My Monthly Beauty Buys – June


It’s taken a while for the nice weather to arrive, but now that we’ve seen some sun I’ve found myself wanting to refresh my makeup look for the summer. I’ve been drawn to a lighter look, paler shades, and I’ve bought a few items last month that I’m really enjoying using.


Essie Nail Polishes in Mint Candy Apple and Lilacism

There’s something about the summer that always makes me crave pretty pastel colours to put on my nails. I was instantly drawn to the prettiness of these two Essie shades in lilac and pale green and they make a lovely addition to my collection. Essie are my favourite nail polish brand – the colours almost always apply true to the shade in the bottle, and they last well on me.


Benefit Rollerlash

I’ve moved away from the heavy eyeliner look that was my signature a few years ago. I never used to be a mascara girl, but without eyeliner my eyelashes need a bit of help to get that oomph. My lashes are long and black, so colour isn’t an issue, but I’ve long been on a quest to find the perfect mascara to hold a curl. After doing lots of research, I’ve slowly been working my way through recommendations and Benefit’s RollerLash was my latest try. It promises that you’ll be able to ditch the eyelash curlers which is quite a bold statement! While I wouldn’t say that I’m going to be abandoning my trusted curlers, I do like the precise applicator, and it does seem to hold a curl reasonably well.


Ballet Slipper Eyeshadow Quad – Rosie by Autograph

I’ve been eyeing up the eyeshadow quads from Rosie by Autograph since the range launched a few months ago. I treated myself to Ballet Slipper – a pretty selection of nude shades. It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to use eyeshadow due to my eyelid eczema, so it’s lovely that it’s cleared up enough for me to wear it again! I really like these. The cream has a touch too much sparkle for my personal preference, but the other 3 shades are spot on and so wearable for everyday.


Have you tried any of these? If you know the perfect curl holding mascara, do let me know!


Keep Calm and Carry On Linking Sunday
  • Gemma Nuttall
    July 5, 2016

    That eyeshadow looks lush!!x

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      July 7, 2016

      It’s gorgeous, isn’t it? I’d buy it just for the packaging – the fact that I like the eyeshadow is a bonus! 🙂

  • Rebecca Taylor
    July 5, 2016

    I may give the mascara a try as I am on the look out for a new one! The nail polishes look lovely!

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      July 7, 2016

      They’re really pretty, aren’t they? I also like how they look on my dresser lined up next to each other (spot the person with no life over here!!)

  • Laura @dearbearandbeany
    July 6, 2016

    I use the benefit mascara and love it. I like the look of the ballet slipper eyeshadows, these are just the kind of colours I like to wear. Lets hope we get some sunny days x

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      July 7, 2016

      They’re lovely colours – nice and easy to blend subtly. I think this mascara is the best I’ve tried, but still not over the moon with the ‘holding a curl’ issue. I may have to just accept that I have straight eyelashes!

  • Charlie O'Brien
    July 7, 2016

    Ahhh, love the idea of the rollerlash – I haven’t seen that yet and I’m a bit of a Benefit addict! I too have long dark lashes (v lucky) but sometimes my mascara looks a bit thick. Will check this out thank you! Charlie x #sharingthebloglove

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      July 8, 2016

      Oh, I think it would be right up your street then Charlie – the applicator is so precise and it’s not thick at all. Apparently it’s their most popular mascara – I’d never seen it until recently!

  • sarah Lea
    July 10, 2016

    The rollerlash sounds great! I’d love to try that 🙂 And I love Essie Nail polishes, such a great selection to choose from #KCACOLS

  • Island Living 365
    July 10, 2016

    I have that nail varnish! I love it. Really pretty and summery 🙂 #KCACOLS

  • Amanda CP
    July 10, 2016

    They are nice pastel summer colours. I really should change my make up to suit the seasons, I think I should experiment a it more. I am not blessed with long eyelashes,so I use my eyelash curler every day. I would love to hear of this magic mascara too.
    Amanda. #kcacols

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      July 11, 2016

      I’m terrible at getting into a rut with my makeup, but I do like to switch up eyeshadows and nail varnishes – the more ‘colour’ items! If you ever find the magic mascara do come back and let me know!

  • Kate Eccles
    July 10, 2016

    I love Benefit and Essie. The eyeshadow quad looks great too. What a lovely selection 🙂 #KCACOLS

  • Carol Cliffe
    July 11, 2016

    Such a beautiful selection – I really love the colours, especially the nail varnish! #KCACOLS

  • Bread
    July 11, 2016

    I really like the colours of the nail varnish. Lovely. #kcacols

  • Jess Powell
    July 13, 2016

    I love that mint candy apple colour, it’s so pretty! x #KCACOLS

  • Katy
    July 13, 2016

    I’ve been using that mascara the last month or so and I like it. But yeh, for stubby eyelashes like mine I still need my curler haha! x

  • Geraldine Walsh
    July 14, 2016

    I think I’ll have to treat myself to some beauty buys on payday! #KCACOLS

  • TeamMomLife
    July 14, 2016

    These look like some lovely additions to your make up stash. I haven’t bought nail polish in a very long time. You are inspiring me to go out and by some new shades. #KCACOLS

  • A Moment With Franca
    July 15, 2016

    I love beauty products! I have tried so many mascaras lately but my ultimate favourite is always Grandiôse Extrême from Lancome . It does the job properly. And it looks like I have long eyelashes too. And also my favourite nail polish at the moment are Barry M Quick dry. You need to try them. They have all these colours and the dry in 5 minutes. It is just amazing. So I can literally paint my nails 10 minutes before I leave the house. How great is that? Thanks for sharing this at #KCACOLS lovely, 🙂 xx

  • Cecile Blaireau
    July 15, 2016

    I would love to try I never bought this brand but I really lie pastel colours for the summer. It looks so great #KCACOLS

  • Innocent Charms Chats
    October 6, 2016

    I love the Essie shades you have picked, I only have a few of their shades and I really need to invest in a couple more.
    I have a few pieces from the Rosie collection, I couldn’t help myself when I saw the packaging xx

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