BEAUTY: New in for February

Every so often I start to get a bit bored of my make up staples so I like to add a few new things to the rotation, but for a while I was a tad reluctant to spend more money on make up. Towards the end of January I had a few extra pennies in my bank account – and an ASOS voucher to spend – so off to the counters I popped.

L’Oreal True Match Foundation in Rose Ivory – £9.99 from Boots
I’ve been looking for a new foundation for a while and was quite close to splashing out on one of the ever so popular Nars offerings, but after seeing this foundation mentioned in a few chats I decided to give it a whirl as it was a fair bit friendlier on my purse. I picked up the lightest shade I could find at the time however I think they possibly have one lighter which may suit me better. I’m definitely at my palest right now and as my skin begins to get a bit more sun I think this shade will be perfect. The massive upside to this foundation is how easy it is to blend, leaving a pretty flawless finish that isn’t overly matte but still minimises shine. The coverage is on the lighter side of full, but I find it fuller than the likes of Rimmel’s Match Perfect which I had been using before. So far I’m impressed!

L’Oreal Lumi Magique Primer – £9.99 from Boots
At the moment Boots are offering 2 for £12 on selected L’Oreal products, so I figured I’d pick up something else that I’ve seen doing the rounds on a fair few blogs lately. I’ve never tried an illuminating primer before so the Lumi Magique primer is pretty new to me. So far I’m not quite sure about how well this works for me as a primer, I’ll need to do a bit of testing in comparison to my previous favourites, but it does make a lovely subtle highlighter that’s perfect for daily wear. I’ll post a full review on this one in the future!

Rimmel Lasting Finish Primer – £6.99 from Boots
As per usual I was just about to head to the tills in Boots when I spotted a little stand with some pretty decent offers on Rimmel products. One that caught my eye in particular was yet another primer, reduced to £3.99 from £6.99. After trying out the tester it seemed like it would be decent enough so I popped it in to my basket! I’ve used this a couple of times now and I’m liking it so far, it seems reasonably heavy duty and managed to last a full day in roasting lecture theatres, but again will keep on using it and post a full review after a while.

NARS Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in Mexican Rose – £17.50 from ASOS
After the somewhat chaotic Access All ASOS Secret Santa I was given a voucher to spend as I never actually received a gift. Despite being a bit peeved off at having to spend more of my own money I eventually treated myself to something from NARS – that something being one of their Velvet Gloss lip pencils. I chose the shade “Mexican Rose” which is a really pretty pinky red, depending on the lighting. I had expected it to be a bit more pink so was taken aback by the boldness of the shade but it’s a nice change for me! This pencil is so easy to apply and glides on like a dream, with excellent staying power too. It’s been a great step towards rocking a bolder lip!

Have you treated yourself to any great beauty buys lately? I’m always on the look out for new additions to my ever growing wish list…