If I could put a month of 2017 so far into my favourites I’d happily add the month of March. We’ve seen the start of Spring, which brought a breakthrough of flowers, lighter evenings and a new energy to make the most of each day.
I don’t regularly post about my favourites, and haven’t done so since December, but I thought the month of a beautiful seasonal change deserved a celebration of what I’ve enjoyed using this month. It’s been a month of the hecticness that comes with starting a new job, but I’ve been regularly using my favourite products to brighten up the working days. So without further adieu, here are the things I’ve been loving throughout March.
Maybelline Great Lash Mascara
It’s a beauty classic that needs little introduction. In fact, this mascara has been in and out of my makeup since I was a teenager, when I first started rocking the bold eye. At under £5 it’s a really low priced addition to your makeup collection and will see you through from day to night. This is my everyday mascara that separates lashes and makes them bold without weighing them down. I always buy the ‘Very Black’ mascara which truly makes those lashes stand out.
Seventeen Shimmer Block
Now that our days are being graced with the UK sunshine I want my face to sparkle with it! I was the girl that would only use the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick until last Summer but now that I’ve found this inexpensive option I don’t anticipate going back anytime soon. It’s long wearing, with a variety of shades which allows you to highlight or bronze appropriately. And for the savvy beauty shopper, it can also be used as an eyeshadow or brow bone highlight. Though the Seventeen version is no longer available at Boots, their Collection Glow Block is another great product, at only £3.99.
Collection Velvet Kiss- Caramel
I would review the whole Collection Cosmetics Velvet Kiss products over and over again if I didn’t think you’d get bored but I think my previous review will suffice if you want a full collection overview. It’s safe to say that I’m sold on these products. At only £3.99 this nude lip colour is a great addition to the everyday make up look.
Temple Spa Nail Varnish
Another group of products that you’ll hear me talk about on multiple occasions. The Temple Spa Nail Varnish collection has a range of colours that they call ‘Treats’. And they really are a treat for the nails. The varnish is packed full of Vitamin-E and calcium which strengthens the nail under the beautiful colours. The nail varnish is also free of 5 nasties (formaldehyde, camphor, DBP, toluene or phthalates) for those of you that are concerned about these chemical bases. Quick drying and glossy, the Temple Spa collection is now my go to nail varnish that, with an application of base and top coat, leaves me with that manicured, chip-free look for at least 5 days. My favourite colour of the month has to be Positano, a bright pink that stands out in the spring sunshine. Though if you follow me on Instagram you’ll already have known that!
Glamour Magazine is nothing new. Having launched in 2001 Glamour has been the biggest-selling women’s lifestyle magazine in the UK and in Europe. Now as someone who loves a bargain, and fresh from the Saving Season, it was the now £1 price tag that caught my eye… That and the beautiful Jourdan Dunn gracing the front cover. And the content is as captivating as the cover. With content covering the usual fashion and beauty pieces, it also offers some ‘deeper’ content such as the interview with Jourdan Dunn. I tend to skip through the bits my mother would frown upon and stay engaged with the rest!
Though not technically a product, in fact not at all a product, but still something that I’ve really learnt to appreciate this month. I’ve been making a concerted effort to drag myself out of bed by 5:30 am, giving myself an hour and a half to have some surprisingly productive me-time. I plan to write a post on learning to be a morning person where I’ll talk about the journey to actually enjoying getting up so early, but for now I’ll just let you know why I love them. Firstly, it’s the only quiet time I have in a day. The house is quiet, the demands of the day haven’t yet started occupying my attention and I manage to achieve those tasks that I’ve been meaning to do for a while! I exercise, brainstorm blog ideas and read a good book. Anything that allows me to enjoy the calm before the somewhat anticipated storm of the day.
So those are the things that I’ve been loving throughout May. What have you enjoyed using?