March Favourites | 2016

I’ve developed a bad habit of publishing my monthly favourites quite late. I promise my next monthly favourites post will be on time! I have been loving a lot of new things lately so without further ado, here are my March favourites!

Sacha Cosmetics Buttercup Setting Powder, £15.00.

The newly infamous Buttercup powder. It’s an amazing setting powder for women of colour. I have been hooked on this for a good month or so now and it’s so finely milled. I consider myself quite a Yellow person and I’m happy to finally find a face product that doesn’t make me look ashy or Orange. Look out for a review and also a comparison between this and the Ben Nye Luxury Banana Powder (see review here)!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Artist Palette, £14.00.

I purchased this eyeshadow palette from eBay after seeing it featured on Humayra Beauty‘s Instagram page (one of my all time favourite people to follow on Instagram btw). She created a stunning eye makeup look including a Bright Yellow which I fell in love with. After falling in love with her makeup look, I lusted after the palette she used, which was none other than the Artist Palette by Anastasia Beverly Hills. I challenged myself this year to experiment with brighter colours and really push out of my comfort zone when it comes to eye makeup and this beautiful palette inspires me to do just that! The eyeshadows are so pigmented it’s unreal. Definitely looking forward to purchasing more eyeshadow palettes from ABH! Here are some swatches of my favourite shades:


It’s really hard to come by a Yellow eyeshadow that’s decently pigmented and as you can see, Phresh blows any and every Yellow eyeshadow out of the park!

Bourjois Delice de Poudre Bronzing Powder – Medium 51, £7.99.

I was actually meaning to buy the shade Tanned 52 when I purchased this but I thought I’d see how I get along with this bronzer. I can easily say this is my favourite bronzer ever! I normally get a few questions asking what bronzer I’m wearing at work and nine times out of ten it’s this Bourjois bronzer. It’s a gorgeous natural bronzing powder but very easy to build. It smells like chocolate too! I would really recommend this to anyone who wants to add warmth to their face without being too matte or shimmery.

MAC Prep + Prime Fix+, £17.00.

My gosh I am in love with this stuff. I wasn’t so sure what to do with my MAC Fix+ when I first got it and to be honest I thought it was a waste of money! I now use it every single day without fail and I couldn’t see my daily makeup routin without it. It’s amazing at taking away the powdery/cakey finish makeup gives and enhancing that natural glow. My current one is on it’s last legs but I can’t wait to repurchase this baby! I really recommend to anyone with dry or combination skin.

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation – Warm Beige, £29.00.

This has been my go-to foundation for the past two months. Dare I say it may have replaced my Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation! I wear it nearly every single day. It has brilliant medium to buildable coverage, gorgeous natural satin finish and the shade is my perfect match! Not to mention it also comes with a pump!

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara – Intense Black, £7.99.

I am still enjoying this mascara and use it pretty much all the time. It’s great at lengthening and volumising my lashes. I feel the Intense Black version makes my lashes look a little more volumised than the original, but you can read my full review here.

Maybelline Color Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencil – 630 Nude Perfection, £4.99.

For me, it’s quite hard to find a true Nude lipstick in the drugstore that suits my complexion. My only other perfect Nude besides Maybelline Creamy Matte Lipstick in Nude Embrace, is this Maybelline Velvet Lip Pencil in Nude Perfection. It’s a lovely, creamy pigmented formula that applies quite satin-like and dries to a matte finish after a while. It’s quite a lovely peachy Nude and it compliments warmer skin tones brilliantly. Props to you Maybelline!

Kiko Water Eyeshadow – 208 Light Gold, £8.90.

Ahh, the notorious 208. I’m sure you’ve seen this eyeshadow multiple times all over the internet. Loved by everyone and praised for being a dupe to the limited edition MAC highlighter Whisper Of Gilt, I decided to give it a try. I must say I’m not a fan of using this as an eyeshadow at all. It never comes out pigmented on my lids. On the face as a highlighter however, that’s another story. It’s simply stunning on top of the cheekbones and I’m glad to have graced my face with this glorious Gold this past month.

Nip + Fab Dragon’s Blood Fix Plumping Serum 50ml, £19.95.

I couldn’t justify spending £20 on a serum so I waited until we had half price on most Nip + Fab products at Superdrug and pounced (that offer has ended now, sadly). This serum hasn’t turned me into Daenerys Targaryen, to my dismay. It has, however, really plumped and firmed my skin when using this in the evening. It’s a really pleasant serum as it absorbs into the skin quite quicky. My skin drinks this stuff up! I also like to use it before makeup application since it’s so fast absorbing and lightweight. It’s currently half price on Amazon too, so go go go!

Sleek Shimmer Blush – Rose Gold, £4.49.

If you know me, you know I’m not really a blush person. The odd occasion I do apply blush, it’s Rose Gold by Sleek. These past few months I have been wearing Rose Gold a lot more often and I think it’s such a flattering blush for all skin tones. The pictures don’t do it justice. What I love about Rose Gold is that it’s a duo-chrome blush that leans more Pink/Gold depending on how the light catches it. Customers at work always love this blush when I show them as it gives such a healthy glow! Really pigmented product at an affordable price. Love it!

I hope you enjoyed reading my March favourites. I apologise for not blogging as much lately but I really hope to be more consistent. I can’t wait to share more with you!

What have you been loving in the month of March? :two_hearts:

Take care my lovelies, :kiss:

Louise Yafai

Louise is the founder of Non-Fiction Beauty. She studies Psychology, Sociology and Philosophy and has an addiction to sweetcorn.

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