Sunday, 1 September 2013

August '13 Favourites


August has been a busy month and I have been rubbish at blogging. I just found it difficult to find time this month but I'm getting back in to the swing of things. As mentioned in a previous post I have also been a bit low on cash this month and haven't been able to try many new beauty products, but here is a run down of my August favourites...

Eyeshadow - Topshop Eye Crayons

I am loving my first taster of Topshop makeup with these eyeshadow crayons, even more so because they were in the sale for £1. The quality is fantastic, the colours are strong and they last forever. I have shades Mystical and Ramble (for a description of my favourite way to wear Mystical see this post). Ramble is a chocolate brown which is very dark and more glittery than shimmery so strictly for evening makeup in my books. Not quite as wearable as Collection's Work The Colour Eyeshadow Crayon in Hot Chocolate, but still a great eye crayon.

 

Haircare - Organic World Moroccan Oil

After repeatedly buying the tiny little bottles of Hask Argan Oil from Primark, I finally purchased a full size bottle of Moroccan Oil. It is a different brand to the Primark one and I ordered it from Groupon when I saw a deal of £8.99 for 100ml. The brand is Organic World and it is slightly different to the Primark one. Firstly it has a very different smell, more coconut-y whereas the previous one smelt like oranges (which I actually prefer) but it still smells good. Secondly it is a thinner consistency which makes it easier to apply. Moroccan Oil has been one of my favourite beauty finds for a long time, and has really been helping my hair since I started ombre-ing it, especially since I am so lazy when it comes to getting my hair cut and often leave it for 6 months to a year (awful I know).


Haircare - Batiste Dry Shampoo - Medium Brunette

I have a real love/hate relationship with this product, but simply due to the amount of times this product has saved me from greasy-hair-syndrome and from being late to work, it deserves a monthly favourite status. It does the job and hides my greasy roots (I have to wash my hair everyday!) but I hate how it makes my hair feel, sort of dirty and heavy. I like that it is coloured as it stops my roots from looking grey (like normal dry shampoos) but it halves the amount of time I have between cleaning my bathroom as it leaves this brown dust over the sink and bath -just everywhere! I would use it is my bedroom but worry it will stain my clothes. It is still a great product though and it was a godsend when I was traveling, in particular when I spent 35 hours straight traveling from Rome to Athens on a train, a bus, a ferry, a coach and a tube and there was nowhere to wash! Fun times!

Bath/Shower Products - Original Source Shower Gel Lemon and Tea Tree

I won't go in to a lot of detail about this one as it is just a shower gel at the end of the day but it has such a yummy fresh lemony smell and I have really enjoyed using it this month. I find it really helps to wake me up in the morning.

 

Nails - Natural Collection White Nail Varnish

Something I had never tried before this month, but have thoroughly enjoyed experimenting with, is using a white nail varnish under other colours to make them brighter. This Natural Collection one is great because it dries so quickly and was only £1.99! One particular combination I have been loving is the white nail varnish under Nails Inc Shoreditch which creates a really bright (almost neon) pink finish. Very summery and fun!

 

Book of the Month - The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

I am getting back in to reading after a 4 or 5 month break when I just couldn't couldn't get in to one, so I thought I would add a new feature to my monthly favourites and include my favourite read of the month. This month I read 4 books...
- The Woman Who Went To Bed For A Year by Sue Townsend
- The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
- All My Friends Are Superheroes by Andrew Kauffman
- Northern Lights by Philip Pullman

I was very disappointed by the first one but absolutely loved the other three. All would get 4 stars or more (out of 5) and I would highly recommend them, but my book of the month is The Handmaid's Tale. I have chosen this one simply because it is so different to anything I have read before and it is the one I find myself reflecting on the most. 

The Handmaid's Tale is a futuristic novel of a dystopian America where women are held prisoner to breed under a 'Big Brother' like regiment (as in George Orwells 1984 not the rubbish TV show). It's a very unnerving read which makes you think and it is quite terrifying due to the familiarity of this fictional world and the history of our own. This book really has the potential to affect it's reader (at least it did me) and I know that it will stay with me for a long time. A great book is one that makes you look at your own world in a different way. Highly recommended!

Have you tried any of these products? Any books you would recommend? Let me know by commenting below...

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