Monday, 4 April 2016

March beauty favourites

We're well and truly over March now so it's time for me to share with you beauty products that took the favourites spot in the last few weeks. It's always hard for me to choose just a few products as I use so many on daily basis that I thoroughly enjoy but I don't want to keep repeating myself every month. Having said that I still love everything from February favourites post but today will share with you more things worth my recommendation.

Outdoor Hands Intensive Skin Therapy Cream

Let's start with the products that I'm sure my regular readers are sick of hearing about already as I keep bringing it out but I can't help as the Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bon palette (review) is my current favourite to create any eye look with, from simple everyday eye defining, through pretty day glam (post) to night time more dramatic smokey eyes (post). The quality of eyeshadows is very good and I adore the shades selection, especially for Spring time.

To continue the subject of Too Faced palettes I've been reaching for the Love Flush Long Lasting 16-Hour Blush Wardrobe (review) and particularly for the shade Baby Love which is a beautiful nude, perfect for everyday, it adds a nice flush of colour and definition to cheeks and a bit of natural glow.

Just recently I shared with you my ColourPop haul and while I'm impressed with everything I bought, the Ultra Satin Lips are my favourites, they're everything what I want from a liquid lipstick, long lasting, not drying and they look smooth and even on the lips. They're not completely smudge proof but I take that in order for my lips to feel comfortable and look good with the product on. The shades I have are Frick 'N Frack and Lyin' King.

Ever since I received the Elie Saab Rose Couture perfume on Mother's Day I've been using it every day and I love this very subtle, perfect everyday, floral scent. This fragrance opens up with a delicate peony-rose accord, in the heart lies orange blossom, the core of all of Elie Saab’s masterful fragrances, paired with a jasmine note and rose nectar. In the base we can detect notes of sandalwood and patchouli which add woody warmth to the scent. Although I have the perfume version of the fragrance it's not very long lasting on my skin but I don't mind reapplying it during the day.

Instant Effects Instant Lip Plumper

Hand cream is my daily essential, I can't be without one as my hands get dry and irritated very quick so I moisturise them multiple times a day and have tried lots of different product over the years. Latest addition to my stash is the Intense Skin Therapy Cream by Outdoor Hands* (£6.95) which I received recently to test it out and I'm loving it. It's made from unique blend of nourishing natural butters, botanical oil, Aloe Vera and vitamin E to relieve cracked or chapped hands, feet and elbows. It's created with people working outdoors in mind which often suffer with very dry skin on their hands. And while it's not my case I love using this cream in the morning on my hands as it leaves my skin very soft and protected and I've noticed I don't need to moisturise my hands as often during the day as they feel much more comfortable.
It's a quite thick cream but it absorbs almost instantly without leaving any greasy residue. It has very subtle citrus-y scent. Definitely a must-have for anyone suffering with very dry skin and it's very affordable.

If you're a beauty enthusiast I'm sure you're well aware of the RCMA No Colour Powder(£8.95) which has become one of the most desired setting powders after some big YouTube beauty gurus recommended it. I've heard about it for the first time from makeup artist Wayne Goss a few months ago but it took me a long time to be able to get my hands on the powder as it was sold out in all the UK places that carry this professional makeup brand.
It's a very finely milled powder with no colour to it and although it looks white it doesn't leave any white cast on the skin. It sets my concealer and foundation perfectly and while the finish is semi matte it looks very natural and no cakey at all, no matter how much I use of it. Apart from looking invisible on the skin it definitely extends the wear time of my foundation and helps to keep my oils at bay. It's an amazing setting powder and super affordable considering how big the tube is (almost 85g!). Highly recommend for anyone who uses powder to set their base products!

I was lucky to be sent some new products to try from Instant Effects (team behind Cult51 brand) including Instant Eye Serum, Instant Lash and Instant Lip and while not all of them deliver promised instant effects in my experience, I've been really enjoying the Instant Lip Plumper (£24.99)* which claims to work in two minutes – enhancing lip volume by as much as 20% while reducing fine lines and creating a smoother lip surface without any stinging or irritation. And I have to say that it does what it says.

Instant Effects Instant Lip Plumper

As you can from the picture the difference is very subtle but after applying the Lip Plumper my lips gets definitely more supple and slightly plumper making the lines less visible. I don't experience any unpleasant effect while using this product, it has a consistency of a lip balm, it doesn't sting, I feel ever so slight tingle but only in the initial 2 minutes. The effect lasts 2-3 days on me and while it's not a dramatic one I feel like my lipsticks apply smoother and look better on my lips when I use the Instant Lip Plumper. I think it's a perfect solution for anyone who doesn't want any procedures to be done but wish to have plumper and smoother lips.
Instant Lip uses patented, oxygen-transfer technology alongside hyaluronic acid spheres, to attract and retain precious moisture which in turn, deliver lip-volumising effect so nothing's scary here and I haven't experienced any side effects after using it already multiple times in the last month.

So these are my favourite beauty products of the last few weeks. Have you tried any of them?

On the other note, hubby and I have finally started watching House Of Cards on Netflix a few weeks ago and we're loving it, it's so good! Unfortunately we can only find the time to watch it during weekends but we're slowly but surely progressing :)

* PR Sample



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