Sunday, 14 February 2016

My January 2016. Favourites!

Hello fellow beauty lovers!
I wish you a happy Valentine's Day! Recently I was talking to my colleagues at work and somehow I ended up telling them about my dogs. Then they all agreed that my face gets a certain glow when I talk about them. My response was that I do love them very much and that I am aware of the fact that many people can't understand my love towards animals. Then an older colleague of mine said that I am wrong, that love is love, beautiful and special no matter where it comes from. I have been blessed with a wonderful life full of special people but what I wanted to say is that we should all celebrate love all the time with our family members, friends, partners or pets. I hope that you all have love in your life, no matter of its origin.

And now to the Favourites. I didn't think that I will have this many of them because I had a cold last month and wasn't exactly my usual self, but when I gathered them it wasn't a bad bunch at all.

My skin deals with all kinds of different issues during the year and every season brings in something new. Well, this winter my usually combination skin with oily t-zone had problems with drier top layer. I really am careful about my skin care, and try to satisfy both oiliness and dryness, and since I did find some great products for that, I have to tell you about them.

I found a dynamic duo for winter care of my eye area. 

First Aid Beauty Eye Duty Triple Remedy eye cream was perfect for daytime. It is very light, salmon coloured and comes with a metal part on top which leaves your eye area nice and cool. It hydrates nicely and its colouring kind of evens out your skin but it isn't a substitute for concealer. Because of its light texture it sinks into the skin quickly and is a great base for make up since it is not greasy. Although it is a great product, in my opinion, especially if you suffer from dryness on your undereye area, you should combine it with something more thick and greasy for the night. I combined it with Afrodita Chamomile Sensitive Care eye cream

Also an amazing product for an amazing price (15 ml cream costs about 35 kunas/4.50 Euros). If you didn't try it, you really have to.

And for the rest of my face I am all into balms and face oils. Last year I bought Net a Porter's Holiday kit (but in early spring) where I received Earth tu Face face balm with immortelle and rose extract. It says that it both hydrates and repairs the skin and I agree. It is amazing... It has a very natural and mild scent of immortelle and has a very good list of ingredients.

 It doesnt contain any synthetic ingredients. Thicker in texture, almost like a salve but less greasy. I put it on a damp face, leave it for ten minutes and then follow with  a cream. You can use it on your whole face or on dry parts every day or when needed. I aplly it twice or three times a week, and other days I use Olival's face oils with immortelle.

I only have one body care Favourite - Oriflame Feminelle intimate cleansing gel with natural lactic acid and aloe vera. It has a natural pH and doesn't contain soap. Because of the nature of this product I will only say that I like it a lot!

And then there is make up, mostly eye make up.

Currently, brows are in and I follow that trend. My routine seems to be all about Anastasia Beverly Hills. My favourite brow product of the year 2015. was definitely their Brow Wiz in the shade Taupe. This is an incredible product which is so well thought of and made that you can't go wrong with it. Its formula prevents you to make harsh lines and the end result is great. The Wiz has two sides, one is the pencil part and the other side is a small brow comb, and they both perform perfect!

I paired it with Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow gel, also an impeccable product which will tame your brows all day without making them look or feel crispy. So, if you are interested in any of these, go for it!

When you are a member of the oily lids club as me, you learn to appreciate a good eyeshadow base. I tried a few (including Urban Decay Primer Potion) and my favourite is Too Faced Shadow Insurance. It makes a HUGE difference in both vibrancy and longevity of your shadows, and even this small tube will last you a long time.

And talking about eyeshadows and bases, we came to the next Favourite of mine - Chanel Illusion d'Ombre creamy eyeshadow in the shade Diapason. My love to Illusoire has been mentioned lots of times before (here) and it lead to trying other shades from the range. Diapason is a wonderful shade which is both lilac/lavender and maroon, with tiny shiny but sophisticated particles. I love these shadows but I must admit that they aren't the most durable ones on oily lids and that without a base they tend to crease on me. With TF Shadow Insurance that problem is solved and I can enjoy their beauty the whole day.

After a long period of being faithful to eye pencils, now I am more into liquid eyeliners. In my Selfridges Summer Beauty Box (link) I received EYEKO Fat Liquid Eyeliner (black). Although it looks intimidating, this bad boy turned out to be very sweet and will actually allow you to make quite thin lines, if used properly. I love it! It is highly pigmented, longlasting, doesn't smudge and because of that I feel confident to recommend it. If you think that liquid liners aren't appropriate for daytime, I disagree. If you go over it with any darker shadow, the line will be more softer and I think you will love it, too.

My last make up favourite is a result of shopping my stash. I haven't used it for a while which made me forget just how good it was. I am talking about Lancome La Rose Deco blush in the shade- 01Rosy Glow.  I don't think it's available anymore but after using it the whole month I just had to mention it. In the photos it looks a bit coral but in real life it has a difused rosy colour which looks very nice and natural on my face, almost just like a flush. During the day it fades a bit but leaves a very nice tint.

And slowly but surely we came to an end of this post... How do you like my picks? What were your January Favourites?

Tell me...

Love, beautyandbrains007

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