This month’s Notino parcel was a really exciting one. I decided to pick a few products which would make me look more fresh and awake and to hide those January blues. This time of year is always when I feel the most tired and my face and skin definitely suffers for it. I look tired most of the time and I always have dark circles which definitely need covering up. When I was browsing the Notino website,  I decided to go for a couple of good concealers, a mascara and a lovely fresh perfume. There were also  a couple of other products which I’ll save for another post.

Beating the January blues with a fragrance

First of all the Warm Vanilla Sugar eau de toilette from Bath and Body Works is one that I just had to pick up. I adore the scent and I already have the hand sanitisers and the large three wick candle. As I explained in my last post, I’m on the hunt for a perfume to replace my Jo Malone one. This is a lot sweeter than that, but it will definitely be one that I use everyday. It’s a fresh, subtle but inviting scent and is perfect for everyday wear.

Maybelline master conceal, Maybelline Lash Sensational, L'Oreal Lumi Maguique

Getting a fresh-faced, brighter looking complexion

For concealers, I went for one that isn’t actually available in the the UK at the moment. I saw Soph talking about the Maybelline Master Conceal in one of her youtube videos and I thought that this was exactly what I needed. It’s a high coverage concealer (or camouflaging concealer) which is designed to cover both blemishes and under eye circles. I thought that this sounded exactly what I need during January. I’ve been using this under my eyes and on my spots and I’ve found that it conceals both of them well. It also blends out really well when you use a beauty blender and once I’ve powdered on top it lasts all day. The shade ‘Fair’ is also light enough for my under eyes which is rare in a drugstore concealer.

The second concealer I chose is one that I’ve purchased a few times before, the L’Oreal Lumi Magique. This concealer is a dupe for the blogger favourite YSL Touche Eclat and isn’t really made to cover blemishes. Instead it’s used to highlight. I use it on my under eyes, top of my cheekbones, nose and cupids bow. I always apply this once I’ve applied my high coverage concealer. It looks great on top of the first concealer and blended in with my beauty blender from Real Techniques. By applying it this way, I always get the most perfect, flawless finish.

I really love Benefit’s Rollerlash mascara, however at over £20, it’s not really budget friendly. Luckily, there’s a drugstore dupe in Maybelline’s Lash Sensational mascara which is a third of the price. The curved brush is basically the same as the Benefit one, with longer bristles on one side and shorter on the other which really helps your lashes to curl. I find that this really works on my short lashes and helps to open up my eyes which is something that I look for in a mascara. I find that I don’t need to use eyelash curlers when I use this mascara. This helps to really cut down the application time and is also a lot better for my eyelashes.

What are your favourite products this month?

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