I love doing these posts! I have a good few new discoveries this month, and they are all very affordable.
|Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 Hour Foundation|
There have been countless reviews online about this foundation, so I finally bought into the hype and took advantage of the reduced price of about €6 a few weeks back. I am literally bowled over with the amazing quality of this foundation, especially considering the price. It really has me wondering what kind of insane profits higher-end make-up brands must be making - why do we all seem to blindly ignore this fact? I'm sure there's another post in that argument...anyways.
This foundation really is fabulous and a great dupe for MAC Studio Fix, albeit with a slightly dewier finish. It lasts really well on my crazy skin and is a perfect base for a night out. My only gripe would be the shade range - the lightest shade is barely light enough for the average Irish skintone. If I'm not wearing any tan at all I have to be very careful when applying this, and if I'm in a rush I simply have to use something else. I'd love if Rimmel brought out more shades, I'm sure they would be an instant hit!
I have two favourite mascaras this month - Collection 2000 Big Fake Lash and Rimmel Lash Accelerator. I almost never buy high-end mascaras as they just don't last and, seeing as my lashes are are already extremely black, I'm not hugely fussy as long as the finished look is clump-free. These are both fantastic mascaras and the formula of both seems to be improving as the weeks go on - does anybody else find that happens sometimes?
Big Fake Lash is really great for voluminous lashes, and the size of the brush means it's a bit of a no-brainer when it comes to application. I'd reccommend it to pretty much anyone who loves a bit of volume!
Lash Accelerator is a more precise, lengthening mascara that is perfect for daytime. I love the small brush for getting at all of my bottom lashes too, it creates a really pretty look.
When I noticed that NYC Cosmetics is now stocked in A-Wear, I decided to pick up their Rose Glow Colour Wheel to try. It was incredibly affordable at under €4. It is now one of my favourite blushes - all of the colours swirled together creates a lovely pinkish-peach colour that sculpts my cheeks really well and lasts perfectly.
Moving on to skincare, I was delighted to find my favourite gradual tanner, Dove Summer Glow, was on special offer in Tesco so my mam was kind enough to get me two. The one to the left is a lighter glow that has some really pretty subtle shimmer in it, and the bottle on the right gives a slightly darker colour with no shimmer. I can't say enough good things about these - they really moisturise your skin as well as adding colour, so it's pretty much a win-win situation!
I've also been loving this OPI Avojuice that I got as part of a set in Sally's. It's a gorgeous smelling lotion that can be used all over the body but as this is a teeny bottle, I've just been using it on my hands. Gorgeous!
Another body lotion that Mammy got for me in Tesco is this Garnier Bodytonic Firming & Hydrating Lotion. In the past I've found Garnier body products to be a bit hit and miss but I really like this, it smells lovely and fresh and sinks right into the skin so it's brilliant for slathering on quickly after a shower. The bottle is also a nice size - 400mls of product for about €3 is a great deal!
Finally, I've been using this Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Cleansing and Toning Lotion all month and I really like it. A good toner is a must in my skincare routine, and this does a good job of disinfecting any blemishes I have (ew) before applying moisturiser. It's just as good as the Vichy and La Roche-Posay versions and I highly reccomend it.
That's all of my favourites until next month - do tell me what you think!