Hello again, it’s time for my August favourites! I did miss June and July unfortunately, so all of the below are really my favourite products used over the last few months.
I had a fantastic August as I went to Thailand for two weeks for a holiday which was amazing! And now it’s Spring here in New Zealand so I’m excited for some warmer weather to start appearing 🙂
As you can see above my favourites are as follows: MAC Mineralized Skin Finish Natural, NARS Ondine Eyeshadow, Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser, OPI Mermaids Tears, OPI Pearl of Wisdom, OPI Start to Finish Base & Top Coat, Loreal Paris Super Liner, Natio Moisturising Lip Balm, Benefit Bad Gal Lash Mascara, Victoria’s Secret Bombshell Perfume and Topshop Eye Kohl in Frost.
I actually bought this a while ago now, but it has been my eyeliner of choice for the last few months.
The interesting thing about this Eyeliner is that it has a really fine sponge tip applicator, which you would think wouldn’t be as precise as say a felt tip liner… But it really applies exactly how you intend, stays on all day, and is really black so the pigmentation is great.
I’ve been reaching for this over my Gel or Pencil Liners for the upper lash line every time, so I will definitely be repurchasing this soon as mine is almost gone!
Next up is the Topshop Eye Kohl in ‘Frost’.
I have been loving putting this on my waterline! It’s just a nice fresh change to having black on the waterline and really opens up your eyes and makes them look bigger and brighter (and more awake!).
It’s super pigmented and lasts forever on the waterline. I even applied this one morning, and that night I went to a friends party who, as I was leaving said ‘Ohh I like your white liner!’ and I hadn’t even touched it up since that morning. That’s some staying power!
This next one is actually more of an All-time Favourite but I thought I better include it, the Benefit Bad Gal Lash Mascara.
You can see I’ve used the hell out of this mascara because most of the writing has worn off! This seriously is the best mascara I have ever used, and like most girls I’ve tried A LOT of mascara’s.
Bad Gal Lash seriously makes my eyelashes so long and the formula is great as it doesn’t clump at all. The only downside to this mascara, is that we can’t buy benefit here in New Zealand so I have to order it online each time!
Favourite Eyeshadow for August was NARS Eyeshadow in ‘Ondine’.
I really love this as a lid colour, because it’s actually quite deceiving. In the pan it looks like a darkish brown colour, but when applied it goes on as more of a Taupe/Purple tone.
It’s so pretty with just a hint of sparkle and it’s also quite buildable, so you can layer it to get a more intense look or just use a light touch for daytime wear.
Next up is the infamous Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser!
Ahhhh, so excited! I was lucky enough to spot this while in Thailand and had to grab it there and then! (also not sold in NZ – we are so neglected!) I got the oil-free version of course because my skin is oily/combination and it’s perfect!
There’s not much more I can say except I love this. It worked out perfectly that I found whilst in Thailand too, because it was so hot and humid that I didn’t want to be wearing a full coverage foundation that would just melt off my face! I have been applying this and then a quick sweep with MAC Mineralize skin finish and I’m good-to-go!
I was expecting this to be less coverage so I was really impressed to see that this actually covers most of my blemishes, scarring, evens out redness and also looks so natural and light on your skin (It’s a ‘your skin, but better’ type of product).
Best purchase of the month by far!
Also we are coming into Spring and Summer here so this came at the best time, I’ll probably replace my MAC Studio Sculpt with this for the warmer months, and then go back to that in the winter 🙂
My next favourite is MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural in Medium.
This is an All-time Favourite product as well, but I’ve included it in this post as it works wonders and I use it almost every day.
I apply this once I’ve done all of my makeup and I’m just about to leave the house, it just gives you that flawless smooth skin look. Medium is just a tinge darker than my natural skin tone as well so it acts as a slight bronzer for me too.
Next up is a nail combination look using OPI’s “Mermaids Tears’ and “Pearl of Wisdom’.
I find the ‘Pearl of Wisdom’ can’t really be used on its own, which is a little disappointing as I was hoping it would be a gorgeous pearl colour by itself, but around 5 coats later I realised it’s not really made for that. (I think if you have a white nail polish and then you apply 2 coats of this you might get that effect?)
But I discovered this combination which is great for Spring! I used ‘Mermaids Tears’ first and then layered ‘Pearl of Wisdom’ over the top of it, and It just created a more subtle and pretty light minty green colour with a pearly sheen! Very pretty.
Also the Start to Finish Base and Top Coat has been awesome with stopping my nail polish from chipping at all!
Now for something that also came in handy on my holiday! The Natio Moisturising Lip Balm.
The reason I’m adding this to my favourites is because I literally used this every day in August. I LOVE Natio Products (Except for one horrid blemish cream. You can read why I hate this here) so this definitely lives up to the other Natio items I know and love.
This was super handy mainly because it is SPF30 and considering we were in 40 degree celsius weather, it meant we had to be extra careful and wear sunscreen constantly so me and my boyfriend were both using this while we were away.
And the final favourite is a perfume, Victoria’s Secret Bombshell Perfume!
Love, love, love this perfume! For some reason I really got into this perfume last month and now I’m addicted to the scent!
At first smell, the scent is a little like a mens cologne, but the lingering smell during the day is really floral and musky. I bought this duty-free on my last trip to Sydney and kind of just forgot about it… But it has reappeared and I’ve been using it a lot!
Thanks for reading my August Favourites! Hope you all are well 🙂