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July Monthly Favourites 

That's right I actually have some favourites this month! Happy Thursday hope you've all had a great July, other than suffering with the Florida blues I certainly have! 

This month I have to admit I have bought a lot of new things from clothes, food to make up so this post may be a little varied but I'll get started. 

Firstly I will start off with make up and Beauty favourites! 

Eco Tools- over the past few months I have been trying out numerous Eco Tools brushes and I have to admit they are some of the best brushes I have ever tried. They are also very affordable too! 

Anastasia Beverly Hills brow pomade- I am so late jumping on the bus with this product I know. However I cannot fault it, it is making my brows look 10x better than usual and really helping to get a definite shape! 

The Body Shop Body Butter (vineyard peach)- I have been using this product before I apply my fake tan this month and I have honestly noticed a huge difference. My tan is going on my evenly and also lasting a lot long that it would without me using it! 

Primark Pore Strips- that's right primark! These strips are absolutely amazing they are only £1 and definitely the best ones I have ever tried they are definitely worth trying out! 

Pop bands- I had this recently in my Love Me Beauty box and I absolutely love it! It is a hair tie that doesn't leave a kink in your hair! Which works wonders for me as I have to sleep with my hair up. I totally recommend them! 

Dove Deodorant- This is a weird one (I think), I have always been a sure girl. However this one was on offer so I grabbed it quick on my way to work one day and keep it in work for a refresh through the day. I can honestly say it is the freshest smelling deodorant I have ever used! 

A bit of an odd beauty favourite I know, but I have been using these cotton pads from primark for about 3 months now and have got to say they are Fab!!! They're only 80p and they're the large ones so you can get more make up off with one!

For me nail varnish is a rare favourite just because I usually wear acrylics but totally amazed by Primark's Nail Varnish's. I work in retail so I am always using my hands the polish lasted a good 3 days without chipping!

Now it's time for my random favourites and there is quite a few this month! 

Wilde Like Me by Louise Pentland- A YouTuber I have grow up watching! Recently Louise brought out a book and I am usually not one for YouTubers books but this one I just had to read! So glad I did too, it's on offer £5 in Tesco for the hard back and I read it in just under a week. Such a fantastic read and I am dying for the second one to come out! 

Storage draws- I have a tiny room so best keep dreaming about fitting Alex draws in them to store my make up in. So opted for something to go under my dressing table out of the way but still look tidy to keep all my bits in! These have been a godsend they fit my make up pallets in all my skin care too! They are from Argos £19.99. 

That's all for my monthly favourites this month let me know what you've been loving this month!

Check out my Instagram to see what I've been buying – @melissaljonesx

Melissa.

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Love Me Beauty – July Review

Hello, happy Sunday once again! Today’s blog post is going to be what I picked in the July Edit from Love Me Beauty click here if you have no idea what Love me beauty is! 

I loved this months edit, seen a lot of hate over it but I was so obsessed this month as i love brushes, skin care and nails so it was a perfect month for me! 

Yet again brushes, there is more to the box than brushes but I just can’t leave them there as it’s great value for just £12! I picked the Retractable Face brush which is perfect for traveling ladies! The brush it’s self is so soft, perfect size too, definitely recommend eco tools! 

Oh look another brush, I have been desperate for a new foundation brush and this type is my favourite to use! I have used the brush and I can say it’s amazing especially with foundation! Loving and soft too does a great job at giving you an even finish. 

I’ve heard a lot of good things about “dragon blood” masks and serums so this was a must this month. I have terrible bags under my eyes so I really hope this sorts them out! I am yet to use it, hopefully it does something for me, if it does expect a review. 

I used to LOVE doing my own nails, I’ve recently gotten lazy and get them done every now and then. However it’s so expensive so I decided to pick up this Nails Inc polish they had around 4 colours to choose from but this was more me! It’s a gorgeous colour on the nail and dries quickly! 

Again another product I have heard a lot of good things about is the nip and fab glycolic fox daily cleansing pads, so I shall keep you updated. Tried a nip and fab exfoliater but didn’t think much but hope these work for me! 

Thank you so much for reading I am so close to 100 followers, so if you’re not following already then please click that button! 

Melissa 

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Beauty Bay Haul

Hello and happy Sunday, 3 posts in one week I am doing good eh? Finally my beauty bay order arrived and I am so excited to share with you what I bought. The total of the order was £49 that was with a Promo Code.  Mainly picked up things I have wanted to try for so long now, so I will get started

First up is the L.A. Girl Foundation, now I love their concealer so thats mainly the reason I couldn’t leave it also the price at the moment it is only £8.80 which is a total steal! Only down fall is the shade looks a little bit dark so I will have to get mixing I think. I will try and do a review of it when I have tried it out!

Next is a product I have been lusting over forever and thats the Gerard Cosmetics Slay The Day setting spray. They come in about 8 different scents and this is the mango one, I have never tried a setting spray before so I am hoping to be wow’ed by this one. I must mention it smells gorgeous!

Next product is one that I am so late jumping on the bus with I know, Its the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Pomade. I love having ‘fleeked’ brows so I have high hopes for this product, I have heard that its hard to work with but I will give it ago. Got the colour Taupe hopefully its the right colour.

Last item that I picked up was the Zoeva Contour Spectrum pallet, this was a total impulse buy as my friend told me about it. The size of it is relatively big just a little smaller than a ABH glow palette, it comes with 4 pans 2 contours and 2 setting powders. I am very keen to test this out. I will be doing a review on this without a doubt as I haven’t seen much about it online.

Thank you so much for reading, let me know whats on your beauty bay wish list so I can add to mine!

Melissa

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Love Me Beauty – June

Hello I am back, very tired, jet lagged and a little tanned I think the only way I can keep myself awake is to write this blog post! So todays post is going to be the June Love Me Beauty June bag/box, for those of you that are not familiar Love Me Beauty is a monthly subscription box where you pick what you want!

If you want to read more about the box then click here.

Any way I will get started this month I had extra credits to use so I got a little more than usually, but yet again I am so happy with the product quality. I got 5 products this month and a make up bag.

First Product I picked was the Eco Tools six piece day to night set, if you read my reviews each month then you will know how much I love the Eco Tools brushes that are available on love me beauty. This set comes with an angled face brush, pointed concealer brush, highlighting fan brush, eye shadow brush and a lip liner brush and also comes in a make up bag!19224874_1382753128470941_841660180065177837_n.jpg

Next thing I picked up was a Pop Band  I have heard really good things about these, if you don’t know what they are its a hair bobble. They are supposed to be gentle on your hair, going to start using them to sleep in.

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Next thing I picked was a detox mask by caudalie, never heard of this brand before but I love a good detox mask. The packaging is great very sturdy and its 15ml which I think is a good size for a sample product.

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The 4th product I chose this month was more brushes, I much rather receive tools as I grudge paying for them otherwise. This set is a little travel set and consists of a Powder and a foundation brush, I love travel size brushed as they don’t take up much room in your bag! Again these as Eco Tools so I know I will love them.

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The Last product I picked up was mainly to test the brand itself they are Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips (press on lip stick), I have seen nothing but good things about CT and would love a good nude lipstick from there but want to see if they stay on all day! (any recommendations let me know!)

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Thank you so much for reading, taken me so long to focus on writing this due to jet lag. Let me know in the comments if you want some Florida/Disney related posts!

Melissa

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Whats In My Evening Bag?

Happy Sunday, I am so excited writing this post as I go on holiday in two days! Jetting off to sunny Florida, I have not scheduled anything to go up while I am away as I want to escape from everything and just relax. I will be posting on my Instagram so follow me over there to follow me around Florida!

However, that aside todays blog post is going to be a whats in my evening bag post. There is nothing worse than taking a huge bag out with you at night, say on a date night or if you are catching a movie with friends. I am using the Molly Boutiques Marseille bag, this bag is only £30 and is available here, use the code ‘melissajones20’ for 20% off EVERYTHING!

A Bit About My Bag

The bag its self has three compartments which is great as I carry way too much stuff, the 3 pockets are very roomy and have a lot of space. It is bigger than a lot of shoulder bags which I have had in the past, which is a good thing and the reason I tend to get bigger bags! The bag as a flap which fastens with a magnet, which is good as everything is secure.

This bag is black and perfect as it goes with any outfit, it has gold hardware which is a lovely touch to the bag makes it look so much more expensive than what it is!

Whats In It?

I try and keep the bare necessity, I try not to overload it with stuff I don’t need, So I like to keep it simple!

  • Card Holder/Wallet – If I am using this bag then I will change my wallet from a big one to just a card holder. This usually just contains my Debit card, some change and any loyalty cards I may need that night (aka nandos).
  • Phone- Although its nice to be social I cannot leave the house without my phone.
  • Lipstick- If I am wearing lipstick then I will carry that lipstick with me just to top up as the night goes on.
  • Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream- I honestly cannot live without this stuff, I carry it with me incase I get a cut or my lips chap!
  • Keys

    Thats all I really carry about with me at night, I keep it nice and simple as I hate carrying a heavy bag around with me.

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    The Best And Worst Skin Care For Oily Skin!

    Hello! At the moment I am so obsessed with skin care and trying to make it look the best it has! This post is in collaboration with Julia I am going to tell you my best and worst for Oily skin and if you go visit Julia’s blog if you suffer with dry skin!

    I have suffered with oily/spot prone skin since I was about 12/13, so I have tried out my fair share of face washes, scrubs and masks from drug store and high end products! Obviously everyones skin is different these may or may not work on my skin and might not on yours! So lets get started..

    BEST

    • The Body Shop Tea Tree face wash- I have done a full review on this so click here to read more, but this is by far my favourite product for my oily/spot prone skin. I feel as if this products calms my skin helping ease my spots and clean my face! I suffer with hormonal break outs and I use this everyday and it certainly helps reduce the pain/size of the spots. It is only £6 from the body shop, they have a range of products if the face wash is not for you.img_0524
    • L’oreal Charcoal mask- Now I have tried majority of the charcoal masks available in boots, and this one if by far the best! You can see results straight after the first use, I find this mask helps to purify my skin and really helps unclog my pores! Depending on where you buy this from it ranges from £5-£7, I have hardly used any of mine a little goes a long way.18556320_1348311915248396_2227007549030620367_n
    • Benefit Boo Boo Zap- If you suffer from “teenage spots” then this one is for you, you know the big red spots that take up your whole cheek for about a week! I used to swear by this product, it helps reduce the redness and swelling of your blemishes. Its such an easy product to use, you just dab a bit on your finger and apply to the blemish! Its £14 from boots so a little pricer but you only need a little bit so lasts a while.Processed with VSCO with a5 preset

     

    WORST

    • Sanctuary Spa warming Detox Charcoal Mask- I was so excited to try this product day after I instantly regretted it, I broke out with so many spots after using this mask! I only bought a sample size which was about £2/3. I really don’t recommend using this if you suffer from blemishes! Didn’t do anything to my face and also burnt my face.
    • Clean & Clear Advantage Spot Treatment Gel- I bought this in a trio where I had a toner and face wash too and was so disappointed it just did nothing for my skin. I have always found Clean and Clear to sting my face when using it especially on blemishes! This product didn’t break me out but its supposed to ease your spots and it didn’t do anything to mine.img_0746
    • Clearasil Ultra Rapid Action Pads- People always rave about Clearasil being a good brand. However I think it does nothing for my face like clean and clear it always tends to sting my skin on application, then leaves my skin feeling really oily! These are ok if you want something to freshen your skin up mid day but not as a spot/ oily skin treatment.

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    Oily Skin DO’s

    • Try and have no make up days, this really helps your skin, so be confident and have a few no make up days.
    • Take your make up off to work out!
    • Don’t avoid moisturising, your skin will become dry with too many spot products.

    Oily Skin DONTs

    • Avoid the tooth paste myth, some believe it helps whereas it really doesn’t all it does is irritate your skin and causes peeling
    • Wash your face with water instead of using face wipes as more pure!
    • Don’t overload on products, don’t be using 10 spot products on your skin at once as the more products the more chemicals are on your face!

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    That is all for my Best and Worst products for Oily Skin, If you suffer from dry skin the jump over to Julia’s blog to view her post! Let me know what you love skincare wise!

    Thanks for reading.

    Melissa

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    The Body Shop Haul

    Now I hope this is going to be my last haul until after my holidays now 🙈. As I need to stop spending money on everything and anything! Recently I have been obsessed with skincare, I have been using a product from The Body Shop for my spots and loved it (read about it here) so I decided to experiment with some more of there products. 

    I have oily skin which is very dull and tired,  I also find too many anti oil products make it dry! I know I can’t win, so at the moment I am experimenting new products. 

    So I’ll get started on what I have recently bought from the body shop. Bought all of this online except 2! 


    First thing I picked up was the Seaweed oil balancing Toner. I haven’t used a toner since I was about 15 and used to use it religiously, found a lot of toners on the high street very harsh on my skin. However this one leaves your skin feeling clean and fresh and doesn’t sting or tingle when your apply it! I do think it has helped to balance the oil out in my skin, if you’re looking for a gentle toner then this is one for you! I just apply a little bit on a cotton pad and apply to my face gently! 


    Every summer I forget how important Vitamin C is for my skin! I always end up burning my face or getting dry patches on my skin so I thought this might help! I’ve only used this once so far and so far so good I couldn’t believe how AMAZING this smelt if you do not like the smell of oranges then maybe avoid this one but I think it smells amazing. As for the product it’s self, I really like it it’s very silking on the skin! Leaves your skin feeling hydrated and healthy, definitely pop into your local store to test this one out!! 


    Again with the vitamin C. As stated above my skin is quite dull, especially when I wear no make up which makes me feel very insecure about my bare face. Only used this once so haven’t got a lot to say about it apart from it did make my skin look and feel a little less dull! 


    I am someone who loves a good face mask so couldn’t not pick up some of their face masks to try! 

    Vitamin E sleeping mask- I have never tried a sleeping mask before I know a lot of high end skin care brands sell them and they intrigue me! If moisturising before bed is good then a mask must be even better! I tried this out last night for the first time and I am so impressed. It is quite thick on your face at first and sticky (so try not to touch your face!), however I woke up this morning and my skin didn’t look as tired and dull and it usually does at 7am! 

    Seaweed Clay Mask- I am so excited to try this after how nice the seaweed toner felt on my face! I love a good clay mask and they tend to really help my skin, if any of you have tried this then let me know! 


    The last thing I bought was their mango shower gel, I have been using the body shop shower gel for years!! I know I love this scent too so just bought it to take on holiday with me!

    There we go so that is all I bought from the body shop! Let me know your favourite body shop products. Thank you for reading. 

    Melissa