July Beauty Favourites

July Beauty Favourites
How is it the end of July already, this year is going by so fast! Another month ends which means it is now time for my monthly favourites roundup. This month I have been lucky enough to receive quite a few amazing products, a lot of which I have been loving and using constantly throughout July. 

Makeup

Lets start with my favourite category, makeup! I was very kindly sent a range of products from the Australian company, Eye of Horus and their Dynasty Dual Brow Perfect pencil and gel is my favourite product from the range. The pencil is a perfect shade for me, the gel has amazing hold and it is perfect for travelling - I took it with me on our mini staycation in York earlier this week and it was so handy! Next up, another new addition to my makeup collection, the MeMeMe Correct and Perfect Concealer Kit which is actually a great shade for my super pale skin. I thought the concealer would be quite waxy and cakey on my dry skin but it isn't and it blends so well; the powder is great too. I will have a makeup look featuring a lot of lovely MeMeMe products on my blog soon. Lastly, in the makeup category is the Spectrum Atlantis Flat Top Buffer Brush has been my go to foundation brush; it looks so pretty and it is perfect for blending foundation without those annoying streaks.

Skincare

I've already posted my review of the two new Antipodes additions to my skincare routine and I have been loving both since I received them earlier this month. I use the Antipodes Vanilla Pod Day Cream everyday and I use the Antipodes Worship Serum on days when my skin is extra dry; they work so well and they are all natural. Another product I have been using almost constantly is the Skin and Tonic Steam Clean Cleansing Balm which is a luxe but basic cleansing balm that is perfect for my dry, sensitive skin.

Bodycare

Lastly a couple of products I've been using on my hands, the first is the Sweet Cecily's Soothing Skin Cream which to be honest doesn't look or smell very nice but it great for soothing and moisturising the eczema I have on my hand. Lastly, the hand cream I have been keeping on my desk is one from last Christmas, The Body Shop Glazed Apple Hand Cream; it smells lovely, it absorbs quickly and it doesn't irritate my eczema. 

Just a couple of honorary mentions to a few products that I used over the few days of our mini staycation in York earlier this week which came in so useful. Firstly, the Fancy Witch Brushes (available at Beauty Crowd) are fantastic, very smooth and the foundation brush is a dream. While away from home the DHC Blotting Papers were so useful, I didn't know my t-zoe as that oily but they really helped control shine. Lastly, my favourite foundation/powder combo is the Max Factor Smooth Effect foundation and the Essence Fixing Powder - they look so natural (but have good coverage) and make my skin look so much more even. 

Have you tried any of the products I've mentioned? What products have you been loving through the month of July?

Desk Makeover Ft. Room 4 Interiors


The office in our house has slowly over the past three years of blogging became my little blogging central and I love it - I spend the majority of my time day in day out in this little room and to be honest it isn't the prettiest room so when I was contacted about a blogger 'desk redesign' challenge opportunity, I obviously said yes. I have wanted to have a little office makeover for a while but I haven't got round to it but Rooms 4  Interiors set a challenge for me to redesign my desk with just £20. The desks of the bloggers taking part will be part of a competition in which one will be voted the best by the public. 

For my desk redesign, I didn't want to do anything major, firstly because of the price limit and secondly because it would take ages. I have always loved Matalans home ware so when I saw a couple of cute items, I made an order and it arrived SO quickly. I bought the Matalan Welcome Sign (£5) which is gorgeous and I love it; it fits perfectly above my iMac - I can't believe the price, it is so cheap! I also bought a Matalan Alphabet Letter Mug (£2), again the price is fantastic and I had to restrain myself from buying ALL of the mugs. I will be going back to buy more of their copper items, especially the simple copper photo frame and three tier hanging sign for the office too. 

Flowers always make a room so much more inviting, summery and colourful so I bought some gorgeous pink roses to brightening up my desk. They have such a uplifting effect on my mood whenever I see or smell them. Lastly, I bought a small copper candle holder from H&M which I can't find on the website but I'm using it as a pen holder; it fits well with the copper tones of the sign too. There are so many products I want from H&M home, it is a little ridiculous! 

Here is the before and after, I also rearranged a lot of items as it was a little cluttered and I always think better and I'm more productive when the space around me is tidy and organised. I had a grey skull money box and a cute plaque from Sass and Belle in my room which I moved to the office as it was a little too minimal in the office. I find that refreshing and reorganising your surroundings and switching up items (even on my iMac, not just the room) is so revitalising and renewing, I love it! 


Sorry the photo quality isn't amazing for these two last before and after photos but I used the pano setting on my iPhone 5C. Oh and I also added in my blog hoodie from College Custom to this room as it has my blog logo on the back which is just amazing and it seems fitting for 'blogging central' to have it's own personalised products! 

What do you think of my mini desk makeover? 

Introducing: Eye Of Horus Cosmetics + Looks

Eye of Horus is an Australian brand that I have seen on blogs previously and also on social media and on the whole I've read great things so I was really excited when I had the opportunity to try some of their products! 


I am always looking for a good brow pencil as my brows are slightly sparse and I love the look of full thick brows (think Cara Delevingne). Brows products can be difficult for me to choose as my hair colour is always fading and changing but I want my brows to be quite ashy toned and my brows are also quite unruly. This brow product has a angled pencil on one end and a brow gel on the other. The colour of this pencil matches my brows SO well, it is really quick and easy to use and the brow gel has amazing hold which my brows need but for some I think it would be too strong/hard on the brows, if that makes sense! This product has become an instant love! Overall rating: ★★★★★, 5/5. 


When it comes to mascara I always look for natural effects over full on spider lashes, which I hate. I also look for waterproof mascaras and natural bristles brushes instead of plastic; however this mascara is the opposite. While the brush is plastic, it is easy to use and I love mascaras with which I can slowly build and really take my time (which is rare to find) but this one is great! I can time my time to apply it and it makes my lashes look lengthened and very defined and very black although it doesn't really provide any volume or curl. The mascara is suitable for sensitive eyes, it contains vitamins and it just doesn't clump up...ever. It is easy to remove which is great as I do have sensitive skin and most mascaras irritate my skin when I'm trying to remove them because they are just so difficult to remove. Overall rating: ★★★☆☆, 3/5.



I am a big fan of winged liner, it looks gorgeous on most people but it isn't the easiest thing to master but after years of practice I think I'm pretty good and having a fine tipped liner always helps. This liner brush is just perfect, it is fine but flexible and even though it is a marker pen style brush, it is quick to fuss free to use. I love the brown shade too, it's a nice change from the standard black liner. As you can see from the photos above, I was able to create thin, precise lines and a fine tip to the wing of my liner in a minute or two. My own problem with this liquid liner is that as I was using it it did seem to be a little dry and I think that will just get worse with time but so far it is a great liner. Overall rating: ★★★★☆, 4/5. 


I don't think teal is a shade that particularly suits my eye colour but this pencil is just gorgeous. I used it on my lower lash line with some eyeshadows from MeMeMe on the lid. The pencil blends easily with fingers and less easily with a brush or the smudger on the end of the pencil. It doesn't show up too well on the waterline but I would only use this kind of shade on the lash line anyway. The longevity is good on me, it looks vibrant and perfect for summer!  IF you are looking for this pencil to be pigmented on the waterline then you will be disappointed. Overall rating: ★★★★☆, 4/5. 


Another pencil in the same range of the teal shade; they all contain botanical oils and waxes and they don't irritate my skin and I have eczema around my eyes. The pencil is fairly good on the waterline initially but my eyes can water throughout the day so I don't think it will last very long. The pencil can be used on the lid too, as I have done in the photo above, and with some work it looks gorgeous, in my opinion. It can be a little patchy and it takes a while to get the opacity I wanted but with a shimmer beige over the top it looks so pretty! Overall rating: ★★★☆☆, 3/5. 


Bronze shades are my fave for the eyes, I think it suits all eye colours and looks! This bronze shade is so pretty and the pencil is creamier and smoother than the previous two, in my opinion. I love this shade on the lower lash line for extra natural definition. Longevity is pretty good on the skin but again it isn't great at all on the waterline. This is my favourite liner from the three I received and it is the one I will get the most use out of. Overall rating: ★★★★☆, 4/5. 

Overall, I adore the brow pencil and the liquid liner as well as the bronze liner. I'm going away for a few days and I have already packed the brow pencil as it has instantly become an essential in the makeup routine - I will be buying another when this one runs out! The liners are fairly good but they can be a little patchy and they don't show up too well on the waterline on me unfortunately. The mascara is great for me as it is SO easy to remove (with a micellar water) and it adds so much definition and length but it's not for you if you want volume. I love the ethos of the brand and the use of more natural ingredients which is perfect for me as I have sensitive skin. 

Have you tried any products from Eye of Horus? What do you think of the eye makeup looks I've created?

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