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Tuesday, 5 March 2013

February Favourites

 February came and went in such a flash! And March has invited us with glorious Spring weather. I have bundled up some of my most used miscellaneous products in February.

From left to right: Simple Moisture Boost, La Roche Posay Effalar K, Clarins Instand Definition Mascara, Eau Des Jardins by Clarins, Clinique Anti-Blemish foundation in Fresh Ivory, Benefit ''it stick'', Nivea Lip Butter in Vanilla and macadamia, Revlon Lip Butter in Raspberry, Benefit High Beam.

 Simple Moisture Boost

 My saviour this Winter has definitely been Simple's Moisture Boost. Just before Christmas I had dry patches and bought this with the claim that it moisturises for up to 24 hours. This little pump tube has lasted me from the end of December and is still going strong! Though I have a feeling it may almost be empty. Thankfully, Boots are doing 3 for 2 and can stock up on some essentials, including this lovely little moisturiser. I did a review on this moisturiser click here to see it. 

La Roche Posay Effaclar K

I have been in love with Effalar Duo, but since I have started working out I have had some blackheads and needed a much more intense treatment. Effaclar K contains microexfoliants which help unclog pores and minimises imperfections, thus preventing any future skin problems. This product is now an absolute essential in my skin care, which I apply in the mornings. 

Clarins Instant Definition Mascara

I tend not to wear mascara too much, only because when I get tired and rub my eyes, the product aggravates my eyes. So I tend to wear mascara on special occasions and maybe once throughout the week. This mascara isn't too heavy and leaves my lashes voluminous and naturally curly. 

Clarins Eau Des Jardins Fragrance 

Eau Des Jardins fragrance is instantly refreshing and I would say, smells like citrus fruits. It's the perfect, subtle, day fragrance that makes me happy. 

Clinique Anti-Blemish Foundation

The Anti-Blemish foundation by Clinique is a medium coverage, formulated for covering spots and acne scars. However, I have found that you really do need moisturised and smooth skin to make this look flawless. It can stick to flaky skin and make the foundation look cakey. Usually, when you do have spots and are applying spot treatments, some treatments have a tendency to dry the spot out - so this foundation probably wouldn't work well in this circumstance. But, it does look amazingly flawless on smooth, moisturised skin. 

Benefit ''it stick'' concealer

I have been using Benefit ''it stick'' as an under eye concealer - it helps to brighten up my eye area and doesn't look too heavy. I apply this using my ring finger and gently pat around my eye, blending in a 'V' shape and not extending above the outer area of your eye.  

Nivea Lip Butter

Last Summer I went to Greece and stupidly, didn't bring a lip balm with an SPF. Olive oil is plentiful in Greece, and so the Lip balm that I did buy contained olive oil. It was so so soothing and nourishing - a firm staple in my handbag since the Summer. But my love for this fantastic little lip balm came to an end and was in search for something with the same benefits - none of this sticky stuff that smells and tastes of bum. This lip butter by Nivea contains Macadamia oil which has similar benefits to Olive oil. 

Revlon Colour Burst Lip Butter

When I used up all of my Olive oil lip balm, which also had a pink tint to it, I was on the look out for a berry lip balm with moisture benefits. This Revlon lip butter ticks all the boxes and you can build up the colour to intensify. 

Benefit High Beam 

I love the High Beam by Benefit - it instantly makes your skin look healthy and radiant and doesn't ware off throughout the day. 

From left to right: GarnierIntensive 7 days hand cream, Clinique Tinted Moisturiser, Original Source Vanilla Milk & Raspberry shower gel, Dove Winter Care Body Moisturiser.

Garnier Hand Cream

I have been using the Garnier hand cream since December - they have different formulas depending on your skins needs. I chose the aloe vera for normal to dry hands to maintain healthy hydrated hands. This formula smells amazingly fresh, instantly absorbs into your skin and claims to keep hands hydrated even after washing. I have put this to the test and I can say that my hands still felt supple and hydrated after washing.

Clinique Moisture Surge tinted Moisturiser

This is the foundation I have been using the most throughout February and probably will continue to use regularly. Click here to see my review on this. 

Original Source Vanilla Milk and Raspberry Shower Gel

 If I could, I would roll around in this stuff, like a dog rolling around in something perhaps not so pleasant. I use two generous handfuls to wash, instead of the usual one splodge. Click here to read more about this in another post. 

P.S. this stuff is HALF PRICE at Boots at £1.15. 

Beauty drop of the day… Dove Winter Care Nourishing Body Lotion

Dove Winter Care Moisturiser

This is for very dry skin and as such, is very moisturising. It smells amazing - that would be the shea butter, and the combination of the shea butter smell and the Original Source shower gel is divine - definitely a sweet smell, but not sickly. Click here to read my thoughts on this in a different post.


  1. You've chosen some amazing products, i really want to try the lip butter and high beam! Great blog :)


  2. Thank you Abbie. The Vanilla & Macadamia lip balm is amazingly nourishing and smells delicious! As for the high beam, it's a neat little highlighter but perhaps a bit too expensive (I think it's about £20, but then most benefit products aren't cheap)


  3. I love these posts so much! I've been trying the Effaclar K recently but not got on with it as much as other people have which is disappointing! Love your blog so far though and have followed!

    www.beautybook13.blogspot.co.uk - Would love for you to check my blog out :D

    1. Thanks Becki :) that's a shame about the Effaclar K - was it an allergic reaction? I am now combining it with the Effaclar Duo and it has worked wonders on some mild spot scars.

      I will check out your blog and follow



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