Friday, March 27, 2015

February + March Favourites

I didn't upload a monthly favourites post at the end of February because I didn't have a lot of products that I'd loved. This month I found a face base combo which I thought was simply marvellous, a Korean alternative to a skincare staple and received a lovely gift from a friend. New deodorant is also in the mix, and with the summer heat still going strong I'm disappointed to say that Brisbane seemingly hasn't gotten the memo about the seasons changing.

Normally I am all about mineral powder and concealer but I decided I wanted to get back into liquid foundation. I've run out of my usual foundation, and since then I haven't touched liquid foundation but in March I discovered that I have a way around that. I use a cotton bud to mix a pump and a half of the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation in 52 Vanilla with a drop of the Bourjois BB Bronzing Cream and voilĂ , a shade that matches me.

I'll announce that it was initially Lena who introduced the idea of using the Real Techniques Multi-Task Brush for applying foundation, and ever since trying it this brush has been revolutionary in my foundation application. It manages to diffuse the coverage so evenly and effortlessly in a way that I can't get the Expert Face Brush to do. Lena knows best, though I think she'd self-deprecate in response.

l-r: Bourjois HMS 52 Vanilla, Bourjois BB Bronzing Cream, Sleek Face Form contour, highlight and blush

I have my brother's girlfriend to thank for hooking me up with this product; she did a student exchange to Nottingham a couple of years ago and I asked her to buy this for me but she couldn't find it anywhere, and when she returned to the UK recently she brought this back for me. (She'll probably never read this, but thank you so much, Viv!) The Sleek Face Form Contouring and Blush Palette in Light is identical to the Face Contour Kit I already own, except it includes a warm pink blush shot with golden shimmer. The contour is a really nice bronzer- not too orange, not too grey and I think the highlight is very similar, if not identical, to the one in the Contour Kit, because just like that one, it's like a powder version of the Jemma Kidd Make Up School Dewy Glow All Over Radiance Creme in Iced Gold. I've loved using the contour powder as a bronzer and trying out the blush- it hasn't become my favourite blush ever, but I did enjoy learning to diffuse it across the skin just enough so that the golden shimmer reflect off the cheekbones prettily.

I bought the Etude House Natural Jelly Cleansing Puff to replace my EcoTools cleansing sponge and it was surprisingly affordable locally and I'm additionally surprised to find that the texture is different. It's firmer and bouncier (springier?) than the EcoTools ones that I've repurchased a few times now. The EcoTools sponges, in comparison, are not created quite as finely, as they are softer when wet, and their composition is a little coarser, with the bubbles in the sponge being a bit bigger. I really like this for cleansing my face and it was extremely easy to get my hands on, so when I'm due for a replacement I'll definitely go back to this kind instead of ordering the EcoTools sponges online.

No artificial light in this- it's just the mirror from the palette reflecting the daylight!

Everyone seemed to be chucking a tanty about aluminium in deodorant and going aluminium-free so I decided to try one, you know, see what the fuss is about. In the end I chose the Weleda Sage Deodorant as an aluminium-free alternative to my usual Nivea stick deodorant. Weleda makes three kinds- citrus, rose and sage. I picked sage because I thought rose would interfere with any perfume I wear and I associate citrus with dish soap. I've been reaching for it frequently and I like that it's not offensively strong or herbal. It's quite calming in the way that lavender is. It's been doing a pretty good job as a deodorant, but as it is definitely not an anti-perspirant I don't think it would work for sport, exceedingly hot days (a recurrent thing in sub-tropical Brisbane) or people who want it all in one step.

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