Tuesday, July 30, 2013

July Favourites

For me, July was about mostly sticking to the same products, cooking and sleeping late. In addition to the increase in my caffeine intake from practising making coffee at work, the latter has made me break out badly so I'm making an effort to go to bed earlier and layer on the Effaclar Duo. I've been sticking to the same makeup bases: the Bourjois concealer, the Laura Mercier Mineral Powder and the Skin79 BB Cream. I'm not experimenting with anything new there because makeup takes a backseat when skincare is a bigger priority.

Sukin Certified Organic Rosehip Oil
Antipodes Apostle Skin-Brightening and Tone-Correcting Serum
I knocked it earlier this year but with friends praising it left right and centre I decided to revisit the Sukin Rosehip Oil to see if it could boost the condition of my mid-winter skin and give it some much-needed help with eradicating scars. I usually plop two to three drops into about half a pipette of the Antipodes Apostle Skin-Brightening and Tone-Correcting Serum in my palm and pat the mixture into my skin. The Apostle serum smells refreshingly fruity and helps to counter the strong woody, almost greasy scent of the Sukin oil. I find that when I wake up the morning after applying this mixture, my skin is plump and hydrated and I'm hoping long-term use will help acne scars. I follow this up with La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo and this streamlined PM routine has been helping my break-outs heal up.

Illamasqua Cream Blush in Zygomatic
I've been gravitating toward Zygomatic all month long, as my lemming for Tarte Exposed was fulfilled by purchasing this similarly neutral pink cream formula. I love the dewy, true cream technology behind the blush, not the notorious cream to powder type that defeats the purpose of using a cream. It looks so natural on and doesn't accentuate any redness that I typically have around the nose and the cheeks.

Revlon Smoky Shadow Stick in Torch
I got this in a GWP last year and decidedly put it away because it wasn't pigmented enough for my liking but I pulled it out this month and I'm pleasantly surprised at my renewed interest. The pinkish champagne side is good when worn with very light makeup and the brown side reminds me of the Clinique Chubby Sticks For Eyes in Fuller Fudge. It applies sheerly so I tend to layer up two coats. 

MAC Brun eyeshadow
I was with a friend when I impulsively bought my first MAC eyeshadow, which I only intend to use on my eyebrows. It's sad. It wasn't too long ago that I blogged about the closest thing to a perfect brow pencil for Asians but I prefer the more natural, unpolished finish of a powder and Brun is what the MAC sales assistant recommended. It's a good, grey-toned shade, and I like the control that a powder allows because it's very easy to go overboard with the pencil. For what they're worth, MAC demand more than they should but some shades are difficult to find from other brands.

MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick in Bare Again
This month I tried to make use of my MAC lipsticks, because they're not cheap and I don't wear them enough. I liked the idea of Viva Glam V but after buying it I grew to dislike the silver pearl so I haven't had much luck in getting use out of that. I've raved about this one a few times now; after Tiffany posted about it and alerted me to its existence I ran out and bought it and Bare Again has become my favourite MLBB lipstick and it goes with just about everything. Now this one I have no problem wearing often.

l-r: Zygomatic, Torch, Brun, Barely There

I want to try the Bourjois Bronzing Primer and Peach on the Beach Colour Boost lipstick crayon (and I've been checking ASOS everyday to see if they're restocked) but this video has just pushed it to an obsession. I love her! 
"Maybe somebody can help us out, is it like the CHANEL one? Let us know. Call our hotline!"

Many delightful things happened in July, like holiday baking and taking my coffee education more seriously and the opening of a Priceline near my local train station (so it's on the way, score!) but I'm excited for August and the fresh start at Uni that comes with it. This year is just flying by.


  1. I'm looking for a good eyebrow shade as well and I was going to go to the MAC counter and ask the girls there for suggestions. I have dark hair but it's quite brown so I don't really know what to go for. Brun might be good but it looks a little too grey for me. I'll have to check it out though.

    Celina | The Celution

  2. I always fondly look at Zygomatic whenever I see it in blog posts. It looks so beautiful and practical. I don't think I have read a single negative review on it. I am so curious about trying out facial oils. Another blogger I love reading, Gummy Vision, is such a pro with all the oils that it makes me want to try them out! I love MAC's Brun eyeshadow as well. It has quite a dry texture, if that makes sense, but I love the shade of it.

    1. The texture of Brun is disappointing but the silver lining is that you don't overdo it and it's not crumbly soft like UD! Zygomatic is a good buy- do have the Illamasqua MUA try it out on you if you're on the fence about it! This is my first leap into the facial oils- I quite like what I'm seeing!

  3. Ugh yes. I want that stupid Bourjois peach pencil. I saw them at Priceline today when I was doing my (so, so unnecessary) skin care haul and they were ah-mazing. Like, really glossy, soft, very different to the Revlon JBKBS. But also not like the Revlon Lip Butters either. Thinner texture. The colour was so pretty! I was tempted by those Revlon shadow sticks when I was in the US, but decided against it ultimately. Your swatches make that one look really convincing though - the brown is nicely pigmented! I really don't wear Zygomatic enough. I keep telling myself I'm going to give Effaclar Duo another go, but I never get around to it. Maybe tonight...

    1. Spotted in Priceline yesterday and bought it! In fact, Peach on the Beach was sold out in the first store I went to so I went to another in an adjacent street. The texture is lighter and the pigmentation is so good but it doesn't stain like the Revlon JBKBS! The colour's such a pretty bright coral. I thought Australis Honky Tonk was similar but it's darker and more pink. The Revlon shadow stick swatches nice and pigmented but it blends out to a sheer wash. More of a base than a true shadow.