26 December 2012


Not sure how 2012 has been and gone already. Does not seem like 12 months since spending New Years Eve in Chinatown, Manchester. Hope everyone had a lovely Christmas with their families. It was our first with my little niece so we were all a little over excited!

But with the end of another month comes another favourites post...

No7 Cleansing Water | Tangle Teezer | Real Techniques Buffing Brush | No7 Beautifully Matte Foundation | Sleek 'Rose Gold' Blush | Revlon 'Candy Apple' Lip Butter | Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Top Coat | Nivea Express Hydration Primer | Rimmel Exaggerate 'Red Diva' Lip Liner

Bit photo heavy, sorry!

I bought the Real Techniques Core Collection at the start of the month and the Buffing Brush is definitely the best brush of the collection, and the greatest brush I own, and it definitely lives up to the huge hype surrounding it. I feel that my foundation looks a lot more natural when I use it and it doesn't leave any streaks or lines on my face. I've been using it to blend concealer under my eyes sometimes and also for powder, too.

I ran out of the Stay Perfect version of the No7 foundation and knew that I would prefer the matte version over it. The coverage is a lot more fuller and I prefer the matte look when it comes to make up. The Stay Perfect is nice if you like the dewy look but the matte suits me more. Also because of the coverage and finish, it means I don't need half as much powder to set it.

I got the No7 Cleansing Water because I started to really dislike using face wipes to take off my make up, which is what I've been doing for years before doing the usual skin care routine. I saw this is Boots and although I don't have Normal/Oily skin, the product didn't seem to be available in the other skin types. It's not affected my skin in any negative way though and I've been using it a couple of weeks now and you only need a couple of squirts to be able to take a full face of make up off. It was only £9 (I think) so really worth it!

I know I'm late on this bandwagon but I've been curious about Tangle Teezers for so long but the £10.99 price tag seemed a bit ridiculous for what is essentially a comb. I noticed a friend had one and I asked her about it and she recommended it. I suffer from really bad head sore and I only brush my hair every other day after it's been washed. This is wonderful at combing out knots and it doesn't cause me any pain and I also feel like it's made my hair feel softer.

Another "late on the bandwagon" products. I've been needing a new top coat for a while and it was on offer in Superdrug. I really like the bottle and brush of this. Obviously by the name you expect it's going to dry very quickly and it definitely does. It also states that it's an "Anti-Chip Top Coat" which at first I didn't agree with so much because my nail varnish was only lasting as long as it usually does... about 12 hours! But I've been off work a couple days now and it's not budged! So it's clearly work that makes my nail varnish not last. I do use my hands a lot so I should have probably realised this.

I mentioned in the previous post how much I am loving Sleek's make up and this blush in Rose Gold is my absolute favourite. The colour is just so beautiful and I can't recommend it enough.

I'm really good at this bandwagon thing... Revlon Lip Butters have been massive this year. Finally got my hands on one, in the shade Candy Apple, and I LOVE it! At first I wasn't overly keen and was a bit disappointed that the hype was so big but then I started wearing it over the Rimmel lip liner (in the colour Red Diva) and they are beautiful together. The lip butter doesn't last well with eating and drinking which is a bit annoying but the colour is so lovely.
As for the lip liner... I bought it a couple of months ago but I'm really liking it at the moment. It's not like your usual pencil lip liner but more like a crayon formula. I've even wore it on it's own before now with how easy it goes on  and the colour is gives off - really pigmented!

Finally, the Nivea Express Hydration Primer. I was so keen to try this when it came out. A moisturiser and primer in one! Nivea's products are usually very good so I had high hopes and was not let down. It's very light and soothing and it does do the job of moisturiser and primer. I've not used my GOSH primer all month. The Nivea one is also about half the price of the GOSH primer so I think this is going to be one of the new holy grail products in my life.

Have you tried anything I've mentioned on here?

Hope everyone has a brill New Year and celebrates well! Hope 2013 is wonderful for you all. Thanks for the support this year! :)


  1. Great faves! I also love my RT buffing brush :)
    Merry christmas! xo

  2. I was too curious about everyone raving about the tangle teezer and got one myself too. It does make my hair softer as well but also gives lots of static. :/

  3. Lovely favourites :) The Revlon lip butter looks so pretty! xx


  4. I have the Real Techniques buffing brush and the Sleek blush - both amazing! Very surprised with how good the pigmentation is in Sleek blushes, especially for the price. Really like your blog btw and if you're ever passing through mine, do say hi! :D x

  5. Hey Louise, I've nominated you for the Liebster award, check out all the info in my post: http://frankest.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/the-leibster-award.html
    Frankie xx

  6. i have the real techniques stippling brush and i was in such a hate relationship with it at first that i didn't want to get any of the other brushes, but i've grown to just love it after a while. i really want to try this buffing brush! i'm hoping it's good for applying foundation because it's a bigger brush, might take less time than the stippling brush :)

    revlon always do perfect lipstick, they're one of my favourite cosmetic brands! sadly i haven't tried the lip butters yet though.

    1. The buffing brush is amazing for foundation. I used to use a stippling brush too (not a RT one though) and I liked it but now I have this, no other brush gets a look in :')


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