25 February 2018

Beauty Spotlight: February


This month I've been lusting over a fair few beauty products, but at the moment I don't have a huge budget to blow on new things, so I've been rediscovering some old products while using up what I've already got. The theme this month has definitely been cleansers - sticking with the holy grail and searching for a lighter daytime alternative. My skin has been playing up this month, so as well as that I've been having some no makeup days and opting for slightly more natural looks when I want a little somethin' somethin'. Now with a little summary over with, here's how my February has been, beauty wise!

Product I Love

It's a boring one this month, but I've fallen head over heels for the Rimmel London Exaggerate Waterproof Eye Definer (in Rich Brown), applied generously in the waterline. As the name would suggest, it gives so much definition to the eyes and makes them pop. This is definitely a no brainer for some, however I've never really been a lover of any kind of pencil eyeliner - I've pretty much always just opted for a cat eye with a felt tip liner. Paired with lashings of mascara, I find this also makes it look like you made some kind of effort when in reality you've had a rushed morning.

Product I'm Trialling

At the moment I'm trying out Kiehl's Cucumber Herbal Conditioning Cleanser. I've had this in my try-pile for a few months and because nothing else is working for me at the moment, I thought I'd give it a go. I currently use another cleanser at night time, but I needed something more low key and simple that wouldn't strip skin. This cleanser is definitely nothing revolutionary, but it gets the job done without clogging pores or drying skin out too much. I'd say I will probably continue to use this, however I might try going back to Cetaphil - a cleanser I used to use a few years ago - because at this stage nothing is improving or calming down my acne situation. Right now, I just want something that will simply clean my face and not irritate it.

Product I've Rediscovered

I've been having a bit of a 'mare when it comes to lip products as of late, because I rarely enjoy using lipsticks. Generally, I feel really overdone when I wear any kind of bold lip, so it's all about the nudes for me. On a day to day basis I'll just wear a lip balm or sheer nude, however I recently picked up the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams again. Matte isn't really my thing anymore, but because these are so light and invisible-feeling on the lips, I can gradually get used to wearing them. I recently won the shade Antwerp (a hot pink) in a goodie bag, but I've gone back to the shade Cannes as it's a pink that's not too bright, but suits my skin tone. With these, I always make sure to blot the excess off once applied otherwise it's a little too much for me.

Product I've Used Up

This month, my bottle of my Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel came to an end. These actually last quite a while for me, so in my opinion it's worth the money. This is perhaps one of the most hyped cleansers in the blogging community, but personally it's the best I've tried. The addition of pumpkin enzymes work to exfoliate the skin without being abrasive, and the formula is really nourishing meaning it's great for night time use. This always leaves my skin absolutely glowing, so I will definitely continue to repurchase this - luckily I had a backup in my cupboard!

Product I'm Getting Rid Of

I've had this product for a while, and when I first got it I enjoyed using it, but I think it's not quite for me anymore. The Estee Lauder Genuine Glow Blushing Creme for Lips and Cheeks is cream blush/highlighter which you dot on the cheeks and blend out. I think if my skin was in a better condition right now, I would still love using this, but when you have acne on your cheeks cream products just emphasise the redness and bumps. I will be sticking to my powders for now!

Product I Need

Ah, so many things... I think the biggest product on my list to buy is a repurchase of The Body Shop Chinese Ginseng & Rice Clarifying Polishing Mask. I don't have a face mask that I enjoy using at the moment, but this one is so cooling and exfoliating I'm craving having it back in my life. I would also like a second shade of the Surratt Beauty Lipslique, probably Ladybug - a sheer warm coral shade. As for something entirely new, I really want Benefit Hoola Lite because I've been searching for a new bronzer pale enough for my skin tone. Everyone has good things to say about this one. Lastly, I really want a new fragrance - I'm a bit uninspired by my collection at the moment - but have no idea where to start looking!


Have you tried any of these products?

-Emma
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