June Favourites

Hi There,

I know we are nearly Mid-July but I really wanted to let you guys know what I was loving throughout June so here are my June favourites:

Beauty Favourites:

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Rimmel Lasting Finish 25hr Foundation with Comfort serum

 This for me is by far the best drugstore foundation available. It offers full coverage, doesn’t feel heavy on the skin & has great staying power.

This may be a little controversial but I prefer this foundation to Estée Lauders Doublewear. It doesn’t separate throughout the day and covers all my imperfections.

I even wore it during June’s heat wave & it didn’t melt away. The best thing for me is that it is available in Bodycare for only £4.99! Fantastic foundation for fantastic value!

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Elemis Wild Lavender Hand Lotion – 195ml

 This is part of the Sp@home range by Elemis. The line offers spa quality products that you can indulge yourself with in the comfort of your own home. I received this as part of a hand care duo (with the matching hand wash) as a Christmas present. As anyone who is regular at my blog will know, I am a little obsessed with hand cream (and Elemis).

I keep this on my desk in my office to use throughout the work day as I find the scent really relaxing and it’s a nice daily indulgence. This hand lotion is available at Debenhams.com or your nearest Elemis stockist priced £18.00.

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MAC Burgundy times nine Eyeshadow Palette

 In June MAC released their Eyes on MAC collection. This collection comprised of four miniature Eyeshadow palettes, each containing 9 small MAC eye shadows.

The colours are not limited edition, they are just popular MAC eye shadows but in a sample size. I personally found this great for trying out colours before committing to the full size pans. I bought the Burgundy palette, as I have green eyes and the shades really compliment my eye colour. The palette was made up of a mixture of Mattes and shimmers. My favourite colour was ‘Antique’ (I have since purchased the full sized pan). I love this palette so much that I also bought the Purple times nine set too. These palettes are also available in Navy times nine and Amber times nine from www.maccosmetics.co.uk priced at £30.00 each.

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Beauty Formulas Instant Cooling Mist 150ml

 As I have mentioned June was an extremely warm month in the UK. As our homes very rarely come with air conditioning it was stifling! As a natural red head I do not cope well with the heat, but this spray really helped me. I used it mostly at night when the bedroom was overly humid. This spray is basically water in an aerosol can, but as it sprays it is cooled so it delivers a nice cold mist. It’s great for spraying on restless legs and on the face. For an extra cold blast I kept mine in the fridge. This spray is available from Poundland for £1.00 per can (Bargain!).

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Issey Miyake Summer Eau de Toilette 100ml

I first came across this perfume about ten years ago and I have loved it ever since! As the name suggests this fragrance is released every spring/summer time and each year it has a different bottle design. The bottle is always the famous Issey Miyake cone design but the decoration varies. This is a very light, fresh scent and is perfect for anyone who loves, fruity floral fragrances (say that ten times while drunk). The notes are as follows:

Top Notes: Pink Grapefruit & Lyche

Heart Notes: Passionfruit & Guava

Base Notes: Vanilla infusion & exotic wood

This perfume is only available in the 100ml size and is available from Boots.com priced £39.50 for 100ml.

Now onto my Non-Beauty Favourites…

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Music – Throughout June I really got into country music which I have never really listened to before. Thanks to spotify I have made myself a great country playlist but I found myself repeatedly listening to one album and that was “The First Time” by Kelsea Ballerini. Kelsea is a relatively new artist, who has toured with Taylor Swift, and you can definitely see the Taylor influence in her Music. Songs to check out are “Love me like you mean it’ and ‘Yeah Boy’.

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TV – RuPauls Drag Race

I adore this show. This is the second time that I’ve binge–watched all the seasons (there are 7 seasons). Think Americas Next Top Model but with drag queens – it’s fabulous!

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Movie – This was a hard one as there were a few great Horror releases this month but I have to go for Jurassic World. Fast paced action, combined with great special effects made this a great movie. I challenge you to watch this film and not want a pet Raptor by the end of it!

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Item – This has to be my new Stainless steel Starbucks cold cup. I first saw these in America but I totally forgot to pick one up so when I saw them in the UK I had to have one! It is a large double walled cup with a stainless steel straw that keeps drinks ultra cold for hours, which was a must in the hot weather. Available from your nearest Starbucks or at www.starbucks.co.uk priced £14.95.

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Event: This has to be my birthday. I turned 33 this year so I wanted to do something low key and girly, so I opted for afternoon tea at the Vincent Hotel Restaurant in Southport.  The sandwiches were delicious and the cakes were out of this world! Afternoon Tea at the Vincent Hotel costs £12.95 per person or £20.95 per person with Champagne.

Visit www.thevincenthotel.com for details.

So that was everything that has floated my boat throughout June. Let me know what your June favourite were in the comments.

Love & Bubbles

The Secret Girly Girl

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May/ June Empties

Hi There,

It’s come to that time again when all of my empties have piled up into one big mountain. I do have quite a lot so I have decided to tackle them in groups. The first group is Perfume & Skincare. So these are the products I have used up during May/June…

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December 2014 Empties!

Hi Ladies,

I am really sorry this is going up late. December was a really busy month for empties. This was due to the fact that I made a conscious effort to use up products in order to make room for any toiletries that I got for Christmas (which turned out to be a great idea as I got lots). So let get started:

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Baylis & Harding sweet mandarin & Grapefruit Balancing Body wash (300ml)

I got this as part of a gift set for my birthday. I actually used this as a hand wash rather than a shower gel as it had added vitamins & I felt my hands needed it more than the rest of my body. This smelled subtly citrus which I prefer to full on fruity overload. 7/10

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Elemis Skin Nourishing Shower Cream 100ml

I love this shower cream. It is so thick and creamy and it leaves my skin lovely & soft and lightly fragranced. It is a great luxury product to use in the evening just before bed. 10/10

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Elizabeth Arden Untold

I would say this is one of my favourite winter scents; I first purchased it around Christmas time so it always reminds me of the festive season whenever I smell it. I was so disappointed when I ran out in the first week of December, but my boyfriend got me the gift set for Christmas (I did drop a lot of hints!). This perfume gets 10/10!

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Estée Lauder Idealist skin Illuminator

I got this last Christmas as part of a skin care set and really enjoyed the results. I wore this as a serum under my foundation for a subtle highlighting shimmer. It is a little pricey so I would have to re-purchase when I am Feeling a little flush. 9/10

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Illamasqua Hydra Veil 3ml

I got given this sample when I purchased my Illamasqua Pure Pigment (which is mind blowing btw). Now this primer has a very unusual consistency that reminds me of frogspawn lol. It’s a really thick jelly, but don’t let this put you off, as it is amazing! I applied it before my foundation & I found it kept my base in place all evening (and I was in warm club). This is definitely going to be a repurchase for me! 9/10

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Korres Citrus Shower Gel

Although I used this entire sample I didn’t really enjoy using it. I’m not a huge fan of sharp citrus smells I prefer my shower Gels to have a creamy scent & consistency. I got this in one of my beauty boxes (I can’t remember which). 5/10

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Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser

I don’t know how but I ended up with a good few samples of this product and decided to try it. I fell in love. As I have mentioned recently, I’m all about the double cleanse at the moment. I have been using this cream cleanser to remove all my makeup and daily buildup and then following it up with my new Clinique sonic system. A definite repurchase! 10/10

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Monu Spa Hand & Nail Cream

I am obsessed with hand cream. I cannot remember where I got this hand cream from but it has been a firm favourite this December. It left my hands feeling super soft with a nice subtle scent. 8/10

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L’Oreal Mythic Oil Nourishing Masque

I believe I go this in a beauty box & may have already blogged about it. I already use the oil in my hair after blow-drying to smooth any fly aways. When washing my hair I prefer to apply a mask to my hair instead of conditioner & this worked a treat, leaving my hair silky soft. The full sized product costs £15.90, which I find pretty expensive so I’m not sure about a re-purchase. 8/10

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Nivea Double Effect eye make-up remover

I’m sure I featured this in one of favourite blogs. I bought this as a replacement for my NARS remover as it was so costly. I was shocked at how efficient this product was. It removes my eye make-up with no drag and no effort. I have repurchased this already. 9/10.

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Penhaligons of London Blenheim Bouquet Shower Gel 300ml

I think this has featured both in past Favourites & Empties posts. Both my boyfriend & myself are in love with this product. It is pricey at £25.00 a bottle, but it smells so delicious we can’t resist. 10/10!

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Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream

As far as skin care goes, this is my Holy Grail. I cannot rave about this product enough.

It smells amazing, feels luxurious on application and leaves my skin feeling and looking nourished. I got a Pro-collagen gift set for Christmas so I didn’t have t go out without for too long. There is no other moisturiser that blows me away like this does 10/10!

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The White Company – Hand & Body Lotion 30ml

I got this in the bathroom when we stayed at the Palace Hotel, Manchester. I have been using this as a travel sized hand cream and really liked it. 8/10.

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Tresemme Platinum Strength Treatment

If I am to be honest I didn’t really notice a huge improvement to my hair after using this product. It didn’t leave my hair overly soft and didn’t leave it really shiny. This was a disappointment. 4/10.

So those are the products that I used up in December. I hope you enjoyed reading it.

Love & Bubbles

The Secret Girly Girl

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Roger and Gallet Fleur de Figuier Fragrant water Spray – Day 15!

Hi Ladies,

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This morning I received the Fleur de figuier fragrant water spray by Roger & Gallet.

This smells delicious! I have had a product from this before & Really liked it.

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With notes of fig, grapefruit & mandarin blossom it truly is a lovely fruity scent.

The bonus is that this product is Hypoallergenic, Paraben free & suitable for Vegetarians and vegans.

The full sized product (100ml) costs £32.00 making this 10ml sample worth £3.20.

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This scent is perfect for fans of Fresh & fruity fragrances.

Available from www.marksandspencer.com

Love & Bubbles

The Secret Girly Girl

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