Monday, February 11, 2013

7/11 post-February!

This is my version of the monthly favourites post-my current 7 favourites that I post on the 11th every month!

February Faves

Estee Lauder/Michael Kors trio blush, Aesop Chamomile Concentrate Anti Blemish masque, Lorac Spotlight, Aesop Ginger Flight Therapy, Wanthai Baby Face cream, Lancome Hypnose Star mascara, Mac Undercurrent eye liner

Aesop Ginger Flight Therapy

I admit I bought this on a whim because I travel quite a lot and work long hours and thought this might be a nice occasional 'pick me up' when I was flagging.  And I do really like it!  It's a roll on aromatherapy oil you can use on temples, neck, wrists and abdomen and helps to relieve stress, tiredness and also nausea.  It's very light and non greasy yet feels warming and almost spicy when you apply it.  But its not overbearing at all and in the past some aromatherapy oils in this format have made me feel a bit sicky and my pulse race-especially if they contain lemon.  This one however is a firm favourite!  This costs £21 from Cult Beauty.

Lancome Hypnose Star Mascara

Lancome wand

Lancome wand

Putting mascara on is the favourite part of my beauty routine-I find it therapeutic!  I am really enjoying using this Lancome Hypnose Star mascara.  The packaging is lush first of all, with its sleek black tube and purple glittery base.  The brush is really unusual-it hasn't photographed brilliantly but its a flat diamond shape-I've never used anything like it before-but it means you can place the flat diamond part against your lashes for the most dramatic effect.  It's very lengthening and is super black so looks dramatic.  I don't find it very volumising but the shape of the brush allows you to get every single lash easily and quickly and you can build the mascara up as it doesn't clump.  It doesn't flake or smudge either.  There is a great little tutorial here on the Lancome website on how to use the brush for the best effect.  Lancome Hypnose Star costs £22

Aesop Chamomile Concentrate Anti Blemish Masque, Wanthai Baby Face cream

I have blogged about these two products here and here so I won't say too much more apart from the Aesop mask is a firm favourite on a Saturday night pampering session and the Baby Face cream is light, rapidly absorbed and leaves my skin soft and plumped.  The Baby Face is only available in Thailand but the Aesop mask costs £33 from Cult Beauty.  I really really really want to try more from this range.

Estee Lauder/Michael Kors blusher and Lorac Perfectly Lit Oil Free Luminizing Powder in Spotlight

Estee Lauder blush swatches (l-r 06 Hot Sienna, 03 Electric Pink, 10 Lovers Blush and then the 3 blended together)

I reviewed the Estee Lauder blusher here, it was limited edition but the individual shades are available in the permanent collection.  Blended together (heavily) they produce the swatch on the end but I am loving this blush combo for every day.  The brush that came with the set was very poor though and left the blusher very patchy on the skin-but using my Mac blusher brush the result is a flush of colour with a teeny tiny bit of shimmer, perfect for the office.  The gold compact is also lovely too.

Lorac Perfectly Lit Oil Free Luminizing Powder in Spotlight swatches

I got this Lorac product in my Sephora Favourites box a couple of months ago, and when I blogged about it here I admitted I wasn't sure what to actually do with it!!   But now I have played with it I love it!  I use it as a highlighter on the tops of my cheekbones and under my brow bone, applying with a Real Techniques setting brush and its a very natural champagne-y colour highlighter with not too much shimmer but enough to highlight perfectly.  Definitely looking forward to checking out more Lorac products in the States.  A full size version costs $32 from Sephora in the States

Mac Undercurrent Pearlglide eyeliner

This eyeliner reminds me of Ariel from the Little Mermaid!  It's just the most beautiful green shimmer with gold/silver/blue particles.  Its so soft and blendable too.  Tanya Burr recently did a make up tutorial using this liner-you can watch her Arab inspired make up look here  This eyeliner is from the Pearlglide range which I find to be super pigmented, creamy and long wearing.  They cost £14 from Mac.

That's my 7 current favourites-link me to your monthly favourites posts by leaving a comment below-I love reading them and getting more inspiration!

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