Don’t know about you, but I’m actually glad February is over, so many ups and downs I couldn’t keep track of what day it was, let alone the month. Let’s just say I haven’t been my usual cheery self, hopefully that’s done with now and I can move on to better things.

I have been getting excited over some fab new products I’ve been using, well new to me anyway, I’d had a huge clear out of makeup that was so old I can’t even remember when I last used it, so that made room for some sparkly new purchases!

Here’s what I’ve been loving throughout February.

Makeup Revolution Pro Base Blur Primer

I’m always on the hunt for a wonder primer and anything that mentions “Blur” then I know I’m off to a great start. I am obsessed with Makeup Revolution products anyway, I saw this on the bottom shelf on their stand and at only £6 I thought it’s not too much to spend out on. I’ve never been that impressed with low end primers before, but this one is incredible! It’s a thick clear gel that has a silicone feel, you only need one pump as little really does go a long way. It’s lightweight, blends in easily using my finger tips and smooths into my skin so well making it feel super soft. My foundation went on like an absolute dream and this primer helped make it last much longer throughout the day.

Makeup Revolution Iconic Lights and Contour Pro

I’ve never gotten on with contour palettes before, I tend to just use a bronzer most of the time. I’d seen this one on so many other blogs and heard it was absolutely amazing, so I decided I needed it in my life! As with my other MUR palette, it is highly pigmented so I start off with a little product on my brush and build the colour up if I need to, it blends in beautifully. There’s a great mix of shades, in both shimmer and matte, for a day or night time look. I’ve been reaching for this palette every day to contour my face using the two warmer shades and the yellow or peachy shade to set my concealer. At £8 it’s also an absolute bargain, considering the NYX Highlight and Contour paltette is £18!

Sleek Luminous Pressed Powder

I’ve needed to pick up a new pressed powder for a while now, so I decided to give this one a try. I’ve tried a few Sleek products before so I had high hopes for this one, I wasn’t disappointed! It’s just gorgeous, a really soft, lightweight powder that comes in 4 different shades. I use my brush to apply a fine dusting over my foundation to set it in place and it leaves me with a fresh, dewy glow. It’s a pressed powder and highlighter in one, with light to medium coverage so it doesn’t look all cakey. It’s absolutely perfect for all day, but I have been popping it in my bag as it’s such a cute little size to carry round with me.

After months of wearing dark polish on my nails, I wanted something a fresher for Spring. I’ve been really loving Itsy Nails Gel Effect Nail colour in shade City Girl, it’s a lilac/grey shade, which is absolutely gorgeous. It is just incredible, the shapes of the brush makes it apply so easily in just 2 sweeps, my nails looked super glossy. I am so impressed that this polish lasted 8 days, I think it would have lasted a lot longer but I decided to change the colour on my nails!

The other polish I’ve been obsessed with this month is Ciate Paint Pots in shade Iced Frappe. You can’t go wrong with a nude nail colour and this one is more of a beige coffee tone, rather than a pinky nude. I absolutely adore wearing this shade, it goes with almost everything and looks pretty chic too. It applies beautifully and lasts pretty well too.

Smith and Cult The Shining Lip Lacquer in shade Now Kith

I knew I was going to love this lip gloss the minute I saw it and it’s been my go to lip product for most of this month, whenever I’ve not felt like applying much makeup or I’ve used darker shades on my eyes. It’s the most gorgeous, glossy nude shade in an incredibly moisturising formula. I love how easily it glides onto my lips and makes them a slightly fuller and more plump. It doesn’t feel really tacky after I’ve put it on, which I’ve come across with some other lip glosses, it lasts pretty well on my lips but the sponge applicator does make it simple to do any touch ups though the day. I love everything about this, the colour, the texture and the packaging!

Original Source Vanilla and Raspberry Shower

Don’t you just love it when you find a product that not only smells devine but also doesn’t cost the earth? What can I say about Original Source shower creams that has’t been said already! This Vanilla and Raspberry one just smells incredible and good enough to eat, it reminds me of ice cream and summer days, after months of using comforting winter fragrances, this is just the pick me up I need first thing every morning. It leaves my skin feeling super soft, great for if you suffer from dry skin. At only £2.29 for 250mls, I think that’s money well spent!

What products have you been loving this month? Have you tried any of my February Favourites? I’d love to know.

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Who needs a special occasion to treat yourself, or someone else, to a beauty subscription box? Luckily for me a friend of mine bought this one for me as a gift.

How gorgeous is the packaging on the February 2017 Glossybox? I usually keep any pretty boxes like this as storage boxes for beauty or stationery items, so it’ll definitely be used for that!

As I’m sure you’ve seen by now the February 2017 Glossybox is Valentine’s themed, but honestly you don’t need February 14th to tell someone you love them.

So let’s see what came inside this months box.

I can’t resist a good face mask, so imagine my delight when I found La Theorie Des Volcans Noir Eternae Purifying Youth Potion inside the box, which is a mineral rich mask with anti ageing ingredients. When the mask is first applied to your skin it goes on a thick pink paste, then turns grey as it sets to work on any impurities, sounds interesting and I can’t wait to give it a go! It’s paraben and silicone free and 90% natural.

Oh wow, a full size Ciate Paint Pot in Iced Frappe! You can’t beat a good nude nail colour for everyday use, this one is a warm nude with coffee undertones, and will suit almost anyone. I’ve had Paint Pot nail colours before and they are fantastic, they are super easy to apply and last for ages.

I think the MeMeMe Beat The Blues in Oyster Gold is absolutely gorgeous. It’s a warm gold shade of highlighter designed to boost the radiance of a winter complexion. It’s quiet a thick consistency, I think I was a bit heavy handed when I first tried it, so you do only need to dot it across your cheek bones, or mix a small amount in with your foundation for a beautiful all over illuminator.

It was so lovely to find a fragrance in this months box. A 30ml bottle of Jeanne Arthes is a generous size compared to some samples in some subscription boxes. The fragrance smells so pretty, I adore the scent of roses and this is one will be perfect for every day use as it’s quite subtle. They describe it as a classic scent combined with dreamy, elegant and crisp notes.

Last of all there is a sample sachet of Garnier Ultimate Blends Honey Treasures Strength Restore Balm, aimed to hydrate and nourish dry hair. I won’t be using this, so I am giving this one away.

We’re also given a sneaky peek into next month’s box where Glossybox are including a Sleek palete with each box where you can choose which of the four options you’d like to recieve. How fab is that?

Overall, not bad at all this month considering the Paint Pot polish is worth £9 on it’s own and I’ll definitely be using 4 out of the 5 products from the February’s box.

I am on the hunt for a new one to try so let me know if you have any suggestions.

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Pamper Night

Everyone needs a good old pampering session once in a while, even just 15 minutes here and there can do you the world of good. Actually taking time to relax and completely switch off from the outside world does wonders for me and makes me feel a whole lot better and ready to take on what ever the next few days have in store.

Every so often I like to make sure I have at least a couple of hours for a full on pamper night, usually at the weekends and especially if I’ve had a really rubbish week. Not only does it do my body good by using all my favourite beauty treats but it helps clear my mind, making me see things a lot clearer and feeling better about myself.

Whatever you choose to do, whenever you choose to have a pamper session, believe me, you’ll feel absolutely wonderful afterwards. You can always invite a few friends round for a pyjama sleep over, that’s usually great fun. Personally, I enjoy my own company so tend to indulge in a pampering session by myself.

Here’s how I spend my perfect pamper night.

Pamper Night Routine

 

Candles

I light some gorgeous smelling candles to help me to relax, some of my favourite ones have come from Home Bargains.

Music

I’ll pop on some relaxing music, usually whatever my favourite playlist on Spotify happens to be at the time.

Beauty products for a pamper evening

Tea

I then like to make a huge mug of tea as I find this instantly makes me feel chilled out.

Skincare

I’ll take my mug of tea into the bathroom, along with my mobile so I can carry on listening to music, and then I’ll do my skincare routine. At the moment I’m using Liz Earle’s Cleanse and Polish to get rid of any dirt and oils from throughout the day. Sometimes I’ll use a gentle facial exfoliator on areas that may seem extra dry or flaky.

Winter Skincare Essentials

Formula 10.0.6 Mud Mask

Face Mask

I love to use a face mask  and let it get to work on my skin while I’m in the bath, they seem to make my complexion look a lot brighter, and let’s face it, just laying there with a mask on for a while is a wonderful feeling and some of them smell divine!

Lush Spring Treats

A Bath

Next, I run a bath and pop in one of my favourite bath products, which at the moment happens to be the Lush Rose Jam Bubbleroon, it not only smells amazing but turns your bath water into the most gorgeous pink swirls. I also love to use a body scrub to get rid of any dead skin, usually on my elbows, feet and knees. Then I’ll have a good, long soak in the bath.

Winter Skincare Essentials

 

Winter Skincare Essentials

Moisturisers

Once I’ve got out of the bath I’ll apply a facial serum and nourishing night cream on my face, my skin always looks a lot healthier in the mornings. I’ll use my favourite body butter or cream to make my skin feel super soft.

Comfortable Clothing

The last thing I want to do now is get into tight, uncomfortable, clothing, so I’ll pop on a loose top and trousers or a pair of cosy pjs and wrap up in a warm fluffy robe, then head off to the bedroom.

W7 Nail Polish in shade Fluorescent Pink

Nails

If I’m feeling really adventurous this is when I like to paint my nails, at the moment I love wearing bolder nail polish, and will always finish with a speed dry top coat, 2 minutes and my nails are dry, which is excellent for impatient people like me!

Comforting Drink

Depending what time of year it is, I like to make a warm relaxing drink, either a herbal tea or a hot chocolate, grab a couple of chocolate biscuits and snuggle up on the bed.

Netflix

I love watching TV in bed and I’ll scroll through to find a film to watch or catch up with whatever TV series I’m into at the time, whilst enjoying my chocolate treats, ooooh delicious!

What better way to spend the perfect pamper night at home!

 

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I’ve been having my hair coloured for many years now, naturally I am a dark strawberry blonde shade, I decided to change it to the brighter blonde I am now. However, all the colouring and use of heated appliances has really taken it’s toll on the condition of my hair and it can become very dry, especially on the ends. I’ve also noticed that some shampoos and conditioners can leave my hair looking a bit brassy just before the colour needs re-doing.

I’ve been using Paul Mitchell Ultimate Colour Shampoo and Conditioner for a while now, and they must be the best hair care duo I’ve come across so far. They are a bit on the pricier side but I’ve found you only need a small amount of each, so they are going to last me for quite some time yet.

Since using this shampoo and conditioner I’ve found that my colour still looks fresh and isn’t fading as fast, which has made me one very happy lady! They are absolutely perfect for anyone who has coloured hair.

The shampoo leaves my hair feeling really soft and clean, it’s really gentle and not harsh on my hair. It contains extracts of lemon peel and sugar cane which adds shine and leaves my hair looking glossy and more manageable.

I run a small amount of conditioner through the lengths of my hair and leave it for a few minutes before rinsing out, and it leaves my hair feeling super soft and tangle free. It contains Shea Butter and jojoba oil, both of which help to nourish and protect my hair, it also helps to prevent any further damage, without weighing my hair down.

Since using both the shampoo and conditioner my hair is looking a lot healthier and smoother, the ends are definitely not as dry and frizzy. The shampoo and conditioner are both made with quinoa (yes that’s right, the stuff you can eat!) and due to that having a high protein content it helps repair any damage that’s been done and lock in the hair colour!

I really have noticed a huge difference in the condition of my hair and how long my colour is lasting, no more brassy blonde for me. Did I mention they also smell absolutely divine!

 

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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.

Collection Lasting Perfection Foundation

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!

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer

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!

Essence Light Up Your Face Luminizer Palette

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!

Zoella Hungry Hands Hand Cream

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!

Superdrug B Refreshed Essence Lotion

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?

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