I can’t believe this is my first post of 2017, where does time go these days? Firstly, even though I’m a few days late, I’d like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Happy New Year! I’ve had the most amazing few weeks, spending time with my family and eating far too much, so it’s back to healthy eating now (well until Easter!)
It’s also my first beauty favourites post of this year, so I’ll get straight on with it and give you the run down of the products I’ve loved using the most over the last month.
I’ll be honest with you, I have absolutely no idea why I chose to try out this foundation as I’m not usually a lover of matte foundations, but having not been well I’d noticed this had really started to affect the appearance of my complexion, so I was after something with slightly more coverage.
Like me, you may have seen this foundation mentioned a thousand times before in other blogs but Collection is not a brand I would normally be drawn to, somehow though the Lasting Perfection Foundation made it’s way home with me a few months ago and, after using it an awful lot this month, I think it’s absolutely amazing! It’s one of the best foundations I’ve ever used! It’s a medium coverage foundation and blends in so easily with either my sponge or brush for a nice flawless finish, it has amazing staying power and it doesn’t look cakey or feel heavy on my skin. There isn’t a huge selection of shades in this foundation, I chose Cool Beige (no 3) which was just perfect, I only needed to apply one layer to give me a nice even skin tone. Plus it has SPF 20 which is great for when I’m outdoors, even in the winter!
I picked this up at the same time as the foundation and this has to be my new favourite concealer for covering up any dark circles and blemishes. It has the most amazing coverage with a matte finish but without being too dry and I found it so easy to blend out with my foundation sponge. It’ll definitely be a repurchase and if you’ve not already tried this then I highly recommend it!
I have read somewhere that this palette is quite a good dupe for the Ambient Lighting Powder by Hourglass Cosmetics, sadly I’ve never tried the high end palette so I can’t compare, however I absolutely love this luminizing powder from Essence. The pigmentation is wonderful and the powders have a lovely soft feel to them, I think it is such good quality for a budget brand. All three shades can be used together or separately, I’ve been using the darker shade on the left to contour and mixing the two lighter shades together and applying them on my cheek bones for a nice everyday glow. This palette is now a firm favourite in my makeup bag!
Oh my word, before I even get to how good the product is, let me just say this gingerbread and warm vanilla hand cream smells divine! It’s a thick constancy but melts so easily into my skin, I like to look after my hands as much as I do my face and this hand cream contains Shea Butter and Vitamin E so it’s super nourishing and leaves my hands feeling really soft. I’ve been using this everyday both first thing in the morning and last thing at night, I’ve even chucked it in my handbag so I can apply it while I’m out, it almost fells like a mini pamper session on the go!
I am seriously obsessed with the Superdrug B range at the moment and this Essence Lotion is a wonderful addition to my evening skincare routine. After cleansing I apply a few drops to my hands and gently pat it onto my skin, a bit like a serum, then apply my moisturiser. It’s lightweight, non greasy. and very cooling on my skin. The lotion gently nourishes and adds extra moisture, which is perfect for the colder months or if you suffer from dry skin. My complexion is looking really healthy and brighter now, this lotion has really helped to soften any dry patches on my skin and I love that my makeup applies nicely as well, so that’s always a bonus!
What products have you been loving this month? Have you tried any of these, how did you get on using them?