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As you can see in the picture above, I’ve had a lot of things to love in March – all nine of them! There have been some real standout favourites in both skincare and make-up, so let’s get right to it:
I’ve been really enjoying the Rita Rakus Daily Tinted Broad Spectrum SPF50 (although I still have no idea why they refer to it as tinted) as it’s lightweight yet hydrating and it sits really well under make-up. I also really like the fact that it’s such a high SPF. Annoyingly, I can’t find it online anywhere and nobody seems to know the price – I will update when I have more info!
I’ve already reviewed the Dr Dennis Gross Spotlite Acne Treatment Device here and the reason it’s included in my March Favourites is because it has become particularly handy over the last couple of days – I’ve had quite a nasty reaction to a moisturiser with a couple of horrendous breakouts, and this really does work; one of them was so big I looked like my face was swollen (I’m genuinely not exaggerating!) and using this device a couple of times in the AM and PM has really taken the inflammation out, so I can definitely recommend it and it’s particularly for anyone who gets the occasional breakout that needs immediate addressing.
Finally on skincare, I have a lovely big bottle of Bioderma Hydrabio which really is the best micellar. Over the past couple of years I’ve been using lots of different ones, coming to the conclusion that they’re all much of a muchness, but having dipped my toe back into the world of Bioderma, I can definitely see why it’s known to be the best and I’m very happy to be using it again, especially the Hydrabio version which is SO good for my combination skin.
There are three base products I’ve been reaching for more than anything else, starting with the Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation SPF15, which I’ve reviewed here. It’s such an easy base product to wear as it blends well, gives excellent coverage, lasts the day and provides an SPF, so it’s one of those products that I’ve found myself reaching for every day because it ticks so many boxes.
I recently treated myself to the YSL Touche Eclat High Coverage Concealer which has received quite a lot of attention, as the original is such an iconic product. I think it’s misleadingly named as it suggests it’s going to be a high coverage concealer for the face – so something dense and pigmented for covering blemishes and pigmentation – bu it’s actually more of a high coverage version of the original Touche Eclat, so it’s designed to provide more coverage to areas that need a little bit of help, such as under the eyes, around the nose etc. Once I realised this, it really came into use and I do use it to add a touch more coverage all over, but I’m someone who likes a natural look and I don’t like every tiny little blemish concealed, so this is perfect for me.
Right at the other end of the budget is the CYO All Eyes & Cheeks Cream Shadow and Blush in shade Story Teller – I’ve raved about this in previous posts as it’s a fantastic cream blusher that I would pay so much more for, making it a real budget find. You can easily work it into skin, giving yourself a natural flush that lasts all day.
The Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo has been a long-term and very firm favourite of mine for creating brows that are just dark and defined enough without looking heavy, which is a battle for me as I have strong features and fair hair, so not enough definition and the brows get lost, but too much and I look a bit scary! I have the shade Medium Brown and it’s perfect for me; ashy, mousy and giving me the perfect level of colour. If you’re a bit nervous of such a dark shade and have issues similar to mine, try the fabulous and incredibly popular Taupe shade.
I’ve been trying out lots of different make-up recently, but I almost always finish a look with a slick of the Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm in shade Pink Blossom as it’s the prettiest, most flattering pink that goes with every kind of make-up look, and the formula is, of course, a Burt’s Bee lip balm, so the product itself is incredibly nourishing and kind to lips. For less than £6 you can’t really go wrong.
I have a collection of mascaras in my main everyday make-up drawer from brands like Lancome and Urban Decay, yet the one I’m reaching for most of all is the Revolution The Mascara Revolution as it really is fantastic at achieving a surprising multitude of looks, with my favourite being focusing mostly on the outer lashes to give definition and that fluttery effect that’s so easy and yet really pretty. This also lasts all day with minimal smudging (unless I wear waterproof, all mascaras smudge on me after a certain time) and it comes off easily, so its basically a perfect mascara and I really hope Revolution Beauty do more mascaras soon.
If you follow me on Instagram then you will have seen me banging on about the amazing Morphe Nature Glow Palette, which has just completely opened my eyes (puntastic!) to wearing warmer colours in a way that other palettes have failed, and I think the reason this one has hit the nail on the head for me is because it’s got a great mix of both warm and cool tones, so it feels a lot more accessible for someone like me, who generally favours cooler colours. I love this so much and I’ll be featuring it in more detail on the blog soon.
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