January Favourites.

So I plan on doing this type of post on a monthly basis, just to share what type of products I have been using a lot of. I don’t intend for this just to be beauty based – however I will warn you that I have a love of make up and beauty products in general so they will probably be a heavy feature in these posts! Here’s what I have been loving so far in 2015!

1. LUSH

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I have tried to shop in LUSH several times and always come out empty handed because the choice in there is just overwhelming. However, towards the start of January I spent some time on their website, reading up on their range of products and what they do and I made some purchases. I have to say I am really impressed! For those of you who don’t already know, LUSH specialises in cosmetics and beauty products which are made totally from natural ingredients. As a result, pretty much everything is fresh and has a sell by date but don’t let that put you off! I have bought quite a few things from them this month and I will do a full post reviewing them at a later date but my two absolute favourite items are:

1. Angels on Bare Skin Cleanser  (www.lush.com)

2. Silky Underwear Dusting Powder (www.lush.com)

I have used these daily since I bought them and have just fallen in love with how brilliant they are. The cleanser is made from lavender, chamomile and rose absolute and claims to even skin tone and make your face glow, which it certainly does! I originally bought it because I had lots of blackheads on my nose which I have been trying to get rid of for a while (nothing so far has worked!). I will say that although they haven’t completely disappeared, if I use this product morning and night I do notice a massive improvement. The dusting powder is basically just like talc. I haven’t used anything like this for years but I love how it smells. It’s great to use after a shower, just before getting into bed, to soak up any excess water and to give a subtle, sexy scent to your skin.

2. From the make up  bag.

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There are a few products I have particularly loved using this month and the first is an old favourite of mine that will probably remain a permanent feature in my make up routine.

3. Chanel Illuminating Base (www.boots.com)

3. MAC Powder Blush MARGIN Frost (www.mac.co.uk)

4. Bourjois Paris Bronzing Powder and Highlighter (www.boots.com)

5. Real Techniques Powder Brush (www.superdrug.com)

Chanel’s Illuminating Base is just divine. I use it as a primer before I put on my foundation and it literally melts into the skin. A tiny bit of product goes a long way and so the bottle lasts a long time. It gives my skin a beautiful dewy look and I will often mix it into my foundation on a night out to provide an even better glow. Plus, it makes my make up last a lot longer and I find I don’t need to reapply during the day.

The blusher is my second one from MAC – I also have a mineralize blush in the colour Dainty which is a lot more pink. I wanted to get something more suitable for winter and this was the winner. It looks gorgeous with my bronzer and can easily be built up for a bolder colour. My bronzer of choice has always been the chocolate scented blocks from Bourjois but I recently noticed this duo and just had to buy it. I love that I have 2 products in one and although I am no expert at contouring, they are easy to use on a daily basis to add definition to your makeup.

Lastly is the powder brush. I have a few Real Techniques brushes but this one is by far the best, it is really soft and is literally a treat to use! I also like how big it is – it now takes me half the time to apply face powder and anything that is a time saver in the morning is going to make me happy!

3.  A book and a pen.

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6. Parker Urban Ballpoint Pen (www.thepenshop.co.uk)

7. 365 Days of Wonder by RJ Palacio

I have mentioned in a previous post (here) that I bought this pen on a complete whim and it was one of those outrageous impulse buys where you spend way too much money on something you don’t really need. But it is so pretty! I keep it in my handbag and it comes everywhere. And when I whip it out to sign something at work or in the bank etc, it does get the most admiring glances ever and I can literally feel the jealousy coming from the person I am stood with. So yeah, totally worth it!  Plus, it writes really nicely and is refillable.

Last of all is this book – 365 days of wonder. It’s a collection of quotes, 1 for each day of the year. It lives on my desk and I always look forward to seeing what it says. Here is today’s  one I think is particularly inspirational for me right now!

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So that’s my first ‘favourites’ post done and dusted! Hope you enjoyed it!

L x