Monday, 7 March 2011

Monthly Favourites: February.


During the month of February I rediscovered a few products I’ve had in my collection for a while, absolutely loved some of my newer purchases and focused on getting my skin into better condition than it had been for a couple of weeks.

A lot of the time I find Illamasqua’s Rich Liquid foundation quite difficult to work with but I did reach for it a lot at the beginning of February when my skin wasn’t looking its best. I need a very good moisturiser under this and I have to mix it with Illamasqua’s Satin Primer, but it’s worth the extra work because you end up with a completely flawless base. You honestly need the tiniest amount, I probably use no more than half a pea sized amount to cover my whole face as it’s extremely pigmented and you don’t want to look cakey. When it works it looks amazing, but it can be tricky, especially if your skin is on the dry side like mine is.

The only concealer I’ve been reaching for is the Lasting Perfection from Collection 2000 because it’s simply amazing for the price. It does an amazing job at both covering redness and blemishes and also neutralising under eye circles. My dark circles are terrible and although this doesn’t cover them completely, it does a really good job that’s perfect for everyday wear and I’m very impressed. If you’re after a good pharmacy concealer that won’t break the bank then I definitely recommend this one!

My skin has been going through a super dry patch especially on my forehead and cheeks so I’ve been reaching for my Neal’s Yard Jasmine Enriching cream most days. This little miracle in a jar has worked wonders and although it’s on the pricey side, I definitely think it’s worth spending a little bit more for products that really work for you. Another Neal’s Yard product I’ve been especially impressed with is the Power Berry Facial Mask. I got a tiny jar of this in the trial sized kit my boyfriend got me for Valentines Day and this is my favourite product of the three. Neal’s Yard facemasks have always tempted me but I was put off by how much product you get for the price because I didn’t think it would last long. So far I’ve managed to get 5 or 6 masks from this tiny jar & I’ve still got lots left so I was definitely very wrong in my initial assumptions and I will be purchasing the full size when I run out of this one.

I rediscovered my Good Things eye cream during February and I definitely notice the difference when I use this. Although I’m not sure about it helping my dark circles I’ve found that it really helps with puffiness, which works wonders in making me look less tired. It’s not thick in consistency at all which I love because it sinks in quickly and works really well underneath make up. When used consistently this really makes a big difference and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this to everyone.

The chocolate bronzer from Bourjois is the only bronzer I’ve found so far that looks really nice on my fair skin. I admit that I haven’t tried a lot of bronzers because I find them a little bit scary, but now I have this one I think I’ll be sticking with it. It’s a really natural colour that when used lightly gives a lovely subtle warmth to my skin which is exactly what I wanted. It also smells really nice, not that that’s particularly important, but I really like that!

When the sunshine appears I automatically reach for my peachy-gold blushers & since we’ve had quite a few sunny days on the South Coast recently, NARS Enchanted and Bourjois Ambre d’Or have been getting a lot of love from me. If I want a subtle cheek colour I’ll use Enchanted on its own & if I want a little more colour I have been dusting a little bit of Ambre d’Or over the top. The result is a pretty peachy colour with a hint of golden shimmer & I love it.

Finally, the Naked Palette from Urban Decay will probably be a monthly favourite of mine forever more because it’s definitely a staple in my make up collection. I have three absolute favourite colours from the month of February and they are Half Baked, Naked and Sin. Sin is a beautiful pinky-champagne colour that looks beautiful all over the lid and on the inner corner to really brighten the eye. Naked is the perfect colour for me to blend out other colours for a pretty and simple daytime look. Half Baked is my absolute favourite colour in the entire palette and it’s a beautiful bronze-gold that looks gorgeous all over the lid especially if you have blue eyes. If you don’t have the Naked Palette and you love neutrals then I definitely recommend purchasing it if you find it in stock anywhere!

What were your February favourites?
xoxo

27 comments:

  1. Owwh I really want to try the Collection 2000 concealer and also the Bourjois bronzer!
    Heard many good reviews on them!
    I've just ordered the Naked palette, Im so excited for when it comes this week eee!
    x

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  2. I've had my eye on the Bourjois bronzer for a while but never actually picked it up. I think it might be my next purchase, particularly as I am pale too :) xx

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  3. The Collection 2000 concealer sounds great and the Bourjois bronzer looks gorgeous. I'm pale too and find it really hard to find bronzers that don't look ridiculous on me. x

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  4. Grr all your favourites are things I've been wanting but can't get my hands on! That chocolate bronzer is so cute.

    xx

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  5. Great post! I'm definitely going to try out that Illamasqua foundation, does it set well? What is the finish like?

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  6. Lovely write-up :)
    You've definitely made me want to try a few of these!
    My go-to's this month have been: Max Factor lipstick in Pink Brandy (I swear it improves my whole face!), No7 Intense Volume mascara, Soap & Glory Scrub Your Nose In It (just started using this to prevent blemishes, and I'm in love) and a myriad of nail varnishes to keep me feeling perky!

    Rosie x

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  7. Lovely favourites! I want to try that Bourjois blush& the chocolate bronzer ;)

    My February favourites include Pink Nouveau lipstick by Mac worn as a cream blush! It looks soooo nice and bright, and since it's a satin, it doesn't look greasy on the skin.
    xx

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  8. ooo seriously love every single thing in this list!!!

    esp the bourjois stuff, illamasqua foundation and naked palette xox

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  9. Hi, just discovered your blog, lovely and so cute! Took me about a month to really get the hang of the Illamasqua foundation, so different to anything else I've tried but unbelievable coverage over acne scars. I love the look of the Bourgeois bronzer too, I'm quite pale and normally avoid bronzers but have been looking out for a nice lightish one for contouring! x

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  10. Great choices! I love the Naked palette but have never bothered to buy it as I have so many similar shade by other brands in my kit. Maybe when I start to run out of some of those.

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  11. I really enjoy your pictures, you make makeup packagings look so good!
    My faves are up on my blog :)

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  12. What shade do you have hour bourjois bronzer in? I also have very pale skin and would love to buy it but recently heard someone else pale saying they had a darker shade! On your earlier post-you should definitely start a YouTube channel I'd subscribe! X

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  13. @Harriet - They're really great products. Enjoy your Naked Palette!
    @Lauren - It's really lovely!
    @Lily - Totally have the same problem!
    @elle hearts blogs - Aww <3
    @Emma Jade - It sets very matte and doesn't move. Would be amazing if you have oily skin. Really quite difficult to work with but worth it for those times you need your foundation to stay in place.
    @Rosie - Sounds like you've been loving some great products!
    @cbsg5861 - Ooh that sounds lovely!
    @Steph - <3
    @Cao.im.he - Thank you! It's definitely worth it. :)
    @Jess - Yeah, I can see how it wouldn't be an essential to someone with a lot of neutrals already. Handy they're all in one palette though. It is missing a nice plum/purple shade though.
    @Musing on Beauty - Will have a look! Thank you.
    @Char - I have number 52. I think there might be a lighter one? But I'm not sure. This is perfect for my skin. Thank you!

    xoxo

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  14. Great post, I really need to try out some Nars ad Good Things products! x

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  15. That Bourjois Bronzer looks good enough to eat!

    I must get my hands on that UD palette! Looks fab, and lovely summery colours.

    Awesome post!

    Emma x

    http://landofemma.blogspot.com/

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  16. I use that bourjois bronzer too and find it works great with my pale skin too!


    yourladyx.blogspot.com xx

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  17. i got the naked palette for christmas and wasn't really impressed at the time HOWEVER i'm absolutely loving it right now! i find they last so much longer than my usual mac ones too? sin is my favourite everrrrr, it's so pretty. i usually wear that with dark horse in the crease with a bit of virgin in the corner/brow bone. so easy to work with but looks amazing! xx

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  18. So many lustworthy things in this post, I want the naked palette so much but since I'm struggling to make rent it's probably the worst idea ever. Hopefully I can get my hands on it when loan comes in.
    Deffo getting that bronzer when I have money too, if its not too dark on fair skin it'll be perfect for me.

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  19. @GoldenGlow - Definitely recommend Good Things!
    @Emma - It smells yummy too haha
    @Your Lady - It's a great product!
    @KLEE - It's a great palette to have for sure!
    @Chlo - I hope you do too! :)

    xoxo

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  20. ohhh I definitely need to find the naked palette, I lust after it so much! love this post x

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  21. Nice products!
    http://viajaconnosotross.blogspot.com/

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  22. nice selection! I love that perfecting concealer from collection 2000 too! it beats every concealer that i have :)

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  23. Ooh I really want to try the Neal's Yard stuff, might have to pop in and have a look today, that mask sounds yummy. So much love for the Naked palette too, I've re-discovered mine again recently and forgot just how gorgeous it is!xx

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  24. The naked palette looks so goregous! My perfect colour palette!
    Sophie
    x

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  25. So much products of your list I want to try out :-) Very inspiring

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  26. i need the naked palette and a NARS blush. absolutely going to purchase next month! amazing post. xo.
    gh0stparties.com

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  27. My fave concealer and bronzer too! :-)
    I am still umming and ahhing about getting the naked palette. I dont know if I really need it!

    Leanne xx

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