Wednesday, May 7, 2014

April Favourites

At the beginning of the month, April was declared 'birthday month' and I took it easier than I deserved, honestly speaking. Very tardy with these Monthly Favourites and life-outside-of-blogging is taking over (I'm still keeping up with reading your blogs though!) Hormonal breakouts rampant; between treating myself to skincare and cosy home spa nights becoming more frequent because of the weather chilling down, I'm finding more products to post about after a little plateau/rut.

Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque
To combat problem skin I've been using this kaolin clay mask as a cleanser. After purchasing and finishing the REN ClearCalm 3 Clarifying Clay Cleanser and a little nudge from this video by Lisa Eldridge I thought nightly cleansing with the mask would be a good way to use it up (It's almost all gone!). I didn't notice drastically quick results with the REN but I found my skin was clearer progressively, and I'm getting the same results from this much-cheaper alternative. With the REN costing $40 and the Queen Helene around $4 on iHerb and $4 flat rate shipping, treating congested skin is cheap and cheerful. I do like more luxurious clarifying masks like the Origins Clear Improvement and the Aesop Parsley Seed Cleansing Masque (I'm eyeing up Aesop's Chamomile Concentrate Anti-Blemish Masque next but it's an eye-watering $51) but the Queen Helene is hard to beat in price and effect especially when used as often as I have been. I've already repurchased and am waiting impatiently for it to arrive in the mail.

MAC Sheen Supreme lipstick in Bare Again
I was swatching Rimmel's Moisture Renew Lipstick in Notting Hill Nude in Priceline and cheekily got out my on-the-go makeup stash to swatch MAC Shy Girl and MAC Bare Again next to it and I was surprised to find I preferred Bare Again out of the three. It's a very wearable natural warm pink with the right amount of brown and peach. The formula is glossy, as the range implies, but it doesn't have a lot of slip to it. The click is secure enough that I keep the tube in my tote bag and reapply whenever the fancy strikes.

Korres Lip Butters in Jasmine, Pomegranate, Mango
Access seems to be the only thing stopping me from using or playing with lip products. I usually hide them away in a compartmentalised makeup storage system so in an effort to break the 'out of sight, out of mind' philosophy I had going, I placed this stack of pots of sheer coloured goodness on my desk and have been applying them more often than I have before. After all the hype and hubbub that went down in the blogging community surrounding these sheer tinted lip balms I'm glad I've rediscovered them and getting more wear out of them. They smell lovely, they impart a pretty tint and the formula is faultless.

T2 Gorgeous Geisha
I'm all but addicted to green tea and drink a mug every morning; the aroma of strawberries and cream makes me that bit happier. Thanks PC! ;)

My Beauty Diary Sake Yeast Masks
Late nights have called for less of an experimental focus on lotions and potions and on a few exhausted nights I've taken to whacking on one of these masks before bed and drifting off with it on. I haven't used face masks from a brand as well-known as My Beauty Diary in a long while and out of their droning line varieties I'm glad I chose Sake Yeast. It contains hyaluronic acid, aloe extract and sake yeast extract, which is reminiscent of SK-II's signature ingredient, pitera, also an extracted by-product of sake brewing. MBD claims the masks are whitening and moisturizing on the box and hydrating, oil control and repairing on the website but I'm just happy to find my skin smoother and more hydrated when I wake up in the morning (sans mask because I've taken it off my face in my sleeping state). I bought mine from an Asian beauty store in Westfield Garden City in Southern Brisbane but they're also available online at

Caroline Hirons on Youtube
To the delight of people the world over, the legendary skincare godmother of the blogging world has begun creating Youtube videos!


  1. Hmm, I should try out the mint mask as a cleanser! Colour me intrigued. Erg, I still haven't gotten any of the Korres lip butters, I will one day though! They sound amazing.

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

    1. It's great as a cleanser- I don't know how I'd use it up otherwise, it's massive! The REN clay cleanser has been upsized to 200mL since I bought it, which makes it that bit more enticing! Korres lip butter are the ultimate in tinted lip balms, go for it!

  2. Ooh, I didn't know Caroline Hirons started making Youtube videos. I bought a box of My Beauty Diary sheet masks as well when in Asia; they make my skin feel lovely and supple afterwards. I used to use the Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque years ago (as a mask and spot treatment) but never ended up repurchasing it. x

    1. She's just like how she sounds on her blog- very down to earth and no-nonsense. Masks are so lovely and such a treat! That being said, the Mint Julep one does not fall into that category...It's very utilitarian.

  3. I definitely need to try out that mint mask! But I say go for it, just buy the Aesop mask! It's honestly fabulous and so great for congested skin. Though it is quite pricey so maybe as a treat perhaps? Also love the sound of that green tea, I also enjoy tea in the morning and this one sounds great!

    Chantalle x

    1. I just might take the plunge! One of these days... T2 is such a treat but this one is lovely and it was a gift!