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February 2016 Favourites: Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle

If you’re a watcher of my YouTube channel, you’ll probably know that I used to do monthly favourites videos. I recently stopped doing them purely because I didn’t have the space in my video schedule to fit them in, which is a shame because they were some of my favourite videos to film. But now I’ve started posting on my blog much more frequently, I can start doing monthly favourites posts on here in stead!

So my first and only fashion favourite of the month was a pair of boyfriend jeans. I’m really short so I had resigned myself to never suiting baggy jeans; all the boyfriend/mom jeans I’d tried on in the past just hadn’t looked right on me. But then, just as I was leaving Topshop the other day, I spotted their Hayden jeans. They’re quite straight-legged but still baggy so I find them really flattering on my stumpy legs. I actually bought them in W24, so bearing in mind I’m normally a W25/26 and they’re still a little baggy, I’d definitely go a size or two down with these. What I love about them is that you can either wear them low on your hips for the classic boyfriend look, or higher up around your waist with a belt to make them a bit more flattering. Either way, I absolutely love them and they go with so many other pieces of clothing; they might just be my excuse to start outfit posts. At £40, I’m more than happy to hand over my cash in exchange for a pair of boyfriend jeans that actually suit me!
The next favourite is actually something I’ve had for a good 6 months, but it’s become a staple in my makeup bag. This is the travel size of Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfector in ‘Moonstone’ and it’s only $19. Considering I absolutely plaster my face in this on an almost everyday basis, the value for money is amazing as I think it’ll end up lasting me about 9 months. I’ll definitely be purchasing the full size when I run out as I just can’t be without this now! It feels light on the skin and gives you a beautiful, striking glow under any foundation or even if you apply it to the cheekbones on top of your foundation. It’s one of my holy grail makeup products and I really can’t see anything overtaking it anytime soon (if ever).

Looking at these pictures I think it’s fair to say this has been a definite all-time favourite of mine! As someone with porcelain skin, even the powders named ‘translucent’ are too dark for me. So I was really intrigued and excited when I came across this about a year ago on the Elf website. As a tone correcting powder, it claims to neutralise the complexion and lighten the skin if you’re like me and have trouble colour matching with foundations etc. The colours are designed to be used all together as each colour corrects a different discolouration, but I ended up using the yellow shade under my eyes and the blue/pink I’m left with still work really nicely together on their own. This is £4.50 and lasted me over a year, so it’s definitely going to be a repurchase for me.

Bit of a boring (but staple) one now. One of my favourite ways to remove makeup is with micellar water, whether it’s Bioderma or L’Oreal. I also really like Garnier’s offering, so when they brought out these Micellar Wipes they went straight in my Boots basket. They’re incredibly soft and moisturising, unlike other makeup wipes that make your skin sore and dehydrated. I’ve just started my third pack of these and they’ve become one of my travel essentials – hopefully they’ll change the stigma around makeup wipes!

To any of you who have been reading my blog a lot recently, this will come as no surprise. Nudestix aren’t a particularly affordable brand which meant I hadn’t picked up anything from them before, but Lookfantastic had a super sale on and I managed to pick up their Lip Crayon in ‘Mystic’ for about £10. They have brilliant pigmentation while also being moisturising, which is a combination difficult to come by. All Nudestix products come in a sleek travel tin and a sharpener, so they’re really good for travelling too. Read more about this product here.

My last February favourite just had to be this fan brush from Real Techniques. I’ve always been a fan of their whole range of brushes, but up until now I’d been using a pretty shoddy £1 fan brush from Elf. I just didn’t think there could be much of a difference between a slightly more affordable one, and this one – but there really is. I think makeup brushes are almost the most important part of your whole makeup look; they can make a really expensive product look terrible if they’re bad enough quality. This brush comes in a set of three, including their sculpting brush and setting brush, two of my all time favourite brushes. You can get the set for £13 on iHerb, and there’s always a 10% discount code. I’ve bought most of my Real Techniques brushes from here and I’m always really impressed; they ship your order super fast and the brushes are definitely genuine.
So, that’s my favourites for the past month. Let me know what yours were! And make sure to keep up to date with all my latest uploads here.

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