Monday, 25 January 2016

Five things I’m Loving | January 2016

smashbox #shapematters cult 51 night cream rimmel lasting finish primer l'oreal infallible fixing mist eucerin intersive lotion

Some of these are new to me, some I have been using for years but I've been getting a lot of use out of them this month so though I would do a quick roundup!

I actually bought this way back last year and it featured in my first ever post (lol) here! At the time I still had a few other primers to finish up but I can’t resist a Boots offer so in my basket it went. I used to love the Rimmel Lasting Finish foundation but haven’t used it in about six months as I’ve gone off it so wasn’t expecting much from this primer. How wrong I was! This does such a great job at helping my makeup last all day and reduce shine and is a bargain at £6.99! It’s quite a thick white cream but it spreads easily over my face and feels nicely hydrating too! This and the Nivea Shave Balm are my two favourite primers available for under £10!
  
Towards the end of summer last year I took my first foray into the world of setting sprays and was left disappointed by the much raved about Urban Decay De-Slick! It did nothing for my oily skin and left me having to top up my powder at lunchtime as usual so when I spotted this L’Oreal Fixing Mist for £7.99 on Boots.com I thought I’d see if it would fare any better and in short, yes it does! Although it comes out as more of a thick spray than a fine mist it dries in quickly and does wonders for my oily skin all while making my makeup last longer! So impressed with this!

This is a more recent discovery for me and one I’ve been so happy to add into my nightly routine! Since turning 25 a few months ago, fine lines and wrinkles are something I’m starting to worry about and I figured prevention is better than cure with the introduction of this into my skincare stash! It’s a thick cream that sinks in quickly to the skin and actually feels like it would be a good day cream/makeup base too. There is a whole scientific explanation for why this stuff works which you can read about here in an interview with the founder Richard Mears as science is not my strong point! In a nutshell, the ingredients in the cream raise ATP levels and increase oxygen exchange in the skin while working with the skins metabolism to make it look great! I’ve noticed my skin looks plumper, fresher and brighter in the morning after I've used this and just better all round. The one downside to this is perhaps the fact it’s billed as “the world’s most expensive anti-aging cream” therefore costs £125 for the full size 50ml pot. So, unless I win the lottery or get a better paying job it won’t be one I’m able to run out to repurchase just yet! Available at Cult 51, Cult Beauty and Look Fantastic

smashbox #shapematters contour powder

I ended up buying this when Boots had it as their first star gift in the run up to Christmas back in October and I have been using it solidly ever since! I actually did take photos back when I first got it but never got round to posting, then it was sold out so I didn’t bother! Anyway I thought it was about time I gave it some love on the blog and while I love the eyeshadows and brow powders, it’s the contour powder I want to talk about because it’s perfect! It’s just the right amount of pigmentation, so finely milled and the perfect shade of cool toned brown! I choose this probably 9 times out of 10 when I go to contour and was so happy to get it for half price!  
  
Another old favourite of mine that I don’t think I’ve mentioned before but that I absolutely swear by! About two years ago I started getting random eczema patches on my legs and arms for the first time that would leave me scratching all night. I tried every cream under the sun including doctor prescribed moisturisers and steroids to no avail. I think it was my mum who had a sample of this and it worked so well I've never looked back! It’s quite a runny white cream that doesn’t have the nicest smell in the world but once it dries in there is no scent! It sorted my skin out completely and I hardly ever have to use it anymore apart from the odd time like over Christmas when a few patches cropped up on my legs but a few nights with this and they were away again! As I said, I don’t have severe eczema so I’m not sure how it would work on that but if you get patches regularly and haven’t found anything that’s helped then try this, it’s amazing! And it’s usually on offer as it’s included in the French pharmacy promotions most online stores do! I've linked a few here, here and here!

Have you tried any of the products I’ve mentioned? What did you think of them?

*denotes a PR sample that was sent to me. All opinions are my own.

Danielle xx



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  1. Oooh I need to try that loreal mist! I love the foundation so im sure I'd love that too! It's so hard to find products that tackle oily skin. The contour palette looks pretty too.

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    1. The mist is so good! I really like the foundation too but have the wrong shade at the minute! The contour palette is a firm favourite too! Xx

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  2. I got that Smashbox palette too & need to use it more! That L'oreal spray sounds great! xx

    Beautylymin

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    1. It's so good! I know, I give the contour shade so much love and neglect the rest so I need to use it more often too! Xx

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  3. While the urban decay setting spray was okay I'm not sure it lived up to the hype so maybe I'll try the L'Oreal one!
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    1. Totally agree, I was really disappointed by it! Love the L'oreal one though! Xx

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  4. LOVE this palette!

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  5. I love the primer and I too recently got the Nivea Shade balm and I freaking LOVE it! Nikkie was right, it works so so well!
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

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    1. So freaking good! I'm switching between the both regularly and they are both brilliant! Xx

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  6. I agree those contour powders looks like the perfect shades for sculpting the face naturally. I also really like the sound of the Eucerin Intensive Lotion as I've been dealing with a lot of dry skin lately x

    Beauty with charm

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    1. It's not the most glamourous product but it works so well! I couldn't be without it now! Completely obsessed with the contour shade, it's perfect! Xx

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  7. I've just finished up my current primers and I love the sound of the Rimmel one, it sounds perfect for what I'm after! x

    Jodie // Jodie Loue

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    1. I was so surprised by it! Definitely worth a go! Xx

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  8. The Rimmel primer sounds great as does the L'Oreal fixing mist. I've heard such great reviews on it. Must pick it up next time I'm in Boots or Superdrug. xx

    Renata | Speaking Beauty UK

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    1. I'm so impressed by them both! Definitely worth picking up especially if they are on offer! Xx

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  9. I love that there are more and more fixing sprays on the UK market now, but i'm so surprised the UD one didn't work out for you! At least you've found something relatively cheap that does exactly what you want it to! Might have to give it a go myself.

    Em | beauty&bullshit x

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    1. I know, it's great isn't it! Yeah I was so disappointed by the UD one so wasn't expecting much from the L'oreal version but it's great! Xx

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  10. Lovely post, such an in-depth review of all of the products. I too was looking for a setting spray and have oily skin like you. I may have to try the L'Oreal one! :) Ta for the recommendation!

    xo, Lauren | The Dazzle Guide

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    1. Thank you Lauren! Hope you like it as much as I do if you try it! Xx

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  11. I am really bad at using primers, but I want to try that shaving balm to see if it really works! Cult cream sounds interesting, but the price... xx

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    1. I know! it's the one thing putting me off it as I don't have the money to spend but it's such a gorgeous luxurious cream! The shaving balm is amazing too and much more affordable :D xx

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  12. I just bought today the Maybelline Setting Spray but I will definitely try the L'Oreal as well. And I'm sure I will get the Rimmel primer because I can't not try it for the price :) x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

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    1. Ooh I will have to give the Maybelline one a go after I'm finished this one! Haha I like your style Dagmara! Xx

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  13. The Smashbox palette looks incredible! Lovely picks :) xx
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    1. Thank you Georgia! I'm so glad I got it when it was star gift! Xx

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  14. It's amazing that the L'Oréal setting spray outshone the UD one, I'll have to try it out next time! I've only tried the Eucerin face cream before but the body cream sounds a lot better :)

    Velvet Blush

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    1. The body cream is amazing! I sometimes use it on my face too if I've had a reaction to anything but it's so good for dry/excema patches! Xx

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  15. The funny thing is, I never ever used primer until last year when I received a couple through beauty subscriptions and now I can't be without one. LOL! This is the first post I saw that featured Rimmel primer in it, will pick it up for a try.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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    1. I hadn't heard much about it either but I was pleasantly surprised! Xx

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  16. You also use the Nivea shave balm to prime your face! I heard about this and I definitely want to try it! ^-^
    I love that Smashbox palette!! *-*
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    1. It's so good Roberta! The palette is amazing! Xx

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  17. I've been using my L'Oreal foundation a lot more frequently these past months- I've heard of this spray before but never see it anytime I'm in the drug store!

    I'm soooo getting that Nivea shave balm though!

    Rhenicia | Beauty By Rhenicia

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  18. I'd love to try that Rimmel primer! I've tried one from maybelline but I'm not in love with it so I'll have to check that one out as another alternative!

    She Likes to Shop

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    1. It's really lovely! It or the Nivea Shave Balm are my favourites from the highstreet/drugstore! Xx

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  19. That Smashbox palette looks awesome! I love that they give you so many different products in one place, it seems great for a morning you're in a hurry or traveling :)

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    1. It is perfect for mornings I'm in a rush having lots there in one place! So obsessed with the contour shade! Xx

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  20. Such a lovely post! I follow you on GFC :) Can you follow me back?
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  21. Lovely picks. I am really into makeup mists at the moment, so will keep a look out for the Loreal one.

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  22. Really like the sound of that Smashbox palette, love the look of those contour powders!

    Paula
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    1. I love the contour shade so much! I've been neglecting my other contour powders so much since I got it! Xx

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  23. Oh golly, The Smashbox 3 in 1 Contouring Product looks delightful! I'd love to get a cool toned brown like it, it looks fantastic! Love these posts of yours <3

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  24. I'm going to have to check out that setting spray! I just ran out of the de-slick one actually and wasn't impressed and don't want to buy it again haha! This is a great price too! I am going to keep an eye out for sure!

    Shannon Sage

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    1. Yay! Hopefully if you were like me and not so impressed with the UD spray you'll like this one! Xx

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  25. I want the Smashbox palette so much! It looks absolutely amazing!

    Abigail | BLUSH & NOISE

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    1. It is! I don't think I could part with £60 for it but half price was perfect! Xx

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  26. Beautiful shades. Thank you for sharing this with us darling. Visit me www.its-dominica.blogspot.co.uk whenever you can. Kisses, Dominica S. xXx

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  27. The Rimmel primer looks good but I'm looking for a "healty/glow" primer.. if you know what I mean xd any suggestion? Thank you soo much xx

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    1. I totally know what you mean! I usually go for mattifying bases but I think Becca or L'oreal do some healthy glow primers, hope that helps! Xx

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    2. I'll check L'oreal primers :) I don't know if I find Becca products in Italy! Thank you soo much xx

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  28. I love Rimmel, and it's just a really great brand for me ;)

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    The Flower Duet

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  29. Love the eucerin creams! I have the one for dry skin and the baby ones for my little one. Such a great line!

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  30. I loveeeeee the L'Oreal Setting Spray too - it's amazing, and so affordable xx

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    1. Exactly! Can't get over how good it is! Xx

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  31. Great!
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  32. love all the products :)

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  33. Great things!! Love Palette so much!
    Xoxo,
    Love from www.trangscorner.com {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

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  34. I love that palette! Want.
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  35. Oh my goodness, the L’Oréal Infallible Fixing Mist sounds amazing! I am in love with the primer and foundation combo of that. So I don't know why I have never heard of this. I think I'm going to purchase, as I have combination skin too. So I find that the setting mists I have tried in the past, just make me even oilier lol. Thank you so much for sharing this!:D

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    1. Yay! Let me know how you get on if you get it! Xx

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  36. I really like the L'Oreal fixing mist too :) the Eucerin cream sounds amazing, I will have to see if they do something similar for the face as I'm really suffering at the moment! Xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

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    1. Oh no, hope it's better soon! I sometimes use this on my face too if I've had a reaction to something but it works better in excema! Xx

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  37. That Smashbox Palette looks amazing, I've never seen it before nor own anything from Smashbox. I'm also on the hunt for a new primer so I keep reading all these favourite posts and eyeing down what primer everyone's using!

    Sally ~ DiagonSally

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    1. I love the Smashbox palette so much! If you can't find the Rimmel primer, the Nivea Shave Balm is amazing as well! Xx

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  38. Great selection!!

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  39. Great picks! Eucerin is one of my all time favourites. I really, really , really have to try this contouring palette out, it looks amazing! Have a great weekend! xx

    Ale | www.alemint.net

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  40. Great post! Love those five things!!
    Xoxo,
    Love from www.trangscorner.com {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

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  41. Wow, love this post!

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  42. I've been wanting to try the Infallible skin mist as I really want to try a good drugstore setting spray!

    Lauren Ashleigh xx

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    1. The L'oreal one is amazing! I saw Maybelline have started doing one too but I haven't tried it! Xx

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  43. your site looks awesome and your photos are perfect! also i have a page. please click! :)

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  44. That primer sounds like a godsend for oily skin - will definitely have to pick it up next time I'm in boots!

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  45. Great roundup! Eucerin is such an underrated brand - but their products seriously work. They may not have the fanciest packaging, but it's what's inside the bottle that counts. Love their dry skin intensive lotion as well!

    Rae | Love from Berlin

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    1. I love it! I have went through so many bottles and haven't heard anyone else mention it! Glad you are a fan too! Xx

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  46. the smash box palette looks great! I meant to pick it up but I totally forgot and then it sold out :(

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    1. Aw no that sucks! It sold out so quickly and never seems to have come back in stock! Such a shame as its a great palette! Xx

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  47. The Smashbox palette looks like a dream, I'll be adding it to my (long) wishlist x

    Ariadna || RAWR BOWS

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    1. Yay! Glad you like the look of it, it's fab! Xx

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  48. The smashbox palette is a really good value you get brow, contour and shadows all in one palette :)

    Kayla
    Sheer Beauty Blog

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  49. Very nice things! Thnx for sharing <3

    xoxo, Nastya Deutsch

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  50. I love L’Oreal Infallible's line! I have the makeup setting spray and it works REALLY well!

    Macarons and Mischief

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  51. Wow, I need to check out this spray from Loreal! I haven't seen it in store yet (:
    Nati xx
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    1. Hopefully you see it soon, it's great! Xx

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  52. I have that primer from Rimmel, I haven't used it in a few weeks but from what I remember, it's pretty good! SO intrigued to the L'Oreal setting spray xxxx

    Jasmine || http://www.blogsallbeautyy.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. It's so good! I'm so impressed with it! Xx

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  53. That contour kit looks amazing, I am on the hunt for one!

    Charlotte x

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    1. I'm in love with it, way prefer it to my ABH one! Xx

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  54. I have oily skin too, so that L'Oréal Infallible Fixing Mist sounds like something I should try!
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    1. It's sooo good! I found it way better than UD De-Slick! Xx

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  55. That eye shadow palette looks beautiful.

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  56. The rimmel primer sounds really good - managed to completely miss it when I was shopping today! Just been trying the L'Oreal fixing spray too - still unsure on it.

    Hana | www.hanarosella.blogspot.co.uk ♥

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    1. Ah really, I've read a lot of great reviews on it, hope it works out for you too! Xx

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