It is time for another favourites! I didn't think I loved many products this month but when I went back through the products that I have been reaching for often, I was actually quite surprised by how many great products I have been using.
If you want to see me talk more in depth about each product, I did film a January favourites and fails video which you can watch below. I will also link more in depth reviews if I have done them.
Lets start with skincare. I usually don't love face masks and always forget to use them, but there were two that I have tried this month that I keep going back to. The first is the L'Oreal Pure Clay Mask Detoxifying and Brightening Charcoal Mask which is part of their new mask range that includes this charcoal mask, a green clay and a red clay - which are all designed to combat different skin concerns. These are also designed for multimasking (where you apply different masks to different parts of your face that have different skin concerns) and luckily they each retail for under $20 (and you can often find them on sale) so multimasking has become more affordable. I have all three masks and by far my favourite the black one that is designed to detoxify the skin and is suited for normal skin types. What I love about this mask is that it acts in a similar way to the Glam Glow Supermud Mask where it draws out the oils and gunk from your skin (see photo below), but this one is a fraction of the price!
The next mask that I have been loving is the Kiehl's Turmeric and Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque which gives a nice tingle to the skin (which I love, and definitely does energise the skin) and also contains cranberry seeds which help exfoliate the skin when you wash it off! I love a product that works well and has a multi use purpose!
Onto makeup! This month I have discovered a few base products that have worked their way into my daily routine. The first product is the NYX HD Finishing Powder in Translucent which is a white translucent power (best for fair to medium skin otherwise it will start looking ashy) which sets my makeup really nicely and helps it stay matte for longer, which is a blessing for someone who has oily skin and struggles with makeup breakdown in summer. The next is the Revlon Colorstay Stay Natural Foundation (my shade is 03 Nude) this is a great foundation for people who want their makeup to last but don't want a high coverage/heavy matte finish that comes with many long wear foundations. This foundation is medium coverage, feels quite natural, but also sets so it lasts well.
Onto highlighters! This has been the month of a few new additions to my highlighter collection. I bought three of the new MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinishes in Soft Frost, Beaming Blush and Show Gold, and I love them all for very different reasons (check out my review linked below for more detail and swatches). Then I stumbled across my first ever Colourpop highlighter while filming The Makeup Breakup Colourpop edition. The one that I have is the Colourpop Super Shock Cheek in Might Be and I am obsessed! I originally thought that being a cream product these would be hard to use with a brush, but they are so pigmented that they apply super easily. This shade is really pretty for summer too because it has a tan base with a glowy champagne gold shimmer and it looks very intense but almost wet looking on the skin which is very beautiful.
The lipsticks that have impressed me the much this month are by Elizabeth Arden and MAC. My most reached for nude is the Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Bold Liquid Lipstick in Daring Beige, which is a beautiful long wearing glossy liquid lipstick in a neutral (almost cool grey toned) nude that is quite unique but super flattering. Then the pop of colour that has impressed me the most is the MAC Viva Glam 2 Ariana Grande which is a matte lipstick that is the perfect mix between a bright pink and a purple. If you love a bright purple lip but find that they can almost be a bit intimidating in public then this is the perfect purple/pink lipstick for you! This is the best purple I have come across because it can look purple but can also look pink, so it creates a bright fun lip that is also quite wearable.
Onto a few random favourites. I tried my first Sigma brush set this month and I was pleasantly surprised! The quality is great and this Best of Sigma Set contains seven brushes that I can happily use in any makeup look. My pet peeve is brush sets that contain a few random brushes that you will never reach for. The Flat Kabuki brush is my favourite of the set because it blends foundation flawlessly and doesn't streak. I have been reaching for this over a sponge which is crazy and something I haven't done for years. I will definitely be buying more Sigma brushes soon!
Then I also bought the Kat Von D Metal Matte palette on whim while it was on sale for $48 (down from $95). Admittedly I don't reach for all the shades as I find black and white too harsh and cooler shades unflattering on me personally, but it has encouraged me to work in more purples and peaches into my everyday makeup look and I have been loving it! I also find the formula to be really soft, pigmented and easy to work with.
Lastly my favourite nail polish of the month is the Maybelline Color Show Blushes Nudes Dusky Rose nail polish which is a very pretty nude pink mauve shade that is a little more unique than a basic nude or basic pink and it looks very pretty and elegant on the nails. I was also pleasantly surprised with the wear time and I can easy get a few full days without chipping (which is very rare for me).
Those are all the products I have been loving in January.
I would love to know what products you have been loving last month!
Note: some of these products were given to me as a press sample. My review is 100% my own opinion