A Whole Lotta Favourites

A Whole Lotta Favourites

A massive favourites post coming your way! I’m not one to use a whole new group of things every single month, but I am gonna cover May, June, and July in this bumper post. As although I’ve kinda been MIA on my blog since Brexit, I’ve been dabbling in lots of products as bloody always. So let’s catch up on May, I’d grab a cuppa first..

Sleek Highlight Palette

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Garnier Blends Soap and Glory Body Wash

May Favourites

May was the month where my skin really didn’t wanna cooperate and I struggled with dry, eczema-like patches on my face as well as a really itchy, irritated scalp. Which was annoying as hell and honestly a real downer. Seen as though my skin was going through some sort of mini-breakdown, I didn’t have much to talk about skincare-wise. My routine needed a serious revamp and I just didn’t know what to put on my skin. So although I wasn’t particularly spendy or adventurous until the end of the month, I did experience a glimpse of sunshine, extremely highlighted cheeks despite angry skin, a new scent discovery, and a shampoo and conditioner that played nice with my scalp. Oh and some nice new sunnies from TK Maxx – thank you to my lovely Auntie and Uncle for these!

Sleek Solstice Highlighting Palette
Grab this from Superdrug if you’re looking for a super intense highlight that doesn’t make you cry a little at your bank balance. This is not subtle by any means – even a light dusting gives you that wet-looking glow which I really love. I dedicated a full post to this baby here.

Garnier Ultimate Blends Shampoo and Conditioner (for a Sensitive Scalp and Fragile Hair)
These are probably my most favourite favourites of the entire bunch, as they’ve saved me a lot of grief. My skin issues such as eczema and sensitivity have been a real pain, and as I mentioned in my empties post I didn’t plan to repurchase Bumble and Bumble’s Sunday shampoo due to a sensitive scalp. As well as hot, red, itchy skin that had been driving me insane, my scalp was also giving me a hard time. Itchy as hell and flaky too, I was avoiding dry shampoos and heat like the plague. I bought these on a whim in hope that they would give me some relief, and they did, with instant results. My scalp felt soothed and didn’t itch, at least nowhere near as much as before. I’ve loved using these so much that I’ve just bought the heat protection spray from the same range.

Soap and Glory Rich and Foamous Body Wash
When I first purchased this I was showering constantly with it as the smell is just lush. Nutty and vanillary, it’s everything I love in a scent and it lingers nicely on the skin too. But all good things must come to an end.  Although I loved using it, it wasn’t overly gentle on my skin in intense eczema/irritation times, and Aveeno shower gel is now on the cards for that reason. Just a heads up if you are overly sensitive.

Loreal Infallible Lip Gloss in Protest Queen
I was  slapping this on constantly during May after rummaging through my stash in an attempt to use things I’d unknowingly abandoned. With a kinda bent, wavy-looking applicator that’s easy enough to use, the formula is more like a cream with a subtle glossiness rather than a wet-looking shine. It smells like sweets (Love Hearts, I think) and this pink shade would be dead flattering on most skin tones I reckon.

Pacifica Island Vanilla Spray Perfume
I live for vanillary scents, so as soon as I sniffed this in Holland and Barratt I just needed it. I’ll leave the description from the Pacifica website here as I’m rubbish, but the scent does last for ages on my skin and the rollerball isn’t too expensive.

‘Inspired by the unique magic of Tahitian vanilla, this sensual blend sets sweet and sultry vanilla absolute, with honey-jasmine notes and a touch of fruitiness, against a deep and beautiful base of tea’. Lush.

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Lush Rosy Cheeks mask

June Favourites

In June, I was still battling with the angry skin and pissed-off scalp. But I did discover some skin treats that stopped me from wanting to scratch my entire face off and visited Sunderland to watch Queen Bey perform live. (I also used the Garnier shampoo and conditioner mentioned above throughout June as well, AND July. Have repurchased, my scalp says hallelujah)

Dr Organic Rose Oil/Serum (post)
I loved slapping this on my pink, itchy face during June and am still using a few drops in my moisturiser now as I love mixing the two together. I think this one can be difficult to know how to use as it is described as an oil and serum, but I love using it with my moisturiser, before I apply moisturiser, or simply slathered all over my neck.

Lush Rosy Cheeks Mask
Another rose find. I’m really coming around to rose-scented products, as they seem to be generally associated with soothing the skin. This Lush mask feels beautifully calming when I take it out of the fridge and slather my whole face in it – it’s bliss. My gripe with Lush fresh face masks is that I never finish them in time, so I pledge to allow myself more face-mask pamper time and also use thicker layers! I keep the fresh masks way longer than I should if they smell okay, as I can’t bear to waste them.

Botanics Hydration Burst Cleanser
My Mam regularly buys this cleanser from Boots and one night I was brushing my teeth and reading the ingredients on the back, as you do. I’m still learning about the ingredients that I do and don’t want on my face along with the ones that I’m sensitive to, but this cleanser seemed like something I could use on the more budget-friendly scale. My boyfriend and I both enjoy using this, as it isn’t stripping and doesn’t foam. Also, there isn’t any microbeads in it, which first came to mind when I spotted the word ‘burst’. 

Beyoncé
June was the month that I finally got to experience Queen Bey herself. After managing to grab a ticket last minute I wasn’t prepared for how excited and overwhelmed I would feel when she emerged on stage (we were closer than we thought, so hard to tell when it’s pouring down with rain) and I still watch my videos I took while I was there all the time. She was incredible and sounded amazing, looked amazing, made me feel amazing. I’ve always wanted to experience her live on stage and I’m especially glad I witnessed Beyonce in the time of powerful, political Lemonade.

July Favourites 2016

July Favourites

If you’re still here, I admire your diligence. The last part of this mammoth faves post is July, where I wore lots more makeup due to some new purchases such as the Anastasia Modern Renaissance palette (<3) and the Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection face palette. I’m still playing with these! So here’s what I’ve been slapping on my face and binge-watching on Netflix, all while playing Pokémon Go..

Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Lashes
This mascara is my new obsession! After I watched Wayne Goss’ vid I had to have this mascara despite there being no waterproof version (why?!). Beware – this doesn’t not give you natural-looking lashes if that’s your usual jam. This will give you volume, length, and mega impact, the I’m-definitely-wearing-mascara look, all of which I particularly enjoy. I also love the old-school brush in comparison to the plastic one that I put up with on my Maybelline Lash Sensational.

But Legendary Lashes is not perfect, or at least not for me. It’s very wet formula can quickly lead to Smudge City if you’re rather slapdash, and also if my eyes are particularly watery that day (hi hayfever) then it can transfer. I really hope CT bring out a waterproof version of this, as then I believe I will have found my perfect mascara.

Pai Sea Aster and Wild Oat Instant Calm Redness Serum
While on my quest for happy skin, I stumbled across this Pai serum. The one I originally had my eye on was the Copaiba and Zinc Perfect Balance Blemish Serum that was sold out, yet picking up this one instead really has served me well this month. It’s calming, soothing, everything that I’m looking for in my skincare right now. I’m currently readjusting my routine and this slots in very nicely. I’ve also made a mental note to purchase that other serum as I’ve enjoyed the Instant Calm one so much.

Stranger Things
I very quickly became obsessed with this show and it was over before I knew it, but boy was it good. Even if sci-fi is not your first, second, or even third choice, there’s still lots to enjoy about Stranger Things. Thrilling, horrifying, humorous, and full of 80s nostalgia, the strange things temporarily distract the characters from their strange lives.  Let this series completely take over your life and any sort of productivity for the next few days, I promise it’s worth it. The soundtrack is also awesome.

Too Faced Peanut Butter and Jelly Palette
While I was rushing around in July, all of my warm eyeshadow needs were covered by this little beaut. It has a lovely mixture of the orangey-red-brown shades I’m really attracted to with an easy-to-blend formula, all packed in a little case with a mirror. I still haven’t used the Jelly shade properly.. The shadows also have a sweet peanut butter and vanilla scent, which is totally unnecessary but enjoyable all the same, so much so that I keep dipping my nose in and shadow all over my face.

This is limited edition and I’m not sure if it’s even available anymore, but I just had to include. This peanut butter palette is my first experience of Too Faced as a brand and it makes me want to try out more things for sure. I’ve planned on dedicating a full post to it for a while, but haven’t felt like photographing close-ups etc due to my skin playing up. I also wanna get my brows threaded..

Bye Hair!
So getting loads of my hair cut off last month wasn’t exactly planned, but when I popped into my local hairdressers for a cut and blowdry I suddenly decided I wanted it all off (it was almost nipple-length at that point) and I’m so glad I did. I was really bored of my longer hair and I feel like my shorter hair (now just to say resting on my shoulders) is way more my style as I can achieve the volume and bounce that I love. The only thing I miss is tying my hair up, farewell easy, messy buns.

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  • Sarah Jayne Adams

    BABE you’ve come back with an absolute BANG! Love this post, you’ve literally made me create a mega long shopping list! I hate that the Legendary Lashes isn’t perfect for you. Here’s hoping for a waterproof version. I wish you put a photo up of your new hair, you suit it soooo much! xxxxx

    • Abi

      Cheers Sar! and I wish it just wasn’t so smudgey. Otherwise it would be perfection. and ohh you, behave yourself x