing? No.) 
NARS blush in Luster: When I went to the NARS counter I was actually in search of the shade "Orgasm" after seeing it on pretty much every beauty blog and Tumblr that's ever existed. But when I got there I knew it wasn't going to be right for me, the red undertones were a lot more prominent than they look in pictures and the gold sheen was more of an obvious gold glitter. I asked the Space N.K lady to test it on top of my bronzer (which is how I was planning on wearing it) and I looked like a child's doll/transvestite. I tried Luster instead and fell in love with the gorgeous apricot colour and golden sheen that resembles the healthy glow you have after a few weeks on the beach. I apply this along the top of my cheeks with the Bobbi Brown blush brush after contouring with my Benefit Hoola bronzer (good old Hoola, it's been a loyal friend for about 6 years now) and I've had so many compliments on my make up since I bought it! It seems to really make the blue in my eyes pop and I think it would look equally as nice on paler or darker skin tones. 
Leather bomber jacket: This jacket isn't actually the same as my own (mine is a long-term borrow from Jack's Mum, Tania. She got hers from a little boutique in France) but it looks nearly exactly the same. I've been really loving the bomber jacket recently, I think it adds a bit of edge to the girly dresses and prints I usually wear in the summer, and I think the shape is one that's kind of synonymous with the clean, simple style of the Scandinavian Fash-Pack (a look that I am constantly trying, but forever failing, to achieve.) As it's lighter than a regular leather jacket it's also really handy to keep in your bag for those summer evenings spent in beer gardens, when it starts to get cold you just chuck it on and hey presto, you're chic and warm! 
Revlon lip butter: There isn't too much that needs to be said on the newest addition to my lip balm collection addiction. The shade I bought, Strawberry Shortcake, is pink enough to add really pretty, subtle colour to my lips without needing lots of layers so I have a feeling it's going to last a long time. The texture is honestly irresistible, it's so moisturising that you can't help feeling you're doing yourself some good applying it. I think tinted lip balms are starting to take over from lipsticks and do you know what, I'm not going to stand in their way! Who wants dry lips with running colour when you can have Revlon lip butters? 
Origins United State toner: I know a lot of people overlook this step in their skin routine but since giving toner a permanent place in my morning and evening regime's I've really noticed a difference in my skin. I find this toner so refreshing and cleansing that I would really miss it if I cut it out now. United State is a balancing tonic that smoothes the surface of your skin, unclogs pores and "de-shines" the t zone area without drying out the skin. The spearmint and lavender in the formula smell beautiful and leave your skin replenished and revitalised. Yet another perfect product from Origins. 
NARS radiant creamy concealer and flat concealer brush: I can barely contain my excitement about these products, I feel like I need to shout from the rooftops "go and buy them, now!" Okay, I'll take a breath to calm me down first. Okay, go. This concealer is so insanely amazing I don't even know why anyone else bothers making concealers. It has a creamy luxurious texture, it gives a slightly luminous "hey I'm awake" look, it's hydrating so no dry skin drawing attention to healing spots, it's so lightweight that you can build and build until your heart's content, it has a completely seamless finish that blends perfectly to hide blemishes and dark circles, the coverage is so good that you need the smallest amount per application, it lasts literally all day...it will look the same when you look in the mirror to take your make up off as it did when you put it on, it's crease-proof/wrinkle-proof/sweat-proof and last but not least the colour shades are really excellent. Phew!  Now the brush. Oh the brush, I'm so in love with the brush. To think I nearly didn't buy the brush because I thought it was too expensive! This flat concealer brush can get in to every crease, crevice and corner around your eyes, nose and mouth and it distributes the concealer perfectly. It blends so smoothly that you don't know where the concealer finishes and your skin starts. I was starting to think it was just the NARS concealer that was amazing so I have tested the brush with my not-as-good (but still worth a buy) Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer a few times and it was just as good with that. I'm pretty sure this brush would make every concealer better at it's job. What are you even still doing reading this? Go out and buy them! 
ASOS floral Dino flatforms: I just love a flatform trainer. I think they make my legs look skinnier and they're much less mumsy than normal plimsole-style trainsers. I had been wanting a pair of floral flatform's for a while and when on my daily morning check of the ASOS "New In" section I saw these, it was love at first site. I like to wear mine with a striped tee (of which I have about 10 million) and my black, ripped Topshop jeans. This has actually become my summer uniform. ASOS have since sold out but I've seen a few very similar pairs on Ebay so don't give up yet! 
Got2b beach matte spray: Beach hair is dreamy. That's an undisputable fact. I don't know if it's because it makes you look like a mermaid or if it's because it brings out the colour, but either way it always looks gorgeous. This salt spray by Swarzkopf, dare I say it, is the best of it's kind. That's right, even better than the Bumble & Bumble one. After scrunching it in to my hair and leaving to dry I'm left with very beachy, tousled waves that make it looks as if I stopped off in the South of France on my way to the office. It has so much hold that these waves won't only last all day but will actually last the night, although I usually add more the next day, because who can really have too many beachy waves? Since finding this product I think the ombre blonde highlights in my layered hair have been given a whole new lease of life, and all this for only £2!  


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