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benefit cheekathon paletteBefore it sells out (which it usually does) I wanted to tell you all about the new Benefit Cheekathon Blush Palette. Although I love Benefit I do think it’s quite a pricey brand but this new release is such good value, as it contains five full size Benefit box powders and a brush for £44.50, which is less than you would usually pay for just two Benefit Box Powders (£23.50 each). This palette is actually worth £117.50 so such a bargain and worth picking up before they sell out, it’s exclusive to House of Fraser but also available online.

I hope you’ll excuse the fact that I haven’t included swatches but I think this might be a product I keep in my collection untouched as I already have the individual box blushers and swatches are really easy to find online as they’re classic blushers/bronzers which have been around for a while.

If you don’t have any of the Benefit Cheek Powders then this is your chance to get five, I really do love them all and I am sure you won’t be disappointed! The only minor negative to this palette is the fact it’s a little too big too travel with (for short travel) but at the same time the perfect travel palette if you want to take quite a few blushers.

Available exclusively from House of Fraser, pick it up before it sells out!

current beauty staplesThe posts have been lacking a little on ALO recently, especially the beauty ones and I feel it’s because I haven’t been trying anything new recently. After years of trying new products over and over again I’ve gotten a little bored of it. I’m quite enjoying using products I know and love on a daily basis, some do change daily but there are six which I have been sticking to religiously.

Sisley So Intense Eyeliner– This eyeliner is stupidly expensive but it’s the best and I really think I am going to be repurchasing it soon, it’s that good. I love the tip and find it really easy to use but what makes it stand out is just how black it has remained. I’ve been using it for a surprisingly long time and it’s still blacker than some liners are a week after buying them.

Too Faced Shadow Insurance Primer– I’m not sure this is the best eyeshadow primer ever but I have been reaching for it over all my other ones. It keeps my eyeshadow in place and really helps with the vibrancy of the shadow, I’ve had it for a while and its lasted really well too.

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow– Another stupidly expensive product which I have been using daily. The contour is a perfect natural shade which can be built up whereas the highlight adds a nice glow without going overboard.

Benefit Speed Brow- This is one of those products that people don’t really get why I love it do much. Most people love Benefit Gimme Brow as it does more than Speed Brow but since my brows are already quite dark and defined I just need something that will keep them in place but still look natural.

Benefit Hoola Bronzer– I wasn’t expecting there to be two Benefit products in this post but I have been using Benefit Hoola Bronzer for years and it has a special place in my everyday makeup drawer. It’s a really beautiful, natural looking bronzer which I sometime even use to add shape to my face or to add depth to my crease.

Bourjois Healthy Mix Powder- Not the best powder even but it’s always in my handbag, it’s affordable so I’m not too precious with it, it has a great mirror and get the job done.

What are your go-to makeup staples?

When Sure heard about my busy last month they offered to help stamp out the stress and get me through the day stress and sweat free. That day I had to attend my boyfriends graduation and then get on a plane to Lisbon before hopefully making my next plane which left only 45 minutes after.

They kindly sent me a kit to get through the day which really helped keep me organised, on time, looking presentable and sweat free. The travel wallet helped keep all my tickets organised both for the plane and the graduation. We were short on time all day therefore the DKNY watch helped keep us on time and I managed to get everywhere on time. The Benefit Primping with the Stars kit was also ideal as the primer and powder all helped my makeup last all day and the size meant I could take them on the plane.

Surprisingly the item that came in the most use was the Cath Kidston bag, it has two size bags; a small clutch like one and a larger holdall which I have used both at the airport and even now on holiday- I can’t believe I didn’t have one before!

Along with taking the stress out of my bust day they kindly also send me a Sure Maximum Protection deodorant in the new stress control variant. I’ve used the Sure Maximum Protection deodorant in the past but the new Stress control formula has a really calming lavender and white flower scent, extra moisturisers to help prevent skin irritation as well as twice the protection of the best selling antiperspirants.

Would be nice to have parcels sent to help me through every stressful day…

*This post was sponsored by Sure

My makeup doesn’t change too drastically from season to season but there are still some items which I come back to every summer and that barely get used throughout the rest of the year.

An obvious one is sun care, particularly body sun care which I don’t use in any other season but summer. I love Piz Buin, I’ve been known to spray it in winter just because the smell reminds me so much of summer and makes me so happy. I don’t usually find a huge difference between sun creams but I like Piz Buin, it’s a good, affordable suncream option. More recently I have also been reaching for Clarins Sun Care and Clinique Sun Protection both of which are excellent, light weight but offer UVA/UVB protection.

In terms of aftersun I have been using Garnier Aftersun Soothing Lotion and Vichy Capital soleil Aftersun SOS Balm for a while. If you are prone to burns then you simply can’t go away without the Vichy one but Garnier is a great affordable option. As a body cream I also love Garnier Oil Beauty, it leaves the most perfect sheen on the body but is still light weight.

There are three cheek product which i also use religiously in summer; Benefit Hoola, Benefit Coralista and Chanel Soliel Tan De Chanel. Although Hoola is a bronzer I use all year round, I find myself reaching for it a little more in the summer. Coralista however is one I rarely use outside the summer months but find it gives the most perfect glow and coral tine to the skin which I find goes particularly well with tanned skin. After putting off buying Chanel Soliel Tan De Chanel for a few years when it originally came out I am almost finished mine and still really loving it. I find it to just add a natural looking bronze look to the skin without making makeup look cakey.

Although I love the Juicy Couture perfumes for summer I find them to be quite heavy to travel with which is why I have been reaching for my Stella McCartney Fragrance more, its the perfect light summer scent which isn’t too sickly sweet but instead is quite floral and that I have in a perfect smaller, handbag friendly size.

Theres something I love about using the products I reserve more for summer, it makes me so happy…

I haven’t featured a Birchbox in a little while but July’s one caught my eye instantly as it isn’t even a box! It came in a pink, clear bag, perfect for the beach or pool in the summer, inside theres a whole range of mini summer essentials too.

The Barely Prep, Blot & Blend Sponge caught my eye first as I love a makeup sponge, it’s a full size sponge and although I haven’t had a chance to try it it, it does look great. There is also a mini Benefit Cosmetics Dream Screen sunscreen which has SPF45 and is ultra lightweight with a matte-finish, it isn’t quite big enough to take away but it’s a good size to try the product out or even to keep in your handbag for a bit of a top up.

There is also a Balance Me Congested Skin Serum, Jelly Pong Pong Glow Getter Luminizer Gel and a UNANI Aloe Vera Gel which is great as an aftersun. I was also very impressed by the POP beauty eyeshadow Trio in Peach Parfait, it isn’t a full size palette but is the perfect travel size one if you’re only going for a few days!

I also picked a few bits of the Birchbox website which I’m taking away on holiday with me. I’ve heard so many people talking about the The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer and it’s as good as everyone says it is, perfect for adding a bit more of a glow to any look. I’ve also been using the The Balm Nude’tude palette which has such an adorable design, twelve wearable shades and is perfectly streamline to travel with.

Birchbox has also been kind enough to offer £5 off to my readers on their first box using the code SUMMERLO