Thursday, 27 February 2014

February Faves 2014

This month it was super easy to pick my favourites, and I've got a total of nine products that I've been slapping on almost every single day. 

I have kept the Clarins Rouge Prodige Lipstick in 104 Lilac Pink £18.00 knocking around in my handbag all month. It's one of those pick-me-up shades that instantly brightens your face and your mood. I have written up a full review of the Rouge Prodige formula, with swatches of another shade Rosy Coral, here. But in a nutshell these lipsticks are pigmented, glossy and hang around for a good 4 hours or so. I make that pretty good going for such a sheeny formula! 

Next is a face brightening combo that I have slapped on almost every day this month. My bronzer of choice has been the Elizabeth Arden Pure Finish Bronze Powder in Warm Radiance £12.00 (Debenhams sale), which is almost identical to NARS Laguna Bronzer £26.00. When you give the Elizabeth Arden Bronze Powder a swatch, it looks super sheer and in the pan it has really obvious glitter. But on the face it's a completely different story, with this shade adding a beautiful healthy glow. 

The other part of the combo is the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Radiant Magenta £28.00. It applies so easily, and the fab pigmentation of this shade means a light dusting is more than enough. I adore the shade, a lovely golden pink that I can see working really well for a variety of skin tones. For some more photos and an in-depth review, take a look here.

This month I think I've finally got the hang of the daytime appropriate smokey eye. I've been using the Elizabeth Arden Bronze Powder in the crease, and pairing it with the beautiful L'Oreal Infallible Eye Shadow in 912 Endless Chocolat £1.99 (Fragrance Direct), smudged along the upper and lower lash line. Although this shade has a metallic finish, it still adds amazing definition and has great lasting power - exactly what you want for day time. An absolute bargain over on Fragrance Direct too, where they had quite a few different shades available. 

And when it comes to colours that are a bit out of my comfort zone, this month I've been wearing green eyeliner(!) in the form of Avon Supershock Liner in Khaki £6.00. It's a metallic, forest green shade with unbelievable lasting power and a ridiculously creamy formula. I wear this in the waterline as a softer alternative to black, which again works really well for a daytime smokey look. 

The MAC 130 Short Duo-Fibre Brush £30.00 is the product that's had a bit of a revival in my daily routine lately. I've been applying my foundation with it and fallen in love all over again with the smooth, flawless finish it creates. I've also been using it to apply cream bronzers and blushers - this brush just makes everything a complete breeze. It's ridiculously expensive and I'm sure e.l.f. do something similar for a fraction of the price, but I'm hoping this brush will last me a good few years before I need to replace it! You can read my full review on it here

I also wanted to quickly throw in the Clinique Lash Power Mascara £17.00, which I can see being a firm favourite of mine ever month. It's long wearing, smudge-proof and blacker than black. I've done a full post on this mascara with before and after photos here.

The last two bits are some hair styling products for big, fluffy hair. Firstly, I don't know what I was doing before the John Frieda Luxurious Volume Dry Shampoo £5.99. It's got a pretty steep price tag for a product that I normally get through like the clappers, but it beats every other dry shampoo I've ever tried. It doesn't leave behind a greasy, matted residue but actually does what it says on the tin and refreshed and revives 2 day old hair.

The L'Oreal Studio Line Volume Supersizing Spray £4.99 is a bit more of a bargain, and I often spy this line on buy 1 get 1 free deals or something similar. This basically reminds me of a hairspray, but with a more texturizing finish... OK, so not the most insightful description! But the Volume Supersizing Spray definitely gives hair more body and texture as well as adding hold to your style. It is drying and your hair doesn't feel the greatest with this sprayed into it but hey - you win some you lose some.

Ignoring the fact my neck seems to be at a near 90 degree angle in this photo (I can't take a photo without doing the broken-neck-thing these days, I need help!), here's what all the products look like once on. You can see how the Avon Supershock Liner finishes off the eye look with just the right amount of definition, and the lovely warmth the Elizabeth Arden Pure Finish Bronze Powder gives to the face - because believe me I was looking pasty as hell that day sans makeup. 

What have been your favourites this month? 


  1. I picked up the L'Oreal Styling Spray yesterday so im very excited to give it a go and see what its like!
    Natalie xx

  2. I think I bought Rosy Coral after seeing it on your blog!! I have two of the Clarins lipsticks-love them xxx

    Stacey Expat Make-Up Addict

  3. Never heard anyone talk about the clarins lipsticks before - they look so nice! Ooh green liner, I like :) also (random question) how did you do your header? I've been trying for ages to do a similar thing to the 'Katy' in my header


    Katy xx

  4. I'm so jealous of anyone with an Hourglass blush! I'm on a spending ban and dying to break it. I love the colour you have, surprisingly I haven't seen it before but I feel like that's the colour I'd be most inclined to buy xxx

    Verity | Life of Verity

  5. The Hourglass blush is beautiful! I definitely want to give one a try but after swatching them, I didn't find any of the shades to be particularly unique. They look beautiful in the pan but when they're on, they're not different enough from some of my current favourites to be worth the high price tag. I'll probably crack and end up getting one at some point anyway though. That tends to happen. xx

    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

  6. Great posts! You are flawless and have perfect brows!!!

    If you ever have a few minutes could you maybe check out my blog please? Im quite new and could use any feedback/comments!!


  7. Have you tried it yet? What did you think? xx

  8. I won't lie I often just stare at the pan, admiring. Hahaa xx

  9. Oh really! Have you tried it yet? Which other shades do you have? I want to get a nude shade, like the look of Tea Rose - shock.. xx

  10. They are super nice! Look out for their summer sale as I'm pretty sure lots of shades become reduced on their website. I did my header with adobe indesign if you like you can e-mail it over and I can do it for you xx

  11. Ahhh be strong! The packaging and the pan definitely makes them look a million times more appealing, they are a fab formula although the shades aren't totally unique xx

  12. They aren't really - they're your standard blush shades but the pretty pan makes you think they're amazing. But I do find that the look of these on the skin is sooo undetectable, whereas some of my other blushers can look powdery/cakey. xx

  13. It's such a good little multi-tasker - if you ever pick it up deffo wait for when Debenhams have their 10% off beauty thing! xx

  14. Ahhh hardly but thank you! And I'm now following your blog :) - really want benefit Bella Bamba after reading your post! xx

  15. On The Dressing Table5 March 2014 at 09:19

    Ive just added the John Freda dry shampoo to my shopping list, i got the new Dove one recently and i have been really liking that, it doesn't leave any of that horrible powder residue either. much nicer than certain other brands! xx


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