Can you believe it is September already? From a quick scroll down twitter or instagram, you can see that everybody has watched summer fly by in the blink of an eye, and it seems we were only just starting to embrace it.
I have never done a monthly round up or 'favourites' post which seem to be popular in the blogger world, so I think I may start doing a round up of products and things I have been loving for the past month as I think it is great to mention smaller things that may not warrant an entire post by itself.
I think this month I have managed to find some great dupes and high street alternatives which is great for when you're wanting to scrimp on shopping to save up for one more cocktail when you're away on holiday.
Whilst the warmer months are going to start cooling off, here is a run down of my top ten summer products and accessories I have been using in August.
I absolutely love luxury lifestyle blogger and YouTuber Lydia Elise Millen, and her style and wardrobe always have me drooling. One bag that she has been wearing this summer is a Chloe Nile Bracelet bag, but with a £1000+ price, it is completely out of my budget! I knew I needed to find a solution, and had a quick search through the web and found this amazing dupe on Ebay for just £11.99. Of course it won't have the same quality as a genuine Chloe, but it is a real leather and still looks really chic. If you have a quick look on the Chloe website, you will see their official tan colour is more of a caramel which is deeper than this. I actually really like this beige tan colour so this dupe worked out perfectly for me.
The link to the Ebay seller is here, and they do a variety of colours to match the Chloe ones.
I absolutely love reflective sunglasses and I bought a really cool pair from Quay Australia earlier in the summer but lost them :( As I went on holiday last week I had a mad panic as I realised I didn't have any shades, so I ran into the nearest Accesorize and picked up this pair which were £12.50 which was a real bargain. When I got to the till and realised they were reduced down to £7.00 then I couldn't believe my luck. Of course they are not the most high end pair of sunnies, but I love the slanted top of the glasses which has been a huge trend this summer, and I like the pink tinged lens as it is reminiscent of the gorgeous tinted Ray Bans. As these are sale items they are no longer available online but make sure you have a little look around the sales in store as you're sure to find a bargain now the Autumn/ Winter lines are coming in.
I have really been loving this bubblegum pink nail polish for the summer months. This is called Pinking Out Loud from the Barry M Daylight Curing Range, £4.99, Boots and it has featured heavily across some recent nail art I have done such as these 90s Nails. I find this doesn't need the daylight curing top coat and is such a fun colour for holidays and this time of year. If you are looking for an amazing fun pink, then this is polish for you.
I have had this Kick Ass Fake Awake Dark Circles Concealer, £8, Soap & Glory in my makeup bag for a while now and I only reached for it when I couldn't put my hands on my usual Urban Decay concealer. It has a really balmy feel and it melts into the under eye area and conceals any darkness, so I have found this has become a regular staple in my makeup routine. Because it has a yellow tone, it is almost like a colour corrector as well as a concealer so it really balances out any darkness, and it looks really natural and brightens the whole face. I think it is a really great product and for £8, it is a fantastic high street price for a dual purpose product.
I am well aware I spoke about this product in my last post from my MAC trip, but this foundation has been perfect for the hotter August months. The Studio Sculpt Foundation NC20, £27.00, MAC has been my go to foundation due to its light weight feel, full coverage and dewy finish. It is the perfect foundation look for glowy summer skin and the fact it has an SPF 15 has been a lifesaver for the unexpected sunny days you find in August. I am sad I didn't find this earlier on in the summer but it will carry me through to the bright Autumnal months and will be a staple for my makeup bag next year.
Another product I am well aware I have covered heavily is this gorgeous lipstick in 'Naked', £15.50, Urban Decay and it even featured in my Top 5 Nude Lipsticks post. It is from the Cream Vice collection and is so comfortable and beautiful to wear. It adds just a hint of colour to the lips but it transforms them and makes them look fuller and juicy and wonderful. It is a pinky peach colour and it is maybe my favourite nude lipstick of all time.
Now bodily grooming is always a bit of a taboo subject, but as I have been loving lipstick this month, not to mention having intensely zoomed images of swatches for my blog, a fluffy upper lip is always going to spoil the look of a perfectly presented pout. Therefore I have started waxing my upper lip and I really love the results of it. I say 'I' have been doing it, but I am such a huge wimp as soon as the strip is on I have instant regret and my sister has to hold me down and pull them off.
Of course professional waxing is always advised, but these Precision Facial Wax Strips, £6.55, Veet are a fantastic budget alternative. Make sure you do steer clear of the lip skin, as on my first attempt I managed to wax of part of my lip and it left me with a lovely scab across my lip for a week which defeated the object of lovely lips. Once you nail the technique though, there are so useful and a quick resort, and the berry scent makes them quite pleasant under the nose area.
A lot of my favourite bloggers and infulencers have become the face of the L'Oreal, and I think it is fantastic how much of an influence bloggers are having on the beauty industry. A lot of the bloggers I follow have all been raving about this Paradise Extatic Mascara, £11.99, L'Oreal, and as a slave to the infulencer, I had to go out and try it. I love the summery bronze and rose gold packaging, and although the first application was a little gloopy, I have loved the results ever since. It is a lengthening mascara and gives you the look of natural looking lashes, perfect for the no makeup look we like to adopt in Summer.
Another Soap & Glory purchase now and this is in the form of the Peach Party Multi-Colour Blush Brick, £11.00, Soap & Glory. This is a gorgeous shimmer, bronzer ad highlighter all in one and I love to blend this across the cheeks for a beautiful warm, peachy glow. It looks great on it's own but also with a bit of blush underneath as it brings out all the gorgeous tones in the brick. I think this is a really great high street alternative to products such as the Bobbi Brown shimmer brick which comes in at £35, and I think the final look is really beautiful on the skin.
Finally is fragrance, and again this is probably one I have mentioned time and time again so I apologise, but I just cannot get enough of this 'This Is Her! 100ml, £70, Zadig & Voltaire. This fragrance has vanilla, chestnut and sandalwood and it is a really seductive and warm scent perfect for summer nights and will also be beautiful in Autumn for those frosty sunny days.
I have really enjoyed doing this monthly round up as it has a variety of fashion, beauty and fragrance so it is certainly something I will continue to do in the future!
Let me know what your August Favouites have been as I'd love to try them for September!