As we’re on the home stretch of July, I thought I’d share the products I’ve been loving this month. There’s a real mix of beauty, food and drink, and stationery this month, so bear with me, there should be something for everyone.
I’m going to start with my favourite drink this month which is Tesco’s lime squash. I recently tried this at my boyfriend’s house, knowing that his mum is a fan, and oh my gosh, it is gorgeous. Really refreshing, especially with ice, and you only need the smallest amount as it’s double strength. I’m not really a fan of sugary drinks and tend to stick to sugar free alternatives, so with this squash being no added sugar, I’m happy to drink this all day if I feel the urge. And it’s only £1 for 1.5L.
Next on my list, and, again, a no added sugar product, is the Disney Kitchen Freeze Pops. I used to love tip-tops as a kid but when I recently went into Poundland I was really surprised to discover that all but one of the varieties they had in stock were basically pure sugar! The one remaining was a pack by Disney kitchen. I’ve since discovered that Tesco and Asda also do Disney ones that are no added sugar in the same five flavours as a pack of 20 for £1 but are longer than the Disney kitchen ones stocked at Poundland. Because they’re so small, they take up very little space in the freezer, fitting in all the little crevasses and freeze down quite quickly. All five flavours are mild and lovely, with cute Disney characters on the plastic packaging. I would definitely recommend these this summer.
A more general favourite this month is iced tea and coffee. Although I rather enjoy Costa’s peach iced tea, pictured, and frapps from Starbucks, purchasing them on a regular basis can be rather expensive and quite unhealthy. I have been loving making my own lately. Being able to control the amount of caffeine and sugar in your beverage is more simple, quick and cheap than you may think. Look out for my perfected home recipes soon! Follow the blog and my social media to be one of the first to find out when it goes live!
Moving onto health and beauty, a staple over the past month or so for me and my family has been Malibu’s Aloe Vera Moisturising After Sun Gel. Due to my medication, I am more prone to burning than your average person due to the way my skin reacts to UV, on top of me being a milk bottle girl anyway! So, even with regular reapplications of Factor 50, my skin likes to turn tomato. I’d heard great things about this Gel and was curious to see whether it was any better than regular old cream. I can assure you, it 100% is! Some people say that this is better kept in the fridge but me and my mum both agree that it is plenty cooling and soothing enough kept at room temperature, which in the UK has been mid to high 20s this month! It is a bit more pricey that most cream after suns but I managed at get it for around £3 last month at B&M Bargains, which for sun products in summer isn’t a bad deal for such a big bottle.
My favourite hair product this month is Head and Shoulders Suprême Smooth Shampoo with Argon Oil. My hair and scalp is very twitchy towards products and Head and Shoulders seemed to be pretty much the only it reacted well towards. Previously, I was getting very frustrated because my hair was looking dry and frizzy after use and would envy those that could use all those brands that make your hair lovely and smooth and glowy. So, when this Shampoo came out and the adverts were claiming to be just as good as those brands according to hairdressers, I just had to try it out. I was not disappointed! I have oily hair and I was worried the argon oil would make it look greasy very quickly, especially with the shampoo designed as a daily treatment. But I’m finding that its making my hair lovely and soft and silky for 2 or sometimes even three days, especially with a good dry shampoo. I am loving how its making my hair feel and how workable its making it. I find that I don’t need to follow up with a conditioner with this shampoo but I can imagine that it would work just fine with one for someone with particularly dry hair. The only downside to this product is the price as it is on the steeper side of regular brands but its not as expensive as some of the hairdresser brands so I guess its not so bad. It is however, currently on rollback at Asda from £5 to £3.50, so grab it while you can!
Next up is nail polish. Now, I’m not a huge fan of nail polish but during summer I do like to spruce by toes and fingers up a little and the two I’ve been using lately are Essie’s Master Plan and Spin The Bottle. Master Plan is particularly great on toes. The formula has a lot more staying power than most high street polishes and the shine and colour pay off is good, with only one or two coats needed. I wouldn’t normally like to spend £7-£9 on one bottle of polish but the pay off is worth it if you only use a couple of colours. I managed to get these two in a duo pack at Christmas for £12 or £13 so its definitely worth looking at the gift sets for Essie if you’re in the market for some good quality polishes. The Naked Nudes Duo Kit is still available with Boots for £12.99.
I am a very pale skinned person and I find it hard to find foundation and makeup that actually suits my skin tone. Step forward Loreal Paris True Match Super-Blendable Foundation in 1.R/1.C – Rose Ivory. This is the first foundation that hasn’t had even a small amount of orange hue when applied and looks very natural. Its buildable and it doesn’t take much to create a smooth, even canvas. Weighing in at £9.99, I don’t think this is a bad price as foundations go, so if you’re struggling to find the right shade for you, head down to Boots or Superdrug and try some of the 28 shades on offer.
I’m going to be bold now and say that I think I’ve found my perfume, as in the one I will continue to repurchase as long as I live and it isn’t discontinued. Barbour For Her, I applaud you. I would do it no justice, so I will report to you how Barbour themselves describe it. ‘Opening with fresh, sparkling fruity notes of red currants, contrasted by spicy pink pepper, it’s perfect for her who loves the British outdoors. An elegant floral blend of rose, jasmine and blush peony to create this beautifully evocative eau de toilette. Rural-inspired, this blend is softened by notes of musk and sweet vanilla for a timeless sophistication.’ Heaven in a bottle is my description. My boyfriend said that I smelt amazing the first time he caught a whiff of my new perfume; I mean if that’s not a high accolade, what is? Now, this isn’t a cheap fragrance by any means, listed on Barbour’s website as £52.99 for 100ml at present, but, with offers and discounts, it’s not impossible to find it for £20-£40. My mum bought it for me from The Fragrance Shop for around £30 with a voucher for that specific perfume after buying my dad some aftershave.
I am also a huge fan of the Travalo Refillable Atomiser. With the Genie-S patented technology, you can refill it directly from your favourite perfume bottle, and voila! 60 odd sprays of your favourite perfume to keep in your handbag, without having to spend money on the travel size versions over and over again! Most average between £10 and £15 each and you save so much money, its so simple to use too.
Finally, onto stationery and tech! My new pencil case was only around 80p from Asda. I can’t seem to find it online but they come in both blue and orange backgrounds and are A4 so are more than big enough to fit my bullet journal and very day supplies.
And talking of Bullet Journals, I have been obsessed with mine this month. You can find my July BuJo set up here, and I use the Lemome Tan Dotted Notebook, with a flexible spine, thick paper and extra pages than the average BuJo. I definitely recommend. And only £9.99 on Amazon! Look out for August’s set up soon!
And last but at no means least, comes my trusty power bank, the Juice Squash XL. Mine I don’t think is available in the metallic pink anymore but there are a range of colours still available to choose from. One of these will set you back £20-£25 but me and my boyfriend can both charge our phones from dead on this and it still have 1 or 2 out of 4 battery lights left glowing. A real helping hand when we’re out for the day in the summer sun.
I hope you’ve enjoyed a little nosey into this month’s favourites and found something that interests you. Make sure to let me know one of your favourites from July in the comments, or leave a link to your July favourites post if you have a blog so I can have a peruse. You never know, one of them may even feature in August’s favourites! Also let me know what you want to see on the blog in the future.