january 2014 favourites.

WOW! Is it really February already? This first month of 2014 has flown and it’s been a bit of a strange one. For the first three to four weeks I was constantly revising and hunched over my notes. I hardly did anything apart from go to the gym and lets say it was a pretty grim time. However, over the last week I’ve certainly made up for my lack of socialisation with the outside world. I saw Duke Dumont in Cardiff for my birthday last Friday as well as going out with my house mates on Tuesday and some course mates last night. It’s safe to say I am absolutely exhausted and all this partying is causing havoc on my skin 🙁 I have two nights out coming up next week and then I’m back to detoxing (unless my friends drag me out of course!).

The one thing I do love about going out though is experimenting with my make-up, so in standard beauty blogger fashion I thought I would show you my favourite items of the month…

1. Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation.

This foundation is amazing! It covers everything which is especially good as my skin has broken out so badly recently after my exams and post-exam celebrations. It also lasts all day and night which is my favourite thing about it – you can apply it in the morning and it won’t budge all day and similarly if you apply it before a night out you will go home with your make-up completely intact. It also doesn’t cause an oily shine which is my pet hate when it comes to choosing a foundation. All in all this is the perfect foundation for me, but it does need a really good cleanser to remove.

2. Illamasqua Powder Foundation.

After applying my Estee Lauder Foundation I buff this powder over the top to create an even finish. It’s also slightly darker than my foundation to give a darker finish as I like to have a bit of colour on my cheeks an it’s brilliant. It looks great teamed with the foundation and gives a really natural, flawless finish – the perfect base before going wild with contouring and dark eyeshadows! You can buy this powder here for just £24.00,and it will last for aaaages.

3. Urban Decay Naked 2 Eyeshadow Palette.

I absolutely adore this palette. I’ve used it every day since I had it for Christmas and I love the shades. The glittery golds and deep browns allow you to create such amazing looks for your eyes, whether it’s natural for the day time or you’re glamming up for a night out. I really want to get my hands on the Naked 3 now!

4. Real Techniques Face Brushes.

These are amazing! I have used them daily since I bought them and honestly don’t know how I coped without them before. They make your face look fabulous after using it and apply your make-up evenly and covers every area. I use the foundation brush (it needs a good clean haha!) to apply my Double Wear foundation, followed by the buffing brush to buff my face with my Illamasqua Powder and finally the contour brush to contour my face with my Sleek Make-Up Palette.

5. Avon Lipsticks.

I’ve been really impressed with my Avon cosmetics this month which I received for Christmas. I have used their Morroccan Oil products before and loved them, and got this gorgeous red lipstick for Christmas. It goes on beautifully and doesn’t leave your lips feeling dry and it lasts so well. The colour is vibrant and this doesn’t fade throughout the night. It’s a brilliant buy!

What are your January favourites this month? Please let me know if you’ve done a post so I can check it out!



  1. Nicola P
    February 1, 2014 / 1:15 pm

    I have an Avon lipstick that I love as well! Double Wear is also one of my favourite foundations xthegirlsnextdooruk.blogspot.co.uk

    • Jessie-Ann Lewis
      February 1, 2014 / 9:06 pm

      I was so impressed with it, I'm definitely going to get another! 🙂 everyone seems to love it. xx

  2. Stacey Jane
    February 1, 2014 / 1:34 pm

    I really like Double Wear-it was full coverage and matte but not too matte if that makes sense? Am going away on a business trip tomorrow and have just dug out my Naked 2 palette to take!Stacey Expat Make-Up Addict

    • Jessie-Ann Lewis
      February 1, 2014 / 9:07 pm

      I totally get you. It's matte and doesn't give shine but doesn't leave your face looking like rubber if you get me haha? Ooh enjoy your trip! xx

  3. Shannon Boyce
    February 1, 2014 / 3:42 pm

    I love that palette and those brushes. Great favourites!the-creationofbeauty.blogspot.com

    • Jessie-Ann Lewis
      February 1, 2014 / 9:08 pm

      So impressed with both of them 😀 xx

  4. Anonymous
    February 1, 2014 / 11:41 pm

    I was just thinking about Avon cosmetics today – I really need to try out their stuff! The lipstick looks a really pretty colour. And I'm yet to invest in some Real Techniques brushes too, they sound incredible.Kathryn | effievanity

    • Jessie-Ann Lewis
      February 2, 2014 / 9:28 pm

      Both are must-haves.. You should definitely give them a try hun! xx

  5. vicki
    February 2, 2014 / 8:31 pm

    The Avon Lippy is in a pretty shade. I have been enjoying quite a few products from Avon lately – esp their eyeliners & nail polishwww.letstalkbeauty.co.uk

    • Jessie-Ann Lewis
      February 2, 2014 / 9:27 pm

      I had an eyeliner for Christmas too but for me nothing compares to Perversion! xx

  6. darcey
    February 7, 2014 / 12:15 pm

    I have been eyeing off the Real Techniques brushes for so long I think I will just have to get them! Hahah The lipstick is such a rad shade. I love lipstick so much! Obsessed. Sick blog xxxyecrad.blogspot.com

  7. Amy
    February 9, 2014 / 6:25 pm

    I used to love double wear but started to find it going patchy. The real techniques core collection is amazing thepowderednose.blogspot.comX

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