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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Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer

New in from Urban Decay is a concealer which promises to be super lightweight and natural but build-able to full coverage to hide ‘even your most scandalous flaws’. As someone with a fair few of them dotted around my face, including scars, redness, spots and dark circles, I couldn’t resist getting my hands on one.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer Review

I picked up the shade light warm, which has yellow tones. The yellow tones within the concealer help to cancel out any blue in your undereyes and fight a fatigued look, making you look a little brighter.

I find there is no noticable smell and it doesn’t irrate my usually sensitive eyes.

The packaging to be gorgeous, a simplistic design with a glass tube (I think? It may be plastic but if so they’ve fooled me), which feels very luxurious, even though the price tag doesn’t break the bank in comparison to some other options out there. I also love the applicator, which is shaped to fit perfectly around your eye and is super flexible, bending to the contours of your face.

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The first layer of this concealer on the under eye leaves you looking naturally brighter and more-awake looking, and as appropriate with the name ‘naked’ doesn’t scream “I’m wearing make-up!”, but rather that you have never missed an hours sleep, well, ever. It covers up red blemishes and spots amazingly and leaves you with naturally beautiful skin. It has a fairly matte finish which ensures me this isn’t going to slip away if your skin is on the oily side. It is wonderfully blend-able and a thinner consistency than other concealers at a similar coverage level.

Of course, this concealer also promises ‘complete coverage’. I have very deep and dark eye circles which are worse than the average person (I’m almost sure I was born with them) and I didn’t manage to build it up to a level where they were completely covered, before I started panicking about wasting product,  but in it’s defense I have never come across a concealer that can achieve that. I don’t think you’d be able to achieve a heavy, completely flawless and full coverage look with this concealer, but especially as we move into Spring and Summer I find a more natural look to be beautiful. It did manage to fully cover any blemishes I had, however. No matter the amount I applied it did not crease or settle into fine lines.

This concealer has quickly become my everyday favorite, it offers the perfect level of blemish and dark circle coverage while still looking fresh and natural, as well as being packed full with anti-aging ingredients to protect your under eyes – it’s something I will refuse to put down until I’m scraping out the last traces of product. Even then, I can predict I will be repurchasing.

Have you tried this concealer? How did you feel about it? Do you want to try it? Let me know in the comments below!

February Favorites 2015

feb favourites I don’t have a whole lot to show you in this post as not many products have particularly stood out to me. Firstly, of course, we have the Benefit Roller Lash – which I’m sure practically everyone rushed out and picked up the sample of in Elle. I actually have felt myself feeling less and less impressed with this mascara, but it has still been my staple throughout the month and I would purchase full sized. It grips your lashes unlike any other I have ever tried! Next is my L’Oreal Touch Magique Cncealer – which is very yellow toned and brilliant for undereyes and is super blendable and smooth looking. In an attempt to save my skin from the harshness of winter, I’ve been exfoliating with the Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Scrub, which has 3% glycolic acid and a few beads to help take away any dead skin. When used in collaboration with the Elemis Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Gel Mask, you will be left with beautifully fresh, smooth and renewed skin. And finally, I’ve been looking Chanel’s Rouge Coco Shine in the shades antigone and desinvolte. Despite their bright colour in the tube, these apply very sheer and glossy, giving your lips a beautiful tint.They apply so smoothly and don’t show my currently very dry lips.  I’m not one who goes OTT with my lip colours and when you’re bored of your nudes these are a perfect alternative. I apologize for the weird shine on one of the lids! What have been your favourite products in February? Let me know in the comments below, if you have your own post feel free to link it!

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!