Monday, 1 February 2016

January Favourites




My boyfriend actually bought this for me just before Christmas; I saw it in TK Maxx and it caught my eye immediately because, a) the packaging is adorable, and, b) I'd never tried anything from Cargo, but I'd heard good things about the brand here and there. A bonus was that it was at a typically TK Maxx lower price (I can't remember exactly but I believe it was under £5) and it turned out to be an absolute gem of a find.

The formula is incredible and I'm sad the other colours available don't appeal to me at all because it's definitely one of my favourite lipstick formulas. It's incredibly smooth and creamy without looking obnoxiously shiny, it's long lasting and "Brooklyn" is such a perfect peachy-pink-nude. It's the perfect shade of nude, in my opinion. Some nudes are so nude that they're difficult to wear with day to day make-up because I find they wash me out unless my eye make-up is very dramatic, but "Brooklyn" has just enough pink in it to make it wearable day to day. It's definitely a great shade for a wide variety of people, I love it with my dark hair but I also used it when I did Charlotte's make-up for our photo shoot (details here), and it looked very beautiful with her bright blonde hair. The only criticism I'd have is that, although the packaging is cute to look at with a skyline image, it is like a plastic/cardboard feel so may not be as sturdy as other brands. This isn't an issue for me personally because I doubt I'll be carrying it around with me or knocking it here there and everywhere, but if you're into travelling and take your make-up everywhere, you may find this an issue.

Overall verdict:
Formula: 10/10 
Finish: 10/10 
Colour: 10/10 
Packaging: 8/10
Value for money: 10/10 
Re-purchase?: Definitely. 

This is another thing my boyfriend picked up with me! (I'm very lucky, I only have to show an interest in something when he's around and as long as it's not excessively expensive, its a pretty good bet he'll buy it for me when I'm not looking!) It's also another brand name I'd heard here and there but never seen it in person, until my boyfriend and I were just browsing in town and saw it stocked in Wilkinson's. I originally only got the shade "05 Lovely Frappucino",  which is a lovely mauve-pink. From looking at it in the packaging (without applying it), the formula looks similar to the Rimmel lipliner's which I find awful because they snap if you put any pressure on it during application; I have big lips and fill them in entirely...this was never going to work for me! So I was definitely hesitant towards trying it. But it's really impressive, especially for only £1! It's actually a lot softer on the lips than any MAC lipliners and has a velvet-like feel and finish to it. It has a significant colour pay off, isn't at all drying and lasts a good few hours. Very pleasantly surprised, to say the least! The only thing that gives it away as being drugstore rather than high end is the fact it's in colourful plastic packaging. Unfortunately it doesn't stop my lipstick bleeding or last longer as effectively as high end liners; I find myself re-applying lipstick a little more often than with high end liners, but not so often that I would consider this product bad. For the price, it's amazing!

Overall verdict:
Formula: 10/10 
Finish: 10/10 
Colour: Non Specified 
Packaging: 6/10 
Value for money: 10/10 
Re-purchase?: Definitely. 


I won't talk too much about this product, I'm sure you've already heard the hype on Becca highlighters! I have 4 of them and I love all of them, but this one made it to this month's favourites purely because I was on the fence about it. Living in the UK with limited Becca stockists, I wasn't able to access them physically to swatch, and the preview colour online didn't really appeal to me, but all the swatches and reviews elsewhere did. I decided to just go for it, and it's the most beautiful colour! It's the perfect gold for pale skin, not too bronze, with a cool undertone that especially compliments a cool tone eye look. I love the way Becca highlights settle on my cheek bones, they look so natural and not frosty at all. I often find the pigment in some highlighters are so thick they show texture on my skin, either through cakey pigments or the product grabbing to texture on my skin; I don't find that with Becca. I find the packaging aren't the most practical to open, and it's a little on the expensive side ... though for the quality of the formula, I won't complain and will continue to purchase more Becca highlighters!

Overall verdict:
Formula: 10/10 
Finish: 10/10 
Colour: 10/10 
Packaging: 8/10
Value for money: 7/10
Re-purchase?: Definitely. 

This has really, really changed my skin. I used to have very uneven skin tone, it wasn't particularly problematic but I had redness under my eyes, my cheeks had dark spots and redness, etc. Since I've incorporated REN's Hot Cloth Cleanser into my night time skincare routine my skin tone has totally evened out. This is definitely the most noticeable improvement, but not the only one - it gets even better! My skin has felt softer and more hydrated, blemishes have reduced dramatically; my skin has become pretty much blemish-free since using this! It's such a simple step to add and yet the effectiveness of the product is extremely impressive. I like REN's packaging, it's simple and straight forward. This is also quite cheap in comparison to other products from REN, so definitely good value for money, especially considering that this product also comes with a cloth. It's hard to talk positively about something as mundane as a flannel, but I really like it. There's certainly nothing bad to say about it! The pump is very easy to use and deposits a perfect amount of product so I see it lasting a long time due to minimal wastage.

Overall verdict:
Formula: 10/10 
Finish: 10/10 
Colour: NA
Packaging: 10/10 
Value for money: 10/10 
Re-purchase?: Definitely. 

This isn't my favourite colour of MUFE eyeshadows that I own (I intend to do a post on my self built MUFE palette soon) but I bought it just after Christmas and I've found myself reaching for it nearly every day in weeks since. It's not that interesting to look at in the pan, I'll admit. It's your standard cool brown, but I've found it's the perfect finishing touch to every eye look. Simple, neutral every day look? I'll add a tiny bit of Sweet Chestnut to give depth to my crease. A full blown smokey eye? Perfect dark colour to add to your outer corner to add some drama. MUFE's eyeshadow formula is buildable, so you can apply it heavily to make the look darker, or apply it sheerly just to give your eye look an extra dimension and depth.  It goes with warm colours and cool colours, too!

Overall verdict:
Formula: 10/10 
Finish: 10/10 
Colour: 9/10
Packaging: NA 
Value for money: 7/10 
Re-purchase?: Definitely. 


(Another gift from my boyfriend! He's a keeper!) Cheek Pollen is the newest addition to my MAC blush collection and I've used it very often since getting it. It's a beautiful peachy nude with a hint of shimmer. It has a subtle brown undertone to it which makes it perfect for sculpting the apple of my cheek above my contouring. It goes my skin tone perfectly! If I had to describe this colour in one word it'd be "girly": it's just a very sweet colour that gives a subtle peachy, youthful glow. Being by MAC, it goes without saying that it's blendable, soft, etcetera.

Overall verdict:
Formula: 10/10 
Finish: 10/10 
Colour: 10/10
Packaging: 10/10 
Value for money: 8/10 
Re-purchase?: Definitely. 

The Zoeva 322 Brush is the "Brow Line" brush. To do my brows, I used to use a Bobbi Brown brush that was a lot thicker. I was very happy with this brush and was loyal to it for 2+ years...until I found the 322 brush! It's a thin, angled line and is about half an inch long. The thin-ness of the brush applies the perfect amount of product; the brush picks up enough product so that it's opaque and you don't have to spend time building up the colour, but it also applies it so it's not cakey, too dark or difficult to blend out. The thin-ness of the brush gives me a lot more precision as well as makes it significantly easier to really shape my brows when I'm filling them in, also thanks to the angular bristles. The angle of the brush means getting a neat, sharp tail is easy peasy! The bristles are very soft so blending out the product is like a dream! I love that Zoeva is an affordable brand too, their brushes are easily comparable to MAC yet often half the price or more than half. Not to mention they have the most beautiful rose gold collections. How could anybody not fall in love with Zoeva brushes?

Overall Verdict:
Performance: 10/10
Value for money: 10/10 
Re-purchase?: Definitely. 


This is a powder product that's designed to be used as an eye liner, which is very different to me as I'm accustomed to gel, pencil or liquid liners. I've been very into doing softer, everyday eye looks this January, but I still love my cat eye flick, but with less drama. As implied with the name, it's intensely pigmented so even though it's a powder it applies very opaque, but a lot more subtle than a gel or a liquid, so I love this for a soft, feminine cat eye. As it's intensely pigmented it's very pressed and the pigments are tightly compact, so there is no fall out whatsoever. Moreover, I've only recently mastered tight lining, in part thanks to this product. It makes a huge difference to my eyes when I tap this product into my tight line and into the root of my upper eyelashes, and this product offers the perfect colour to do so, without it being dramatic, and being a powder it's relatively smudge proof. The only down side is, firstly, it comes with two purple tones. I only use the dark grey one because I like the natural look. It's also an expensive product, so in effect I've paid for an additional two tones I won't need. If Bobbi sold just the darker powder on it's own, I'd be ecstatic. The packaging is a very sleek case with the signature minimalist "Bobbi Brown" written on the front; its nice and light and compact so easy to travel. 

Formula: 10/10 
Finish: 10/10 
Colour: 10/10
Packaging: 10/10 
Value for money: 6/10 
Re-purchase?: Probably. 


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3 comments

  1. Great post, just a quick question on cheek pollen. Do you have Mac sunbasque blush because I'm interested in getting cheek pollen but I'm not too sure if they're practically the same colour? With a Mac counter being a 2 hour drive away I have to get everything online so was just wondering your thoughts on those :) thank you

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    1. Thank you, sorry I don't have sunbasque!

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    2. No worries, I'll see when I can get to a counter to compare them :)

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