Thursday, 22 March 2018

March Favourites | Beauty Edition

One of the best things about working in a beauty hall is discovering new products and trying out different things you may have never normally picked up. I am the biggest magpie when it comes to skincare and makeup and when someone mentions I product I haven't tried before, I have very little self restraint and you can bet it will be "added to bag" that night. Out of the new products I tired throughout February, and March I thought I'd share a handful of my new favourites.

Laura Mercier Illuminating Tinted Moisturiser

HOLY GLOW, BATMAN! Laura Mercier does not mess about when it comes to glowy skin. I'm sort of known amongst my pals in the beauty hall as the one who loves to look so shiny that it borders on oily... but hey, ya gal loves a dewy finish! When the girls at Laura Mercier recommended their Illuminating Tinted Moisturiser for that "wet skin" look, I knew I had to try it out. Side note, the team at Laura Mercier in House of Fraser Glasgow are fabulous - they are all so kind, knowledgeable on product and happy to help with any queries of questions. Plus they are all a 10 on the babe scale! Definitely go pay them a visit! I can hands down say that this is the best tinted moisturiser I've EVER tried! It has a fuller coverage than most I've used before (however by no means is it full coverage, TM's will never give you the same coverage as a foundation) and gives my skin the most beautiful iridescent glowy shine. This product is almost half liquid highlighter, half tinted moisturiser and I am LIVING for it! For those who love a lightweight product and dewy finish, I'd 100% hands down recommend giving this a go.

Laura Mercier Candlight Mineral Illuminating Powder

I've always heard rave reviews about Laura Mercier's translucent setting powder however since we've established I like to look shiny, a mattifying powder will never be on my radar. However,  the beautiful Jacs at Laura, suggested I try their illuminating powder on top of their tinted moisturiser. When you first look at the product, it is extremely pigmented and highlight-y, and I was sceptical about putting it all over my face, but OH MY GOODNESS! This is the type of product that the more you buff it into the skin, the more natural is looks. For example, if you apply a generous swipe to your cheekbones, you'll have a banging highlight, but if you take your time, buffing the product gently across your whole face, you get the most beautiful all over radiance. Seriously, these two products together are a DREAM for those who, like me, are anti matte, pro glow! Plus, pro tip from Jacs - mix with your body moisturiser for a night out and you're whole bod will be deliciously glowing AND dust over your collarbone and legs when on holiday to give you all over sun kissed vibes. Lush!

Laura Mercier Lipstick in Sensual

Ok, last Laura Mercier product, I promise. I have been on the hunt for the perfect pink toned nude lipstick for a while now, and I think I've finally found my perfect shade. It's pigmented enough for everyday wear, yet nude enough to pair with a smokey eye. For fairer skin tones this shade is ideal - it doesn't give you "sicky lips" and isn't too deep that it then becomes a brown instead of a nude. It's deliciously creamy, matte but not too matte, and lasts me around 4-5 hours without topping up. Ticks all the boxes for me!

Peaches and Cream Lashes*

False eyelashes are one of the things I find that really amps up my look and makes me feel so incredibly glam. Whether I'm aiming for everyday subtle glam, or full on night out smokes, lashes just add the finishing touch.

Last month, We Love Lashes generously let me to try out a few pairs from the Peaches and Cream range and I'm pleased to say I'm impressed! I chose pairs 09, 19 and 20, as I prefer a wispier finish - with 09  being my favourite pair out of the three. Bold enough to hold together a heavy eye, but not too in your face if you're opting for a more natural look. What I love most about these lashes is the size - 9 times out of 10 I have to cut my falsies to fit my eyes, but the Peaches and Cream lashes fit perfectly on first application. The lash band is fine enough that you can wear them without eyeliner and I never had any problems with them lifting with wear at the corners of my eyes. And at £4.50 a pair, they don't break the bank! Win/win.

Bobbi Brown Face Oil

I swear I'm not being biased here - but this is the BEST face oil I've ever used. This little guy keeps my skin hydrated, healthy, soothed, and GLOWING. One of the main issues I have with my skin is that whenever I get a blemish or imperfection, the healing process seems to take FOREVER! I'm talking 2 months will pass and my skin will still be marked from where I had a whitehead. I find when I use my hyaluronic acid (find out more about that here) along with my Bobbi Oil, my skin healing process speeds up significantly, not to mention it leaves my skin looking radiant!

Bobbi Brown Skin Nourish Mask

This was a saviour during our recent bout of snow. On the few occasions I ventured outside, I would slather the Nourish Mask all over my face beforehand, and let me tell you, it protected so well against windburn, winter rash, and dryness from the cold temperature. Although the instructions say to leave the mask on for 5-10 minutes, I actually sleep in it around once a month to give my skin an intense hydration boost! It leaves my face feeling plump, silky smooth and helps with flaking around healing spots - such a handy little mask to keep on your side table!

So that's the lowdown on everything I’ve been loving recently! Being the beauty and skincare junkie I am, if anyone has any ride or die products they can't get enough of, let a gal know!

Until next time,
S.B x

*Peaches and Cream Lashes were kindly gifted to me by We Love Lashes, however all my opinions are my own.

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