Best in Beauty | January

I've been deliberating bringing back old-school favourites posts to my blog for a while and decided 2018 would be the year to try it in! Doing my year-end favourites made me realise how much I miss writing these posts, so let's give this another go...

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Mini in Rose Gold | £15 | I can never resist a mini, so a little before Christmas I decided this was the perfect way to try some more of Becca's highlighters. I loooove their formula because it really doesn't look or feel like a normal powder - the texture is so smooth and gives this amazingly intense dewy highlight without any glitter. This shade is beautiful - it's a warm rose gold that works so well for my skin tone that I don't know how it took me so long to pick it up!

Pixi MatteLast Liquid Lip in Matte Beige* | £16 | This formula really did knock my socks off! It has a soft, almost satin feel on the lips that's very comfortable and pretty much like a normal lipstick however it has a true matte finish and is so long-lasting. And by 'long-lasting', I mean that one day I put it on at 7:30am, went to work, had my breakfast, had several cups of coffee and it was still in place when I went to get my lunch! After lunchtime it had worn off a little but still looked very even, at which point I topped it up. Matte Beige is that perfect Velvet Teddy type nude - it's very much a beige but has a warm, slightly pinky-brown undertone.

ColourPop Double Entendre Pressed Powder Eyeshadow Palette | $16 | review | I'll apologise in advance that there are so many palettes in this post! What can I say? It was a good month for eyeshadows... This is the perfect warm, smoky evening selection of nudes. You can get several entire looks out this palette because it has the right mix of mattes and shimmers, as well as lighter and darker shades and besides the matte cream colours (which I just never reach for), I use all of the shades. The quality is excellent, especially for the budget price tag!

Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Palette | £56 | This is a pricey product and I'll be doing a full review on it at some point to take you through my thoughts shade-by-shade. However overall I do think it was worth it! You can create a gorgeous look with these warm, rich reds, purples and oranges. The pigmentation is just incredible and I love the inclusion of these interesting duo-chrome shades.

Tarte Tartelette Toasted Eyeshadow Palette | £41 | Rounding off the palettes is a product that seems as though it was made for me personally! I just can't get over how smooth and easy to blend these eyeshadows are and the colour payoff is just incredible. I obviously love all of the warm tones and this shade selection can take you from day to night. As with many of Tarte's products, the longevity is super-impressive! 

Tarte Shape Tape Concealer (Medium) | £22 | This concealer has so much hype and I finally know why! I'm just going to have to start ordering backups in bulk so I'm never without it... It's perfect for under the eyes because it has amazing coverage, has a nice highlighting effect and doesn't crease on me at all. It just does everything I want my concealer to!

The Hero Project Hyasoft Instant Moisture Boost* | £19 | This is a gel product that I like to use as a serum. It's perfect for combination-oily skin that that still suffers from dehydration! It's so fast-absorbing and doesn't leave any sort of tacky film on the surface of the skin. It has an instant cooling, soothing effect and just plumps up the skin nicely, adding instant hydration. I'll do a full review of this soon but the ingredients include Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin B5.

Pixi Rose Flash Balm* | £26 | I'm using this moisturiser-primer hybrid every day at the moment - if you read my blog regularly you'll know I'm a huge fan of these kinds of products (and anything that will save me a few minutes in the morning generally!) This is a lightweight cream that's moisturising but actually has a semi-matte finish on the skin. It's perfect for prepping your skin for foundation and my base goes on so smoothly when I use this. It makes my base look fresh and healthy, which is my main goal, especially at this time of year.

Facetory Subscription Box* | $15.95 | A lot of people have a opinions on beauty boxes, however sheet masks are one of the few real consumibles in my routine so I love the idea of constantly being stocked up with new brands to try. Facetory kindly sent me over one of their boxes just to see if I liked it and I loved this selection enough to include it here! I haven't tried every single one (you can have a look inside on my Instagram) in here just yet but so far the standout is the Real Barrier one, which is amazing at plumping out dehydration lines (I've never had such a noticeable difference with this type of mask in that respect). It ships internationally (which costs $9.95), you can cancel any time and you can choose whether you'd like 7 deluxe masks like in this box or four per month (for $5.95). I was given a (non-affiliate) discount code to share with you for 20% off your first box if you want to give this a try: JTALKSBEAUTY20.

Redken All Soft Shampoo* | £14.50 | & Hask Keratin Protein Smoothing Conditioner* | £6.99 | This is a combination I've been using for almost every wash! The Redken shampoo is so softening and leaves my hair looking nice and healthy. It cleanses gently without stripping my dry hair. Then I follow up with the Hask conditioner, which is a total bargain! It has this amazing smoothing effect, de-frizzing the hair and giving it moisturised feel and a silky look. I can't recommend this duo enough!

Semilac Gel Manicure* | This is a bit of a bonus favourite because it's not a product, it's a treatment! Since just before Christmas I've been totally sold on gel manicures - I've always had quite weak, peeling nails so often when I paint them with normal polish, they might even chip on the same day! I've tried out a few places in Birmingham now but a couple of weeks ago I was invited to the Semilac Nail Bar in Solihull. I have never in my life seen so many nail colour options - especially for gel! Semilac is actually a brand, so the nail bar has access to all of their dozens of collections, though if you aren't in Birmingham you will be able to choose their products at other selected salons. I've never had the level of care and perfectionism taken on my nails as I did at Semilac and they used some special additional techniques to ensure the polish gets right up into the cuticles and you get as long out of your manicure as possible. 2.5 weeks later and my nails haven't chipped around the edges at all! You can check out the colour I got on my Instagram because it really is gorgeous.

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  1. That Tarte palette is so beautiful I can bathe in those eyeshadows!

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

  2. I’ve recently discovered the joy of Shape Tape too! Nothing else compares!! Xx

    Little Luxuries By Lynsey

  3. I really want to try the Pixi Rose Flash Balm and I'm also glad to hear that you like the Tarte Shape Tape Concealer, I think I will try it very soon!


  4. I'm in love with the tarte Toasted Palette! I just got it recently and can't help but use it every single day.

  5. I really want to have gel nails more this year as I always love when I get them done! Also want to try more from Tarte this year, including that concealer as everyone loves it!

    The Makeup Directory

  6. The Pixi Liquid Lip sounds amazing, the formula sounds like an absolute dream! I need that!

    Anika | anikamay.co.uk

  7. I've been loving the Pixi Liquid Lipsticks, they wear amazingly xx


  8. I have always wanted to try the Becca and colour pop products! They just looks so beautiful and pigmented! I have had my eye on the Tarte Tartlette Toasted palette for a while, I really want it, just need to save up the money! xx


  9. Favourites posts are some of my all time favourite posts to read. Im so happy you’re starting them back up again. I want that Huda beauty palette so much!


  10. Wow Becca Rose Gold looks beautiful! I am glad you are bringing back the Favourites posts!


  11. Everyone is raving about those Pixi Liquid Lipsticks - I need to buy one! Love your palette picks! xx


  12. Ok so that Huda beauty palette is gorgeous! <3 love the pixi matte lips as well they are pretty fab

    Andrew James - beautyandtheboy.com

  13. I love the idea of the facetory box! Such a good and new idea. xx

  14. Love the idea of Facetory... I love trying new sheet masks! So fun.

    Samantha Series

  15. The Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Palette is absolutely stunning. I can't wait to read your full review on it.

    Emma x


  16. Matte Beige is my favourite of all the shades too. I've been using it a lot. Really like the sound of Facetory given that I am addicted to sheet masks xxx

  17. those shades in the huda beauty palette are incredible!! wow right up my street xx


  18. Oh the Redken hair products sounds so lovely, I hope to get my hands on them soon!

    -Sophie xx
    Cherries & Perfume

  19. Can you please just be my buyer of makeup? You always buy the same eye-shadow shades that I want!


  20. Such lovely picks. I saw this Becca mini highlighter in Space NK and ummed and ahhed over it for ages! I wish I picked it up, it's so pretty x


  21. I got that Becca mini highlighter over Christmas as I couldn't say no! Also the Huda Beauty shades are amazing! So expensive though! x

    - Eternalleigh.blogspot.com

  22. Becca Rose Gold looks beautiful! I tend to stay away from a lot of rose gold highlighters, they don't look the best on my skin tone.

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

  23. I love these old school post, they are some of my fav to read!!

    Grace x

  24. I spot many many of my favourites. The pixi liquid lipsticks, that tarte toasted palette, that huda palette, that colour pop palette, that pixi rose flash balm and that tarte concealer I love and reach for them all! Great minds thing alike!


  25. Love the orange shade swatches!

    Rachael xox

  26. Tarte Shape Tape is a product that I just cannot move away from, no matter how hard I try, I always end up going back to it!

    Danielle xx

  27. Shape tape is such an amazing concealer! I love that colourpop palette to! I need the tarte one in my life xx


  28. I really wish Tarte was more easily accessible in the UK - the Shape Tape Concealer is just one of a bunch of their products I want to get my hands on! The Toasted palette looks pretty great too - I already have the other two Tartelette palettes and love them both!

    Pumpkin Lemonade

  29. I have been so intrigued by the Huda palettes, they are so gorgeous but I'm just so put off by the price, although the mini ones look more like they are worth it and I'm obsessed with all those shades! I can't believe I haven't tried Shape Tape yet, everyone raves about it and it literally looks like my dream concealer! xx


  30. The mini I have is just as good quality :) I was lucky and got this palette for Christmas x

  31. I just order from their website :) there are no extra customs and free shipping over £40. It's annoying not to be able to swatch concealer shades in person though! x

  32. I'm planning on ordering multiple backups soon! x

  33. I know what you mean, though if they're warm-toned they tend to work surprisingly well on me (I used to steer clear of anything vaguely pinky when it came to highlighters!) x

  34. I was exactly the same and couldn't justify another £32 haha so I ended up with the mini...x

  35. Me too! I'm using one most nights at the moment :) x

  36. I get through them so quickly! x

  37. I'm glad people enjoy reading them! I personally do as well :) x

  38. It's basically everything you want from a liquid lip! :) x

  39. I love the Flash Balm - can't recommend it enough and Shape Tape is well worth the hype :) x

  40. The Huda Beauty Palette is gorgeous, definitely on my wishlist Xx

  41. I'm so glad I finally got my hands on this concealer! x


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