Sunday, 1 February 2015

January favourites and fails

January was a polar month - I really love my favourites, and really dislike my fails...



Favourites

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow: As you know, I hauled this first thing in January. It's a very hyped up product which turns out to be deserving of every single rave. I've said it before and I'll say it again - Charlotte Tilbury makeup makes me want to throw away everything I own and just start from scratch. Everything I've tried is amazing and this is no exception. The bronzer is a perfect shade - I've used it both to warm up my face and more for contouring and both work great. The highlight is dreamy - smooth, buttery, pigmented, and with a beautiful sheen. Having them 2-in-1 is fab. It's very quickly become a daily staple.

Super Facialist by Una Brennan Vitamin C+ Cleansing Oil: I had tried one other (more expensive) cleansing oil and wasn't a fan, but instead of writing them off completely, I decided to try this more affordable Boots option when it was on offer. And, I'm obsessed. Vitamin C has always reacted well with my skin, so that was one motivation. I've now ditched my cleansing water most nights in favour of this (unheard of). I massage it into dry skin to remove my makeup, before removing with a muslin cloth. It smells citrussy, and literally removes every spec of makeup, including mascara. There is not a trace left over. My face feels super clean afterwards and my complexion looks brightened. It says to use as the first step in a double cleans but I really haven't found it necessary. It's fab.

Aesop oil-free facial hydrating serum: Another godsend. I picked this up in the same little haul, and it's doing wonders for my face! It's a lightweight serum - I use it over hydraluron and under my makeup - and it manages to keep my face hydrated but not greasy. It is dispensed with a pipet, and after rubbing into skin it has a slight tackiness for a couple minutes. Something about this finish I think does wonders for makeup application. Every time I wear this my makeup wear is extended - things look fresh and stay put all day long, regardless of what products I'm using. I'd recommend it as much as a primer (which it doesn't claim to be!) as a moisturiser. Love me a bit of aesop.

Mac Patina eyeshadow: Last but not least, a much loved but often forgotten about shadow. I go in and out of phases with my mac collection, but I pulled out Patina again this month and I really do love the look of it. It's a pewter shade - slightly taupe, slightly bronze, slightly golden. Every time I looked in the mirror I was positively surprised and then kept remembering it was this. It's almost inspired me to do a spot of mac shopping while I'm here in the States.


Fails

Trevor Sorbie Rejuvinate Gentle shampoo & conditioner: I needed a new shampoo and conditioner on a recent Boots run and at the last minute swapped a much cheaper set for these two, which on special were both for 12 pounds, normally 8 pounds each. Not awful but not chump change. They are targeted at very fine hair and promised me the world - good for thickening, volume, moisture, the lot! They smell good but the results are terrible!! I have found the shampoo to be extremely stripping. Before applying conditioner my hair feels like brittle straw. Mega fail. And in light of this, the conditioner is far too light, to almost be ineffectual. It is indeed 'weightless' but it just doesn't work. Since using this for a couple weeks my hair feels dry and lifeless. To top it off, it makes my hair feel MORE FINE than usual!!! Could it get any worse?! Yes - it makes my now flat, lifeless hair greasy and needing a wash in record time. Dry damaged ends, and flat greasy scalp.... save your pennies people.

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