Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July Favourites

My July teemed with baked goods and nourishing skincare because Brisbane experienced a record low temperature of 3. I ate a lot of steak, balanced that out with green tea and steamed vegetables, and watched a load of movies. I've had it pretty easy for the past four weeks, but it's back to the grind now!

La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Levres Barrier Repairing Balm
Somehow I've managed to run out of lip balms so I've been trying this new one out as a night lip balm and it's really weird yet effective. The texture is like an ointment, which is new to me. The packaging and texture make it a more medicinal experience than my usual cute and colourful chapsticks and it's been helpful for winter.

Avene Cleanance Gel Cleanser
After an unfortunate leakage, I had to farewell my most recent favourite cleanser from DermaSukin and in searching for a new cleanser I cracked open this sample from Avene. I really like this formula- I thought the fact that it targets oily acne-prone skin would mean it's quite stripping and astringent but it's not. It leaves the skin cleansed but not stripped and even at the height of winter it remains a great option for a good cleanse- more effective than the all-natural DermaSukin cleanser that I had just gotten used to.

Antipodes Apostle Skin-Brightening Serum
I had and loved a full-sized bottle of this serum in 2013 and this 10mL bottle was one of the most exciting prospects of the Priceline skincare bag. I've been sharing this with my sister and I'm not looking forward to the day that this runs out because this serum's texture, scent and long-term effects make it one of my favourite serums. Both of these products are integral parts of my current skincare routine- pictured below.

Tresemme Perfectly (Un)done Shampoo and Conditioner
I usually stick to sulphate-free shampoos but when I spotted these I wanted to try something from the new release and I went for the shampoo and conditioner because I was almost finished with my current bottle. I really like this formula- I have naturally wavy hair, which this line is meant to target and I think it does a great job at smoothing out frizz and accentuating the natural waves. It helps to create what I want to achieve with my hair- like my-hair-but-better, if you will. I forgo salt sprays, texture mousses and volumising spritzes because the tangled, messy look isn't something I want to deal with so the clean, bouncy, natural waves that this haircare duo yields is exactly what I'm looking for.

L'Oreal Revitalift Magic Blur
Great New Primer is what I have to say about this freebie from the Priceline skincare bag. The box says it's for ladies aged 40-50 and that it'll blur imperfections for smoother skin, but it does jack all for anti-ageing. Its predominantly silicone-based texture does, however, lend itself extremely well to serve as a base for makeup, in particular, concealer and foundation. It helps base makeup go on smoothly and silkily and extends the wear of a face of makeup over the course of the day.

Etude House Precious Mineral Any Cushion in Natural Beige
Winter had paled me sufficiently for this BB Cushion to be passable on my skintone, and while it means I'm too pale for my NARS Custard Radiant Creamy Concealer, I'm really happy about it because using this BB Cushion over the L'Oreal Magic Blur primer makes for an easy, natural base that gives medium coverage, applies quickly and has SPF50+.

I got through Haruki Murakami's Kafka on the Shore and Yann Martel's Life of Pi this month and I was so happy to be back into reading. I used to polish off novels within 2-3 days and after peaking in high school, that number's been dwindling down as I've grown up. I bought these two bestsellers from TheBookDepository last year so they were long overdue.

Pampering Masks
I had time for some clay masks and sheet masks this month- trying the Sukin Super Greens Purifying Mask at the moment- and I really missed doing them when I got busy with schoolwork! I'm all out of sheet masks now so I'll be on the lookout for some nice ones that I can get on a good deal.

I've always loved croissants but now that I've seen/helped with them being made, I have a whole new appreciation for them and the labour that goes into good fresh croissants. Another favourite was creating and decorating a nice big cake, which I did with chocolate and seasonal strawberries.

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