29 March 2015

This Month's Favourites | March 2015

March has been a funny month. It's still cold like winter, but with the sun shining more and more each day, I've found myself wanting to turn to more spring-typical shades. I've spent much of March changing my look on a daily basis, not quite sure if it's time for brighter spring looks, but not wanting to stay in the dark hues of winter. 

A picture of Max Factor Creme Puff Blush and White Rabbit Skincare Toning Eye Cream
A picture of Ben Nye Banana Luxury Loose Powder
A picture of Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Light/Medium Matte BronzerA picture of Dior Rouge Dior Lipstick in 028 Mazette and Clarins Truly Waterproof Mascara

Because I'm still stuck in winter-mode despite wanting to reach for spring and summer shades, my base and skin has been a lot more toned down than usual. I've been loving the more natural look recently, using products that enhance my features without looking too stark or over the top. When I'm not in the mood for a full contour/highlight, I've been turning to my Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer in Light/Medium. It's the perfect bronzer for warming up your complexion and just the right tone to look nicely bronzed - no hint of orange in sight! I have a travel size which came in my Too Faced Blogger Darlings set, with the full size retailing at £25. Even better? Because it's enriched with anti-oxidant rich cocoa powder, it actually smells like chocolate! 

For blush I've been completely and utterly addicted to the new Max Factor Creme Puff Blush range, in particular shade 10 Nude Mauve* which is a really pretty and subtle nude with hint of warm mauve. It makes such a lovely blush for an everyday look, great for transitioning from winter to spring. At £8.99 they're not the cheapest blushes on the high-street, but the formula, finish and longevity is perfect and makes them well worth the price in my opinion. I've got a full review of this range coming up later this week, including a full run-down of all shades in the range - so keep an eye out! 

I'm hooked on my Ben Nye Banana Luxury Loose Powder again, finding it the perfect powder for setting my makeup and in particular, setting under-eye concealers for a brighter look. I've raved about this time and time again - you can check out my comparison post 'Ben Nye VS Soap & Glory' for a more in-depth review. This one varies in price depending on where you find it, but it lasts forever!

For eyes there's two products I can't get enough of right now, both from Clarins. 02 Nude Pink from the Clarins Ombre Matte Cream-to-Powder Eyeshadow range is the perfect shade for neutralising colour, providing a subtle wash of colour and even better for working with other shadows as a base. I'm a big fan of this range, a little pricer than you're average individual shadows at £19, you can find out why I think they're so amazing in my rave review here

For effortlessly lengthening my lashes whilst creating - and holding - a curl with ease, I've been turning to the Clarins Truly Waterproof Mascara almost every single day. By far one of my favourite mascaras ever, and one of the few high-end mascaras I've repurchased, it gives me everything I want from a mascara in just one coat. At £21.50, it's definitely a high-end purchase, but the formula, quality and effect it gives my lashes is worth it. You can check out a full review here.

Last but not least on the makeup front, a spring shade I've found impossible to resist even on those more natural toned-down makeup days, is my one and only Dior lipstick. From the Rouge Dior Lipstick range, 028 Mazette is a beautiful pinky coral shade that instantly brightens any look. By far my most expensive lipstick at £26, it has a stunning formula that's soft and light-weight, great colour pay-off and a very subtle shine finish that makes my lips look full and voluptuous. 

Tons of fab makeup ended up featuring in my favourites this month, but there's one very special skincare product I had to mention too. Vegan-friendly White Rabbit Skincare is a brand I have been introduced to by TheVeganKind monthly subscription boxes - a brand which has featured a couple of times now, and the latest product from them which featured in the February box has left me absolutely smitten. The Toning Eye Cream costs just £8 for 15ml and is by far one of the best eye creams I've ever come across. Working to tighten and firm the delicate skin under our eyes whilst helping to reduce dark circles and puffiness all whilst repairing damaged skin with an antioxidant and vitamin packed formula, it has made my eyes look and feel amazing. It's quite a thick cream, but once applied it sinks into skin with ease and leaves an instantly hydrated and plumped feel. I would repurchase this over my high-end eye creams, without a shadow of a doubt! 

What products stood out for you the most this month? Have you moved onto spring appropriate shades yet, or still enjoying the deeper, darker shades we all love in winter? I'm looking forward to playing around with my makeup more in April, the spring lipsticks and blushes are going to come out in full force!

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  1. I've heard a lot about the Ben Nye Banana Powder! I should really give it a go!

    Nicky
    zeeblikesit.blogspot.com
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    1. The Ben Nye Luxury Loose Powders are amazing. Banana is perfect for my complexion xo

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    1. Nude Mauve is a beauty, isn't it? xo

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  3. Great picks! The Max Factor blushes are so lovely and I really want to try the Banana Powder, I hear nothing but good things :)

    alice x | beautybyalicee | bloglovin'

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    1. It's a great powder, always comes out on top above my others! I'm so impressed with the Max Factor Creme Puff Blush range :) xo

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  4. I'm dying to try the Banana Powder! I really like some of the shades from the Max Factor Creme Puff Blush range too :) xx

    Magpie Jasmine

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    1. I think the shades in the Creme Puff Blush range are beautiful! xo

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  5. I really need to try the Banana Powder - I've watched so many tutorials and read lots of blog posts on it! Hope you've had a lovely weekend <3
    Beth x
    MissBeautyObsession

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    1. I have thank you Beth, I hope you did too! It's a very popular product indeed :) xo

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  6. I have never heard a bad review of the Too Faced bronzer, it sounds amazing x
    Emma | Emmys Blog

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    1. It's so, so lovely! Plus the smell of chocolate makes it pretty darn addictive xo

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  7. I love reading your blogs because so many of these products I have never heard of and it makes me more knowledgeable in the make up field! xx

    http://lilliemysel.blogspot.com

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    1. Awh thank you Lillie! Always glad to introduce readers to products and brands they may not have known before :) xo

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  8. Love the sound of the Banana powder!

    Renee | Lose The Road

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  9. Heard so much about the max factor blushes, really need to try them out.

    http://alishaxa.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. They are FAB! Keep an eye out for my full review later this week xo

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  10. I am totally purchasing that eye cream as soon as my current one runs out. I am nearly at the bottom and looking to find something new. It sounds so good!

    Kristen // Everybeauty Talks

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    1. It's so, so lovely. And for the price it's incredible! xo

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  11. Hi, I love your blog. You have this way of writing that makes me want to buy everything! I am so tempted by the Ben Nye Banana Powder, as I am always looking for something to control my oily nose but I am very pale with pink undertones. Do you think that will work with my skin? My husband jokes and says I am so white I am pale blue. Thank you for another great post! x

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    1. Thank you Joanne, really glad you enjoyed my post and are enjoying the blog! Ben Nye actually have different shades of their Luxury Loose Powder, to suit different complexions. They do a pale pink one which might work better for you, and also a white one which is translucent :) xo

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