Loving Lately #1

11.20.2013


I tried doing the popular post 'Monthly Favourites', but I found I don't have enough different 'favourites' to talk about each month. Instead, I have decided to start doing 'Loving Lately' posts, where I post my latest favourite products when I decide I have enough to write about. Otherwise I would just be writing the same post over and over, which is no fun for any of us. 

Let's start off with cheap and cheerful with Loreal's Micellar Water. A popular product among beauty bloggers alike and a great dupe for the Bioderma Micellar Water. I really liked Bioderma for removing my makeup, but its not the easiest to get a hold of in England. When I found this gem in Boots for a steal at £3 I had to try it - and it's just as good as everyone says it is. It dissolves all of my makeup and leaves my skin feeling cleansed and refreshed. It's a great alternative for Bioderma, it works just as well for a fraction of the price. 

I have been after some more Autumnal nail polish shades recently as most of my collection is full of pale pink shades (This is not my doing, blame my sister). Superdrug has had a 3 for 2 offer on lately, so I couldn't resist picking up some new Essie nail polishes to add to our ridiculously large collection. The shade I have been wearing the most lately is Cocktail Bling which is one of their newest shades. Its a lovely grey shade with a blueish hue which I feel is perfect for the winter season. I plan on pairing this with Nails Inc's Snowflake effect polish when it gets colder as an 'icey' looking base. 

I finally jumped on the bandwagon and got myself a Caudalie Beauty Elixir. This is one of the beauty cult products that every other beauty blogger has raved about, and of course it lived up to the hype. It's a very refreshing mist that gives you a glowing complexion. Apparently Victoria Beckham uses this to give her that dewy glow. I spray this before and after I apply my makeup to give my skin a boost of brightness. 

Also a word to the wise - Don't be an idiot like me and order it off of Net-A-Porter. The black box is pretty, but I paid £18 for the 30ml bottle when you can get it on Feel Unique for a tenner. I feel slightly cheated, but it is a great product. I just know where to shop next time! 


As I am slightly obsessed with makeup, I tend to buy products without using up the old ones I own first. This typically happens with foundation and mascara, I can't help myself. I don't tend to repurchase many of the same foundations because I go through so many I forget how good some of my favourites are. I have been using the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua as a lot recently and I think it may be my all time favourite foundation. I know myself, Im still going to end up trying out more foundations, but I know that this is one I am going to repurchase again and again. It has the most amazing, dewy finish on the skin and it lasts all day. I will do a full review on this soon, but I am absolutely in love with this product and I don't know why I went so long without trying it. It works great with the Nars Copacabana Illuminator (I always end up with the song Copacabana by Barry Manilow stuck in my head whenever I read of the name of this, please tell me i'm not alone?) I apply it to my cheekbones and wherever else I feel I need highlighting to add a subtle iridescent glow. 

When I was in Chicago a few weeks ago I ordered myself the Premium Brush Kit from Sigma as a treat for becoming qualified in Makeup Artistry. Sigma brushes are by far the best I have ever tried and at the moment my favourite is the F-20 Large Face brush. Its super soft, its big and it applies powder like a dream. It seems like a pretty basic brush to have in a favourites post, but for some reason this one has impressed me the most so far. I like the size of it, it applies a good amount of powder all over the face in seconds without disturbing the foundation underneath because its so soft. 



If you follow me on twitter you would have already heard me rave about this lipstick. 'Shy Girl' from MAC had been a love of mine for years. It's my perfect nude as I love peach toned shades. However, I recently discovered 'Peach Blossom' and now i'm in love. Its more pink toned than 'Shy Girl' but still has a peachy tone to it which makes it the perfect lipstick for me. Its a very wearable shade and compliments a brown smokey eye look perfectly! 

Finally, my MAC Pro Palette which I wrote a lot about this in my Birthday Haul post a little while ago. I have been using it every single day and it didn't take me long to fill it up. I added the shades Honey Lust, Scene and Blackberry so I can create some versatile looks with just the one palette. I am going to New York next Friday, and even though I intend to start another Pro palette, I think this will be the only one I will be taking with me as it has all of the colours I need to create most of my favourite eye looks.  


What products are you loving lately? 





9 comments

  1. such beautiful photos, and a round up of some great products! x

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  2. Your blog and photos are lovely! I like the loreal cleanser as well.
    Followed you on bloglovin and instagram :)

    Hanh x

    www.hanhabelle.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. aww thank you! You have lovely photos too!

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  3. Such great photos, Victoria.
    I've been trying to start my own MAC palette for awhile now, but every time I go in there, I end up coming out with something that I wanted more! I'll get around to it eventually. ;)
    Also, I've heard so many good things about that Chanel foundation. I have it on my wish list and I can't wait to try it out!
    That NARS Illuminator looks very lovely too.

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    1. Thank you! Im travelling a lot at the moment so the MAC palette is perfect for me :)

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  4. lovely post victoria! I always love your blog posts and I'm always so excited when I see there is a new one that I need to read! Your MAC Palette is so lovely, and I aswell adore the Chanel foundation, I have it in two shades just so whenever I have a bit of a tan I can still wear it. It's the perfect amount of coverage and it also has such a lovely smell.
    xo,
    Kyra from www.kyrasbeautybag.blogspot.com

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    1. You're so sweet! The Chanel foundation is my new favourite!

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  5. I love the simplicity of your blog! I couldn't help myself and bought a hoard of Essie nail polish. It's the best!
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