04 March 2015

February Monthly Favourites: 2015

I surprisingly re-discovered a lot of products I already owned for the month of February with a few new faves thrown in the mix. If you'd like to know what products I've been loving, keep reading - because who doesn't love reading about monthly faves?

1. BH 14 Piece Signature Brush Set ($29.95)

This is such an amazing brush set and incredible value! I own other high end brushes from brands such as Sigma, Zoeva and MAC and I honestly believe that the BH Cosmetics Signature Brush Set is definitely on par! I haven't been able to put down the flat top kabuki brush - it's amazing for foundation application and buffing! I also love the small contour brush for setting powder under my eyes as well as blush and bronzer and the tapered blending brush is a great dupe for the Sigma E40! I would definitely reccomend this brush set for anyone who is looking for a brush set that has everything you need for eyes and face. I have washed these brushes several times and have experienced no shedding at all. BH Cosmetics have done an amazing job on this one!

2. Milk and Co Rejuvenating Masque* (19.95 AUD)

I really like this mask from Milk and Co! It's great at drawing out oil from the skin without being overly drying. After using it I find my skin feels really refreshed and quite smooth. The mask contains green tea extract and vitamin e which are both beneficial for the skin. I find this mask great for removing dead skin cells and improving the skin's texture. It's suitable for all skin types, very affordable and is also free of any parabens. If you're in the market for a new mask, you should give this one a try! I think it would suit most people.

3. Mario Badescu Drying Lotion ($22 AUD)

When I first tried out this product, I hated it! So it sat in my cupboard for months until recently when I had a few unsightly pimples pop up the day before I was attending an event, and I was desperate to get rid of them quickly. I think the key with the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion (and the mistake I made previously) is that you only need to dab a very small amount directly onto the blemish. If you apply too much, or any around the skin, of course with the drying effects of the solution, it will really dry out your skin and make it flakey (gross, I know). In order to give it time to work its magic, this product is best applied about an hour before you go to bed so you have enough time to let it dry and it won't come off while you are sleeping. 

I have found this to work really well with both pimples that are under the skin, as well as those that have shown their ugly selves! With just one application of this product, I have found it has really reduced inflammation in a blemish as well as redness. It contains Salicylic Acid which disinfects and dries out the blemish, shedding the top layer of the skin and getting rid of dead skin cells. It also contains Calamine which gives you a nice pink spot where you apply it (warning: your boyfriend/girlfriend will probably look at you strangely), but also soothes the skin and reduces inflammation. This stuff is very strong and smells like chemicals, but if you are in a bind and really want to reduce the appearance of a blemish I'd highly recommend it. Use it as the last step in your nighttime skincare routine and wash it off in the morning. I apply mine with a cotton tip and literally use a pea size amount. The bottle will last you forever so it is good value for money.

4. Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation ($60 AUD)

I won't go too much into this one since I've just posted a full review of this foundation on my blog which can be found here, but in a nutshell, this foundation is a demi-matte finish, with a very flattering, buildable coverage (medium to full) and it gives a really healthy glow to the skin. Whenever I wear this, I get compliments about my complexion. I find it very long-lasting, even in warmer climates. It has a really good amount of coverage but is a very thin consistency so it doesn't look cakey whatsoever. This a must-have foundation for me and it comes in an amazing 18 different shades so chances are, you'll be able to find a perfect match

Wearing the Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation in 3.5 & 4.5 mixed together

5. Bourjois Healthy Balance Compact Powder ($20 AUD)

I literally haven't heard anyone talk about this powder, but I first "discovered" it after watching Vivianna Does Makeup, and it was one that she suggested for a non cakey powder to set your foundation. The formula of the Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder is really nice. It's finely milled and lightweight so it blends seamlessly into the skin to provide a matte finish. I love using this over my foundation and I use the shade '53 Light Beige', which adds a little bit of extra coverage without looking too heavy. I find this lasts well on my skin and helps keep my t-zone from getting oily. As you can see the packaging is pretty worn from me throwing this into my purse for daily touch-ups.

6. Nars Audacious Lipstick in Raquel ($44 AUD)

If you're thinking that $44 is a ridiculous amount to pay for a lipstick, trust me, I hear what you're saying BUT the NARS Audacious Lipsticks are one step above the rest. This is hands down the best lipstick formula I have EVER tried (and I have tried a lot). These lipsticks are highly pigmented, glide on to create a satin finish, they are non-drying, yet somehow still very long-lasting. Is there anything else you could really ask for? Not to mention that they have a magnetic closure that "clicks" when you pop on the lid, which feels very luxurious! The packaging is very high-end and I almost feel privileged when I am opening the lid to reapply. I have a more in depth review on these lipsticks (Including the 3 shades I own) here, but my favorite shade so far is definitely this gorgeous peachy-pink nude called 'Raquel'. These lipsticks come in an amazing 40 shades. You're welcome!

7. MAC Prep + Prime Moisture Infusion Serum ($65 AUD)

This is an interesting product since it is a hybrid between a moisturiser and a primer. I think it would work well as a primer, but for me, I actually like to use it before I use a primer in order to add an extra boost of hydration. This is especially useful if you're using a foundation that is particularly matte or drying, like the Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation. This serum is basically just a moisture booster while smoothing over the skin and creating a nice base. It's expensive for what you're getting, most drugstore moisturisers could probably achieve a similar effect but I do really like this product all the same.

8. Stila One Step Illuminate Primer ($39.50 AUD)

After trying and loving Stila One Step Correct, I picked up the Stila One Step Illuminate when I was recently overseas in Sephora. The One Step Illuminate promises to prime, brighten, illuminate and warm the skin. I honestly think it does do all these things. It is a very similar formula to the One Step Correct in that it is very hydrating while still smoothing out the skin for a more seamless foundation application. This primer is great for reducing pores and minimizing any fine lines, without being your typical silicone formula. I love it!

Well I hope you enjoyed reading about my favourites for this month. I'd love to hear what your must-have products have been for February. If you have blogged about your favourites, please link me to your posts in the comments!

*This product was kindly sent to Bows & Pleats for consideration. All reviews are 100% honest and my own. 


  1. Lovely faves gal! I don't hear much about MAC skincare but that moisturiser sounds quite nice :) I LOVE the Bourjois powder! Definitely my favourite, it never looks too matte or cakey!

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

  2. Mario Badescu drying lotion is life! That Nars lipstick looks amazing on you too Sarah!

  3. Love the nude lipstick! And great post and pictures!


  4. Thanks so much Janneke! Raquel is to die for! Such a pretty nude. Glad you liked the post! Thanks for your comment :) xx

  5. I am really loving it Katina! It has really been saving my skin from big breakouts lately! Have you tried any of the NARS lipsticks yet? xx

  6. It is quite nice! I am just not sure if it is worth all the money compared to drugstore moisturisers. I'm so happy you like the Bourjois powder too! I actually have heard a lot of people say that they hate it but I find it so nice and never goes cakey which I love!!! xx

  7. Noooooo not yet! I really have to though hahah! But I'm trying so hard not to spend money on more makeup LOL #thestruggle