February Beauty Haul: Laura Mercier, Rahua, Smashbox


From long-wear foundations to finishing powder and hair-mask, it seems February is the month for revolutionary beauty. I’ve rounded up a few of my must-have new buys because its about making smarter decisions when purchasing beauty products instead of just impulse buying random things. So, my February makeup haul is purely made up of products that I’ve had on my “to try” list or are ones that I’ve tried in the past (and loved, of course).

February Beauty Haul: Laura Mercier, Rahua, Smashbox

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder

February Beauty Haul: Laura Mercier, Rahua, Smashbox February Beauty Haul: Laura Mercier, Rahua, Smashbox February Beauty Haul: Laura Mercier, Rahua, Smashbox February Beauty Haul: Laura Mercier, Rahua, Smashbox

Unlike other loose setting powders, this iconic translucent setting powder is not chalky or heavy, rather it’s silky and satiny. I wear it over foundation and it leaves my skin looking healthy and flawless. It works well over any foundation that you may use. A little pricey but there’s a lot in the package compared to most other brands. I can’t recommend this enough!

Where to shop?  Selfridges Price: GBP 29.00

Rahua Omega 9 Hair Mask

Rahua Omega 9 Hair Mask Rahua Omega 9 Hair Mask

Travelling across the globe can take its toll on your hair. It does to me. Due to different weather condition, hair often gets dry, dull and start falling. I’ve been on the search for a conditioning treatment that wouldn’t make my hair super greasy the next day. There are some treatments that condition my hair, it feels great, but two hours later, it’s a heavy, greasy mess on my head.

I was given a tester of Rahua’s Omega 9 hair mask to try at home and I decided to continue using it. Why? I have super straight,  baby fine and silky hair and this mask perfectly hydrates it and makes even softer. Great ingredients without silicones and parabens is a nice advantage.

You only need to use it once a week. How cool is that? Pricey but it is worth because although I have a little long hair, but you really don’t need that much product, so it’ll last you!

Where to shop? Beauty Bay  Price: GBP 47.00

Smashbox Liquid Halo HD Foundation 

Smashbox Halo Liquid Foundation Smashbox Halo Liquid Foundtion Smashbox Halo Liquid Foundation

I tried this reluctantly as the only foundation I have ever loved so far is Giorgio Armani Luminious Silk Foundation. I was sent this to try as part of their promotional campaign, so after wearing it on couple of occassions – both during the day and at night time, I conclude that, this Smashbox Halo foundation glides on beautifully and has an almost magical effect.

It leaves almost flawless looking complexion, hiding minor “expression lines” and putting any deeper ones into “soft focus”, and it is so light when worn , you just quite simply feel like you have naked skin . The only issue I have with this foundation is that the one, I consider, is the most common problem with many foundation brands- it oxidises on your skin. Foundation that oxidises on your skin is foundation that turns one shade darker or turns orange after application on your skin. Sometimes, the colour is a perfect match when applied but after being exposed to your skin and to the air, it turns a shade darker or it turns orange i.e. not a perfect match any longer.

There is no one answer to this. What causes foundation to oxidise might be a combination of various factors including PH of skin (how acid it is), humidity, skin temperature and oiliness of the skin. It could be one or it could be all. I recommend you get a sample first, try at home for at least 2- 3 times, wear for long hours and if it changes color like it did to me, then you know what to do!

Where to buy? Boots/Smashbox (online and in-store) Price: 29.00

Have you made any new beauty purchases recently? If so what’s your favourite from February, and if not what would you like to try? As always, drop me a line in the comment section as I like to know your thoughts.

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