28 February 2014

The Stand-outs # 2

The Stand-outs # 2
My beauty lovers heart has been offered to just a select few products this month, as the hectic house move meant I either had no time at all for makeup, or my products were still packed away and I reached for whatever I could find among the boxes. This tactic actually worked out quite well, and these particular products stand-out from around a handful more which have been constant everyday reached for products. The biggest love for me this month has to be the Clarins Instant Eye Make-up Remover (Selfridges, 125ml, £17), which is my most recent splurge repurchase and an eye makeup remover I just cannot be without. It makes removing eye makeup (and matte, highly pigmented lipsticks) easy and fuss free. It's a pricey eye makeup remover, I'll give you that. But pop to your local Clarins counter and see if they have a little sample they can give you - you'll soon see why it's so loved in the beauty world! Another favourite is a product from Origins that I had wanted to give a go for quite some time, and finally caved before Christmas. There's been a few times this month where I've needed to stop, sit down and just relax for five minutes. Sensory Therapy Peace of Mind OntheSpot Relief (House of Fraser, 15ml, £13) is a product I heard of purely from reading beauty blogs, and ones I am so glad I finally picked up. A light gel product, Peace of Mind is the product I've reached for when I'm feeling stressed, applying two dabs on pulse points and my temples. This has been perfect for keeping in my pocket or handbag when out, and whether it's the ingredients or the scent I don't know, but it certainly has a soothing and calming effect.

There's a few drugstore products I've been coveting this month and all are regulars in my everyday routine. I shared my thoughts during the week on the purse-friendly Vichy Aqualia Thermal Repairing & Soothing Lip Balm (Escentual, £2.15), a soothing and repairing balm that's soft and gentle, leaving my lips happy after use each. I've hit well beyond pan on my Soap & Glory Kick Ass Concealer (Boots, £10) and it's been a constant in my makeup stash for nearly two years now. I'm not sure if I will repurchase, though, as I always find the last quarter of product is firmer and harder to work with than the usual luxuriously creamy product you use first. It's a great dupe for the high-end Bobbi Brown Corrector and Concealer Duo (House of Fraser, £24), though! I grabbed a Barry M offer in Boots months ago now, and the gift with purchase was a Barry M Lash Vegas Volumising Mascara (ASOS, £6.49) I am so smitten with this mascara, for such a budget-friendly product I've been turning to it more than any of my high-end mascaras. It lengthens, it volumises, it leaves my lashes looking luxurious and deeply black. The only downside is every time I use this mascara, I find it clumps but always at the very base of the lashes, irritating my eyes. The MaxFactor Whipped Creme Foundation (Boots, £9.99) is back in the top spot as my favourite base, despite a little falling out with it over Christmas where I was worried it was oxidising. It seems fine now and I love how it's a light sheer base that I can wear for any occasion, but one which can also be built up if I need a more medium coverage. 

I started briefly using my Benefit Browzings in Dark (House of Fraser, £23.50) again, but I can't help turning back to my HD Brows Kit in Foxy (BeautyBay, £19.95) I find the shades in the HD kit leave a far more natural finish. I do love my Browzings though and it's the only brow product I reach for in the summer months. I'm still smitten with the Michael Kors Sporty Bronze Powder in Glow (Escentual, £34) as it's perfect for any makeup look, being the ideal shade for an all over natural glow as well as easily built up for a touch of definition if used to contour. My final stand-out offering for February has to be the NARS Narsissist Eyeshadow Palette which I have been unable to tear myself away from. It's just an incredibly versatile palette for a huge array of looks and styles, with everything covered from neutral to a flash of colour or that deep sultry eye. 

What are your stand-out products for February?


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6 comments

  1. So jealous of your Narcissist palette, it's just perfection! I picked up the Kick Ass concealer the other week too and loving it so far x

    Claire | AgentSmyth

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  2. I read such mixed reviews for that Nars palette!
    I wish I could test it first and then see if I wanna buy it.


    http://creepersandcupcakes.blogspot.co.uk

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  3. I love the Narsissist palette, its lovely.

    zoea2812.blogspot.com

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  4. Have heard such mixed reviews about the Narcissist palette, glad you enjoyed yours though. x
    MISSY IN THE MIRROR

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  5. That Nars palette.. No words for it! So perfect makes me want to cry!
    Love the kick ass concealer too, especially the "green" shade, works perfectly for blemishes!
    xo
    The Beauty Break // http://beautytimebreak.blogspot.com

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  6. Oh the Nars palette.. Has so many mixed reviews, but I want to own it so bad!

    Bek xx
    confessionsofamake-upaddict.blogspot.com

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