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Bex’s Mid Year Beauty Favourites 2018


This year I have been quietly chugging away in the back ground testing out some new - to me - products (or versions of) and I’ve decided it’s time to share. I guess I’ve been inspired by the multiple people this week who told me off for making them need to buy pretty things. So here are some pretty things for you that you may just want to buy even if you don’t need them! Ha!


I’ve been obsessing over Estèe Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair Eye for months and I just can’t get enough of it’s balmy texture. Someone recently asked on InstastoryQuestions - mouthful - what my night time routine is and while most of the products change from night to night, this fella is consistent. 

A trio of delights here that took me by surprise. I recently declared that I had found my perfect mascara, but that doesn’t mean I won’t keep trying new ones. Wet’n’Wild Lash Renegade* really surprised me with its impact and, whilst the spool isn’t my all time favourite, I am really digging it. 
Another Wet’n’Wild favourite is the Photofocus* Eyeshadow Primer. Silicone goodness that seriously gives urban decays primer potion a run for its money. At a fraction of the price!!
Lastly in my pleasant surprises is the BPerfect* concealer pen. Being a tan brand I was expecting this to be super dark but it’s actually a perfect colour for me as the brand have designed it as a highlighter rather than a true concealer. I’m not fond of the two tone face trend but in this case it has worked out pretty perfectly for me! 

Superdrug Vitamin C brightening eye gel is a recent addition but a quick favourite. With a metal rollerball application - kicking myself for not photographing it - it is perfect for the day time to just pop on and give a quick freshen up. I’m not usually a fan Vitamin C based products because of the inevitable sticky factor but this sucker avoids that. 

Ok Benefit Dandelion isn’t new, not even new to me as I have it in one of their giant blush palettes, but this miniature sized version is new to me and it’s so handy to shove in my bag for touch ups. I’ll still never truly forgive them for discontinuing Georgia Peach - my all time favourite blush that I have never found a substitute - but the subtle ness of this pink is mighty fine. 



Formula Ultimate Sleep Cream; this Marks & Spencer own brand goody has become a bit of a cult product and it is so incredibly well deserved. Regularly featured in their beauty boxes I highly recommend keeping an eye for it because you won’t regret it. 

We’re back to Wet’n’Wild with this beautiful champagne highlighter called Precious Petals*. I had, sort of, gone off highlighters a bit as I have been preferring a more natural look recently but by gosh if this hasn’t instantly gone in my makeup bag for when I need to perk up my face after work. 

I was sad when E.L.F withdrew from the U.K. market a few years ago and excited when they announced their come back as a proper high street brand! Their St Lucia Duo* is a pale bronze and blush set that is perfect for the day time, is really wearable, and doesn’t cost a bomb. Another product that has worked its way in to my day bag. 

Topaz Orange by Note Cosmetics* is one of the few items from Note that I have found that works for my colouring - ie pale - and holy frisk I love it so much that I’m annoyed I left it so long to open. Anyone following my instagram adventures will already be familiar with this sucker as I have been wearing it up and down the country! 

I am really trying to be good to my hair and stocking up on the giant versions of Frizz Ease Extra Strength and Miracle Recovery seemed like one step towards that. Don’t get me wrong I still need to good haircut as soon as I can afford it but these were an excellent buy to save my tresses while I wait. 

My friend Emma who works for YSL in Debenhams Beauty invited me down to the counter in Castlecourt a while back and sent me off with a few samples of their differenf foundations to try out and colour match. I’ve genuinely forgotten which one this is and I hate myself for being rubbish but I love it so much and am pure eeking it out as long as I physically can before I go back and get matched again for a full size. 

Last but not least from the Primark P.S Beauty K-Pop* range and this is the most pigmented product I’ve ever used in my life!! Seriously, when I say you only need the teeniest, lightest, fraction of a touch I really mean it. What I’ve started doing I lightly dotting a tiny amount on with one brush and then blending out with another. If this was in a light peach I don’t think I would ever need to buy another blush ever again. And they’ve recently announced they’re completely vegan and cruelty free. Win!


Products with a * were gifted but all opinions are my own and no obligations have been agreed. 

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