Saturday, October 12, 2013

The Edit | Summer

"You say goodbye, and I say hello." So spring's all but gone, and stinking hot days and scorching sunshine means summer's here. I'm learning a few ways to deal with the 36-38 degree days. An item which is notably missing from this year's summer products is blotting paper- to be honest I haven't needed it since I started using the sole skincare item included in this post.

Facial Oils
It's best to treat the root of the problem and facial oils greatly help. I found using rosehip oil balanced out my skin's sebum production- it's actually less oily now that I'm using facial oils on a daily basis. Dry oils like rosehip and argan absorb into the skin without any trace of greasiness. Unfortunately the Sukin Rosehip Oil has a short shelf-life and the use-by indicator says it should be used up within 6 months of opening. I'm not sure of the extent to which it is affected but to take precautions against adverse effects I decided to stop using it once it passed the 6-month mark. I bought the Swisse Argan Face Oil to try in its stead and they're very different. The rosehip is a rich yellow colour, smells woody and greasy and comes in a fat bottle with a pipette. The argan is clear, smells like lemon drops and comes in a skinnier vial with a weird squirt pump that unscrews itself and leaks. I'm not sure how the argan oil compares to the rosehip as I haven't used it for very long but so far the result is similar.

I don't wear primer very often because I don't wear makeup most days but when I do wear the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum foundation or the Laura Mercier Mineral Powder, I always smooth on Face of Australia Face Base or Australis Matte Out stick primer. The FOA primer is a close dupe to the Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot, which costs a lot more and essentially does the same thing. The Australis stick primer is easy to use but it doesn't keep things completely matte- 3-4 hours later a satin finish peeks through. 


Powder foundation is what I'd wear in summer but if you're a liquid gal through and through, setting your base with powder and touching up will mattify the shine. The good ones will mattify without looking dull and flat- for instance, Face of Australia Translucent Loose Powder and Bourjois Healthy Balance Unifying Powder. Maybelline Dream Matte sits on top of the skin and is noticeably powdery but these two meld into the makeup and subtly mattify. 

Dry Shampoo
Second-day greasy roots helper- and Klorane is simply the best value for money. I'm onto my third or fourth can now. Batiste is cheaper but I dislike the white residue it leaves and Klorane is constantly having sales or buy-one-get-a-mini-free deals. 

Sealing in your eyebrow powder with brow gel or clear mascara is helpful. Ardell Brow Sculpting Gel is one that I've loved and repurchased because of its affordable price point and how it holds without being crunchy.
Tints are incredibly long-wearing and can double as blush or lip colour. The Lioele Pop Orange Tint is my favourite for hot days- when I was in Singapore it was the one makeup item I used everyday. 
Waterproof (and oil-proof) mascaras are a must for panda-prone people like me. Kiss Me Heroine Make and Curl- this one is Make Long and Curl but I repurchased Make Volume and Curl- mascaras are the best I've tried. There are so many out there in the same league worth a go but these are what I've used and liked. 

Sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 15
Those lucky enough to have Biore UV Perfect Face Milk nearby, run out and try it! It's the best facial sunscreen for those on a budget and even works to help mattify the skin and control shine. For those who don't have a Sasa or Watsons at hand, the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30+ is a good alternative.


  1. Yes, the weather is heating up incredibly fast! I'm not looking forward to when Summer officially rolls around. I have the NP Auto Pilot primer and honestly don't notice it doing much besides hydrating, which I'd rather get from my moisturiser. The Australis stick primer seems promising! I've heard heaps about that FOA powder particularly from Laurenbeautyy, it seems nice and I've been looking for a truly translucent powder - stupid Essence discontinued the All about Matt which I wanted to buy. I have a couple of the Neutrogena suncreen samples (I got my mum and sister to get the gift, haha) and I'm trying to make them last until I get to HK to buy the Biore (or similar)!

    1. According to Rae Morris, a primer is essentially a moisturiser with silicones (dimethicone) so water-based primers like the FOA and the Napoleon are meant to hydrate. Weird how it doesn't do much else for you though. The FOA powder is nice but messy- I stopped using it last year when I got a few new ones but it's a really good translucent powder. It would work well over cream blush too, because it's truly translucent. Lucky you- HK should definitely have the Biore Asia line!

  2. Neutrogena do make awesome sunscreens - I had a sport one which I was enjoying using but it passed its expiry date so I had to chuck it. But I remember it was just like putting on a really nice moisturiser - no white cast or greasiness/heaviness. I had to chuck out my FOA primer as well - it was probably bordering on 2 years old and I just didn't feel comfortable with the idea of putting that on my face. It's getting to that point with some of my oldest foundations as well ... they gotta go. I'm sort of going through a powder phase - though I don't think I've found 'the one' that ticks all the boxes. But the Bourjois is definitely one of the best I've tried, though I don't think it's anything particularly amazing in the oil control department and it doesn't last all that long on me. But when you first apply it, it does a great job at giving a tad extra coverage and mattifying any shine without looking cakey or powdery. It can be own on its own as well, which I really like. I'm not sure whether my Sukin has been 6 months or more, but I'm still happily using it :p

  3. I wish Sukin and Trilogy would package their rosehip oils in smaller bottles if they only have 6 months of use. I should probably have a look at my FOA primer too- I think that one's a year old. I'm running out of my Bourjois HMS in 53, which is good because it's over a year old but I'll hold out til a sale before repurchasing. Have you tried the new Radiance Reveal HM formula? Apparently it's fuller coverage but dewier, which may not be a good thing for me.
    I really like the Sukin- from what I've read, Kosmea and Trilogy seem to be favourites but Sukin is still good. I got over the smell after a few weeks lol. Let us know if the Hourglass Ambient Lighting powder proves to be 'the One'!

    1. I don't even know how people use up a 25ml bottle in 6 months - unless they're pouring it on their body or something lol. I haven't tried the Radiance Reveal one ... I'm always hesitant to try new Bourjois foundations because I'm so enamoured of Healthy Mix Serum. I don't want to chance it on something potentially inferior. I have a tiny bottle of the Trilogy but I can't really tell it apart from the Sukin. Kosmea I heard was much more amber in colour though. A bit on the fence about the Hourglass ... and still debating whether I should've picked up Diffused Light (yikes)