I’ve meant to get back into monthly favourites as it’s been a little on & off. My last was in October & a Best Of 2014. I’ve not been buying much lately so I didn’t want to repeat myself or suggest something before giving it enough use. These are mainly things I got for Christmas so I’ve had a good few months to see what have become firm favourites.
February Faves 2015
Skin & Hair
I love skin care as it impacts all the make-up you wear. When I saw this Superdrug Naturally Radiant Glycolic Overnight Peel I was a little dubious about what it could do. Glycolic masks are meant to remove the dead skin cells revealing the younger smoother skin below. I’m no scientist but you pay for what you get, this isn’t going to have a high glycolic percentage. What I’ve used this for is a light skin prep just before the weekend. I apply it after cleansing it dries so you don’t have a sticky face & wake up with smoother feeling skin. Not 10 years younger, this isn’t Botox! This just makes wearing make-up easier as it gives me better skin to work with. I have used this for about 12 weeks & still have about 1/3 left. For £5.99 for 30 ml I think it’s a good bargain & worth a try. that & the range is almost always on an offer (£2.98 right now).
I’m not a fan of shampoo. I use it but I’ve never really found one that made much of a difference. They usually make my hair squeaky or lather up ridiculously. I’m not saying this is the worlds best just that if you hate shampoo too then I’d at least look into this brand. Phyto aren’t cheap but normally a bottle this size would be finished by now & it’s at least half full. It’s an intense hydrating shampoo that’s a really thin consistency you have to be careful when you pour it out. A little maybe 2 10p pieces worth in the center of you hand is enough for my full hair. My hair feels clean but also softer after use even before conditioner. It doesn’t take forever to wash back out either, it’s made me want to try more Phyto products.
The festive period has been a time for finding new products that I’ve come to use time & time again. Let’s start with base as it’s a tricky one to get hold of. I found this in T.K.Maxx it’s a Loreal Studio Secrets Mattifying primer. It’s a thin tan coloured liquid which looks nothing like either of the Loreal primers we have here in the UK. I just think the texture if this makes my skin feel so smooth. The tan colour when applied almost completely disappears & leaves you with a great base for my make-up. I think I’ve traced it back to being German as it’s on the Amazon.de website s I’ll have to keep an eye out in T.K.Maxx if I see it again.
My latest choice in foundation has been another Mac one as even though I’ve tried out multiple others I go back to what works for me. My pale skin makes foundation matching hard & Mac have a better shade range than most high-end brands. This is the Mineralize Moisture foundation which gives a lovely glow to this skin without being shiny. The shade NW13 is a perfect match & the lightest in this particular foundation. I like to apply this with my Real Techniques buffing brush which is my next favourite.
This has changed my whole foundation routine, I know it’s been gushed about by everyone but I can see why now. It makes getting an even coverage so much simpler. I can really work the product in & not get foundation under my nails at the same time. My only bug bear is it has to be washed between every use as It doesn’t work as well otherwise. So when I can afford it I’ll have to get the set again, I wish they sold it as a single brush because the others for me aren’t that great, maybe eventually the contour brush will get used.
I love black honey! The almost lipstick is my favourite piece but I’ve pretty much tried every piece now & this is the star product. If I have chapped lips then this is moisturising enough to help fix it. At the same time this adds as little or as much colour as you want in a sheer formula. It’s easy to apply & lives in my Bits & Bobs bag which I take everywhere with me.
Gold Metals – RT
Another Real Techniques product this is the oval eyeshadow brush which has become my everyday simple eye look. It’s part of the Gold Metals range a more luxe edition to the brand. It’s soft but holds its shape well so I can get colour all over the lid & contour it with the same brush. At £15 this is expensive but the attention to detail is what sets it apart. I’ve done a full post with more info on the Oval Eyeshadow brush.
I’m a big fan of the Maybelline Color Tattoo cream eyeshadows already so when they brought this matte shade to the UK I had to give it a go. Creamy Beige is just that, it’s a much drier formula that the others but it works well as it blends out nicely & you can build it up a bit at a time. It has a slightly tacky finish so you can build other powder eyeshadows on top if you want it as a base shade. This lasts as long as you do & it didn’t crease up on me. I’m possibly getting a new shade soon that has just appeared on the Superdrug website which I can’t wait to try.
Do you like any of these products already? Or have you got something better. What have been your Febuary Faves?