Thursday, 5 February 2015

Monthly Favourites: January 2015

Taking a break from my travel related posts, I thought I would share my favourites from January!

This month featured a couple of new-found gems, including the Make Up Forever Pro Finish Powder Foundation, and Banila Co's Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm!

First up though - one of my beauty favourites; lipstick!

This is Revlon's Superlustrous Creme lipstick in 440 Cherries In The Snow. This shade is actually a favourite from my younger years. I remember receiving a Revlon lipstick gift set back in the day, which consisted of two glittery shades alongside two creme formulas. At the time, Revlon felt more to me like a luxurious brand that came in limited supply, as opposed to the brand that it is now with its abundant shelf space in every drug store. This one was my favourite, and it was one that I kept for years. I'm glad that I finally purchased this shade for Christmas. It's the perfect cool-toned mix of red and pink (definitely more pink than red). I forgot to swatch it, but imagine mixing a palette of raspberries with gorgeously dark cherries. I'm in love.

The Nature Republic Natural SOO 95 mists have been the perfect tool for hydration this Winter. I have been using these since my trip to Asia last year, and with rather constant use, I finished my first 50ml bottle within 3 months. And that was during the UK Summer! The White Birch Mist is my favourite out of the two scents that I have tried. Both the Bamboo and White Birch work the same, but I just can't get enough of the White Birch scent!. I love how the mist is super duper fine and does not leave a sticky feeling. I always feel so refreshed after using this, and I'm sure Kin will be the first to confirm that I just can't stop myself from a quick spritz - no matter where I am. It's so addictive! I am completely obsessed with this.

The first time I stumbled across Bobbi Brown's Tinted Eye Brightener was actually in Hong Kong last year. At the time, I got matched to both this and the CC cream, but opted out of purchasing due to the price difference compared to the UK. This escaped my mind for a while, until I went to Paris later on in the year and stumbled into Sephora on Champs-Élysées. I eventually made the purchase... but unfortunately in a shade too light! Several months later, I finally got matched to the correct shade, and purchased it in shade 3 Bisque.

If anyone wants a Bobbi Brown Tinted Eye Brightener in Shade 2 Light Bisque, it's up for sale! I'm willing to sell for less than RRP since I would prefer cash over something that I can't use :P

If you're looking for good under eye coverage, I would steer clear of this. As an eye brightener, it is self-explanatory, and does the job really well. I don't have severe dark circles, but I do have bags when I smile, and a darker are under my inner eye. This doesn't completely cover the darkness, but I like how it can still make me look more awake. I like that I can look like I'm not wearing any make up when I am. It's the perfect no make up make up product!

At the end of 2014, I flew back to Hong Kong. I never intended to pick up any more beauty or skin care supplies since I had shopped to my heart's content in South Korea earlier in May/June. However, having seen a few reviews of this online, my addiction kicked in and I could not resist this giant tub of sorbet-like cleanser. The product is scented, but it smells good to me. It comes with a plastic cover and a small spatula for hygiene, and the balm itself melts away make up with almost no effort at all. I have tried this all over the face, including on waterproof eye make up, which usually nothing but my Clinique Take The Day Off Make Up Remover can budge. It leaves my skin feeling wonderfully soft after rinsing, and I haven't experienced any sensitivity in my eyes, which often happens with most eye make up removers. I highly recommend this, but it is on the slightly pricier side. (There's also a version for sensitive skin, but I passed since my nose didn't really agree with the scent.)

I bought a few Yankee Candles in Manchester last year, and this has been burning on and off for a couple of months... still half left and it smells super yummy every time. Plus, I like to warm my hands over it when they get chilly... delicious smelling portable heater? Check.

I have been using the Make Up Forever Pro Finish Foundation since I got it in December and have hardly made a dent. I like to apply with the accompanying sponge, but on days when I feel like less coverage, it works just as well with a fluffy powder brush. It works great as a setting powder too!

It's so much quicker than using liquid foundation, and the results are just as good, if not better! The product can actually be used wet or dry for full/sheer coverage. I love how multi-functional this compact is - it's definitely worth the price tag!

The colour match is great on me and doesn't oxidise, despite what I've read in other people's reviews. I like how this doesn't settle into fine lines or accentuate dry flakes or drier areas of the face. It also doesn't dry out my face either. The packaging is sleek, sturdy and slim; I've started carrying it around with me, and it still remains unscathed!

I never intended to try the Benefit skin care line, but this product came in a Benefit minis set that Wilson got for me. When my No 7 eye cream ran out, I tested the Clinique for a while (it didn't work out for me) before reaching for this.

It claims to brighten the under-eye area and fade dark circles. Personally, I haven't noticed any changes, but this isn't the reason that I use eye cream. I tend to look for moisturising formulas as my under-eye area can become dry very easily. A lot of formulas tend to irritate my eyes, but this one doesn't. It's lightweight, absorbs quickly, and doesn't cause milia or other nasties. I've really enjoyed using this, but as I like to try new products, I probably won't be repurchasing any time soon. I wouldn't be surprised if this ends up in my skin care collection on rotation in the future though!

Finally, the perfect moisturiser for my face and my wallet! I've tried my fair share of moisturisers, and I really thought I had found my HG in the Clinique Moisturising Gel, until I ran out and started using a sample of the Bobbi Brown Hydrating Gel Cream... which very quickly ran out and left me with a huge decision - should I take the plunge and splurge ~£40 on the Bobbi Brown which I hadn't really tested for long.. or try something else...

Due to my major indecisiveness, my sister gave me her unused Olay moisturiser to use in the mean time, which I proceeded to completely finish and replace. The one in these photos is my second pot! At £5 a tub, this moisturiser keeps my dry combination skin well-moisturised without breaking it out (no matter how much I slather on); something that even the Clinique Moisturising Gel couldn't really do! The Olay moisturiser feels refreshing, absorbs quickly and doesn't leave a sticky feeling. It's hard to describe, but it's the perfect balance of lightweight and intense moisture at the same time.

Needless to say, I will no longer be spending two digits on moisturisers... I'll save the money for my lipstick collection instead! :D

What did you discover in January? Have you tried any of these products?

I would love to know what you've been enjoying, whether make up related or not!

Let me know :)


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