Wednesday, May 28, 2014

May Favourites

It's officially winter and along with the changing weather my products on rotation have undergone some major shaking up. In May I used and loved some old favourites and some new introductions. Changing seasons mean goodbye autumn, hello winter and scarves and boots and jackets and cute socks and candles and cosy nights curled up with Youtube and course readings and mugs of tea and hot chocolate (coffee is a luxury that I reserve for being out and from barista hands). 




David Babaii Instant Straight Smoothing Balm
I bought this from Priceline in the most recent 40% off haircare sale and I believe it retails for $24.50 but it was marked down to $10, and after a discount and a Priceline Sister Club cash-back voucher it was practically free. I bought it because I'm too lazy to heat style my naturally wavy hair and it can get a little frizzy after air-drying. Prior to this, I didn't own any other proper styling products (so it was justified). It's a creamy paste that smells pleasant and I find my hair is neater when I pat this into the ends and layers, especially when I wear my hair down. 




Bourjois Healthy Mix Correcting Concealer in 53 Dark Radiance
I turned to this after hitting pan on my Laura Mercier Undercover concealer and I don't know why I put it away and forgot about it. Previously I mentioned that its medium coverage wasn't high enough but now I find it provides enough coverage to camouflage the hyperpigmentation left behind by blemishes and it blends and wears especially well after I've taken to trying out the Wayne Goss powder trick that Michelle posted about. My latest makeup routine that I've been sticking with has comprised of solely this concealer for a base product. That being said, when I run out, which could be soon as I'm close to wringing out this tube, I might try the NARS Creamy Concealer instead of repurchasing because this costs $24 RRP and the NARS is $35. 




Lush No Drought
Since posting about this, I have not loved it any less. It's a great loose dry shampoo that keeps me sane when I skip shampooing every other day. I hate the feeling of day-old hair but this clears up the feeling of natural oils and adds texture and volume to the roots. The light citrus scent is pleasant and doesn't linger and the bottle makes it surprisingly easy to puff the powder out.




Rimmel Santa Rose
This blush is an old favourite that I liked using over a year ago and I dug it back out when throwing together a on-the-go makeup bag and chose this because it's tiny and compact (and cheap so if it shatters I won't be sad). It's such a pretty, flattering peachy coral that looks understated and subtly sculpting. 




Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water
This 'drugstore' 'Bioderma-dupe' has been on the shelves for a long time but I resisted purchasing it while I was still using the Garnier Clean Sensitive 2 in 1 Makeup Remover, but when I saw it on sale at half the normal price I caved and I've been using it on some mornings instead of an over-the-sink facial cleanse, and on some evenings to remove traces of concealer and bronzer and eyebrow pencil. Admittedly I prefer bi-phase products like the Garnier Clean Sensitive 2 in 1 Makeup Remover to remove makeup so I wouldn't depend on a cleansing water to remove all my makeup (including very waterproof mascara) in one go. Personally I don't regard Bioderma as my favourite micellar cleansing water- that title belongs to the Caudalie Cleansing Water, which is more refreshing and pleasantly scented. I've used Bioderma Crealine and Bioderma Sebium before and they do a good job of removing makeup and product on the skin without leaving a residue or the skin feeling tight. This Garnier rendition removes product fairly well but leaves a somewhat soapy residue, which means after using it I'm obliged to follow up with a second cleanser or at the bare minimum, a rinse with water. I'm in the habit of doing so anyway, which is why this made it into the monthly favourites but if you're looking for something that cleanses like Bioderma does, you won't find your solution in the Garnier version.



Candles
I've joined the candle bandwagon, with the Yankee Happy Birthday Vanilla Cupcake popping the candle cherry. On a spontaneous jaunt to IKEA I purchased their Mixed Berry and Vanilla candles as well, which smell lovely. I'll see how long this phase pans out for and if I dip more than a toe into the pool of wicks, soy and scents long enough to dabble with more commitment. 



Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask to Quench Skin's Thirst
Last spring I put this tube away and only recently dug it back out for the cooler weather. It is, quite frankly, luscious. It smells deliciously of apricots and the consistency is so rich and hydrating. It's my second winter with Drink Up Intensive and I don't regret buying this because sometimes the skin is crying out for something intense and on dry winter nights, this is what the skin is crying out for.

13 comments:

  1. Lovely favourites! I dip in and out between candle phases. My parents don't like me burning candles though (afraid I might burn the house down lol), but while I love burning them and feeling like a sophisticated human, I feel weird because I'm the only one enjoying the yummy smells? I think when I get my own place and have guests over I'll go into full candle-nice-smelling-home mode. Oh! I need to pick up Santa Rose...next time a good sale rolls around eh?

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

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    1. Thank you! And I can relate- a few months ago I didn't understand the appeal of candles but just yesterday I was cooing over these adorable rectangular tin two-wick candles inspired by authors (Edgar Allan Poe, Charles Dickens, Jane Austen) in Dymocks in the city. Glasshouse Fragrances are difficult to beat for scents and throw though. They've repackaged the Rimmel blushes- I completely forgot about that- I don't know if Santa Rose is still available!

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    2. Those candles do sound adorable! Funnily enough, they sell Glasshouse candles at the shop at my school! Plus they're at a discounted price ($30) so I really want to buy a few before I leave school haha :) I think they still have Santa Rose....they better!

      Tasha // shiwashiful.

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  2. Ouu, I want to try out the Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealer (and the foundations, for that matter) even though I've got the NARS concealer that I'm working on. I feel bad for buying candles, since I feel like I'm literally (kinda) burning money, but I've been picking up a few candles as of late as well. Vanilla Cake sounds like it smells lush!

    Vanessa | Citron and Guavaberry ʘ‿ʘ

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    1. I've heard nothing but good things about the NARS concealer! And I totally agree with 'burning money' haha but I'm not spending too much on them at the moment. :)

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  3. Looks like you're all ready for Winter! The Origins overnight mask smells amazing, doesn't it?! At first, it can be a bit strong but it's lovely when it starts to die down a little. I've found that sometimes the Origins mask can be a little too much for my sensitive skin but on good days (or nights!), it's just the thing to get rid of dry patches!

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    1. I agree that the Origins mask can be too rich some days- I find the Caudalie Divine Oil to be the same way, but they're great for dry skin!

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  4. Candles are so easy to get addicted to, especially if you have a pre-existing interest in fragrance. The main thing that I find tricky with them is they require a minimum burn of 3 hours (ideally more) so it burns evenly, but I never remember to light my candle for that long at night. I get sick of scents pretty easily as well, so I like having a few options. I think the Yankee Candle you have is basically identical to Christmas Cookie one I have. I wish I was more into the Origins mask at the moment, it's inviting in almost every respect except that it doesn't fully sink into the skin (especially when used liberally) and is a bit sticky. Not so great when I like to watch stuff on my laptop and press my face against a cushion in bed. Interesting you should say the Caudalie cleansing water is your favourite - I do find it more hydrating than the Bioderma but I think the Bioderma edges it out in terms of actual makeup removing performance.

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    1. I started burning the IKEA red berry candle and it's impressively strong and not sickly sweet! I didn't know about burning for min. 3 hours to get an even burn! I've just been trimming the wick and trying to scrape down the sides but that plan isn't going so well because it can come close to drowning the wick. I get what you mean about the Origins mask sitting on the skin- I've taken to applying it right before sleeping, and not using too much. I only used about 20mL of regular Bioderma Crealine- maybe if I bought a real bottle of it I'd come to like it more. :)

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  5. Great pictures! I've had the no drought dry shampoo but didn't like it at all! I felt it left white flakes in my hair! The garnier cleansing oil looks awesome, I haven't seen that around yet!

    Just followed you on bloglovin :)
    Raincouver Beauty

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    1. Thank you! I had no idea about white flakes- I haven't seen that happen. The Garnier Cleansing Water isn't bad, but be warned that it can leave a soapy residue! Odd that it would reach us before Canada.

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  6. Love your favourites! All set for winter now! The mask would be great for the dry season. That dry shampoo sounds nice. I'll have to try it out when I finish my current bottle.

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    1. Thank you! The mask is the ultimate in hydration out of my stash at the moment. :) I think it's a good dry shampoo but I might revert to Klorane aerosol cans if I'm travelling.

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