BEAUTY: Monthly Favourites

So I wanted this post to go live at the end of January, as it was meant to be my 'January Beauty Favourites' post, which I'd prepped and planned for way in advance, but when the time came to edit the photos I had inconveniently misplaced my SD card! Typical that 2 days later I find it in the zip up pocket of my handbag, WHICH IS WHERE I KNEW I HAD PUT IT! Ah well, this will just have to be February's faves. I've really got into beauty products lately, so am eager to get more beauty content up onto Mode Madeleine. Don't get me wrong, I've always loved makeup and worn and experimented with it since I was old enough, but I've always been much more fashion focused when it comes to blogging. Of course I still love my fashion, but for some reason cosmetics are really exciting me right now and I just want to buy it all and write about it! So anyway, here are my current January February faves...

For so many years I've just stuck to the same makeup routine, never really venturing into the world of eyeshadow as if I'm totally honest, it just scared me a little bit - I never knew how people managed to get it so right when whenever I attempted eyeshadow, I'd just end up looking like a drag queen (nothing against drag queens - just not really my style...). I wouldn't even wear it for a night out, which in my uni days, was every other night...ahem, I'd just layer up on the eyeliner instead. But recently, I've found myself wanting to experiment a bit more; perhaps with all the hype around Urban Decay's Naked palettes for so many years, I've gradually wanted to see what all the fuss was about. Now I didn't want to fork out for the price tag of a Naked palette, to then potentially discover I still look like a drag queen and in actual fact it's nothing to do with the product, it is in fact, just my face. Therefore I wanted to get to grips with a cheaper version first. My Mum kindly bought me these three little neutral MUA pots just before Christmas, to start practising and ease myself into a whole new cosmetic territory. At only £1 each they really are a billy bargain too! I was pretty impressed with the quality and creaminess for such a budget product - these 3 little shades are really all you need as a rookie eye makeup wearer, I think I'd have been too daunted by a huge palette with various shades - I need to build myself up to that! I debuted my new makeup look on Christmas day to feel a little more special and to add some sparkle - you can see the look here. I began by using the nude matte to firstly create a base, then building up with the bronze and finally highlighting and adding more colour with the copper, going back to the nude matte to help blend all 3 colours together. I'm really enjoying adding this new element to my more glitzy makeup routine. I don't tend to bother during the week for work, but at weekends when I have more time to spend on myself, my irrational fear has definitely somewhat diminished, so sometimes I'll crack out the eyeshadow!
I've tried many a highlighter/ illuminator in the past, and never really fallen in love with The One. That is, until I tried the Revlon Photoready Skinlights Face Illuminator, another product recommended to me by a friend, and another bargain, at a snippet of around £11. Obviously, a girl with rather expensive taste such as myself (as well as being able to appreciate the small things!), would have loved to opt for the Dior Glow Maximiser, but at nearly triple the price unfortunately just couldn't justify it at this moment in time. However, I feel that the Revlon Photoready Skinlights Face illuminator more than does the job for now; it's got a lovely creamy but light texture and instantly gives a natural glow when applied to the cheekbones, just under the brow bone and the teeniest dab to the nose, chin and forehead and voila! Nobody will even know you're not wearing Dior ;)
I've never quite got on with liquid or gel eyeliners, I've always stuck to a soft kohl to line my lower lash line, but that's what I like and what (I think) suits me best. I will occasionally go eyeliner free, much more so now I'm a Mama to an incredible but at times, demanding toddler, and I'm ok with it now, after many teenage years and even the beginning of my twenties, never feeling confident enough to leave the house without it on. I've now grown up and eventually learnt to accept my eyeliner free face - as long as I've got good lashings of mascara on, I can deal with it; of course, I still feel much more myself with lined eyes, and will always wear it for a night out/ special occasion, but some 'off duty' days definitely require a more barefaced look. Anyway, that's not the main issue here, my main issue is that I can't just wear eyeliner and be done with it, I have to have a little flick in the corner of each eye, otherwise I just don't feel 'done', and feel it opens my eyes out more. The problem with that, and not being a fan of liquid eyeliner, is that I'll often end up with thick, clumpy flicks from my blunt kohl pencil, which, let's face it, is not a good look. So a few months ago I decided this had to stop and went on the hunt for a solution. I found it in Rimmel's Scandaleyes Thick & Thin eyeliner. This little beauty has saved my life! It works just like a pen rather than fiddly liquid or messy gel, and is so quick and simple to achieve my little flicks - they're done in about 5 seconds. The great aspect of this product is the thick side and the thin pointy side, which is perfect for definition - much like a sharpie pen or highlighter - you control the thickness just in the way that you hold it. The only downside to this is that I've found it not very long-lasting at all, I had to buy another one after about 3 weeks as it dried out so quickly! Where it's not a pencil you obviously can't sharpen it to extend it's usage; I feel Rimmel are missing a trick here and should have created it with a twist at the bottom or something to add moisture back into the tip. It's not the end of the world as it's around £5, so not breaking the bank, but I think I will still continue to search for something with a bit more longevity to it.
Any beauty addicts reading this will gasp in horror when I reveal I've never really bothered with a primer before, yes, yes I know how terrible that is. I've had the odd few which I've dabbled with; I think I got a free Clinique one once and years ago I was cajoled into buying one at MAC, when I didn't even know what one was, and only went in for a lipstick. But as I get older, I realise I need to look after my skin more and that goes for protecting it before makeup application as well as skincare, (read more on this here). I didn't want to spend the earth on a primer, as I like to save my makeup splurges for a good foundation as I believe a higher end brand always looks better, (currently using Estee Lauder's Double Wear, which I shall post a review of soon) so I asked some beauty enthusiast friends for advice and one suggested the L'Oreal Paris Lumi Magique Primer. I've been using it for a few weeks now and I absolutely love it! It's got a beautiful pearly quality to it, which is designed to illuminate the face even once your foundation is over the top, and to give you a real glow. I've found it works wonders, and in the Summer I will probably just wear it under a translucent powder for a more natural look. The consistency is lovely and light, a little dab goes a long way, plus, it was only £10! Also, I am now wearing the Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation, which can tend to look a bit 'chalky' if not applied over a primer, and the Lumi Magique definitely keeps any dryness and unevenness at bay. This is one of my absolute favourite products that I discovered in January - and I believe that we shall be life long friends!
I've been without a concealer for quite some time now (another gasp I hear from avid beauty addicts!), but I think as I usually just rush my makeup on in the mornings in between trying to get my Son fed, dressed ,kept happy, make both our breakfasts, lunches, get myself ready and get out the door on time, I've literally just plonked on a bit of foundation and hoped that it will be enough to keep my imperfections at bay. Well it's not. So I decided the time had come to stock back up on the basics for my makeup bag. I haven't spent any time researching the best concealers, but I picked this up at the same time I bought the Revlon Photoready Skinlights Face Illuminator; I gave it a quick test and colour match on my hand and it seemed good enough for a quick fix. I've been more impressed with this than I thought I would be - it's got a really lovely creamy, velvety texture and definitely does the trick of covering up those unwanted flaws. The only thing is it isn't great on the drier parts of my skin, especially around my nose, so I definitely still need to invest in a higher quality liquid  based concealer - at the moment I've got my eye on the Urban Decay NAKED SKIN Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer and the Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit - perhaps I'll pop one of them on my Birthday list hey...
Are there any amazing beauty products you've discovered in January and want to rave about? Leave me a comment below or tweet me @MaddieMagpie - I'd love to know!


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