Welcome to my January beauty favourites! 2018 is the year I actually commit to posting my monthly favourites. It’s happening… finally. Between the sales and getting acquainted with Christmas goodies, January is always a great month for discovering new beauty bits. I enjoyed so many new products, and fell even deeper in love with others, so these really are the cream of the crop.

IT Cosmetics, Your Skin But Better CC Cream

Chances are you’ve heard all about this by now. I can confirm the hype is justified – this stuff is AMAZING! The coverage is so much fuller than the ‘CC cream’ name suggests. It’s a true delight to apply, the scent is so refreshing and it works well with fingers, a brush and a beauty blender. My only criticism of this wonder product is the shade range. I opted for light which is on the warm side for me. My perfect shade is probably a mix of fair and light. My personal quest aside, there’s no reason for a brand to only offer 7 shades anymore so hopefully this gets expanded soon. That said, if you can find your shade, you totally should give this a go. It really is magic, and it’s got an SPF 50!

Benefit Cosmetics, Foolproof Brow Powder*

I tried this for the first time in December as a part of writing this blog post, and it’s bloody brilliant. It’s all I’ve been using on my brows ever since. The two-toned powder means you get a really natural looking brow, without sacrificing definition. The compact comes with a mirror – which Benefit get extra points for – and the packaging is adorable. The longevity of the powder is seriously impressive too and it doesn’t smudge or move at all throughout the day. I don’t recommend brow products lightly but this is seriously a must-have.

Lord & Berry, Cream Blush in Honey*

These are the cream blushes that converted me from being a loyal powder blush lover. They’re so blendable and pigmented, incredibly easy to apply and they leave your complexion glowing. I’ve had this shade in my handbag for weeks because it’s so good for on-the-go touch ups. It’s such a beautiful subtle perk up for the cheeks. I’ve done a full review of the Lord & Berry cream blushes here if you want to know more about the formula and shades.

Rimmel, Match Perfection Concealer in Ivory

I rediscovered this concealer last month and I’ve used it everyday since. It’s that good. The formula is creamy enough that it blends well but it stays in place and vitally, doesn’t crease under the eyes. Ivory is the perfect shade for brightening up my dark under-eyes and the handy brush applicator is so practical. I’ve gone through so many tubes of this over the years and I keep returning to it, which is testament to how good it is. For such an affordable concealer, it really does steal the show.

I’d love to know what your January beauty favourites were, and whether you’re planning on trying anything new this month?

Sincerely, Sarah xx

I loved putting together my skincare favourites so much that I decided to round up my top makeup picks too. I try new makeup all the time but these are the items that I kept reaching for and going back to time and time again, making them my makeup favourites of 2017.

Benefit Precisely My Brow Pencil 

This is the brow pencil that changed my brow routine – I was a loyal powder girl before. It’s an ultra fine pencil so it’s great for a natural yet defined brow. If you prefer creating hair-like strokes as opposed to a ‘block’ brow, then this is a product you have to try. Benefit are the brand for brow products and I wrote about their collection here, so have a read if you’re looking to upgrade your brow routine.

Wet n Wild Photofocus Foundation 

Every time I’m wearing this foundation, I get asked what it is. To me, that’s testament enough but if you want a full run through of my thoughts, I posted about it here. This is the only foundation I’ve ever found that’s full coverage, light on the skin, lasts all day and is less than a fiver! I wore this foundation for every night out and big event in 2017. It’s by far my favourite foundation of the year.

Tartelette Tease Palette

I went to Florida in March and picked this beauty up from the Sephora ‘aisle of doom’. I was hooked from the first use. The vanilla scent that hits you when you open the palette is beautiful and it really does feel like a treat to use. The shadows are so creamy for a powder that blending them is a joy. You get a good mix of mattes and shimmers, two light base shades as well as two darker shades (a chocolatey brown and a wine shade) which are perfect for lining the eyes or popping in the crease. This is a smaller version of the normal Tarte palettes which makes it perfect for travelling. It gets full marks from me.

The Body Shop Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder

I’ve recommended this bronzer to so many people. It’s the best matte bronzer for fair skin that I’ve ever tried. The compact is neat, well designed and comes with a handy mirror. The honeycomb press on the powder is super cute but more than that, the product is just epic. It’s only £14 and wears better than so many of the luxury alternatives. I’ve done a full review on it here, so if you’re unsure about needing this in your life, you’ll be convinced after a read of that.

Benefit They’re Real Mascara in Beyond Blue 

Blue mascara is one of my secret weapons of makeup. I’m all for making my eyes look as bright as possible, and my sleep pattern is shocking, so I take all the help I can get which means regularly reaching for this Benefit fave. It’s definitely the best one on the market. You get all the goodness of They’re Real mascara with the pros of using an intense blue colour around the eye. The colour works to whiten the whites of your eyes so if you’re tired and need a pick me up, blue mascara is well-worth trying.

L’Oreal Paris Color Riche Lipstick (Shades 630 and 645)

I’m really not sure what made me buy these lipsticks but it was a stroke of luck because they’re stunning! I didn’t wear any lipstick more than these all year. They’re beautiful nude shades and are so versatile. Whether I wanted a subtle lip with a smokey eye, something to balance out heavy liner or just fancied a lower-key look, I always found myself reaching for these. 645 is a pinky nude shade, whereas 630 has a slightly deeper mauve tone. The formula of them is my favourite type of lipstick; it’s creamy with a slight sheen but the pigmentation doesn’t suffer. I couldn’t recommend these shades and lipsticks enough, and they’re super affordable!

I’d love to know what you think of my makeup favourites of 2017. Were these any of your favourites too? Don’t forget to check out my skincare favourites from last year too – you can read it here.

Sincerely, Sarah xx

Benefit Brows Debenhams

For me, the best brows are Benefit brows. They are THE brand for all things eyebrows, and I take my brows seriously. They just can’t be beaten – whether you want to go natural, super-defined or full and Cara-esque with your brows, Benefit will have a product to suit. I’ve had my trusted brow routine sorted for years but it is lovely to mix it up from time to time and try new products, so when Debenhams asked me to give more of the Benefit brow range a go, I jumped at the chance!

Precisely My Brow Pencil*

Before this product, I wasn’t a huge fan of brow pencils but Precisely My Brow is one of my stand out makeup items of 2017 – it’s that good! The ultra fine pencil means you can create hair-like strokes and get a full yet defined brow look. If you get a little heavy handed, brushing it out is super simple thanks to the built-in spoolie, and there are six shades to choose from. You get a lot of colour leeway depending on how much pressure you use, so don’t panic if you think you’re between shades. I’ve used all of the brow range now and if I had to pick an overall favourite, it’d be this.

Perfect for: FILLING IN SPARSE BROWS & DEFINITION. The best brow product for ‘gappy’ brows and creating a perfectly defined but not overdone brow.

KaBrow*

I’ve posted about KaBrow on here before and I still love it – it’s a staple in my makeup bag. If you’re looking for defined arches, sleek edges or want to give the ‘insta’ brow a go, this is the product for you. It’s a cream gel consistency that’s totally buildable. As with all brow pomades, a little goes a long way so a pot lasts a long time. The packaging is smart and practical too – there’s a hard angled brow brush in the lid! When this is on my brows, I have total confidence it’s going to last all day without any funny business.

Perfect for: VERSATILITY. If you want the option of natural and dramatic brow looks, you need this in your makeup bag.

Benefit Brows Debenhams

Foolproof Brow Powder*

As the newest product in the Benefit brow range, I was so keen to try this and it didn’t disappoint. I frequently reach for two shades when I do my brows because hair isn’t ever all one colour, so Benefit are on to a total winner with this product. This two-toned powder is designed to make life as easy as possible by showing you exactly where each shade goes – the lighter through the front of the brow towards the arch and the darker from the arch to the tail.

Perfect for: BROW BEGINNERS & NATURAL BROW LOVERS. The perfect kit for advancing your brow skills that’s totally buildable.

3D Browtones*

This is the brow product I didn’t know I needed but now wouldn’t be without. Who knew highlighting your brows could make such a difference? If you’ve got fair brows this will enhance the colour and for darker hair, it softens things up. It’s genius. The wand is well designed too, so it’s actually really hard to use too much product. You can wear 3D Browtones on it’s own or over pencils and powders, so you’ll definitely get good use out of it.

Perfect for: LIVENING UP DULL OR FLAT BROWS. Whatever your hair colour, this is the perfect finishing touch.

Your brows really do transform your face so finding the right product for you is key. If you’re yet to try out the Benefit brow range, you really must give them a go. The full collection is available at Debenhams, both in store and online here.

I’d love to know which Benefit brow items you love or want to try. If you have any brow related questions, please leave them below or message me on Instagram or twitter. I also want to say a big thank you to Debenhams for developing my Benefit brow love even further!

Sincerely, Sarah xx

Autumn is by far my favourite season. What’s not to love about cosy evenings, scarf season, hot chocolates and Christmas prep? I adore mixing up my makeup looks too, incorporating warm bronzy, copper tones that are perfect for autumn. Don’t even get me started on berry toned lips…

In celebration of my favourite time of year, here is a super simple and quick, everyday autumn makeup tutorial. Enjoy!

If you fancy recreating the look, here’s everything I used:

Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre – £20.00 – Full review here
Benefit Oxygen Wow Foundation – £29.00 – Full review here
Benefit Precisely My Brow Pencil in 4 – £20.00
Urban Decay Brow Box in Brown Sugar – £22.00
Urban Decay Naked2 Palette – £39.50 – Review and dupe here
Soap & Glory Thick and Fast Mascara £10.50
Benefit Roller Lash Mascara – £20.50
Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation – £8.99 – Full review here
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer – £4.19
The Body Shop Honey Bronzing Power – £14.00 – Full review here
Benefit Dallas Blusher (Cheekathon Palette) – £44.50 – Full review here
Mary Kay Lipstick in Rosewood* – £14.00

I’d love to know your thoughts on autumnal makeup and this look in the comments. Thanks so much for watching and reading.

Sincerely, Sarah xx

I finally went to an American Sephora and it was heaven on earth. I got lost in the aisles of skincare, makeup and all things beauty for more than an hour. It was bliss. I somehow managed not to go too OTT but have fallen in love with everything I picked up. Here’s a walkthrough of everything I bought – enjoy!

Have you tried any of these products? Let me know what you make of them in the comments.

Sincerely, Sarah xx