Favourites | January 2016

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

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Hi guys! *insert any of the cliché "where did the month go" lines here* But seriously though, it seems strange that January has come and gone. I had much to celebrate this month with the arrival of my little baby neice! <3 And of course I had much to feel guilty about as I broke my beauty spending ban again and again...and again. Oops! Regardless, this month I've had some definite favourites that I want to share with you all.


nyx, pixi glow mud cleanser, sleek matte me, lancome, superfacialist, kiko, too faced.


SKINCARE

The stand out product for me and a complete game-changer in my life is PIXI Glow Mud Cleanser | £18 which is a generous 135ml tube of goodness. It contains 5% glycolic acid along with hyaluronic acid, avocado oil and clay making it an effective cleanser that doesn't leave my skin feeling stripped, but rather glowing, bright and plump. This cleanser has gotten me obsessed with double cleansing. I've always said I like to double cleanse when it's a choice and not because a cleanser renders it necessary (it happens!) but this makes me WANT to double cleanse. For a thorough review, please click here to see what the wonderful Hidden Harmony World thinks of it. 

My other skincare favourite this month past has been SuperFacialist Neroli Illuminate Eye Cream | £12.99 which is a great morning eye cream for me. It contains hyaluronic acid, shea butter and caffeine extract and I find it leaves my eye area smoother while the tightening effect really forces my eyes wide open. 


MAKEUP

If you follow me on Instagram you will know that I've crowned Soap & Glory One Heck Of A Blot Primer | £10 as the best primer ever!!! I love that it is a mattifying primer that doesn't dry out my face nor does it have that slick, slippery texture of some other primers. It feels like a hydrating moisturiser to apply, it doesn't move around and makes my makeup last for hours longer. 

I'm still obsessed with my 2014 & 2015 favourite foundation - Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra 24H | £29.50 which I still can't believe doesn't get more hype. It's a long lasting, medium to full coverage foundation, with a velvet matte finish that looks like the skin we wished we aged with, available in a beautiful extensive range of shades. I recommend everyone going to a Lancôme counter and getting a sample because it needs to be experienced to understand how incredible it is!

For my eyes, this month I've really enjoyed playing around with Too Faced Natural Matte Eye Palette | £32 which was part of my Sephora haul. Even though I don't tend to wear eyeshadows on a daily basis I'm convinced this palette was designed with me in mind ;) because every colour is beautiful and versatile with a lovely texture that is easy to work with. The combinations are endless and the overall effect every time I've used this has been stunning.

I've also been loving KIKO Crystal Liner - 03 Reflect Burgundy, which is sadly now unavailable as it was part of last year's Generation Next collection. It's a gorgeous deep brown shade with a burgundy sheen to it. It is long lasting and smudge-proof and makes the most incredible eyeliner for my lower lash-line. It hasn't got the intensity of black and isn't as blah as a brown liner can be. If KIKO ever release another liner in this shade, in stocking up!

As much as I love a good blusher, I always find myself coming back to my ultimate favourite, not understanding how I ever reached for anything else instead. Of course it's my beloved Bobbi Brown Blush - Tawny | £22 which is a beautiful muted pinky brown matte shade. If you're of a medium complexion and you're looking for a blusher that looks natural, you will really appreciate the beauty of Tawny, which works on lots of different skintones too. 


NC40 swatch of nyx soft matte lip cream and sleek matte me lip gloss


Onto lip products and I have really fought with myself to keep it only at two products. When I first got and reviewed NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams | £5.50 (read here) I remember being a little bit disappointed with the shade Abu Dhabi. Nowadays I can't seem to leave my lipstick alone without adding a layer of this peachy brown cream on top to mute the colour and achieve a beautiful nude shade.

I have also been obsessed with the infamous Sleek Matte Me - Birthday Suit | £4.99 which I finally picked up. This peachy pink liquid lipstick dries completely matte, doesn't move around and gives me that beautiful peach lip that I've always envied on other girls but because of my hyperpigmented lips, I had come to accept that it would never be achievable for me. So thanks Sleek! I also love putting this on top of every lipstick I wear. It's just gorgeous!




TOOLS

My final favourite is the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge | £5.99 because I've been reaching for it a lot these past few weeks. It always helps make my makeup look flawless, especially under my eyes and around my nose, where a brush just doesn't seem to do the job properly. I feel like I'm becoming so dependent on this sponge that should anything happen to it, I wouldn't even bother putting on makeup for fear of it looking so bad. 


I'm looking forward to being really good in February - lots of new goodies that I'm trying out and growing to love, and hopefully I will not be spending any money on makeup so I can fully deserve a treat at the end of the month. LOL! Do you spot any faves or anything you would love to try? Let me know in the comments below or tweet me. As always, you're more than welcome to come and say hi to me on my Instagram.

Sal xxx | @ummbaby

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26 comments

  1. Ive heard such great things about the Pixi Glow range but especially this cleanser! I may have to give it a go. Abu Dhabi looks like a beautiful shade! Congratulations on the birth of your baby niece!xx

    Laura | Lala London: Beauty & Lifestyle

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    1. Thank you hun!!! :) She's a cutie.
      Yes, the cleanser is a must!!!! xxx

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  2. So many awesome products! I have been also loving the S&G primer, it's actually the first primer ever that I keep using every day because it does make a difference to how my makeup look and lasts throughout the day. Birthday Suit looks gorgeous, need to get it :) I'm so tempted to get the Too Faced matte palette but I really, really don't need more palettes, haha! I just bought the Oskia cleanser as I was feeling a bit spendy but now I wish I bought the Pixi one as I have been thinking of getting it. x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

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    1. Ooooh I might have to break my ban and get the Oskia cleanser at some point. Do you like it? But yes, the Pixi is incredible! Hahahahaha Yes, you have so many palettes but another one doesn't hurt does it? xxx

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  3. I've really wanted to see if the hype was real about the Soap and Glory primer, and it sounds amazing! Honestly I think I have to pick it up sooner rather than later! x

    Jodie // Jodie Loue

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    1. Absolutely! I love it. You really should xxx

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  4. I'd love it if you could do a blog post of mini reviews on a selection of soap and glory makeup you own, would that be possible? Because I have none and I would love to try some. Xx

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    1. I could do hun. I have reviewed a lot of it in seperate posts but a collective post seems like a good idea. There is so much you would love
      xxx

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  5. i really want to try something from pixi, i always hear such good things! all of the lip colors look lovely as well :)

    danielle | avec danielle

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    1. Thanks hun. Yes, Pixi Skintreats became a complete obsession in the latter part of last year. You will really like their products xxx

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  6. Birthday Suit looks beautiful! I had to buy that Too Faced matte palette after seeing it in your haul & have hardly put it down since! xx

    Beautylymin

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    1. It is a stunning peach nude shade. Yes, I saw on your blog and I see that you're loving it too. Its just the perfect everyday palette xxx

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  7. I can see so many favourites of mine in here and some I really want to try. I love the Lancome Teint Idole foundation so much (2nd high end brand I purchased) and it holds a special place in my heart. It's a shame it's not spoken of too much on on the blogosphere. I am so glad you recommended the S&G Primer which has also been crowned the best drugstore for me (for now). I really am looking forward to trying out the Pixi Glow Mud Cleanser as there is an M& S opposite my house which carries Pixi products. Thanks for sharing my lovely Twinnie...xx

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    1. Yes exactly, I don't understand how such an amazing foundation doesn't get more attention. Seems strange...lol! Anyway, please get the cleanser. You will love it. Thanks for stopping by and commenting gorgeous xxx

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  8. OK, I need the Nyx Abu Dhabi! The shade looks gorgeous. x

    Kate Louise Blogs

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    1. It really is a beautiful shade, on its own and as I prefer layered on top of a multitude of lipsticks xxx

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  9. Ooh maybe I'll check out Abu Dhabi - it didn't appeal to me on its own that much but now you mention it, I reckon it'd mix really nicely with other shades I own :) Big fan of the Pixi Glow Mud Cleanser and Soap & Glory Primer too, lovely choices! xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

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    1. You'll love it...on its own its pretty enough but quite nude, but layer it on top of other lipsticks! I'm addicted to it. Hooray! Yup, I've seen you showing love to the cleanser and primer. Amazing products xx

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  10. The Too Faced eyeshadow palette looks so pretty. The shades are my perfect everyday colours. x

    Jordan Alice

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    1. Exactly...they are the perfect everyday shades hun! And I love that they're all matte xxxx

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  11. Yes! Double cleansing! That's so true. I've gone through a ton of cleansers that make me feel its necessary to use them for other reasons that aren't because I want to use them. Like the other cleanser before it kind of sucked or this particular cleanser is going to expire soon. As for the RT sponge, I've almost given up on this. Tips as to how to make this sponge work?

    Tiff | AMtoPM

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    1. Hey Tiff,
      Exactly...its such a shame when a cleanser needs to be cleansed off, lol!
      Ah...the sponge can be an incredible tool hun! I soak it in cool water and then squeeze out every little drop, and then squeeze it again in a dry towel. Then I just bounce it away on my face - the pointy side for concealer and the flat side for foundation. I find the longer you spend bouncing this on the face, the more blended and flawless it looks. Hope this helps hun xxx

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  12. I love the Too Faced palette, there shadows are some of my favorites!!!

    RachelShuchatMakeup

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Sal xxx