The Stand-Outs # 3

31 Mar 2014

The more sunshine we are spoiled to, the more I am finding myself falling into old Spring habits of gleaming peaches, soft nude pinks and a touch of that all important highlight. There's a few products I haven't been able to tear myself away from this month, and some I had to give a real thorough testing before making my mind up on whether I liked them or not, finding I really quite do. If there's been one true love in my stash this month, it's been my MAC Style Powder Blush (Selfridges, £18) which was a favourite through all of last Summer, and is already my favourite again this Spring. With a lovely sheertone shimmer finish, Style is the perfect peachy coral shade, with yellow golden undertones that looks incredibly flattering on the skin. From blush to highlight, I've found myself reaching for NYX Illuminator (NYXCosmetics*, £9) in Narcissistic. A pale nude highlight with the perfect amount of shimmer to catch the light, adding extra definition to your cheek bones, brow bone and cupids bow. 

Eyes have been pretty neutral for most of the most, with just a handful or so of days where I've had time to do a nice big eye look. I've found two products perfect for creating everything from a wash of colour to a day-time eye-opener or night-time smokey eye. The Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow (JohnLewis, £18.50) in Suede, a tan brown. Part of the Navy & Nude Collection, it was the first Long-Wear Cream Shadow I had tried from Bobbi Brown, and left me addicted to the perfect formula and incredible longevity and staying power. The best cream shadows I've ever tried, which work fantastically as a base or on their own. For powder shadows I've been turning to one palette with a huge 24 shade selection, for the majority of my looks this March. The NYX Wicked Dreams Eyeshadow Palette (NYXCosmetics, £15) really surpassed my expectations and has given me a new favourite drugstore palette. The neutral shades are my favourite, making the perfect wash of colour or inner corner highlight.

Two products which have been part of my routine every time this month. The Bobbi Brown Nectar & Nude Lipgloss (Debenhams, £18) in Nude Pink, which has been a favourite for teaming with nude and pale pink lipsticks. It has a gorgeous formula that's almost creamy on the lips, with no stickiness and it lasts a pretty long time too. I've also been hooked on my Benefit The POREfessional Agent Zero Shine (LookFantastic, 7g, £23.50) which is a lovely light-weight finishing powder that sets my makeup perfectly and holds the unwanted shine and oil at bay.  

A fantastic multi-purpose product I've loved turning to this month is the Bodhi Mint Thé Temple Balm (SamsaraSkin*, 15g, £15) which has done wonders for all my sore and achy parts. Spending a lot of my time sat at a computer, or reading journal articles, my neck, shoulders and back soon start to ache and feel sore. I've found Temple Balm incredible for relieving some of that soreness, just by massaging a small amount of product onto the areas where it's at it's worst. You can find out more about the antiseptic and healing properties of this deliciously minty balm here.

I am a great example of a sample hoarder, but I've finally started working my way through my stash and giving products a try. Some  have become real gems and products I've popped down on the to-buy list. At first I wasn't taken by the Laura Mercier Oil-Free Foundation Primer (House of Fraser, £29) , finding it a touch to liquid-y for my liking. But having left it in my primer pot for a while, the formula seems to have thickened up slightly and now I absolutely adore it. This is definitely a primer I hope to purchase in full size in the future. Beauty Protector Protect & Oil (Birchbox, £16) has over-taken all of my beloved hair oils as my absolute favourite, for three very good reasons. It smells absolutely delicious, a sweet scent that reminds me of white chocolate and toffee all in one. Tasty scents aside, it works amazingly well to smooth my hair, leaving it with a natural shine and new found softness, as well as really making my hair feel stronger. I need the full size... The last sample in my stand-outs this month is the Bioderma Sebium Hydra Moisturising Replenishing Cream (Escentual, 40ml, £10) for weakened oily skin, of which I had an adorable little sample getting a good weeks use out of it. I used it every morning for a week as my daily moisturiser, and I've fallen in love with how plump and soft it makes my skin feel, as well as keeping my oily skin at bay and repairing my dehydrated areas. For such a bargain price, I'll be picking up a full size to try on a longer-term basis; look out for a full review!   

What products have you been loving this March? Do you ever try and get through your sample stash? Maybe you've fallen in love with a product recently, that you first tried in sample form? Let me know, I'd love to hear your thoughts on the products mentioned as well as what products have really stood out for you lately! 

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