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.
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!