Ok so it's been while. I can never seem to commit to a regular monthly favourites post so this theme seems to fit. I have loved some of these products for a long time and others are new discoveries that I thought I would share.
- Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil in Soft Brunette is my absolute best brow product to date and the one I keep going back to. The flat wide nib makes easy work of filling in brows and I like the fool proof concept of it. I have read reviews where people have not recommended it for sparse/thin brows, which I have both unfortunately, but for me this is the only brow pencil I have found that can make them look decent. I draw a light line to accentuate underneath the brows (where I have the least hair), carefully do the same on top, lightly fill in the middle bit and use the spoolie to brush through and remove any excess colour. Voila, natural looking eyebrows with minimum effort. Soft Brunette is a light ashy brown so no pesky redness is present here either. Love.
- Collection Eyes Uncovered Nude Bronze Palette made it's way into my Boots basket before my holiday earlier this month. As someone who usually lugs at least one Naked Palette on holiday I felt inspired to travel a little lighter. The shadows apply buttery smooth and are easy to blend with little to no fallout. Also they shimmer without the glitter which is always good. They are some of the best I have come across from the drugstore and I especially like the shades that are second and third from the left as they really remind me of two of my fave Urban Decay shadows, Suspect and Half Baked. The cardboard packaging is nothing to write home about but this is what makes them such a lightweight little gem for travelling. I enjoyed using them so much that I went back and purchased the Nude version which is also slightly more matte.
- Lancome Grandiose Mascara was an impromptu duty free purchase a few months ago. I used it a few times initially and then kind of forgot about it and it's only when I got it out for the second time around that I really felt wowed by it. The brush head is plastic with staggered spiky bristles of varying lengths which enables all of the lashes to be grabbed and coated easily. The swan-neck shaped wand seemed a bit gimmicky but it somehow helps you to get in closer with the brush head and the whole angle of it just seems to ease the process. My lashes lack in both the length and thickness department and I have never come across a mascara that is speedier at creating both with minimal effort and more importantly, no clumping. The colour is the blackest black and it stays put throughout the day without flaking or transferring. Definitely one to try if you like dramatic black lashes.
- MAC Creme Cup Lipstick is an all time love but I have found myself reaching for it more this Spring. This pinky light nude just adds that certain something without being too stark. I like to dab it on lightly to finish any natural daytime look or it looks equally great paired with smoky eyes on a night out. The formula feels moisturising and creamy but still manages to pack a decent amount of wear time.
- L'Oreal True Match Foundation is probably my most favourite 'favourite' of the bunch and a base that I will continue to buy time and time again. Up until the end of last year I never really wore foundation much but now I have built up quite the little wardrobe and this is my most worn of them all. The fine creme like texture is extremely blendable and I find it much easier to get a seamless look with this than any other I have tried. With one application I would say that the coverage is medium but this non caking formula makes it very easy to build up. And the most important thing is that it lasts throughout the day. It's slightly glowy so if you like a completely matte finish this may not be the one. A lovely all occasion foundation that comes in a wide range of shades so there should be something for everyone.
I already have quite a few treats in mind so will try to keep these a monthly fixture as I have enjoyed getting back into it.