This is my favourite time of any month - everyone starts to film or post their favourites of the month and that gets me so excited.. I add to my wishlist every single time I watch or read a post. So naturally, you can imagine how excited I was about finally being able to share my favourite products of the month with you all! And not only have I gone overboard with the products, but my blog has also undergone a makeover to reflect my excitement! Hurray!
Because it is my first ever favourites post, but not the last I can assure you, I have gone a little crazy. For the most part, I really wanted to choose the few products that have really stood out to me this month.. But the problem is, I have loved and used all the products I'm about to talk about nearly everyday. And they were either brought in January or at the start of February. So I thought, screw it. You only get to do your first ever favourites post once! So here it is, my February Beauty Favourites of 2014!
1. Bourjois Happy Light Luminous Primer
Hands down my favourite primer yet! I brought this mid January, and have already gone through one bottle, the one pictured is my second. I basically use about two-twoandahalf pumps all over my face (it is pink in the bottle, but transparent once its rubbed in). It leave my face feeling so soft and hydrated, and foundation goes on like a dream! This retails for about $21AU.
2. Skin79 Super+ Pink BB Cream:
I have written about this BB cream already in this post so I'll make this short and sweet. I have used this ever since last year, and literally use it everyday underneath my foundation. It just colour corrects and adds a little bit of moisture to my skin before putting on my foundation so that my face matches the rest of my body. I highly highly highly recommend this!
3. Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation in 53 Light Beige:
This is a huge deal for me. I have been loyal to this foundation basically since I brought it, which is so unlike me. I am someone who flits from foundation to foundation because I have never found one that I believe works for every occasion. I am in looooove with this, oh my gosh. The colour is a little light, but honestly you can't even tell, and the coverage is just perfect. Plus, I have had no problems with cakeiness or it fading away. It is just perfection in a bottle, and I never want it to run out. This retails for $32AU.
4. NYX Dewy Mist Finishing Spray:
This is an everyday essential to me - it sets my face while also helping it to melt into my skin to look even more natural. Plus, its pretty affordable at $14.95AU at Target.
5. MAC Mineralize Skin Finishes in Light and Medium Deep:
I've had these for about a month now. I use Light to set my concealer in place and to add a bit of subtle highlighting, and I use Medium Deep to add a bit of dimension to my face. Not exactly to contour, but just when I want my appearance to look natural (and that I sort of have cheekbones). These are everyday essentials for me now. Love love love, and I wish I had brought them a lot sooner. Not only do they set everything they touch in place, they are so finely milled that they give off this flawless and airbrushed look to my skin. I will 100% be repurchasing, but seeing I have used them pretty much everyday, they barely have a dent in them. These retail for $47 AU each.
6. Revlon Colourstay Eyebrow Pencil in Blonde:
I brought this midway through February after watching Shani Grimmond on Youtube used it on her brows. I used to use powder for my brows, and I was ok with the results but not blown away. So I decided on a whim to try this and I'm so happy I did. Seriously. It is a waxy crayon consistency (I find because of this, it sets my brow hairs in place as well), the colour is almost spot on and it literally cuts the time I used to spend filling them in in half. So glad I brought this, I'm sure its going to be a staple for quite some time. This retails for $21.95AU.
7. L'Oreal Voluminous False Fibre Lashes Mascara:
I'm a mascara fiend, in case you couldn't tell from the above picture (I'll go through them quickly, so don't worry). This one I brought in the US for around $8-9USD and its a great mascara! It has a rounded mascara wand, and its a bristle brush (which I prefer over plastic wands), and I just find this gives my lashes so much colour and volume! Especially as its a rounded, dipped down brush, it really curls them up and gets every single lash. I can't find this in any Australian stores, but it is available on eBay and I'm sure it would be available online elsewhere as well.
8. L'Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara:
L'Oreal would have to be my favourite drugstore brand for mascaras (sorry Maybelline), and I also brought this one in the US for $8-9. It has a plastic brush, but I don't mind it with this mascara. It gives a ton of volume, and clumps in the right way (does that make sense?). I honestly really like it, I use it all the time with the above mascara to lengthen and volumise my lashes. Love the combination, but wish this wasn't so overpriced in Australia! It retails for $27.95AU.
9. Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara:
I love everything about this mascara. Its packaging is amazing, being pink and its heavy (almost like a weight), and the product inside is just as amazing. It has a hourglass shaped bristle brush that works magic on my lashes. It gives amazing volume and really just gives a false lash effect to them. One of the best high end mascaras I have ever tried. Retails for $31.95AU, which I honestly think is reasonable for a high end mascara.
10. Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara:
My favourite everyday mascara. I've used this for about half a year and it is almost dried up (sob). I have it in the brown colour, and it really is perfect for everyday, as it looks so natural and gives my lashes a ton of volume that stays all day. It does have a plastic brush, but like the L'Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes, this doesn't bother me in the slightest. This retails for $24.95, and I really believe it's worth it. When I give up on this baby, I will be repurchasing straight away.
11. Hourglass Femme Nude Lip Stylo in #3:
This packaging of this is to die for. So luxurious! The actual lipstick is amazing too! If you've read my earlier blog posts, you would know that I am sucker for a lipstick in a crayon form. No, seriously. I have to have them all. But this is on another level. It is a perfect peachy pink nude colour, and I carry it with me at all times. I will be purchasing more, but not right now.. I did get this from the US for $30USD but here it retails in Mecca Cosmetica for $42, which isn't half bad. I just need to come up with the $200+ for the whole collection.
12. Maybelline Bold Matte Lipstick in MAT7:
This is the nude colour, and there isn't really much to say. It is almost the same colour as my lips, just a touch more pink, and I wouldn't say its completely matte. It doesn't dry out my lips, and stays creamy the whole day. I do love it, and I find it perfect to wear to work. This retails for $16.95AU.
13. Australis Velourlips Matte Lip Cream in PA-REE:
Australia's answer to the NYX Matte Lip Creams. This is the nude one, and is a great colour that stays on literally all day. It isn't too nude, so it doesn't wash me out either! I want more of these as well, they really are a great formula and so affordable considering the product. These are only available in Australia and they retail for $9.95AU.
14. YSL Rouge Volupte Lipstick in #1 Nude Beige:
My favourite ever lipstick. Ever. I brought #7 Lingerie Pink in the US, and when I came home, I knew I needed this colour. So I forked over the money at David Jones before I could say no. This product is so luxurious, so creamy and it glides over your lips like a dream. You could have the driest lips in the world, but no one would know if you were wearing one of these lipsticks. The only problem with it is that it is so expensive, I hardly ever wear it because I can't really afford to repurchase it all the time! But it honestly is the most perfect pink ever, and it goes with everything. This retails for $55AU (gulp), but I would pay it again if I had too. That's how amazing this lipstick really is.
15. Vaseline Intensive Care Spray Moisturiser in Cocoa Glow:
My last favourite! I have to say, before this I really neglected moisturising my body. I used to use the Vaseline moisturiser in the same scent as this and loved it, but I just found the whole process so tedious and boring, so I never did it (don't judge me, I'm not proud of my laziness). But when this came out (swoooooon), it fixed all my problems. Not only is it in the best scent ever (seriously, it smells like chocolate, Kahlua and Baileys all mixed together), but it makes my skin silky soft and it has stopped it from looking scaly (yay!). The only problem is I'm having to buy one every two weeks.. I'm onto my third can already (it was only released this month), with a backup in my cupboard. This retails for around $9.99.
So that is all my favourites! I know it was a lot for this month, but as I said, I may as well go all out for my first ever favourites post! And I have really been loving all of these products throughout the whole month, some of them even for a long time before.
Keep your eyes peeled for a weeks time, I'll be doing another monthly post for the products that didn't meet my standards ;)
Until next time..