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July Favourites

Written by Helen Hackwell on Wednesday, 18 July 2012.

I decided to break with the YouTube ‘favourites’ tradition and instead write a blog post showcasing some of my favourite new beauty products. In this month’s collection I have five items; a new Essie Nail PolishOjon Hair SerumM.A.C Care Blends Essential Oil, Jimmy Choo Eau de Toilette and the OPI Nail Envy Set.

July Favourites

The Ojon Damage Reverse Hair Serum was not something I purchased directly. It actually arrived as part of the March GLOSSYBOX and it took me a while to start using it, but now that I have I’m unlikely to stop. Having long, layered hair often results in laziness getting regular cuts. But frequent styling (straightening and curling) leaves the ends of my hair damaged and that’s what normally forces me to book an appointment at the local salon for a trim. The serum not only helps to defend your hair against the heat of heavy styling, it also takes care of the ends; adding strength and glossiness to each individual strand whilst taming frizz. A wonder product for my hair!

The M.A.C Care Blends Essential Oil was an experimental purchase prompted by my desire to achieve a dewy complexion that even Millie Mackintosh would be proud of. I mix approximately two drops of the oil with my foundation before applying, this keeps my skin looking fresh and glowing throughout the day. Not to mention the added benefit of the beautiful fragrance of grapefruit and chamomile.

M.A.C Care Blends Essential Oil

Despite that fact that summer has failed to materialise in the UK, I’m resolutely ploughing ahead swapping my winter clothes for summer items and replacing my wintertime fragrances with more summery scents. My preferred fragrance of the moment is Jimmy Choo’s new eau de toilette. A mix of rich tea rose and exotic Tiger Orchid, it reminds me daily that it is July, despite what the weather may suggest.

I’ve yet to wear my new polish from Essie as this is a very recent purchase, but I’m excited to replace my normal bright/bold colours with a more delicate shade. Called mint candy apple this is a light grey-green shade that I think will look equally good on both hands and feet.

Essie Nail Polish - Mint Candy Apple

Last, but not least on the list is my new OPI Nail Envy kit. A gift from my new sister-in-law as a thank you for being her bridesmaid, I almost squealed in delight when I saw it; the perfect antidote to my weak and feeble nails. After 20+ years of biting my nails it was probably a bit much to expect that they’d grow strong and happy when I eventually made the decision to stop. Nail Envy has proved to be a brilliant solution to keeping my nails from breaking off as soon as they start to look reasonable. It also works well as a base coat, preventing my nails from being stained and helping the polish last longer without chipping. This set comes with a clear shade of Nail Envy and a pink version, alongside a refreshing cuticle oil.

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