It's a bit later than I'd planned, but it's time for my March beauty favourites. There are so many products here that you need to try, so I'm so excited to share them with you.
A foundation that I've been loving this month is the Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear Foundation (£31.50 from Lancome). This is a super long-lasting 24 hour wear foundation. Obviously I haven't tested it out for 24 hours, but it does stay in place nicely for a whole working day. The shade I wear is 005 Beige Ivoire. They have recently added more shades, so there's now a whopping 40 to choose from. This foundation is so comfortable to wear and makes your skin feel really soft. It doesn't oxidise and change colour and it gives you great full coverage, with a natural matte finish.
Another base product I've been loving is the new Kat Von D Lock-It Powder Foundation 24-Hour Wear (£27 from Debenhams). I actually use this as more of a setting powder on days when I want a lot of coverage. It really evens out the skin tone and all you need is a light sweep of powder. It also gives a lot of coverage, but the powder is very finely milled, so it looks natural on the skin and doesn't cake. I really like this and I think if you have oily skin, this would be a great full coverage foundation option for you. There is a great shade range too - I use Light 42.
I am also obsessed with Bare Minerals' new Invisible Glow Powder Highlighter* (£25 from Debenhams). This is a bit like the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders - it's a lovely finishing powder that looks great dusted all over the face to give a 'lit from within glow' to the skin. It doesn't look like you have powder on your skin either.
Talking of highlighters, the one in Primark's Precious Metals Collection Complete Face Palette* (£6.99 from Primark). I did not expect to like this palette, but I absolutely love it. The highlighter and bronzer are so pigmented and glowy. You'll be able to see your cheekbones from space with this highlighter. There is a lot of fallout, so just lightly tap your brush on, then dust off any excess - you only need the tiniest amount for intense strobing.
The things I am most impressed with in this Primark palette are the eyeshadows. They seriously rival any high-end brand's shadows. They are so pigmented and apply very smoothly and evenly. They are all shimmer and metallic shades that are incredibly finely milled and have a beautiful glow. The staying power is great too. How pretty are these?! That gold! Unfortunately, the two lipstick shades in the palette are a greasy, smudgy, uneven write-off.
Let's move on to skincare. The Body Shop Drops of Light Pure Healthy Brightening Eye Cream (£20 from The Body Shop) has really kept my eyes look rested, bright and awake in a month where I've had a terrible bereavement and have been crying and not been sleeping well as a result. I've also been on two long-haul flights this month. There is a cooling metal applicator that helps to reduce puffiness and the cream is designed to brighten the eye contour area from first use via its Red Algae Extract. It also contains a host of vitamins, minerals and nutirents, including the brightening Vitamin C.
I've also really been enjoying using the GLAMGLOW Poutmud Wet Lip Balm Treatment* (£16 from Look Fantastic). This minty, tingly lip balm really softens the lips and moisturises them. It contains Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Murumuru Butter as well as other conditioning ingredients such as Sweet Almond Oil. It's a clear, non-greasy balm that has kept my lips feeling smooth all month. The packaging is a cool mettalic silver ball too.
Finally, I've been loving the Niod Multi-Molecular Hyaluronic Complex (£25 from John Bell and Croyden). Niod is a brand from Deciem, who also make The Ordinary skincare (that I reviewed here). It's more advanced that The Ordinary's Hyaluronic Acid 2% plus B5 Serum as it contains 12 different forms of Hyaluronic compounds, so it penetrate and hydrates all layers of the skin. It instantly makes my skin look plump and healthy and I love using it before my moisturiser and makeup.
Have you tried any of these products?
This post contains press samples, but all opinions are my own.
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