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February Favourites


Happy March 1st. I hope you all had a great February. I had my operation on my hip this month, I'm still in a lot of pain but working through it and trying to get moving. But anyway I thought I would share my favourites for the month of February and I have quite a lot to show you as I was testing out new products and rediscovering old faves so I hope you enjoy.

MAKEUP: Kicking off this months favourites is the primer I have been obsessed with this month, and that is the Makeup Forever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Smoothing Primer long name but a great product. The best smoothing primer I have used to date. I know I say that about most primers I use but this one really does knock all the others out the park and I don't think I will ever use another primer again (although saying that I do want to try out more high end primers like Hourglass Mineral Veil & Travel Size, Smashbox Primers, and other Makeup Forever Primers). But I have been loving this and I am really excited by the fact you can get Makeup Forever in the UK at Debenhams (click here) so I have a bunch of stuff I want to try including their other primers as I have quite combination skin and love a good radiance/hydrating or colour correcting primer so watch this space for more from MUFE.

I have seen a lot about the IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream but being in the UK I didn't think I could get my hands on it easily, but then I found this kit with other products from QVCUK which you can find here I really wanted to try from the brand so it was just perfect. I have since discovered that you can purchase it from Beautylish.com which is currently offering free shipping on all orders over $35 USD  in the UK. I have the shade Fair which unfortunately is still too dark for my pale-ass skin, but I mix it with lighter products and I can make it work. I love the coverage and I love how it feels on the skin, but what I love the most is that you can build up the coverage and customize your perfect coverage. It's not just bam full coverage cakey mess, it's lightweight, buildable and still looks like skin.
Also favourites this month from this kit is the IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder in Translucent which I have wanted to try for a long time as I suffer with large pores around my nose and cheeks. I really love this powder. It smooths everything over and works great with most of my foundations. I can't apply it to my cheeks as I find it looks too dry there but I have that problem with most other powders I have used so that's not something I am surprised with. I love how it looks and wears through the day. I don't tend to touch up my makeup unless I am going out in the evening or after work and need to freshen up but this does layer well and doesn't get cakey or anything.
Then the IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Complexion Perfection Dual Ended Brush which is great for buffing in foundation on one end and blending in concealer or corrector with the other end. It's a great brush and I definitely want to try more from the brand but also more of their brushes as Coffee Break With Dani uses a few of them and raves about them so I am keen to try more.

Now for my other favourite base product/combo this month is the Bourjois Health Mix Foundation buffed in with the Real Techniques Buffing Brush. I have used this foundation but the gel/serum formula and never got on with it, but I saw they repackaged this foundation (maybe the formula too I'm not sure) and thought I would get it and I have really enjoyed using it. It's still too dark for me which all Bourjois Foundations are, but I love how glowy and healthy my skin feels when I wear this. The foundation itself has an anti-fatigue and radiance boosting effect which I definitely love about it and notice whenever I look at my skin throughout the day. They market it as a 16 hour wear which I couldn't comment on but it does look good at 12 hours so an extra 4 hours shouldn't make too much of a difference. The Real Techniques Buffing Brush is a staple and I haven't been using it much over the last few months as have been loving the Expert Face Brush but this guy worked it's way back in and I love how it blends out foundation and makes my skin look flawless. You can get the Real Techniques Your Picks Brushes that I have shown in the photos here.

On to cheek products now and in my everyday makeup routine once my base is done I move on to bronzer and contour. I featured the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow in last months favourites (see January Favourites here), but I love to use the Real Techniques Multi-Task Brush to buff in on to my skin and it deposits the perfect amount of product on to my skin and I love how easy it is to apply. I definitely rediscovered my love for RT Brushes this month although I really want to try the new Multi Tech brushes they've released with Superdrug as they look so beautiful and soft and I wasn't a massive fan of the Bold Metals brushes which are exclusive to Boots so I really hope these Superdrug exclusive ones are better.

As for blush, the brush in particular that I have been loving is the ELF Blush Brush which is a great shape to apply and blend blush, the one I've been loving the most is the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush in Exposed which is just my all time favourite, perfect mauve toned blush that I wear pretty much every day and you can find Tarte in the UK, I go to either the Tarte website or QVCUK where they have some incredible deals.. But this ELF Brush is amazing and so affordable at just £4.50.

Then my next step would be highlighter, and the one I have been Ob.Sessed with this month is the TheBalm Mary Lou-Manizer which is so beautiful and glowy, but to apply it I have been loving the Real Techniques Contour Brush. If you are a fan of Coffee Break With Dani then you will notice that these brushes are identical if not very similar to the ones Dani uses, because I love how her makeup looks and I tried them a few times and I just love how my makeup looked so I've incorporated them into my everyday routine. This brush and highlighter combination means by highlight is poppin' even on a daily basis, but it stays all day which is one of the many amazing things about the Mary Lou-Manizer, nevermind the fact it's super pigmented, glowy and well worth the money and lives up to the hype, it's a must have and I have rediscovered it over the last one or two months.

I don't have much for the eyes but there are a few things I wanted to mention. Also a CBWD inspired rediscovery is kohl eyerliner, and I had been getting pretty lazy with applying eyeliner, but after seeing how beautiful she looks and trying it a few times I loved the end results. So I start off with the Too Faced Perfect Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner in Perfect Black on my top waterline, and then the Soap & Glory Smoulder Kohl Waterproof Eyeliner in Cocoa Bean which is a really deep rich brown and I use this on my lower waterline and lashline to create a everyday appropriate smokey look to my lower lashes. I love the outcome and I love how quick and easy it is to achieve, and I remembered how much I used to love wearing my makeup like this a year or so ago so I am definitely going to be keeping this up and trying other eyeliners that I have been recommended to see which is the best and most long-wearing - I think the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On eyeliners are next on my list.

As for an eye brush that I have been loving this month, the The Body Shop Dual Ended Eye Brush is a great affordable brush where you get two for the price of one for just £10. One end is a fluffy brush that you can either use to pack on colour to the lid, blend a transition shade out in the crease or smoke out that outer corner. But the brush I really like is the angled side which is great for applying eyeshadow as an eyeliner to the top lash line and even creating a wing. This is great for everyday looks where you don't want the harshness or a liquid liner, and want to continue the smokey sultry theme and make it nice and subtle yet still adding definition and thickening up the look of your lashes. 

SKINCARE: Now for skincare and I have been trying quite a few new products this month which you may recognise from my haul I uploaded a couple weeks ago (see here) and I have really been loving the end results. Unfortunately I have been breaking out on my chin thanks to the lovely mix of hormones in my body, but for the rest of my skin these products have been amazing.

First is the most luxury products I've been trying out and that is the Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm and the Omorovicza Deep Cleansing Mask. I purchased these thanks to Ingrid Nilsen and Estee Lalonde among other people from social media because I saw how much they raved about them and loved them and I just had to give them a go as I really wanted to try out some new skincare products. If you want to see more YouTube inspired purchases then check out my post YouTube Made Me Buy It here.
I love how the Cleansing Balm feels on my skin, I don't use this to remove my makeup but I do use it as my second cleanse and my skin feels so darn soft and smooth after using it. It also helped to clear some of the breakouts and issues I was having with my skin.
The Deep Cleansing Mask is exactly that. It contains Moor Mud and White Clay to really draw out the impurities from congested pores and brightens the skin. I have been using this mainly on my chin and around my nose but when I first tried it out I put it all over my face and loved the results, I just like to use it sparingly because it is so expensive but if I need an all over treatment then I will use this.

Also thanks to Ingrid Nilsen, the Eve Lom Rescue Mask made it into my skincare stash and I have been really liking the results although I haven't used it enough to be able to give you a full review. But on first impressions, I like that it comes in a tube so there's no contaminating products and revealing the rest of the product to the air, it also makes it easier to apply. When I have used this on my skin, although no miraculous results like Ingrid suggested, it has still had some benefit on the breakouts I have been suffering with as they are visibly reduced by the morning, but only hormonal ones I find this with. I've never tried anything from Eve Lom before, so I was slightly anxious to try this but I haven't had any problems so far and have used it a handful of times.

I've seen a few photos on Instagram of this next product and that is the The Body Shop Drops Of Light Pure Resurfacing Liquid Peel and this is a new release from TBS that I was really looking forward to, I also purchased the Drops of Youth Youth Peel but I have been trying this one out thoroughly over the last month to see how I like it and I think it's a really innovative product that I've not tried anything similar to on my skincare journey. It's a gel consistency and you apply two pumps onto your fingertips and gently massage it into your skin for about 20 seconds or so, by this time you will see and feel little balls of dead skin which this product has exfoliated off the skin. It's a gentle product but not so gentle for sensitive skin in my opinion so you would have to do a patch test if you do have super sensitive skin. But I really like the performance of this product as my skin feels so soft and smooth and my makeup applies beautifully the next day. My skincare routine has changed a lot recently and my skin has reacted really well to every product I have introduced and not freaked out by the products I have taken away from my routine (not for any other reason than they ran out and I haven't yet repurchased).
Side Note: Whilst finding links I found they've also released the Vitamin C Glow Revealing Peel which I will definitely be getting my hands on come pay day.

You may have seen these next ones in my Huge Haul post (click here to see) I uploaded this month, in fact you would have seen most if not all this months favourites in that post, but I repurchased some Simple Skincare products that I had either used and never ended up repurchasing and a couple that I hadn't used before. But I really have enjoyed using two products in particular. First the Kind To Skin Soothing Toner, I have used countless bottles of this stuff when first starting out with skincare and I had forgotten how important using a toner in my routine was. I use this in the morning as my first step to remove any dirt grease or excess product from the night before. I have found this step has helped so much in how my makeup was looking as I don't tend to cleanse my skin in the morning as my skin just doesn't need it, but it does need a quick refresh with a micellar water or a no fuss no frills toner like this one and I have definitely seen results in how my makeup applies and wears thanks to this product. The other product I have been particularly enjoying is the Kind To Skin Replenishing Rich Moisturiser and this is one I haven't tried before, I used to use (and have now repurchased and incorporated into my morning routine) the Hydrating Light Moisturiser, but this one is a little big thicker, a little bit more nourishing and just again another no fuss, no frills product. I like to mix my facial oil in with this to add a bit of a boost of hydration to my skin and combine two steps and two great products. Another noticeable difference kind of product and it's so affordable.

Finally I noticed my concealer wasn't going on as smooth and before blaming the concealers, I thought I would take a look at what I was applying first which is my eye cream. I had been using the Soap & Glory Make Yourself Youthful Rejuvenating Eye Cream but I thought it was time for a change and still a Soap & Glory one I repurchased the Puffy Eye Attack Turbo-Boost HydraGel which is a lightweight gel formula that works well before makeup and as my night time eye cream (although this step may be changing). It's affordable, and like all other S&G products, I really do rate them highly. I'm not saying the other eye cream is bad, but my skin just needed a change and I will most certainly be repurchasing the other one, but for now this lightweight gel one is doing just great for my under-eyes.

HAIR: I know the makeup and skincare sections were very full on and packed with a lot of products, but for my hair I have kept it pretty simple and these are the stand out products of the month.
First is the Tresemme Expert Beauty-Full Volume Touchable Bounce Mousse which I apply on my damp hair (I normally leave my hair to dry for an hour before putting this in and blow drying my hair as that is just what works best for my hair type and length). I love how much volume and bounce this gives my hair I've not tried the rest of the line but if I remember rightly it's the one where you condition your hair first, then shampoo, which I am very reluctant to try and I just don't know how my hair would feel or style after that. But anyway this is the best mousse I have found so far as it's lightweight, doesn't weigh my hair down and the volume lasts a couple days easy. It's non-greasy and my hair just works well with it compared to others that I have tried.

Next is probably the most expensive hair product I have ever purchased thanks to YouTube and Blogs but the Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray has been at the top of my wishlist for a while but I just couldn't pay £40+ on a texturizing spray, but then I found a travel size, still bloody pricey for what it is at £20 for 75ml and although I was hoping I would hate it but manage to use it up, I quite like it. I have to be honest after the first few times of trying it I didn't notice any difference at all other than my hair being more static-y than normal, but after about a week or two, I liked the movement my hair had, it looked messy yet smooth and I realised that this texturizing spray made my hair look amazing all day long. I don't know whether I would repurchase, there are other sprays I want to try which aren't so pricey, but who knows, maybe I will treat myself to the full size for my Birthday or something. Maybe. 

JEWELLERY: Now for the jewellery pieces I have been loving this month - I really hope you like seeing this section in my favourites because I really have become obsessed with chokers and rings and jewellery in general and like to mix my monthly faves up a bit compared to the norm of makeup and skincare.

First are these Evil Eye Rings which I purchased from Etsy and you can find them here. I love how these look and I actually got these when watching a video of Allana Davisons where she showed her favourite Mejuri ones in her Jewellery Video. I found some more affordable ones on Etsy and although it took a while for them to be delivered, I really love them now they're here. They're very unique and are like nothing I have ever tried before, but they're evil eyes on chains and I really liked the concept but wasn't sure how well they would stay on or how comfortable they would feel but after wearing them quite a lot I've had quite a few compliments on them and have gotten used to how light they are. The first day I wore them I forgot I had them on until someone asked what they were. I really like how they look on my index fingers, particularly on my left hand as I have a ring I like to wear on my right hand every day. They're available in Silver & Gold and on the shop they actually say they can be worn as midi rings, I assume if you just get them in a smaller size but I prefer them as a normal ring.

Next is this Silver Disc Choker which I purchased of EBay as I wanted to see what it would look like with some of my other pieces to layer my chokers/necklaces and actually when I received it the quality felt really great and I really like the tone of the silver and where it rests nicely on my collar bone and looks great on it's own of with other chokers or necklaces layered together.

I had been seeing a lot of these Gold Disc Chokers around (mainly on Dani from CBWD I know I sound like some obsessed stalker/crazy person, and I kind of am when it comes to this woman but I just really enjoy her style and how she looks -  it's not like I'm sending her love letters declaring my undying love for her or anything - although I guess my last months favourites has a very similar effect, but anyway), I really wanted to try one of these style chokers but wasn't sure how it would look, so I purchased one from EBay again really affordable to try out and see if I liked it. I do need to shorten it a bit so it lands where the silver one lands but I really like how this looks again layered with other chokers, particularly my final jewellery piece.

This final piece is the choker I have worn the most and I also found this on EBay if I remember rightly it came in a set of like 10 black chokers for a really great price. It's a black leather effect choker with a gold almost copper triangle and a smaller black enameled effect triangle on the inside (you can find it here). I love how this looks on it's own but layered with the disc choker it looks great and adds a bit more edge to your outfit whether it's a simple day time outfit or a more going out kind of attire.

YouTube  //  Instagram  //  Podcast

SOCIAL MEDIA: I really like to include some social media favourites so you can see who I love to watch or listen to and what accounts I subscribe to, discover or rediscover.
First up is Mallory1712 and I rediscovered her YouTube channel at the end of January and then found she had a Podcast with her husband called the Mallory And Keegan Podcast which I have been loving listening to via SoundCloud when I am getting ready in the morning or whilst I am blogging or writing or uploading something on Instagram, it's just nice to listen to something other than music. I mentioned on my Instagram I really liked listening to Lady's Who Lunch with Ingrid & Cat but this podcast with Mallory is completely different and they talk about their life experiences with the supernatural, topics going on in the media but it's a very light and airy kind of show, no super intense debates or conversations on politics or anything like that. They keep it light which I really appreciate.
I also love her YouTube Channel and her Instagram account so if you are looking for someone new to watch and follow I highly recommend checking her out - although I will mention she's not been uploading since about Christmas time because she had surgery to correct something with her nose but she did post on Instagram she will be filming very soon which I am super excited about.

YouTube   //  Instagram

I also rediscovered Melanie Murphy who is an Irish YouTuber/Influencer that was mainly beauty related/skincare stuff but has now moved into talking candidly about a lot of taboo subjects which aren't always discussed on YouTube, she came out as a bisexual and is also currently writing a book which I am so super excited to read when she finally releases it THIS AUTUMN!!
I initially started watching Melanie for her skincare videos as she suffered with severe acne for quite a while, from tips on how to cover acne to what skincare products help in reducing them or healing them like Honey and Tea Tree Oil, she really did educate when it came to skincare so if you are suffering with acne or breakouts or just want to know more about skincare, then you should definitely check out her videos (NB: she isn't a skincare expert by any means and I don't mean that in a horrible or derogatory way, but she does have experience with her own skin and what does and doesn't work for her so it may educate you a little or give you ideas on what you can try).

I have a couple honorable mentions, first is Miss Budget Beauty who to be honest I completely forgot about her channel but she does some great hauls and reviews, wear and compares and also some decluttering makeup collection series's o if that's your kind of thing then you can check her out here...
YouTube   //  Instagram  //  Blog

A new discovery for me this month is Alexandria Morgan and I initially came across her channel by accident on YouTube and she is a model in America who is absolutely stunning but knows very little about makeup or beauty related things, but I do like to watch her GRWM's or her skincare routines or whatever as she does have some tips and I can tell that she is picking things up simply by tips people are leaving her in the comments and by watching other YouTubers so I like that I get to see her develop as a content creator but also see and hear her stories as a young model, and I mean she has had campaigns with Guess and other large companies so she's not just a small town model, she's got experience and some great campaigns under her belt so if you are just interested in seeing what the life of a model is like than her channel and Instagram are perfect for you. She doesn't have many videos but her follower count is incredible for less than 20 videos.

That is it. I know this was a long post so thank you if you reached the end. I hope you enjoyed my February Faves. I don't know what my upload schedule is going to be like through March but I will try and upload as much as I possibly can and if you have any recommendations of posts you would like me to do then please let me know. I hope you all have a great March, I am looking forward to the first day of Spring the most (March 20th). 

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