March Favorites 2015

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There’s been a whole lot of favourites this month, I’ve seemed to pick up and fall in love with almost everything. There’s are the few which have completely found themselves to be can-not-be-without in March. I actually don’t know how I did without them before.

Starting with the couple of skincare (kinda) products I’ve been loving, the first has been Origins GinZing Eye Cream which promises to brighten, depuff and reduce dark circles. Anything which can make me look a little bit more awake is something I will fall in love with! Although I haven’t noticed much difference dark circle wise, this refreshing little tub definitely helps to make me feel more awake and ready for the day by soothing my sleepy little eyes. I’m a big fan of Origins anyway so I knew this wouldn’t disappoint. The next thing I’ve been loving is this Burt’s Bees Lip Balm which does an excellent job at hydrating my super-dry lips.

Soap and Glory has been a brand which I’ve been a little confused on. I love their body care, hated their ‘sexy mother pucker’ lipgloss and absolutely could not live without their eyebrow pencil – but I decided I wanted to explore some more of their make-up line. The first which took my fancy was the Solar Powder as the two shades help you to create your own perfect shade which is, really, a necessity for me and my pale skin. It’s not too warm either which means you can use it to gently contour as well as bronze. The next I picked up was the Peach Party Blush which has multiple shades you swirl together to make a lovely peach. I’ve adored this blush as my make-up has transitioned into more springy shades – but be warned it is very shimmery/glittery and you need the lightest hand. It wouldn’t be too difficult to turn into a peach disco ball!

I’ve also been loving shade 02 from the new Bourjois Rogue Edition Aqua Laque which is a beautiful, ultra- hydrating nude gloss which is perfect for those days you don’t really want any super noticeable lipstick. I’ve also been enjoying the Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder which is much more lightweight than my previous powder choices, allowing a more subtle look which still allows your natural luminosity to shine through, but keeps oil at bay. It can be reapplied over and over and never seems to get cakey, which is perfect if you’re like me and have some spectacularly oily skin.

And finally my absolute favourite product this month, this Urban Decay Concealer which is absolutely amazing, you can see my full post on it here. It has been used every single day this month and it can not be faulted.

What have you been loving this month? Feel free to leave your March Fave’s post linked below if you have one!

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Bourjois Rouge Edition Aqua Laque

Bourjois Rouge Edition Aqua Laque liquid lipstick

Bourjois Rouge Edition Aqua Laque liquid lipstickBourjois Rouge Edition Aqua Laque liquid lipstick

Bourjois has released a shinier alternative to their beloved Velvet Lipstick with a range named ‘Aqua Laque’ promising some punchy shine, as demonstrated by their slightly altered packaging (which I love!) The bottles have remained squared and with a super pillowy applicator.

There are 8 shades available covering all your classic lip colours, from peach to red to fushcia. I picked up the shade Rose On The Rocks which is described as a natural rose, and Feeling Reddy – a ‘fiery orange red’.

It is a gloss which is something I usually avoid. However these are not sticky in the slightest, and uber hydrating. It’s like applying water infused with goodies to your lips. One thing I have found is they’re not very long lasting and so top up is necessary fairly regularly – do not expect these to stay on your lips. But if you’re the kind of girl who’s more of a lip balm user on a day to day basis and you’re used to (and feel addicted to…) the reoccurring application these may offer you the same benefits with a punch of colour.

The red leaves behind a stain on the lips as the gloss fades away, which is welcomed if you’re having a night out and don’t want to be faffing, and you don’t need to worry about it bleeding or getting all over your face. However, I do find that it applies quite unevenly.

I have been reaching for the nude almost every day and I adore the shade and the formula. I’ve also been wearing it above the shade Nude-ist from the original Velvet Lipstick line, which gives a combination of long lasting colour, hydration and shine.

I have my eye on a couple more shades from this line… I may have been dragged away from my matte lipsticks!

January ’15 Favourites

January '15 Favourites

VO5 Give Me Texture Dry Texturising Spray 200ml: My everyday hair routine is pretty easy, I straighten it and pin a bit up at the top. To avoid poker-straight yawn hair, I spray this through the length and scrunch and ruffle to add, well – texture. I prefer them to your typical texturising/sea-salt/etc sprays as it will never leave your hair crunchy like some wet products can and is invisible in your hair.

Naked 2: Recently I’ve just been unable to put this palette down, and I’ve been particularly loving the shades half baked, chopper, YDK and busted. If you haven’t already heard it a thousand times already – the Naked Palettes really are a god-send for neutral loving girls, and their shimmers are completely wearable for everyday.

Santuary Pore Refining Toner: I really do love Sanctuary for their skincare (although their bath products are great too!). This winter has really tried to ruin my skin, my usually super-oily face has been dehydrated and dry and flaky, particularly on my forehead, but the sides of my nose and chin has remained an oil slick scattered with blemishes. Nice. In an attempt to make my make-up not look terrible, I have used products leaning on the ‘for dry skin’ side, and then swiped a cotton pad squirted with this onto my oily areas. It really did help to keep my oil at bay while I tried to fix my dry skin. Score.

Rimmel Salon Pro By Kate Nail Polish, in Soul Session After a dabble with my greys and browns in November and December, I decided to go a little more nude. It applies so easily, and I am the worst at painting nails, and manages to last a lot longer than other polishes I’ve used before chipping off at the tips. I’ve actually been applying a gold glitter polish to the bottom half of my ring finger nails, which I absolutely adore the look of. 

Bourjois Bronzing Powder: Okay I’ll be honest, the main reason I picked this up was because it looks like chocolate, and I had a big (a few minutes) debate on whether to go for this or the highlighter duo version. But I went for this, and I have honestly used it every single day since picking it up. It does come across quite oranged toned, but I’ve found it actually works fine on my skin to use as a contour, and it really helps bring a bit of life to your face when used on the edges of your face.

So there we go! These have been my January favourites, what have you all loved this month? Let me know!

Highstreet Empties

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I’m always on the hunt for new products, and despite my best efforts to read reviews and recommendations and to swatch, swatch swatch – I always seem to end up with a drawer full of make-up and beauty items, used twice, and abandoned out of sight (and out of mind). It’s pretty rare for me to love a product right to the very end.

I can usually force myself to finish off the products I broke the bank for – but it’s a different matter for what I find on the hightstreet/drugstore. These are the exception:

Sanctuary Youth Boosting Facial Night ConcentrateSo I’m beginning with a bit of a cheat, because as you can see this product was an itty bitty travel size of the full product – but I love it. It really does help plump and soften your face, is not greasy at all and literally feels like liquid silk. I don’t care I’m cheating, I love it, and I’ll be purchasing the full size ASAP.

Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealer: Everybody has tried, or at least heard about, the Healthy Mix foundation – but I always see the concealer lacking any attention. My deep, black under-eye circles and blemish-prone skin has led to a long career in picking up new concealers, and this one is without a doubt the best coverage high-street concealer. Like, ever. I found it helped disguise my red patches and left my under-eye circles greatly diminished, and looking much more awake. A real true love, and fairly affordable too! (Although not the cheapest on the highstreet)

L’Oreal Volume Millions Excess MascaraMascara is definitely something I’m still desperately trying to figure out. I have super straight, short eyelashes which love to face downwards – and I’ve found that when a brand says volume – it really means clumps. This mascara really does volumise , and lengthen, and does curl a little – although I always use my eyelash curlers anyway. I can apply as much as I want to get the look I desire, and it never clumps! This has been my everyday mascara since I got it, and I already have another tube bought.

Soap & Glory Archery 2-in-1 Brow Filling Pencil and Brush: Phew, long name. This is my definite favourite brow pencil, and although it only comes in two shades it’s luckily a very good match for my eyebrows. The nib is tiny, and fairly hard, which allows you to draw in each individual hair or you can very lightly shade in big gaps. This is said to be a good dupe for Anastasia Brow Wiz, although I have never tried it. I feel no need to, the Soap and Glory version seems to work perfectly, and I recently finished my second or third pencil.

Maybelline Master Precise Liquid Eyeliner: Honestly, this isn’t an eyeliner I would repurchase. Application wise, only the thick part of the nib seems to have any product – making it almost impossible to get a proper black thin line (I am not a thick eyeliner person), if that’s your thing though you would probably love it! To try and combat this, I swiped it down my hand to try and ‘push’ the liquid to the nib. And then I forget about it and realize I’ve been walking around with black tiger stripes on my hand, not cool. It is however, very black, and very long lasting, and for some reason I’m not quite sure of this is the liquid eyeliner I’ve been picking up over anything else.

Do you have any recommendations for very black, long lasting and thin-lined liquid eyeliners? In desperate need!