Gosh, Janaury was a tough month! I was ill and bed-ridden for the first half of it, with a nasty case of Flu and then Tonsilitis. It really made me appreciate the NHS and antibiotics access in the middle of the night. As I didn't do much more than cough for most of the month, I've only got a few beauty favourites - and these are mainly from the last two weeks.
The first product is from Eyeko. Their Mascara Off Eye Makeup Remover Wipes* (£6 for 10 wipes from Eyeko) is the best eye makeup remover i've ever tried. Literally one gentle wipe with these removes all eyeshadow and tough mascara/liner. They are 100% pure cotton wipes that contain olive oil and aloe extract to condition and soothe too. I've been taking my eye makeup off with these before double-cleansing with a balm cleanser, as getting my eye makeup off first makes less of a mess and cuts down the time when I then cleanse properly.
The next product i've really been loving is from the US - the Herbivore Botanicals Coco Rose Lip Conditioner (£18 from Resident Store). As you might imagine from the name, this has a strong floral scent. This I don't mind, but it tastes florally too; which I don't like. The product does perform so well though, that I've just been overlooking this. It's a blend of Organic Virgin Coconut Oil and Morrocan Rose Absolute, as well as Shea Butter and other plant-based, organic ingredients. It really softens and hydrates the lips.
The balm cleanser that i've been using the most this month is the Merumaya Melting Cleansing Balm* (£16.50 from Merumaya). I've heard so much about this for such a long time, but just never got round to trying it. It takes makeup off really well and leaves the skin feeling soft and hydrated. It's made with Sweet Almond Oil and Echium Oil, and contains Omega 3, 6 & 9 as well as antioxidents to protect the skin from environmental agressors. It does have a strong floral and herbal scent, so if you don't like this in cleansers, it might be best to avoid.
Finally, I think that the new Sleek MakeUP brow product is really good. Their Brow Intensity (£8.50 from Sleek MakeUP) is a dual-ended brow bone champagne highlighter pencil and tinted brow fibre gel with spoolie and sponge applicator. There are five shades available and I have Medium. The cream highlighter twist-up pencil is really pretty on, but you have to use it very gently as it's so soft and breaks easily. The sponge tip stops that annoying build up of product at the tip of a spoolie that ends up causing too much to go onto your hairs - that's all I use this feature for, as I think that defining your brows with it makes them too harsh. I prefer to use the spoolie to just brush through the fibre gel instead. It really keeps your brows in place and makes them look fuller and more even in colour.
Have you tried any of these products? What have you loved over the last month?
This post contains press samples, but all opinions are my own.