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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