A Mid-Year Favourites Round-Up


I’ve been meaning to write this post for months. Well two months actually. Given that we’re well and truly into the second half of the year and I meant to get down to writing this at the halfway point, let’s all just ignore the fact that it’s practically September and pretend that it’s June and we’re all optimistic about summer and bikinis etc etc. I thought I’d do a little mid-year ‘Best of My Favourites So Far’ edit and instead of randomly picking out bits I’ve combed through my past videos and pondered what things did I mention that I really would not want to be without now. Tough life questions, you know? I jest, but from rooting around in my archives I decided that six things have made it to HG status and will be repurchased for years to come…

CHANEL Rouge Coco Lipstick in Adrienne (as mentioned in my March Favourites). My new favourite nude lip jam. When I’m in need of a nude these days, this is what I reach for. It’s a more grown-up version of what I used to wear; a little less beige, more brown and with a bit of warm to it that doesn’t make me look so ‘concealer lips’. It’s a failsafe because it looks good with whatever else I’ve thrown on my face and the cream finish means it stays put for a decent amount of time without reapplications becoming a pain in the derriere.

Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask (as mentioned in my January Favourites). This mask might not be the most enjoyable skincare step to experience (though please do note that I have pretty sensitive skin), but the results the morning after are the thing that keeps me coming back to it. The three-step exfoliation approach leaves my skin softer than any other product that I’ve tried and whenever it’s looking down and dull a quick application of this slaps a bit of life back into my chops. I’ve barely used another mask this year (except for the Charlotte Tilbury one, which is again amazeballs).

BeautyBlender (as mentioned in my June Favourites). ‘How did I do my makeup before I owned the BeautyBlender?‘ is a question that I often ask myself. The dupes come close, but there’s something about the fluffiness of this little sponge that does beautiful things when it comes into contact with a base. The dampness allows you to really make sure that everything is seamless and the light dusting of moisture makes things look a little more skin-like and dewy. If you haven’t given it a go already, I must admit that it’s pricey for a bloomin’ makeup sponge, but it’s kinda magical.

Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerise Cream Eyeshadow (as mentioned in my April Favourites). In the category of cream eyeshadows, this is the one that really does it for me. The shade Bette is particular has been my go-to eye makeup look for months (keeping it fresh over here as always *winks*). Some might say that it’s too glittery, but for me this shimmer translates into sheen that looks wet on the eye and goddamn sexy. It sticks around too and has just enough manoeuvre time before it sets. It’s an all-round peeper pleaser for me.

Estee Lauder Revitalizing Supreme CC Cream (as mentioned in my April Favourites). When my skin is looking grey and all late night box set-y, this is what I reach for and with a dollop and a massage my skin looks completely different, in a good way. I’m already on my second tube and the Revitalising Supreme range as a whole is one of my favourite skincare picks (I’m on my second of the Eye Balm too). It gives moisturise, but more than that it gives glow. Like a tonne of it and in a non-greasy way. I could quite honestly go on about this for paragraphs and paragraphs, so…. 

Tom Ford Neroli Portofino EDP (as mentioned in my July Favourites). I think I’m going to start dousing myself in this all year round. Screw the whole ‘summer scent’ thing. One of my favourite advantages of this stuff is that it packs a punch, but it’s not too heady. It’s soft enough with its citrus whiff, but it’s powerful in that it hangs around for ages and at the end of the day it’s still nestling itself in the fibres of my clothing. I just have to keep it out of Mark’s way because he’s a bit of a fan too and he sprays fragrances like they’re going out of fashion (along with expensive bath salts and hand creams *raises eyebrow*).