I haven’t had the chance to put a lot of new makeup and skincare products to the test this month but I have rediscovered a few old favourites. The Body Shop Fresh Nude Foundation (£16) for example is one of my most used foundations and is seriously underrated. It’s also a dupe of my Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder foundation. It’s enriched with English rose water and aloe vera, contains SPF 15 and gives a beautiful semi-matte finish that leaves my skin looking both natural and radiant. It has a light to medium coverage that feels lightweight and fresh. I’m not sure why more people aren’t talking about it?
Three skincare products my skin has been loving recently are the extremely gentle and refreshing micellar water from Amie Skincare, the ultimate anti-blemish Salicylic Acid 2% Solution from The Ordinary and, a product which has been a lifesaver this Winter, Balmkind Alpine Rose & Lysine Lip Balm. The lip balm does everything I need it too; it protects, hydrates, softens and melts into my lips without feeling sticky.
Two eyeshadow palettes I’ve been reaching for more and more recently are the Juvia’s Place Nubian Palette (£30) and the iconic Urban Decay Naked 2 (£39.50). If you haven’t tried Juvia’s Place, I highly recommend trying out their palettes. This isn’t your average neutral palette; the pigmentation is incredible, the texture is buttery smooth and they blend like a dream. I purchased this palette through their US website which took months to arrive, but thankfully Juvia’s Place is now available at Beauty Bay. This palette lets you create a neutral eye that’s vibrant, bold and, quite frankly, beautiful. To see the swatches click here. As for Naked 2, there’s a reason it’s a bestseller. This is such an easy and versatile palette to dip in and out of. It features a timeless selection of coppers and taupes that are easy to wear.
It took me a while to get to grips with the FoolProof Brow Powder from Benefit. When it comes to my brows I’m strictly a Brow Wiz kind of gal so I was a little apprehensive about this powder duo, but I actually love how it gives a natural looking fullness to my brows. It’s super long-lasting but easy to blend and work with. This product doesn’t allow you to create definition or shape but does help out those with sparse and patchy brows.
Finally, in honour of RuPaul Drag Race Season 10 (not really but still), I’m breaking out my favourite Colourpop Ultra Satin Lipstick shade out of retirement. Alyssa (swatches here) is a beautiful pinky nude. The Ultra Satin formula gives a flawless matte finish but contains emollient ingredients for added moisture. They feel comfortable and lightweight, they don’t crack and they don’t settle into every crease on your lips. The formula is thick, creamy and rich in pigment. They feel a little tacky on the lips but aren’t sticky in the slightest.
What products, old or new, have you been loving this month?