February | Beauty Favourites

Monday, February 27, 2017



And just like that, the shortest month of the year is over. There are so many things I've been enjoying using but I've kept the list relatively short and only choosing the things I've truly truly loved this month and that I looked forward to using every time.


SKINCARE


Klairs Supple Preparation Facial Toner | £16

This refreshing and soothing toner is perfect to soothe the skin after putting my face through the double cleansing ritual. It restores pH balance, is a great first layer of hydration and is so gentle its perfect even for the most sensitive skins. It contains centella asiatica which is a source of amino acids helping to soothe skin and reduce irritation while also providing hydration therefore this isn't your traditional stripping, drying and irritating toner. You can use this by patting all over the skin (my fave) or swiped over the face on a cotton pad to get rid of any excess sebum or dirt left on the skin's surface while leaving the skin feeling supple and plump.


Bioderma Hydrabio Serum | £18.10

This is such a great hydrating serum for my combination but dehydrated skin because it's lightweight and helps keep my face hydrated all day long. It's a great texture for layering under/over other products too as it sinks in straight away and gets to work (also perfect to use after retinol products). I don't know how effective this will be for dry skin types though as it is quite light.


Merumaya Retinol Resurfacing Treatment* | post | £33.50

I really really REALLY love this product not only because it is so gentle on the skin but also because the results are quick and noticeable. This is great for refining the skin's texture, smoothing out the appearance of fine lines and for helping the skin retain moisture. After a couple of weeks of continuous use left my skin noticeably brighter, smoother and luminous. I use this every few nights now to maintain a refined, fresh, blemish-free and luminous complexion.


Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil | $72 full size

I am really enjoying using this oil because its not too heavy and not too light on the skin. Its perfectly balanced so it provides nourishing moisture without being overly greasy. Marula oil rich in antioxidants and is meant to provide anti-ageing benefits by protecting the skin and reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, marks and helping skin retain elasticity. The full size is rather expensive and most likely something I won't ever purchase but its good to know the oil is organic and pure. I am going to savour and enjoy every last drop!


MAKEUP


Urban Decay Naked Concealer | post | £19

This is the perfect every day concealer, alongside Maybelline The Eraser Eye. It is as creamy as you'd like and feels weightless under my eyes. It brightens and conceals and hydrates and blends out beautifully for a medium coverage cover up of any darkness under the eyes. I use a lighter shade to highlight the bridge of my nose too and its just as beautiful.


Ciate Cheek Bone Cheat Duo - Bluff Point | no longer available

I can't believe this isn't a permanent product. Both shades are perfect for a multitude of skin tones and the formula is lovely and easy to work with. The bronzer shade is so pretty that often I will use it as a blush shade too. A little really goes a long way with this so I literally only need to touch the brush for enough product. I really hope they will bring this back because everyone needs one of these in their collection (plus I need a back-up of course!).


L'Oreal Super Liner Perfect Slim | post | £6.99

I was super hesitant to give in to the hype of this liner and refused to believe that it was actually worth all the rave reviews. Thankfully I have learnt my lesson because I am obsessed with it. Obsessed! Initially I didn't like the stiffness of the nib but it's grown on me (and softened a little too actually) and makes it so easy to draw a precise wing within seconds. Its making me question whether I should even bother repurchasing the Stila one I love so much since this is half the price and just as good.


Fairy Drops Scandal Queen Mascara | £18.50

This started off as a complete and utter disappointment because it did absolutely nothing for my lashes. I loved the packaging but was kicking myself for breaking my pact of not buying expensive mascaras (for me, anything over £8-£10 for a mascara is expensive). But after some experimenting I found a method, which sounds absolutely crazy, that actually works to make this a mascara I am glad to have and love using. I coat only the tips of my lashes and then dip the brush back in and then apply the mascara from the roots of the lashes to the tips as you would normally. And for some inexplicable reason, it does the trick - it makes my lashes look thicker and curls them wonderfully and I feel super glam with the results.





PERFUME


Laura Mercier Eau Gourmande Perfume - Ambre Vanille | £42.50

This perfume isn't the strongest or the longest lasting but I think that's actually why I like it and have been reaching for it so much. I like that the scent is delicate so I can smell it but it won't knock out the flowers on the windowsill. I would describe this as a delicate sweet scent that smells delicious and sophisticated without being decadent. It contains notes of vanilla, almond, brown sugar, coconut and sandalwood alongside some citrus notes too. This would make a lovely gift or even as an uplifting daily scent for yourself.


Let me know if any of these are products you love also. Can you believe its nearly March already?




Sal xxx
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*This post contains a PR sample - all opinions are my own and 100% honest. See my Disclaimers section for more information.

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36 comments

  1. I love all the L´Oréal liners, I have yet to find one that disappoints. The Superslim is one that I haven't tried yet, my favorite is the Carbon Black Gloss one.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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    1. I know right...just found out that I've been spending so much on the Lancome Artliner for years when its identical to the L'Oreal one!!! xxx

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  2. I've been loving the Klairs toner too! I'm so glad that I decided to get it the other month. It's one of the best purchases I've made in a long while. I don't think anything I own from Klairs at the moment I'm even disliking, to be honest! But the toner is definitely my favorite thing I own from them, for sure. It's just so hydrating and calms my skin. I'm also really glad the Fairy Drops mascara is working now for you! I think I remember on IG stories you were ranting about it hehe!

    xoxo
    www.hellohimawari.com

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    1. Lol! Yes, I did go on about the mascara hahaha! Yes, I pretty much want every Klairs product that's available. This toner is amazing and I'm so glad you love it too xxx

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  3. I've used the Loreal eyeliner before and I am absolutely obessed it works well for what I want it to do


    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

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    1. I know!!! I wish I had given in to the hype sooner xxx

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  4. Febraury went by too fast! I will read your post on Merumaya because it's one of those brands I would like to explore more in 2017. I have used one Retinol product (from theOrdinary) but it has made my skin so dry I can't even explain. So I stop using it but I still want to give Retinols a chance, without spending a fortune. I have never heard of the brand Klair, I will have to check it out too.

    Have a great day Sal!

    Silvia
    www.theskincabinet.com

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    1. Oh no! Sorry to hear that about your experience with the Retinol. This Merumaya one is amazing!!! They are definitely a brand that deserve a lot more attention. Thanks hun xxx

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  5. I can't believe feb is over! I really like the Merumaya retinol treatment to. I've been really like their spot treatment as well. I really want to try Drunk Elephant, everybody seems to love them. That mascara sounds fab. I remember my mum taught me the trick of coating the tips of your lashes when I was younger xx

    LPage Beauty

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    1. Oh really!?! See now I don't feel like a crazy person if I know I've got the wisdom of your mumma on my side! Yay! :) Drunk Elephant products seem to be all the rage but the prices make me cry!!! xxx

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  6. I've heard so much about the Faridrops mascara! Definitely going to have to try it one day :)

    Fatima x www.fatimawrites.co.uk

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  7. Loved this post, your photography is gorgeous! I will definitely try that L'oreal liner; the ones I tend to buy are quite pricey, but seeing as this one does the job for you, I'm willing to try a drugstore alternative! Thanks! x
    Lots of love,
    Marina Rosie x
    http://marinawriteslife.blogspot.com/

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    1. Aww thanks hun, you're very kind. Yes, I highly recommend the liner. xxx

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  8. I also like the L'Oreal liner, it's really good! I want to try that Retinol Treatment from Merumaya, it sounds very effective! x

    Mummy's Beauty Corner

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    1. It really is and the results are noticeable which is why I'm obsessed with it. xxx

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  9. Oh I love when you're obsessed with using a higher end product and then you find a better/cheaper version of it at the drug store! The best!!

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  10. The Merumaya & Drunk Elephant products both sound right up my street! xx

    Beautylymin| LuxuryFragranceGiveaway

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  11. No, I can't believe Feb is almost over! I swear the older I get, the more quickly time fly by. :-( I have been eyeing the L'Oreal liner and the Fairydrop mascara for some time now but I never got around to purchasing both. Glad to know both are listed as your favourites, will definitely have to pick up for myself in the near future.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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    1. I know...its scary how fast time seems to fly now!!! Awww I recommend them both and think you will enjoy using them xxx

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  12. Oh goodness I didn't even realize it's almost March until you mentioned it! Love the favorites you've selected, several (Klairs and UD) of those are my favorites as well! I have the bioderma serum sitting in my stash, but I'm gonna give it a try now after seeing your review. I'll also need to try out your mascara tips on mascaras that didn't work well for me - hopefully it changes my opinion of them too!

    Jenny // Geeky Posh

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    1. Oh please let me know if the mascara tip works for you. I have tried it with another bad one and it worked so yay! xxx

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  13. Great pics! I really want to try the Urban Decay Concealers, I have heard so many amazing things about them!!

    Grace x
    http://graciebellblogs.blogspot.co.uk/

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  14. Amazing pics. want to try that mascara. Great favs.
    http://tipsoye.com/

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    1. Thanks love...the mascara is so good xxx

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  15. You know a concealers good when you've got it in a couple of shades, I've heard 50/50 views on the Naked skin. Some say the fit me by Maybelline is a dupe? I find it so interesting when you start off hating a product but then you learn the best ways to use it and it works wonders,it's such a relief haha!
    Charlotte / Charlotte's Picks

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    1. Absolutely a relief!!! I was really regretting it for a while there so thank goodness its not a waste. I think the Naked Concealer is perfect for every day xxx

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  16. I really want to try some Drunk Elephant skincare, I have heard so many amazing things about it. I have the UD concealer but yet to use it, need to try it ASAP, great favourites! I can't believe it is the last day of Feb already xxx

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

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    1. Yes, you gotta use the concealer and let me know if you like it or not. It's so creamy! Drunk Elephant is a brand I'd love to indulge in more but the prices make me wince xxx

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  17. I've been wanting to try out Klairs stuff for a while so this toner will definitely be adding it to my wish list! Usually I don't get along with oils because they end up making my skin feel kind of greasy. I'll definitely need to check out the DE one now :D

    Mili | Sharmtoaster

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    1. You need to try the Klairs toner. I already have a back-up!!! xxx

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  18. I definitely need to try that urban decay concealer.

    www.themakeupaficionado.com

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  19. I am so delighted that February is a short month and it's over but then March is such a longggg month but I hope it goes fast. So many amazing favourites and brands I am looking to try. I really want to try Merumaya skincare especially after reading your glowing reviews. I might just have to give the a try (along with The Ordinary). L'Oreal Eyeliners are absolute baes and I have used them for many years although I am currently trying the Stila one which I absolutely love as well! Thanks for sharing Twinnie...xx

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Sal xxx