31 August, 2013

August 2013 Favorites

August was filled with studying and working on my dissertation, so not that much makeup if I'm honest - my skin probably thanks me. So without further ado, here are my monthly favorites.
For the times I did go out, I used Maybelline The Rocket Volum' Express mascara (£7.99). This baby has been a constant since June, and I haven't felt the need to try out another mascara. Next to that, the only makeup I've been wearing is a smudgy under-eye look. I use my trusted MAC combo: Quite Natural Pain Pot (£15.00) and Wedge Eyeshadow (£12.50) and apply with a Real Techniques Detailer Brush from the Core Collection (£21.99)
So, not much makeup. As to not scare people I use Garnier Caffeine Anti-Dark Circles 2-in-1 Roll On - that's a mouthful (£6.99). Doesn't cover everything, yet enough to diminish the zombie-ness. The upside of studying: moisturize all day. Strawberry Body Butter from The Body Shop (£13.00) just smells divine. Maybelline Baby Lips in Quenched (£2.99) is also on my desk at all times.
The last product is a Caroline Hirons inspired purchase: La Roche-Posay Serozinc (+/- £10.00), unfortunately not available everywhere. You sweep this zinc sulphate solution across your face with a cotton pad after cleanser and before moisturizer. It is anti-bacterial and really removes every little bit of dirt that's left on your skin. It also has a very cooling effect. 
The other bits on my desk are my Macbook, Moleskine Weekly Notebook (£12.50) and travel souvenirs. I always buy souvenirs that I'll use a lot back home. The pencil on my notebook is my favorite pencil; I got it at a hotel in LA back in 2009. The Starbucks cup (£9.95) I got last year on a perfect trip to London with my best friend.