Favourites – March 2017

I really enjoyed doing the whole favourites thing last month, as it gave me a chance to reflect on the things that have value to me in my beauty collection – and it was totally fun to round stuff up. So, here are my favourites for the month of March – a handful of products that have featured daily in my routine this past month, and are fast becoming beloved staples…

RCMA No Color Powder

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I don’t know how much I need to say about this powder – the hype online, and in the blogger/vlogger community speaks for itself. I’ll be posting a more in-depth review of this powder (I just have so many thoughts on it), but in general, I will say this: it’s amazing.

Here’s a quick rundown of why I love this powder:

    • It’s so finely milled. You can barely feel it on the skin, and it doesn’t leave a cake-y finish like some powders can do.
    • It manages to set without any white cast or powdery look, and retains some kind of luminosity – so that your skin doesn’t look too flat.
    • It’s multi-purpose – I use it for setting my undereye area (packed on with a small brush), and for dusting all over my face.
    • The price!!! I paid £12 for this 3oz bottle, and I’ve barely use any in the ~6 weeks I’ve had it.

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There are a couple of drawbacks to the No Color Powder, although they’re not major enough to outweigh any of the positive aspects (in my opinion). Firstly, the packaging is crap – it’s a plastic bottle, that looks like it’s supposed to be full of cinnamon or other spices. So, this makes it a pain to dispense. Secondly, it’s pretty difficult to get hold of in the UK. I bought mine from Beauty Bay shortly after a restock, but it sold out incredibly fast (Love Makeup also stock the powder, but their shipping options are more expensive, since BB offer free shipping over £15). If you can, definitely try to get you hands on this – the hype is all 100% worth it.

Bourjois Little Round Pot Blush in Rose D’Or

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These little domed blushes from Bourjois have been around for ages (about 150 years!), so they’re about as iconic as you can get – despite this, I’ve never tried them. Earlier in the month I was looking for a new springtime shade for my cheeks and decided to pick this up in a 3 for 2 offer at Superdrug (along with a Healthy Mix foundation for my sister and a Radiance Reveal concealer – which I LOVE). Aside from the ultra-cute packaging – the compact colour reflects the blush shade, and there’s an itty bitty mirror inside – the product itself is really nice too.

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This shade (Rose D’Or) is a medium rosy-pink shot through with a subtle golden shimmer, as the name would suggest. The pigmentation isn’t wild, however that works to an advantage for me, as it’s harder to go overboard and give yourself clown-face. The blush is scented with a perfume-y rose smell, which might not be everyone’s cup of tea. Personally, I love it – I’m obsessed with rose scented products. The individual blushes are £7.99 – a good price for a really lovely pop of colour – and in a large selection of shades to suit most skin tones (unlike a lot of Bourjois’ stuff), so I can definitely see myself starting a collection.

Simple Clear Skin Oil Balancing Moisturiser

I’m very fussy when it comes to moisturiser – my absolute favourite is the Clean & Clear Dual Action, because it’s lightweight and oil free, with added salicylic acid (perfect for my oily and blemish-prone skin). I decided to try this one out on a whim during a browse in Superdrug as I’ve liked other products from Simple in the past, although I didn’t realise they had a clear skin range (definitely a YAS moment).

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This moisturiser has a thicker consistency than the Clean & Clear, with an almost mousse-like texture and appearance. It is still pretty light however, spreading well and absorbing quickly. I didn’t need to use much either, although any super dry patches may require some extra product, as this isn’t intensely hydrating. Taking all these things into consideration, I think it’s an excellent product for those who want a smooth and soft base, but need a formula that isn’t going to cause shine and breakouts (the added zinc is supposed to act as a “natural antibacterial”, helping to keep skin clear). This 75ml tube is available here for only £4.25, although they have loads of promotions on for skincare items.

Burt’s Bees Lip Balm in Honey

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Lip balm isn’t really the most glamourous thing – unless you have the By Terry Baume De Rose (I wish). However for many of us it’s a daily essential, even in the upcoming warmer months – my love of matte, long-lasting lipsticks has the unfortunate side effect of turning my lips into the Sahara Desert. I’ve tried a whole host of different formulas in the past (Palmer’s Cocoa Butter is another love), but the original lip balms from Burt’s Bees have to be my favourite – they don’t feel at all artificial, and are gently moisturising without being sticky. I currently have the Honey scent/flavour, which I’m not too sure about (it has a weird smell under the sweetness), but I’d definitely recommend picking up a plain one if you’re in the market for a new lip balm. These cost £3.99 each, but the brand has a huge range of other items for both lips and body care – I’m definitely going to try their new line of lipsticks.

Cream Eyeshadows (in general!)

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Pretty much all of the eyeshadow I’ve worn this month has been from a wind-up stick or cream pot. I have no patience (or time) to faff about with blending at the moment, so just chucking some cream shadow on and smudging it out has been my go-to solution for a quick eye.

My favourite ones are from Kiko – I have about 7 different shades, mostly shimmery warm and neutral tones (these are prone to breaking, however). I’ve also tried the Laura Mercier formula, and the Colour Tattoos from Maybelline are an obvious choice. I also find that any creasing – which is inevitable with my hooded eyes – can be easily fixed throughout the day, either with a fingertip or small brush. I’ll probably get back into powder formulas and palettes soon enough, but cream eyeshadows will forever be a staple in my makeup wardrobe (and I can’t wait to try some new ones).

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