January Faves

Happy February!! Monthly favourites is a bit of a blogger staple and although I want to do my own thing it’s something that I really enjoy reading because I like to know what others have been trying and liking each month. I’ve called this January favourites and it’s obviously not January anymore (thank god!) but ‘last 6 weeks favourites’ wasn’t a very catchy title. I’ll try to be more on time next month ;). So without further ado here are some of the things that I’ve really enjoyed using, reading etc. And please share any favourites you have with me.

Nip + Fab Kale Fix moisturiser: NIP+FAB Kale Fix Moisturiser 50 ml

I received this in my Glossybox in January’s ‘edible edit’ box. For anyone who doesn’t know Glossybox is a monthly subscription beauty box and Phil started buying me a subscription two or three years ago. In fact my first box I opened on Christmas day and the first thing I saw was a razor and I thought it was his special way of telling me I was too hairy… anyway I digress. Glossybox is a great present (Valentines Day is approaching) because it contains a mix of well known and more niche brands with a mix of full size and tester products. It’s a great opportunity to discover some products you’d never have usually tried and you get a present each month. If anyone is interested in trying it here’s the link to Glossybox’s website.

Back to the moisturiser. This is the 30ml sample size which is great for travelling. The main ingredient is Kale. Now kale is something I tolerate in food, I don’t love the taste of it but I know it’s healthy and that I should eat more of it. However, I’d not tried kale on my face before and I have to say I like it better that way! Nib + fab describe it as A” superfood powerhouse complex of kale, watercress and almond oil enrich skin with deep vitamin nourishment and protects against external aggressions that can cause dry skin. Concentrated aloe vera and shea butter help to further sooth and improve skin texture, providing long-lasting hydration.” And I’d have to agree, I like the smell (it has a subtle aroma of kale and aloe) , it feels nice on the skin, it feels quite thick and creamy but sinks into the skin without leaving  a greasy residue. I’d say it’s the right balance of light but with oomph and I like to use it in the morning before make up.

Charlotte Tilbury’s Penelope Pink and Pillow Talk lip liner 

Lip cheat re-shape & re-size lip liner PILLOW TALK
Charlotte Tilbury KISSING Lipstick Penelope Pink

Pillow Talk has been one of the most talked about lip liners of recent years (so much so that they’ve now brought out a matching lipstick). Back in November when I was writing my Christmas list from Thailand without a huge amount of research or thought this product was the first that went on my list. Described by many as the holy grail of lip liner I can understand why everyone is such a fan. It goes on very smoothly and it’s very easy to line your lips with and overdraw them slightly if you’re going for a plumper pout. I can’t really fault it. Apologies in the picture it needs a good sharpen because I’ve used it a lot.

However, when it came to choosing a Charlotte nudey pink lipstick  I struggled to make a choice. Charlotte has brought out such a large range of colours and without going into the store and swatching/trying on (hard again on an island in Thailand with no CT retailer) I felt a bit overwhelmed by choice. I already have Super Cindy which is lovely (below are both side by side, Penelope on the left, Cindy on the right but the lighting isn’t the best and makes them both look darker than they are). Super Cindy is slightly darker than my lips and a beautiful rosey browny nudey colour. To be honest I can’t remember why I chose Penelope but I’m happy with my choice.  On me it’s very subtle, it’s a pinky nude and a my lips but better sort of colour. It feels really comfortable to wear, I wore it on New Years Eve with the lip liner and got lots of compliments.

Chanel bronzer: Chanel Soleil Tan de Bronzing Makeup Base Face Care for Women 30 ml

This was again a Christmas present off the back of watching Inthefrow’s November favourites where she said it would make a great Christmas present. It doesn’t take much to convince me! I’ve never been the most confident with cream products, my other bronzers are powders but once I got used to the consistency I found I really liked this product. You get a lot for your money so I see this lasting me a while. When I came home from travelling I had a really good tan and I didn’t really need bronzer but now I’ve been back for 8 weeks and I find it adds a lovely matte subtle glow to my pasty face.

Nyx liquid lipsticks

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream – Cannes

I think I was quite late jumping on to this bandwagon. I bought my first liquid lipsticks (both Nyx soft cream matte in Cannes and Nyx Liquid Suede in Sandstorm) back in August just before I went travelling. They became my favourite lip products to use whilst I was away. I have recently added two more to my collection. Nyx Liquid Suede Cherry Skies was a Christmas present from Phil and a deep purpley red. It’s a beautiful colour once it’s on my lips. I do find it hard to apply, and I probably should use a lip liner with it. It’s such a deep colour that there’s no disguising when application goes wrong and being very clumsy it often does. Cue q tips, concealer and general clean up operation to avoid smudgey red marks where there shouldn’t be. HOWEVER once it is on it is beautiful and it doesn’t budge. It’s not overly drying, it wears well on the lips and it’s well worth the slightly stressful application.

My second one is Embellishment from the Lingerie range which I bought recently. I was looking for a mauvey, pinky colour whilst I was away (and it turns out Cambodia and Thailand are really not the best places to buy Nyx with several failed shopping trips and a slightly grumpy husband proof of this). And this is exactly that, it’s very 90s Kylie Jenner-esque colour and I really like it (but I haven’t yet worn it with a choker and double denim at the risk people might think it actually is the 90s). Application is easier but I find this one needs a lip balm to stop my lips drying out too much. Below are swatches from Cherry Skies, Embellishment, Cannes and Sandstorm..

Favourite book: Pretty Iconic: A Personal Look at the Beauty Products that Changed the World

This is Sali’s second book after the best selling Pretty Honest which was a no nonsense guide to all things beauty. Having had the pleasure of meeting Sali at a meet up in Selfridges a few years ago I can attest that she writes just as she speaks in real life and so reading her books is a bit like having a chat in person. She writes honestly, she is very funny and she exudes warmth.  Pretty Iconic is a whistle stop tour of the cult beauty products of the ages past, present and future, the ones that were cultural icons or hyped products with a twist of nostalgia thrown in (including some of the old ad campaigns which reminded me a bit of Mad Men). I’ve definitely added a few products to the wish list (oops) and I’d recommend a read if you’re interested in the beauty industry or are looking for some new products.

Favourite gadget: Apple iPhone 7 Plus 128 GB UK SIM-Free Smartphone – Rose Gold

This had to go in here. It’s my new baby (quite a big one!). I had no intention of going for the iPhone 7, let alone the plus. I have tiny hands and they only seem to look smaller when I have this iphone in my hands. The plan was to last until the 8 came out but my trusty 5s was not so trusty anymore. The battery would drop 20% by looking at it, apps would keep closing and crashing and it just kept stamping its feet in a tantrum whenever I wanted anything from it. As someone who gets lost all the time, goes out late, sometimes gets a bit tipsy I need a working phone so in January it was time to send it to the phone heaven in the sky and get a new one. I went into the iphone shop with every intention of getting the 6s because I’d not seen great reviews about the 7. However I also knew that the 7plus had a great camera and once I saw it I couldn’t not go for it. And so far I don’t have any regrets. Yes it’s big, yes I’m a bit scared of carrying it around with me but it’s so fast and the camera is a lot better than my 5s (this is not always a good thing, I can see my wrinkles in selfies and my 5s didn’t pick them up!). I won’t go into the technical specs but it has two 12-megapixel cameras in use when you capture a photo, giving you one superimage. With a much better zoom. I also don’t have to charge it during the day and that screen is amazing for watching Youtube, Netflix etc. So yes it’s bigger than I planned to get but I’m really happy with it.

Favourite Restaurant – Cafe Murano

Just a quick one here I recently went to Cafe Murano for a friend’s birthday dinner and stupidly didn’t take any pictures. But I’d really recommend it. It’s run by Angela Hartnett and is in Covent Garden (there’s another one in St James too). The food is really delicious (Italian food), great service, lovely setting and really good value. A great place to go for dinner with friends or a partner and for me personally a good balance of a really nice restaurant but one that isn’t too formal or where you have to be too dressy. So it’s a thumbs up from me.

And that’s it from me, please let me know what you’ve been enjoying using, wearing, reading eating  – basically just talk to me 🙂

Ali xxx

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