February Favourites

We’ve almost made it through the dreary winter weather, people! Today is looking rather, dare we say, spring-like?! Sunny and not horrendously cold for once. Anyway, my Favourites this month is a little sparse as I’m hoping to be hopping on a plane next month and so saving up money just in case! So here’s what I’ve been adoring during February…

1. Lush Calacas Shower Gel (unavailable) – It’s no secret that I’ve been somewhat obsessing over Lush lately! This was available in the Lush Kitchen a few weeks ago, but I didn’t pick it up at the time, since I’m not usually a fan of citrus or lime-scented products! Instead I took a chance on it, buying one from a lovely seller via Depop, and so glad I did! However this isn’t quite your typical lime – it’s sweet and fruity as well as zesty and energising, perfect for a morning shower! Maybe it’s the neroli which gives it that twist? Calacas is a must-try for anyone who needs a little extra something to wake them up in their morning shower!

2. Lush Lord of Misrule Solid Perfume (unavailable) – I’ve been wearing this layered with the scent of Calacas after showering in the morning – I just can’t get enough of the Lord of Misrule scent! It’s a mix of patchouli, vanilla and black pepper – quite an unusual combination and wasn’t quite sure when I smelled the limited edition bath bombs late last year of the same scent, but it’s distinctive and gorgeous – sweet, warm and a touch earthy. I’d love a liquid version, as well as shower gels and lotions, so I can smell like this all the time!

3. L’Oreal True Match Foundation (Β£9.99 via Boots) – Admittedly an impulse buy after reading claims of this product’s longevity on oily skin, but turned out to be a great one! A lightweight medium coverage liquid foundation that is perfect for everyday. I use just a single pump to cover my entire face. This wears so well throughout the day without feeling heavy, separating, oxidising or getting too oily – I only need to blot once through the day, if that. And it doesn’t cling to dry areas (thanks, winter weather). I’m NW20 in MAC / Buff in Revlon, and shade C2 Rose Vanilla is a great match for my light, cool-toned skin. A pleasantly affordable must-try for anyone else with oily and combination skin looking for a new everyday foundation!

4. Lush King of Skin Body Butter (Β£5.75 via Lush) – An unusual concept for moisturising the skin, but has proved really effective! This solid bar is simply massaged into the skin, melting with the warmth of your body and leaves skin non-greasy and beautifully soft. Hardly any more hassle than using lotions, and also smells good enough to eat. Fair trade cocoa butter, shea butter and coconut oil work their magic to thoroughly moisturise dry skin and leave it baby-soft. I received this in a Christmas gift box and was a little skeptical as I don’t really use their massage bars, but I’m so pleased with the results and will now be using it all the time! And who wouldn’t want to smell like delicious cocoa butter?!

5. MAC Creme Cup (Β£15.50 via MAC Cosmetics UK) – One of those lipsticks I always seem to go back to – as you can see, it’s now little more than a nub and may possibly be the first ever lipstick I use up completely, how exciting! I thought I’d lost it the other day and was so distraught I went to pick up another (by trading in 6 empty MAC products at my local counter using their Back2Mac programme), and of course, found it again a couple of weeks later! Typical. I’ve recently had my hair re-dyed a dark reddish-purple with blonde, and I love how this creamy, warm pale pink nude contrasts with the purple. It is also really hard to find an affordable dupe for this and so definitely worth investing in – one of those wearable pink-nudes that will suit just about everyone.

And that’s it for my favourites this month – my January/February empties will be coming soon! What have you been loving this month?

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Top 5 Makeup Items Tag

A tag that was floating around on Depop recently, so I decided to share mine on here too! The idea of this tag is to share your top 5 holy grail, can’t-live-without makeup items. Maybe it’s the items you use and abuse daily, or a favourite ‘special occasion’ piece! I couldn’t quite narrow it down to just 5 so I cheated a little and chose 7!

1. MAC ‘Launch Away’ Blush – My go-to, everyday peachy-pink blush! As you can tell, I really do use this a lot – truthfully I haven’t touched any other blushes in a while, despite having a fairly sizeable collection of the things! On the skin it has the most lovely satin finish and is very difficult to overdo. I have multiple backups of this, so hopefully I’ve never have to be without! A shame it was limited edition a couple of years ago and therefore quite difficult to get hold of.

2. Revlon Colorstay Whipped Foundation in Buff – Another product possessing unicorn-like levels of rarity, in the UK at least. I always snatch up a few of these on Ebay or Fragrance Direct whenever I spot them available at a good price, though you can always pick them up in the US (or ask someone nice to get some for you). Although I really hate the heavy glass packaging (could it be more awkward?!) the formula itself simply cannot be beat. An ultra-lightweight whipped texture with excellent coverage and the perfect shade for my NW15/20 skin. It stays put during the longest and busiest of days and is virtually oil and sweat-proof, only needing perhaps one touch-up over those 12+ hour days where you need to be looking your best morning til night. Though it is very much full coverage so I don’t typically wear it every day – only when I’m on an evening out, or have a very busy full-on day. Not sure how I’d cope without this now!

3. MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NW20 – The best concealer I’ve ever used! True to the name, it really does stay put all day and offer maximum coverage for dark circles and marks. I only tend to use this under my eyes and doesn’t crease, as long as only a tiny amount is used. I have a tiny red vein mark under one of my eyes which I’m quite self-conscious about, but this covers it perfectly. The only issue is the packaging – as handy as the pump is, sometimes it does deposit a bit too much product which inevitably gets wasted – a bit of a shame considering this isn’t the cheapest! I’ve tried other concealers but have found they’re too yellow, too sheer or just all too prone to horrible creasing.

4. Maybelline Color Whisper Lipstick in Made-It Mauve – Again with the hard-to-find products – so sorry about that! These lipsticks deliver a sheer yet vibrant and very comfortable wash of colour to the lips, perfect as a grab-and-go product for any look, or even just to brighten up your face and look at least half put together when you’re getting ready in a rush. A lovely, easy-to-wear wintery berry shade which would suit any skin tone.

5. MAC Brow Pencil in Lingering – I found my holy grail brow product! A must-have for defining sparse brows whilst looking soft and natural. This self-propelling pencil allows you to draw individual hairs with the ultra-fine end, a particular necessity when you have brows like mine which grow in patches. I finish with MAC Brow Set in Beguile to tint the lighter hairs and tame flyaways for full, natural looking brows. I’d be somewhat lost without this!

6. Collection Extreme 24 Hour Felt Tip Liner – My favourite eyeliner, and possibly one of the cheapest around! I really don’t get on with typical liquid liners, but this pointed felt tip style pen is virtually foolproof – so easy to use, and a must-try for anyone else who typically has issues getting eyeliner just right due to sensitive eyelids or any other reason. Create a fine line or a thick, dramatic cat eye look – nothing else I’ve tried has been quite this simple!

7. Make Up For Ever 158 Double Ended Sculpting Brush – Does a brush count as a makeup item? It definitely isn’t the cheapest out there and quite a lot more than I’d normally like to spend, but if you think of it as two separate brushes it isn’t quite as much. This works as my foolproof contour brush – I use the angled end to sculpt my bronzer of choice (usually Benefit Hoola) under my cheekbones in a line, then use the larger fluffy end to blend out. Simple, subtle instant cheekbones from one brush and one product! I really don’t like anything too obvious in the way of contouring, so this is perfect for me – and a great investment!

So there are my top 7 products – sorry, I couldn’t quite narrow it down to 5! I tag anyone and anyone who’d like to do this – link me to your top 5 below!