March Beauty Favourites 2016

March Beauty Favourites 2016

05 April, 2016 March Beauty Favourites 2016

This year seems to be speeding by, and with my best friend’s nuptials fast approaching, I’ve stepped up my skincare regimen, been drinking an obscene amount of water, and trying my hardest to keep my skin looking flawless. However, I’ve also been out for some fabulous meals, and the Brighton trip consisted of a 72 hour binge on cookies, wine and mini eggs. So it’s been a mixed bag in terms of healthy living. My goal for April is to be much more active, so I’ll probably be updating you on this in the next 31 days. We’ll see how it goes. ANYWAY, back to the title of this post, and the reason I hope you’re all here – my March Beauty Favourites 2016.

March was the first month in MANY years that I’ve been (f)unemployed (more on that in a dedicated post), which means I’ve had a lot more time to pamper myself, and test out some new products that have caught my eye.

March Beauty Favourites 2016

March Beauty Favourites 2016

SWATCHES: Too Faced Silk Teddy, Push Up, Honey Pot, Maybelline On + On Bronze, MAC Patisserie, NYX Root Beer Float

Without further ado, here are my March Beauty Favourites 2016!

NAOBAY Moisturizing Milk Cleanser* (£19.50) – I received this rich, creamy cleanser a few weeks ago, and on days when my skin is feeling dehydrated, I use it as the first step in my morning routine. The ingredients list includes sweet almond oil and olive oil to moisturise and balance the complexion, and it feels incredibly comfortable and milky upon application. I wouldn’t recommend this as a first cleanse in the evening to remove makeup, but if you have combination-dehydrated skin, and need something that will keep things smooth and calm, this is one to add to your wishlist.

Merumaya Gentle Exfoliating Toner* (£17.50) – I raved about this chemical exfoliant in my original review, and even included it in a couple of monthly favourite blog posts. It’s a fantastic product to help unclog pores, smooth out rough, textured areas, and generally keep the complexion looking sparkly and beautiful. I’ve noticed such a difference since using it, and will definitely be purchasing a bottle once this one run outs.

First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads (£12) – these gentle pads are always on my bathroom sink, and they’re great for a light exfoliation when your skin is feeling sore or sensitive. You can even use them around the delicate eye area – just don’t start smearing them all over your eyeballs. This travel-size pack is great for holiday if you can’t commit to an intense exfoliating routine whilst abroad.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Makeup (£30) – my lovely blogger pals introduced me to this during our Brighton trip, and I really have been loving this. I picked up the shade Desert Beige, which is a fantastic match for my NC25-30 complexion. It’s full coverage, it smooths over the skin beautifully, stays on ALL day, doesn’t make me look caky, and it controls oil brilliantly. It has definitely taken the title of ‘best matte foundation’ away from my HG L’Oreal Infallible Matte, and I’ll be sharing my thoughts in a ‘first impressions’ post in the next few weeks.

Revlon Colorstay Concealer (£6.99) – Katie (my younger sister) showed me this two weeks ago, and I’m pretty happy with it. It’s a fairly basic, colour-neutralising concealer, that works well on both blemishes and under-eye bags. I’ll share a more in-depth review soon when I’ve tested this out for a longer period of time. The shade I wear is 02, and it’s a light beige with neutral-yellow undertones.

Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder (£8.99) – this creamy, shine-killing powder has appeared in countless monthly favourites posts, and I’ve just picked up my fourth pan – the addiction is real. It has the perfect amount of pigmentation to neutralise redness and blur over blemishes and textured areas without looking caky, and it’s so easy to apply and top up with. It’s the best powder I’ve tried from the drugstore, and I bladdy lave it. 

Too Faced Natural Eyes Neutral Eyeshadow Palette (£32) – I’ve been reaching for light, neutral colours this month, and I’ve definitely been favouring more earthy, taupe tones instead of my usual deep browns and bronzes. This delightful palette offers a lovely mix of shimmers, a few crease colours, and one matte cream that is amazing for an everyday highlight. For nights out, I like to apply Nude in the crease, Cashmere Bunny in the outer v, Push Up on the mobile eyelid, and a dab of Silk Teddy in the centre, with some facial spray mixed in for a more dewy look.

Maybelline Colour Tattoo in On and On Bronze (£4.99) – for days when I want to quickly smudge something onto the lid without worrying too much about blending, this is my product of choice. The texture is spot on – creamy without feeling slippery – and the pigmentation is brilliant. This can be applied as a sheer wash, or built up for a more intense look. It’s the perfect taupe-bronze, and would suit so many different skin tones.

MAC Lustre Lipstick in Patisserie (£15.50) – this sheer and creamy pink-brown shade has been my go-to when I can’t quite decide what to wear. I have been chucking this on when I need to pop out to run errands, I’ve worn it to a bunch of interviews (and it didn’t flake or smear everywhere), and it’s easy to re-apply without crumbling.

NYX Butter Lipstick in Root Beer Float (£7) – I bought this in Selfridges a couple of days ago, and HOLY MOSES, I’m in love. I’d never heard of this shade before so it was a genuine ‘rummage in the basket’ find, which is always exciting. If you love rich, deep berry neutrals with a glossy finish, this is for you. I can’t recommend this enough!


You deserve an award if you got through this post. Thanks for reading my March Beauty Favourites 2016, share your thoughts and faves below, and don’t forget to tune in on Thursday for a skincare post on three gorgeous brightening serums!

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32 Comments
  • Danielle
    Posted at 17:47h, 11 April Reply

    I just bought EL Double Wear too! So far I’m loving it!

    • Jessica
      Posted at 01:13h, 16 April Reply

      Yay! Send me a review if you have one! XO

  • Leanne Page
    Posted at 21:17h, 05 April Reply

    I recently brought Root Beer Float, i love it too. I love the formula of butter range. The too faced palette look so pretty! I’m intrigued by the FAB pads – I must check them out. The Bourjois Powder is so great 🙂 xx

    http://www.lpagebeauty.com

    • Jessica
      Posted at 01:13h, 16 April Reply

      Glad we share so many makeup favourites! You have good taste 😉 XO

  • Rebecca Fletcher
    Posted at 20:29h, 05 April Reply

    I love the maybelline colour tattoo in on and on bronze too. It was in my march favourites too. X

    http://www.beautylifebecca.blogspot.com

    • Jessica
      Posted at 01:14h, 16 April Reply

      Snap! Love it! XO

  • Yige
    Posted at 19:37h, 05 April Reply

    The bourjois powder has been sitting at the back of my makeup drawer for ages, I think it’s time to dig it out and give it another go

    YIGE a blog

    • Jessica
      Posted at 01:14h, 16 April Reply

      Yes! Let me know how you get on with it! XO

  • Jasmine Talks Beauty
    Posted at 18:10h, 05 April Reply

    Your favourites always include so many of my own haha I love the Too Faced palette, it’s so underrated! Honey Pot and Push Up are two of my most-used shades in it as well 🙂 I really like the Merumaya toner and FAB pads. The Bourjois powder and Maybelline On & On Bronze are products I always reach for too! I rediscovered Double Wear recently and have been loving it for evenings – it actually once lasted me 24 hours…xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

    • Jessica
      Posted at 01:15h, 16 April Reply

      We are literally makeup twins! I want to comment on ALL your posts but the comment system won’t let me. I hope one day you’ll convert to DISQUS and I’ll be sending my thoughts through all day! XO

      • Jasmine Talks Beauty
        Posted at 08:10h, 16 April Reply

        Disqus doesn’t let you import your old comments so when I was going to switch a year ago I decided it was more important to be able to read my older comments still. Why doesn’t it work through blogger? Xx

  • Jennifer Monforton
    Posted at 15:55h, 05 April Reply

    The Too Faced Natural palette is one of my all-time favourites! So ultra versatile. And you’re really tempting me with the Healthy Balance powder!

    http://www.vibrantbeautyblog.com

    • Jessica
      Posted at 01:15h, 16 April Reply

      Ah yay! Hope I’ve successfully enabled you. Really hope you’re enjoying it! XO

  • Sarirah
    Posted at 12:27h, 05 April Reply

    Root Beer Float is such a gorgeous colour. I’ve never tried any NYX products before but I’m seeing such lovely swatches of their lip stuff everywhere. 🙂

    Sarirah
    http://www.prettynotincluded.com

    • Jessica
      Posted at 01:16h, 16 April Reply

      Let me know if you pick up any of their lovely lip products! XO

  • Kiran
    Posted at 12:17h, 05 April Reply

    Love the Too Faced Naturals Eye Palette, one of my favourites!

    Kiran | http://www.alittlekiran.co.uk

    • Jessica
      Posted at 01:16h, 16 April Reply

      It’s the perfect everyday palette! XO

  • Erin
    Posted at 11:46h, 05 April Reply

    Do you use a primer before you apply EL double wear? And do you prefer a brush or beauty blender for application? I am using the DW light and I like it, but with the warmer months coming up I might need something to help with oil control more! Also two faced shadows are the best and that is my favorite pallete too!

    xo Erin
    luvbyrds.com

    • Jessica
      Posted at 01:17h, 16 April Reply

      Hey Erin! Thanks for your questions. I use a mattifying or smoothing primer pre-application, and I apply with a Sigma F80 Flat Top Kabuki, or a RT Buffer Brush, I’ve heard Double Wear Light is great in the warmer months! XO

  • Rinky Dinky Rhi
    Posted at 10:21h, 05 April Reply

    Well that’s a few items added to my wishlist! I’m a big Bourjois fan but haven’t tried that powder yet. MAC Patisserie is definitely my next MAC lipstick purchase. I love the look of the Nyx lipstick – I’ve got one in another shade and the formula is lovely so maybe I’ll check the Root Beer Float one out too. Great favourites post x

    • Jessica
      Posted at 01:26h, 16 April Reply

      You HAVE to try it! Thanks so much! XO

  • Dagmara Klich
    Posted at 09:47h, 05 April Reply

    I’ve not tried the Nyx Butter lipsticks but I am a massive fan of the matte ones. I also like that Bourjois face powder. I’ve been trying so many foundations but, for some reason, never got the EL Double Wear, I think I need to change that and finally tried the cult product 🙂 x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

    • Jessica
      Posted at 01:26h, 16 April Reply

      Yay! Let me know what you think! XO

  • Sheridan Grady
    Posted at 09:44h, 05 April Reply

    The Mac Lipstick is such a gorgeous colour! I have the Naobay Hair mask and I love it! must try more of their products xx

    http://www.shayholly.co.uk

    • Jessica
      Posted at 01:26h, 16 April Reply

      I’ll check out the NAOBAY hair mask, sounds amazing! XO

  • jenna cantillion
    Posted at 09:27h, 05 April Reply

    I love that Maybeline Colour Tattoo!

    jenna | Beauty And The Style

    • Jessica
      Posted at 01:18h, 16 April Reply

      Me too! It’s gorgeous! XO

  • Gemma
    Posted at 08:56h, 05 April Reply

    Nice to see someone else loving Naobay- try the toners, particularly the soothing one!

    Gemma
    http://beautiful-life-as-i-know-it.blogspot.co.uk/

    • Jessica
      Posted at 01:18h, 16 April Reply

      I will! Thanks for letting me know Gemma! XO

  • Gemma
    Posted at 08:55h, 05 April Reply

    Nice to see someone else loving Naobay- try the toners, particularly the soothing one!

    Gemma
    Beautiful Life as I Know It

  • Yiotou_La
    Posted at 07:45h, 05 April Reply

    I haven’t used a milk cleanser in ages, this one sounds good. I love using oils and ingredients like sweet almond oil and olive oil would make the skin so soft and smooth! 🙂

    Yiota
    PinkDaisyLoves

    • Jessica
      Posted at 01:17h, 16 April Reply

      Me too! So great for smooth and soothed skin! XO

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