4 Feb 2013

January beauty favourites

I've decided to try to be a lot more organised and to get favoutites posts done every months this year.  So far so good as I have my January favourites all worked out.


Urban decay de slick - I'm always in search of the perfect products to make my makeup last all day, so I thought I've give this a shot.  When I remember to use this correctly (you have to spray it before and after applying foundation) it makes my makeup last and last.  I'm so pleased I finally tried this.

*Vichy Normaderm micellar solution - I've not naughtily snuck into bed without taking my makeup off once since I've owned this.  I've not even been tempted to skip cleansing.  This just suits my skin and my routine so so well.  I talked about this one more in this post.  

Origins drink up intensive mask - as I mentioned in another post, I've been experiencing some dry skin issues for the first time.  I got this mask in a set I bought before Christmas and hadn't used it yet, so it seemed like the ideal time to put it to the test.  This feels much more like a moisturiser to me than a mask, as it sinks straight in to my skin, but I do agree that it's intensive - my skin feels thoroughly plumped and moisturised after using this, so I give it full marks for doing what it promises!

Naked basics palette - I blogged about this here and have used the palette just about every day since.  These colours are so easy to wear and I love the Urban Decay smooth formula.  

MUA eyebrow kit - I'm not sure why but I've gone off eyebrow pencils lately and am much preferring using the darkest shade of this brow palette with a Real techniques angled brush.  I'm not very confident at doing my eyebrows as naturally they just don't match at all, but I find the dark brown colour a good match and easy to apply.

*Illamasaqua blush duo - these are breathtakingly beautiful blushes.  Although the pink especially can look a little scarily bright in the palette, it's a gorgeous shade when carefully applied.  I've been wearing the pink (lover) all this week and because it's brighter than most blushes I own it's really changed up my look and I really like it.

MAC 217 brush - a legendary brush I know, but I only recently bought this and it's my first MAC makeup brush.  I never used to appreciate why someone would spend £20+ on a single makeup brush until I tried this.  I'm usually very happy with my Real Techniques brushes, but for more intricate eyeshadow blending I wanted to have a specially tailored brush.  A lot of people tout this one as the best for crease blending and I'm inclined to agree. 

Urban Decay 24/7 liquid liner - I moan a lot about my oily eyelids and liners than transfer up onto my brown bone and general don't stay put all day.  The obvious answer to this problem is to try a waterproof liner like this one.  From the first use I knew I'd cracked it.  This liner dries almost instantly and has serious staying power.  It also has an extremely fine and flexible brush, so I can get a really thin line and precise flicks.  The only thing letting me down is that my technique needs a little more perfecting.

MAC haute altitude lipstick - I don't rush out and buy something from every new MAC collection, but this lipstick really stood out as such a pretty and wearable shade.  It's a warm mid-toned pink and a really creamy formulation.  Definitely my favourite lip colour this month.  

Nivea lip butters - these are the best lip balms I've tried in ages.  I have to carry lip balm around with me at all times - if I realise I don't have one in my bag my lips instantly feel parched.  All in my head I know, but I just have to have a lip balm on hand.  I first tried one of these on one of those occasions when I realised I'd gone out without any lip balm, so it's a happy coincidence as I ended up liking these so much I went back and bought two more!  I've tried the vanilla and raspberry rose and both are amazing.  They give a nice creamy tint to the lips and are instantly comforting.  The raspberry rose smells and tastes delicious.  

Clarins instant smooth perfecting touch - since I discovered primers they became a staple of my foundation routine.  This one is the silkiest and smoothest I've tried and my foundation literally glides on over the top of this.  I blogged about this one here.

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15 comments:

  1. I definitely feel like I need the 24/7 liners in my life :)

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    1. Best liner I've tried for staying power, although I've never tried a waterproof one before!

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  2. Glad someone else likes the drink up mask, I love it!

    Sarah xx

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    1. The only problem is I'm getting through it so fast - need a bigger tube!

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  3. I love the peach colour in the Illamasqua duo, it's one of my favourite blushers ever! I also love the MUA brow kit.

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    1. Their blushes are amazing - I'm feeling the need to start a collection! Can't beat MUA's brow kit on price either, £3.50!

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  4. Hearing a lot about the naked basics palette, do you think you really need it if you've both the other naked palettes though? Also the 24/7 pencil liners are unbelievable too for staying on the water line all day!

    http://rosynose.blogspot.ie/

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    1. Well do we ever need another palette?! I love Naked Basics because I opt for nudes a lot because it's easier and they suit me - I'm also not all that great at applying complicated shadow looks. It's the perfect palette for me. I have Naked 2 and can't say I think they're similar at all. I sold my Naked 1 because most of the colours didn't seem to suit me and I didn't use it much. I prefer MUA's dupe heaven and earth even though they're mostly dupe colours for Naked 1 - odd I know. So sorry long winded answer there, but for me, yes I needed it!

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  5. I really want to try Urban decay de slick as I do find it difficult to make my make up last all day. I'd read somewhere that you can make your own setting spray with glycerol(just from the baking section in the supermarket) and water and I've tried this as a cheap fix. It does work but think it might be worthwhile investing in this.

    Nicola xo

    Babbles About Beauty - Blog babbling about all things beauty related!

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    1. I had no idea you could do that! As a cheaper alternative I really like the makeup setting spray from Collection / Collection 2000 - really good for the price.

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  6. I want to buy that lipstick omg c:
    You have an amazing blog! ;')

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  7. I really want to try the lip butters and the mask! My sister in law really likes clarin primer.

    www.msjess.com

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  8. you've got a great blog. would you like following each other ?

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