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5 August 2014

July Favourites

Its been a little while since i've done a favourites post so i have quite a few things to talk about that i have been loving over the last couple of months.

The Boots Reviving Foot Spray has come in so handy in the hot weather we've been having lately. Its been so hot at night time and we can't have our bedroom window open because we live really close to a railway and the goods trains are so loud at night they wake us up so i've been keeping this next to the bed and using it to keep my feet cool and refreshed. It contains mint, cypress and witch hazel and smells lovely. Its pretty inexpensive too at £3.49.

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Full Coverage Foundation and brush £32.50
Another winner from Tarte - i'm yet to try anything from this brand that i don't love! This is a high-coverage foundation with a satin-matt coverage that is really easy to blend and looks and feels very natural. What i really love about it is the texture; it feels almost like a mousse so it feels really light despite the full coverage. It's formulated with Amazonian Clay which is nutrient rich and works to balance the skin. It hydrates to reduce dryness while removing excess oil to mattify so its perfect for us combination skinned gals! It also contains a broad spectrum SPF 15 so its great for the summer months. The brush that comes with the product is a really dense buffing brush which creates a flawless finish and i have really been enjoying using the two together, although any buffing brush would work just as well. 

WEN Sweet Almond Mint Replenishing Mist* £20.95
This is quite a unique product, somewhere between a leave-in conditioner and a serum, that i loved from the first use. It's designed to revive and replenish the hair in between washes and is recommended to be used alongside the cleansing conditioner from the same range. I didn't get on so well with the cleansing conditioner but i really, really like this product. It's a light-weight, hydrating spray that can be used on wet or dry hair. 
On the days inbetween washes the ends of my hair tends to get quite dry and fluffy and i find that oils or serums can be a bit too heavy and can flatten my hair but this adds the moisture and shine back into the lengths of my hair and reduces frizz while being pretty much undetectable. A quick spray onto the mid-lengths and ends makes my hair look freshly washed again without weighing it down or making it feel greasy. It has a really lovely fresh mint scent as well which adds to the clean feeling. Its also great if, like me, you find that dry shampoos make your hair look a bit dull and flat. After using the dry shampoo and brushing it through, a couple of spritzes of this takes away the powdery look and leaves your hair looking clean and fresh. LOVE IT! 

Dr Bronner Magic Liquid Soap £12.49
This has been my brush cleaner of choice in recent months because it is just so damn effective!! It literally dissolves any make up on contact so makes a tedious but necessary task a lot quicker and easier. I'm not a huge fan of the eucalyptus scent though, its a bit too medicinal for me so next time i think i'll choose a different fragrance (probably the baby mild one) but i will definitely buy this again when this bottle runs out.
James Brown Photo Fabulous Moisturising Shampoo and Conditioner £6.99 each
I can't lie, the main reason i love this range is the scent! It reminds me of summer holidays because i took these products on my honeymoon so while the weather was hot i thought i would go back to them and i was reminded that, amazing scent aside, they are really nice products. The shampoo is nicely clarifying but the conditioner is moisturising enough that your hair doesn't feel stripped afterwards, it just feels really smooth and silky. Throughout a fortnight of sun, sea water and chlorine my hair was still in pretty good condition at the end of our honeymoon which is saying something when my hair is already on the dry and damaged side due to a lot of colouring. I love the spray serum from this range too which i have spoken about on my blog before.

Botanics Instant Moisture Mist £4.29
This is a relatively new find for me but i have already repurchased it after getting through the first can on holiday in Greece. It's such a cooling mist that i much preferred to use this than an after-sun and i just reapplied as often as i felt like cooling myself down. It's really lightweight and disappears into the skin as soon as you spray it on, its really hydrating too. I just love how easy and fuss free it is, its the ultimate lazy girl's body moisturiser! I've tried the Vaseline equivalent and i did quite like that but i found it was a bit wet and messy on application and i much prefer this one.

Elemis Pro Collagen Cleansing Balm £39.50
This isn't a new favourite; if you've read my blog for a while you will probably know of my love for the brand and i spoke about how much i loved this cleansing balm back when it was first launched. I have just gone back to it though after using a couple of others (the Omorovicza one, Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm and the RMK one) and i would still say this one is my favourite of the lot. You can read the full review here if you're interested in why i love it so much, but the short version is, it just ticks every box!

Toni & Guy Nourish Reconstruction Mask £7.49
Another hair product that i have been really enjoying and have completely finished off (which is quite unusual for me because i'm really fickle when it comes to hair products and it doesn't take much to turn my attention onto something else) is the Nourish Reconstruction Mask from Toni & Guy. It just worked for my hair type and left my hair looking really smooth, glossy, nourished and smelling amazing. It didn't weigh my hair down which i find some masks can, and its a quick five minute treatment so you don't have to faff around getting in and out of the shower. I've been trying a few other products from this line recently and on the whole i'm really impressed.

Thierry Muglar Alien Eau Extraordinaire £49.50
Jim came home with this a few weeks ago as a surprise for me which made it a massive favourite from the offset and as you can see from the picture it has continued to be a favourite ever since - i don't think i have ever got through a perfume so quickly! I've worn and loved it pretty much everyday since. 
I have had a long standing love for the Alien limited editions from a few years ago. They brought out Eau Luminescente, which was in an orange bottle, that i absolutely loved - I stockpiled it at the time and it has been my signature scent ever since but i'm onto my last bottle now (sobs). The following year they brought out Sunessence Saphir Soleil in a pinky orange bottle which was pretty similar and i got through quite a few bottles of that as well. I haven't loved any of the more recent limited editions and i find the original is just a bit too heavy, so it looked as though my love affair with Alien was doomed - cue the arrival of Eau Extraordinaire. As soon as it landed in shops i had a sniff and i was so, so happy that i loved it immediately - it's much more similar to the limited editions i loved than the original. I asked Jim if he liked it and the first thing he said was how similar it was to the 'orange one', then without it being mentioned again, a couple of weeks later he came in from work and presented me with a bottle..... (I know....!) The best news was that it is part of the permanent line so i never have to worry about running out!
Phew! That feels like a really long list - hope you found it interesting! Let me know what your favourites were.


  1. Maddison McConnell6/8/14 02:38

    Loved this post Anna! I have yet to try these products, though the Boots Footspray sounds lovely!

  2. Louise Hoad6/8/14 20:29

    Some great products there Hun. I love the Elemis cleansing balm and the Dr Bronner magic soap too! ☺️ Xx

  3. MacandCheese Antonia M7/8/14 16:10

    Love the sound of the Tarte foundation! 😉

  4. On The Dressing Table7/8/14 20:28

    Thanks Maddison! Yeah its great, so affordable too! xx

  5. On The Dressing Table7/8/14 20:29

    Thanks Lou :) I just love all things Elemis!! xx

  6. On The Dressing Table7/8/14 20:31

    Yeah its a good one, i really love the brand, i hope it becomes more readily available in the UK :) xx

  7. I also love the Elemis Pro Collagen Cleansing Balm. My favourite this month has been Hydraluron, which I use around my eyes as a eye cream base. Works wonders!

  8. I really wanted to try something from the botanics range so I may have to try that!

  9. Mademoiselle Lala8/8/14 21:03

    Dr Bronner's soap is the best! I always use it to clean my brushes!

  10. Glad to read you love the Tarte Amazonian Clay foundation with the brush that much! I really want to try it myself too, but sadly I am unsure of my shade match.. I'll have to carry out some extensive research on those shades!

  11. ChristineIversen15/8/14 19:00

    I have heard so many great things about that foundation. Really want to try it out :-)

    I have also done a July favorites post, here is the link if you are interested in checking it out :-)

  12. On The Dressing Table20/8/14 13:56

    Thanks Christine, i will go and have a read :) xx

  13. On The Dressing Table20/8/14 13:58

    yeah i was unsure about the shade match too so i just went for the fair and it was fine in the winter but really i think its a bit too pale at the moment - im just trying to make it work with lots of bronzer! xx

  14. On The Dressing Table20/8/14 13:59

    Oh hi fellow hydraluron lover!! i love it under my eye cream too. I'm just trying out the new moisture jelly from the same range so i'll be reviewing that soon. Have you tried it yet? xx

  15. No I haven't yet, so I'm looking forward to your review. I'm from the Netherlands so it takes a bit more effort to get my hands on it, so I rely heavily on reviews to give me that final push.

  16. ChristineIversen21/8/14 19:40

    Thank you, hope you like it. Let me know what you think :-) x


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