Tuesday, 4 March 2014

February Favourites

Illamasqua Hydra Veil
My current primer of choice is Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer & normally that is the perfect primer for me. My skincare routine normally ensures that I have no weird dry or flaky patches on my face but sometimes it can be unavoidable. I recently had a bad cold and that always results in bad skin for me. My nose gets really dry, red & sore when I'm poorly so I needed something extra to calm that down. Illamasqua Hydra Veil is a temporary quick fix for any dry or dehydrated areas. This clear gel will instantly cool & soothe your skin leaving it feeling plump & incredibly hydrated. You only need a tiny bit to sort out your entire face. After applying it you'll be able to get a completely smooth & flawless base whatever the condition of your skin. No dry flaky patches in sight!

Bumble & Bumble Thickening Creme Contour
I got my hair did a few weeks ago & I decided to go for a centre parting again. I had my hairdresser cut in some long fringey bits so I could flick them out to the sides. I wasn't too sure what kind of product to use to keep them in place. I'm generally not a fan of crispy hairspray & didn't want anything that would dry hard like a gel. Instead I've been using this Bumble & Bumble Thickening Creme Contour. This styling cream adds shape, texture & definition to my hair without weighing it down. It's lightweight yet offers a good enough hold to keep my style in place. It also makes my hair feel thicker & more voluminous. If you like really biiiig hair, combine it with their Dryspun Finish spray. You'll get some full, volumised locks with plenty of style.

Barry M Lip Gloss in Toffee
I always think of Barry M as a nail polish brand but there are a few gems to be found in the rest of their product range. I'm especially fond of their lip glosses. Toffee (#2) is my favourite shade. It adds a beautiful nude sheen to your lips when used alone & looks lovely on top of any pink lipstick. It smells delicious too! These glosses don't last too long on the lips but they feel really comfortable to wear without any horrible stickiness. It's a must-have for fuss-free nude lips.

Anastasia Brow Wiz in Medium Ash
I absolutely love Anastasia products. If you need a new eyebrow product then Anastasia should be your first port of call. This pencil is really great because it provides the convenience of pencil application with the natural finish of a powder. The nib is retractable & very fine so you can actually draw on individual hairs with it. It's just makes it so easy to get the exact brow shape you want without looking harsh at all. It even has a spoolie on the other end to groom your brow hairs & blend the product. The colour range is one of the best I've come across. I highly recommend buying this product!

Real Techniques Silicone Liner Brush
This brush is nothing new because Japonesque have made a silicone liner brush for quite some time. Real Techniques win though because theirs is cheaper, more readily available & works in exactly the same way. The easy to clean silicone tip allows me to get the perfect cat flick every time. It doesn't drag along the eyelid like some brushes or liquid liners can do. You can get such a smooth line with it & it's so easy to vary the shape of your flick or thickness of line. Obviously as it's not an actual brush, the tip won't hold much product. You do have to keep dipping it into your gel liner pot but I don't think that affects the application process at all. It's much more hygienic than a brush & should last for years to come.

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  1. Lovely favourites


  2. Great favourites, I didn't realise hourglass did primer, and I'm a huge fan of their powders so really keen to try the primer!!

    Josie xoxo Fashion Mumblr

  3. I bought the Toffee lipgloss recently and it smells heavenly!

    http://ciarapocket.blogspot.ie x

  4. Oh gosh, the Hydra Veil sounds like just what I've been looking for! Dry & dehydrated patches are my nemesis... T xx

  5. I cannot live without my Anastasia Brow Wiz anymore, it's perfect! xx
    Stefanie | Casualllyawkward | Bloglovin'

  6. I've heard a lot about the Brow Wizz and Im so curious to try it out but I'm a bit scared about using something other than powder on my brows xxx

    Verity | Life of Verity

  7. Some lovely favourites and your mention of the silicone liner brush is the first one I have read x

  8. The Bumble & Bumble creme contour sounds amazing! Tested out a couple of their products this month which really impressed me.

    Catherine, xo // Lady Liquor Vintage

  9. Definitely need to try that Bumble & Bumble creme!

  10. I definitely want to get my hands on the Real Techniques Silicon Liner Brush. I've never seen something like it before so of course, I also haven't tried something like it. Definitely something to consider. xx
    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

  11. Now I want the RT silicone brush! I have a gel eyeliner that I can't seem to work out how to use but I think the tip on that would be perfect :) great post as always!

    Danniella x