How could I write a February favourites post without talking about the Nars Narcissist Palette?! The eyeshadow palette that is probably featured in everyones favourite posts this month! My favourite shade of the moment is Ashes To Ashes, a perfect wash of colour all over the lid when needing to rush out the door, it's one of the eyeshadows I was thinking about buying before I knew this palette existed. The palette also contains one of my favourite Nars eyeshadows from the All About Eve duo, the first shadow on the top row.
I hate washing make-up brushes but this brush cleanser from Pro Hygiene Collection means I can quickly spot clean brushes and they're dry in a matter of seconds. Also the packaging of this is so much better compared to the Mac brush cleanser as it's a spray bottle.
I haven't been wearing this perfume on an every day basis, instead I've been reaching for the Fresh Fig Perfume from Laura Mercier of a weekend after I've used the bath products from the same range and want the scent to last longer. Although I don't do it often, this makes an amazing room spray! This is your usual fig scent but with notes of vanilla, sandalwood and musk.
I wrote about using the Super Facialist By Una Brennan Rose Hydrate Miracle Makeover Facial Oil in my Sunday Pamper post yesterday but I've been using it a couple of times a week this month as my skin has been really dry. It's definitely improved though and this is down to this product. It's a pre-cleanse oil that is incredibly moisturising and I always notice a difference to my skin after I've used it.
My nail polish pick from this past month has to be Orly's Coachella Dweller which I have also featured in a Sunday Pamper post. This is a bit different from the mint greens I usually gravitate towards but for some reason I've just wanted to wear this dirty pastel green more often.
I'm not a huge jewelry wearer aside from a dainty necklace. I love how everyone else accessorizes but for some reason I just never seem to be able to pair things together well and get it right. Am I the only one? I'll see instragrams of bracelet and watch combinations that I love or statement necklaces but when I try do it, it just doesn't work. I've been loving midi rings at the moment though and paired with a perfect manicure, you just can't go wrong. I've bought mine from Primark, Forever 21 and River Island.
I think I've found an alternative to By Terrys Baume De Rose! Although only slightly less expensive, Dior's Creme De Rose is the lip balm I've been reach for this month, even over By Terry!
This Basil & Grape candle from Mor was a TKMaxx find for only a couple of pounds. I remembered Fleur raving about the brand so picked up the candle straight away along with a couple of other products. I absolutely love the scent of this and even without lighting the candle, it fills up the whole room. It's a very fruity scent but with a hint of fresh from the basil and I'll be lighting it while reading and having a bath tonight.
I feel like I'm constantly repeating myself with my Sunday Pamper product selections but there's a few products, mainly Laura Mercier Fresh Fig, that I reach for every week. You can see I'm nearly half way through the Fresh Fig Honey Bath and I know, despite the price, that I'll keep on repurchasing it! I love the packaging, the scent and the bubbles it creates. Although I don't think I'll buy the full size, the shower gel has been really nice to use along side the honey bath as it intensifies the scent. I'm not normally a fan of body butters but this one from Laura Mercier is amazing and I would buy the full size to go along with the honey bath. It's extremely moisturising but it doesn't feel heavy on the skin and sinks in straight away.
My skin has been really dry this week so I'm using two old favourites to try and get rid of the dry patches. Before cleansing I'll be using the Super Facialist By Una Brennan Rose Hydrate Miracle Makeover Facial Oil, the product I always reach for when I have dry skin. I love everything about it from the scent to how this makes my skin feel after using it. I've raved about the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask a lot on the blog as it works wonders if you have eczema on your face, which I do. It's incredibly moisturising and the oats in it help to soothe and calm your skin.
I am finally giving my hair a little trim as the ends are horribly dry. I'm still debating if I should have a side fringe again or not as after a year of letting it grow out completely, I don't really have any layers framing my face and it's all one length. I'll probably chicken out of doing it myself though and go to a hair dressers! I'm fine with trimming the lengths of my hair and a fringe that's already there myself but not quite so confident with creating a side fringe from scratch. To moisturise the freshly trimmed ends of my hair I'm going to use the Ojon Restorative Hair Treatment Plus. I'm still on the fence with this product as I love how it makes my hair feel but it doesn't smell nice and is way overpriced for how little product you actually get.
Last but not least is pedicure time! I featured this foot mask from Jessica in a Sunday Pamper a few weeks ago and it's become a firm favourite in my routine. It has an amazing peppermint scent and works really well at moisturising your skin. With the sun shining I picked out a neon coral to paint my nails, Vivid Coral from Pixi.
What products are you using in your Sunday pamper?
Sleepy cat // Currently reading // Lazy weekend clothes // The aftermath of trying to pick an outfit // Finally back to blogging // A finished painted jar // New flowers // Papa Johns.
So I took a little blogging break without really thinking about it but I'm back. I now feel 100% better compared to how I was feeling last weekend and after a long week in work, I am spending the whole weekend doing absolutely nothing. I'm planning on staying in my pj's the whole time and spending tomorrow planning and writing posts for the next few weeks.
This week I've sort of failed with the whole spending ban and have made a couple of online orders. What can I say, when I'm not feeling well I like to do a bit of retail therapy to cheer myself up. I'm still pretty happy with how I'm doing with the spending ban over all, you just have to ignore the couple of things I've bought recently!
How is everyone spending their weekend?
Todays post isn't a typical Sunday Pamper, instead it's more of the products that I've been reaching for a lot over the weekend. I woke up Friday morning with a horribly sore throat which has now turned into a full on cold. I've lost count of how many boxes of tissues I've gone through and I've caught up on a lot of tv thanks to staying in bed all day. I've just finished making a batch of chocolate chip and fudge cookies to try and make myself feel better!
Liz Earle Eye Bright has really helped to soothe my sore eyes and I've been using it as an eye treatment. Simply pour some onto cotton pads, place on your eyes and relax for ten minutes, it really does work! Another product that isn't technically for when you've got a cold is the Origins Sensory Therapy Peace Of Mind. I usually keep this in my bag and pull it out when I'm feeling stressed or panicky but this works wonders if you've got a blocked nose, your heads feeling stuffy and bunged up. It sort of works a bit like vaporub or those inhaler nose stick things. I just put a little bit on my fingers and try and breathe in the scent through my nose.
With this cold, I've had incredibly dry chapped lips, probably the worst I've had all winter, so I've been using the Dior Creme De Rose Lip Balm a lot. It's still expensive for a lip balm but a good alternative to the By Terry version. I didn't like the white packaging when I first bought it but it's definitely growing on me.
Since I've been washing my hands a lot they've become very dry and chapped so a thick hand cream has been an essential. You can see how much I've used Weleda Skin Food and will be rushing out to buy another tube when I finish this one. It's a great multi-purpose balm that I use as a hand cream, on my elbows and even on my face when I have extremely dry skin.
The only real pampering I'll be doing this weekend is painting my nails using Orly's Coachella Dweller, the perfect shade for Spring. You can see my post about it here.