Saturday, 9 February 2013

A Few Of My Favourite Things

At the end of January, I was hoping to do a 'favourites' post.

By the time it got to February the 9th, I figured I'd missed that slot and decided to do a general post of a couple of things (not necessarily make-up) I've enjoy using/reading/smelling this past month! Also, as I'm on a spending ban, 'favourites' post become a bit difficult as my collection of pretty things isn't as varied & vast as I think some others might be.

So!

Reading


The main thing I was absolutely hooked on in January were The Hunger Games books. Now, I realise I'm a little bit behind with this whole series, but... I can fully say I truly love them & completely understand the hype. I'm not a particularly quick reader and I haven't read a set of books since the Harry Potters way back when, so I think that the fact I've just finished the third in the trilogy today, in two weeks of starting them - says a lot. They're so addictive, so well written... I just couldn't put them down. I'd definitely recommend reading them to anyone that was a bit unsure! I can't wait until the second & third films are released.

Skincare
As for skincare I've been getting to grips with my REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Face Mask. This is my first ever REN product, (which I received for Christmas from my mum), and I've got to say I'm impressed. I wasn't impressed at the beginning, but as time goes on, I'm understanding why it's so popular and raved about quite so much.

When I first used this mask, I didn't like the tingling, it was quite intense and I wasn't prepared. I had a blemish that almost seemed to sting for a few seconds once applied and then the whole thing eased off. After taking it off I couldn't quite put my finger on what it had done to my skin, but it felt soft & very clean so I decided to stick with it.

Fast forward a month or so and I can definitely see the difference I struggled to see in the beginning. I've never looked at my skin and thought 'this actually looks nice & healthy' but recently I've found that I have a nice glow, less oil, less scarring from old blemishes, a more even complexion and generally less spots overall. 

I will definitely buy this again, and probably more of RENs skincare products, I suspect!

Beauty
Being the 'newb' to beauty blogging as I was, I hadn't heard of the infamous Urban Decay Naked Palette and just how great it was until I saw it repeatedly blogged about, used in tutorials, etc. So when it came to Christmas I asked for this as one of my gifts because 1. I love neutral eyeshadows 2. I'd had UD palettes in the past and loved their pigmentation and 3. I'll admit, I gave in to the hype. But, I'm very, very glad I did! 

To jump on the band wagon - yes, it is absolutely wonderful. The three shades I've used the most are Sidecar, Half Baked & Smog, and are probably my favourite in the whole palette. 

I haven't 'reviewed' this as quite frankly, they have been done to death (no offence) and with numerous newer UD palettes being released it just seemed a tad unnecessary  If you want to see some swatches & what not, this is a great review for that :) link!

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As for eye makeup, I've been toning down the black eyeliner and opting for brown instead. Mac Eye Pencil in Coffee is perfect for this. It isn't as soft a formulation as their Kohl eyeliners, but it is great for the waterline & even on the top. It is such a pretty shade of brown & does a nice job of emphasising blue eyes!
On my lips I've been trying out a very bold colour using Maybelline Colour Sensation Lipstick in Pleasure Me Red. It's the colour I wore in my Hershesons post and as I was asked a few times about what lipstick it was I thought I'd give it a mention! For a highstreet brand I'm very impressed with the lovely pigmentation, staying power & consistency  It has a satin finish (not matte, not glossy) and doesn't dry your lips out. The colour is one of the most perfect red shades I've ever used & I will definitely be looking into buying more from this range! 
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I don't think the Nuxe Reve de Miel needs much of an introduction, but having bought this lip balm in August it has lasted a surprisingly long time & there isn't a day that goes by that I don't use it. I know some people love or hate this, but I'm 100% on the 'love' side. It just works wonders on very dry lips, without the need to constantly re-apply. It has been a God send during winter & I can see this being a staple product for a long time.


Scent
I rarely change my perfume (I own three in total) but as soon as I gave Gucci Guilty a test spray I knew I loved it. It's a very bold, distinct perfume, almost one that would suit nights out/winter as opposed to light summer fragrances. The main scents I get from it are mandarin, pink pepper and peach. It's quite unusual, floral-y overall, but I really do like it! The packaging is very sleek & pretty, not too over the top, which I like. I can definitely see me repurchasing this when it runs out!

And that's it. Seven products I have loved & used over and over again this past month. 

What are your favourite things? 
xo

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  1. Love the naked palette soooooo much!
    The lipstick looks beautiful, looks like such a pretty red!
    I'm currently on the hunt for some new skin care so might give ren a go :)
    xxx

    http://xosarah-loves.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. You should definitely give it a go! They seem to have such a great range, and this product is a gem! :) xx

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  2. Love the hungergames too!
    I really want a Naked palette, because I see people blogging about it all the time and they all say it's great, but i'm not sure if i can buy it in the Netherlands..
    BTW. i really like your blog

    xx Jilldau

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    1. They're so good aren't they? Kind of sad I've finished the books now! :)
      The Naked Palette is definitely a good 'investment' piece I think, hope you're able to find it! xx

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  3. I really fancy trying that red lipstick!

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  4. I kinda missed the boat a little on January favourites as well, I did mine on the 7th (oops!). Where does time go?!

    I really want to try Gucci Guilty! Love this post.

    http://hannahrebekahcampbell.blogspot.com xxx

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    1. It just seems to be flying by! :) you should definitely give the perfume a sniff. It is lovely! Xx

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  5. I'm lusting after the Nuxe Reve de Miel! xx

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  6. So glad you loved The Hunger Games! I went to read the first book in the week before the film came out last year and ended up reading all three in as many days! I really wish I'd bought the first Naked palette instead of #2, I don't get very much use out of a lot of the shades in it!

    I'm definitely a lover of the Nuxe lip balm too, a total lip saver xx

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    1. Ah! I've had the book for ages but only recently decided to read them. Wish I'd read them sooner! I was hooked. Haha xx

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  7. I'm very behind with the Naked palettes too! I'd love one though, all of the shades are wonderful. xxx

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    1. They are very nice :) I preferred this one to the Naked 2 as its a bit 'warmer' xx

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  8. The naked palettes are awesome!Thinking about to get the basics palette...
    <3

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    1. They are! That does look cute, not sure it's necessary but it definitely looks good :) xx

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  9. I love the way this post is written! I adore The Hunger Games, one of my favourite trilogies ever! xo

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  10. Aw thank you so much Sophia. That means a lot :). They are such good books! Xx

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  11. I love UD eyeshadows, I have the naked 2, but still really want the original! Gucci Guilty is such a great scent, I always steal a spray off my housemate x

    srslylou.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I only decided on 1 because it seemed to have more brown/warm tones than the 2 :)

      It is a lovely perfume! X

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  12. I loved the hunger game books- like you, I was late reading them, and like you I read them super fast. HP books were amazing too! Which books are your favorite?
    If you had to pick one naked palette, which one would you pick?

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    1. My favourite HG book was actually the first one! :) my favourite book of all time is The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. As for Naked Palettes, the MUA was pretty honest with me when I asked what the difference was and it seems Naked 1 is warmer toned and 2 is cooler :) I'm pleased with 1! Xx

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  13. I never got my hands on the naked palette. I really really want one. It ain't available in the country I live in :( SAD!

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    1. Aw that is a shame! Hopefully they'll come over your way soon :) xx

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  14. Naked palettes are my faves too, and I also use the Reve de Miel by Nuxe everyday, it's fantastic.

    I like your blog, so if you don't mind, I'm staying! And I'm glad to read that you are a graduated in Spanish! My blog is in Spanish and English too! I leave my blog's URL in case you want to come and practise a bit! :)
    http://mymakeupcompulsion.blogspot.com.es/

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    1. Thank you very much Lou! Ill definitely check your blog out :) xx

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  15. I love the hunger games books. They are such a great read. The ren mask is something I really want to try as is the maybelline lipstick. I've heard lots of good things about them x

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  16. How funny, I've just photographed my 'January favourites' ready to do a post, and was going to call mine 'a few of my favourite things' as well cos it's a bit too late! I'm about to order the Reve de Miel lip balm as I have nightmare chapped lips and need a miracle product! Lovely blog, I'm now following :)

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  17. Thanks for the nice post

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