January has been and gone, February is here and it started with a trip away. January was cold, I was still missing Christmas and I was itching to return home for the whole month. But February is the month I cannot spell (always get it wrong whenever I type/write it) and there should be good things happening this month - I have been reading too many horoscopes.
After spotting a few too many new stretch marks on my body, I have started to use Mio The Activist Body Oil* on them every evening. Mio is a great brand which I've started to use, including the Liquid Yoga which is great after working out. The Activist Body Oil isn't great for hydration, which is the only downside, as then I could skip moisturising after a shower. I've been using it for around a month now so will report back if I see any difference.
I've decided to reduce the size of my skincare routine, as my skin reacts to the least amount of products used, but something I am still doing is toning. With the combination of these both, I see a great difference in the balance of oil and texture of my skin. In the morning, I only use Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist but in the evening, I will add in the Pixi Glow Tonic too. Queen of Hungary Mist is a purifying and hydrating toner, it was actually formulated for Queen Elizabeth of Hungary in the 14th Century, which is where the name comes from. I have spoke about Pixi Glow Tonic in depth here and have been using it for a while now so I know it's a great addition to my skincare routine. I am on a mission to find a dupe for the Omorovicza Mist though as it's eye watering expensive.
In combination with the body oil, I've been using a body scrub more regularly to rid my body of the flaky skin. I've been using the Fig & Yarrow Coffee Cardamon Body Scrub* which has the most incredible scent, even for someone who isn't the biggest coffee lover. It's a thick scrub which has be scooped out of the tub, it's not abrasive at all and leaves the skin feeling dupe hydrating afterwards. It contains a mixture of coconut oil, almond oil and shea butter so it's fairly natural and that's something I'm leaning towards at the moment. It's a brand which is quite hard to get hold of, but they have an Etsy account which ships to the UK!
After reading this post on Into The Gloss, I headed straight to Boots to hunt down the Revlon Colourstay Concealer. I can agree with them that it's amazing, I find that it's very similar to NARS Creamy Concealer, just not as thick. There's a disadvantage of the shades as I only saw two shades in the shop, so I went with Light-Medium and it's a touch too yellow for me. It covers dark circles, blemishes and any red patches, which is something I always look for in a concealer.
After becoming rather lazy with my make up and using the same products all the time, I've went back to my Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder Palette which I really love. It's super easy to travel with and when it has three products in one, it's even better. The bronzer isn't too dark, the highlighter is super pretty for every day use and the all over powder can be used as a setting powder.
Since receiving this camera for Christmas, I have been carrying it around with me at all times so that I can take photos of everything. After studying photography for four years, it took the fun out of it for me and blogging can sometimes take the fun out of it too when all I'm taking photos of is products. So that's why I've been focusing on finding my own way of photographing, upping my game and taking photos of everything. My blog is not just beauty and never will be, I'm always out and about in London and want to continue to share that with you all. The camera is a Sony A6000 and is a great small compact system camera, it's just as good as my big one which I mostly use for product images.
What have you been loving in January?