Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Belated January favourites!

I haven't done a monthly favourites blog post in ages because I usually do videos on what products I'm loving.  I didn't have much mojo in January to chat to the camera but still wanted to let you know what products I loved last month because there are some absolute corkers that you need to know about.  Regular monthly favourites videos shall resume at the end of February as I'm amassing some new gems already!

Let's get stuck in shall we?  Some of the products mentioned have already been reviewed here on the blog so I'll link them for you for easy access because if I was to review each thing on it's own, we'd be here for the day and ain't nobody got time for that.

Clinique Cheek Pop - Peach Pop - €21

I bought this when the blushes first launched back in 2014 and as is a common occurrence, because I try out so many products all the time, I let this fall by the wayside.  Well lads, reunited and it feels so good!  If you know me at all, you'll know I love all peach and coral blushes.  They work with my skin tone, my eye colour and can transform me from bleh to wow in seconds.  I've a full review on this and it's reignited my intrigue to try more shades from the range, but if you want a blush that gives colour and radiance, stays put all day, and at €21, it's amazing value.  I have Melon Pop and Ginger Pop on the list now to swatch, so let's see if I can limit myself to just the one!

Clarins BB Skin Detox Fluid - €34.50

There is no coping with how much I'm obsessed with this base and I'm having to stop myself from using it as I try out new foundations at the moment.  It has a light to medium coverage, gives me mad radiance without looking wet faced and basically makes it look like I have naturally lovely skin.  You can check out the before and after photos in my review, but it's safe to say I'll happily buy another one when this one runs out!

Marc Jacobs New Nudes Lip Gel - Understudy - $30

This is Orla from Makeup Over Mind's fault.  Back at the end of November last year, I took it upon myself to make a sneaky Black Friday Sephora order and like the ultimate weirdo I am, had to go back over months of Instagram photos to find the shade she'd mentioned!  This wasn't even on my wish list at all, it had just hit me when browsing the site for things to make it worth my while to make the actual order.  Understudy is divine, pure and simple.  We're talking a light peach shade with a glossy finish, that feels really comfortable to wear and one I don't need a mirror to reapply with.  The packaging makes it easy to fish out of my bag from the sea of black tubes and it's magnetic closing is very satisfying altogether.  I want more of these and now that Marc Jacobs is available from Harrods, it might make purchasing more a bit easier.

Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Airbrushing Pressed Powder

Me using this powder is purely because of Snapchat!  Someone asked me if I'd any recommendations for an affordable version of MAC's Mineralise Skinfinish Natural and I realised that I've been switching between three high end powders for the past year or so.  While I'm not sure if this is a dupe for the Skinfinish because it's been a good three or more years since I've used the MAC powder (so I should probably pick one up for the craic), I can tell you that this is my current favourite powder that you can get in chemists.  It gives my skin a really soft focused radiance while setting my BB cream perfectly, lasts all day and since pairing it with my Clarins BB Cream above, I've had so many lovely comments on my skin both online and in real life!

MAC Ellie Goulding Patentpolish Lip Pencil - Revved Up - €25

Products like these are right up my street.  I love an aul peachy gloss pencil, quelle surprise, and the Ellie Goulding collection from MAC is absolutely gorgeous.  I blogged about three products that I got sent and really all three should have been in my favourites post because they're fabulous.  This gloss is the perfect on the go product that I can lash on when I'm running out the door.  I've swatches in the review so head over to read it and move fast because this collection will be gone soon!

Blank Canvas Cosmetics Master Series Palette One - €34.95

This palette makes me so happy it's not even funny.  I've done a full blog post on it and have a video planned too because it's one of the best neutral eyeshadow palettes I've ever used and have gotten so much wear out of it already.  There's a lovely mix of shades, all matte except for one which I sometimes use as a highlight and each shade is soft, buttery, blendable and incredibly pigmented.  I've a blog post showing two of the many looks you can create out of the palette and while it's still out of stock, it's definitely worth putting your name on the waiting list if you're a fan of warm neutral eyeshadow palettes!

Kinvara 24HR Rosehip Face Serum - €29.95

I am a serum junkie and feel that when you get a good one, magical things can happen.  Quite often, though, serums that actually work and do something for your skin can be very spendy.  Not so with this beaut.  Lads, I've never used a serum like this where after the first use, I knew I was on to a good thing.  With glycerine as it's main ingredient, those with dehydrated skin will rejoice because your skin will feel plumped, nourished and super soft after using it.  I'll be talking about it in more detail in an upcoming blog post with the rest of the Kinvara skincare products I've been testing out, but let me just say that on our recent trip to Manchester, this is the only skincare I brought.  I mainly use two pumps at night and not only does it absorb quickly with no greasy feeling, but the next morning, my skin still feels just as soft and hydrated.  I'm telling you, this hasn't won lots of awards for nothing and it is most definitely worth the hype.  Yes, it smells like I'm rubbing citronella candles on my face when I'm applying it, but that goes away quickly and what I'm left with is skin that I want people to touch.  I brought it to Mam's at Christmas and made her and Joanne use it because I want people to know about this and try it.  No I'm not being sponsored or paid to say this, I was just sent the bottle to try and it's fast tracked it's way to the top of my skincare list.  I sh*t you not.  True lurve here at Lovely Girlie Bits!  So yes, stay tuned for my blog post with lots more information on this and two other products I've been using and loving from Kinvara.  This one is just the star of the trio!

Those are the main products I've been loving since Christmas, but February has brought a whole new heap of things for me to try out and report back on!

Have you tried any of the products I've mentioned here?

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