I've got a packed edition for you this month as I've had so many beauty favourites recently. There's a good mix of skincare, makeup and tools in this post; so you're sure to discover a new thing to try next.
First up, let's talk about the two items that I've been using every single day that I have done my makeup in February, and I don't see them leaving my makeup bag anytime soon. The Rimmel Kate Sculpting Palette (£6.99 from Boots) is part of Rimmel's collaboration with Kate Moss. Shade 002 is the perfect everyday face makeup trio. The powder formulas are beautiful, highly pigmented and blend so well. The highlight is really natural, with no chunky glitter, but it still gives a stunning glow. The contour is cool-toned and the blush is a perky pink.
To apply the contour shade, I have been addicted to the Blank Canvas F33 Extreme Contour Brush (£12.94 from Blank Canvas). I have this with both the pink and gold handles. It allows you to get a precise contour line and blend it in naturally. I've also been enjoying buffing my foundation in with their super-soft but densely-packed F08 Dome Buffing Brush too (£12.79 from Blank Canvas). Basically, Blank Canvas make amazing makeup brushes and sponges (see my review here) and I think they might be my favourite makeup tool brand.
Onto hair things, I have one item to share with you and I've shared it before. I chop and change between my Tangle Teezer and my Wet Brush all the time; but lately I've been loving my Tangle Teezer. When i'm stressed I twirl my hair and tie it in knots. The last few weeks have not been easy in my personal life, so the fine plastic teeth of my Tangle Teezer has been helping to get the knots and tugs out so well. The Tangle Teezer Compact Styler (£12.50 from Tangle Teezer) has a handy protective cap too.
Finally, skincare-wise, I have a few product to introduce you too. The new Aveda Tulasara Wedding Eye Masque* (£34.50 from John Lewis) is basically a very thick eye cream that you apply generously at night. It has been designed with brides in mind i.e. those who want to wake up with firm and radiant under-eyes that look well-rested. It uses an extract from the Tumeric Root to brighten the skin, then Algae Extract to reduce puffiness and dark circles. This stuff really makes a huge difference - especially if you've had a late night.
In the mornings, I've been loving the new Antonia Burrell Bright & Light Eye Cream* (£44 from MyShowcase). It has such a cooling metal rollerball application tip. You pump some up with the head of the tube, then roll this under your eyes and up to your browbone, before patting in any excess with your finger. It contains White Bird of Paradise Flower Extract to reduce dark circles and to decrease puffiness too. It also uses Pomegranate and Orange Blossom Peptides to stimulate collagen synthesis to help with the smoothing of lines and wrinkles and the firming of the skin.
Last, but not least, I've been loving the new Origins Plantscription Powerful Lifting Concentrate (£52 from Origins) is a serum that has a skin lifting and firming effect. You apply it in upwards strokes and when it starts to dry into the skin, you get a tightening sensation. It has a silky texture and makes your skin look and feel very soft an smooth. It uses the active plant extract Anogeissus to support the structure of the skin.
Have you tried any of these?
This post contains press samples, but all opinions are my own.
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