Wednesday, July 1, 2015

June Favourites

Let's all take a moment to breathe a sigh of relief because July means winter holidays. June is never a fun month for me or hundreds upon thousands of fellow University students as it means final exams and mega stressful days, but between the teas, coffees, hours of staring at the blue light of computer monitors and 7mm lined note-papers, I picked up some solid favourites to share! I'm using a few things I got in my latest Priceline skincare spree but as I've only been using them for a week, I'll wait until next month to see how they turn out on a longer term.

Marc Jacobs Daisy
Maybe it's the soggy weather, maybe it's the way I'm feeling but regardless, my nose is liking Daisy! For the first time since getting it I've found Daisy to develop on my skin (usually fragrances become warmer/more vanilla + musk on my skin) and it sticks around all day long. Prior to this I had shied away from it because it usually fades after a few short hours and isn't a particularly alluring fragrance to begin with, but since finding myself drawn to it again I've been wearing it almost everyday.

Smashbox Eye Shadow in Pronto
I bought this in a blog sale from a US blog a long time ago and I absolutely love this shade and the silky formula! It's so soft and pigmented and the perfect natural lid colour for me. After seeing this Into The Gloss article I was inspired to pull out a champagne/prosecco eye look on myself and this was the shadow I knew I would use. The pan is looking worse for wear because I depotted it and put it in my little magnetic palette tin. I normally forget about it but I made good use of it this month. I've never hit pan on a powder eyeshadow before and I think this might be the first! (Upon taking a swatch for the above photo, I hit pan!)

DermaSukin Daily Gentle Wash
I posted about this earlier in the month saying I was trying it out, and I've come back with a verdict: it's good. I like it a lot! Yes, its consistency is more liquid than gel, and it's not wont to foam up with fingers but that's why I use it with a konjac sponge. It's gentle on the skin and especially in this cooler weather, a gentle cleanse means it's not stripping the skin of moisture and natural oils. Brisbane's experiencing one of our coldest winters of recent years and my skin's not taking it well- I've got to moisturise face and body every night without fail or I'll have flaky, itchy skin the next morning so having a gentle cleanser that removes the dirt and sebum without stripping the skin of moisture is so important and this has been exactly that.

Steamcream Japonisme tin
I bought this from ASOS a long time ago and I liked it but wasn't exactly crazy about it. I only ever used it on my face at the time, but recently in a bout of winter-induced dry skin I've taken to using it on my body and it's been fantastic. Steamcream's trademark steam-infusion manufacturing process is touted as fast-absorbing, as you'd expect from a light, fluffy cream like this, yet effective due to its ability to penetrate deeper into the layers of skin. I like the faint lavender/herbal scent and the texture of the cream, and the pretty, limited-edition tin is a nice souvenir for when I finish it up.

JungSaemMool eyeliner tutorial
She's a Korean celebrity MUA that I discovered a few years ago and some of her technique tips are helpful and applicable; this eyeliner tutorial was a real eye-opener (pun intended). It got me back into drawing on eyeliner in the mornings and actually paying attention to the inner corner, instead of simply focusing on the flick. No fuss, no flicks, and no faffing with cat-eyes!

Afternoon Acoustic Spotify Playlist
This mix has been my jam all month long. I like it played softly through headphones when I'm studying in a campus library or at home on my laptop. The chilled-out, unwinding type of vibe is exactly what I needed when I needed it.

Inside Out
This Disney Pixar family favourite was truly an emotional roller coaster and I enjoyed every bit of it. It was beautifully created, as expected from the renowned animation studio, and written and vocally acted out so well. Funny, moving and surprisingly thought-provoking- I'd highly recommend everybody see it if they haven't already.


  1. These are some really good picks! I've been shying away from seeing inside out because I don't want to cry in the theatre haha. I really love the background you've used for your pictures :)

    1. Haha I know what you mean! It doesn't stop me from seeing the films in theater though. And thank you so much! :)