July Favs and Fails

When it comes to summer I feel like I try out more beauty products. I’ve no idea why that is but I always seem to have so many more suggestions and recommendations.

July was no exception to this rule so I’ve tried to keep all my reviews short and sweet to get in as many as possible.

I actually scheduled this post for last week (end of July) and for some reason, it didn’t post and was nowhere to be found on my blog **cry** – so it’s a little late but never mind!

Before I ramble on too much let’s kick off my favs & fails!


Tropic mascara kit

I have to be honest I don’t actually own this product but I’ve used it this month and have been soooooo impressed. The kit comes in two parts, one part is the wand and the other is the fibres. You apply the mascara followed by the fibre to build up to the look you want.

After only a couple of layers made my eyelashes looked 1000x longer and fuller. The set is £25 which I think is pretty reasonable for the results to be honest.

Umberto Giannini – sea salt spray

In summer / when it gets warmer I really love using sea salt spray. I find it really helps prevent frizzing and the Umberto Giannini is one of the best I’ve tried.

I’ve used other brands in the past and I find styling difficult as your hands, clothes and face gets covered in salt – especially when you shower. Weirdly this one just doesn’t do that but still has really good results. Fresh and ready for the beach (or bar) whatever your go-to destination of choice is.

Mac – long wear liquid lipsticks

I have a love-hate relationship with most liquid lipsticks. They’re either stunning and really wearable or dry and not comfortable. I’ve been trying out a few of the summer shades from Mac and I’ve been really happy with the results.

They genuinely do last all day and the pigment is something to shout about. As I suffer with dry skin I was relieved they weren’t too drying. I’m not sure what most brands do to the formula of their liquid lipstick but sometimes they dry like cement.

Arbonne – gel eye masks

I actually did a whole dedicated post on the Arbonne products I recently tried but this one has taken me through July. I have noticed a huge difference in the dark circles under my eyes. Despite being a little more experience than I’d usually pay I’ve been really surprised with the results. If you wanted to see what else I liked from the Arbonne range you can read my blog here <<<

Frezyderm – second skin SPF 50

Another one I’ve already mentioned so I’ll keep it brief. This brand has really impressed me with the skincare range I’ve tried. It’s all really well suited to sensitive skin and I always feel like I’m using good quality products.

In fact, on holiday this sunscreen has replaced my foundation so it’s doing something right. I much prefer being able to not wear makeup when I’m away.


Dermalogica – medicated clearing gel

A couple of months ago I was lucky enough to be given a huge volume of Dermalogica skincare. A lot of it (most of it) I like! I’ve used Dermalogica for years so I’ve always expected good things.

Their medicated clearing gel, however, was a new one for me and I found it very harsh. The product itself had a really strong smell and it hurt my eyes after awhile. I didn’t really notice a difference and for its retail price, I thought it was a total flop.

Rimmel London Recover Concealer

I’ve always been a huge fan of Rimmel London products so when I tried its concealer I was expecting good things. The reality though didn’t meet my usual experience.

This concealer is so lightweight that it does not conceal anything… at all! It has the texture and shade range of foundation so it doesn’t really highlight either – the two main things you want from a concealer.

I have dark circles under my eyes and I’ve always hated them, this concealer didn’t even begin to conceal my troubled areas. I love Rimmel for its affordable pricing but this product was not on the money.

E.L.F. Essential Brightening Eye Liner

Before I start I know this product is crazy cheap. What can you expect from a £3 eyeliner you ask? Well, more than this! The pain this eyeliner causes is actually crazy. For a product that is meant to be used on the eyes, I found it way too hard, even after I’d used it a couple of times.

On top of the fact it hurts having to scrub it over your eyelids, is also lasts about 5 minutes and smudges way too much. I know it’s not a lot of money but I just didn’t like the finished look.

Herbal Essences Tousle Me Softly Hairspray

If you have thick hair then this is not the product for you. It doesn’t smell as ‘chemically’ as normal hairspray but it doesn’t really hold your hair at all and it’s so sticky. Sticky hairspray is one of my least favourite things. You know what I mean when you go to style your hair after spraying it and it turns into a giant matted mess.

Despite the lovely smell, the actual product felt like I sprayed my hair with water. The stickiness of it almost made my hair look greasy, which is the last thing you want after just washing your hair.


That’s all my favs and fails from July! Let me know your thoughts & what products you’ve been loving this month!

Thanks so much for reading



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