July Favourites

It’s the end of another month and I was thinking about the products that have made a bit of a difference recently. Sorry in advance but this post is going to be quite makeup heavy!

As the summer months approach I tend to reassess my skincare, usually opting to wear less coverage makeup during the daytime. My focus shifts towards protecting my skin from the sun and harsh UV rays. As much as I love to sit down properly and apply my makeup leisurely, it’s just not practical in the warmer months when the kids rise earlier. Also it’s not ideal for when we go camping on our holidays. Having a quick and simple routine is always the better approach!

I’ll start with skincare as I have been using some products that are really working for me at the moment. First up is the Spa Sanctuary time reversal face mask. This mask is more of a thick cream that I apply after cleansing my skin. It’s like an intense moisturiser hit for your face that just leaves my skin feeling amazingly hydrated and plump. We’ve had a particularly bad few nights with the babies waking up a lot and it's becoming increasingly hard to hide! Aside from trying to drink lots of water, taking a bit of extra care with my skin routine has been helping me a lot! When I’m overtired I can always feel it in my face. My eyes feel dry and tight and so does my skin. This mask instantly relieves me of the sensation and is a great little pamper treat to use in my evening wind down routine.

I have also been really enjoying the Avene soothing eye contour cream and light hydrating cream. This is a French brand I have not previously used but my other face creams had run out and I wanted a complimentary duo combination for my eyes and face. I liked the look of these, especially as they use thermal spring water which is renowned by dermatologists for its soothing properties. I use these two twice, daily and I have to say they work really well together. I use them to moisturise my face before I apply makeup in the morning and I also use them on my bare face in the evenings after I have washed and cleaned my skin. So far I’ve not had any skin irritation and I find the formula sinks in quickly. Love it!

The Clinique mascara is a new purchase. I have always struggled to find the ‘perfect' mascara and have probably spent a small fortune on drugstore brands over the years. I once had one of these Clinique ones and loved it so much but I never thought to buy it again when it dried out. As my last mascara dried up, I knew I needed to purchase a new one but didn’t want to be disappointed. I don’t personally like the smaller mascara wands at all and I find so many of them really irritating around my lashes. Nothing compared to my Clinique mascara I had so I decided to give it a go again. Suffice to say I won’t look back, I love this! What I love most is how soft the brush is on my eyes. It’s really comfortable to apply and I also love the natural definition it gives my lashes. 

The Lanolips lip gloss is a recent purchase and I have been using it non-stop this month. I just find it’s a nice in- between fall back when you want to avoid a full on lipstick pout. This gives a really pretty pink colour payoff but it’s so much easier to apply, especially when on the go! I already knew Lanolin to be a fantastic ingredient as I have used it in the past and unsurprisingly, it leaves my lips feeling plump, soft and thoroughly hydrated. What’s not to love?!

The Estee Lauder Double Wear BB cream is probably my favourite product this month. As I said before, I like to swap out my makeup products for lighter ones in the summer and that means foundation goes away too! I prefer a much lighter base and so I decided to try this BB cream. I also felt it would be a familiar choice as I use the EL Doublewear foundation most of the time anyway. This is similar to the foundation, but notably lighter and with a dewier finish. I love it for that! The coverage is good enough to really even out my skin and cover pigmentation and uneven tone but it really is very light in formula. It also lasts nicely through the day, (though I’ve yet to wear it on a hot day as the weather has been so dull recently!) Whilst you do pay a little more for this, I’ve always felt the difference in quality and longevity of use when I buy from Estee Lauder.

It might sound silly but there are so many ways our skin can age more gracefully when you think about it. I think what we put on our skin and inside our bodies plays a great part in how the years change our appearance too. One rule of thumb for me is that 'less is definitely more' especially when it comes to my makeup routine and the ingredients in the products I use. 

But that’s a whole other debate! Haha!
I hope you enjoyed seeing my favourite products for this month and enjoy the rest of July before it ends!

Love Bunty


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