Five New Favourites

Friday 9 February 2018

New beauty products on trial

| Five New Favourites! |

As a beauty lover, I'm always trying new products and recently I've discovered five new favourites. From a sweet-smelling cleanser to a natural, effortless highlighter to an everyday Spring palette, here are a few new beauty products I've been loving recently!

The Burt's Bees Orange Essence facial cleanser was in my stocking on Christmas morning and I've been loving it throughout January. It's a gel cleanser that turns into an oily consistency when massaged onto wet skin. I tend to use it as my first cleanse because as a second cleanse it can leave a little oily residue behind. The gentle hydrating cleanser has been a welcomed addition to my winter skincare routine as it leaves my skin feeling soft. 

I picked up the Bourjois Healthy Balance powder last month as it was reduced to €2.50 in Boots! This powder has been on my wishlist for some time as I've heard nothing but rave reviews of it so it was great to nab it a bargain price! It isn't detectable at all on the skin, it's great for setting the oily parts of my skin {my chin and around the nose} and it doesn't cling to any dry patches. However, it's not the best powder I've used because it doesn't provide me with that airbrushed, flawless finish that other powders in my collection provide, but for €2.50, it's an excellent powder!

I'm all about glowy, healthy skin and my latest highlighter discovery has been helping me achieve my glowing skin dreams. The Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Beauty Light Wand is a liquid highlighter that provides a natural dewy finish - My skin has never looked so healthy and radiant before!

Essence review

For eyeshadow, I've been testing the new Essence Wood You Love Me palette {€4.40}*. Essence always has the prettiest limited edition packaging and I think the design on this palette has been their best yet - It's getting me excited for Spring & Easter! Inside the pretty packaging, there are five shimmer shadows including a dark brown, a medium brown, an icy white highlight shade, an iridescent pale green and a forest green. The formula of the shadows is lovely, they feel quite silky and the two brown shades blended seamlessly. The two green shades were best packed onto the lid with my fingers, and there was a bit of fallout from the darker green so I just applied my foundation after doing my eye makeup when using that shade.

My two favourite looks using the palette were the light brown in the crease, the dark brown on the outer corners with the highlight shade on the lids, and the second look was my favourite; The light brown in the crease, the dark brown in the outer corner with the dark and light green on the lid - I got complimented on my eye makeup when I wore this look and it's made me want to experiment with some different colours! I've also been using the Smokey Eyes Duo brush* from the new collection. The fluffy round end is good for blending the dark brown in the outer corners of my eyes and I've been using the curved end for applying the highlight shade to the brow bone and inner corners of my eyes. 

I mentioned the Mac Lunar New Year lipstick in the shade Good Health in my January favourites post and I thought I'd feature it again because it's become a staple in my makeup bag in recent weeks. The peachy nude shade with deep rosy pink undertones is a wearable shade that complements the green and brown hues of the palette. Mac's satin lipsticks are one of my favourite formulas due to the longer staying power than the cremesheen formula but they're more nourishing than the matte lipsticks. 

Have you discovered any new products recently?

Cliona xx

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