I am glad that January is at it’s end. I think January it’s my least favourite month of the year and it’s purely because it still is winter and no where near sprint. (Oh, I probably should clarify that my blog name means that I wish winters would only happen in dreams and not in real life.) With the end of month also comes my monthly favourites.
I have not used Maybelline Colour TattooEyeshadow in On and On Bronze for quite a while. Until one day of this month when I applied it to my eyes and have done it quite a few times afterwords as well. I forgot how beautiful the colour is and it’s such a fuss free application. It’s an eyeshadow perfection in my mind and as you can see from the photo it has been well loved. I think I am half way through the eyeshadow and I do not have any one that has come as close to being used up as this one. On and On Bronze is a staple in my collection and I have re-kindled my love for it in January.
Maybelline Colour Tattoo Eyeshadow does not need any primer as it stays on me for the whole day without budging. But for any other eyeshadows I have been using Sigma Eyeshadow Base in Persuade. The base is very creamy therefore it is easy to blend, meaning that you do not end up tugging your eyes too much which we all know we should try avoid doing. I have never tried MAC painterly pots but with Sigma product I do not feel ant need at all. It has not dried out and it’s going strong. Persuade is a light natural beige colour that helps to neutralise any redness on the eyes and I highly recommend getting it.
Another eye product that I have been enjoying using in January is the NYX Slide On, Glide On pencil in Brown Perfection. The colour name definitely stands true. It is a perfect brown colour to use for lining your eyes. I have been using this pencil on a daily basis as I think brown sometimes looks less harsh in daytime than straight black. The pencil really does apply easily and the formula is great. I foresee that NYX Slide On, Glide On pencil in Brown Perfection will be my forever repurchase item.
For the base I have finally started using Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation in 3 Fair and have not stopped using it since first application. The colour 3 Fair is a little bit too pale for me but I still can use it and get away as long as I use bronzer to warm up the face. I bought this foundation not fully convinced that I would like it, I was advised to use it with a brush but I think that it works best when applied with a wet sponge. It’s a bit too powdery and matte looking if you do not use a wet beauty sponge. It lasts well on my so anyone who has combination skin with oily t-zone would like it. I will think I will be using this until I get a tan (if I ever see sun).
So as you might guess my last favourite this month for applying the said Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation is a beauty sponge. I would not say that I have a preference for a specific brand but I would like to mention a type of product that I have found I now cannot apply my makeup without. When using any foundation that is more satin or matte it is best to apply with a wet beauty sponge which makes foundation look natural and also blended very well. I currently use Beuaty Blender and Real Techniques Complexion Sponge on a rotation and I like both of them. (I am starting to develop a stronger preference to one of them so watch this space for future posts on beauty sponge smackdowns).
What have you guys been loving in January? Do you like January or are you like me and prefer that it ends sooner than later?
Looking back I cannot believe that I have posted pretty consistently throughout last year. I thought that I would lose interest and energy to keep it up but I have found joy and pleasure in creating a little space for myself. I hope I can keep it up in this new year too but today I would like to mention a few posts that are my personal favourites from last year.
It is time for another set of favourites and this month of course it is November favourites. So, what have I been loving this month, I hear you ask me. Well…
First and foremost comes my autumn/winter blush. Revlon powder blush in Haute Pink is my to go to blush in colder months. It is a kind of deep bright pink. I have been using this blush every day and have not reached for anything else. It’s a great affordable blush that works great this time of year.
EX1 Invisiwear Foundation is still my everyday foundation choice. You can see that I am nearly half way through the bottle and I just think that it’s a really great product. If you have not tried it yet I really highly recommend to give it a shot.
I am fully into the autumn eye look right now and Charlotte Tillbury’s eye pallet in La Dolce Vita is a perfect combination of eye shadows for that. You can wear it for day time and night time, the shadows are super blendable and just a joy to use.
Stila Smudge Stick eye pencil in Oscar Fish has been a new revelation for me. I have been using this brown eye pencil as my liner and I have been using it instead of a liquid liner. I have been loving how it gives definition to my lashes and eye but is not as harsh as a black liner. I never thought that I would deviate from the full on black liner but I have and I have been really enjoying it. I am very afraid that I could be running out of this so I am in search for other type of dark brown liners.
And that wraps up my November favourites. What have you guys been enjoying in the past month? (if you have Bloglovin and would like to follow me there you can do so here)
It’s quite easy for me to pick out my September Favourites as I wore the same products nearly every day and I am not yet bored of them.
Topshop The Airbrush Primer – has been my to go to primer this month. If you want to know a little bit more about it you can read a a little more extensive post here.
EX1 Invisiwear Foundation – is one of my current favourite foundations and I have been wearing it non stop the whole month. I have written a review not so long ago on this foundation so instead of repeating myself you can get a better idea about it here.
Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Eyeshadow Kohl Liner in Nude – has been dawning my eyes to make me look more awake. As it is now getting darker in the morning it’s so much harder for me to wake up so I need everything that helps me not to look like I have not slept for ages.
No7 Precision Lips Pencil in Nude – a lovely lip liner that feels very nicely on the lips. It’s worth a purchase when you get one of those boots No7 vouchers. It’s one of the better Nude lip liners that I have found and it is nice that it does not break the bank.
MAC Lipstick in Creme Cup – one of the two MAC lipsticks that I own. I have to wear a lip liner when using this lipstick as otherwise it is a bit too light for me and just does not look right. But paired up with something like the No7 liner it works as a really nice nude combo. I got this lipstick in this haul.
What have you guys been loving in September? Are you starting to gradually switch towards more autumn colours in your beauty regime?
The month of June has seen me switching some products up but at the same time sticking to some of which I know will be repurchased for ever. This time it was not hard to choose products that I have loved in the past month. Here they are:
L’Oreal Brow Artist Plumper in Dark Brunette – The best brow product on the market right now! It tints the brows but also holds their shape. The applicator is small enough so it is easy to use and it never picks up too much product therefore you don’t have to be afraid that you will end up with the hard crispy brows. I love this brow tint and will soon be buying another one as I am running out.
Hydraluron Moisture Jelly – I find that gel type moisturisers are the best for me because I have a combination skin and I also really don’t like when my skin feels very greasy and slippy which a lot of rich moisturisers do. This is a great option for a morning moisturiser, it is full of hyaluronic acid that helps skin to retain moisture better. Though my skin is a combination skin it is also a dehydrated one so it definitely needs moisture and this product provides just that. I like this one more than the Hydraluron Moisture Serum. If you ever tried the serum and did not like the stickiness that it leaves then give this a shot as it is much better in my opinion.
Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder – there is not much that one can say about a powder but this one is truly great. One of the best powders that I have used and it is super affordable. I really like this one and I have recently hit the pan (super exciting!) and that just shows how much I have enjoyed using it.
Rimmel Matte BB Creamin Light – In the past few weeks the weather has been getting a little bit better and bringing some proper summer to our shores. I have found that my daily bases were too heavy for my liking so I opted to swap them with the BB creams that I’ve got. I find that Rimmel offer is really great especially when it gets hot. Because it is matte it helps to keep the skin from getting too shiny too quickly. It does not cover everything but paired with a concealer it is pretty great. It feels light on the skin and with a bit of powder on top it is a great summer base. One thing to warn you about that the shade Light is not that light in reality. I can wear it only when I have a little bit of a tan so if you are a very fair person it might not suit you.
Bourjois Bronzing Primer – I have been enjoying using this as a bronzer again. It warms up the skin very beautifully and because it is a cream product it blends out pretty well. Seems like I always pick up Bourjois Bronzing Primer when it gets warm and I am always surprised how nice it is.
Real Techiniques Countour Brush – this brush is from the latest released kit and I have found it to be great for applying cream bronzers such as the one above. It is shaped to fall into your natural hollows of your face but it is firm enough to blend any product seamlessly. I have seen some other people using it for foundation application which I haven’t tried yet but might do one day.
These are my June favourites. I look forward to seeing what the next month will bring on. If you have used any of the mentioned products let me know what you think about them and if you know of any good alternatives then also give a shout out.
I know that we are heading towards the end of June but I only now have time to sit down and write up what I have been loving in May. My May favourites is a small collection of last months products that have been a true stand-outs from my collection. Here is what impressed me:
Seventeen Skin Wow! Highlighter – I had this Seventeen highlighter for a while but only in the last month I started to really use it and I have come to love it. It’s a pearlescent white liquid highlighter and I like to use it on top of cheekbones over my foundation. You need only a tiny bit of it so it will last a long time and it will not break your bank. If you are a person who likes to mix some highlighters with your foundation then this is a great product for that too. My skin is too oily to do that but I would if I needed more glow on my skin.
L’oreal True Match ‘the concealer’ – this is an amazing concealer for your under eye area. It has good coverage but it is still creamy enough to blend out nicely and it does not crease at all. I use colour 2 Vanilla and it is light enough for highlighting whilst covering dark circles too. This is the nicest concealer I have found from the high-street and I will definitely be getting this again once I run out.
Kiko Eye Base Primer – the best affordable eye primer I have found so far. You need only a very tiny bit to cover your eyelids and it keeps your eyeshadows in place for the whole day. If you have never tried this before then I cannot recommend it more highly enough. Give it a try because I think this is as good as some of the high end offerings.
NYX Slide On pencil in 07 Jet Black – this is such a good black pencil. The Slide On pencil feels like a gel type of product so it is soooo easy to apply. You don’t need to use any pressure on your eyes and it does not tug them at all. I’ve been really liking using it for lining my eyes instead of a liquid liner.
TheBalm Betty-Lou Manizer – I believe this is sold as a highlighter but bronzy highlighters don’t look great on my cheekbones, I always need something more light rather than tanned coloured. So I have been using this as an all over bronzer. I’ve been using it for the whole month but I’m not yet sure if I’m fully in love with it. It is quite pigmented and a little bit hard to blend (or maybe I haven’t found the right way yet). If anyone has any suggestions on how to blend this to look a little bit more natural please let me know as I want to keep on using this. Nevertheless, it is a beautiful product.
And here are my May favourites. This post is short but definitely filled with good products. What have you been loving in the past month? Have you tried any of these products?
Lets talk about last months favourites as I myself really like reading about what other people have been loving lately. It’s always fun to know about products that do get used and loved because it shows that they must be worth the purchase.
When we hit April and the sun has shown itself for a few days I realised that I needed to up my sunscreen intake. Because I use chemical exfoliators and also have rosacea it is quite important to protect my skin from any possible sun damage. I chose to start using Kiko City Filter Sunscreen as a sunscreen and have been really happy with it. Not only that it is SPF50 but it is also a really great primer in itself. It protects my skin, allows me not to be afraid of venturing out of the house and also works with make up beautifully as it truly primes the skin. The sunscreen is slightly yellow toned so you don’t get any white ghostly residue and that helps with turning down the redness that I have. I am actually considering that I might go and pick up another tube of Kiko City Filter Sunscreen as I don’t know what I would do once the one I have runs out.
In the last month I have been really enjoying doing a winged liner with eyeshadows. I saw Lisa Eldridge do a video where she did a cat flick liner look using just an eyeshadow and I just fell in love. One, it’s super easy to do, two, it’s pretty hard to mess up & tree, if you do make a mistake then it is very easy to make amends. I use MAC Era all over the lid just to give a little bit of colour and definition and then I apply MAC Carbon as the liner. Carbon is a perfect option as it is matt black, blends nicely and can be built up to look opaque as a liner should do. I apply both eyeshadows using one brush which is perfect for the look and for that I use one of the EcoTools brushes that you get in their Eye Enhancing Duo Brush Set. It’s a dual ended brush with one end consisting of a slanted eyeliner brush and the other end is a flat shading brush. Perfect combination. I think I have been wearing eyshadow cat eye look so much more than using a normal liquid liner.
And there you have it. My small April Favourites are done. I hope this month I will use more products and have a bigger favourites next time. What have you been loving in the past month?
My last post was about my January Favourites and somehow I totally forgot to add lip items to it. So I thought to myself that maybe a separate post would be welcomed as I truly believe that these two items are meant for each other.
For the past month and a couple of weeks I have been wearing Gosh lip liner in 001 Nougat Crisp and Bourjois Rouge Edition lipstick in 04 Rose Tweed.
Firstly, Gosh lip liners are amazing! If you are a Mac lip liner kinda gal then please do give these a go. Their texture is somewhat better than Macs, they are less drying, easier to apply and not to forget less than half the price. Yes, the colour range is not that big but you can find a few liners that are definitely worth a spot in your make up drawers. One of those colours is Nougat Crisp. It’s a muted brownish pink that really falls under ‘that girls who everyone is talking about but I don’t want to mention the name’ category. It’s just beautiful, I can wear it on it’s own, under any nude lipstick which before was slightly not the right colour for me or with any pink toned lip item, be it a gloss or a lipstick. It just works wonders.
Now secondly, if you have not tried Bourjois Rouge Edition lipsticks then I again urge you to try one of them out. They are not matte so if you are on the matte trend then they might not work for you but if you are like me and like your lipsticks to be moisturising then these are definitely made for you. Rose Tweed is a muted pink lipstick which is just beautiful on it’s own. Please ignore my swatch which makes this lipstick look like it has shimmer as I assure you there is no shimmer involved in it. (I think I had eye shadow swatched before and did not do a good job of removing it properly.) When I got Rose Tweed first I think I was wearing it for many days consecutively without a stop until something else caught my interests.
Putting these two lip products was a great day for me. I just could not believe how they compliment each other. This combo is just great for ‘that trend’ as well as it still keeps it pink enough not to make you look like you’re from the 90s. I am very happy to have found these two and I think I will be seen wearing them for many more days.
What lip combinations have you been loving lately? Have you found your perfect match?
January has come and gone… Good riddance – I will say! My body and mind is shouting ‘bring on the sunshine be done with cold!’. With this passed month I present you items that have been mostly used, mostly enjoyed and that have impressed me, well quite mostly. So let’s go:
No7 Stay Perfect Foundation – I’ve got the colour ‘Warm Ivory’ and it’s a perfect match to my skin colour at the moment. When I bought this foundation in summer I just did not get along with it. I felt like it melted away super quickly and I ended up regretting buying it. But not any more… This is a perfect foundation for me to be used in winter time when I need something a little bit more dewy. It’s super light in texture and very comfortable on the skin, if I powder it straight away after application it stays on for most of the day and just makes me look healthy. I have fallen for this foundation and I am so glad that I have found my winter option. When we will hit warmer weather I won’t be able to wear this but will definitely get back to it when it will get cooler again (and of course continue using it for now).
Vichy Dermablend Loose Powder – This is the powder that I have been using to set No7 Stay Perfect Foundation and all I can say that it is lovely. You can’t put too much of it and you can’t really detect it on your face. A good winner in my books.
Real Techniques Expert Face Brush – I have re-discovered this brush in my collection and have really been enjoying using it with lighter, more liquid-y foundations. It’s a great all rounder brush.
Becca Radiance Primer – I wrote a post about Becca Radiance Primer a few weeks ago so you if you want to find what I thought about and why it’s in my favourites then you can go and see this post here.
Kiko Eye Base Primer – This is a great budget eye primer and I have been using it every single time I have applied any eye shadow. I have even included this primer in my 2014 Favourites as I have never seen such a good primer that comes from an affordable make up brand.
Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner – The colour that I’ve got is called ‘Oscar Fish’ which is a really quaint lovely name, don’t you think?. I have found that this is a great product to smudge out under your lower lash line and because it’s not black you can wear it any time of the day without looking too harsh.
Bourjois Colorband Liner & Eyeshadow – I have been really enjoying using this newly released item in the colour ‘Rose Fauviste’. It’s a really nice shade of pink and because it’s in a pencil form it is super easy to apply onto your eyelids. I think I will have a full on post about these Colorband sticks soon so watch this space.
Here you go, these were my January Favourites. What have you been loving in the past month? What has carried you through the gloomy month of Jan?
2014 was a year when I have openly admitted to myself that I truly do love makeup. I’ve never been a very artistic person but makeup has allowed me to feel that I do have my own way of playing with colours, shapes and textures. There are some definite products that I loved through the year of 2014 and I present to you the items I enjoyed playing with the most:
Base products – Bourjois Happy Light foundation and 123 Perfect CCcream have been my two go to products last year.
Primers – for eyes I found that Kiko Eye Base primer is a really good affordable primer that definitely works in prolonging your eye shadow. I have also fallen in love with Becca Radiance Primer this winter which is a total surprise and I will have to write up a separate post for it. I will also include Soap & Glory’s Youthful sunscreen in this category as it has been a great one to use under makeup.
Cheek products – Gosh’s blush in Flower Power has been on my face for many days and same goes for Soap & Glory’s Solar Powder bronzer. The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer is the best highlighter in the world! There, I’ve said it. I don’t think I used anything else for the whole year.
Brows – in the last year a found that tinted brow gels are my game changers. They just make them look so much better and allows to frame my face so that I don’t disappear behind glasses. Maybelline’s Brow Drama and L’Oreal’s Brow Artist have been my two favourite ones.
Concealers – I give my due to Collection Lasting Perfection concealer because I must always have it in my draws and basically use it on a daily basis. I have also liked Maybelline Dream Touch concealer for highlighting and L’Oreal True Match for my under eyes.
Eyes – Maybelline’s On and On Bronze shadow, oh my, I just don’t know what I would do without it or what I would have done without it in 2014 on those early rushed mornings. For liner I used L’Oreal’ss Super Liner cause it’s the easiest thing ever. I also put my hands down to L’Oreal Miss Manga mascara as being the best mascara I have tried so far (need to re-purchase it!).
Lips – 2014 was a year of lip liners and the best one I found is Gosh’s lip liner in Nougad Crisp. In summer I have enjoyed using Maybelline Colour Sensational lip glosses (I do have quite a few of them).
Brushes – there are two brushes that have been stand outs to me. Sephora Pro Airbrush I found is amazing for foundation applications and Real Techniques Duo Fiber powder brush is perfect for bronzing up my face.
What were your favourites 2014 products? Leave me a comment or send me a link if you have blogged about it too.