February Favourites

It’s time, yet again, to look through my collection of make-up, skincare and all that good stuff to chat through some of the products I have been loving over the past month.  I’ve recently been trying to mix up my make up, try more new things and experiment a little more with some of my old favourites that I haven’t used for a good while.

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The first beauty product that I have been absolutely loving is the L’Oreal Paris True Match Foundation in the shade Rose Ivory.  The foundation applies evenly with either a beauty sponge or brush, matches my current skin tone perfectly and with a medium, but build-able coverage.  Over the past month I have found myself reaching to use this over some of my tried and trusted, higher end foundations and for just £9.99, you can’t really go wrong for that price.  The formula works well with my combination skin type and I can easily use a combination of shades to perfectly match my skin tone, whatever the season.  Again from L’Oreal, I have been loving the L’Oreal Paris Superliner Ultra Precision Black Eyeliner [£6.99] for creating a winged, cat-eye look.  The product applies evenly and the sponge tipped pen-like nib makes it incredibly easy to create thin or thick lines.  The liner dries fast and is very long-lasting, and the nib doesn’t seem to dry out very quickly.

Next up is the Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealer [£7.99] in the shade Light, which has been highly spoken of throughout the beauty blogging community and something I have never tried before (as to be quite honest, the applicator puts me off a little).  Niggles aside, the shade Light matches my skin tone perfectly and quickly erases any dark circles under my eyes with just a few twists.  The product blends out easily, has a good lasting power and decent coverage considering the price.  I have been using this almost daily over the past month and have understood why it is highly recommended, however, I tend to use a different concealer to conceal any spots or blemishes and then a lighter shade on concealer to brighten under my eyes if I feel as though I’m looking a little dull… which does mean I often end up using 3 (yes, 3!) concealers… oops!  This concealer is perfect for travel, easy and quick application and for those ‘n0 make-up’ make-up days. Again the long, old search for the mascara that does everything, the curl, length, volume, waterproof… I could go on.  I searched and then stumbled across the Maybelline Waterproof Lash Sensational Mascara [£7.99] which I’d heard a lot of people rate very highly, most notably that of Zoe Sugg (aka Zoella).  My lashes are short, flat and fairly stubborn so I find that most mascaras tend to fall flat and don’t often give my eyelashes much volume.  However, I have a new found love for this bargain of a mascara, it is long-lasting, holds a curl quite well and I just love how it makes my lashes look.

My eyebrows have been receiving a little extra luxury this past month, in the form of the Giorgio Armani Eye & Brow Maestro [£28.00] in the shade 4 – Ambre.  I have been using the Real Techniques Brow Brush from the Brow Set to apply it to my brows, but you can even use this product as an eyeshadow and even face contour!

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For eyeshadow, two palettes have really stood out this last month and I have reached for them again and again.  First of all, my beloved theBalm Nude’Tude Eyeshadow Palette [£32.00] which features 12 beautiful nude eyeshadows, which blend and apply incredibly well and are very pigmented.  This palette has a perfect mixture of shades, from pinks to golds, black and browns – for me, it is just a brilliant all-round eyeshadow palette.

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Again, probably to no surprise but yet another nude eyeshadow palette, the Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Eyeshadow Palette [£39.50], which again is on the pricier side but (in my opinion) well worth it.  This palette introduces 12 brand new, all matte eyeshadows and so keep your eyes peeled for a more in depth blog post coming very soon (hint hint)!

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Onto skincare, first up I have been using the Biore Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strips in an attempt to remove any blackheads, or the dirt and oils that cause blackheads.  The pore strips act like a magnet to draw out excess oil and supposedly, in just 10 minutes, it’ll remove a weeks worth of build-up.  I enjoy using pore strips, they certainly feel as though they make a big difference to both the appearance and the texture of my skin.

Next up, and a new addition to my daily skincare routine, the Boots Botanics All Bright Radiance Concentrate Serum [£3.49 was £6.99] which is a lightweight serum aimed to give skin a visible glow and makes skin appear smoother and brighter.  I love using this serum, my skin certainly feels smoother and works well as a base underneath my make-up.

Finally for skincare, the NUXE Creme Fraiche 24hr Moisturising Mask [£18.50] which is another new addition to my skincare routine.  The mask aims to soothe redness, refresh and rehydrate the skin with use just once, or twice a week.  Although a little on the pricey side of skincare, the product has definitely had a noticeable effect on the appearance and texture of my skin.  It works well as a little treat every week, to relax and even works well around my sensitive eye area.

A short but sweet sum up of the beauty and skincare products that have stood out during February.  A girl can never have enough beauty products so leave some suggestions in the comments of things you have been loving.

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