I absolutely love an eyeliner flick, for someone who rarely wears eyeshadow it adds a bit of drama to my eyes that I feel I don’t get from mascara alone.  I love the vintage feel it creates and the fact that the execution can determine the era you are giving a nod to.

Last year I included Soap & Glory Supercat eyeliner in one of my monthly favourites, and for a while it worked a treat for me.  And then it didn’t.  I think I changed either my foundation or primer and the combination didn’t really work, it started to smudge after a few hours of wear.

The hunt was on for a new eyeliner that wouldn’t smudge.  I tried the much raved about Benefit They’re Real liner, it amazed me that a product which could not be removed using normal make up remover could in fact flake off my eyelids!

A few months ago while Boots had one of their 3 for 2 offers on I picked up Seventeen Tattoo Me liner to have another stab at finding one that would actually stay put all day.

Tattoo Me claims to last 48 hours, honestly I was only looking for 12 – 14 hours.  The applicator is a brush, something that made me nervous as I didn’t have much luck when I used a brush applicator years ago.  Thankfully after my first few applications I seemed to be finding it a doddle.  The liquid itself is jet black and quite a thick consistency.  It applies easily – but be careful none transfers onto your upper lids as you need to use a make up remover with an oily base to remove it, so it takes any other make up off too.

Once this is on it is on, no smudging at all and it lasts all day and if I am going out after work I don’t need to touch it up at all.  I have to really love a product to purchase it again and I am now on my third tube of this.

Has anyone else tried Tattoo Me liquid liner?

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When I was a teenager I was lazy when it came to a proper skin care routine, I was also pretty lucky too.  My skin was normal, I didn’t have many spots and if memory serves me I didn’t even use a face wash daily.  My routine was remove make up at night (the one skin care rule I did normally follow) and moisturise in the morning.

Over the last couple of years I have tried to get myself into much better skin care habbits, using a face wash in the morning and oil control moisturiser since my skin type seems to have changed in my adult years.

When January hit so did the full realisation that I’m getting married this year and the pressure is on to be the most beautiful version of myself I can possibly be.

With this in mind I knew I had to get my act together and start following a proper routine.

Morning
Every morning I use Clinique 3 step skin care.  I wash my face with Clinique facial soap while in the shower, this is then followed up with clarifying lotion 3 (for oily/combination skin) which gently exfoliates your skin.  The last step is Clinique dramatically different moisturising gel which is great for skin that is prone to getting shiny throughout the day.

Night
This was the harder part of the routine to get into, no longer just a quick swipe with face wipes and convince myself all my make up was off (it was not).  To start I remove my eye make up with Clinique take the day off make up remover and then I use Garnier micellar cleansing water to get most of my foundation off.  I then use Balance Me pure skin face wash followed by clarifying lotion 3.  I prefer to use a night cream for moisturising before bed as I’m quite prone to areas of dry skin around my nose.  The one I use is actually from Aldi, it is a nice thick consistency and is suitable for all skin types, my skin feels nice and soft the next morning.

Once a week I also use a face mask just to give my skin some extra TLC.  I really like Nip + Fab deep cleansing fix which can be left on for 10 minutes and used as a mini mask.  Any pesky spots are treated with Witch blemish gel.

Having to part with so much money for Clinique products does make me weep slightly but I do feel it is worth it, any breakouts I have had since I started using it have not been too bad and have cleared up well.

What products do you use to keep your complexion clear?

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I love a matte lipstick and have recently been looking for a new lip colour that is bold while not being as in your face as my usual go-to pinks and red.

I steered clear of the first round of Apocalips as I am not really a fan of glossy lip colour, but this one is right up my street.  The new matte collection comes in five shades – I chose Meteoric Matte, a warm berry shade perfect for autumn/winter.  Apocalips comes in liquid form in a tube with a heart shaped wand applicator.

Application is easy – I start with a lip butter to give my lips a little moisture, then I take all excess product off the wand and outline my lips.  This does leave the wand quite dry but as the colour is so vibrant there is still enough to transfer onto your lips.  I then load the applicator with plenty of the lipgloss and fill in my lips.  A quick blot with some tissue and I am all set.

So, how does the product last?  I am really impressed with the lasting power of Apocalips.  Of course it comes off, if for example you have a drink, but it is such a strong colour it doesn’t disappear.  I can apply this in the morning before work or before going on a night out and I don’t need to re-apply.  Another big plus point for Apocalips is that it doesn’t dry out my lips at all, yay!

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I was going to include this in one of my monthly favourites but I feel like this mascara deserves a post all to itself.

When it comes to mascara I am a bit fickle, I am always on the look out for the one.  I don’t feel I am asking for much, all I want is a mascara that gives my lashes length, volume and lift.  For me, mascara is my must have beauty product, so it is important to me that I have a good one.

After trying a lot (and I mean a lot) from drug store to high end brands I still wasn’t finding that perfect mascara.  A complete sucker for new products, when Bourjois brought out Volume 1 Seconde Mascara I couldn’t resist.

Ok, so onto the mascara.  The wand is rubber with both spherical bristles for volume and straight bristles for clump free lashes.  I bought the non waterproof one, although if you prefer waterproof mascara I have heard good things about that too.  So, does it do what it claims and is it any good?  Simply, yes!

Volume 1 Seconde mascara gives you great length, volume and it does lift lashes slightly for a wider eyed look.  Just one coat works perfectly for a day time look, you can add more layers (I have not felt like I needed more than two) to lengthen lashes even more and create a perfect night time look.  It doesn’t flake at all or leave your lashes spidery and brittle, and the rubber wand makes for easy clump-free application.  Winner!

It seems I have finally found the one.  At £9.99 this product is a total steal, it does for me what mascara more than twice the price has not.

At the moment it is 3 for 2 on selected Bourjois products in Boots.

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I can’t believe that it is March already!  The first two months have completely flown in.  I have put together a wee list of my favourite products from February.

Nivea in shower moisturiser – This is the perfect lazy girl product.  I am not very good at keeping up a skin routine other than for my face.  When it comes to using body butter or moisturiser after the shower I don’t usually have time (or make it).  If you are like me get yourself a bottle of this stuff.  It couldn’t be easier to use, put it on while you are in the shower and then rinse off, simple!  Your skin is left feeling nice and soft.

Soap and Glory Supercat eyeliner – I have tried a few things from the soap and glory make up range and been pretty unimpressed, disappointing because I love their skincare.  However I really like this eyeliner.  It is a really strong black, applies well whether you are looking for a thin or thick line and doesn’t smudge during the day.

Lush Helping Hand – Like most Lush products I have tried I love this.  This hand cream was first created with nurses in mind who lacked moisture due to constant hand washing.  My hands get really dry at this time of year so helping hand is perfect for me.  The only downside is that it doesn’t smell too great but you can excuse that for what it does for you.

Burts Bees lip balm – I get really dry lips all year round, not just in the winter.  This lip balm is my saviour.  You can get loads of different scents from pomegranate to mango this one has a minty scent that leaves your lips tingling and super soft.

Maybelline Baby Skin – This primer claims to make your pores invisible, and well it doesn’t really.  Not for me anyway.  However, as far as primers go this one is great.  It really mattifies my skin and provides a good base for my favourite foundation.

What are everyone else’s must have products of the month?

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