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My HQHair Lust List and February 2017 Favourites

Two products have featured in my lust-list through 2017, and I finally managed to get my hands on both, from HQHair, a UK-based retailer that ships worldwide. They have promptly set themselves up as my February 2017 beauty favourites.
One is an eyeshadow palette - you can never have too many - from an old friend; a favourite, collectible brand. Incidentally, I have not missed even one of their eye palettes.
The second is a dual-purpose product I have been eyeing for a while - it certainly makes life much easier in the mornings. I wish more brands would come up with effective products that make things simpler, instead of a bazillion highlighters and colour correctors.
Did you guess either product without looking at the photographs? Stay tuned for a makeup look with these.

Scroll down for my February 2017 Beauty Favourites, and why you need them.

My HQHair Lust List and February 2017 Favourites
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Allies of Skin 24/7 Skincare Kit Review, Results

Last month, I introduced a skincare brand called Allies of Skin on this blog - they are based in Singapore, though they manufacture in the US. They are cruelty-free. I first came across samples of their products in a Cult Beauty goody bag last year, and was so, so impressed that I actually left a review on Cult Beauty and purchased the full size.
I have already given you a basic introduction to the brand here. Do check out the post if you have not seen it already, and go here to check out their ethos
I have been taking a 28-day challenge, after using the Allies of Skin 24/7 Kit every day, and here are the results.

Scroll down for the review of the Allies of Skin 24/7 Skincare Kit, and before-and-after photos of the products' effect on the skin. 

Review of the Allies of Skin 24/7 Skincare Kit, and before-and-after photos of the products' effect on the skin.
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LookFantastic Beauty Box February 2017 Review

LookFantastic's Beauty Box for February 2017 is the Runway Edition, containing "opulent beauty products, with innovative ingredients" - products that can make you runway ready this February. A nice change from the Valentine's Day overkill we have been seeing this month.
I love the royal purple minimalistic box. The box is accompanied by the Elle UK magazine and the regular LF Beauty Box magazine.

Scroll down for the contents of my LookFantastic Beauty Box for February 2017.

LookFantastic Beauty Box February 2017 Review
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Duochrome Eye Makeup Look With Makeup Geek

I did a date night makeup look where everything else was no-makeup makeup except for the eyes, which sported a duochrome eyeshadow from Makeup Geek - I love that you can use the duochrome eyeshadows all by themselves. Most of the other products used in this FOTD came from my 2017 Beautylish Lucky Bag, reviewed here.
Scroll down for the look. 
Duochrome EOTD With Makeup Geek Eyeshadow
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Coloured Raine Queen of Hearts Eyeshadow Palette Review, Swatches, EOTD

Coloured Raine Cosmetics is proving to be one of my favourites for everyday eyeshadow as well as lipsticks. Their Matte Lip Paints - review coming soon - are beautiful liquid lippies with 100 per cent pigmentation and staying power. I bought the Queen of Hearts Eyeshadow Palette after reading rave reviews.
For those who have not heard of Coloured Raine, the brand was founded by Loraine, who wanted a range which encouraged self-expression and diversity. Currently, they have lipsticks, eyeshadows, nail polishes, and false eyelashes. Given the quality of the lippies and the eyeshadows, I hope they come out with more makeup soon.

Scroll down for the review and swatches of the Coloured Raine Queen of Hearts Eyeshadow Palette.

Coloured Raine Queen of Hearts Eyeshadow Palette Review, Swatches, EOTD
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Valentine Day Gift Ideas: 10 Beauty Pampering Sets

Are you a V-Day hater or a fan of the event? Over the years, I have been single as well as otherwise on Valentine's Day. In both cases, the important thing was to have a good time, and pamper myself a bit. This year, we are going on a *very* mini break, just like we did for New Year's. Not a proper vacation; that will have to wait until the Summer. After staying cooped up indoors for the major part of 2016, I'll take whatever I can get.
It is also an ideal time for pampering - here's a lovely selection of beauty gift sets, to get you started. 
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Beauty Products Emptied in January 2017 + Link Up

Several products among the January 2017 beauty empties have me torn up on whether to repurchase or not. On the one hand, they are brilliant, and they work. On the other hand, I do have quite a few equally brilliant replacements in my cupboard at the moment. Read on to find out which products.

Here are the beauty products I used up in January 2017, and my quick impressions of each.

Here are the beauty products I used up in January 2017, and my quick impressions of each.
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Light Red Makeup Look With Coloured Raine Cosmetics

Last week, I did a bold-for-me makeup look with Coloured Raine Cosmetics' Queen of Hearts eyeshadow palette, and Matte Lip Paint in 24 Seven. The latter is a light red lipstick, and I used the red eyeshadows in the palette, to come up with a very 1940s look, combined with my shorter hair - I look rather like an Auxiliary Territorial Service Member from WWII. 
Anyway, scroll down and take a look!
Light Red Makeup Look With Coloured Raine Cosmetics
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