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Thursday, 30 January 2014

January 2014 Beauty Favourites.


And the award for most awkward photographs to get right ever goes to....the ones in this blog post! Three locations and many a blurred picture later, these were the best I could come up with. Please come back soon, sunshine. We all miss you! January has been a bit of a basic month for me beauty wise, nothing too fancy, just a collection of simple but very reliable products.

Good Things Blemish Control Gel Mask* ( £4.99)
If I could only use one word to sum up my feelings on this mask it would be 'yes' with several exclamation marks! I've been both a little slack on the skincare front & a bit stressed out recently and because of that I've had a few more pesky breakouts than usual. The issue I have is that my skin is quite dry, so I'm reluctant to use clay masks all the time because they can be a bit much, but they're amazing on my blemishes.

This gel mask came into my life a couple of weeks ago and it's love. It smells a little like menthol, almost like medicine you'd take if you were a bit congested (which I think is amazing), it tingles a little when I first put it on my skin (which I also love because it makes me feel like it's doing something!) and it helps to clear breakouts without leaving my skin feeling tight. It's perfect!

REN Vita Mineral Daily Supplement Moisturising Cream* (£19)
For the first half of the month this was my go-to moisturiser at night because it's beautifully hydrating and now it's feeling noticeably colder outside, I've been reaching for it a lot in the mornings too. This is a moisturiser I would describe as reliable. There's nothing overtly fancy about it, it promises to hydrate and it really delivers.

There are some beautiful ingredients including lots of anti-oxidants and vitamins to really protect the skin and keep it looking healthy. This is a truly lovely product and at under £20 it's not ridiculously priced either.

Max Factor Lash Extension Effect Mascara (£10.99)
In having a good rummage through my make up collection a few weeks ago I found this and decided to give it a go. I think it's a mascara I've tried before a really long time ago and I think this particular tube came from my mama who didn't get on with it, so she passed it over to me.

As the name suggests, this gives my lashes a lot of length and although I'm usually one that prefers a mascara to give a lot of volume, I've really been enjoying using this. Will it replace my beloved The Falsies? Probably not, but I would happily repurchase for those days when I want beautiful, long & fluttery lashes.

Love Your Skin Collagen Body Moisturising Gel* (£16.99)
I go through real phases when it comes to using body moisturiser, a lot of the time I avoid using it because, well, it's just a bit of a faff having to wait for it to sink in so my clothes don't stick uncomfortably to my skin.

I was really keen to try this moisturising gel because it's water based and as I had hoped, it sinks in pretty much instantly with no stickiness at all. It has a really delicate scent and offers enough hydration even during the depths of winter. It's a little more expensive than I would usually spend on a body product, but I do think it's well worth the investment - the bottle seems to be lasting me ages too!

Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara* (£4.99)
This little gem was inside my December GlossyBox and I had no idea I would end up loving a brow product this much! This isn't really the right colour for me but as long as I don't use too much, this helps to tame my somewhat unruly brows without making them look too done.

I adore a strong brow look on pretty much everyone other than myself. If I ever properly fill mine in I end up looking completely ridiculous, like a child who has just discovered her mum's make up bag. This is pretty much the perfect product for me and it's beyond quick to apply - it's a winner!

NARS Deep Throat Blusher (£21.50)
This has been sitting in my blush drawer for the longest time, for some reason I've barely touched it and I have no idea why because it's beautiful! It's one of the most subtle blush colours I own but I can totally build up to get the slightly stronger, more statement look that I prefer.

It's a pretty peach, with just enough pink in there so that it doesn't look really odd on my complexion, it's a real beauty and I'm so happy that I dug it out at the start of the month. It's also reminded me how much I really like NARS blushes, they're such lovely quality and they wear so nicely throughout the day.

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Honey (£7.99)
In a bid to tear myself away from my much-loved tinted lipbalms, I've rediscovered this beauty. This is one of those lip colours that's really similar to my natural lip colour, it's just waaaaaay nicer. I love the twist up, crayon style packaging because it makes it so easy to apply and this is such a natural colour I can apply it without a mirror and not have to worry about making myself look utterly ridiculous. I think it's only a matter of time before I cave and go and check out the lacquer balms...oh gosh, don't let me!! 

Are there any beauty products you've been particularly enjoying this month? 

Love, Jennie
xoxo

83 comments:

  1. ooh i really want to try the good things mask, my blemishes certainly need controlling..! sounds like just what my skin needs at the moment! i've been loving the new revlon matte balms and the radox shower gel(random i know!) in passion splash, smells soo good xx

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    1. It's such a lovely mask, I really recommend it! Ooh I'll have to track one down and give it a sniff hehe! xo

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  2. I really want to pick up the balm stain in Honey! It looks really pretty. I have Crush and Cherish so far, both are lovely :) xxx

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    1. It's such a lovely wearable shade! <3

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  3. Lovely post, the Nars blush is a great shade of pink and I really want to try the Maybelline brow mascara :) at the moment I'm enjoying using the Revlon matte balms :) xx

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    1. I'm trying so hard to resist those hehe xo

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  4. You say that about the photos at the beginning but I think the photos are beautiful! xxx

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  5. Ummmm I just wanna say that your photos are gorgeous.

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  6. Ooh, the mask sounds so lovely! I'll have to search it out in Boots. I really love the Balm Stain in Honey too, it's such a perfect natural colour for me too :)

    Catherine, xo // Lady Liquor Vintage

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  7. oo the balm stain and blush look beautiful, the brow mascara looks equallyy as fab!!x

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  8. I love that balm stain, it looks amazing! -Hanna Lei

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    1. It's such a pretty natural shade <3

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  9. I LOVE Deep Throat, it's easily one of my most-used blushers!
    I love the sound of the Good Things mask, and the moisturising gel sounds super lovely :)

    Jess xo

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  10. I'm the same with my eyebrows! Even though my hair is very dark, I feel like I look really silly with bold brows! I'm considering the Ren moisturizer, I'm looking for one to use for the daytime though hopefully it won't be too rich?

    xx becky / star-violet.com

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    1. It's not too greasy or anything, so I think it would be lovely <3

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  11. I like the sound of the REN product and the blush looks SO pretty xxx

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  12. I'm eager to try more things in the REN vita mineral range! I'd say that they are well worth the price! x

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  13. The Nars blush is beautiful! You made me so curious about the MF mascara.

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  14. I bought the Maybelline Brow Drama a couple of weeks ago & I love it. It makes doing my brows so quick & easy.
    http://www.letstalkbeauty.co.uk/

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    1. It's such a handy little product! xo

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  15. The Good Things mask sounds like exactly what I need at the moment, January weather and a lot of stress have left my skin in need of some serious tlc :) Deep Throat is my all time favourite blush it's so perfect!! X

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    1. It's such a lovely mask, not a total miracle worker but really good to have! xo

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  16. I really need to try Revlon lipbalms, the colors look so beautiful.
    Concerning Nars, I would love to buy orgasm or deep throat... have you tried orgasm blush ? If so, which one is your favorite ?

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    1. I like both! Orgasm is more shimmery so if you like shimmer I'd go for that one, but if you like a more satin finish definitely go for deep throat <3 x

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  17. That balm stain looks great & I have been eyeing up Nars blushes for the longest time - I might finally have to give in!

    Bxx

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    1. They are lovely, pricey but a wonderful treat! xo

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  18. Your photo's are lovely, they put mine to shame! I need that mask in my life, I'm not friends with my skin at the moment!

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    1. Your photographs are wonderful too! xo

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  19. Definitely want to try that Nars blush!

    http://chelsealeighbeauty.blogspot.ca/

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  20. oo really wanna try the gel mask my skin is so bad right now!! xx

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    1. It's a lovely one, LOVE that it's affordable too! xo

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  21. I love the just bitten blam stains! I definitely want to try out more shades-- smitten is the only one I have and it's such a pretty color! Also, so glad to hear you like the ren moisturizer-- I have one of the night creams on my wish list to try!

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    1. Ren products are all so lovely, I don't think you'll be disappointed! xo

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  22. I have one of the just bitten balm stains, but in a much darker colour so one like yours would be ideal! I also really want to try the lacquer balms...but I'm trying to hold myself back!!
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    Wee Bit of Rachel

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    1. I think we'll both cave eventually, they look SO pretty hehe xo

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  23. I love the blush Deep throat from Nars :)

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  24. I thought your photos were brilliant Jennie, love the pretty lights as a backdrop. I love hearing about your beauty picks x

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  25. I think you've just named the next contender for Kate Somerville replacement! That Ren moisturiser sounds perfect, and I love their masks so I am sure I will have no problems with that too xx

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    1. Ren products are so beautiful <3

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  26. I just rediscovered Honey in my stash :) Wore it yesterday x

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  27. I wanna try out that REN Moisturizer
    Lovely post <3

    Ines Loves
    Have a lovely day! <3
    XOXO
    IT *

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  28. I have also used REN and I so love it too. It have kept my skin hydrated at all times.

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  29. I completely understand the body care issue as I am doing it too. I just hate not jumping in my comfy pajamas immediately after my shower.
    Andreea | http://catsfika.blogspot.ro/

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  30. The face mask sounds great - I find that a lot of anti-blemish products are far too drying so definitely need to give this a try! x

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  31. Wonderful photos with the glittery lights background. <3

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  32. Great favourites, the Nars blush is gorgeous!

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  33. Love your favourites and your pictures! I know what you mean when you say you want the sun back! My blog pictures are missing it too! I really want to try the Ren moisturising cream, it sounds good! Thanks for sharing:) xo

    Shabby Chic and Tea♥

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    1. Hopefully the sun will be back very soon! xo

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  34. Really love the Revlon kissable stains, they are such great value! <3

    Sophie xox

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    1. They are, love the colours too! Xo

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  35. I've been enjoying my brow drama from the december glossybox! love your blog! xx

    Beauty Rambler

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    1. It's such a handy little product! Aww thank you! xo

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  36. I love deep throat! It's such a gorgeous blush! Happy Saturday!

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    1. I hope you had a lovely weekend <3

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  37. I was skeptical about the Brow Drama at first but this month I have fallen in love with it, great post as always Jennie xx
    Casualllyawkward

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  38. I picked up Brow Drama during a Supermarket shop (Maybelline is he only make up brand they stock) when I felt the need to buy something 'beauty' and like you I've grown to love it… great for 'no make up days' when you just want to brush, add a bit of colour and then go.

    Victoria
    FlorenceandMary.com

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    1. I love how quick the application is, total non-fussy product! xo

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  39. I really want to try Nars Deepthroat blush!

    http://lookbranche.blogspot.co.uk

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  40. Great picks. I really want to try some REN products.

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