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Monday, 6 February 2012

Monthly Favourites: January 2012.

Ahh, it's time for a favourites post again! I still love writing these, and although I know I find myself repeating products each month, I hope you still like reading! I don't purchase enough products to have completely brand new favourites each month, and I'm sure not many of you do either, so I hope that these are still relatable!

After hearing so much about the Palmer's Cocoa Butter Dark Chocolate & Peppermint Lip Butter in the bloggersphere I had to try it. I'm a bit of a lip balm junkie & I find that lots that I have tried in the past just haven't lived up to expectations, I'm looking at you Carmex! This however is really lovely, I don't love it more than the Blistex Relief Cream but this really does an amazing job and it smells divine!

A little while ago Japonesque sent me some brushes because they had just launched their travel brush range ♦ in Boots in the UK and some of them have fast become staples in my everyday make up routine. I personally really like the shorter handles and the quality of all the brushes I have can't be faulted at all, they're really well made and super soft! If it's helpful I can always do a more detailed post about these, just letting you know the ones I would really recommend investing in from the range and the ones that you could find more affordable alternatives for.
Winter always brings super dry hands and one of the only hand creams that helps is Hand Food from Soap & Glory. It softens and soothes dry hands without leaving a greasy residue which I love! This is one of those products that is adored by so many different people and the fact it's pretty affordable is an added bonus. It also smells just like Miss Dior Cherie perfume which is lovely!

Good Things is a skincare brand I've loved for a very long time, they have such a fabulous range of products that not only really work, but they're also free from lots of nasty chemicals. The Good Things Deep Pore Anti Blemish Cleanser ♦ is one of the newest products to the range I believe and despite having dry skin, it is one that I have quickly incorporated into my daily skincare routine. Rather than using this as a cleanser I have been using this as more of a toner and it has really worked to soothe my skin and help to heal active breakouts quickly & also to prevent new breakouts from happening. It's completely non drying and smells beautiful, just like hubba bubba bubblegum if you ever had that when you were a child!

Tweak powder blusher from Illamasqua is a super bright red toned hot pink shade that looks absolutely beautiful in the winter time when used with a light hand. I literally lightly touch my brush on to the powder and that's more than enough for both cheeks! It's perfect for that adorable flushed look that I think looks super pretty on everyone!

For a long time I had just been leaving my hair completely natural and neglecting all my heat tools until I got the Enrapture Encode Totem Heat Styler♦ Immediately I was intrigued because I had never seen a curling wand quite like it. There are three different sections on the barrel that have individual temperature controls that you can experiment with, and obviously each combination will give a different curl to your hair. It's quite difficult to explain, so I'm thinking about using this in a video so you can really see what this beauty can do. I think this is a really great heat tool and although it's expensive, if you have the pennies to invest, this could be a really great option for you!

My favourite lip combination of the moment is one that I mentioned in yesterday's post here so I won't waffle on for too much here! I've been popping the Collection 2000 Cream Puff Moisturising Lip Cream in the shade Powder Puff on first to nude out my lips and then putting Topshop Pillow Talk lipstick on over the top to give a super pretty baby pink lip that I just adore!

Now I'm sure you all know that I'm not a big eyeshadow lover, most of the time I just don't have the patience to sit down and create an elaborate eye look but last month I found myself reaching for these to shades a lot. I think it's because they work so well together and you don't have to be an expert at blending shadows, I'm certainly not anyway, to make them look pretty! I start by putting NARS Etrusque, which is a beautiful gold shade, all over my lid and a little on my lower lash line. This is so pretty you can easily just wear this by itself! Then I take a little bit of Bronx eyeshadow by Illamasqua, which is a lovely bronze shade, and blend that just above the crease. Love them!

Finally my last favourite is Peep Show mascara from 17 cosmetics. I absolutely love this mascara so much and the fact it's pretty affordable is just wonderful! The formula is quite thick and I've had mine for around 6 weeks or so & I've found that it's thickened up quite a bit more so if that's not your thing then you possibly wouldn't like this. The thickness of the formula means it works wonders at volumising my lashes and the lengthening fibres help to make my lashes look much longer. The packaging is completely adorable and I think this is by far my favourite high street mascara.

What were your favourite products in the month of January? I'd love to know what you're currently loving! 
xoxo

32 comments:

  1. Why did I never think of pairing Bronx with Etrusque? And why did I hardly ever use Bronx??? Must solve that this week!!
    Great favorites! Mine are on my blog if you want, mostly skincare products this month :)

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    1. They look really lovely together, pretty subtle but I like that! xo

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  2. Great products! I also love that hand lotion, my hands get dry too and I have been using that to cure it!
    xx


    The Urban Umbrella
    xoxo


    http://urbanumbrella.blogspot.com/

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    1. Really love it, works just as well as some super expensive hand creams too! xo

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  3. I agree NARS Etrusque is a lovely colour! Seems like a shopping trip is in order :)

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  4. I used palmers lip balm and found it really lovely but I lost it so I bought the carmex tube instead and I've found it the best I've used! Although the smell is a bit overpowering and tings slightly.

    I've tried my friends soap and glory hand cream and loved it! It's brilliant. If you ever get the chance try the body shops hemp cream too, it's superb!

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    1. Ahh I'm not a fan of carmex, it does nothing for me! Ooh I will do, I've heard lots of good things about the hemp hand cream! xoxo

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  5. im going to buy that good things cleanser when i've run out of my no7 so im glad to hear good things about it! :)

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  6. beautiful, beautiful post!
    i really love your blog :)
    have a nice day!

    nyloncake.blogspot.com
    twitter: @nyloncake

    XO

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    1. Aww thank you! Have a lovely day too! xo

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  7. I've been dying to try some Japonesque brushes since I got a small smudging brush in my Carmine box, I'm thinking I may have to get round to purchasing some others.
    I bought myself a tube of the Collection 2000 Cream Puff in Powder Puff last week and it had never occurred to me to try it as a base for a lipstick, I'm going to try it this week!

    Lovely post :)

    xx

    http://wearenouvellevague.blogspot.com/

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    1. They are really great brushes! Thank you! xo

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  8. Please do the Japanesque and enrapture posts you wrote about :) Both things I'm interested in knowing more about :) xxx

    http://theredoneblog.blogspot.com/

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  9. I can't stop thinking about how good that Palmer's lip butter must smell/taste hahaha, putting that on my to-buy list (as always when I'm reading your blog!). I've misplaced my Collection 2000 lip cream, so so gutted! xx

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    1. It really is amazing, gotta love mint chocolate! Oh no, I hope you find it! xo

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  10. Ah I keep meaning to pick up that lip butter! I really like the look of tweak... I think it would suit my ghostly skintone :)

    ug-lily.blogspot.com

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    1. Tweak would look amazing on you! xo

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  11. Really want to try the soap and glory hand cream because I love all their stuff and it all smells so nice! xx

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  12. I love Hand Food - I've been using it as my go-to hand cream for years - adore it! I really want to try the Palmers Lip Butter - it looks great. x

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    1. They're both lovely products! xo

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  13. I can't stand carmex either - I find it so stiff and difficult to apply - instead I prefer the stick version of Vaseline. I love Hand Food too - just any Soap & Glory product purely for the scent!

    xx
    rococ0.blogspot.com

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  14. I love Peep Show mascara too. I mostly bought it for the packaging so was pleasantly surprised by how good the mascara is. I need to try that lipbalm, my lips are so try at the moment due to the horrible cold weather. x

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  15. really want to try the palmer's lip balm, have been eyeing it for some time now)and it's minty yumm

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  16. I really need to get myself the Palmers lip butter - it looks amazing! I kind of feel that I should get through some of my other lip balms first though, I've got way too many! xx

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    1. Ooh I know that feeling! Bit of a lip balm addict xx

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