Tuesday, 4 February 2014

January Favourites

What the? It's February already?! Where did the month of January go? Somehow I have passed through another month of my life and, on the way, accumulated another list of monthly favourites. This month Australia has undergone two separate waves of 40+ degree days and so I've actually found myself, more often than not, going makeup free. Having said that, there are a few little treasures which I have been enjoying using. 

First up is this little matte eye primer from Face of Australia. This is actually the first eye primer I've used and I am reasonably impressed. To be honest, I don't have a huge problem with my eye makeup creasing. However, I definitely noticed a big difference in the lasting of my shadow. Of course, I don't know if that's just the affect of this little baby, or eye primers in general for me. Time (and future purchases) will tell. This product is quite sticky and appears, at first, as a pearlescent white. Once it's on the lid however (and a little goes a long way) it dries matte. I've really enjoyed using this recently.

I have been absolutely addicted to this little tin of goodness lately. I've never been a very big user of balms and the like because my lips have never been particularly dry. However, I am so glad that I tried this. My lips have been sooo soft this month and it's all down to the Nivea Lip Butter in Vanilla and Macadamia. It tastes and smells amazing and leaves my lips as smooth as a baby's bum. Love it.

I'm pretty sure the Benefit Porefessional managed to find its way into my December favourites as well, but it really has shone this month too. As it's been so hot, my face has responded with excess shine. I've found that this gem of a product warrants a double feature in the favourites department simply because it has stood up to the test in January. My makeup has stayed in place for much longer than expected and it leaves my complexion looking flawless.

This is quite unusual for me as I'm not really a 'powder' girl. However, with the heat this past month I've been needing to combat some serious shine. I happened to have this sitting aside unused and thought I'd give it a try. I was instantly impressed with the effect. The Mineral Glow 'Loose Mineral Powder Foundation' in Soft Beige adds a little more coverage on top of my everyday liquid foundation (nothing I wouldn't say no to!) and instantly creates a matte effect. My skin still looks healthy and non-cakey without that awful shine. Win!

This little baby deserves its own post (expect one soon) however, I had to pop it into my favourites for January as it's basically all that I wore. I got my MAC quad palette and four shades for Christmas and have been in love with them ever since. I chose (clockwise from top left) Satin Taupe, Omega, Vanilla and All That Glitters as my starter kit of MAC eye shadows. Naturally, I've been loving Omega for my brows given that I'm a blonde. All That Glitters has gotten quite a work out and Satin Taupe has featured on a few special occasions. More recently I've been loving a really simple eye with Vanilla on the lid and creating a slightly defined crease with Omega. It's beautiful and light and perfect for the warmer weather.

The fact that the contents of this jar doesn't look white and solid like a normal coconut oil, but a runny liquid is testament to just how hot it has been in my house. At ten o'clock in the morning, the overall temperature was hot enough to turn this into liquid. Simply. Awful. That aside, last month I shifted this jar from my kitchen to my bathroom cupboard. Since then it has featured almost nightly in my skincare routine as my initial cleanser. I couldn't believe how well this stuff budges makeup - especially mascara! I just massage it all over my face and neck - anywhere that I've worn makeup that day - and rubbed it off with a face washer really well before going in with a more foamy cleanser to make sure I'm squeaky clean. I've even gotten my sister onto this and neither of us are looking back. I bought mine in the Woolworth's Asian Food aisle.

Last but not least, I've been officially converted to the Palmer's Natural Bronze Tanning Moisteriser. I've always been a fan of the Dove Summer Glow Body Lotion before now and still do like it. However, after a work mate recommended this bottle I have had to rethink my preferences. This is quite a thin consistency, but definitely feels moisturising. It doesn't smell too funky, but if you're not a fan of the Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula then you might be less inclined to like it. What I'm most impressed about though, is the actual colour payoff that you get. I'm pretty fair so any kind of tan shows up well on me. But this stuff is amazing. To me, it sits between a moisturising tanner and a cream fake tan. One or two coats of this and you're pretty much set. It doesn't become patchy; I don't even need to exfoliate beforehand. Basically you just get a nice, warm glow that builds up really well and fades nicely. Perfect.

What have been your favourite products in January? Let me know in the comments below!

Rachel x

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