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January Favourites featuring Lorac, Hourglass, MAC, YSL, Vidal Sassoon & more!

So it's favourites time again & I have to say that January has flown by for me - usually, it feels like the longest month but this year for some reason, it has gone by in the blink of an eye! I have a real mixture of products to share with you this month, so let's get started!

REVIEW: Bobbi Brown Full Coverage Face Brush

I bought this Bobbi Brown Full Coverage Face Brush before Christmas & put it to one side & had totally forgotten about it when I purchased the Louise Young LY34. I found it in a drawer last week & have really been enjoying using it. It is probably the shortest foundation brush I have ever used, which means that I can get very precise application and I can really get into all of the nooks & crannies of my face.

Whittling down the wishlist #1:Sarah Chapman purchases featuring Overnight Facial & Morning Facial!

Having heard & read so many positive things about Sarah Chapman products, I have had some on my wishlist for quite a while so when Feel Unique had the range included in its sale, I knew that was my opportunity to try some. I bought the Overnight Facial and the Morning Facial. Both products are very pricey because they only contain 15ml in each bottle, but a little amount really does go a long way so be very careful not to use too much, if you buy these products. However, because I want them to last me as long as possible, I have not been using them every day - the Overnight Facial is what I use every third night, alternating with Alpha H Liquid Gold & an overnight hydrating mask. This routine is working well for my skin & the morning after using the Overnight Facial, my skin looks plump, brighter & softer. It has a beautiful silky texture and absorbs  into the skin immediately. I am delighted to have this in my collection & know that I will want to buy it repeatedly.

REVIEW: Louise Young Super Foundation Brush LY34

I had wanted this Louise Young Super Foundation brush for quite a while, so when my Real Techniques Buffing Brush had shed one too many hairs & went to the brush graveyard, I decided to go ahead & purchase this brush. I ordered from Beauty Bay, who had 10% off at the time of ordering so it eased the pain a little as this brush along costs more or less the same as the Real Techniques Core Collection that the Buffing Brush was in.

Mac whirl lip liner & brave lipstick

I don't usually like giving in to hype & jumping on a bandwagon straight away so it has taken me a while to decide to make these purchases. Firstly, let me say that I am not into the overdrawn lip thing that Kylie Jenner has going on, or maybe she's had lip fillers, either way I'm not too interested in that aspect of things. However, I do like the colour that she has been wearing on her lips as it is a pinky nude. There have been several lipsticks mentioned and having looked at them, I decided that Velvet Teddy would be too brown for me & decided on Brave. It is a satin finish lipstick, which I find very comfortable to wear & it lasts an average of 3 hours on me, which is pretty normal for most lipsticks. It is a warm, fleshy, pinky nude and I think it would suit all skin tones. I am pretty much in love with it & think it will go with almost all make-up looks. I also love the slightly sweet scent of MAC lipsticks.

Want to make green eyes pop? Use this: MAC Golden Olive pigment

I was introduced to MAC's Golden Olive pigment by my wedding make-up artist. I had never used a pigment eyeshadow previously to this as I wasn't sure if I would be able to apply them properly, or if there would be lots of fallout on my cheeks. I was also unsure if I would want to wear green eyeshadow on my wedding day because most brides wear a neutral eye, but when she tested it on me, I was hooked! It really brought out just how green my eyes are and made me look vibrant & healthy! It also made the whites of my eyes appear whiter - bonus!

MAC Cherry - the perfect blue based red lip pencil!

I used to be so scared of a red lip and really didn't think I would ever find one to suit me, but before Christmas last year I bought Nars Cruella, after lots of research and I am very happy with it. I was always wary of red lips because they can tend to make teeth look quite yellow, but because Cruella is blue toned, it removes that element. I decided to buy a red lip pencil to team with Cruella in order to prevent bleeding, but also to help the red to last longer. I chose MAC Cherry because it is also blue toned and to me, it is the perfect red.

Cult Beauty Mini haul featuring Therapie, Aromatherapy Associates & David Kirsch

I love Cult Beauty because they stock brands that a lot of the other beauty websites don't and they have very quick shipping. They also give 2 free samples with orders over £40, which is a brilliant way to try expensive brands without splashing the cash & then finding it doesn't suit you. I recently bought a few items from them & am sharing them with you today.

REVIEW: Urban Decay Moondust Diamond Dog eye shadow

I am not the greatest fan of glittery eye shadows because they can tend to look too full on & the chunks of glitter can fall down on to the cheeks, however I really liked the look of Urban Decay Moondust eye shadow in the shade Diamond Dog because the colour is a really nice deep brown and the glitter is very, very fine and iridescent.

Lookfantastic January Beauty Box

Although I was quite disappointed with the contents of the December Look Fantastic Beauty Box, I had liked the contents of the October & November Beauty Boxes so I thought that I would go ahead and order the January box in the hope that December's disappointment was just a blip. I'm glad that I did because I am happy with the contents. It contains a mixture of hair care, body & skin care products.

REVIEW: Soap & Glory Orangeasm Body Wash, Body Butter & Super Tonic

In my recent sales haul, I showed you that I purchased an Orangeasm Set from Soap & Glory. It contains a mini body butter, a 250ml bottle of the body wash & a 100ml Super Tonic fragrance spray. I am a big fan of anything citrus scented, so I knew this would be right up my street. I have been absolutely loving using these products because the scent is very uplifting & zesty and it really is brilliant for putting me in a great mood for the day ahead!

Empties & speedy reviews #7 featuring Kerastase, Elemis, Burts Bees, Nivea & more!

It's empties time again! I am flying through products at the moment & replacing them just as quickly! First up are 3 Kerastase products from the Discipline range. The shampoo is my favourite of the three & I am so gutted because it is my favourite shampoo EVER! My hair has never felt as silky as when I use this shampoo. I will definitely be repurchasing. Next up is the conditioner, which I do like as an everyday conditioner but it is not my favourite so I probably won't repurchase. Finally, I have also finished the de-tangling, heat protecting spray, which I loved & will repurchase at some point when I finish others in my collection. I reviewed the three products further here.

Recent purchases #13 featuring Soap & Glory, La Roche Posay, Calvin Klein, COLAB & more!

So I've done a little bit of shopping again! Most of these products were reduced in the sales, so I just couldn't resist. First up is a Gift Set from Soap & Glory featuring some Orangeasm products. It is the Eau La La gift set & contains a body wash, body butter & fragrance spray. I haven't tried any products in the Orangeasm range before, but I love orange scented products so I'm sure I will love these! It was half price in the sale, so a bargain at €10.50.

Review: OPI Glitter-Off Peelable Base Coat

I love to wear glitter nail polishes, but I hate removing them! It has always been a chore and I always find that my nails are quite damaged afterwards from all of the scrubbing. As a result, I have avoided wearing my pretty glitter polishes very often. However, this will all change now because I have discovered this amazing base coat from OPI. It is called Glitter-Off Peelable Base Coat and I must admit that I was sceptical at how effective it would be but thought it was worth a try. It can also be used under dark nail polishes to prevent staining.

Duty Free Haul featuring MAC & Clinique

It seems that it's impossible for me to go through Duty Free without picking up some beauty bits & pieces and my recent visit was no different! It's just a great opportunity to get some bits from my wishlist at a lower price. I thought I'd share my purchases with you today!

6 month Blogiversary & Mac Neutral Palettes giveaway!

So it's six months since I published my first blog post & I have really enjoyed the whole journey so far! I don't think I will ever tire of talking about beauty, it is a real obsession for me! To celebrate my 6 month blogiversary and also to thank my readers for supporting me, I am going to run a giveaway. The prize is something that I hope you will all love and want. As you know I am a palette fanatic, so I decided that an eyeshadow palette would be an appropriate prize!

The prize is a MAC Cool Neutrals palette, which contains 15 MAC shadows.

Here are the rules:

1. You must follow me on bloglovin here.

2. You must follow me on twitter here.

3. You must comment below with your bloglovin & twitter usernames. I will be checking that you follow on both, if you don't follow on both, your entry will be void.

4. Please comment below telling me your favourite MAC eye shadow for a bonus entry.

5. Please tweet the giveaway link.

The giveaway is open internationally.

It will run for one month & end on Feb 2nd.

If you are under 18, you will need your parents permission to enter as you will have to give your address if you win.

I will announce the winner here and on twitter. The winner will be chosen using random.org

Best of luck!

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