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My January favourites

Hello guys. Who would’ve thought we’d have had the end of January already? It felt like yesterday that it was Christmas, so I don’t like how fast this year is going already! Anyway, with sales shopping, I’ve gotten myself a few great purchases that I’m excited to share with you and thought I’d do my ‘January favourites’, so lets get started.

Ok, so first up we have got two Real Technique brushes. Now these I’ve been meaning to buy myself for a while, however I’ve been using some French Connection brushes which I was quite happy with, although they’ve seen the end of their days now. So, I got the “Expert Face Brush” which I’ve found is fantastic for things like foundation, primer and also concealer. The brushes are so, so soft and you can tell by using them that they are much better for your skin that standard brushes are and although they are fairly expensive, they are definitely worth the money. The second one I got was the “Blush Brush”. This I love and it is to be used for contouring, blush and highlighter. The angle and the way the brushes are stippled are perfect for this as it follows the natural shape of your skin and makes the blush highlighter, or whatever you are applying, sit perfectly.

Next up is my “Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser”. Now I can’t explain how much I love this. I’ve heard a lot of good things about Liz Earle products and wanted to give something a try and I’ve needed a new cleanser for a while and so I thought I’d give this a shot. I ventured to a Liz Earle counter and had the cutest chat and demonstration from a lady who worked there. With this comes two Muslin cloths in the little package and it’s quite simple to use; you do one pump of the cleanser on a dry face and rub it in, you then soak the muslin cloth in hot water and wipe the cleanser off. You can put this on over a full face of makeup and it will remove it a lot easier and more accurately than any make-up wipe would. It also smells beautiful and consists of Rosemary, Chamomile, Cocoa Butter & Eucalyptus Oils, all of which leaves your skin feeling amazing, soft and of course clean. Again, like the brushes, I never really used to justify spending so much money on toiletries as for a cleanser it was quite pricey, however, I knew from the first time I used it, it would be worth every penny! I’d recommend it to anyone!

So next I have the “Copperhead” Shampoo Bar from Lush, which I’ve been meaning to try for a long time and this being one of their new products I thought I would give it a go. It looks like soap, or a biscuit I guess, and what you do is simply rub it into your hair after wetting it in the bath or shower just like you would when you normally wash your hair. You wouldn’t think it but it then lathers amazingly and you can tell by the feel of it that it is a good shampoo. After this you wash it out and there you go, simple as that. The thing I love about this product is that it leaves a natural looking tint in your hair, having very dark hair I always find it difficult to find dyes or anything which are strong enough to colour my hair. I usually just put a box dye on it every now and then to make it look healthier and add a tint however this does it for you and overtime, it looks shiny and as if you’ve just dyed it, which is amazing. It is only recommended for brunettes and people with dark hair and I’m unsure what it would do to people with Blonde hair, however it may be fine! Just be careful, ha!

Aah these I love as well! My next buy generic nolvadex online favourite is the “Colour Tattoo 24 Hour” Cream Eye Shadow by Maybelline, I brought them in two colours, being the “Pink Gold- 65” and “Creamy Beige- 98”. These are absolutely fantastic eye shadows. I’ve always used powder eyeshadow and never really considered the cream ones before but these are amazing. I do find that powder shadow tends to get messy quite easily and then rub off before you know it, this however is very long lasting. It claims to stay put for 24 hours, although I’ve never worn eye shadow for that long. What I’ve also found is that you can use it with powder shadow as well, which is what I’ve been doing with the Creamy Beige one – using it as a base and applying powder over the top, which helps the powder stay on longer. I’ve also worn say a lighter colour on my lids and then used the beige to do the creases on my eyes to add that little something different. The Pink Gold at the moment is by far one of my favourite colours, where it is still winter, a nice warm metallic looks perfect on the eyes, particularly when they are a shimmery colour and in the corner of the eyes make them look a lot bigger and brighter! I love them!

I then have the “Ambre Solare (No Streaks Bronzer) Self Tanning Dry Body Mist”. I’m not going to beat around the bus, I have had fake tan disasters. I’ve always tried to use fake tan, as I am ridiculously pale, and have struggled to find the right one. I purchased this one a while ago and it is a gradual tanning mist, so you just spray it over your face or arms, for example, and them within a couple of hours it slowly reveals itself. The good thing about this is that it is quite subtle. You shouldn’t turn bright orange and it doesn’t tend to be streaky. I dont know whether it is actually a good or bad thing to be fake tanning in winter, but I just find it makes me look that little bit more healthy. I’m naturally pale skinned, with dark hair and blue eyes, so I can look quite gaunt and ill when I’m in all my natural ‘glory’ so yeah, I’m definitely loving this and I would definitely recommend it, particularly if you’re a little pale sausage like me!

Cupcakes. I dont know whether this would class as a favourite, but I am loving making cupcakes at the moment, more so for the decoration side of things. I’ve tried to get into the habit of baking once a week, which is easier said than done, especially when you work and have family and friend commitments, but I’m doing quite well actually! I’m looking to get a baking book about cupcake decorating if anyone can recommend any? I made Oreo cupcakes with Oreo frosting which was amazing. I’ve slowly gotten myself the cutest little baking set with mixers and things, all in pastel colours and it’s super cute. This is a massive hobby of mine at the moment so it has to be one of my favourite things!

Up next I have H&M’s winter season. This is going to seem super strange, but I love cute clothes and thats all of what H&M seem to have in at the moment. The last couple of times I have gone in there, they have had a lot of sweet animal prints and not the standard leopard print! The pair of trousers that I bought myself are covered in little crabs, these cost £14.99 and are so sweet. I tend to wear mine with a white blouse and my big chunky mustard jumper, which work really well together. I also got myself a dress which is black and covered in lots of little cats. This cost  around £15 as well, so it’s pretty cheap for what you get and H&M is always great quality too.


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