Sunday, August 31, 2014

August Favourites

Much incredulity at it being September already. Where has the year gone?! That aside, I have some beauty favourites to share from the past month. I've had a good August, and I've been trying some new things and loving some old.

It seems to be the latest thing in Brisbane to refurbish and rejuvenate shopping centres (Toowong, Indooroopilly and Garden City spring to mind) and somehow they've brought a whole host of opportunities to try new beauty products. I visited a Korean cosmetics store called W Cosmetics and picked up a couple of things. The Tony Moly Eyebrow Razor has been surprisingly easy to use and makes a world of difference to the shape of my brows. After neatening up the edges my brows are noticeably better-shaped and I'm loving the result. It takes off the baby hairs above the brow and between the brows, and at $1.95 it was super affordable too.

The other thing I chose from the best-fitted-out Korean cosmetics store I've ever seen is the Tony Moly Mini Peach Lip Balm. While its effectiveness as a lip balm is average at best, the scent is delectable. It smells good enough to eat. And it's cute. Don't mistake it for a nipple.

Oh, Sigma. Sigma's affiliate program once took Youtube by storm so it was positively everywhere and two years ago I relented and coughed up the ridiculous shipping cost to get my hands on two MAC brush dupes- the Sigma E25 and E30. Recently the Sigma E25 Blending Brush has been my go-to for blending concealer, which I first watched Lisa Eldridge do. I'm not joking when I say the first time I saw her blend concealer with this precious MAC 217 copy I was aghast that someone would use it for anything other than eyeshadow. But the Lady of House Eldridge does no wrong and this blends concealer fantastically. I use it in conjunction with the Bourjois Healthy Mix Correcting Concealer, which I have not put down for the past three months.

Since mentioning wanting to add some balayage to my hair for some interest and change, I did buy a box of L'Oreal Wild Ombre and the bottom 10 centimetres of my hair are now a subtle dark brown. I find the ends are susceptible to breakage and they're perpetually parched so Moroccanoil has been very handy. This stuff is bloody expensive so I use it sparingly and it's excellent at making my hair feel healthy and it adds some shine, which looks nice. Fake it 'til you make it, right?

Another Korean product I've been loving is The Face Shop's Herb Day 365 Aloe Cleansing Foam. I found it in a Korean mart and it was incredibly affordable at $4.50 and there aren't any strange ingredients that jump out at me with warning bells. It cleanses the skin quite thoroughly without leaving any residual feeling or tightness and I've been using it for the past 6 weeks without reacting badly to it. Combined with the EcoTools Pure Complexion Facial Sponge (I've repurchased, but the Bamboo Charcoal version instead!) and following up with the First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads and a Benzac 5% Benzoyl Peroxide acne gel-cream, my skin's been super clear and the happiest it's been in a long long time.

With my brow-esteem flying high, I decided to cut corners with my brow routine and opt for a tinted gel instead of sketching them in using my usual Lioele pencil. The Revlon Brow Fantasy in Dark Brown is amazing for a quick and easy solution to finish my eyebrows but only when I wipe the excess off the brush with a tissue. Full post here.

I've been loving a good sweep of the Bourjois Delice de Poudre 'Chocolate' bronzer to warm my face and I love the effect that a good bronzer imparts- healthy and glowing without the sun damage of a tan. It's distinctly not wintry but neither is Brisbane's weather. I hit pan a long while ago but I'd forgotten about it until I misplaced my NYC Sunny bronzer a few months ago and was forced to rediscover this one and it's pretty faultless. Excited to welcome the spring days and more perfect weather!


  1. HOW GOOD IS W COSMETICS? Sorry haha, I may be a little obsessed with that place. They just have such a huge range, literal swatch heaven. Ahahaaa, it would be a very pink nipple ;) Oh, did the L'oreal Ombre kit work very well? I really want to do some ombre too and while it would be best to get it done profesh, I'm a cheapskate. I'm about at-home kits, do they have much effect on black hair?

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

    1. W Cosmetics is so pretty! They have an amazing range and a lot of their prices are super reasonable. The ombre kit did alright, but I didn't leave it in for as long as I could have, so it's not as pronounced as I would like. My black virgin hair took ages for the colour to show up but it does. I bought an additional Schwarzkopf lightening spray, which is essentially bleach, to boost the brown, but I'm pretty happy with where it's at. Lots of Moroccanoil and conditioner and no heat styling anymore though.

  2. I wish we had more Korean cosmetics stores here! I NEED THAT EYEBROW RAZOR. And HAHAHA a nipple lip balm.

    Sheri | Behind The Frames

    1. Eyebrow razors are quite easy to find in Korean marts, if you're near any. Korean marts are good for face masks as well!

  3. Love a good favourites post! I'm liking the look of the Sigma brush and the lip balm... :)
    Also, I just nominated you for a Liebster blog award by the way, would love to see your responses