Monthy favourites ⎸March 2017

Another month has flown by, and that means it's time to talk about our favourites of this month. Grab a cup of tea/coffee/whatever drink you like, get comfortable and relax, while we talk you through all the things we liked last month.

Nakiska

Max Factor Miracle Touch Foundation

Max Factor Miracle Touch Foundation in 045 Warm Almond

Max Factor Miracle Touch Foundation in 045 Warm Almond

I rediscovered this foundation after writing about my foundation collection. The weather had been kind of nice over here for a few days before I wrote that post, so I decided to check whether the colour of this foundation would match my skin tone and it did. I have been using it pretty much every day since then. It's lightweight, long-wearing, medium coverage and it just looks really natural. It's not matte, yet not too glowy either, it just has a really natural finish to it. I've actually had quite a lot of compliments on my makeup since I've been wearing this foundation, which is always nice ;).
I have the color 045 Warm Almond, which is pretty much an exact match to my current skin tone. I usually apply this with a brush, but (since I forgot to pack my brush when I went home last week) I've been applying it with my Lemon Drop Sponge lately and that works great as well. If you want to know more about this foundation, go check out the blogpost where I talk you through my entire foundation collection. I go a little bit more in detail about this foundation over there.

Mikasa Beauty Lemon Drop Sponge

I have always been a fan of makeup sponges. I used to love the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge, but a few months ago I decided to try out this Mikasa Beauty Lemon Drop Sponge. 

Mikasa Lemon Drop Sponge

Mikasa Lemon Drop Sponge

The first thing I noticed when I received the sponge in the mail, was that it was way less dense than the Real Techniques one. Since I used to wet my Real Techniques makeup sponge, I decided to do the same with my Lemon Drop sponge and it almost doubled in size. Even wet, the sponge is a lot less dense than the Real Techniques one, which I do like, since it feels really soft on the skin when you apply your foundation or concealer with it. At first, I still switched between my Real Techniques makeup sponge and this Lemon Drop sponge, but lately, my Real Techniques sponge stays in my makeup bag and doesn't get used anymore. I prefer the texture of my Mikasa Beauty Lemon Drop Sponge and I feel like it absorbs a little less product as well. 
Another thing I like a lot about this sponge is the shape. I use the rounded side to apply my foundation all over the face and the pointed side to apply my concealer. Because of the dip in the middle, the sponge lays really comfortably in your hand when you are applying your makeup as well, which is very nice.
I use this sponge almost every single day and I find it works great and holds up very well, even when after cleaning (contrary to my Real Techniques sponge, that has started to change shape after cleaning it a few times).

& Other Stories Dip Eyeliner

& Other Stories Dip Liner in Poplin Grey

& Other Stories Dip Liner in Poplin Grey

Emilie got me this eyeliner quite a while back and I totally forgot about it (sorry Emilie!). I left it at home one day and just forgot that I had it. But, when cleaning out my bathroom cabinets a few weeks ago, I rediscovered this product. 
I have the color Poplin grey, which is a dark, anthracite gray. Most of the time, I use black eyeliner, but I like this color since it's still very noticeable, yet not as bold as dark black eyeliner. 
The product itself, is very longwearing, doesn't smudge at all and is easy to apply. It dries down relatively fast, which means you can blink after applying this eyeliner without running the risk of it smudging all over you eyes.

The applicator is a very fine brush, which is great for drawing precise lines, but which also means you can't get a whole lot of product on the brush.

The applicator is a very fine brush, which is great for drawing precise lines, but which also means you can't get a whole lot of product on the brush.

The only thing that I don't really like about this eyeliner, is the applicator. The applicator is very very small, which means it's great to draw very fine lines, but it also means that you're not able to get a lot of product on the applicator. So, if you want to draw a cat eye, you can do very precise work, but you will have to dip you brush in to the product quite a lot.
However, for the price and the great quality of the product, I can look past this minor drawback and since I have been reaching for this eyeliner more than any of my other eyeliners, this definitely deserved a spot in my favourites this month.

NYX Matte Finish Setting Spray

NYX Matte Finish Setting Spray

NYX Matte Finish Setting Spray

There's really not a lot to say about this product. It's a setting spray, which means it prolongs the wear time on your makeup. This is the first setting spray I've ever owned, so I can't really compare it to other setting sprays, but I like what it does to the wear time of my makeup. 
The setting spray has a matte finish, but nothing too extreme. So don't expect your glowy foundation to become matte just because you put on this setting spray. It does mattify your makeup ever so slightly, but nothing too mindblowing. 
I've been using this setting spray, especially on hotter days, since that's when I tend to get a little oily and my makeup tends to slide about. On the days when I use this, I have noticed that my makeup stays in place longer and that it looks matte for longer as well.

NYX High Definition Blush

NYX High Definition Blush in Hamptons (19)

NYX High Definition Blush in Hamptons (19)

NYX High Definition Blush in Hamptons (19)

NYX High Definition Blush in Hamptons (19)

I had been on the lookout for a subtle, more toned-down blush for quite some time now and when I stepped in to my local NYX store I decided to swatch every single blush in there. And that's when I found this gem.
This is the NYX High Definition Blush in Hamptons (19). It looks quite intense when you see it in the packaging, but it gives a very subtle rosiness to the cheeks. You could go very bold with it as well, if that's what you like, but I just dip my brush into the product once and put the smallest amount of product on my cheeks. I already knew I would like the formula of this blush, since I already owned (and loved) my High Definition Blush in Taupe, which I use to contour.

NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder

NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder in Blonde (06)

NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder in Blonde (06)

This is another rediscovery. I already owned this product and I was reminded of it when I was writing last month's favourites. In that blogpost, I mentioned the Love Contours All Palette, including the eyebrow powders in that palette, which reminded me of the fact that I already owned eyebrow powders by NYX. I still love the eyebrow powders in my Love Contours All Palette, but because it is a bigger palette, it's not always easy to take on the go with me. So I went through my entire makeup collection (which is growing at a ridiculous speed since we started this blog), and found my NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder. It has been living in my makeup bag ever since, and I don't see it going anywhere soon. 

NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder in Blonde (06). It comes with an eyebrow gel, two eyebrow powders and two little brushes.

NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder in Blonde (06). It comes with an eyebrow gel, two eyebrow powders and two little brushes.

I have this little eyebrow palette in the color Blonde (06). The little palette has everything you could possibly need to shape and style your eyebrows. It comes with two eyebrow powders (a lighter one for the inner part of your eyebrows, and a darker color for the rest), an eyebrow gel, and two little brushes (a spoolie, which I already lost, and a slanted brush). I apply the gel over my entire eyebrow first, then apply the powders and to finish it off, I go over once more with the gel. This way, your eyebrows stay in shape and your powder is locked in perfectly. 

Emilie

URBAN DECAY Naked Basics Eyeshadow Palette

I have had this palette for quite some time now and I haven't reached for it for a few months to be honest. In the last couple of weeks I have refound my love for it. This palette is so small yet so amazingly beautiful. Whether you want a natural day time look or a smokey eye look, you can get it all out of this palette. 
I prefer the Naked Basics palette over the Naked2 Basics palette because there's a true black in the first one. Normally I put the shade FOXY or W.O.S all over my eyeshadow primer (or over my concealer when I lack an eyeshadow primer), then I use the shade NAKED2 in my crease and if I want to deepen it up I will use the two deeper shades in the palette in the outer corner of my eye and smoke it out on the lower lashline. The first shade, VENUS, is perfect to highlight with since it has a sheen. I use this shade in the inner corner of my eye or my browbone. I have a few weddings coming up and I definitely see myself using this palette again!

& Other Stories Punk Bouquet Hand Lotion

This hand lotion is a perfect step in my nighttime routine and therefore it has earned a little spot on my night table. Before I go to bed, I put this all over my hands and wrists and let it sink in. This lotion sinks in really quickly so you can use it in the daytime as well. The smell of this is described as 'frothy vanilla soda on a rebellious rose bouquet'. I don't think this smells of roses because I don't like that scent at all, it reminds me more of vanilla with a hint of flowers ;). I love that there is a big version of this and it only costs €7 for 250ml (believe me when I say that is a whole lot of hand lotion). The packaging of this is stunning for the price. You can also buy little versions of these hand lotions in a squeezy tube and that will set you back €5 for 30ml. I have had a little one to put in my purse but it's all gone now and I will pick up a new scent soon, probably fig fiction.

Lip combo: Mac Lipintensity in Driftwood & Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in Cultured


I got a late b-day present a few weeks ago and it were two lip products from M.A.C. The lip liner is creamy smooth in comparison to another one that I have from M.A.C namely Dervish, a normal lip pencil. Since the pro longwear lip pencils are so creamy, they really glide on the lips and so it is a pleasure to wear them all day long (it doesn't come of with micellar water, you have to use an oil based makeup remover). I often combine this lipliner with the lipintensity lipstick Driftwood I got and they really are a stunning lip combo.

Left: Lip Pencil in Cultured    Right: Lipintensity in Driftwood

Left: Lip Pencil in Cultured    Right: Lipintensity in Driftwood

We hope you enjoyed this post.

Lots of love,
Nakiska & Emilie