Friday, 1 April 2011

March 2011: This month, we have mostly been wearing...

The LBR round-up of recommendations is back. Has it really been a month? Here are the products that have been particularly impressing us day to day during March.


I know I picked a Clinique mascara last month, but really, what can I say? This one's superb. It's got another fiendishly ergonomic brush design that somehow manages to have both bristles and a comb. And the tube is as sleek and black as the resulting lash effect. 

Lately I've been trying to make all my skincare purchases SLS free, with the inclusion of bath and shower washes. This one's great - it has the signature Sanctuary fragrance and leaves skin very soft and smooth.

I bought this to tackle an allergic reaction to something around my eyes, but now that it's cleared up I have stayed in the habit of using this as an eye cream. It's very emollient indeed, and contains mineral oil, so not one for the oily-skinned. Great for me though.

How do they do it? This is a completely new order of lip balm. It's a clear liquid-gel that has an intensely slippy, very adherent but totally non-sticky consistency and quenches dry lips completely. Apparently it contains fatty acids. It's incredible.

Just a really lovely, high-quality, flattering eyeshadow duo in shimmer lilac and deep moss green. I think I said it all in my review last week


1.  Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eyeliner (£13 each, or £60 for 15)*
Having received the anniversary set as a sample a while back, I've had to buy a few more of these gorgeous liners.  Incredibly smooth, well pigmented, and long lasting, they are the best eyeliners I've ever used - and indeed, I'm now using at least one a day.

2.  Compeed Blister Plasters (£4.18 for 5 medium plasters)
I'm not quite sure whether this counts as a beauty product, but it's an absolute essential.  I've been breaking in three pairs of new shoes this month, and I've had a couple of blisters which have been very effectively healed by these miraculous plasters.  They adhere well, staying on the skin through baths and showers, and shrink blisters without painful popping.  I've now got several packs hidden around the house.

3.  Illamasqua Nail Polish (£13, 15ml)
Having been impressed with the staying power of Radium from the Toxic Nature collection, I had to splash out on Velocity and Snap - a dusty mauve and metallic pewter respectively.  Both are beautiful, unique colours, with an excellent finish, which almost apply themselves.

4.  The Body Shop Bath Gloves (£4)
The ultimate in lazy-girl exfoliation, as I explained rather gushily in my review.  They make shower gel go further, and you get beautifully scrubbed soft skin just by washing normally, albeit with gloves on.

5.  Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturiser Normal/Combination (£17.60, 50ml)*
This cream manages to have a rich, balm-like texture which effectively moisturises the skin without feeling too heavy or encouraging oiliness.  I've been using it for a couple of weeks and so far so good - my skin feels moist and hydrated and not overloaded with product.  Full review coming up in a few more weeks!

What's rocking your world this month?  Let us know in the comments!

*denotes press samples

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