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!

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!

Mac Whirl & Velvet Teddy: Worth The Hype?

Mac Whirl Lip Liner and Mac Velvet Teddy Mac Whirl Lip Liner and Mac Velvet Teddy Mac Whirl Lip Liner and Mac Velvet Teddy

(Left: Velvet Teddy. Right: Whirl)

2014 in the make-up world was the year of the Kylie Jenner lip. Make-up lovers ventured on a hunt to recreate her big, pillowy nude lips, drifting between pink, to mauve, to brown. Mac counters were swarmed, and many lipsticks and liners went out of stock for months at a time.

I managed to pick up Velvet Teddy pretty quickly which has become my all-time favourite lipstick. I wear it practically everyday, it’s brown tones suit me perfectly. Despite an array on dupes being promoted over Pinterest, Instagram and blogs – non have ever compared to this. It’s matte formula promises to stay on my lips and require little touch up – not only lasting a long time but fading evenly. If you’re lips are very dry I find it can highlight it a little but this is expected with matte formulas. Absolutely love – so much that I’m on my second tube! Worth the hype.

Getting my hands on the Whirl lipstick took a whole while longer and the email to say it was back in stock was a sigh of relief. It is described as ‘dusty pink’ which I do not find to be true – it is definitely much browner and more purple. Used as a lip liner – it does exactly what it says on the tin, defining and a little over lining can cheat a set of big lips, but part of the appeal of this liner was that you could wear it on it’s own all over the lip to recreate the iconic look – but I actually find it very difficult to wear this way. I find it very drying and it makes your lips look wrinkly and just not attractive, for me at least. I have actually found better alternatives for the Kylie Jenner lip in the drugstore – such as Rimmel 1000 Kisses Lipliner in Tiramisu which is quite brown, or if you prefer something a little more true to mauve/dusty pink there is the Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in Eastend Snob, which I absolutely love. Both, particularly the latter, have much less drying formulas and are a lot easy on the purse. Whirl is not worth the hype.

Have you tried any of these products? How do you feel about them? Let me know in the comments!

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.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer Review Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer Review

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!