August favourites

A bit of a lazy post, I'm afraid, but after two days of fine dining, cocktail swigging and general birthday-related decadence, I am feeling rather delicate. I'm back at my parents' house in Manchester for a long and lazy weekend that predictably includes more celebratory indulgence, so on my mind at the moment are the simple pleasures that are my favourite products. This month's top three are:

1. Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish: Multiple posts on this product should give you an indication that I am in love with this. The more I think about it, the more I believe that this is the most revolutionary introduction to my skincare routine: my skin looks fantastic and the cream itself is pleasant and a joy to use. It's my Mum's birthday in a month, and I have already decided that a large component will be a lovely selection from the Liz Earle range.

2. Armani Lasting Silk Foundation: I am a huge fan of Armani cosmetics, and this product is no exception. A lightweight foundation that gives gorgeous coverage and makes your skin look as though it has been lit from within. It's an investment at £25, but as you only need a tiny amount, I can see this lasting for a long time.

3. MAC Paintpot in Painterly: I've had a few months of eyeshadow experimentation (for experimentation, read 'playing with neutrals' - wow, what extravagance!) and for some reason, this lovely cream shadow has been languishing in the bottom of my make up bag. It's such a simple, light shade, but one that makes my blue eyes and pale skin look immediately bright and healthy. I slicked a quick covering on this morning and was reminded just how much I loved this product when I first bought it. I love rediscovering an old favourite!

I'm off birthday shopping tomorrow morning, so will be updating you on my purchases - I'm so excited!

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