Good afternoon my beautiful followers!!
Today has been a total fail for me. I failed to wake up to go to university this morning and then, when i finally did surface it became very evident that i'm brewing a lovely throat infection so i have retreated back to my bed to blog and catch up on uni assignments. However, the sun is shining and it seemed like the perfect excuse to do a few blog photos. I haven't done a favourites post in ages so i thought i'd put one together for February.
MAC Mineralise Blush in Dainty
I bought this, slightly dishevelled, blush from a blog sale a little while ago. It's previous owner had tried, and failed, to depot it and it was sold to me as you see it here. No big deal for me, i just keep it in its box with the little plastic protector over it. But i LOVE this shade (i think it has now been discontinued). It's like a pinkier version on my BeneFit Coralista and IDEAL for the new Spring season!!
VIVO Baked Bronze
I've mentioned this product a couple of times before. Most notably during my 2011 favourites post. I just could not be without this now. For £6 you get a big fat load of product that lasts AGES (I've barely made a dent in mine and i use it most days) and it is the most gorgeous shade, which is natural but with just the right hint of shimmer. I am gasping to get my hands on the VIVO Baked Blushers but, alas, i have no Tesco near me. I usually just dust this over my cheeks and temples with a big fluffy powder brush.
Paul Mitchell 'Super Skinny' Relaxing Balm
This was out of my last Glossybox and i was so excited to find it in there!! I used to swear by the Super Skinny Serum in my younger days when the only way was STRAIGHT hair. I don't live near a Paul Mitchell salon any more so have kind of forgotten about these products but i am really enjoying using this again! My hair feels so smooth and manageable after using this and definitely stays straighter for longer. Great product that i am likely to repurchase.
Batiste Dry Shampoo for Brunettes
I had to buy this when i saw it because, as much as i loved my Batiste Tropical, i did find it a bit chalky on my darker hair. This fares a little better and is my go to product on those in-between hair days. I don't like to wash my hair too often (and definitely not every day) as i find it strips my hair and the resulting AFRO is not a good look. I'd definitely recommend this for darker haired ladies and i'm contemplating doing a full review of this product in the near future.
BeneFit Creaseless Cream Shadowliners
These are just the best thing EVER to happen for my everyday makeup!! I bought three of these babies from a blogsale and have used one of them every day since they arrived! They are not only a great base for other shadows, but they do not crease one bit and i rarely leave the house nowadays without having applied one of these all over my lid, followed by a sweep of whatever eyeliner i fancy. That is my new go-to every day eye makeup (occasionally i will pop a shade from my Naked or Heaven&Earth palette in my crease with a fluffy brush as well). Couldn't recommend these enough. The shades shown here are 'Sippin 'n' Dippin' (left) and R.S.V.P (right).
Murad Skin Perfecting Primer
Another Glossybox find is this AMAZING primer from Murad. Sadly, this is not one that i am going to be able to repurchase any time soon without selling a kidney, but i ADORE this product!! I love how silky and smooth my skin feels when i use it and it makes my skin look flawless under my foundation. As this is a teeny sample size i really have had to try and ration it (using my BeneFit PoreFessional in between). If you have the budget for these products i would suggest you snap this up!!
Shop MAC, Cook MAC Lipstick in 'Naughty Saute' (Cremesheen)
I had to include this in my favourites for this month, even though i only got it a week or so ago. This shade has been making me so happy and i've worn it several times since i got it which, considering it is a BRIGHT pepto pink lipstick, is pretty good going for me!! I find it can work for daytime as well as evenings and it's really helping get me into the mood for Spring/Summer!!
Maybelline Moisture Extreme Lipstick in 'Pinky Beige'
I had looked for this for AGES after seeing it on Zara's Blog (i always seem to want every lippy she posts) and, as this is a relatively old line it's not the easiest to find. Thankfully the lovely Nic managed to find me one when she was browsing her local Boots (check out Nic's Blog if you haven't already, she's super nice and has great taste in products) and snapped me one up. You can also find it on the Boots Website. I guess its just another nude pink lipstick for some people but it's slightly darker than i would normally go for and i love it for that!! The formula feels gorgeous on the lips as well.
BeneFit Realness of Concealness Kit
Last up is another BeneFit product (2 in one post - not bad going). I don't tend to go for this initially when putting my makeup on for the day. I tend to favour my Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection for that. HOWEVER, i find this little 'Fake-it' kit so handy for popping in my bag just in case i need a little touuch up during the day. It contains their Boi-Ing concealer, the 'Lemon-Aid' corrector and mini versions of the Ooh La Lift (now discontinued in the full size - Waaaaaaah), Lip Plump and High Beam. If i have this with me i usually find myself covered for every possible eventuality. Totally worth having.
So those are my favourite bits for last month. Seems i'm starting to get in the spirit for Spring!! Next month i have a suspicion that a lot of my favourites will involve skincare, as i have been trying out some new products this week.
What products are you loving lately?? Has Spring sprung in your makeup bag yet??