Back to beauty on the blog today with my March Favourites. Can't believe it's April already but I'm really glad as I'm desperate for the long bank holiday weekend to arrive!
I bought the La Roche-Posay Physiological Soothing Toner back in February when I was on a mission to buy anything and everything (link to haul post)! I eventually finished my usual Elemis toner so got round to using this in the last week of March. This is a very gentle toner suitable for sensitive skin that is paraben, soap, colorant and alcohol free. It has the same soothing, clean scent as their Physiological Cleanser and Exfoliator which I've tried before and loved. I've been enjoying using this and I feel like it's been helping to improve the look of my skin. Firstly, the spots I had on my chin seemed to calm down and I've noticed it makes my skin look more radiant when I've got makeup on. I wasn't actually expecting it to do that!
Another La Roche-Posay product I've been loving is their Hydraphase UV Intense Riche. Now that I'm seeing more daylight before and after work I thought I would use a moisturiser with SPF in it. This has SPF 20 and protects the skin from both UVA and UVB rays. It's a rich cream based moisturiser that is fantastic for my dehydrated skin. It adds a lot of moisture without making my skin look greasy. I love the pump applicator too as it's more hygenic than putting your fingers in a pot of moisturiser. They do a light version of this moisturiser so I think I'll be picking that up next for the Summer months.
The Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil has also been helping my dehydrated skin. Back in January I went through a phase of using it every night for a few weeks, now I just top up once or twice a week and my skin stays lovely and hydrated. It feels like a luxurious treatment for your skin before bed and I wake up with a lovely glow to my skin. The pipette makes controlling the application easy work as you only need a few drops for your whole face.
I've had some Hollister Body Mists tucked away in my stash since around September so I decided to pull the Tippers Beach one out to try. I quite like using body mists in the Spring/Summer months as they are refreshing on the skin and lighter than perfume. This has a very sweet scent, a bit like strawberries so it's right up my street.
I recently picked up the Real Techniques Blush Brush and it's amazing! I've only tried it with powder blush so far but it's amazing at picking up the right amount of product to seamlessly blend over the cheeks. The tapered shape means you don't add a massive circle of colour to the cheeks by mistake. It's the perfect size for sweeping up my cheekbones too.
My hands have been so dry recently. Since I've been cooking from scratch a lot more, I've been doing so much more washing up and it's taking its toll on my hands. I've been trying a few hand creams that I received in beauty boxes and they are fab. The Crabtree & Evelyn Rosewater Ultra-Moisturising Hand Therapy came from a You Beauty Discovery Box (aka my favourite beauty box) and like the name says, it really does deeply moisturise the hands as well as leaving a beautiful rose scent. The tiny Molton Brown Rhubarb & Rose Replenishing Hand Cream sample came from a BirchBox. This is a good moisturiser like the other but the smell is even more gorgeous. It smells like those Rhubarb and Custard boiled sweets you get from old fashioned sweet shops! I love it!
I've been rather blush obsessed this month with the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Ethereal Glow being my favourite work blush. It takes a lot of building up to see it on the cheeks but I love the subtle look for work as I don't usually wear blush there so it's been a good way to start introducing it to my routine. There is more of the Ambient Lighting Powder than coloured blush in this one so I tend to get a very slightly tinted glow to my cheeks with this but it looks good on my pale skin.
Thanks to Sephora shipping to the UK now I managed to get my hands on two of the lovely Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blushes that I've been wanting to try for so long. I got the shades Amused (pink) and Tipsy (coral) and I am so happy with them. The colours are both stunning, they are pigmented but blend easily on the cheeks and last for hours. I definitely want to try more of these. Surely I can't place a third Sephora order yet though...can I? Haha. Tarte blushes plus some of their other makeup is now available on QVC UK but I've noticed they don't have the full range of blushes.
I bought some of the Nails Inc Gel Effect Polishes in February and the first one I've tried is the shade Mercer Street, a bright medium blue shade. I really like the colour and the polish is quite shiny. They are quite expensive so I probably won't be buying anymore but I've enjoyed wearing this.
I picked up a Topshop Nail Polish in the shade Keepin' It Sweet and I absolutely love this colour on my nails. It's the perfect pastel peach shade for Spring. It's made me want more Topshop Nail Polishes...
I rediscovered the Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint in Grapefruit when I was looking for a bright pink nail polish to wear on a night out. I love the Gelly formula as it's thick and applies really smoothly and opaquely on the nail. This was fairly long lasting on my nails too and the colour is really nice.
What products were you loving in March?