Notes On Beauty : January

In the new year, I fell back in love with beauty and took full advantage of this to try a few products which have caught my eye. See what I've been smitten with this month, whether it's an old favourite or a product which has seen me throughout the winter months. 


 

Skyn Iceland is a fairly new brand to me, but a brand which has caught my attention. In the past couple of months, I've nearly gone through a tube of their Arctic Hydrating Balm and already have another waiting in the stores. Skyn Iceland is targeted to help fight inflammation, dehydration, premature damage to the skin, a few things which almost everyone will suffer from. The Arctic Hydrating Balm is a deep moisturising balm which helps repair and protect dry, sensitive skin, as well it being a fragrance-free moisturiser as that make also irritate the skin. As my skin isn't super dry, more dehydrated with a little oiliness, I didn't expect to like this moisturiser as much as I do. Both morning and night, I have been applying this in replace of a serum before makeup in the morning or before a facial oil in the evening. 

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A mascara is a mascara in my eyes, they all do near enough to the same thing and I'm lucky that I have naturally long curly lashes so don't have to worry too much. Although I'm loyal to the Benefit mascaras such as They're Real and Roller Lash, I've been wanting to find a drugstore alternative as £18 for a mascara every few months can hit the bank balance for some reason. That's where Soap and Glory Thick & Fast HD Mascara comes in. Coming in a jet black shade, the brush has an intriguing V-shaped dip in the wand which helps add more volume and length to the lashes. On the opposite side from the V on the brush, the bristles are shorter which is perfect for the bottom lashes. For a little over £10, check it out when you're next in a drugstore. 

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BECCA Ultimate Coverage Concealing Creme and Under Eye Brightening Corrector is a dream duo which everyone needs in their life. January brought too many restless nights and too many hormones which created blemishes, so I was reaching for heavy duty concealers. The Ultimate Coverage Concealing Creme says it all in the name - it will cover everything and will stay there for 8+ hours as I found that the lasting power was out of the world. Using my ring finger, I buff a little into any areas which need coverage and am good to go. Not being someone who has any problems in the under eye area, I was shocked when dark circles started to appear but I took it as a chance to properly try this out. This stuff is the best under eye concealer I have ever used, it's also been confirmed by a friend who uses under eye concealer everyday too. With a slight pink tone, it will counteract any blue tones in the skin, as well as blending perfectly with the rest of my foundation. Don't be put off by the creamy formula, as it sets and doesn't crease all day. 

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Brown eyeliner is my thing, I just really like them and are always looking for the 'one'. I just never realised that I already have it in my stash, which is MAC Eyeliner in Coffee. I've been a huge fan of the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eyeliner in Whiskey for a while, but it has a tendency to smudge too quickly and is a little too cream. MAC eyeliners are just a normal pencil, but in the shade Coffee, it's a deep brown which is perfect to smudge along the top lash line. The pencil glides along the skin without pulling it, but also without being too creamy, leaving a deep brown shade which is less harsh than black. It's something I pop into my handbag if I know I'm going for drinks after work, as it's easy to use on the go to add a little smokey eye.