Sunday, 3 April 2016

March Favourites ft Bumble & Bumble, Body Shop, Kat Von D

So Spring has finally (pretty much) sprung and we are welcoming April with open arms, well at least I am as it is my birthday at the end of the month, and although I'm not looking forward to reaching one year closer to 30, I am looking forward to having something to celebrate. March has been a busy month with my workload increasing and a lot of travelling to parents and parent in-law's over the weekends (hence the lack of blogging this month) however that hasn't stopped me from falling in love with a handful of beauty products. So here we go, my March favourites.

My first favourite has to go to the product that has, no joke, changed my life. I never thought that a product could change my skin so much in such a short period of time but the Body Shop Drops of Youth Concentrate has done just that. As a girl with oily skin I had come to terms with the fact that, although I could keep it at bay or reduce the level of shine, I would always have a "natural glow" to the put it nicely. The Drops of Youth Concentrate has literally changed my skin type so much that my oily skin is actually now a thing of the past. I plan on doing a full review on this concentrate to really sing its praises, but in summary this product has a serum consistency that sinks into the skin rediculously quickly and feels like silk as it does so. I never thought I'd ever stray away from my faithful moisturiser but this concentrate has completely changed my knowledge of the type of skincare I should be using.

The Body Shop Drops of Youth Concentrate Review

Something else that has helped improve my skin this month is this silicone facial cleanser brush. Now, as I got this from TK Maxx and threw the box away I can't remember which brand it came from, however I have found one pretty much identical for the same price here. This is definitely a dupe of the Foreo Luna cleanser, which I haven't tried out (as it's 8 times the price) but I no longer feel the need to as this one is just incredible. With two different vibration settings the silicone cleanser brush makes my skin feel sooo smooth after every use and my skin has really cleared up since using it. I've been complimented so many times on my complexion since this came into my life.

Alternative to Foreo Luna Silicone Facial Cleanser

My next favourite has to be the Kat Von D Shade and Light Contour palette. I featured the Kat Von D Shade and Light Eye palette in my January favourites and felt it'd be rude not to rave on about how much I've been loving the contour palette too. With three contour shades and three highlighters there is no need for any others in your collection! The powders are really creamy and easy to apply as well as blend; and the pigmentation is incredible. Just a little amount goes a very long way with these. Ok, so the darker shade is too dark for me but it is will be great if I ever, god forbid, want to create that Kim K extreme contoured look. The highlighters are not only great for emphasising those check bones but also brilliant for setting under eye concealer.

Kat Von D Sade and Light Contour Palette Review

Next we have a product that I had totally forgotten about until I shopped my stash. The Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer gives the best coverage out of all the concealers in my collection, and there's a hell of a lot of concealers in there let me tell you! The consistency is very thick; so it's not one to pack on as it has the tendency to crease, however this concealer is perfect for those really dark eye bag days and those times where you're running on little sleep. As I am someone who has the worse dark circles you'll ever see, this concealer is an absolute godsend to me.

Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer Review

Next we have a new love of mine; which I just happened to discover by chance (and you can read that story here). The Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara is well and truly the best high street/drug store mascara I have ever tried. In my full review I compare it to the YSL Babydoll mascara and I am in no way being over the top when I say that. It gives great length, amazing volume and holds the best curl I've ever's a must for all.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara Review

Finally I have something that, like the Amazing Concealer, has come to my attention again after loving it a few years ago. The Bumble and Bumble Thickening Spray is bringing much needed volume to my hair along with a big dose of texture that is always needed for someone that has straight but boring locks like mine. Ok, it's not cheap, but it really is worth the money for the amazing things it does to your hair.

Bumble and Bumble Thickening Hairspray Review

So that's the lot for you; all the things I have been loving over March and they will all no doubt be staying in my daily routine for the next few months. What's made it to your March Favourites? Leave any links below.

Thanks for reading
Hannah xxx

Sunday, 6 April 2014

March Favourites

Ahhh another monthly favourite, that's two in a row now get me! I said I'd try and do more and I actually am...I'm proud of myself even if no one else gives a damn!!! March has been a lovely month, it's been getting warmer and the sun has been shinning loads and it's starting to feel that summer could potentially happen...hopefully, and what does that mean? I can bust out my Ray Bans yay! Anyway I have discovered some lovely products this month (well actually some have been through out the whole year but I've really been appreciating them more this month).

The first favourite of this month I'm not going to go into too much detail as I did a pretty lengthy post on it last month here. This product is the Bumble and Bumble Sunday Shampoo and it has literally been my knight in shinning armour. Long story short (and click the link above if you want the longer story) since moving to London and having to wash my hair in hard water my hair hasn't been happy. Not only had it decided to malt like the fluffiest of all dogs, it had also lost its shine, however not anymore. This shampoo has worked a tiny miracle on my hair and it's (almost) back to its original Sheffield water condition and it no longer falls out. This shampoo is a once a week treatment that also helps with stripping out any left over product that can damage your hair. All in all I don't know where I'd be without this beauty, well actually I do....I'd probably be bald.

This ties in perfectly with my second favourite which is another shampoo. If you read my full post on the Sunday Shampoo you will note that I state its only downfall is the fact it doesn't lather very well. It also has a pretty large price tag so taking these two factors in mind I have decided that you need to wash your hair with another shampoo to get fully clean locks and to save your pennies. So I decided to get what ever shampoo was on offer at the time and I have since fallen in love with it. This shampoo is the L'Oreal Ever Riche and it's gorgeous. Not only does it make my hair shiny and super soft, it leaves it smelling absolutely amazing. The smell is a coconut and shea butter hybrid and it literally lasts all day. Every time I move my head, no matter what time of the day it is, I get a full on whiff of this heavenly scent, even the other half loves the smell.

My next favourite is of course a lovely lippy, my absolute favourite lippy I own to be more exact. Diva from Mac was a bit of an impulse duty free buy when I had 2 hours to kill at the airport and thank god I did. I have done a full post on it here, but basically tax free beauty hall shopping is enough to send any beauty blogger into an absolute frenzy and I think I managed to restrain myself quite well. The Mac lipstick stand did however call my name and I was over in a second. Diva wasn't my first choice of colour but I am so happy I got it. This colour is the perfect plum tone but doesn't look too vampy. I'm not going to lie, if you're not one for bold colours perhaps this one isn't for you but if you're looking for more of a subtle statement lipstick (what a contradiction that is) this lipstick is the one for you. It's from the Matte range but doesn't dry out your lips too much or stick to any flakes (especially if you use a scrub before hand). The colour pay off is amazing and it lasts a very long time especially if I use my next favourite with it.

My fourth monthly favourite is e.l.f's Long Wear Lip Liner in Bitter. I've had this lip pencil for months, maybe even years but never really appreciated it. I'm not usually one for using lip pencils as, to be honest, I either can't be arsed or I forget. That extra step between the lip scrub, the lip balm, the lipstick prolonging product and finally the lipstick applying is just something that tips me over the edge. BUT, after seeing so many of you out there rave about the effects of using such a product, I thought I'd give it a little whirl. I have used it before but it was on a night out so let's just say I was too 'merry' to take note of the effects. After purchasing my lovely Mac lippy I noticed that this pencil was a similar colour so decided to re put it to the test and I was very impressed. Although Diva has great lasting power on it's own, this pencil helped it last all night even through dinner and numerous drinks. So it has won me over and no doubt I will be buying lip pencils to match all my lipsticks now!

My final favourite is a bit of a Soap and Glory cult love, saying that most of their products have huge followings as let's face it, they're all pretty amazing. Anywho, as an oily skinned gal I am always trying to find new ways of tackling my problem and scrubs are a good way to do this. The Scrub Your Nose In It has had some great reviews out there in the blogging world so when all soap and glory products were a third off at Boots the other week three of their products ended up in my basket (which was actually a better deal than the 3 for 2 they do...happy blogger). This scrub is really great as it's one of those products that makes your skin feel tight and tingly when applied which I love in a product as you can feel really it working. The smell is pretty nice too as it's got a hint of mint to it. The scrub itself is quite a harsh one for a facial scrub but that's what I was after really. It has had an impact on my oily skin which is great but it hasn't completely eliminated the problem. I also feel like this product is not as caring and luxurious to the skin than my Oqibo one which is more of a daily scrub (see for a full review here) but I am still enjoying using Scrub Your Nose In It for a weekly deep exfoliate.

What have your March favourites been? Have you tired any of these and are you loving them too? Let me know in the comments below, I love reading them.

Thanks for reading,
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