February Favourites 2016

Lush Jasmine & Henna Fluff-Ease Hair Treatment – £12.95 (220g)

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This delicious smelling hair mask gives your hair a load of lovely natural oils that strengthen, moisturise and reduce breakage and frizz. I cover my hair in it, making sure to get every last strand, and leave it on for 20-30 minutes before washing. Sometimes I apply it before bed and leave it on overnight, and the next day I have beautifully soft bouncy curls that smell incredible all day. Unfortunately it does take a lot of product to cover all my hair, so after just a handful of uses I’m almost down to the end of the 220g pot. And it’s not cheap; it’s a wonderful treat for my hair but not something I can use all the time.

Rimmel Stay Matte Primer – £5.99

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As I’ve mentioned a few times on the blog before, I’ve never really been a primer person. Most that I had tried were all silicone heavy gel products which just seemed to add slip to my oily skin rather than keep my makeup in place. I was getting sick of seeing my makeup only last a few hours before my face started shining, so I decided to try the Stay Matte Primer. And I can say that it has certainly made an improvement. My oiliness does still come through eventually, but the primer prolongs it well. I like it because it’s not a horrible silicone-y gel product, it’s creamy and white with the consistency of a lotion and it feels so much better to apply.

So Eco Multitasking Brush – £7.50

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It’s not often you’ll see me branching out from Real Techniques brushes, but I found this makeup brush in TK Maxx for only £4.99, so I had to have it. My most used foundation brush was always the RT Stippling Brush, but sometimes it doesn’t quite cut it when you have a bad case of winter face (pale with absolutely zero radiance) and you just want coverage. I like this So Eco brush because it’s a similar size and shape to the RT Expert Face Brush (also pictured) which gives better coverage, but it felt softer and slightly fluffier so it blends liquid foundation really beautifully. Plus, all So Eco brushes (and their packaging) are cruelty free, are 100% responsibly and ethically sourced and are compostable.

Nars Sheer Glow Foundation & Radiant Creamy Concealer – £31 & £22.50

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So I recently entered into the world of luxury foundations, my first purchase being a product that really does not need an in-depth review from me since it’s one of those products that has been reviewed countless times by thousands of bloggers. I’m sure there’s nothing I can say about it that has not been said before, but I will say that I now have an itch for more high end products. I’ve got my eye on the new Nars Velvet Skin Tint, which I have tried out and seems like a more lightweight version of Sheer Glow aimed at combination/oily skin types. Sheer Glow is a gorgeous product for a flawless finish, but for me it’s quite high coverage for everyday wear. As for the concealer, it too has been reviewed to death, but now I totally get the hype. Great coverage but so creamy and blendable. I love using this alone for a more lightweight finish that still looks perfected.

John Frieda Frizz Ease Secret Agent Perfecting Creme – £5.99

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This product has been sitting amongst all my skincare and hair products for probably two years collecting dust, until recently when I tried it again and liked it. I don’t know what has changed, but now I’m quite a fan of the  Frizz Ease range (I really like the Dream Curls spray too, which has also been collecting dust on my desk for years until recently). I squeeze out a generous amount of the cream and apply it to damp hair as evenly as possible. I find it holds the curls really well so that when my hair dries I don’t get anywhere near as much frizz. I will say that if you use too much or don’t distribute it evenly it can get a bit ‘crispy’, but this is how it holds the curls so well. You just have to be thorough when you apply it. The product has had a bit of rebranding since I bought this old tube; what I have linked above is the equivalent that John Frieda now sell.

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