I can’t say February is my favourite month but there’s no denying it’s an improvement on the horrid January. The more regular pay-days and slightly increased pot of disposable income is a definite plus, especially when it comes to trying out new beauty products. After a lot of experimenting, here are my favourite February makeup purchases;
1. MAC lipsticks are a cult ‘must have’ and with very good reason; whether you prefer the matt look or a moisturised, colour rich option, the brand have you covered. If you were to poll a group of MAC lipstick addicts, I’d bet £100 that at least half would list ‘Ruby Woo’ among their favourites. Up until a few weeks ago, I had not tried it – shocking, I know! Whilst I’m slightly ashamed of myself for this, I’m happy to say that I’m now a fully fledged member of the Ruby Woo fan club – I totally see what all the fuss is about. Typically I’m in the non-matt lippy camp so this rich red colour is an escape from the normal red, berry and burgundy tones I opt for. This is a great colour to pop on to take your make up from day to night effortlessly, or to simply vamp up your minimal, liquid liner look. My top tip would be to make sure you moisturise your lips first for best results – carmex works a treat! It’s easy to justify the £15.50 price tag for this classic item.
2. If one thing is true of any beauty or makeup addict, it’s the shared, common knowledge that a good lipstick deserves an even better liner. I firmly believe in not matching your liner to your lippy, and strongly advocate taking a bold step of going a shade or two darker with the colour of your liner – the depth of colour you’ll get as a result is well worth it! I opted for MAC’s Brick liner to wear with my Ruby Woo and so it seems only natural that this makes my favourites list as I now think of them as a complete pair. MAC lip pencils are £12.50 each.
3. This month’s beauty favourites is a MAC trifecta. I’ve been on the look out for a new concealer for as long as I can remember – it’s my troublesome product that I can never seem to get 100% right. Now whilst I can’t comment on how long my love affair with this will last, so far things are remarkably positive. The MAC Pro Longwear concealer is my third must-have product of February. As a lightweight, liquid concealer this is perfect for use under eyes thanks to the natural looking, matte finish. As another top tip, make the most of the 15 hour staying power by opting for a lighter colour than your foundation/skin tone to get the full brightening effect of an under eye concealer. For MAC customers, opt for NW tones not NCs for concealing dark circles. This is a bargain at £17.50 too – a little goes a really long way!
4. Most of you will know how much I LOVE Benefit’s BrowZings palette so this is my controversial February pick… I’ve been getting my brows tamed at Blink Brow Bar for the past few months and always have great things to say about them. During my last visit, I had an overdue look at their product collection and took a leap of faith with their Cinnamon Spice Brow Definer. I’ve always adored the combination of powder and wax on my brows, so I was a tad sceptical initially but this product gave me the precision I wanted with a gentler finish. Now I’m not saying that’s the end of my love affair with BrowZings – far from it – but I can see this becoming a permanent feature on my ‘low key’ days with a natural, minimal look. Unlike many traditional pencils this is easy to use and no annoying sharpening required thanks to the retractable nib – yay. I’ve got my eye on their felt pen brow definer too – I’ll report back on that soon. This product is also a steal at £15.00, compared to BrowZing’s heftier price tag.
Let me know your February beauty favourites in the comments below or any products I need to add on to my March wishlist.
Sincerely, Sarah x