New in Beauty: February Finds

I'm in the midst of one of my makeup loving sprees. I think with Summer I tend to get a bit lazy and just apply what I like and rely on, out of ease and effortlessness. Come February though, all the new launches start coming out to play and my enthusiasm and love of makeup comes back. Today I thought I'd talk you through some new releases and products that are new to me that I think deserve a bit of attention. There's quite a bit more in my testing pile that I need to try out too so you'll probably see more of these posts in the coming months...

L'Oreal La Palette Nude in Rose*-I remember spying these palettes on Amelia's blog and got excited. L'Oreal is a brand I've only really started getting into since I've been blogging about beauty and they don't tend to disappoint me. Some people will compare these to the Naked palettes but if I'm honest, I think Urban Decay are in a league of their own, particularly with their shimmer shadows. This is the more pink-toned palette of the two released here. The matte shades are a bit disappointing but the shimmer shades more than make up for it. This colour palette would be perfect for somebody just getting into eyeshadow because they're all colours which really complement each other. At $36 this is so much more budget friendly than some of the more cult eyeshadow palettes out there. 

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in L.U.V-Sephora NZ, I think I speak for everyone when I say restock your site! Okay, rants aside. I've been wanting to try the Kat Von D liquid lipsticks for an age and while a lot of the shades aren't accessible on the Sephora site right now, this one was. I seem to really enjoy wearing purple lipstick, possibly more than reds so this one took my fancy. It's a vibrant purple, but with fuschia undertones to it. I feel like that combination of hues make it less confronting to wear. One thing about this lipstick is it's a mission to apply. The applicator is not amazing so I recommend lining your lips first with a pencil and then filling in with the lipstick. These last incredibly well though so if you want something to stay put that isn't drying, you'll like this.

L'Oreal Super Liner Superstar*-There's only one or two liquid liners that I have loved and this is one of them. If you're like me and find eyeliner a bit of a mission, you'll love this. The fact it has an elongated, pointed tip makes it so much easier to apply. I barely ever have to get the cotton buds out to tidy this up when I'm using this. My other favourite liquid liner is a lot trickier to get so when this dries out I can definitely see myself picking up another one.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer in Soft Brown-Anastasia's brow pencils are my favourite. I used to be a longtime devotee of their Dipbrow Pomade but over time I decided it was just a bit too intense for my liking. Anyway, after hearing they'd launched a new brow pencil, I was intrigued. This one has a much thicker pencil that is angled. It's similar to the Hourglass Arch Brow pencil in that sense. It is thick, but not so thick that you end up applying a block of colour to your brows. I have the colour soft brown because darker pencils never seem to look right on my already dark brows. I like this, but dare I say it, I think I prefer Brow Wiz. 

Maybelline Colorblur in I Like To Mauve It*-First things first, I'm possibly using this wrong but I didn't see the point of the white, blur side of this pencil. Maybe it'd work better with the bolder colours but for this nude it didn't seem to do the whole blurred lip thing. Aside from that, I love this colour. It's your standard, nude-pink shade and applies very creamily. It dries down to more of a satin finish so its lasting power is pretty spot on.  I have a few more of these to try so I'll let you know my thoughts on those at some stage.

MAC Pigment in Melon-This pigment has been in my stash for a while now but I'd never really used it. I know my friend Fiona is a fan of it though so I did want to revisit it. I love this colour. It looks amazing if you apply it with a slightly dampened brush. There's something about makeup mist and Mac's pigment that creates magic. I love this mini size too because Mac pigments are the kind of product you can't use up easily and it's a lot friendlier on the wallet.

L'Oreal Infallible Matte FX Lip Colours in Oops I Pink It Again, Silencio & Virgin*-These are an intriguing one. When I first got these I assumed they'd be liquid lipsticks but that couldn't be further from what they are. What you have is a sponge applicator, almost like those applicators that come with eyeshadows sometimes, but larger and 3D. The sponge absorbs the lip product from inside the lid and the idea here is you swipe the sponge onto your lips for instant colour. They sound gimmicky but they actually work. You're left with velvety smooth lips and pigmented colour payoff. You can build these up nicely as well. One thing I will say is a bit off-putting is despite their matte name they don't stick around for ages. They're easy enough to touchup but if you're picky that may be something to be mindful of. 

Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Creamy Beige*-Maybelline's colour tattoos are a cult product and I've always found them overrated, until now. I'm not sure what's different about the Leather effect ones, maybe the formula's changed but they seem so much creamier than the originals. Creamy Beige is your standard base shade. It has a hint of brown to it though which gives it more warmth but it's not overpowering. I've been applying this under my powder shadows recently to help them stay put and I love it. It reminds me a lot of Groundwork from Mac which is one of my favourite paint pots to use. 

-Have you tried these products out? What did you think of them?

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