March Favourites

The first of my faves this month is the L'Oreal Nude Magique Eau De Tint foundation. This is a really delicate, "second skin" foundation that somehow manages to be as light as water but give good coverage and stay on all day. I haven't ever seen another foundation like it and if you're not going to buy it then you'd be crazy you should at least swatch it when you're next in Boots because I think it's a bit of a "see it to believe it" type beauty sensation. After hearing all the hype I thought to myself "as if, there's no way that bit of coloured water is going to cover any blemishes or stay on long enough for me to get out the front door" but it really does! It's so perfect for every day wear, which my MAC Studio Fix is not, and whilst I still turn to Studio Fix for more heavy duty occasions (or when I'm having a really revolting skin day) I have well and truly made Nude Magique part of my daily make up routine.
Next up is La Roche Posay's Effaclar Duo, or as my boyfriend likes to call it Ever Clear/All Clear/Easy Cream...he seems to have real trouble with this one. I don't want to use the words "miracle cream" but, oh what the hell, this is a miracle cream!! I kept putting off parting with my money for this because I thought it would just be another full tube of so-called blemish and oily skin treatment cream that I would stick in the back of my make up storage after a week of no results, but I was so wrong. This incredible cream promises visible results within 24 hours and I fully believe this to be true. I applied it to my T zone, chin and jaw line a.k.a the problem areas before I went to bed and when I woke up my skin was very noticeably less oily and blemishes were a lot less red. What I'm basically trying to say is that it does exactly what you want it to, so why wouldn't you buy it?! I apply this morning and night to the same areas and plan to do so for as long as they make this cream, which is hopefully forever. 
Next is the Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection concealer, another product which I am late to get my hands on. I have been wanting to buy this for a while and it was with the recent realisation that I was getting nowhere with the Maybelline Fit Me concealer (too creamy, too orange) that I finally purchased it. I would say it's consistency, coverage, staying power and ease of application (I use my finger to pat it over blemishes and all around my eyes and then sweep over with the Bobbi Brown Eye Blender brush) are very comparable to the MAC Pro Longwear concealer. Actually the only real difference is that this concealer is under a fiver, so get down to Boots and get some!
The Real Techniques Expert Face brush has really changed the way I apply my make up, rather than plastering the foundation on in a paintbrush-esq manner with the standard Foundation brush I now lightly stipple the foundation over my face with this and then brush it out across my skin to create an even, natural looking base. If you're using a different brush, a sponge or even your finger (!) then I highly recommend you get one of these. 
I really feel that Soap & Glory have upped their game in the make up department recently. Whilst before they were pretty much only known for their good enough to eat, deliciously scented body scrubs and moisturisers they're now giving us some great make up like this Glow All Out highlighting powder. I apply it over my bronzer just along the cheekbone and it gives a really healthy, subtle glow with not too much sparkle, something a lot of other highlighters have gone way too overboard with in my opinion. As far as powder highlighters go, this is definitely my first choice. 
Okay. Mom Jeans. I hated them, then I really hated them, then I fell in love with them. When everybody started wearing these I thought "oh my god these people look like they have a giant crotch and no bum" and I continued to passionately hate this retro comeback until I saw a girl on Instagram wearing them so perfectly that I couldn't help but want a pair. After trying on several different colours and styles in Topshop I realised two things; firstly, that Mom jeans should never, ever actually be retro. They died out for a reason. Try the updated and less hideous versions you can now find in most high street stores. Secondly, when Mom jeans are done right they can actually be really flattering. They make your waist look smaller, your stomach look flatter and your legs look skinnier. I absolutely love wearing these now, especially with my new trainers (wait for it...) and boyfriend fit coat. I'm a Mom jeans owner and proud!
To those of you who wear eyeshadow, you seriously need a MAC Pro Longwear paint pot. Say goodbye to creased eyeshadow, oily lids that won't hold anything or eyeshadow that seems to disappear half way through your night out. These start out feeling very creamy and velvety but dry quickly to create a smooth, subtly pigmented base that eyeshadows cling to, preventing any creases or that cakey look. They're so easy to apply, I just use my finger, and you only need a tiny bit so I have a feeling I'll be using this pot for a very long time. They also come in different colours and finishes so you can match your base to your eye colour and shadow to create the best look possible! This one is the shade Painterly which I think is perfect for my skin tone and the natural brown shades which I usually wear. 
Finally, the shoes. My babies. I think these shoes could possibly be the nicest pair of trainers I've ever seen. I initially went in to JD Sports to get a pair of Nike Roshe Runs but after trying them on I thought "no way am I paying that much money for a thin bit of material that I'll make a hole in in 2 weeks!" (I have a really annoying habit of constantly wiggling my toes, this combined with the shape of my big toe means I get holes in a lot of my shoes. Seriously, so annoying. I had to buy 3 pairs of black Vans before I gave up on them.) So after sadly realising that my feet could never be blessed with the insane comfort of the Roshe's I saw these and it's been true love ever since. They're comfy, they're monochrome, they go with everything. I don't even think I need to say any more, let's just stare at them a little longer instead.

What did you buy this month? Have you got any favourites?

March Favourites
(from top left) L'Oreal Nude Magique Eau De Tint foundation £9.99, La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo [+]  £15.50, Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection concealer £4.19, Real Techniques Expert Face brush £9.99, Soap & Glory Glow All Out Luminizing powder £11, Topshop Mom jeans £40, MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot £15, Nike Air Max Thea £80

1 comment:

  1. Hi there, me again :). I love your blog and I've nominated for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award! Dee x x