The February Beauty Edit | 10 Products I Tried this Month


I think I must just get bored easily because this month I fancied switching up my monthly favourites post again! This is a bit experimental but I'm thinking that each month I'll share with you 10 new beauty products I've been trying out and let you know if it was a hit or a miss for me. That way you still get to know if there have been any letdowns.


Too Faced Papa Don't Peach Blush | £25 | I'll actually be doing a full in-depth review of the Sweet Peach collection and if it's worth the hype or not very soon but, spoiler alert: I've pretty much used this every single day since I got my hands on it. It's such a subtle, understated but beautiful warm peach colour with a slightly iridescent sheen. It has the perfect level of pigmentation (it's noticeable but never looks like too much) and blends out beautifully on the skin. I also find it wears well without going patchy throughout the day. I'm just gonna say it: this is probably my favourite product of February.



ColourPop Hi-Maintenance Eyeshadow Palette | $18 | review | My thoughts on the ColourPop Pressed Powder Eyeshadows are generally positive: they are pigmented, blend out with minimal effort and come in an array of colours, however they are a little bit let down by their longevity. I do notice significant fading by the end of a long day, which prevents these from being up there with brands like Makeup Geek in my personal opinion. However I do really like the shades in this palette, which are a little different for me because they lean towards cranberry, rose and purple tones. There are two matte colours (a crease shade and a darker, smokier option) and two shimmers (one lid shade and one to highlight with).



Zoeva 117 Petit Defined Buffer* | £12.50 | This is such an amazing brush for giving a completely flawless finish. The tightly-packed bristles really push the product into the skin, giving a brush-stroke-free finish. At the same time it's a very natural look because the product isn't sat on top of the skin, it's all completely seamless. I think I may like this brush even more than the original Defined Buffer...

Benefit Juicy Berry They're Real Double the Lip Lipstick* | £16.50 | review & swatch | I know the concept of a 2 in 1 lipstick and liner is a bit gimmicky but I do really rate the formula of these new lipsticks from Benefit. The finish is comfortable and semi-matte, giving an almost stain-like appearance with this colour. The shade Juicy Berry is my favourite of the bunch, being a purple-toned berry that's not too dramatic for everyday wear. You can check out the post I've linked to see swatches of the entire collection.

Dermo28 Hydra Source Cleanser* | £27 | review | This has been one of those 'sneaking' favourites that I somehow found myself unconsciously reaching for every single day. This is a foam cleanser and I've been using it in the mornings. It's soft and moisturising but lightweight and refreshing. It leaves my skin soft, clean and hydrated after use, as well as being nice and fresh. It's definitely one of those unsung hero products that's so quick and easy to grab but you perhaps don't give it the credit it deserves!

Beauty Kitchen Seahorse Plankton Everlasting Radiance Cleansing Gel* | £14.99 | Beauty Kitchen is a 100% natural skincare brand stocked by Holland and Barrett and some of the price paid for the products from this collection goes towards supporting the Seahorse Trust, which is a nice touch. The packaging is functional but really quite cute, though my only negative with this product is that you can't twist it closed so the pump is essentially always open. Onto the product itself: although this is a gel-based cleanser it doesn't foam up or strip the skin like some formulas I've tried. Its colour is due to the blue chamomile and other ingredients include seahorse plankton and frankincense. This leaves my skin feeling completely clean and though it isn't specifically hydrating, it also doesn't take the moisture out of my skin. I definitely notice my skin feels softer and looks much healthier and more radiant after use. I would definitely recommend this if you want a product that's going to give you that glow with all-natural ingredients.

Beauty Kitchen 5 Minute Miracle Mask* | £14.99 | Again, this is made with natural ingredients including seahorse plankton and blue chamomile. This is a cream-based mask, which does come in a pot as opposed to my preferred pump or tube packaging. However I do really enjoy quick masks like these because at the end of the day I rarely have time to do anything more than that on a week night! I find this mask both moisturising and plumping for the skin, leaving it soft and hydrated. It's perfect if your skin is looking a bit dull and tired as a quick pick-me-up.

Kiehl's Pure Vitality Skin Renewing Cream* | £49 | This moisturiser has such an unusual texture! It's almost like a gel-cream-oil; I'd recommend it as a night cream for normal skin or as a day cream for dry skin. I personally don't think this is one if you have oily skin, though it works on my combination skin at the moment because it's freezing to the extent that we've had snow this month!  The formula isn't smothering and you don't need to apply too much but it gives such intensive moisture. It contains ginseng and manuka honey, which are both ingredients my skin seems to love. I absolutely love how my makeup has been looking since I've been using this; any dry patches are gone and my skin is incredibly smooth and healthy. Overall I do really like this for the winter months.

Bravura Revitalising Ginseng Toner* | £12.40 | This toner is designed to be used before an AHA or BHA product - the idea is that to get the full effects of something like a glycolic acid toner, you have to allow the PH of your skin to lower after cleansing, however using something like this lowers it in a couple of minutes. The first thing I noticed about this product is that it does smell a lot like my Pixi Glow Tonic, probably because it does still contain a small amount of glycolic acid (along with aloe vera, witch hazel and ginseng). I personally love the scent though wish the packaging was more practical as opposed to a screw top. It's a nice, balancing toner, removing any oils from my skin without stripping it of moisture, leaving a nice, satin texture. It's incredibly gentle because there's only a little bit of acid exfoliant in it, so is definitely suitable for everyday use for me.

Bravura Glycolic Acid 10%* | £9.59 | & Bravura Chemical Peel Applicator Brush* | £3.48 | Ok, so I've snuck in an extra one outside of my 10 here as I didn't realise the brush was sold separately, however it's designed for applying acid exfoliants. I don't find it massively necessary, as I just use my fingers and wash them afterwards, however if you've been after something like this: it's worth checking out. I've been using the product itself as a serum for most of this month and I really love it! It has quite a high percentage of glycolic acid which doesn't irritate my skin at all but I'd recommend doing a patch test or starting off with a product that's 5% if you've never used chemical exfoliation products before. It has a lightweight, non-sticky texture, meaning it's no fuss at all to apply before a cream in the morning or evening (I use it every other day). It gives my skin that instant glow-boost, making it look fresh and radiant. I did have a few blemishes at the start of this month but since I've been using this I've noticed they haven't scarred as much as they usually do, which is great because I often suffer from hyper pigmentation of old breakouts. Overall, I really rate this product and definitely need to try more from Bravura!


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26 comments

  1. I love the look of that blusher, such a pretty shade. That and the palette are definitely the Sweet Peach products I've heard most good things about!

    Love the new monthly round up by the way!

    The Makeup Directory

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  2. I adore the shades you get in that colour pop palette, cranberry shades are really beautiful to use, high strung would look incredible on the inner corner or centre of the eye for a halo eye! It's interesting to hear that you find the longevity of them isn't as good as make-up geek, definitely something to think about when I want my eye make-up to stay on all day. That Dermo28 cleanser sounds really nice. I love the idea of it being a foam but still being really hydrating on the skin. I'm looking for a bunch of new skincare products as I'm feeling let down of mine atm! This one is going on the wishlist.
    Charlotte / Charlotte's Picks

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    1. It's definitely one you'd use every day :) xx

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  3. Oh yay! You tried some Bravura. I love the ginseng toner and have used a bottle up already and have a back up ready to go. Such a perfect PGT dupe. My favourite peel is their Lactic Acid though I have found patting a few drops of the glycolic on bumpy skin to be super effective overnight. I really need to get that brush with my next order xxxx
    Sal | UmmBabyBeauty

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  4. Papa don't peach looks and sounds amazing! I really want to give that a try, it looks so perfect for a sun kissed summers evening look! I'm also loving that palette!

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  5. Bravura is new to me - will have to look out for them on beauty counters/online. Really like the shimmer in the eyeshadow and blush especially as we move into spring - it will be nice to get that subtle highlight. Thanks for sharing your picks!

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  6. Really want to try some Bravura, their products always get great reviews! The Papa don't Peach blush looks so cute!

    Danielle's Beauty Blog

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    1. I'm definitely going to be ordering some more from them :) xx

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  7. I love the shades in the ColourPop palette! High Strung is stunning. It's just a shame about the longevity though.

    Nicole | The Glam Surge

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  8. I reeaaaaaly want to try those benefit lippies! They look so intriguing

    x Tash / becomingtashh.com

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  9. I love the Bravura acids. The Lactic acid is my favourite but i've been switching between that and the Glycolic. The beauty Kitchen mask sounds really nice, I love gentle mask at the moment. I really want to the colourPop shadows but I'm not sure if its worth the hassle getting them here haha xx

    LPage Beauty

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  10. I LOVE this style of a post in replace of monthly favorites!! I may have to try something like this on my blog as well! (If you don't mind me borrowing your idea ��) Also, I totally agree with you in regards to the Colourpop shadows. I bought a bunch and I love the color range/pigment, but I also noticed they kind of fade by the end of the day. I'm hoping to find a good match with a primer!!

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    Shannon
    somethingshannon.com

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  11. I'm a huge fan of stain-like lipsticks so I think this Benefit lipstick would be great for me.

    Tia | The 10am Blog

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  12. I really really wanted the blush, but I missed it - gutted! I love the look of the Benefit lippies though, they look so so good!

    Erin || MakeErinOver

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    1. I just checked the link above and it's still in stock so you haven't missed it xx

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  13. For me February has been all about the Hourglass Vanish Stick Foundation, it is amazing!

    Danielle xx
    http://www.fashionbeautyblog.co.uk/

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  14. I see some of my recent faves here Jasmine. I have my eyes on Kiehl's Skin Renewing cream. Beautiful post!

    Ash | www.mstantrum.com
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  15. The Colourpop palette looks beautiful! Although I prefer palettes that contain around ten eyeshadows (for the practical purposes of having everything you need in one palette haha), these shades are beautiful and you can create beautiful looks with them. I especially love the matte shades. Do they last longer if you use a primer?

    Julia x
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    1. I'm not sure as I wear primer every single day - it's not a total deal-breaker but worth bearing in mind if you can get a similar shade in a different formula xx

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  16. I always really love reading your posts because they're so in depth! I love the looks of the sweet peach blush from too faced, they always have such amazing products and the packaging is always beautiful which is a bonus :)

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  17. Those Bravura treatments sound so wonderful and interesting. I've also become obsessed with the color pop pressed powder eye shadows, i have so many of their shades now. I do agree they do fade - i think they just don't click onto the eye lid that well which explains all the fall out. I do think makeup geek is flawless when it comes to their eye shadows.

    www.themakeupaficionado.com

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  18. I think that Too Faced blush is so pretty and wearable. I don't like the name of it to be honest, but it is such a universally flattering shade. Loved your review as always! xx

    Naya // www.partyparrotblog.com

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  19. Thank you for your comments everyone :) xx

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