Tuesday, 2 September 2014

August 2014 Monthly Favourites

Now that August (and summer!) has disappeared, rather quickly I may add, I thought I should do a monthly favourites post. There will be a mix of stuff, skincare, make up, perfume, hair care, TV shows, films, books, music, people....anything that tickles my fancy!

Imperial Leather Foamburst Uplifting Lime and Grapefruit Luxurious Body Wash



This stuff is ace! A little goes a looong way and it smells divine. It basically looks and feels a lot like shaving gel, and can in fact double up as one. It foams up soon as you rub it onto wet skin, and cleans it like a dream. Highly recommend you try it! It comes in some other lovely varieties too and lasts a good while, if you don't squirt it around like a woman (or man, Ian loves it!) possessed!

Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse


I used to use this years ago. I hate the feel of foundation on my skin, it always feels too heavy. Having less than perfect skin, I'm constantly on the lookout for great foundation. I decided to go back to this, and, while it doesn't last very long on oily skin, it does feel light and leaves my skin looking pretty good!





Soap & Glory One Heck of a Blot



Like finding foundation, the hunt for a good pressed powder is a constant theme! Thankfully I think the hunt has ended! Great for oily skin, this mattifies without clumping and clogging. It's also nice and light, very fine powder, with a nice powder puff *snigger*!

Soap & Glory Peach Party


This is beautiful. A wheel of lovely colours of blush/bronzer/highlighter. You can use the colours on their own, or give it a swirl and get a nice mix! It is very sparkly so needs to be used sparingly or you may look like a panto dame!


Soap & Glory Lid Stuff in Off the Wall Flowers


Ian picked this out, great husband that he is, he picked the perfect colours! Nice pigmentation and consistency. Like every other Soap & Glory product, this is great!

Bourjois Happy Light Matt Serum Primer

I'm rediscovering my love of Bourjois a little at the moment. As I'm still on the lookout for a good primer I thought I'd try this one, so far its working for me. Its probably just psychological though, but my make up did seem to stay on nicely.


Bourjois Magic Nail Polish Remover


This stuff is bloody amazing! I've been painting my nails a lot lately, but I hate the battle to get the old polish off with liquid polish remover. I did flirt with the pads before, Asda did good ones, but it still took a while. Not with this little pink tub of wonderfulness! There is a big sponge inside, with a little hollow for your nail, and you just stick your finger in (ahem) and twist a few times (and again, ahem) and voila, no polish! Also seems to make my polish go on quicker when I repaint. It doesn't smell so nice when you first open it, but after that its a more pleasant berry scent, and that's good for me as the stench of remover usually triggers my asthma!



Bourjois Bronzing Primer

I am somewhat pale. Which is a massive understatement, as I make ghosts look like they've just returned from a 6 month tropical break. I am oh so very white! I don't get on too well with bronzer, due to said paleness, as they either make my skin look grubby or have a very obvious radioactive orange hue. Not sure how you're SUPPOSED to use this, but I just put a little on the places I would usually try to bronzer up. It has a lovely mousse-y texture, smells like chocolate and is buildable, as well as being a nice colour...I have nothing bad to say about it!

Rimmel Salon Pro Nail Colour with Lycra

312 Ultra Violet
317 Rock n Roll

I would usually boycott anything with Kate Moss' name on, really dislike the woman for some reason, but I do like some of the shades in her Rimmel nail polish line. I have so many favourite colours and brands of polish, but at the moment I really like these 2 in particular. Every summer I eye the lovely pastel shades and wish they suited me, but they really don't. They make my skin look excessively yellow, which is not a good look! Happily, the Ultra Violet shade (not a Kate Moss one yay!) doesn't cause this problem yay!!!! I also have a Maybelline one in a similar shade, but I'm liking the Rimmel formula a little better at the moment. I've always suited bright reds and very dark colours so Rock n Roll is very much one of my staple colours from now on!

Escada Born in Paradise


My taste in perfumes is rather eclectic. I actually received a sample of this through the post, and I fell in love. My lovely gran bought it for me one day when we took her to the hospital and then into town. I was lucky enough to get a really pretty bag too....which is a little grubby thanks to my grubby urchin dogs and cats! It's inspired by Pina Colada...which, granted, sounds a tad cheesy and off putting. Don't let it put you off though, as its beautiful, with notes of watermelon, pineapple and coconut milk. It smells very summery!

Phillips Milk of Magnesia



Now, this is a curve ball! I don't use this for stomach upsets....I use it as a primer! It sounds very odd, but it controls oil extremely well, making my make up stay on longer. Ian has also used it as an antiperspirant, and it worked a treat.



Women of the Otherworld Series by Kelley Armstrong


(I've done a review of Kelley Armstrong's latest release, Visions, here.)

Kelley Armstrong is my favourite author. I know I'm supposed to be all high brow and pick an author of classics, but, to me, her books are my classics....so, basically, ner ner ner ner ner to book snobs! I have re-read this series so much I could probably recite it by now! Thanks to my wonderful OCD, I have to read all 13 books (plus some novellas and bonus stories!), in order, every time! The problem is that I re-read this series A LOT, so a good chunk of my reading time is taken up by them! Luckily I read fast! Bitten is the first book in the series (although I tend to read Men of the Otherworld as well, and I put it first, followed by Beginnings but I'm an Otherworld geek!), about the only female werewolf in the world, Elena Michaels, as she tries to escape her wolf life. She's pulled back by attacks on her Pack, which threaten to expose all werewolves. She must deal with her former fiance, Clayton Danvers, who sees her as his life mate. Lots of action, no sickly sweet romance or excessive 'love making' (these characters go more for the quickie, al fresco romps!) and a complete universe to delve into. She brings in witches, half demons, sorcerer's, shamans and so on...13 full novels, plus loads of short stories and novellas, I could read it forever!

Rizzoli & Isles



I decided to rewatch a load of my favourite TV programmes this month, and I started with Rizzoli and Isles. This is, quite possibly, the first time I have enjoyed an adaptation more than the book. I do love Tess Gerritsen's writing, but I love the added comedy and lightness of the TV version. They are up to the fifth season now, and I can only hope they go on for many years! Sadly, the show lost one of it's stars last year, when Lee Thompson Young died, following a a period of depression. The show dealt with his loss extremely sensitively, but it is a terrible loss. If you haven't yet discovered it, I recommend it highly!


The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon



Having been burned once by US light entertainment, after enduring the excruciatingly bad Saturday Night Live, I was wary of watching anything else. Thankfully, Ian and I stumbled across some Fallon clips on YouTube, and we giggled like school children! I bloody love him! Same level of childish humour as me, which makes it extremely amusing to watch!

Grav3yardgirl aka Bunny Meyer



I am a proud Swamp Family member! Whenever I see that Bunny has uploaded another video, I revert to an excitable toddler (well, I react even MORE like an excitable toddler than usual) and have to watch it IMMEDIATELY!!!! Whether its First Impression Friday, Does This Thing Really Work?, Tea Vlog, Hauls (or Hurls!), Challenges, Monthly Favourites, Swamp Family Mail or Follow Me Around, I will watch, and I will giggle! I also admire her for so many reasons. Like me she suffers from anxiety, and it's because of YouTube that she's still here today, as she was so down she contemplated suicide. Despite her anxieties, she goes out of her way to try to ensure that all her fans and watchers feel that she really cares about them. She truly has started a global family, one that is inclusive and shows that its good to be weird sometimes! She's a hero to many young people, and there couldn't be a better role model.

Right, that's August done.....which can mean only one thing....my birthday! Yay for pressies but boooo for turning 35! I do NOT like that bit! Pfft....

Thanks for popping by!

Jan
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