My Monthly Beauty Buys – February

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After a hugely successful January in the beauty department, February has been a bit of a hit and miss month for me with trying out new beauty products – some have been complete gems which will definitely be re-purchased, while others have been a massive disappointment and a waste of money. Let’s start with the pick of the bunch, shall we?

February Beauty Haul

Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Berry
Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Berry

This was a very generous gift from a friend who visited the US recently – I’ve been after one of these to try for ages as I seem to be on the perpetual hunt for a tinted lip balm that actually gives a long lasting tint. And finally I’ve found it! Lip balm is essential for the winter months, and this one has fabulous moisturising qualities and smells of lemon sherbert. Berry is quite a strong looking shade which you can build up to give your desired colour. It has a good level of pigment when applied, but the best bit for me is that it fades down and leaves your lips with a tint which is perfect – my natural lip colour but better. Slightly rosy and perfect if you have olive skin. Fresh Sugar products aren’t cheap, and are hard to come by in the UK, but I’ve noticed that they seem to have opened up a couple of shops in London – hurrah!

 

MAC Lipstick in Mehr

I’d been lusting after Mehr for a while now, and finally managed to find a MAC store that had it in stock (it was also out of stock online but seems to have come back in now). It’s a lovely pinky brown shade with mauve undertones and the finish is from the Matte range, so it has a super flat finish. The colour is perfect for me – my skin isn’t overly pale (MAC NW20/25), and this just sits perfectly on me, making my face look less tired. It’s a beautiful natural pink shade. I find that although the colour is very wearable on a daily basis, the matteness of this makes it quite a glamourous choice. And because it’s so matte, you do need to make sure your lips are in good condition before applying (but that’s no problem, because I’m using my Fresh Sugar lip balm!)

 

Nailtiques Formula 2 & Dadi oil

Nailtiques Formula 2

Not the most exciting purchase perhaps, but I’ve been suffering from a few flakes in my nails lately, which is a sure sign I’ve been neglecting them. My beauty salon recommended the Nailtiques Formula 2 to try to repair them, which I’ve been applying religiously and it does appear to be working. You apply like a nail varnish and the protein conditions and protects your nails. At £11.65, it’s not much more pricey than a nail varnish, so feels like a worthwhile investment. I’ve been combining it with my long-term cuticle oil, Dadi Oil.

 

Nail Inc Gel One Coat Rose Lane

Nails Inc Gel One Coat in Rose Lane

I was quite excited when Nails Inc brought out their new Gel range as I like the staying power that gel polishes have. But this has been a disappointment for me. Although it goes on nicely with one coat, I found that it didn’t last any longer than my regular Nails Inc or Essie varnishes, chipping after around 2 days. I also didn’t find the colour very flattering against my skin tone as it seemed paler on the nail than in the bottle. An all round disappointment for me.

 

Have you tried any of these products? I’d love to know what you think of them – leave me a comment!

20 Comments
  • Little Steps
    March 1, 2016

    I don’t wear make-up, wouldn’t know how to use them apart from lipstick, though I must admit seeing all those beauty products makes me think that maybe it’s about time I should? x

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      March 1, 2016

      Makeup’s a strange one, isn’t it? For me, I know it makes me happy, and if certainly the realisation that I’ve not been wearing it for a while is always an indication that I’m in a bit of a life slump! But if you’re happy without it, I see no reason to bother 🙂

  • Life is Knutts
    March 1, 2016

    I love the look of the lip balm. Shame it’s from the US but I guess you can get it shipped…

    Sadly I don’t have much time to paint my nails often anymore and it only happens for a wedding or a date night with hubby! It’s the taking it off, I often don’t find time and it looks horrendous after a couple of days! ??

    Lovely photos too by the way.x

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      March 1, 2016

      Fresh do seem to have opened up a few stores in the UK quite recently, so hopefully they’ll expand more here. But like most products, I think it’s cheaper in the US!

      I’m with you on the nail varnish – although I use it a lot, it’s rare that I have perfect nails – there’s normally at least one or two that have chipped (and it’s a slippery slope from there!)

  • Cathy Winston
    March 1, 2016

    It’s great to find the perfect lipstick shade that’s flattering and easy to wear – I think I’m still searching for mine. I love the sound of the lip balm too, I know that’s something I’d wear all the time.

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      March 1, 2016

      I think I’ve worn the lip balm most days since I got it – it’s just so easy to wear! Possibly something about the time of year too – my lips can get quite dry with the changing season!

  • Ana De Jesus
    March 1, 2016

    Sorry to hear about the misses but looks like you have some great hits here. I like the sound of the MAC lipstick!

  • mummyofboygirltwins
    March 1, 2016

    Lovely photographs! I have never tried MAC lipstick so I am off to try!! 🙂 xx

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      March 1, 2016

      Oh, I highly recommend MAC lipsticks – I think they form the bulk of my collection! Which is a problem, as they all look exactly the same, apart from the sticker on the bottom – very hard to find the one you want!

  • Angela Milnes
    March 1, 2016

    The nail polish looks fab and is something I need to invest in. I’m also in need of a new lippy and may try MAC next time! Angela from Daysinbed

  • MudpieFridays
    March 2, 2016

    I love the sound of the first two!! I am a MAC addict and wondering how I missed this… I do find that their popular colours sell out quickly. I also like the sound of the lip balm and have struggled like you to find a tinted one with staying power so will be looking this up too. Thank you xx

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      March 2, 2016

      Thanks Clare – the MAC lipstick seems to have taken off in popularity because it’s touted everywhere as a ‘Kylie Jenner’ type shade – I had real trouble getting hold of it. When I first read that I had to look up who Kylie Jenner was!

  • Hannah - hibabyblog
    March 2, 2016

    Rose lane looks so great in the bottle i’m disappointed it’s not the same on 🙁 I’ll have to keep looking for a shade like that.

  • Idaintyit
    March 2, 2016

    I like the look of the sugar lip treatment, may have to treat myself

  • Elsie Pop
    March 8, 2016

    Mehr looks lovely – I might have to B2M for it soon. Loving the Fresh Sugar too – mine is disappearing rapidly! Must book another trip to the states 🙂 xx

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      March 8, 2016

      The Fresh Sugar is the best thing I’ve discovered in a while, thanks so much! I think I’ve applied it most days! They’ve opened a Covent Garden store now I see – we should make a trip!

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