March Favorites 2015

March Favourites borjois soap and glory origins urban decay burts bees

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!

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!

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!