February has whizzed by for me; one second it was Starting and I was enjoying my Christmas present In London with my gorgeous boyfriend to see Les Miserables and all of a sudden, it’s March First. I’m quite happy that I’ve managed to skip the January blues and survive through the February spending ban but I can’t help think that life really does go too quickly. Regardless of that, today is almost a week into March and I thought that after a longish break from blogging, it would be the perfect opportunity for me to show you some of my current favourite beauty products.
Benefit Watt’s Up | £24.50 | Link
I’ve been loving Benefit’s High Beam for a very long time now and have been lusting after a more golden toned highlight for a while – in fact I think it’s been on two of my Wish lists now! I was generously given two Watt’s Up highlighters for Christmas by two of my close friends and I really love the look that it gives my skin. It’s an effortless golden glow without needing to be tanned or it being a sunny and humid day. I love to match this with my Michael Kors bronzer (also in this favourites post) and a shimmery brown eye as I think they set perfectly together for a night out. As I’ve got quite fair skin, it can be a challenge to bronze myself up nicely, but with even just using Watt’s Up, I’ve noticed I can look subtly bronzed and highlighted all in one which is great for those days where I don’t want to be wearing too much.
Origins GinZing Energy Boosting Moisturiser | £23 | Link
I don’t think there could be much more of a blogger obsessed product. I know it’s obviously not going to be everybody’s cup of tea, but I have definitely heard a lot of very positive things about this, so when it was given to me by my best friend Abbeeshawna for Christmas, I literally almost cried. If there’s one thing I’ve wanted longer than anything else, it’s the GinZing Moistuiser. I use this every evening after I’ve completed my cleanser and toner routine and it gives my face the best pick-me up immediately. My skin feels so refreshed and nourished within seconds and it feels so much better ending the day like it. The zesty orange fragrance is also gorgeous and definitely adds to the energy boosting features of the cream.
Soap and Glory The Firminator | £12 | Link
I have become such a little fitness bunny these last couple of months and after reading a review on Bird’s Words about The Firminator from Soap and Glory, I thought I’d give it a go. After using it twice a day (as instructed on the bottle) on my thighs, bum and stomach, I’ve definitely started to notice a difference in how firm those body parts are. Of course, I’ve been doing regular exercise including running, bootcamp classes and Personal Training HIIT sessions, but along with those I really do think that this cream is making some kind of difference. I normally don’t believe in the ‘magic’ creams that can get you into shape or perform bodily miracles, but I do feel like this is helping along with my toning mission!
MAC 217 Brush | £19 | Link
The holy grail of all MAC brushes? After lusting for this brush for a good year and never wanting to pay the full price, I eventually caved and bought this during a 10% off promotion at Debenhams late last year. I avoided using it for quite some time, not wanting to blemish the perfect white bristles. Finally using it with my Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette, I fell in love with the brush and how soft it was. I find it so easy to apply with and have since bought a second one – Naughty!
Michael Kors Bronzer in Flush | £34 | Link
I am absolutely in love with this bronzer. Trying Michael Kors makeup for me was a bit of a risk as I like to do my research before buying a product and this purchase was a total of-the-moment purchase whilst at Bicester Outlet Village. But let’s be honest, which Beauty Blogger is really going to turn away from a £34 bronzer down to a total steal at £21 – the answer is definitely not me! As much as a risk as it was, I was certainly not disappointed. It’s extremely different from the two matte bronzers that I own and I have completely fallen in love with the shimmer and ‘flushed’ tone of this MK one. It’s my go-to when I want to look naturally bronzed and it’s made me want to look into Michael Kors makeup products even more.
MAC Velvet Teddy Lipstick | £15.50 | Link
The must-have Kylie Jenner Lip. The coveted (and very much still out of stock) Velvet Teddy has been on my ‘I must have this list’ for a couple of months now. I’m not always a massive fan of being the sheep and following the flock when it comes to the latest trends, but this colour has just been too beautiful to ignore. I’ve been so disappointed every time I’ve gone into a store or looked on line and this beauty has always been out of stock, but yet again the gorgeous Abbee comes to the rescue and tells me I can have hers. It didn’t suit her skin tone and so she’s passed it on to me to get more use out of. I love that girl to bits! I’ve finally been wearing this over the last couple of days and have been besotted with it, the shade is just the perfect dark nude for a smokey basic face and It’s quickly becoming a favourite staple look.
Clarins Everlasting Foundation* | £27 | Link
I recently reviewed this amazing Everlasting Foundation from Clarins in this blog post. I was generously sent this for review just after Christmas and having not been much of a liquid foundation fan beforehand, I’ve now found the perfect one to convert me into a lover again. I won’t repeat too much on this post as I have previously explained all of the reasons why I love this, but let’s just say that a liquid foundation and no breakouts within a solid week of use is definitely reason to give this such strong praise!
What have your January Favourites been?
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