January Favourites 2015

I have decided to start monthly favourites on the blog! I love reading and watching other beauty blogger’s monthly favourites and I think they’re a great way of discovering new products and hearing honest reviews. So here we go, the products I’ve been loving throughout this month:

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First to receive mention has to be the Real Techniques Nic’s Picks brush collection. Since I got them for Christmas I have not used anything else on my face. If you don’t own any make up brushes and are wanting to invest in a set, Real Techniques is the best place to look for affordable quality. I love every brush in this collection, particularly the three that are exclusive to this set (the Duo Fibre Face Brush and the Base Shadow Brush can be found in other sets). I’ve found the Eyeliner Brush to be the perfect size and shape for my eyebrows, and the Cheek Brush is brilliant for both applying blush to the apples of the cheeks and for contouring your cheekbones. It makes it incredibly easy to control the amount of product you are applying. The Angled Shadow Brush is the perfect shape to fit in the eye socket, and is my new favourite for blending eyeshadows.

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My next favourite is featured in this post because almost every time I have worn it this month someone has complimented my skin on it’s ‘glowiness’. The One Blush Stick from Makeup Revolution is an affordable Nars Multiple dupe that comes in four shades in both creamy and matte formulas, but while the Nars will set you back £30, Makeup Revolution’s will cost you £5. I have the matte version of the shade Malibu, which is the perfect colour to warm up dull winter skin. It blends really easily into the skin, so it looks natural, which is how I like my makeup. (Side note – if Makeup Revolution is a brand you have not yet come across, they are worth taking a look at. Their blush sticks are not the only good affordable dupes that they make!)

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Like a lot of girls, I’m sure, I have a love-hate relationship with my brows. L’Oreal’s new Brow Artist Plumper has become a necessity for a good brow day for me. It’s L’Oreal’s answer to Benefit’s Gimme Brow. A tinted brow mascara with added fibres to thicken the look of your brows, available in three shades – Light/Medium, Medium/Dark and Transparent. I have a number of brow taming products in my collection, but this quickly became my favourite because it actually holds my wild roaming brow hairs where they’re supposed to be. I have the shade Medium/Dark, and I wear it alone or after filling my brows, depending on how ‘done’ I want my eyebrows.

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The next product was a pleasant surprise to me. This is one of H&M’s matte lipsticks in the shade Dita, a spontaneous addition to my shopping as I was waiting in the queue to pay. I didn’t actually use this lipstick for a long time after I bought it, simply because it really doesn’t look like much. I wasn’t excited to try it out, but once I did I was quite impressed. I can honestly say this is one of the most comfortable to wear matte lipsticks that I own. Even on my dry lips (drier than most) there was no horrible cracking or peeling, as is what often happens when I venture into matte lipstick territory. Just comfortable, soft lips (hooray!). I can only say that it’s a shame it comes in just four shades.

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Lastly, I could not do my first favourites post and not mention Kiko’s Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadows. Pictured above are 37 Burgundy and 06 Golden Brown. What’s brilliant about these is that you don’t have to be neat or spend time applying them perfectly; just run it all over your eyelid and blend the edges with a soft brush or a finger. These are the products I reach for when I want a quick eye look but don’t have the patience for lots of different eyeshadows and blending. Minimum effort, but they look so good. Plus, they really do last all day and night.

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