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Thursday, February 4, 2016

January Beauty Favourites.

One: LUSH Angels on Bare Skin Cleanser
I bought a tub during my LUSH haul in January and I'm going to admit that I was actually surprised to find that I liked this cleanser. A lot. I've read mixed reviews so I was pretty sceptical at first, but I was honestly impressed. Sure, it's messy to use, and I don't feel as though it's as cleansing as my regular face wash, but using it after my normal nightly cleansing routine has proven it to be more than effective at cleaning off anything that my first cleanse may have missed, which happens all the time due to the gentle nature of my regular cleanser. I've always felt dry and tight after a facial cleanse but this is the first and only product I've found that has not given me that sensation. Instead, my dry, sensitive skin feels smooth, soft and healthy.

Two: Models Prefer Highlight and Contour sticks
These babies are perfect for the highlight and contour noob that I am; I'm so glad I picked them up (on a whim) during Priceline's 40% off cosmetics sale. They're incredibly smooth and creamy, making them so easy to use and blend, and are without any shimmer. The warm undertone of the contour stick and the pink undertones of the highlighting stick work wonderfully on my skin tone, but may not be the best for everyone, which brings me to the downside: there is literally no shade-range which is fine if like me, the tone of the sticks suit you, but you really luck out otherwise. Nonetheless, they're cheap and a fantastic beginner's tool.

Another favourite from my LUSH haul. Let me just start by saying: The smell of this stuff, guys. My God. It's like blackcurrant fruit pastilles and I can't even. Though the wibbly stuff is a little difficult to get a hold of when actually in the shower, I found that just a small spoonful lathers so luxuriously when used with a shower puff, and the scent lingers on your skin for hours, even longer when used in your hair. I honestly can't get enough.

Aside from the fact that I could look at the pretty marbled surface of the powder all damn day, my very first luminizer proved to be a win on a practical level too. The powder is velvet soft with a high frost finish, minus the dreaded chunky glitter. I feel I've gotten the hang of application since receiving it for my birthday (a little goes a LONG way), just applying a small amount to my nose and to the tops of my cheek bones with a fan brush gives me the most beautiful and natural looking glow that lasts all day. It also works as a lovely brow highlight.

As I'm sure we all know by now: Christie is a major lover of dark palettes and dramatic smoky eyes, so this colourful offering is yet another surprise love of mine this month. It had sat unused in my beauty stash since the Bloggers United meet right up until I tried a purple smoky look only a week ago. Since then, I've been using the whole damn palette for different looks. That's right: I, Christie Brown, have fallen in love with colour. The shadows themselves are highly pigmented and velvety, making them easy to blend with no fallout. I just love me a good drugstore beauty buy.

What products are you loving right now?


  1. I think will give a try for these two lush product what you were recommended. Looking for the right cleanser very long time ago, hopefully this one will work for me as well :)

  2. I must admit Lush products never managed to win me over. Not sure what it was exactly. Right now I love Bobbi Brown's Concealer and Shimmer Block (i think that's what its called). Still on the lookout for a great mascara.

  3. Glad you've really been enjoying the products from your LUSH haul! :P

  4. Lush Angels on Bare Skin is next on my wishlist to try :) Really need to try more MAC products but I never know what to buy! haha x
    Jess | www.beautifulbreakable.com ♥

  5. I am lovingggg the LUSH products. Also, this MAC Skinfinish looks superb! x Natalie www.thegirlwithbangs.com

  6. This Chi Chi Palette looks so cool. I have never used anything from them, but a good palette always calls out to me.
    I'm loving Jergens' skin moisturizer right now. It has healed my ultimately dry skin. My uncle got it for me from Dubai. So now I am looking for it online as it doesn't seem to be widely available locally!

    Noor | Noor's Place

  7. Oh man, Chi Chi is cheap, high quality, and comes in about 562562105968 different colour palettes. What's not to love? :P
    I've heard amazing things about Jergens! I have the most horrid dry skin, so I'm definitely going to give it a try - I'm pretty sure it's available here in Australia. x

  8. Man, enjoying is an understatement aha. :P x

  9. DO ITTT! On both accounts, I promise you won't be sorry. :o
    MAC shopping can definitely be an overwhelming experience aha. I make sure I always go in with one or two things I plan on buying and not even looking at anything else. Otherwise I'd get lost in the magical land that is MAC and be in debt by about $7526622567627561561 x

  10. I felt exactly the same way about LUSH! I just thought it was a hyped up gimmick, but after trying a few products that actually worked for me, I was won over. It just takes some time to find what's right for your body. :)

    I'm yet to try Bobbi Brown's concealer, but I've heard great things! :O
    In regards to mascara, Maybelline's Lash Sensational and L'Oreal's False Lash Butterfly Wings (both in waterproof) are my all time favourites if that helps. :) x

  11. If you've got dry and/or sensitive skin, it should definitely work for you! :) x

  12. I absolutely love Skinfinish! Definitely worth the price tag. x

  13. I hate that dry and tight feeling, I had a cleanser that did that, and I always used so much lotion afterwards. Still haven't tried Lush, but I've heard great things.

    Angelina Is | Bloglovin'

  14. I have never tried lush products but this cleanser sounds really good!!! I have oily and dry combo skin :( ...So difficult to find a good product to control this duo. LOL ...So I will check it out!


  15. So many great products that I need to try. That shower jelly sounds interesting.

  16. Man you drew the short straw when it comes to skin. :(
    Definitely give it a try, it's gentle enough to work on most skin types, hopefully it works for you too. :) x

  17. Shower jelly was a strange experience at first.. but I love it now! :) x

  18. I picked up Lightscapade just after Christmas! It's so beautiful and I think it deserves a lot more "cult status"

    xo Millie

  19. It definitely is overwhelming! :) yeah there is sooo much I want tbh


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