Saturday, 10 February 2018

January Favourites 2018

I am aware that this post is slightly late up, but despite January feeling never ending, February is going by at an extremely fast rate, already. I have decided that favourites posts aren't made enough on my blog so this year, I am going to aim to talk through all of the things I have been loving, every single month.

Throughout January, I found that the majority of things I have loved are in fact beauty products but there are a couple of non-related beauty products that I have also found a love for and I will therefore start with those.

If you know me personally, you will know that I am trying to quit smoking which was a habit I picked up three years ago. I haven't smoked a cigarette in a few months and I am using an e-cig (electronic cigarette) to help me. I am now down to 3MG nicotine percentage after starting at 16MG. Recently I switched my e-cig to the Aspire Pockex which I am loving, I really finds that it has reduced my urges and cravings for a cigarette incredibly. It also comes in a whole variety of different colours, I really had my eye on the Rose Gold version but it wasn't in stock when I got mine so I went for Matte Black. Depending on where you purchase this e-cig, it costs anything from £23.99-£30 but it is still much cheaper than cigarettes and I actually find that I have no trouble with this e-cig at all compared to the previous ones I had. 

Feather & Down Sweet Dreams Pillow Spray is a fairy new product to me but I absolutely love it already. It is a Lavender scented Pillow Spray that aims to relax you and help you to sleep. I originally wanted to pick up the This Works Pillow Spray but I spotted this one in Boots for only £7 and thought that it was worth giving a go considering that I struggle to sleep. Obviously, if you're not a fan of Lavender then this is not the product for you. I am not entirely sure if this product actually helps me to sleep or not but it certainly helps me to relax easier. It is a very soothing scent and I am getting on really well with it so far.

Moving on, another product that I have been using every single day throughout the past month is the No7 Illuminated Make Up Mirror. I had this product on my wishlist for two consecutive years as I was getting fed up of not having a free standing mirror. I actually got this product for Christmas but it retails for £34.99 (it is currently on offer at Boots for £20) and it comes in either silver or rose gold. I wasn't sure if I would like this mirror when first using it because it shows every single flaw, smudge and blemish but I now struggle to do my make up without the light as it makes such a difference.

A product that I have tried multiple times in the past but never stuck to is the Soap & Glory Righteous Butter which is a Body Butter in their traditional fruity yet floral scent. This product contains Shea Butter and Aloe Vera, leaving your skin super silky and soft. I find that this product isn't sticky like some moisturisers can be and even after applying a large amount, it soaks in to your skin quickly. I would recommend this product if you're looking for an affordable, everyday moisturiser.

I was fortunate enough to have received a few different perfumes throughout my Birthday and Christmas but one that has stuck by my side and turned into a new holy grail is the Mugler Alien Perfume which in all honesty, was a Christmas present to my mum but it has somehow landed on my dressing table. This fragrance has a very strong and powering scent, it is definitely a distinctive scent and is very noticeable, even with the smallest amount. It is described as both a floral and woody scent, containing Jasmine Sambac, Cashmeran Wood and White Amber. The bottle is stunning and full of purple and gold which is actually refillable too. This product is around £54 for 30ml but there is almost always an offer on at at least one perfume retailer.

The Soap & Glory Face Soap & Clarity Face Wash is next on my favourites. I received a mini of this product in a gift set and have been using it non-stop since, I have already purchased a full size version. This product is a 3-in-1 V Daily Vitamin C face wash which cleans and purifies skin, removes make up and exfoliates. I find this product so easy to use and it is a really quick process. I have heard a whole bunch of people stating that they wont use this product due to it containing micro-beads, which are really bad for the environment but according to Soap & Glory, they have switched over to environmentally friendly ingredients. The full size of this product is £8, I have noticed that this product has helped to clear up my skin and has left it feeling much more smoother, rather than constantly being dry and oily. 

Moving on to make up products, a new and higher end product that seems to be turning into a holy grail product is the Too Faced Hangover Primer which retails at £27, so definitely on the pricier side however, it creates the perfect base for your foundation. This product is infused with coconut water and carries quite a light, coconut scent. It is a creamy consistency, but can be slightly tacky, allowing your foundation to set better. I find that with many primers, applying foundation can often remove the primer and leave your make up patchy but that isn't the case at all with this product. It is very lightweight and hydrating, it smooths your skin and a little goes a long way, I really couldn't recommend this product enough.

The Kat Von D Translucent Loose Powder has been a product that I have been looking out for for a very long time but it is always out of stock on the Debenhams website.. has it been discontinued? I managed to finally get my hands on this product from Depop and I love it. I  had used it prior to purchasing time and time before due to my friend owning it. It doesn't feel chalky, it doesn't leave marks on your concealer and it smells like cake mixture.. I am not joking. This product usually retails at £22, but is in such a generous sized pot and would last a long time and is the perfect product for baking. 

Last but not least, the final product that I have been adoring is the Soph X Make Up Revolution Highlighting Palette. When applying the shades within this palette, you wouldn't think that it is a drugstore palette or even, only £8. Within this palette, you get eight generous sized highlighting shades which focuses on the pinks, purples and golds. The shades start lighter on the left and get darker to the right meaning that there is bound to be a shade for everyone. There was a discussion that the four left shades looked very similar to the Sleek Solstice Palette but they all reflect differently. You can use the shades within this palette individually or on top of each other and you'll get an incredible glow. The pigmentation is insanely good and the products are very shimmery.

That is all for today, I am trying to keep my favourites posts short and sweet because we all know that I have a tendency to ramble. If you'd like to see reviews of any of the products mentioned then please let me know. 

Thank-you for reading, Tay x

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