This month there are so many products I have been regularly reaching for that it has been difficult to narrow it down…so I have a top 10 for you! One of my resolutions for 2015 is to use up or pass on beauty products that I already have in my collection, so I am turning more and more to those products that have been hanging around feeling unloved and gathering dust.
So, in no particular order, here goes…
1 – Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt Cologne, £40.00 for 30ml. I discovered this sensory delight through some of my favourite Youtubers and bought it at Christmas as a present for myself from the store in Leeds. I find this fragrance is fresh, spicy, ever-so-slightly manly and really easy to wear. I am about half way through the bottle and will definitely be repurchasing this when it runs out…once I have made it through my other perfumes that is…honest! 😉
2 – Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat, £9.00 for 14ml. This is a well-known cult favourite so I will not say too much about it here. I was bought this as a gift and I haven’t looked back since. It is smooth to apply with a super glossy finish. It dries quickly and with 2 coats makes nail polish last for ages. I will definitely repurchase this!
3 – Invisibobble, £3.75 for a 3-pack. I got a pack of these in a Birchbox subscription box and didn’t use them for ages. I cannot believe I overlooked them for so long as they are just brilliant! Ever had to wash and style your hair in preparation for a night out but need to tie your hair back for work before this? Well if you have, this product is for you! It gives you zero kinks and your hair looks great when you remove it. I have already ordered some more and plan to ditch my regular hair bands for good!
4 – Makeup Revolution Iconic Pro 2 Palette, £6.99 for 16 eyeshadows. This is a cool-toned palette (which is suitable for my skin tone) and a total **DUPE** for the Lorac Pro 2 palette! I have always admired the Lorac palettes from afar but have never taken the plunge…and now I don’t need to! According to the online swatches I have found, this is an almost identical dupe. It’s great for day and night time looks and the colours are so pigmented, true to colour and have no fall out. I doubt I will have to repurchase this due to the large number of palettes I own, so instead I highly recommended it!
5 – Nivea In-Shower Body Moisturiser, Nourishing Cocoa Skin Conditioner, £3.75 for 250ml. I picked this up to try as I am so lazy when it comes to moisturising and thought this might provide me with an effective solution. You put it on in the shower and wash it straight off allowing you to easily moisturise when your time is limited (or if you are lazy like me!). It smells really nice and is easy to use, but on the down side it turns your shower into an oil slick and makes it a bit of a nightmare to clean. Would I repurchase this? I already have as the ease of use vs the mess in my shower is totally worth it. Any recommendations for a good shower cleaner will be gratefully accepted! 😉
6 – Nars Audacious Lipsick in the shade Dominique, £24.00 for a 4.2g bullet. This colour is so unique and I am totally in love with it. It’s a grey-toned (cool toned) purple…which sounds odd but it’s not, it’s awesome! The formula is what makes this lipstick a stand out for me. It applies beautifully and in one swipe your lips are painted in an opaque pigmented colour without need for added lipliner as there is no bleeding. The colour has a sheen to it and after a while dries to a demi-matte finish whilst still remaining comfortable on the lips. It lasts and lasts and lasts…even through eating and drinking. I wore this colour for several hours the other day without reapplying (which is unheard of for me) and it still looked amazing. I have already repurchased this lipstick but in several different colours. It’s pricey, but worth it…I cannot recommend it enough! 🙂
7 – L’Occitane Precious Cream, £46.00 for 50ml. I got this in a My Little Box subscription box and have found it the perfect light-textured night cream (due to the lack of SPF). Although you can get a daytime-appropriate version with added SPF I don’t think I would use this as, despite the light texture, it is quite emolient and would totally mess with my oil-free foundations. However as an overnight cream it is just perfect, leaving my skin feeling soft and comfortably moisturised when I wake up. I am unlikely to repurchase it as I have so many skincare products to get through that I couldn’t justify the spend (now I worry about the cost!). However if you get your hands on some I know you will love it!
8 – Smashbox 24 Hour Photo Finish Shadow Primer, £18.00 for 12ml. I impulse-bought this product ages ago and only started using it this year. A teeny weeny blob goes a long way and covers both eyelids easily. I tend to warm it up on the back of my hand before applying as the texture is quite thick, and I also dust my eyelids with powder once applied to increase its effectiveness. If you use too much, as with most eye primers, it creases your eyeshadow badly. As long as you apply sparingly it will last with no creasing or sliding around. I will not be repurchasing this anytime soon purely because I have so many eye primers in my stash to use up, although I am really enjoying using this one and it will be high on my list of considerations when the time comes.
9 – Benefit Roller Lash Mascara, £19.50 for 8.5g. I got a sample of this in a recent Birchbox and I immediately fell in love with it! The curved wand, if used in a particular way, helps you to add curl to your lashes. Not one for reading instructions I have no idea what they recommend and I just wiggle and roll the wand around in my usual way…it seems to have the desired affect though. This mascara lengthens and volumises my lashes as well as separating them. Due to its plasticy wand you can really get into your lashes from the base upwards and apply the product evenly. I have noticed a teeny bit of smudging throughout the day, however I do work in a hot environment so for me this is almost inevitable. I will be repurchasing this from Birchbox with my accrued points very soon.
10 – Makeup Revolution Radiant Lights Palette, £8.00 for 3x shades. I have honestly never consistently used any form of highlighter or luminous face powder until Makeup Revolution came into my life. I’ve had a few creme or liquid highlighters in the past and have never had much success with them…and then I discovered this! The Radiant Lights Palette is widely recognised to be a **DUPE** for the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette which retails at approximately £56.00. I have never bought a product from Hourglass…and I now I never have to (phew!). I am so so so happy with this palette. I use it once I have applied my foundation and powder and just lightly dust it all over my face to add a glow. I tend to mix all three colours together although the one on the left is my favourite. If I ever run out of this I will definitely repurchase it.
That’s it for my March favourites. I would love to hear what you have been reaching for this past month…not that I need any encouragement but it’s always good to see what you are all using that I might want to try!