The Beauty Bag: July

“It’s getting hot in herre, so get some colour on” – I’m sure that’s how that Nelly song went right? I joke, I joke. I still know all the words to that tune (yes, tune), 11 years post its release – yep even all the rappy bits too. But in the spirit of July’s Beauty Bag lets just go with the revised hook cause in the UK we’re finally starting to experience a season that slightly resembles summer and having exhausted all bronzey, highlighted, glowy options in my makeup arsenal I’m vowing to add a splash of shading from the other end of the spectrum this month; pinks, oranges, blues, greens. You might want to be sitting down for this one…

FACE: For cheek colour, when you want to get your pigment on there’s not a more colour-punching choice than Illamasqua out there. You want something a little crazy? They’ve got your back. Not the wildest offering I’ve seen from them, but perhaps the prettiest is their Blush Duo in Lover and Hussy* – a straight up peach presented next to a rosy poesy pink. I’m predicting Lover, the orangey block, to be my cheek jam of July.

EYES: Still classing myself a semi-shadow noob who can just about pass off a neutral eye without it looking too much like I’ve punched myself in the socket, I’m sticking to pencils when it comes to colour. And given my greeny peepers I’ve settled on blue toned sticks as my definer of choice. Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal in Bright Blue for a budget scriber and Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in LSD* for something a little darker and smudgier for after hours. All paired with a hell’a load of mascara. Done.

LIPS: Polishes aside if I’m ever going to inject some colour into my rotation any time of the year it’s always the lips, so my selection to pick from for this category was pretty hefty. But two rose to the top of the pack: Lipstick Queen’s Endless Summer Lipstick in Perfect Wave, a sheer wash teeth-whitening, complexion-brightening pink as raved about in full here and Sleek’s True Colour Lipstick in Papaya Punch which I’m dubbing the looks ah-mazing on anyone shade.

NAILS: Two tip shades that compliment the Illamasqua Blush Duo to the tone are Topshop’s Nail Polish in Stage Dive (an easier to grab dupe of Essie’s Fear and Desire) and Rimmel’s Salon Pro Polish in Cocktail Passion. Both give a brighter than bright highlighter appearance with two layers and here’s a thought: Stage Dive on the toes, Cocktail Passion on your fingertips – love it.

Into the Beauty Bag these zesty options go. Dig out your shades girl as things just got a whole lot more colourful round these parts.

*PR Samples


  • Alice evans

    I love the look of that sleek lipstick! I think I will have to find that rimmel nail polish shade as well 🙂 x

  • Such pretty colours! That blush duo looks gorgeous, as do the polishes x

  • Love the colours, feeling very summery! Lets just hope it lasts 🙂 I was eyeing up the Lipstick Queen lippy last week in Space NK after reading your last post on it. Just trying to justify the hefty price tag…!

    Ashleigh xx

  • Jeanette Thong

    Such bright pretty colours! Wish I had the guts to wear more colour.

  • Hayley Adams

    Some amazing picks! Sadly the sleek lipstick looks horrific on me, and so dry! 🙁 x

  • I love your blog photo’s, I could sit here all day and read your blog! Thanks for keeping me entertained during New Zealand Winter and longing for Summer Anna.

  • I think I need that lipstick. It’s gone past wanting, it’s a full on need now!

    Adrienne | Late Night Nonsense

  • bronte sauruslou

    I need the Rimmel polish and the Sleek lipstick in my life! Love dabbling with colour, even if i always go back to my beloved neutrals in the end 🙂
    Bronte x

  • The nail polishes look amazing! I usually prefer pastelly colours on my nails, as I’m really pale and brights on my hands tend to wash me out. But these look the perfect level of brightness, so I’m definitely going to have to have a little look. xx

  • Valentina

    Love that Illamasqua blush duo

    xx Vale

  • AmeliaRoseL

    I’ve wanted that illammasqua duo for a while now, looks so pretty!


  • Justyna J

    I love this papaya punch lipstick, it looks amazing. I also really like the topshop’s nail polish. great post xx

    Justine | BRIGHTON DREAM

  • Olivia S

    The oranges and the pinks looks so summery and pretty! Xx

    Olivia –

  • I love the vibrancy of all the makeup in the beauty bag! The blushes look incredible! I reallllllly want one now.

  • Holly

    I absolutely love this post! You write so well! Also loving all of the bright colours! Summer is hereee!

  • I love how colorful this is! The blush duo looks so nice!

  • Icaria

    That blush duo is gorgeous! Perfect!

  • Sophie

    Loving your blog it’s fabulous ! I have to say I am obsessed with Illamasqua’s blushers at the moment. I love how pigmented their blushers are and are definitely worth an investment. This blush duo is definitely going to in my shopping bag 🙂

    Sophie x

  • Emma-Louise Moore

    I’d love to see how you use that blue Rimmel pencil-I bought it months ago but haven’t had the guts to use it yet! x

  • That Illamasqua duo is to die for! I’m wearing similar colors in my outfit today 🙂 I just love the combination of hot colors together.

  • Ella

    I bought Essie Fear and Desire from Fragrance Direct a week or so ago, for only £1.99! So, in a way, it’s a dupe for the Topshop one 🙂

  • Purple Flamingo

    Loooove the pink lipstick!


  • Katie

    REALLY want Papaya Punch!

    Katie Loves..|UK Fashion & Beauty Blog

  • Roshni K

    I’ve been umming and ahhing about getting the sleek lipstick, It looks gorgeous on everybody but im still not sure itll work on my indian skin.
    Lovely post

  • Maddy Cane

    Love all the brights, Perfect Wave is an gorgeous colour! xxx

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD


  • I adore sleek makeup, great post, glad your getting warmer weather there, it seems summer came a bit late all over the world

  • Tree Mushroom

    The Illamasqua Duo is pretty

  • Ellis

    I love all the bright colours. The Rimmel Kate Moss polishes are only £2.99 at the moment in superdrug!

  • Celina

    So many lovely bright colours! The Illamasqua Duo is gorgeous. xx

    Celina | The Celution

  • Margaret
  • Lyndsey

    Love the orange/fuschia pink combos! I still REALLY would like to see the lipstick queen lippie in action. And have to mention how beautiful your photography is. Lovely! X

  • Pippa Jones

    Love rimmels cocktail passion such a pretty pink!

    Pipp xx

  • I love the nail polish

  • eliza ruby mae

    The Illamasqua blush duo looks beautiful! Lovely post xox

  • Abi

    Stage Dive is one of my favourite nail colours from topshop! So perfect for summer! Really need to try the rimmel salon pro polish’s, everyone seems to be loving them! x

  • Allison

    Love brights this time of year! I always go for the bright berry colors

  • chloe

    Love the Illamasqua cheek colours! I just love brushing on an amazingly bright colour to make your look ‘wow’ and summery! I’ve also never tried a lipstick from Lipstick queen, I have seen them dotted around blogland quite alot but not sure where you get them from!


  • i must say i like how the items were photographed 🙂 great colors in this collection

  • Amber Hunter

    I love playing with more color in the summer than I normally would; I’ve been giving teal liner a try and I like it more than I thought! I’d love to try bright blue as well.

    xx Amber

    Lovely Notions

  • Kayennat

    Love Lover and Hussy! They’re both great blushers. In general I love Illamasqua blushes but they break so easily!

  • Emily Knott

    I love these products you have chosen! Orange and coral tones are my favourite for this summer!

  • BrljaiTea
  • Cara Thompson

    That sleek lipstick is such an amazing colour..I love the sleek lipsticks; so pigmented! I’m really obsessing over coral at the minute – such a good summer colour 🙂 love this post!

  • Zoe Bennett

    I love it when summer rolls around and we have an excuse to whip out the brightest coloured makeup we can get our hands on 🙂 The topshop nail polish looks lovely.

    Zoe x

  • Helen Edwards

    OMG that song suddenly came on, on my iPhone (honestly) and I knew every word too!! Youths heard me singing it and stared (in horror) and I thought you guys don’t know this classic, shame on you!!!

  • Emily Allen

    I’ve been loving that Rimmel nail polish, everything in this post looks so pretty! Thanks Viv 🙂

  • cynthia lions

    Loving all the colors in this – especially want to try that Lipstick Queen shade!

  • Gee Mill

    I love these beauty bag posts <3


  • Gorgeous photo!!

  • Just a Spoonful of Sugar

    Beautiful colors!!

  • Ruby@TotalModisch

    Great choices! I bought Stage Dive from Topshop a few weeks ago, I love it x

  • Ana Men

    I would like to see you with that blue pencil!:)

  • Faye Lu

    just discovered your YT and blog … *subcribed* & *follow* =)