Tuesday, April 8, 2014

March Favourites

March has proved to be productive in the spectrum of using and abusing beauty products: I lamented the end of an era when I finished my Bioderma Sebium, the REN Clearcalm Clarifying Clay Cleanser, Alpha-H Liquid Gold Rejuvenating Cream and another tube of Effaclar Duo from La Roche-Posay; I even found a product that I did not get along with at all. After squeezing the last dose of Aesop Parsley Seed Cleansing Masque from the tube I've gone back to using the Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque and after watching Lisa Eldridge speak about her face mask philosophy wherein she mentioned you could use clarifying, neutralising bentonite- and kaolin-based masks as cleansers, much like the REN clay cleanser I'd finished, I've started using the Mint Julep Masque as a clarifying cleanser on a more regular basis. I don't feel quite as extravagant as I would if I was using an Aesop or Origins mask (at under $4 a huge tube, the Queen Helene mask is not a luxury). Using the mask more regularly has helped to speed up my skin's recovery from breakouts and it's looking much better.

Laura Mercier Mineral Foundation Primer
The mineral formula is supposed to be healing, containing vitamins B6 and B12 and colloidal silver, and I like using it for the way it smooths foundation application, and helps longevity especially around the t-zone. Since I first saw Laura Mercier's tube packaging I've wanted to own one of them myself, and I must say 'past me' was a bit deluded because it's nothing stunning; just functional.

Trilogy Rosehip Oil Antioxidant+

While La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo is acclaimed to treat acne-prone skin, I'm not certain of its effectiveness. On the other hand, rosehip oil, without a doubt, does great things for my skin. It hydrates and nourishes, and with daily use scars and acne clear up faster. I find my previously oily skin has balanced out to be of combination type, even normal on some days. I'm not particularly fussy with brands but Trilogy's Antioxidant+ is good.

Hada Labo SHA Hydrating Lotion

I've finished my tube of Indeed Labs Hydraluron and I don't want to repurchase because I've got this huge bottle of Super Hyaluronic Acid essence to use up first. I bought it in Singapore in May last year and it'll tide me over for a long time because I only ever use a few drops per night. It leaves my skin moisturised and smooth- my combination skin means dry cheeks which can have flaky patches when using the wrong products but I don't get that with this product. Not quite a serum, not quite a moisturiser, I use it as an essence; after cleansing in the morning, and sometimes in the evening as well, depending on the other treatments and serums I'm using.

Lush Lust Gorilla Perfume

I've been loving this all month long. Easy to chuck into my bag along with the essentials and not only is it the freshest floral I own, it's also the longest lasting. I love jasmine and this vein of jasmine is reminiscent of the tea, which is pleasant and not cloying. I associate jasmine with happiness and fresh spring days, not heady woozy moods like the name implies so if I have any points of contention with this product it would be with the tacky name. A couple of dabs on the wrists and neck and it sets me off in a happy mood for the day.

NYX Terra Cotta blush

A pan of rosy golden goodness. I haven't deviated from this blush for the past five weeks because I like the peachy cheeks Terra Cotta gives. I've worn down the pyramids with regular use. 
Side note: I spotted E.L.F. in Kmart! Studio line products are $8 and the Essential range are $3. I don't need anything so I refrained from purchasing unnecessarily.

Ecotools Bronzer Brush

After seeing several beauty Youtubers ramble about the Tarte mineral foundation and 'Airbuki' brush, I decided to revert to using this huge kabuki-with-handle to apply my mineral powder foundation and it's so dense (and SO soft!) and covers a larger surface area quicker than using the Real Techniques Buffing Brush. It distributes the powder more evenly, with a lighter application than using the Buffing Brush. Quick base for Uni class done and dusted in under 10 seconds.


  1. What mineral foundation do you use? I can't seem to find one that my skin likes and that covers my redness :( Any suggestions would be nice! Paris xx

    1. I use Mineral Powder from Laura Mercier! I haven't broken out from it or reacted badly and I own two shades- Natural Beige and Real Sand. I would say Natural Beige is equivalent to about MAC NC30 and Real Sand would be around NC20. It's pretty high coverage (I only spot conceal active breakouts before applying the powder) with a natural finish- not matte or luminous but somewhere in between. Hope that helps! xx