Wednesday, 2 March 2016

February beauty favourites

Seeing as March has started it's time for me to share with you some of my most loved beauty products in the last weeks. February was a month of treating myself to many new lip products (I'm getting seriously obsessed with lipsticks) and skincare but also rediscovering some older things in my collection and showing them the love they deserve.  

February beauty favourites

In terms of eyeshadows I've been reaching mainly for 2 palettes:
Morphe 35T (review) which has some gorgeous shimmery shades, from coppers to purples and great quality matte colours, I can't recommend this palette enough, especially for the money. I would be surprised if you weren't blown away by the pigmentation and smoothness of many of the eyeshadows.

Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar palette (check my comparison post with the Makeup Revolution offering) it may look like a boring, nothing special, palette but it's actually amazing one, perfect for everyday makeup or to assist another palette. It has a great selection of matte shades, from creamy white to black through different tones of brown. There are also some beautiful shimmery shades and the champagne one not only looks beautiful all over the lid but also is a great cheek highlight.

I've been trying many different foundations last month and finding my perfect formulation has become a bit of an obsession. The Maybelline Fit Me Matte+Poreless foundation is one of the best foundations I've tried in the last couple of months. Unfortunately it's still not available in UK (even though it has been in US for a year or so) but after seeing Leanne (LPage Beauty) liking it I also ordered it through Amazon. It cost £12, so more then you would normally pay for a Maybelline foundation and took just over a week to arrive but it was totally worth it cause it's a great foundation.
After researching swatches online I chose shade 120 Classic Ivory which is a very good match for me. The foundation gives medium coverage but it's buildable, the finish is semi-matte and it looks very natural on the skin blurring slightly pores and imperfections. What I like the most about this foundation is its lasting power, it easily stays in perfect condition for 8 hours and I don't even need to blot my T-Zone, yes, I look a bit shiny/dewy by the end of that time but not oily (I do use a primer and setting powder as usual). I didn't find this foundation drying at all.
For reference my skin is on a normal side with a bit of oilier T-Zone.  I think it's a great drugstore foundation and I hope we'll get it in UK soon. The only negative about it is that it doesn't come with a pump.

I just posted a post on my Morphe brushes on Monday so I won't be repeating myself but just quickly I have to mention the M439 buffing brush because it's the only brush I like to use with some of my foundations instead of my trusty Beauty Blender. It blends the foundation quickly and seamlessly and it's super soft and also quite affordable!

favourite lipsticks

As I mentioned I'm loving lipsticks at the moment and got quite a few new in the last weeks but these 4 have been my most used recently. During weekend I liked to wear either Firebird - bright fuchsia with blue shift to it from the Urban Decay & Gwen Stefani collaboration (review) or Charlotte Tilbury Kiss Chase, gorgeous deep dusty rose (review).
On weekdays I usually reached for easy and 'goes with everything' nudes: Bourjois Rouge Edition Lipstick in Rose Tweed and NYX High Voltage Lipstick in Flutter Kiss were my most used in February (check my current favourite nude lipsticks post).

Bravura London chemical exfoliators

I've been trying a few new skincare products in the last weeks but as I'm planning my skincare routine post soon I will share now with you only those that really stood out to me.

I came across Bravura London brand on Instagram some time in January and after checking their website I just had to order some products.

Bravura London was founded in 2003 by Amanda Elias, an experienced facial therapist whose own skin problems led her to discover the benefits of AHA and BHA’s for troubled skin. The brand is dedicated to supplying the best quality, effective pharmaceutical skincare products at very realistic prices.

I ordered three of their famous acid peels, Lactic Acid 10%, Salicylic Acid 2% and Glycolic Acid 10%. They're concentrated enough to effectively work but not too strong so they're safe to use frequently at home. I've been loving products containing AHA and BHA (chemical exfoliators) as they truly transformed my skin. I use either of the peels every 2, 3 days and my skin has been looking healthy, smooth and glowing.

Glycolic Acid is an Alpha Hydroxy Acid which performs at the top layers of your skin, dissolving the ‘glue’ that holds dead skin cells together. Because this increases cell turnover, skin becomes smoother, more elastic and more even in tone and texture.

Lactic Acid is a mild chemical peel (Apha Hydroxy Acid or AHA) and is thought to be more accepted by the skin than other AHA's as our body produces lactic acid. This alcohol free chemical peel is infused with Rose Water and is the perfect treatment for dry or dehydrated skin suffering from hyperpigmentation, acne, dry/dull skin, ageing skin or to just freshen the complexion and revive your natural glow.

Salicylic Acid is a very effective ingredient for treating oily/acne skin types that are prone to open pores and blackheads. Because it has a larger molecular structure to Glycolic Acid it stays on the surface of the skin longer giving it fantastic pore clearing capabilities. Salicylic Acid is a Beta Hydroxy Acid and it can penetrate deeper into the oil glands causing exfoliation even in the oily areas of the face. For this reason it has been used for years by dermatologists to help treat acne in people who have very oily skins.

These are the products I've been loving lately. Have you tried any of them? What have you been loving lately?

Dagmara

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