Monday, April 29, 2013

March and April Favourites

The past two months have just flown by- I've been inundated with assignments for the past three weeks consecutively but I must admit March and April have been the best months I've had for a while. I've been using a mix of old and new products, so I thought I'd share the good ones.

Biore Combination Skin Balancing Cleanser
I first saw this on Sheri's blog and once I'd seen Beautypedia's shockingly good review, I bought it and have been using it in place of my usual Dove Cleanser and Toner in One. It's good and does what it says, but I'm not sure I prefer it to the Dove. I used to use gel cleansers all the time but converted to the gentler, milder Dove formula. Thankfully it cleanses well and doesn't strip the skin of moisture, which is pleasantly surprising as the gel lathers up considerably.

St Ives Gentle Apricot Scrub for Sensitive Skin
I bought this cheaply from Chemist Warehouse after reading a review of it somewhere because I was using the St Ives Blemish Control Apricot Scrub and those exfoliating beads are so rough it feels like you're scrubbing your face with a fine gravel- so when I saw they had a gentler option aimed at dry/sensitive skin I tried it out and am loving it for a twice-weekly exfoliation. 

Aesop Parsley Seed Cleansing Masque
I bought this after seeing it pop up on several of my favourite blogs and I'm fairly certain my cleared-up skin can be attributed to twice-weekly 20-minute mask sessions with this. I've developed a routine of sorts, when I'll clean my brushes while I wait for the mask to do its job and it's definitely helped to clear up congestion and breakouts. I apply it with the Real Techniques Pointed Foundation Brush that came in the Core Collection, which I would never use otherwise.

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo
This treatment has a regular place in my routine and it's great for clearing up spots and keeping them away. I like it, but I want to try other products, more specifically, Antipodes and Clarins things.

When I first started using this, I had no idea what good it did, but I used it on dry patches and it rescues dehydrated skin and evens out my skintone. I daresay it does more for my skin than the Origins Drink Up Intensive mask.

Garnier Clean Sensitive Gentle Make Up Remover
I've since tossed out the oil-free Face of Australia Gentle Make Up Remover in favour of this one, which smells like roses and doesn't leave an oily residue like the FOA. I can safely use the Garnier on a cotton pad to remove face makeup and waterproof mascara (before cleansing, that is) without needing to have the soap ready to wash the oil off my fingers. It removes both foundation and intensely waterproof mascara without issues. I've only used it a couple of times but it's so good I'm including it. It's cheaper than the FOA and contains more too.

Lioele Artist Auto Eyebrow Pencil in 03 Grey Black
This is the only product from my Korean eBay order that I use regularly- I can safely say it's the easiest brow product I've found and the colour match is perfect for natural Asian hair. 

Kiss Me Heroine Make Volume and Curl Mascara
I bought this on a whim in one of those shops where people rent out a cube space/cubby hole from one of the many lining the walls and fill it with their own stock (it's an Asian thing I think- I was in Sunnybank Plaza, which is predominantly Asian). I mistook it for the Make Long and Curl version which Michelle mentioned, but I still love this- initially it's way too clumpy and wet but I've gotten around that by wiping the excess product onto a tissue so that the Lancome Hypnose-style mascara wand can coat the lashes with enough product to define the lashes, but not too much that it clumps. Every waterproof mascara I've used before (Maybelline Full 'N Soft, CoverGirl LashBlast Volume) has smudged onto the area around the lower lashline but this one is truly waterproof and doesn't smudge at all. I've since chucked out the LashBlast Volume waterproof and Full 'N Soft waterproof, and that was my second tube of the latter but I'm going to stick to the the Heroine Make and Curl mascaras henceforth. HG alert!

NYC Bronzer in Sunny
I read somewhere that bronzer should be two shades darker than the natural skintone, and this bronzer is perfect- I refused to believe the hype before, thinking 'how could something so cheap be so good?' but it is. Pigmented, not muddy, not shimmery, and it's golden without being orange. It may not suit darker skin tones but it should suit most. I apply it with the Ecotools blush brush or the Real Techniques Stippling Brush, depending which one's closer.

Palmer's Dark Chocolate and Peppermint Lip Butter
I've been relying on lip balms and I've scattered my lip balms through various pockets, bags, on my desk and by my bed so I always have one handy, but this Palmer's version is great- although it functions the same as an average chapstick, it smells and tastes so good.

Revlon Lip Butter in Peach Parfait
The one and only lip butter I've gotten decent wear from (I've only got about 1cm left). I like Cherry Tart but don't go enough places to wear that one. I deeply regret getting Cotton Candy and Strawberry Shortcake as they don't suit my colouring but I stubbornly ignored my better judgement and bought them because everyone else loved them and silly me hardly ever wears them out of the house, and Berry Smoothie was claimed by my mum after I left it in her bathroom for her to try (I'm intent on buying another sometime soon). Peach Parfait is glittery so I don't apply too much but it's so pretty and goes with just about everything.

I would have mentioned the Illamasqua Zygomatic cream blush that I bought recently by I haven't had it for long enough to warrant a mention in two months' worth of favourites.
I'm going to Singapore this Friday! Very excited, and I must confess that I've repacked my Liquids-Aerosols-Gels carry-on bag since posting about it a couple of weeks back. Hopefully I'll have some new products to post about when I get back. I'm planning on hitting up Sephora for an Urban Decay Naked Basics palette, in addition to the usual H&M and Forever 21. This trip is too short and I'm too broke to warrant a proper shopping session but maybe I'll grow up a bit and have a look around ZARA and Topshop, who knows?


  1. I agree about the Biore cleanser, how it doesn't strip the moisture and leave you feeling dry. Maybe I should try the Dove one next! :)

    How exciting that you're going to Singapore! I'm going back in July and canNOT wait to hit up Forever 21 etc. :)

    1. The Dove 2 in 1 cleanser is really good too- it's better at removing makeup than the Biore.

  2. Wow, I was really interested with the Aesop Masque since I'm quite tired with using julep so I hope i get to try this one too ^_~

    1. It's great- hope it works for you if you get it!

  3. Love the Garnier Make Up Remover! Hands down HG!

    1. It's so good! It smells nice too, which was unexpected.

  4. I didn't have much success with that Garnier remover but glad to hear you are enjoying it! I just tried the Sweet Tart lip butter and I'm loving it, have you had a look at that shade? I have been keeping my eye out for the sunny bronzer at discount stores but so far no luck.

    1. I've swatched Sweet Tart multiple times but it's too bright for my tastes! I'm veering more towards Berry Smoothie - the Mother's Day packs of Creamsicle, Berry Smoothie and Cherry Tart for $25 look so good!