July Favourites!

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

It honestly scares me how often I find myself writing my monthly favourites posts - it doesn't feel like a month has passed before I'm writing another one!

July was a fairly busy month for me, which explains why my posts weren't as consistent as they usually are, but all is back to normal now. Although I've bought quite a lot of new makeup recently, this favourites post consists mainly of old favourites that are making an appearance again, but you'll get to see all the new goodies I've been trying out in reviews all throughout August!

Elf Clarifying Pressed Powder in Rosy Beige
This powder is so old, I don't even know if Elf still sell them! I'm currently trying to sort through my makeup collection and use up older products, so that's why I began using this again. It reminds me so much of my beloved MAC Mineralise Skin Finish Natural - it's absolutely brilliant. It has a decent amount of coverage, as there were times on holiday where I applied a little bit of concealer and then just popped this over it to even out my skin tone and it worked really well. For such an inexpensive powder, it's excellent. It keeps your skin looking matte and fresh all day long and it doesn't transfer at all either. I've always loved Elf powders so I'd definitely recommend checking them out if you're on the hunt for a new face powder!

Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer
I know, I'm incredibly late to the party when it comes to this concealer! About two months ago I finally gave into the hype and bought this concealer, although I wasn't overly impressed by the matching foundation. I think the Wake Me Up concealer is an incredible dupe for MAC's Pro Longwear, and it's less than half the price! It just gives such a brightened effect under the eyes and the coverage is brilliant for blemishes too. It's become an everyday staple for me!
It's only €6.99, and my local Rimmel stands have an offer now where if you spend €12 on Rimmel products, you get a free Maxi Bronzer. So get yourself this and one (or all...) of the new Kate Moss nude lipsticks and you have yourself a fantastic deal!

Physician's Formula Glow Booster Bronzer
I reviewed this bronzer last year when I got sent a few items from Physician's Formula's range to try, and I knew it would be my go-to product once the summer came along. I used this on holidays and now that I'm home, it's giving me that extra bit of a glow that I'm craving here in Ireland! The Glow Booster Bronzer is divided into four sections, one for each season. It contains four different bronzer colours, depending on the time of year and the colour of your skin. It's an excellent idea, one I'm surprised more brands haven't jumped on board with. This bronzer is perfect for adding that sun-kissed sheen to your face, regardless of the time of year. It also comes with a little brush that reminds me of a baby NARS Ita brush!

Rimmel Brow This Way Brow Styling Gel 
As you all know, I'm a huge fan of the Benefit Gimme Brow gel, so when Rimmel released their version of it, I was intrigued to see how it performed in comparison. Initially I was put off by the size of the wand - it's about five times the size of the Benefit one! However I fell in love with this product after one use. It's the perfect dupe for Gimme Brow - it mimics the appearance of brow hairs and gives you the Cara Delevingne that we all want! On days where I'm going to work or I just can't be bothered with my eyebrows, I slick this over my brows and they're good to go. And, it's only €3.99!

Kiko Precision Liquid Eyeliner
Recently I made the decision to ditch gel eyeliner for a while and delve into the world of liquids again. Risky, I know, but I wanted to finally conquer the art of applying liquid eyeliner. I picked this up in Portugal in June and I absolutely love it. As you can see, the brush is tiny and precise, and it bends with you as you move it so it allows a really precise application. It's also incredibly black and dries to a matte finish. It's completely budge-free, but it's not hard to take off once I use my Bioderma Micellar Water.

Kiko Precision Lip Pencil in 300
The only reason I bought this is because I read on Michelle Keegan's makeup artist's Instagram that this was the lip pencil that Michelle used on her wedding day! If it's good enough for Michelle, it's good enough for me! 300 is the perfect true brown nude shade, that's more on the pale side than I would usually go for. It's a great addition to my makeup collection for when I'm doing a more dramatic eye look and I want something simple on the lips. It was only €1.70 too, so there's really no cause for complaint here!

Bath and Body Works Country Chic Body Lotion
How cute is this little travel sized body lotion! Obviously after coming home from holidays my skin felt really dry and dehydrated, so I started using this Country Chic lotion from Bath and Body Works and it's absolutely brilliant. It really hydrates your skin and has the most gorgeous sweet, summery scent to it. The size of it is also great for throwing in your bag or even taking abroad with you. I seriously wish Bath and Body Works would broaden their horizons and come to Europe!

So they are my favourites for the month of July - what are yours?

Zara :-)x


  1. Great post, the bronzer looks amazing! Applying liquid eyeliner can be such a struggle, especially when it comes to the wing haha. xx


  2. I love the wake me up concealer - best buy of last summer for me! I have such an issue with having dark under eye bags and this totally sorts them out

    Steph - http://nourishmeclean.blogspot.com

  3. The Rimmel Brow This Way is amazing, i use it all the time x
    Emma | Emmys Beauty Cave