July Favourites

July Favourites ft Barry M, Rimmel, Freedom, Kiko

It’s almost the end of the month which means that is favourites time again, I would do the typical blogging monthly favourites kind of thing but in all honesty, I feel too lazy this month so let’s get on with it.

July Favourites ft Rimmel & Barry M

I think my co-workers must think I am developing an obsession with yellow, as since July 1st right through the month I have worn nothing but yellow nail polish as a little nod to my favourite sporting event the Tour De France. I’ve used a combination of Barry M Coconut Infusion Gel Nail Paint in 707 Lemonade and Rimmel London 60s Nail Paint in 432 Chin Up Buttercup, and my go to way round is to have Lemonade as my base colour with the slightly darker/bolder Chin Up Buttercup as my feature nail. Just a subtle nod that only I am aware of.

July Favourites ft Catrice, Freedom & Kiko Milano

Now onto the makeup I have been loving this month, I have been keeping it fairly light mainly concealer, bronzer and eyes keeping a fresh face look for summer. It’s not simply for embracing summer, I just find the fresh face look works for summer as my face is not melting. To add definition but nothing too much I have loved the subtle combination of Kiko Milano Water Eyeshadow in 201 Rosy Taupe on the lid, and adding Catrice Eyeshadow in Touch of Rose for some definition. Super subtle, but summery and light. Despite using less makeup I’ve been loving doing my brows with the Freedom Eyebrow Duo in Medium Brown, which I reviewed earlier this month and you can see my full verdict here if you wish to know more.

To finish off the minimal makeup, I have found that I’ve been enjoying the George Tint N Pout Tinted Lip Oil in 01 Barely There, initially I wasn’t sold on this which you can see the review I did a few months back. The non-heavy, non-committal nature of this lip product though meant I could top up through the day as much or as little as I want to, keeping my lips hydrated and my look fresh with not a huge amount of effort or thought. (Sorry not pictured I only realised at the point of scheduling).

So that is what I have been loving this month, what have you been loving throughout July let me know in the comments as I love checking out new goodies.

Gwen

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March Favourites

March Favourites 2017

I feel like it was last week I was writing up my February favourites and now it’s time for March Favourites. March has been a good month seeing as I turned 23 this month, another year older and another year wiser. So what have I been loving this month.

As winter turns into spring and it’s not quite so cold in the mornings I have got back into moisturising after my morning shower and I have been loving the Ted Baker Body Lotion. Its rich and moisturising, and soaks into the skin easily so perfect for the mornings as I can let it do its thing while I do my makeup. It also helps that the body lotion has the same scent as the Ted Baker scent I use daily so there’s no conflicting fragrances.

Slightly odd one but I first picked these up on the way to work I notice my nails were badly chipped. The Quickies 20 Nail Varnish Remover Pads, are amazing at removing nail polish quickly and easily. Opposed to standard nail polish removers these are slightly more oil based so I’d recommend a tissue to clean up the excess oils.

As for makeup I’ve got into my eyeshadow again, despite been initially unsold on the Fleur De Force Quad Eye Shadow in 020 Lunar Rose I’ve been enjoying a few of the shades this month to create a pretty everyday look. I then blend this out with the Kiko Milano in 130, which as you can tell is one of my go to products and I felt as though it needed a little appreciation.

Batiste Natural & Light Dry Shampoo

Final favourite is the Batiste Dry Shampoo in Natural & Light Bare, over the years I have found for me that batise is the best dry shampoo but the reason I stopped using it was the overpowering dry shampoo smell that I felt was essentially saying to everyone “hey I haven’t washed my hair. I saw this the other day and love it, it still works great and refreshers hair like all other batiste products without the heavy sent, its light and nothing too much.

What have you been loving this month, let me know in the comments.

Gwen

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February Favourites

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So today is the last day of February and that means its February favourites time, let’s see what I have been loving this month.

Although my favourite shampoo and conditioner will always be the TRESemme Salon Silk, I’ve currently been enjoying the Alberto Balsam Coconut & Lychee Shampoo and Conditioner they smell amazing. These live in my swim bag, and I love using them on a Sunday morning after swimming my 2k, it leaves my hair clean and smelling great.

It’s been a moth of rediscovery rather than new ones, after a period of dry skin recently I repurchased the Nivea Daily Essentials Express Hydration Primer. If you’ve followed my blog for any period of time you know this is one of my go-to all-time favourite products that ensure my makeup sits well and it sinks in quickly so it makes makeup easily. Why did I go a few months without it? Maybe you never appreciate something until its gone.

I am always wary to not go on and on about products on my blog, but when you trial something for review you can often end up falling in love with a product. This month I have been loving the Revlon All-in-One Ultimate Mascara, I posted the review last Tuesday and really fell in love with it this month, it truly is an all in one mascara. However, if you want more than my word for it you can read my in-depth review here.

In the December sales I picked up a great bargain with a Ted Baker set half price and I am in love with the body spray I have been wearing this every day. The Ted Baker Pink Body Spray is described as “Sparkling fruity grapefruit, mandarin and mango are teamed with subtle floral notes of neroli and jasmine, while the base of patchouli, sandalwood and musk completes the scent.”, but all I know is that it smells amazing. It’s safe to say me and the women I work with are currently obsessed with it.

What have you been loving this month let me know in the comments.

Gwen
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October Favourites

Phew! I am kind of relieved that October is over, it’s been an insane month but I am finally back in the blogging headspace and kicking it off with October favourites as what is simpler than talking about the products you have been loving. If you want to know what has been going on in the past month or so, or the reasons for my absence why not check out my life update post over here. So let’s get into what I have been loving throughout October.

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Makeup wipes always seem to be a hotly contested item on the blogosphere of whether you should use them or not, it’s true they cannot replace a proper skincare routine but they definitely do the trick if you need a quick fix. I’ve been loving the Simple Kind to Skin Micellar Cleansing Wipes recently, in fact a friend turned me onto them and I don’t know why I’ve never tried them before. The wipes themselves a well-made, thick and soft and retain plenty of micellar water meaning they feel wet and easily remove makeup. I love using these as soon as I get in just to freshen up my face and remove my makeup so it’s less effort later and my skin can breathe.

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In my penguin again #facemask #koreanskincare

A photo posted by Gwenllian Branwen (@gwenllianbranwen) on Sep 3, 2016 at 1:22pm PDT

 

As the weather gets colder, my skin starts to dry out and requires a little more TLC with drastic temperature changes from the chilly outside to heated offices and houses. For that I’ve been loving The Crème Shop Sheet masks, you may remember by obsession with the penguin one back in August which you can find my review for here, I’ve been trying several of the and I love the racoon one too. They are some of the best sheet masks I’ve ever used and they are super fun too.

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This month I’m on the simple eyeshadow and eyeliner band wagon, favouring to stay in my warm bed just a few minutes longer in the mornings. So, my go to eyeshadow has become Catrice Absolute Eye Colour 1010 Vin-Touch of Rose. I got this as a sample we received at work, and it’s such a creamy everyday eyeshadow colour. Just a little bit on the lid provides a neutral base but a little bit of definition to the eye perfect for when you want to keep it simple. With a simple eye I’ve been trying to push the boundaries with my lips as part of my confidence building, I wrote a whole post about it here back in September. So September was all about everyday nude lips while October was more about true lipstick although nothing out there simply wearing BareMinerals Marvellous Moxie Lipstick in Be a Star, made me that bit more confident to think about doing more with my lipstick. Its such a great everyday colour and its small size makes it an obvious choice for touch ups ect.

Finally I’ve been loving the Etude House Missing U Hand Cream #3 This is “Panda Story”, this super hand cream fits perfectly in my bag it’s so cute as well as been a super hydrating hand cream. I cannot get over how cute this is, can you?

So what have you guys been loving in October, let me know in the comments below.

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September Favourites

Well hasn’t September been a crazy ol month even with just the weather alone, heatwave, storms and fog. It also means we’re most the way into 2016 it’s absolutely insane how quick this year.


With the insane weather this month, air con, heaters the lot my skin has really started to dry out. So I needed a heavy duty moisturiser and the Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb, its rich and thick without been heavy it’s really helped my skin out and I use it every morning and evening. I’m so glad I picked it up on a whim, my skin is eternally grateful.
Much like my skin my hairs seemed a little dried out this month and the Garnier Ultimate Blends The Sleek Restorer Balm has saved me. When I initially reviewed it I was a little mixed but now I’m loving in, use it after swimming and don’t was it out until I get home so anything up to an hour then my hair is silky and smooth. It also makes my hair easier to manage the week following which I cannot get enough of it.

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I’ve been trying to embrace lipstick this month, and you can see the start of my journey in my Lipstick Diaries here. Although I’ve not started bold wearing everyday and for every occasion is the first big step and my go to nude this month is Soap & Glory’s Sexy Mother Pucker Lipstick in Naked Talent. It’s a rich creamy lipstick and its a warm your lips but better shade, its really made me comfortable with wearing lipstick daily so it’s been a big part of building confidence. If I haven’t been wearing this I’ve tried to be a little more daring but still ultra-safe with The Body Shop Colour Crush Shine Lipstick in 13 Breathless Berry, a beautiful pinky red shade which is light, comfortable to wear and gets me used to wearing colour without been heavy and requiring constant touch ups or mirror checks.

Finally I thought I would end with a few non-beauty favourites starting off with my funky looking charge cable, Tiger 1.2m Micro USB Charging Cable. I am always misplacing my charge cable, and this once is bright and noticeable so I know it’s mine and it does kinda cheer you up it just allows you to keep track and it was only £3.00. I’ve also been reading Into The Wild, I watched the film a few years ago and it’s such an interesting story tracking the journey of Chris. I highly recommend reading the book or checking out the film (available on Netflix) it’s thought provoking and fascinating.

So what have you been loving in September, let me know in the comments below.

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June Favourites

June Favourites ft rimmel, ck, kiko and maybelline

How on earth are we halfway through 2016 already, it seems like no time since I was writing my 2015 favourites. So we are back round to my monthly favourites in the blink of an eye, its insane really. Speaking of favourites if you would like to see my top 5 palettes which I did earlier this month, check it out here.

So we start off with something I was not necessarily sure about when I initially purchased it, the Maybelline New York Color Show Blush Em! The colour pay off wasn’t what I wanted but actually when I gave it a second chance by putting it in my makeup bag to force me to retry it I found myself in love with it. This blush gives me a super pretty, subtle flush of the cheek and it is perfect in the summer.

Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer in Ivory and Maybelline Color Show Blush Em!

Although the English weather has been pretty variable this month I have been trying to get into the summer spirit with lighter more dewy makeup, many of these can be seen in my “What’s in My Makeup Bag”. There is one product though which I feel though never gets enough praise the Rimmel London Wake Me Up Concealer, it’s a perfect brightening under eye concealer and I always repurchase it.

Pixi by Petra Mesmerising Mineral Palette in Plum Quartz and Kiko Milano Water Eyeshadow in 201

I’m definitely on a pretty pink thing and I attempt to embrace summer and for the past two weeks I’ve been intensely in love with these two items. I have loved creating a subtle pastel pink look with the Kiko Milano Water Eyeshadow in 201 Rosy Taupe and building it up with the Pixi by Petra Mesmerising Minerals Palette in Plum Quartz. I love creating a pretty pink look that is summery, delicate and natural.

Calvin Klien Ultimate Edge Lip Gloss in Bubble Gum and Shades of Pink

Finally a more summary lip option, I’m finally back into light and glossy summery lips so I have two lip glosses I have been reaching for this month the Calvin Klien Ultimate Edge Lip Glosses in Shades of Pink and Bubble Gum. I am loving a simple no effort gloss, bubble gum is simply a gloss so I can add it to whatever I am wearing or just rock the subtle all natural gloss and glowing look. Shades of Pink however, it a deeper pink which is nice as it add a touch of colour but isn’t overly powerful making it more of a pretty in pink look. I keep these in my bag and it’s so easy to touch up over the course of the day.

So those are my June favourites, what have you been loving this month let me know in the comments.

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May Favourites

Where the hell has this year gone? It’s the end of May already and its almost summer, I just cannot get over it but I have been getting into the summer spirit and cannot wait to try to make the most of those long days.

May Favouritrs ft body shop, kiko, l'oreal paris

So this month I will start with quite a few makeup favourite as I have been mixing it up a little, not in the look but with the products I’ve been using. As its started to warm up I’ve ditched my blush and went for a bronzer with the BareMinerals Warmth, I didn’t get on with it at first but now I absolutely love it. It just adds definition and colour back into my face and is so simple to use.may favourites ft kiko, ysl, l'oreal paris & bareminerals

On to eye and this first product I won’t go on about is much as it was featured in a review earlier in the month but day after day I have been reaching for the Kiko Milano Eyeshadow in 130  Satin Beige Cream, I love it. Whether as a blending shade, brow highlight or all over the lid it’s so versatile it’s a new makeup staple. Keeping it simple I’m still loving just simple makeup with black eyeliner, and my go to of May has been the L’Oreal Paris So Couture Super Liner. It’s a felt tip eyeliner which is a deep black, and easy to control to create the desired look.

The final makeup item is a constant favourite but I feel like I should mention it again, the YSL Volupte Sheer Candy in Lush Coconut. It may not add much in terms of colour but it adds a beautiful gloss/shine to the lips without being glossy and sticky, perfect on its own or layered with other products. I’m back on my pastel nail kick from last year and with another Barry M polish as well Barry M Hi-Shine Polish in Sugar Apple. It’s somewhat of a mint shade but not, it’s hard to explain yet I just love how fun and fresh it looks.

may favourites ft body shop & barry m

My last two products are to help combat dry skin, I get horrible dry cracked skin on my elbows etc. so to treat this I use the unsung hero of Sudocream. It heals dry skin and put it on any hormonal breakouts it really brings them down almost immediately, highly recommend you keep this in the cupboard. Finally to then soften and moisture the treated skin I whip out The Body Shop Mango Body Butter, super summery and it feels great on the skin but what else were you expecting all body shop body butters rock.

So what have your being loving this month? And what exciting things are you doing this summer?

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April Favourites

Where on earth did April go when we are back to this already? Anyway lets get to it with what i have been loving in April.

April Favourites

I had a love hate relationship with the old formula but I am head over heels in love with the L’Oreal Paris True Match Foundation in Rose Ivory. The old formula used to go patchy and weird if I was suffering from dry skin, this one is thinner without compromising on the coverage but is more hydrating and sits nicer on the face. I use a sponge to apply and it just evens me out, the colour is also perfect for me.

My Fragrance of the month has been The Body Shop Madagascan Vanilla Flower Perfume Oil, the oil based texture took a little getting used to but the scent lasted all day. It’s a sweet subtle vanilla scent and is subtle in notes. So I smell nice all day but it isn’t overpowering, so glad to get this as a birthday gift as I never would of picked it up otherwise.

I am finally back into painting my nails and my favourite this month has been Barry M Aquarium Collection Nail Paint in Caspian, not necessarily a colour for this time of year but with its duo-chrome colour it is so damn pretty.

I don’t know if it is weird to have a anti-bacterial gel as a favourite but I absolutely the Cuticura Candy Apple Hand Gel. I don’t like the hand gels that smell really alcoholic and this one is perfect, it just smells like sugary candy fruit sweets. One final honourable mention to my Tangle Teezer, I took it on holiday and I am back to using it daily and I am so glad I am. Best hairbrush ever.

So that is what I loved over the course of April, what have you been loving? Let me know in the comments below

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March Favourites

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So I missed my favourites month due to work load ect. so I skipped it, so this is a slightly combined monthly favourites as I am writing this slightly earlier than usual, as today I have just got back from an Easter Break. Hopefully I’ve had a good time and you’ve followed my adventure on Instagram, but it’s been a good month tons of seeing friends, my birthday and time away.

No 7 Pop & Glow Cream blushL'Oreal paris volume million lashes

Two of my biggest makeup favourites this month have already been mentioned on my blog but I still really love them first up is the L’Oreal Paris Volume Million Lashes. I reviewed this initially in January and you can find the full review here , but I cannot get over how good my lashes look every day. If you have not tried this out yet I highly recommend you head straight to an L’Oréal Counter. My second I featured in my previous post which was my ‘Go To Makeup Look’, the No 7 Pop & Glow Cream Blush in Classic Rose, which just keeps me looking fresh faced and dare I say flawless.

A big love this month has been hand creams, I have a small body lotion in my purse and the pretty Ted Baker one on my desk and work. My favourite hand cream however has been the Nivea Smooth Nourishing Hand Cream, a subtle smell and it smells similar to a lot of other Nivea products probably closest in smell to the night creams etc. but most of all they are highly moisturising.

I’m finally back on the oval cotton pads and have been loving the ASDA Skin Systems Oval Cosmetic Cotton Wool Pads, these are really well made and don’t end up tearing apart. Also no more using loads and loads of cotton pads, if you haven’t tried these yet highly recommend trying out oval pads. I’ve also been loving the Boots Essentials Cucumber Creamy Cleanser and Toner I have been using them every morning and evening and my skin looks and feels so much better because of this. They are super affordable too which is great.

So that’s a little insight as to what I have been loving this month, hope you all had a great March and a lovely Easter weekend. I will be back on Friday with a peak into what I got up to on my Easter break.

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2015 Favourites

Wow 2015 went bloody quick, I cannot believe it is January already. So I thought I would take one more look back on 2015 with a look at all the products which I have loved the most over 2015, most of these have appeared in a favourites or two and these are the ultimate favourites of the year.

Starting off is with a concealer I have repurchased twice this year the Rimmel London Wake Me Up! Concealer in Ivory, this is a great under eye concealer like the wake me up foundation really brightens and wakes up the face. You’ll never be able to tell you have huge dark circles from lack of sleep and long days of work.

Although mentioned at various points I don’t feel as though I’ve shared my love of this enough over the year, the Rimmel London Exaggerate Lip Liner in East End Snob is a beautiful Kylie Jenner type lip colour. On its own or under something else, I have used two of these and have two more currently in my makeup stash its often sold out so I stock up when I manage to find it in stores. You can read the review here.

2015 eye ft urban decay, maybelline & bareminerals

For more than a year now I have being loving pinky neutral eyes, it complements a fair skin tone and contrasts my blue eyes. I’ve been loving the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette ever since I first got it and I’ve written and extensive review of the palette which you can read here. It’s just highly versatile and I reach for it day after day, for work, for nights out its endlessly versatile and so damn pretty. Along with this is something I brought the second half of the year, the Maybelline Colour Tattoo Gel-Crème Eyeshadow in Pink Gold perfect on its own or as a base for any look I create with the Naked 3. I just love how pretty and how long lasting it is, I think I may try more of the range but due to its ease to fit my makeup it slips perfectly into my collection.Just a brief mention of the Urban Decay Primer Potion, I mention it all the time with any routine and it several favourites. The travel size is all you need as this has lasted me forever despite only being the travel size you don’t need anything more.

Most of the time, high end mascaras including the Benefit Roller lash end up disappointing me as I find better budget counter parts the Bare Minerals Flawless Definition Mascara is worth the money. Its narrow brush allows you to get right to the root in which helps add volume and definition to your lashes. It layers up without clumping and just leaves your lashes looking volumous and fluttery.

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Although a pastel blue shade is not suitable for this time of year, the Barry M Speed Dry in Eat My Dust has seen so much use this work. This was my favourite shade of the speed dry collection and I would endlessly repaint my nails with it. My other go to choice this year was the Illimasqua Nail Polish in Viridian, a beautiful deep forest green which oddly reminded me of Christmas a lot. It was the perfect shade for winter still dark and metallic but slightly different due to the green hue.

Miceller Waters have really transformed my skincare and makeup removal, so easy to use perfect for if you are a little bit lazy bit they throughly clean and cleanse your skin. My favourite out the ones I’ve tried was the Ganier Miceller Cleansing Water, it’s a huge bottle and lasts ages. I’ve also brought the travel size which was great for travel, I highly recommend giving it ago if you haven’t already.

Another brief mention here of the Nivea Daily Essentials Express Hydration Primer, I’ve mentioned it loads over the 18months I’ve been blogging and I’ve been using it for three or four years now. It’s such a deeply moisturising primer that really leaves your skin feeling fresh.

For years I always struggled to find a brush that went through my hair, so for years I used one of my mums old brushes from the 80s which was really good but I wanted to find something better. I don’t know why I put of using the Tangle Teezer for so long but they are worth the investment as they brush through so well and so easily. I’ve also fallen in love with Hair Oils although there is no particular oil I’ve loved more than any other but they’ve left my hair feeling soft and silky, I also find the smell delightfully. I have the Umberto Giannini Miracle Worker with Argan Oil which is my favourite and and I’ve used sparingly throughout using the others, you can read my first impressions review of it from this time last year here.

So that’s what I’ve loved throughout 2015, what have you loved using or trying throughout 2015? Also what are you looking forward in 2016?

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