Beauty favourites February 2014

Nikki ParkinsonBeauty 45 Comments

My husband jokes that living with me is like living in a combination of Priceline, Mecca Maxima and the whole beauty floor at Myers AND David Jones.

Except he’s not really joking.

I am surrounded my new potions and lotions and lippies and nail polishes. And I like it very much, thank-you.

I’m very grateful that many of the beauty brands send me their new products to try. It enables me to trial and test them and then bring my verdict to you – keeping in mind, what works for me may not work for you.

This is the first of a monthly series I’m doing for 2014 that showcases my beauty favourites of the month.

It won’t be the only beauty products I feature across the month but it will be my pick of those that have passed my desk.

I’ll aim to cover off on all budgets and share makeup as well as skincare products.

You may not be in the market for a new lippy or a moisturiser right now but maybe it will work to store this information away until you are.

In the comments, I’ll encourage you – the beauty consumer – to share any of your purchases and finds each month.

Let’s get stuck in, shall we?

Beauty Favourites February 2014

1. Babe Pink Salt scrub/soak $21.95: This is one of three scrubs available from this Australian brand. I love them all but it’s this one I’ve been turning to as a way to turn my weekly bath soak into a way to also relax my tired muscles. You can scrub your skin for a glow or just sit there and let the Himalayan salt works its magic. Love the no-fuss packaging.

2. Trilogy Mineral Radiance Mask $29.95: Apply to your face while sitting in the bath soaking and you’re guaranteed that any “visitors” will pop their head into the bathroom only once. They’ll take one look at your grey-painted face and leave you in peace. Other benefits – apart from small-children repelling – include a deep cleanse, improved circulation, radiance and hydration. Normal skin? Just use every couple of weeks. Oily? Go for your life every week.

3. Maybelline New York Master Smoky Shadow-Pencil $14.95: Still frightened to commit to a smokey eye? This product may get you over the line. One end is a thick eye-liner pencil, the other is a tool for smudging out the colour. Apply your eye-liner to the desired thickness, smudge it out and you’re good to go (I also add in a layer of neutral vanilla colour underneath as a base). It won’t budge thanks to a film forming agent so is perfect for those of us who find our eye makeup heading south all too quickly. This video tutorial shows how to create a daytime smoky eye (and for some this would be our night-time look!).

4. YSL Gloss Volupte $49: My love affair with the gloss-lip colour hybrid YSL Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain is well documented on this blog. In short. I love it. 100%. So when its sister product arrived, I had an inkling we would be makeup buddies too. This is less of a hybrid and very much a gloss but probably not as you know a gloss to be. It’s not sticky, holds its pigment and has considerable staying power. Not as much as the glossy stain for me but enough to get me through a couple of hours before re-applying. Also a winner in the packaging stakes – the kind of lippie that gets noticed when pulling out of your clutch at an evening event. I’m attention-seeking like that 😉

5. NARS Na Pali Coast Multiple illuminator $58: NARS know a thing or six about illuminating the face and giving us a helping hand in the glow department when we might not be feeling so glowy. This one is new as part of NARS Spring 2014 Collection and offers a shimmering rose peach colour and joins the already long list of The Multiples. The stick applicator means you can add it to eyes, cheeks, lips, anywhere on the body where the light would normally hit. The formula goes on as a cream and dries to a powder.

There you have it. My Beauty Favourites for February 2014.

It’s your turn, now. What have you tried and loved?

Comments 45

  1. Love the illuminating effect of Nars Na Pali Coast Multiple Illuminator! Great to hear that you’ve been using the same one. I’m currently partnering it with Garnier matte BB cream and the result is perfect dewy skin!

  2. The product that I am loving Lancome Hypnose Doll Eyes Mascara at moment. I have long lashes and it separates the lashes and give wide eye effect. I know it is pricey I but always stock up on this mascara while I am overseas (at Sephora and Macy’s).

  3. Ohh, love the look of that Trilogy mask. And the babe scrub – keen to try that.

    I am loving a few things I picked up in the US in January. Of course I bought home half a Sephora but I also picked up a few items in Walmart from Drew Barrymore’s line Flower Beauty. I am loving the Nail’d It nail laquer and the Skincognito stick foundation – so creamy I use it as a concealer for the red bits on my face.

  4. Ambient lighting powders by Hourglass, OSIS dry shampoo and the MAC pro long wear in painterly. All are proving to be worthy of my investment and useful additions to my makeup collection. As a recently new user of makeup, I am choosing to invest in some reputable brands to compliment the more affordable basics. So much fun, so much to learn!

  5. Loving my Trilogy Rose Hip oil for my face and body while my body expands and my skin has been a bit drier than normal. Good to know they offer a mask now because when I got a Trilogy facial at Malouf Pharmacy they used a different brand for the mask.

  6. I don’t mind a bit of Sukin and Oil of Olay but thanks to your recommendations have started using a BB cream (Rimmel) to see what all the fuss is about! I quite like it – a little different to the Revlon liquid foundation I was using – I’m near the end of it now so will try another brand – any brand you like better Nikki for a BB cream that’s not too expensive?

    1. If you do a search for BB cream using the search button above you’ll find posts about all the BBs I’ve tried to date Petra. Each offers a different price point and coverage and SPF so it really is a personal thing.

  7. I’ve been using the Babe Scrubs since late last year – love them! I also just purchased the Maybelline Shadow Pencil from Big W last week. It’s a winner in my books.
    Alas, I’m still on the hunt for the perfect (not too expensive) mascara. I bought the L’Oreal Million Lashes Excess mascara last week and it’s just not cutting it for me. I like mascaras with a rubber brush and I want to add more body to my lashes, as they have enough length. Any suggestions?

  8. I’ve been loving some of the indeed labs range – especially pepta-bright (evens skin tone) and hydraluron. ( hydration +++). I’m in my mid forties and often get comments from young’uns that my skin looks glowy and ask what I use. I’m with you Nikki – you don’t have to spend a bomb but you do need to be consistent ( as with everything as we get older sadly!). I’m also a big fan of the neostrata and reversaderm (Dr LeWinn’s) masks for when I feel a bit less glowy and need to amp up the skin renewal. All can be purchased from Priceline and many pharmacies so love when they have the 50% off sales. Loving the look of the nars – I’m with you on illuminators too – so often the difference between looking good and wow!

  9. Oh, I LOOOOVE this! I am going to hunt down the Trilogy mask. Looks fab. I do really need to take better care of my skin. I am not getting any younger…

  10. Thanks for the great tips Nikki, I am definitely going to try the Babe scrub , I love a good scrub to remove all the dull skin.

    At the moment I am loving a couple of products, being the Silk Oil Of Morocca Brow Enhancer which works really well and so quickly and easily in giving my over tweezed over the years brows some thickness which looks very natural , and being quick to apply, I can manage it every morning in my routine.

    The other product I am loving is the new ASAP Super B serum which is like a little boost of radiance in the mornings before you put your moisturiser or BB cream on and over time it is giving me clear, fresher looking skin as well.

  11. I love the frank coffee scrub,Benifit gimme brows at @babymacs recommendation .NP Set countour and highlight palette and face of Australia glossy lip crayons.
    I really want to try the new Dermalogica preclence wipes but haven’t been able to get any yet!Thank you Nikki for telling us what you are loving when the Frank runs out I will try the Babe pink salt scrub/soak.

    1. I love the Frank for it’s scrubbing properties Lisa but love that this Babe one can be a soak too because sometimes that’s what I most need. Dermalogica pre-cleanse wipes are fantastic and I know you love your Dermalogica but I think this is a type of product we can spend less on. I’d rather spend the $ on the moisturising stuff if that makes sense.

      1. Yes I have the pre cleanse and the ultra calming cleanser,totally agree with you about spending less on cleanser and more on moustuirser!

    2. Can I suggest the Dermalogica pre-clense oil instead? Whilst the original cost may sting, I’ve had my bottle for over a year and use it regularly as a little goes a long way. It feels lovely on my drier skin and does a great job at removing make-up – including my long wear MAC.

      1. Yes Wendy I have the pre cleanse oil just wanted to try the wipes and I always buy it from the US as I can get a professional size for the same price as the 30 ml here!

  12. I also love the YSL product but have found something I love even more – the Stila Lip Glaze. The colours are amazing. I got the pack with about 8 different colours in it and I actually love them all. The staying power is good too (especially on the darker colours). Definitely worth checking out.

  13. I have been using Nars eye pencils (which I love for their texture and beautiful colours) for awhile, but recently discovered the lip pencils are even better. The Velvet Matte Lip Pencil (actually more of a crayon) in Red Square is the perfect red orange for me.In the humidity I can get away with a BB and my eyebrows groomed + this on my lips to be “done”.

  14. Nicely timed post, Nikki. I was just wondering the other day if I could tell you about my new adventures in makeup! Nothing like a bit of Styling You to get me out of a rut. 🙂
    I get a bit of redness on my face and found Napoleon Set Calming Pre-Foundation Primer and have been using that for a few weeks. It’s got a green cast, very subtle, but just takes the redness down a notch and I used his primer before so just replaced with this one. Before that I had Australis Colour Corrector but I find the Napoleon better, goes all over and not expensive.
    I also bought the La Roche-Posay BB cream you recommended and love it! Thanks for sorting me out, Nikki!

  15. Hi Nikki,
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the maze of products out there. For those like me who are not so confident when it comes to the vast selection of makeup products on the market, your advice will give a sound base to start from. The link to the smokey eye day look is fantastic so easy to follow and got me exciting about starting to use some makeup. I’m 45 this year and have managed to get away without the bare basics, but am discovering that I’m now starting to need some new tricks and no feel a bit more confident about trying out some new stuff.

    1. I second all of that Jenny !! Have never really cared too much except for special occasions, about to turn 44 and it seems I need some help to look ‘”a little fresher”, but so confused with all these NEW things – thanks Nikki, you have got an old girl motivated 🙂

      1. I definitely think you feel a little fresher with a few key products – as we age our complexions don’t look as even as they used to – anything that helps to achieve that will make you look fresher. That’s why I love BB creams and illuminators!

    2. It is a maze out there Jenny and so easy to just ignore it all (which is fine if you’re not interested) or just stick with what you’ve always used (which is fine if you’re happy with those). I was late to makeup party too – just used to wear the bare minimum and didn’t really know what I was doing but had some great lessons from makeup artists I wish I’d had in my 20s!

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