Best Beauty And Skincare Finds – March

March Beauty

March came and went in the flash of an eye and now it’s officially Spring. Part of me is really excited as I love Spring and it’s nice to leave work when it’s still light, but the other part of me is seriously wondering where this year is going. With another month gone, I thought I’d do a quick round up of beauty and skincare products that I’ve bought within the month and fallen in love with.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation. Yes you’ve all heard of it, yes most of you have probably already tried it but I was super late to the game. Thanks to my Boots point collection I bought a bottle after my colour match and haven’t looked back. For me light foundations just don’t work well, they don’t cover enough and when you put too many layers on it looks cakey which is why I prefer medium- heavy bases. A lot of people say that this is a heavy foundation so I was a little worried about it being too much for day-to-day wear, or that it would feel heavy, but none of this is true. With one layer it is the perfect medium weight foundation, and with a bit more it can be built up but it never looks or feels like you’re wearing much. My only issue is the way it decants out of bottle as you have to tip it and on too many occasions I have poured just a little too much out. Any tips ladies?

Garnier and Estee Lauder

I rarely use anything other than Micellar Water to remove my make-up because why would I?! I have tried Biodermia and never found the benefits outweighed the price compared to the Garnier alternative. I’ve tried most variations of the Garnier water (pink and green lids) but a few weeks ago saw the Garnier SkinActive Oil Infused Micellar Water in Boots and knew I had to give it a go. They are a pound more than the standard bottles at £5.99 but for a massive 400ml bottle this is still really good value (Plus I got mine on a 2 for £7 deal, Bargain!) Having quite dry skin the oil infused water is really nourishing to my skin and feels like it is putting stuff into my skin rather than just taking it off and fortunately the oil isn’t sticky or thick. Definitely, something you should check out if you usually use face oils or have pretty dry skin but just make sure you shake the bottom to mix in the oil before using.

Rimmel Scandaleyes waterproof nude eyeliner. I’d never really thought about wearing nude eyeliner because generally what is the point?! But a month or so ago I read somewhere about using it on your lower lash line to make you look more awake and I knew I needed to give it a try. And WOW it totally works. Swiping the nude liner on my bottom lash line gives me eyes that more awake/ brighter look and for such a simple thing it really transforms the way my eyes look. The liner itself that I have is quite creamy so it’s easy to apply but despite being in a tricky area lasts pretty well to keep me looking awake and with it!

Nars and Rimmel

Again another oil based find, I bought these oil infused cotton buds from Amazon on a bit of a whim. Cotton buds are great for removing specks of eyeshadow/ liner which have fallen in the wrong spot or erasing my eyeliner flicks to start a fresh but sometimes they leave a slight mark: this is where these oil infused cotton buds come in. Each bud is pre-packaged so you can open them as and when you want them and because of the product on them they remove excess make-up easily and without making a mess.

I had a bit of a splurge a month or so ago and bought two new Nars blushers which I totally wanted needed. Out of all the blushers I have used the Nars ones are certainly my favourites. The cases are sturdy and stay well and truly shut, the colours are highly pigmented but can easily be layered so you don’t have to go too bright, they are long-lasting and their shades are incredible. Since using them quite regularly I have fallen head over heels for ‘Unlawful’ which is a bronzey colour but it has quite a bit of shimmer within it. This isn’t soo much that I look too made up for work but come on who doesn’t love some glitter?!

Black Opium

TheYves Saint Laurent Black Opium Nuit Blanche Perfume was on my wishlist back in February and I was lucky enough to snap up a small bottle on offer through Escentual when making an order for some more BB Blur. I am going to admit I partially bought this because of the pink and black glittery bottle (come on it’s beautiful!) but the perfume itself is such a nice smell. It’s meant to be a rockier version of the original Black Opium (whatever that means) but it literally means ‘sleepless night’, or an ‘all-nighter’ so it’s probably designed more for evening wear but I don’t bother listening to this. I’m quite rubbish when it comes to scents but it has quite a feminine, floral tone without being too much (I’m usually not a huge floral fan), but you can smell tiny bits of the orange blossom, vanilla and white musk throughout which is beautiful.

What beauty products have you been loving recently?
April 7, 2016
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  • Reply Bex Smith

    I still really need to try the Estee Lauder foundation…heard such good things!

    April 7, 2016 at 9:10 pm
  • Reply Lubka Henry

    I know exactly what you mean. I was wondering when did winter happen and how come it’s already spring?!!
    Reading your beauty review, the Estee Lauder foundation is something I’d love to try 🙂

    April 8, 2016 at 8:02 am
  • Reply Secretplussizegoddess

    I have been using the Micellar water myself, and love it! I am a fan of Estee Lauder, but havent tried this foundation yet. I have put it on my list!

    April 8, 2016 at 9:53 am
  • Reply Beth

    Out of those products I would love to try the Estee Lauder foundation. I’ve heard many good things about it

    April 8, 2016 at 12:35 pm
  • Reply Sarah Bailey

    What some awesome items – I have to admit I do love Black Opium myself. x

    April 8, 2016 at 2:31 pm
  • Reply Tara | C&CO.

    I hear good things about the Micellar water, but I’m pretty sure it’s not cruelty-free so I can’t try it 🙁

    April 8, 2016 at 3:13 pm
  • Reply Harriet @ Toby&Roo

    I wear double wear too – I’ve just bought a new one as the Estee Lauder place was on gift! Lots of looooovely things! H x

    April 8, 2016 at 6:50 pm
  • Reply globetrotterjen

    love these! i really want the cotton buds; what an inventive idea!

    April 8, 2016 at 7:16 pm
  • Reply Melanie Edjourian

    I really want to try balck opium it sounds lovely.

    April 8, 2016 at 7:18 pm
  • Reply Kira L Curtis

    I use the same ganier micellar water and it works really well for me! I’m not very good with perfumes but that black opium does sound like it smells very nice!

    April 8, 2016 at 8:09 pm
  • Reply Elizabeth

    I’ve got the perfume. My husband bought it in the airport in Dubai for me when returning home from India. He really rather loves the scent. 🙂

    April 9, 2016 at 6:15 am
  • Reply Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

    The oil infused cotton buds sound so handy! I always make a mess with make up so they’d be really useful 😛

    April 9, 2016 at 10:14 am
  • Reply DannyUK

    These sound great. I’ve no doubt that I will be seeing these strewn around the house by my daughters in the not-too-distant future

    April 9, 2016 at 11:22 am
  • Reply Beautyqueenuk

    I love the oil infused cotton buds, an absolute genius of an invention x

    April 9, 2016 at 12:10 pm
  • Reply Stella Kashmoney

    Lovely products you got there. I need to try that foundation.

    April 9, 2016 at 12:37 pm
  • Reply Helen Costello

    I’ve never come across Micellar water before – Must give it a go. Thanks for introducing me!

    April 9, 2016 at 12:58 pm
  • Reply Natasha Kendall

    I really want try the oil-based micellar water, I use olive oil to remove liquid lipstick though so I’m very stuck in my ways lol x

    April 9, 2016 at 6:59 pm
  • Reply Emily Rose Vass ♡

    I’m definitely going to check out the new Garnier Micellar Water when my bottle of the normal one runs out it sounds perfect for my dry skin! Also welcomed to the Double Wear club isn’t it awesome!! This is such a great selection of products! xxx

    April 10, 2016 at 4:16 pm
  • Reply Nadine-Johanna Stewart

    I love the Rimmel Nude Eyeliner, unfortunately I can’t get Rimmel here in Switzerland. In Germany is something like Boots, they make their own brand called Balea and the products are amazing. I am currently trying to save a bit of money for my travels during the summer, so it comes in handy. After, I can spend a bit again.

    April 10, 2016 at 8:15 pm
  • Reply Hello Beautiful Bear

    Ooh I love your picks for this month! The YSL perfume looks amazing, such a kitsch bottle and the scent sounds fab as well X

    April 10, 2016 at 8:21 pm
  • Reply Laura Hartley

    I’ve tried YSL Black Opium in a store and I loved it! Definitely on my wishlist when my current bottle of perfume is used up 🙂

    April 11, 2016 at 10:20 am
  • Reply Nikki Fraser

    I have always wanted to try Black opium and this just makes me want to even more. Some great picks here.

    April 11, 2016 at 11:03 am
  • Reply globetrotterjen

    love these finds; i love the doublewear foundation- used to wear it years ago and you’ve reminded me to try it again!

    April 11, 2016 at 7:06 pm
  • Reply Kacie

    To solve the issue with the foundation leaking, you could see if you can buy a pump for the foundation? I know I’ve done this with a foundation before, but can’t remember what brand it was.

    April 11, 2016 at 7:58 pm
  • Reply Purely Amy

    I don’t really buy branded makeup but you have me sold on that bronzer. Love me some bronzer! 🙂

    April 13, 2016 at 10:45 am
  • Reply Unicorn Day Dreams

    They have the ordinary Garnier Micellar water in Poundland atm 😀

    April 13, 2016 at 10:39 pm
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