9.01.2014

Favourites: August 2014







August has been a long month. We've gone from full-on summer to colder fresh fall winds by the end. I went to Rome for a week, started school and then finally rounded it all up by getting the flu. I've officially been knocked out for a week and I feel horribly stressed by everything I've got to do to catch up, but I'm sure I'll be alright soon enough. If you were wondering why there was a lack of updates on the blog, now you also know why. Through the changing weather and daily routines I've switched out a lot of products, but a few items have been used solidly from beginning til end and those are the ones I will be sharing with you today.




I've stuck to my Chanel Joues Contraste in 65 Espiegle this month as it's part of my use-it-up project. I was worried I'd get sick of it, but I still love applying it every morning. Espiegle has been a favourite blush of mine for the longest time. It's the perfect mix of pink and peachy and gives a warm pink flush to the cheeks. The baked formula let's me apply a very sheer hint of colour, but it can also be built up for more impact. I usually have to be very careful with blush as I'm very pale, but Espiegle looks very nice built up contrasting my pale skin. I've loved pairing it with a very neutral look otherwise - it gives a very fresh and modern look.

For these natural makeup looks there's just nothing that beats modern classic Burberry Pale Barley Eyeshadow here ). I've applied this very sheer taking it slightly through the crease and blending the edges very well. This gives definition to the eye without it looking like you're wearing much of anything at all. Pale Barley can also be built up for more colour, and is just as beautiful this way. Add to that the superiority in quality of Burberry eyeshadows and this is an absolute winner.

Another old favourite is the Dior Grege Nail Polish ( review - here ). The taupe beige colour has been a perfect colour for the in-between season as it's not summer-bright, nor fall-dark - neither of which I felt like were right anymore or just yet. Dior has re-vamped their entire nail polish range since I bought this, so the formula is changed, but one of their sales assistants told me they would keep the colour so you should still be able to get this. I highly recommend it, I've worn it a lot since getting it - to the point I think I actually might finish this one day! *After trying to find a link to it it looks like it is being discontinued after all as it's nowhere. I've found a link to it on Amazon, so if anyone's interested I guess you'll have to be quick!

Me using the Caudalie Vinosource Serum review - here ) is actually also me going back to an old favourite - I'm sensing a theme! I used this a few years back and while it gave me an amazing glow, it wasn't what my skin needed at that moment otherwise. Now though, it's been perfect. It's made my skin radiant and amazingly even. It's also helped with the texture of my skin. I've enjoyed this sample enormously and am definitely planning on buying the full-size again.

Omorovicza is slowly becoming one of my favourite brands. I've talked about the Omorovicza Balancing Moisturiser  ( review - here ) before, but had to include it here. I've used this almost everyday the past month and it's just fantastic. It keeps skin matte, but hydrated. I've noticed a clear improvement in the texture of my skin when using this and my skin just feels better. I'm worried this won't be enough moisture-wise when fall really rolls around, so I am considering getting either their Elemental Emulsion or the Illuminating Moisturiser.

The Omorovicza Complexion Perfector BB SPF 20 ( here ) was featured last month as well. I won't go into too much detail as I will probably repeat myself, but I still had to include it as I've used it almost every day. This is just fantastic! This not only looks unbelievably good and natural - it also makes my skin better. When I remove this at night my skin doesn't look tired like it can sometimes look when I've worn makeup all day, skin just looks healthy, plump and radiant. I can't get enough, it's brilliant!

Finally I have a perfume. The Hermes - Jour d'Hermes Absolu ( here ) is a beautiful warm floral, with apricot blossom making it more fresh and fruity. It's fresh and uplifting, but has a lot of warmth and personality as well. It's a stunning scent that I highly recommend trying out. Quality wise it also lasts all day, on me at least, and the bottle is a beauty as well. I've not looked too much at Hermes' fragrance offerings in the past, but I must say I am very intrigued now after falling in love with this one.

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So there you have it - my favourite products for the month of August! Fall is my favourite time of the year, so I am really looking forward to lighting candles and cuddling up under a blanket. Starting school this time has been an odd mix of exciting and terrifying as this is the last year before I'm finished. I've decided I want to try and really appreciate the freedom I in reality have as a student (though it doesn't always feel that way) and try to let myself just have some fun and not always worry about being ahead. I'm not sure if I can, but I want to try. Other than that I've got quite an exciting September coming up with a little travel so there might be a few new favourites next month! Until then - I wish you all a good start to the "new year"!

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  1. Hey Ellie! Grege is my all time favorite nail color too! I love it for any season.. its just so chic! :-) Love the look of the Chanel blush sounds perfect color wise.. I am a huge fan of their cream blushes but am yet to own a powder formula! :-)

    Divya | TheConscienceFund

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    1. Hey Divya!
      Grege is just wonderfully versatile, I agree, it goes with any look and any outfit - gorgeous!! I'm really disappointed it looks like it's being discontinued though :( Yeah when I finish Espiegle I think it might be a bit of a struggle to replace it as it had the most perfect warm peachy pink colour! .. Everything I like gets discontinuted!! :( lol oh well, at least I'll get to try something new I guess! :) xx

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  2. ellie, what a great mix of favorites! i'm so sorry to hear your were sick with the flu :(( never a pleasant thing to be sick, but especially when school is starting. i hope you feel better very soon :) gosh, i love pale barley. it is such a fabulous shade and formula! totally a random question, but have you tried anything from charlotte tilbury? she just launched her line in america and i'd love to know your thoughts on any of the products if you've tried them. the only thing i put into my wishlist is her eye shadow blending brush--random! but i've heard good things about her bronzer and highlighter duo.
    i definitely agree with your sentiment about trying to take advantage of your last year of school. i felt the same way last year and tried to push myself out of my comfort zone more than normal; usually with very positive memories attached to going out of my box! :) i wish you the best of luck letting go a little bit and having fun :)
    xox, megan

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    1. Thank you! Yeah I'm freaking out about all the reading I should have done, but I'm still not well - argh!! lol!! I haven't tried any Charlotte Tilbury no.. I haven't been that tempted to be honest, but I'm thinking I might buy the bronzer/highlighter thing and the contouring brush.. That's the two items I'm most interested in, also perhaps an eyeshadow quad, but I reeally don't need any more eyeshadows.. I'm going to Dublin in a few weeks so will see what I think after trying them in person - I'll let you know what I think then! :)
      Thank you! Yeah I just realised that as stressful as school can be I still have a lot of time to do what I want. When work starts I'll be "locked down" monday to friday for the rest of my life... lol that sounds very dramatic, but it's still true! Hopefully I end up in a job I enjoy! And you too by the way! :) xx

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  3. Love reading your thoughts on your Omorovicza stash! The whole line just has this magic allure to me...like it I use it my life will turn into a beautiful dreamy spa... Ha ha just kidding, but the line really does draw me in. Will have to put these on the list!! :-) xo

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    1. He he yeah I know what you mean! I love everything about the line - it's so well-edited, the founder Margaret is pure class, every product has a clear purpose - and last but not least they all perform incredibly well! See if you can get a sample - or try a sample kit! Some of them are really good value and that way you don't waste a ton of money if you don't like them! :) xx

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