December has crept on us and it's time for all the festivities that come with Christmas celebrations. I love this time of the year and looking forward to putting our Christmas tree up next weekend. My boys are getting super excited about the Holidays, Santa and presents which just add to the magic of December.
But before we all start thinking and talking only about Christmas parties, food and gifts I want to share with you which beauty products I've been impressed with in the last few weeks.
A month ago I came across some good offers on Emma Hardie website and decided to treat myself to some of her products, including the cult Moringa Cleansing Balm, £38 for 100ml. Although I know that cleansing properly your face is one of the most important part of your skincare routine I don't like spending lots of money on cleansers but the curiosity took better of me and with the discount the deal was too good to pass on. And I'm glad I got the Cleansing Balm as I absolutely love it. It's so luxurious, rich and nourishing I feel like having a pamper session every time I use it.
- Grape Seed Oil and Sweet Almond Oil rich in essential fatty acids help to plump and soften the skin,
- Moringa Seed extract, Wild Sea Fennel and Vitamin E balance, purify and help to minimise the appearance of open pores,
- Essential oils of Orange, Neroli and Mandarin rejuvenate and revitalise the skin whilst calming the senses,
- Jasmine and Rose help to recondition dull, dry, dehydrated and mature skins.
I enjoy the scent of the balm which is quite relaxing and comforting but I can imagine it might not be for everyone as it is a bit strong. I use this balm as my second cleanse and really take my time to massage it into my skin, after I remove it with wet, warm face cloth my skin is left not only very clean but also soft, hydrated and nourished like after having a face mask. So the hype about it is definitely real, not sure if I would pay the full price for this cleanser but when's on offer it's definitely worth getting.
I talked about Peter Thomas Roth face masks not long ago (review) which I got in a great kit of 6 travel sizes of his bestselling masks and I really like most of them but the Pumpkin Enzyme and Marine Algae Intense Hydrating Treatment ones are a real stands out for me. I love to use them one after the other and I'm left with super smooth, plumped and hydrated skin.
These two new Zoeva palettes: Caramel Melange and Blanc Fusion (review and swatches) have become my 'go to' on everyday basis since the day I got them. Although I like the Caramel Melange better in terms of shade selection I reach more often for the Blanc Fusion because it's just perfect for those everyday quick and simple eye looks which are neutral enough to go with any lipstick I fancy wearing that day. The quality of eyeshadows is fantastic and I can't put these two palettes down.
When it comes to my everyday base products I've been reaching for these two foundations, Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation Serum, £45, and EX1 Invisiwear Foundation in shade F100, £12.50, I like both on their own but together they're the bomb!
The Perricone MD Foundation Serum is more of a skincare product then makeup, with neuropeptides which activate surface renewal and regenerate the skin and broad spectrum SPF30, it provides very light coverage but seems to blur all the imperfections beautifully leaving skin looking more even, radiant and glowy. My only negative about this foundation/serum is that it stays tacky if not set properly with powder.
Because the coverage it provides is quite minimal I started using it as my primer and any foundation applied on top of it looks better and it stays on all day. The Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation is very long lasting on its own and it works perfectly as a primer. I apply two pumps to my face using my fingers so the foundation literally melts into my skin, then I wait a minute or so and apply my foundation on top. And I can be sure that my makeup will stay on all day and I don't even get shiny as much.
The EX1 Invisiwear Liquid Foundation offers light to medium coverage and very natural looking finish. This range of foundation was first created with people of darker skin tones in mind and they have a fantastic shade selection with yellow and olive undertones. My shade is my perfect match so that also adds to how natural it looks on my skin. It blends beautifully, it doesn't accentuate pores or dry patches and it lasts well up to 8 hours on its own on my skin. But paired with the Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation it stays 10 hours looking pretty good. Perfect pair!
I had been looking for a good setting powder that would lock my makeup in place, help not to get too oily throughout the day but all that without looking cakey and I found all this in the RCMA NO Colour Powder but its packaging drives me mad, it gets messy, I spill the powder all over me almost every time I use it so when I was placing a small Tam Beauty order not long ago I decided to get the Freedom Makeup HD Pro Finish Powder, £3. It's a loose, translucent powder, very finely milled which looks undetectable on the skin but it's quite mattifying yet I don't find it drying at all. It helps to keep my makeup in place, I don't get shiny as much throughout a day and it also works great at keeping my under eye concealer crease free. If you've tried the RCMA No Colour Powder I'd say this Freedom Makeup one is as good but a bit more mattifying. And what's the best part about it is the packaging which comes with a brilliant sifter that helps to dispense a small amount of powder and things don't get messy.
On my lips, for the last couple of weeks, have been almost constantly one of these three products: Zoeva Pure Velour Lips in Faint Of Heart (£9.75), Zoeva Pure Lacquer Lips in Crushed Bloom (£9.75) and I Heart Makeup Molten Chocolate Liquid Lipstick in I Heart Chocolate, £3.
I recently reviewed the new Zoeva lipsticks (check my post) but long story short I'm a fan of both formulas for different reasons and I adore both colours.
The I Heart Makeup Liquid Lipstick is a 'dupe' for Too Faced Melted Lipsticks and the formula is fairly similar. Regardless of how good 'dupe' it is I think the lipstick is just great, the shade I have is very pigmented, it applies smoothly and it lasts nicely for a few hours, even with some snacking and drinking in the meantime, despite it not being a matte lipstick. It's also not drying on the lips and it stays in place without bleeding outside the lip line. I Heart Chocolate is a beautiful dusty rose brown-ish shade.
Last but not least I have to talk about the Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil in shade 03 Medium, £18.50, which has become my favourite brow product in the recent couple of months. I used to like the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer for my everyday quick brow makeup but since getting deluxe sample of this in my Latest In Beauty box it has become my 'go to'. It's so easy to use, the shade is just perfect match for my brows and it lasts all day on me. It's quite similar to the Brow Definer, especially with the shape of the pencil, but I find the formula slightly better and I definitely prefer the shade which is not too cool or warm.
So these are all the stand out beauty products for me which I've discovered in the last few weeks. Have you tried anything form my list? Which products have you been loving lately?