Without realising it, I tried quite a few new beauty products this month, along with rediscovering some old favourites. February flew past (the opposite to January!) and I am SO happy March is here – my birthday month and a long weekend for Easter, what could be better.
Most of these favourites are about skin – I’ve been just concentrating on getting the base just right and finishing my makeup off by filling in my brows and adding some mascara. Quick and easy! This changes month on month but as the moment, a healthy skin finish and natural eye make is all I’m after.
Skin care Favourites
My skin has felt moisturised and glowy this month, and I’m pretty sure it comes down to this new combination of skin care treats. So, I was sent the Image Vitamin C serum a while ago to try out, and whilst I enjoyed using it, I missed the feeling of using a hyaluronic acid-based serum.
If you’ve used hyaluronic acid before, I think you’ll know what I mean when I say I missed the feeling of it on my skin! The magical skin care ingredient holds 50x the amount of water your skin normally would, which results in comfortable hydration all year long. So for a couple of weeks, I had forgotten about the Vitamin C serum, going back to my Hyaluronic Acid serum from The Ordinary.
Whilst watching the SheerLuxe Show, a skincare expert explained that you should use a vitamin C serum FOLLOWED by a hyaluronic acid. This made complete sense to me – I’m not sure why it didn’t occur to me to try it but I’m so glad I watched that video. I’ve used these two serums together and I am so impressed with how well they work.
The Vitamin C protects, providing an anti-ageing base for my skincare, and the hyaluronic acid locks in that much-needed hydration that my dehyrated skin needs. I just follow with SPF and that is my skincare routine done!
Honestly, I can’t see myself going back from this new routine as I feel much happier with how my skin feels now. The Ordinary’s Hyaluronic Acid serum retails at around £5 (complete bargain) and the Image Vital C serum retails at around £40. I highly recommend the Image serum, but for those of you who are on a budget, The Body Shop also have a Vitamin C range. I’ve only tried the moisturiser, but it was pretty good!
Three makeup items in my February favourites this month – two of them being brand new discoveries. As I’ve mentioned so many times before, I’m not about the matte skin finish when it comes to makeup. I like things to be quite glowing and dewy looking on my skin, which is naturally quite dry. I’m also very pale naturally, so anything to bronze me up slightly gets a thumbs up from me!
L’Oreal have had me covered on both of these skin wishes! I bought the Infallible Shaping Sticks and the True Match Highlight on the same day, so tested at the same time. So first, the foundation stick. I have a full review of the foundation sticks up on my blog already – I love them! I need a slightly more yellow-toned foundation shade but I chose ‘Toffee Caramel‘ as a bronzing shade and it is perfect!
It isn’t super orange, but it definitely isn’t a contour shade either. The warm colour bronzes up my collection (I have to use is sparingly when I’m not wearing self-tan) with just the right undertone. I apply it to the outer perimeter of my faces – under my cheek bones and blended up, as well as around my forehead. Definitely one to try if you’d like to try cream bronzing as it blends so easily.
On to adding the ‘glow’, which is where the Liquid Glow Illuminator comes in! The gold-toned product is a multi-use one. You can use it as a primer all of your skin, or just under makeup in the places you’ll later apply highlight. Use it over makeup as a liquid highlighter and on your body for a gold-based sheen.
It sits so well beneath makeup, and for less than £10, it’s a great dupe for the By Terry CC serum which so many people love for that healthy finish. I have the shade ‘Golden Glow, but a pink version is available too if you prefer a more pearl colour.
Finally, an old favourite! I had forgotten all about MAC’s Velvet Teddyfavourite, which is a cult favourite in lots of people’s make bags. It’s made a reappearance in mine – it’s much more of a warm, pinky shade than I remembered but I think that’s a good thing. If you are looking for a pretty, nude-pink lipstick, this is such a lovely choice as it seems to go with every makeup look.
Have you tried any of these products?