March Favourites


I'm in full-on 'save for New York' mode but of course that doesn't mean I don't still have a few (mostly pretty affordable) beauty favourites to share!

The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Clay Mask | £11 | post

The more I use this product, the more I love it: it really is a miracle mask for me. When I'm having a spotty skin day I just use this (it's seriously invigorating and smells strongly of tea tree, but when something works I'm not going to complain) and by the next morning my smaller spots are gone and the larger ones reduced significantly. It's amazing if you have a special occasion or something and you just need your skin clear ASAP! It's also not too harsh or drying, like some anti-blemish products.

MAC Mineralise Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle | £24 | post

This is a product I'd heard so much about and I actually have a different shade in this (Global Glow, which is deeper and more bronze-toned) and love the dewy look it gives me, so I was thrilled when my mum bought me this. It's a lovely light pearly champagne gold and gives a gorgeous natural glow to the skin. I can definitely see why this one is so popular.

Topshop Highlighter in Horizon | £10

Yes, I'm having a bit of a highlighter moment! When aren't I? I've not posted on this just yet so I've swatched it below. I've pretty much been alternating between this and Soft and Gentle. This doesn't have an obvious shimmer; it's a very natural, metallic finish. On paler skin it could work as a bronzer but for me it's not too far from my actual skin colour so it gives such a natural look.

Makeup Geek Contour Powder in Complicated | £7.95 | post

I love Makeup Geek eyeshadows so I was intrigued to try out their new contour powders. As you might have guessed: I wasn't disappointed! This is just so effortless to use and subtle on the skin that I've been converted to contouring my cheekbones a little pretty much every day. Complicated is described as 'Medium Cool' and it's the perfect shade for me. It blends onto my skin so effortlessly and gives me that really natural definition.

Rosie for Autograph Cream Blush in English Rose Flush | £14 | post

I'm very fussy when it comes to cream blusher; so many of them just feel thin, greasy and shiny on my combination skin and/or disappear by lunchtime! However this slightly thicker, more mousse-like texture is perfect for me. It's so quick and easy to dab on without it going patchy. It gives such a lovely, natural, fresh flush to my cheeks that lasts me all day. I love the timeless (but not dated) rose shade too.



If you don't own this palette: rectify that immediately! It's currently reduced to $12.50, which it was when I ordered then was around $6 to ship to the UK (I didn't get any additional fees on arrival) which made it barely more than a tenner in total! The shades are gorgeous and the quality is so much more impressive than I was expecting for the price. Don't get me wrong - it's not going to give Urban Decay eyeshadows or Becca highlighters a run for their money any time soon - but it's a good, affordable palette. The eye shades are gorgeous rosy and copper tones and the highlight shades range from pink-toned pearl to deep bronze.

Zoeva Nude Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette | £28.50 | post

It's the palette I didn't need but I just really wanted! I love Zoeva palettes and I love warm neutrals so this was a match made in heaven. The pigmentation and texture of these eyeshadows really is fantastic and I love the mixture of mattes and shimmers. There's not a single shade I don't use in this palette as it has lots of bronzes, browns, golds and taupes - all the good stuff as far as I'm concerned!

ColourPop Lippie Stix in Brink | $5 | post

This is just like all of my favourite MAC nude lipsticks (think Twig, Velvet Teddy, Spice and Taupe) blended into one! I really like the Lippie Stix formula; it's so creamy and has a nice satin finish. This is just a perfect everyday brown nude with a tiny hint of mauve to throw on and I'm really glad I picked this up.

Dose of Colors Matte Lipstick in Truffle | £14.50 | post

Unfortunately the shade I originally had in this (Stone) washed me out completely, however I'd heard good things about these liquid lipsticks so gave these another go. This time I picked up Truffle, which is much more suited to me. I love the formula of this; it's so creamy and non-drying but very long-lasting. Truffle is a slightly cool-toned medium brown nude - if you liked Velvet Teddy, you'll love this!

NYX Lip Lingerie Liquid Lipstick in 04 Ruffle Trim | £6.50

I picked up a few of these (so keep your eyes peeled for a post! There's a swatch below in the meantime) but so far my favourite is Ruffle Trim. I wasn't sure how I'd like these as I'd actually heard some mixed reviews about them but it just goes to show how personal this sort of thing is. I really love these as they have a nice consistency (though not as creamy as the Soft Mattes) but still long-lasting (more so than the Soft Mattes). I know some people find these a little drying but I just exfoliate and moisturise my lips as I always do with a matte formula and don't have a problem. There are definitely matte liquid lipsticks I find more comfortable to wear, but there are definitely ones I find way more drying. I really like the fact there are so many shades of nude to choose from so there's something perfect for everyone in there, though it's a bit annoying at the same time. These haven't appeared in-store yet  (though I've been advised by the lady at their counter that they're coming soon) and the Boots website swatches are awful as always. A lot of the shades are quite similar so beware, as you can end up ordering what feels like the same shade twice!

Marine de Quenetain Black & White Shelf Mug | £10

A little while ago I stumbled across Marine Dequenetain's Instagram profile and loved her beauty illustrations. I actually really wanted some of these images as a blog header but around a month after my initial enquiry her agent came back to me and quoted over €2000! I kind of just accepted that there's some art you're just not going to own until I came across this listing on Society6. I don't drink from this as it's far too pretty! I use it to store my everyday makeup brushes and I love how it fits in with the theme of my beauty setup. The images are so lovely and show some of my favourite products. I'm really pleased I stumbled across this so I have some of her illustrations to own for myself.


What do you think of my favourites this month and what were some of yours?

 


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  1. That Zoeva eyeshadow look like a stel, they're really pretty. What's your favorite eye-look with this palette?

    Selene Addicted

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    1. I pretty much use all of the shades tbh! I've talked about a few of my favourite combinations in the original post (so annoying they don't have shade names) xx

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  2. The TBS mask is one of the few products they do that I haven't tried yet! It sounds nice though, perhaps I should! (:
    Philippa x

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  3. That TBS mask sounds just what I need, especially on my chin at that time of the month my spots are soo stubborn! I'm also eager to try the MUG contours, especially for my kit the shade range looks great.

    Kat | www.kathorrocks.com

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  4. Amazing faves as always! I can just imagine how you will go in New York! I went there a few years back in the snow and it really was amazing!! You'll love it! Dying to get my hands on the Nyx Lingerie range but we don't have them here yet :|

    Tahana
    www.tahanalee.com

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  5. Great favorites! I need to get my hands on the Zoeva palette and the cream blush you are talking about. Hope you have a safe and fun trip to NYC!
    xoxo
    Serein
    http://sereinwu.com

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  6. Need to get my hands on the NYX liquid lipsticks - the shade you own looks gorgeous! The mug is so pretty and such a good idea for makeup brushes storage!!xo

    Char | www.charslittleblog.blogspot.co.uk

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  7. My Colourpop lip products have been definitely my favourites this month as well :) I've heard that since the 1 July Colourpop will ship to UK, yey! I need to get Soft & Gentle, have been meaning to do it for ages and always something else distract me :) x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

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    1. Amazing news :D (but not for my bank balance...) xx

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  8. Im also loving the Carli Bybel palette, its gorgeous! Im in love with that mug!
    Emmy | Emmys Beauty Cave | Bloglovin

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  9. All of your favorite products look beyond amazing! Especially the Body Shop mask, Carli Bybel and Zoeva palettes which I'm dying to get my hands on! xo

    Klaudia // klaudiam96.blogspot.com

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  10. Oooooh I love the golden tones of that Topshop highlighter! Definitely one for the wishlisht..

    Katie.
    xx La Coco Noire

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  11. The Body shop Tea Tree is my favourite! Thanks for sharing beautiful x

    Lorraine
    Lorrainewhitney.com

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  12. I love the Mac mineralize skinfinish powders, especially the highlight in lightscapade, it's gorgeous!

    RachelShuchatMakeup

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    1. The formula is lovely isn't it? Such a pretty, dewy look :) xx

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  13. this month i adored my makeup geek eyeshadows :]

    www.peachplz.com

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  14. Great favs. I am trying to get my hands on ColourPop lippi stixie and NYX lippies, cant decide on shades!! I loved using Ponds BB cream thins month, it was tinted, SPF just perfect <3

    Colorbar Diamond Shine Lip Gloss in Pink Flash Review!! | Curious And Confused Me

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  15. Brink is everything!! And topshop do highlighters fantastically, I've been using horizon too ^_^

    Iqra | The Blushing Giraffe

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  16. I need to get my hands on some Rosie HW makeup! I keep seeing it in her snapchats and it's so gorgeous! The illustrated mug is so pretty!

    Danielle's Beauty Blog

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    1. I definitely need more from the range haha xx

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  17. Lovely picks! All such stunning shades! I need to get my hands on some NYX Lipsticks, they just look so amazing! The cream blush sounds lovely!
    Fix Me In Forty Five - A Beauty & Lifestyle Blog
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  18. I really want the Zoeva Nude Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette! I've got the Cocoa Blend Palette and I love it so much! x

    Kayleigh | http://kayleighmakesup.blogspot.co.uk

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  19. The Body Shop clay mask sounds so lovely! xo

    Emily | emsalice.com

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  20. I still haven't tried MAC soft and gentle can you believe it haha. I have the same cream blush from Rosie and Autograph and I love it :) x
    http://asecondswatch.blogspot.co.uk/

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  21. The Body shop sounds like something my skin needs right now! I recently picked up one new NYX liquid lipsticks - i love it! I didn't actually find them too drying. I must get more shades! I love the look of ruffle trim xx

    www.lpagebeauty.com

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    1. Yeah I'm surprised so many people felt that way! xx

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  22. That topshop highlighter looks amazing! Great picks :)

    Lotte | www.lottebeautybox.blogspot.co.uk

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  23. I am such a fan of BH Cosmetics so I totally need to get that palette. Also that Topshop Highlighter is gorgeous! Great favorites! XO -Kim

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  24. I NEED to try out the colour pop lippies. I've been wanting to for so long. There are so many products here I want to check out!

    Nati
    www.littlemissnati.com

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  25. I love Soft & Gentle too. The Zoeva palette & the Carli Bybel palette both look beautiful! xx

    Beautylymin

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  26. Another gorgeous palette by Zoeva, they really do make the most stunning shades, so pigmented and actually quite good quality for money! I am obsessed with my Soft & Gentle too, it's just so warm and makes for the perfect Spring/Summer glow coming up! xx

    www.iridescentplaces.com

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  27. i feel like soft and gentle is one of those cult favourite MAC products that everyone seems to talk about but i haven't ever tried! need to try it out, i'm sure I love it because it sounds right up my street!
    m0llylouise.com

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    1. I was the same for ages - so glad I got my hands on it! xx

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  28. That Topshop highlighter looks so gorg! I already own one in the shade Sunbeam which is a nice yellow gold but I might just have to pick up this one too! Great faves x

    www.pamelahoney.com

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  29. Love the eyeshadow palettes, they're all such pretty colors! I love the colors in the Liquid Lip Lingerie range but I've also seen mixed reviews on them. I think I'd have to swatch them for myself before purchasing any. Have fun in New York! x

    www.beautyfromkatie.blogspot.com

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  30. I finally got my hands on a Zoeva eyeshadow palette! I was going around Selfridges and I saw the stand and basically squealed with delight as I kept seeing your posts about Zoeva. I actually got this one as well, it's gorgeous isn't it? The perfect neutral palette!

    The Makeup Directory

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  31. I have recently ordered Makeup Geek contour powder and cannot wait for my order to arrive, I have heard such good things about the MUG contour powders. You have reminded me to pull out my MAC mineralize skinfinish in soft'n'gentle to start using again as it is such a great product.

    Ang xx | www.alleluiatobeauty.com

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    1. Hope you enjoy it - I'm such a fan! xx

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  32. Soft and gentle is something that everyone and their mum has and I really want it. I also am dying to try out some of Topshops make-up! $2000 I think I'm going to cry for you haha!
    Charlotte // www.charlottespicks.com

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  33. LOVE your picks, I have just tried MUG eyeshadows and I am so in love! I am determind to get the contours now, you have persuded me. The Zoeva palette looks beautiful too, and the DOC lipstick, could quite easily spend a fortune on beauty bay these days! I always love your posts, so informative, even if they do make me part with my money a little too much lol

    http://www.makeerinover.co.uk

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  34. NYX lip glosses and lipsticks are my favorite!! I need to pick up a few more!!

    Mel | www.thegossipdarling.com

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  35. One of my friends swears by the Body Shop Tea Tree range for clearing up your skin! I definitely need to check out some of their products and I love clay masks so I might have to give that a go! Lovely post :) xxx
    http://www.samanthafrances.co.uk

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    1. I so recommend it! I've never been disappointed with a product from that range :) xx

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  36. Um, I may have had a lot of coulourpop items in my March favorites, they are so good!

    Nereyda│ This Girl Is Obsessed

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  37. Its funny because for the past week or so I've been stalking to M&S and the only reason is the English Rose Flush blush. I like it so much but I didn't purchase it, god knows why. And here it is now in your monthly favourites... Now, I will definitely get my hands on it.
    Ninz

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  38. I've seen you blog about the BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Eyeshadow & Highlighter Palette before and it's so beautiful. It's definitely another item I'm going to add to my list of things to purchase. I always seem to read about something in one of your blog posts and then end up purchasing it!
    xx Dany
    http://the-queens-empire.blogspot.com

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  39. Fab post lovely, some really great faves! I really love Soft and Gentle this is such a stunning product that I agree leaves the most lovely natural glow on the skin :) I can’t wait to try the NYX Lip Lingerie as I have one on its way to me and I agree there’s definitely something for everyone :)

    Charlee XO | CharmedCharlee

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  40. Thank you for all your comments :) xx

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  41. I haven't tried one thing from Zoeva yet but your making me want one of their palettes! NYX Ruffle Trim looks beautiful and as you know I love soft and gentle! xx

    weardaisywent.com

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  42. Ah! I wish I read this before my Body Shop order as that mask sounds like something I need!!! And wow, that Rosie collection is just stunning and hopefully I'll be picking up a couple of bits when M&S next have a sale. Truffle will be mine one day and YES Brink!!! Yay! Can't wait for your NYX Lip Lingerie post xxx

    Sal UmmBaby Beauty

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  43. That Dose of Colors lipstick looks gorgeous! Also, I really like how well the Topshop highlight performs! Great picks Xx

    Elle // laorcabella.com

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