February 2015 Favourites

My idea of getting through the work midweek is making plans for the weekend! It’s all decided, I’m going to be cooped up in my room watching the rest of House of Cards. All I want is Robin Wright’s wardrobe!

Meanwhile, you can take a peek at what I’ve been loving the past month. This is going to be a long favourites post! I think it’s the first one for 2015. Let’s just jump in!

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01. Guerlain Gloss D’enfer Maxi Shine Lip Gloss in Candy Strip :: I haven’t reviewed this gloss yet (this is going to be a recurring theme) but the formula is amazing, very lightweight with no stickiness and decent lasting power (for a gloss). It’s a bright warm pink with no shimmer. A colour like this would look too Nicki Minaj on me but since it’s sheer, it also blends with my natural lip colour to a really nice warm pink.

02. Cle de Peau Enriched Lip Luminizer in 203 :: Review :: This been on my top shelf ever since I bought it, it’s a sheer lipstick in rosy pink shade. It’s great for everyday to just slap on and go out. The formula is very moisturising too.

03. Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Shadow Pencil in Rehab :: Review :: I’m halfway through using this but for everyday, this give a great wash of colour with a pearl finish. It’s slightly darker than my natural lid colour, so it doesn’t look too dark on me. I’ve bee using matte eyeshadow as an everyday wash of colour for too long, time to switch things up!

04. Givenchy Le Rouge Lipstick in Brun Cachemire :: A recent buy from Sephora and one that I love very dearly. The formula is very pigmented, lightweight, creamy, semi-matte and long lasting. For a creamy matte lipstick it’s one of my favourite formulas ever. Brun Cachemire is a lovely terracotta brown shade. 

05. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Heat :: I haven’t spoken enough about this blush! I bought this last year and completely forgot about it for a while. If the marbled texture doesn’t draw you in, the formula definitely will. The blush mixed with a little bit of ambient lighting powder imparts a very nice glow on the cheeks, it’s very subtle. It’s very soft and easy to blend. Diffused Heat is as light as I can go when it comes to pinks but still suits me well.

06. Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Powder SPF 15 in No. 30 :: I waited too long to get this. I’m not a big powder user. I use my Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder to set concealer and over certain areas but I’m not someone who applies powder all over my face all the time. Generally by midday my T-zone is just a smidgen oily, that’s when I like to whip this out and mattify a bit. The powder is sheer which is perfect for me, it doesn’t look like I have anything on. The colour isn’t a perfect match but since it’s sheer I can get by. I’m hoping they release a No. 25.

07. Oriflame The One Volume Blast Mascara* :: Once or twice a week I do wear mascara and lately it’s been this one. Contrary to the name it actually lengthens better than it volumizes and doesn’t clump. It’s the first non-waterproof formula I’ve tried in a long time and I’m liking it. Also holds the curl well for a few hours.

08. Essie Splash in Grenadine :: Review :: Here’s an example of an Essie polish with a great formula! Two thin coats, no streakiness and a glossy finish which lasts well for 5 days. But the colour you guys! It’s what you’d imagine a perfect spring polish to be, a mix of lavender and pink.

09. Essie Chills & Thrills :: Remember when I was raving about blurples? Here’s the pastel version that’s gorgeous! More of an electric blue but dusty. To be honest, the formula isn’t that great. It’s a little thicker than what I’d like it to be but it’s found a spot here because I use it a lot anyway.

10. OPI Just Spotted the Lizard :: I dug this out of my collection when I wanted to wear a gold nail polish for a wedding but didn’t want something too yellow. It’s a metallic gold/olive duochrome with an excellent two coater formula.


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11. The Body Shop Glazed Apple Body Butter :: Review :: I used this up in under two months but I can still remember the scent! Glazed Apple is so yummy! I hope this bring this back next year. The body butter itself is very easy to spread, moisturising and lasts a long time.

12. Origins Make A Difference Plus + Rejuvenating Moisturizer :: After my underwhelming experience with Antipodes, I was praying that the next moisturizer I use wouldn’t be the same old thing again. Thankfully, I’ve found a keeper! For now, you need to know that this is definitely repurchase material! It’s a thin consistency, thicker than milk but not like a cream. Sooo lightweight and absorbs easily but doesn’t show my dry patches! When used with the product below I don’t even need to reapply after I’m back home. My skin has looked really hydrated and supple ever since I started using this. While exfoliation takes care of dry patches, I feel they aren’t recurrent when I’m using this. I still need to use this for a few more months before I review it but so far it’s been stellar!

13. Origins Make A Difference Plus + Rejuvenating Treatment Lotion :: The term ‘treatment lotion’ means it’s somewhere between a toner and an essence (which a lot of people advocate using separately). For a toner, an acidic one, I use a different product anyway  so I’m not really using this as a 2-in-1 solution. I actually find this to be more of a hydrating toner which bonds really well with the moisturizer above. When I use this (generally in the morning), I find that the moisturizer just stays on much longer even after work. Both products have a similar cooling effect which is soothing and the mild fruity scent is lovely.


Let me know what you’ve been loving the past month! ^_^

Also, I’ve been tying to find a good black gold/golden olive kind of eyeshadow which is sparkly and foiled. So far, Stila Magnificent Foil Eyeshadow in Vintage Black Gold fits the bill but the formula isn’t the best. Any other recommendations?

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  • http://justj.ca/ MizzJ

    Yay for Hourglass! I’m still sad that their Modernist shadows ended up being not so great.

    • http://www.xuvious.com/ Xuvious

      I soo wanted Color Field, I’m really disappointed it isn’t worth it. Thankfully the blushes are great! xx

  • http://www.clevergirlreviews.com/ Clever Girl Reviews

    I was surprised how much I like Les Beige. I can wear 10 all over for warmth or use your shade, 30 as a bronzer.

    • http://www.xuvious.com/ Xuvious

      Ohh that sounds perfect. Glad you could find a match. :)

  • http://lindalibraloca.blogspot.com/ Linda Libra Loca

    I HAVE to try a Hourglass Powder and or Blush soon. I fall in love all over again whenever I see one on blogs.


    • http://www.xuvious.com/ Xuvious

      Hope you try the blush palette as well, it’s gorgeous! ^_^

      • http://lindalibraloca.blogspot.com/ Linda Libra Loca

        I hesitate to buy online without watching first, but some day soon I will give in.

  • http://itskrisworld.blogspot.in/ Krithi Marla

    oh u have lovely set of favorites gal and the essie collection of yours is definitely nice and that purple one i need it like now :)

    • http://www.xuvious.com/ Xuvious

      Thank you Krithi! xx
      Lol my Essie collection is out of control but I just like so many of their shades. :p

  • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

    Ahh so many covet-worthy pieces! I also like the Guerlain gloss formula. My favorite shade is Nahema Smack from last summer, which I wear on top of my coral lippies for some extra shine and SHIMMER!

    Glad to hear you’re digging Le Rouge as well! I can’t wait to see the new line. I hope it’s just as good!

    So black gold/golden olive? Can you find Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill in #14? That one is pretty and intensely sparkling. I think it’s exactly what you’re looking for :)

    • http://www.xuvious.com/ Xuvious

      Thanks for the recommendation! Your Tulip series have really helped look for new products. With ETK, #6, #14 and I think #24 are all in the mix.

      I like the Guerlain colour you mentioned, very pretty! :)

  • Corinne C

    That glazed apple scent is so lovely. I wanted to it it when I smelt it in the shop!

    Corinne x

    • http://www.xuvious.com/ Xuvious

      Also very unusual with your usual crop of body butters, I think that made me want it even more. :)

  • http://www.le-jolie.com/ Susan

    I agree with the chanel – I’m between a b20-b30 and wish there was a b25. i haven’t tried that particular powder though but i’ve always wanted to.

    le jolie

    • http://www.xuvious.com/ Xuvious

      Also true for me with the Vitalumiere Aqua. I have a good enough match but not a perfect one.

  • http://makeuptricksandtips.blogspot.com/ fiona furtado

    I loooooove all your favourites ❤️ I wanna own every single essie nail polish

    • http://www.xuvious.com/ Xuvious

      Thank you Fiona! xx
      It’s out of control, my Essie collection. :p

  • http://adorableshe.com/ nausheen

    That’s a lovely set of favourites, n of course nice clicks hun :)

    • http://www.xuvious.com/ Xuvious

      Thanks Nausheen! What have been your favourites this month? :)

  • http://boxytown.wordpress.com/ Paro

    Les beiges is on my wishlist too, except my skin is bone dry. Wish glow fluid came in a compact.
    A gold olive shadow I can think of is Benefit’s creaseless cream in “pretty pewter”

    • http://www.xuvious.com/ Xuvious

      Thank you! I will look up the swatches. The hunt goes on.. :)

  • http://www.kissandmakeupsbeautyblog.com/ Kiss & Make-up

    Brun Cachemire looks soooooo purrrty! And I love that body butter, smells freakin’ divine.

    • http://www.xuvious.com/ Xuvious

      I’m really liking brown lipsticks, especially the more red based ones.

  • http://www.johnitsonlymakeup.com Lorraine Haigney

    Oooh, you’ve got a great mix of luxe products here. I’ve never laid my eyes on a Cle de Peau product in real life – I imagine my bank account would be missing some zeros if I did!

    Eye shadow rec is Sumptuous Olive by Mac :)

    • http://www.xuvious.com/ Xuvious

      Thank you! I like Sumptuous Olive but I’m for something more sparkly! :)
      I only bought Cle de Peau because I was in Japan at the time and I was getting a great tourist discount and a VAT refund. :p
      Probably wouldn’t buy it otherwise, it’s just too expensive. But I do like that they have a refill system for everything. :)

  • http://www.lenallure.com/ Lena L

    I so wanted get the Chanel powder but couldn’t find a shade match! Instead I bought the discontinued Poudre Douce and I’m quite happy about it.
    Also, those two Essie polishes are my favorites, too! :)

    • http://www.xuvious.com/ Xuvious

      They really should release more shades! Ohh glad you like them too! Essie does really great lilac/lavender/pink shades.

  • http://www.vibrantbeautyblog.com/ Jennifer Monforton

    Beautiful picks! Diffused Heat is one of my all-time favourite blushes and I love the scent of the Body Shop’s Glazed Apple range :)

    • http://www.xuvious.com/ Xuvious

      Thanks Jen! I hope they bring the Glazed Apple one back nest year! :)

  • http://www.blushparade.com/ Carla @ Blush Parade

    I spy so many pretty things in there! Will definitely keep the Origins Moisturiser in mind, I’m on the hunt for a new one!

    • http://www.xuvious.com/ Xuvious

      I think they make different versions for different skin types within this range. It’s a bit confusing but luckily I bought the right one for mine.

  • http://www.hellojaa.com/ Jaa

    Ahhh Diffused Heat, I forgot how much I love that shade! This is why I like reading Favorites posts… they usually remind me to bust out some of my old favorites. :)

    • http://www.xuvious.com/ Xuvious

      Yes, same here as well! As much as I try to maintain variety by rotating makeup, it’s since to rediscover things. :)

  • http://carolticala.blogspot.com/ carolina ticala

    that good looking !!! you think if we continue down gfc, if you would let me know, kisses…

  • http://www.glambunctious.com/ Kristen / Glambunctious

    Love your favorites! The 2 Essie nail polishes really sung to me as I’ve been crazy for blurples and lilacs lately, too! Both of your Essie picks are on my wish list. Milani had a gorgeous olive shadow that I reviewed (loads of swatches) back in 2013 called Antigua (http://www.glambunctious.com/2013/01/glambunctious-milani-runway-eyes-in.html). It’s definitely not black olive, but it could be mixed with a black shadow to get the color you want, if you have access to Milani there! Also, MAC Sumptuous Olive is a stunner, but it would also have to be mixed with a black shadow to bring in the black tone you want. Good luck on your hunt! :)

    • http://www.xuvious.com/ Xuvious

      That is very similar to what I’m looking for, thank you so much! <3 <3
      I can't get enough of Essie purples, they just so many amazing variations. :)