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February Favourites.

February flew by so quickly that I still cannot really comprehend the fact that it’s the middle of March already. But I can’t say that I’m sad about that though as we are getting closer and closer to the spring (I feel like I’m repeating myself here, but oh well). When it comes to my February favourites, there is a selection of some beauty products and one non-beauty related item. 

I feel that monthly favourites should always be about the variety of things that make us happy throughout that particular month. After all, variety is the spice of life, am I right?
Also, excuse all the black colours in the photo today, it was definitely a coincidence!

My first favourite product of the month is BRAD Biophotonic Ultra Elastin Lift. I have a sample of it that I got around 2 years ago with one of the A Beautiful World Sample Boxes. Somehow I’ve never managed to give this one a try until last month. It seemed to had been stacked away and forgotten about. But what a mistake that was! This serum is just fabulous. It’s a hyaluronic acid based serum with Hyaluronic Acid, Avocado and Tamanu Oils, Coenzyme Q10, Vitamin C and A, and many other fantastic, quality ingredients, all of which are supposed to smooth wrinkles and firm your skin. I have to say that it definitely helps with my fine lines. My skin always feel plumper after using it. I love anything with hyaluronic acid in it as I have a very dehydrated combination skin, and oils alone are not enough. Oils alone won’t hydrate the skin, they will protect it from drying out. Another nice thing about it is that it’s fragrance-free. There are two downsides to this serum, though. One, it’s really runny so you need to be careful not to waste any of the product. Two, it’s sooo expensive! I still have a bit left of this sample and I sadly won’t be repurchasing it because of its price tag. I just can’t justify spending so much money on a face serum. Nevertheless, still a great serum if you can afford it.

Next favourite, Kahina Facial Cleanser. I used this one for the first time a couple of years ago when I was in the US and I wanted to try some of the brands that weren’t available on the other side of the pond. I came across Kahina Giving Beauty and apart from being intrigued by the fact that it is actually a beauty with a cause, I was also impressed with ingredients in their products, so I decided to try out their facial cleanser. I didn’t love it as much at first, but after a couple of uses it really grew up on me and it’s been one of my favourites ever since. I am very happy that we can now buy Kahina products from Content Beauty and Naturisimo without the expensive shipping costs and customs.
When it comes to the cleanser, it has a very light cream texture and it’s made with Argan oil, Willow Bark and Papaya Extracts. At the same time it’s gentle enough to use every day and even people with very sensitive skin can safely use it daily. It’s gentle but it still cleanses skin well and doesn’t leave it feeling tight or dry. It’s too light to remove make-up on its own and that’s why I like to use it as a second cleanser to make sure all of my make-up is gone and my skin is ultra clean and ready for serum. It’s not a cheap facial cleanser, but it lasts ages. I’m not even kidding. This big bottle always lasts me at least 3 or even 4 months when I use it once a day. It’s definitely worth every penny!

Another product I’ve been loving recently is Lily Lolo Eye Shadow in Smoky Brown. I’ve had this eye shadow for a while now, but only since recently have I stared using it on a regular basis and I absolutely love it! I don’t know why it took me so long to discover its beauty.
It’s such a unique shade. It’s a mix of taupe, with some cool, blueish shimmer undertone. The shimmer however, isn’t anything crazy, it gives more of a glossy effect on the eyelids, so it’s subtle enough for a daytime look. It’s very pigmented too and blends like a dream. I like to smudge it out on my top and bottom lash line and put some black eye pencil over it on the upper lash line. It’s pretty much the only eye shadow I’ve been wearing for over a month now. It compliments my green eyes and it also goes well with any type of outfit. It’s a great all rounder.

Lastly, The Virtuous Tart by Susan Jane White. Another cookbook this month, I know, but this one is all about delicious, healthy sweets and treats (and yes, I admit I’m obsessed with cookbooks and I probably own way too many of them).
Susan Jane White is an Irish food writer, who gave up wheat, dairy, and refined sugar after battling a serious illness. She not only creates delicious recipes, even for those who are not allergic to wheat and dairy, but also manages to add a lot of sense of humour to her recipes.
This is her second book, and whereas the previous one includes both mains and desserts, this one is all about desserts and snacks which is fine with me. In the introduction you have all the information about what it’s all about and some tips on ingredients used in the book. After that, the book is divided into four sections: Virgin Drinks, Virtuous Tarts, Saintly Treats, and Born Again Truffles. There are so many great things to choose from that it’s hard to decide which one to make first.
You’ve got to love the photography too. All of the pictures in the book are mouth-watering.
This is the book I reached to the most in the month of February. I’ve made a good amount of things from it with a great success!
What were your February favourites?
                Some of these products may have been sent to me for a review. See disclaimer.

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