August in Review

August has been a bit of a low month for both me and Nic, and one of those months where it doesn't just rain but it pours. We've both been away from the blog and Twitter for a while and the post count is really down this month, which is something I'm sad about because I do really enjoy blogging but it's not worth forcing a post if you're head isn't in it. Luckily things seem to be picking up a little now for me, and with the kids back at school this week (can I get a hell yeah?!!) I should have more time on my hands to get back into it and pick things back up.

I've been very lucky this month to try some amazing new things out, and one of my favourites was for my Just Juice Classic Cleanse Review. I've been after something to kickstart my diet and this was perfect. I did a 3 day detox drinking just warm lemon water and 4 smoothies a day which was really tough but actually I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would and lost 6lb over the 3 days! Another great find for me recently was the Essence Stay All Day Concealer which I not only reviewed, but also compared to the amazing Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer. It's a great dupe for just £2.50 and I highly recommend giving it a try!

As well as new products, I also reviewed a lot of trusty old favourites including My 5 Most Used Brushes. I have lots of makeup brushes but if I'm honest I go back to the same ones over and over and couldn't be without them. From the comments, it looks like I picked popular choices too! This month I also talked about 5 Great Products Under £5, which was supposed to be called Top 5 Under £5 but I just couldn't narrow it down. All of these are favourites of mine and ones I use regularly, and a bargain of a price too.

On other blogs this month, I was particularly loving the post Here's How To: Create and Write A Blogger Media Pack on the amazing blog Six Out Of Ten. I've been meaning to put together a media pack for ages and haven't got round to it because I've not been 100% sure on what needed to go into it so this was mega helpful! This has been the kick up the bum I needed to get going on my own.

After having such a down month this month and really letting the blog go, it really cheered me up and made me feel better to read Staying Content With Your Blog on one of my favourite blogs, The Lovecats Inc.  It's so easy to get caught up in followers and views and comparing your blog to others sometimes and really important to just take it back to why you started blogging in the first place and remind yourself that it's not a race and you're also allowed a break sometimes.

Finally, another post which really stood out to me this month was Can Bad Reviews Ever Be Good? on Beautiface. I personally don't mind doing honest or even negative reviews because gushing about things all the time can sometimes come off as a bit try-hard. We can't all like something so I've got no fears about saying if I don't, but that doesn't mean it isn't perfect for somebody else so I'll always try and find a plus side. Also as the post says, I find too that my disappointing product posts are some of my most viewed so people must find them useful to read!

What have you been up to this month? Share your favourite blog posts with us! 

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August Favourites

August has been a funny month as the weather seems to be drawing in and I'm feeling really Autumn-y at the minute, but can't bring myself to get all my beautiful Autumn colours out yet because technically it's still summer! So I've not bought many new products this month, but lucky for me everything I have bought I've just loved. I try so many products that are a let down, or just a bit average, so for pretty much everything I've tried this month to be a hit really cheers me up!

Kiss Gel Dress Review

Kiss Gel Dress Nails* are advertised as gel nails without the expensive price tag, and I'm all for a budget option, especially as these also promise to be fuss free to apply and peel right off, and if you've ever had the faff of removing gel nail polish then you'll probably be as excited about that as I was. I've only tried nail wraps once before with terrible consequences when after putting them on at a friends house and loving them, 3 had peeled off on the drive home and by the time I went to bed I had just one left on. The Kiss Gel Dress nails however promise a weeks wear with a top coat and up to two weeks when set with a LED lamp. It sounds good to me, and I had to give them a try!

Dove Hair Nourishing Oil Care Leave In Conditioner Review

I've seen the Dove Nourishing Oil Leave In Conditioner doing the rounds on blogs for a while with mixed reviews but never been able to find it in stores. I did an online Boots order recently though and decided to finally pick it up and try it out. My hair is in terrible condition recently and has been falling out a lot so I was hoping this would be the products to really put it back on track and strengthen it as well as leave it lovely and soft.

5 Great Products Under £5

I was planning on naming this post "Top 5 Under £5" but I couldn't just choose five, it was impossible, so here is a random five instead and expect plenty more too! I love how the budget products are upping their game so much these days, and the gap between budget and high end is rapidly closing. Some of my absolute favourite items cost me just a few pounds, whereas other items worth ten times the amount sit in my collection unused and unloved. These are no exception and are all amazing products, and the best part is they won't break the bank either.

Essence Stay All Day Concealer - A Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer Dupe??

I'm still working my way through the masses of Essence products I got at the launch recently, but one of the products which has stood out to me so far is the wonderful Stay All Day 16h Concealer. It's a lovely buildable, creamy and very long lasting concealer which is perfect for dark circles and pretty great on spots and blemishes too. In fact it reminded me of another amazing concealer which also does all of the above - the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer.

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