Saturday, October 1, 2016

September Favourites

Happy Long Weekend from Brisbane and our eccentric ways with public holidays! CAN YOU BELIEVE IT'S OCTOBER?! I've still caught myself writing 2015 on the tops of pages as recently as last month- and it's going to be 2017 in three months! I have a long overdue favourites post today, with some of these favourites dating back to (what would have been) my June favourites, but I've finally rounded them all up for a good old-fashioned monthly favourites post! I've been a bit busy with work and church and Bible Study Fellowship but thank God everything has been cruisey.

Rimmel Match Perfection SPF20 Foundation in 103 True Ivory
I wanted a new liquid foundation because I only had sheer (BareMinerals Complexion Rescue), high SPF (Etude House Precious Mineral Any Cushion) and mineral powder (Laura Mercier) bases, and while I was open to the idea of NARS Sheer Glow, Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless or Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua, when I saw Rimmel was half price at Chemist Warehouse I went for this much cheaper (but also highly praised) option. While it has SPF, it isn't too high and I don't go to many events with flash photography anyway. I really like the coverage, the shade match and the way it applies. (I was sent a bottle when it was released with SPF but the shade I requested turned out to be about 2 shades too dark so I gave it to my sister.) It lasts quite well throughout the day and doesn't fade or sweat off, which is a winner in my books but come February I might have a different opinion. Match Perfection has served me well for weddings and a job interview and many work days so I am really liking it at the moment.

Zoeva 127 Luxe Sheer Cheek Brush
I badly wanted the Zoeva Rose Gold brush set but I couldn't justify getting $100 of brushes when I only really wanted the buffing brush and the sheer cheek brush. I'm satisfied enough with my existing foundation brush collection and decided to buy the Luxe Sheer Cheek on its own instead - it's my first natural hair cheek brush (I've got some natural hair eye brushes) and I think it does such a good job of distributing the product and blending it out! I must say I'm appreciating the lacquered wooden handles of traditional brushes (Sigma, Zoeva) and the bamboo handles of EcoTools brushes 100x more than the rubberised black plastic and aluminium of Real Techniques because all of my Real Techniques brushes have become horribly grubby on the ends over time.

Sukin Anti-Pollution Facial Masque
Every once in a while I rediscover how great a brand is, and for me this month, it's been Sukin and their paraben-free, sls-free, nasties-free approach to skincare. I'd finished my umpteenth tube of Queen Helene's Mint Julep Masque and wanted a new clay mask so when I saw this one from Sukin I was so excited to try it because working in the city everyday gives me exposure to pollution from traffic and secondhand smoke (so much secondhand smoke!). I think this sort of kaolin-bentonite clay mask is better than the Origins Clear Improvement mask, which has more of a slip. My skin hasn't been in a good place since I started stressing about work so I had about 6 angry spots on my face last week and this mask twice a week helped to reduce the inflammation, shrink the blemishes and speed up recovery. I'll definitely keep using this mask to manage and purify my skin given the pollutants and stress I put it through, and I'll give the Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque a rest (it's been a 4-year-long affair!).

Macadamia Deep Repair Masque
I found this in Coles on sale and decided to try it because back in the day all the beauty Youtubers I watched absolutely loved it. It does give the hair a good deep treatment- I don't leave it in for too long but if you wanted to put it in your hair and put your hair up for a good 20 mins I'm sure it would work wonders on dry/damaged hair. I just tend to do it right before I shower so the max I've left it in is about 10 mins and it still leaves my hair feeling softer, healthier and smelling great.

Tarte 12-hr Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed
This has been on my wishlist ever since 2013 but I would find other things to placate me (Illamasqua Zygomatic!) and I told myself I didn't need another blush, etc. When Australia finally received access to Sephora's website I held off purchasing it because I was waiting for Queensland's first Sephora to open at Pacific Fair so when we paid a visit, I finally got one! I like the natural colour and I've been applying it with the Zoeva brush- I wore it everyday for a solid fortnight!

Klorane Oat Milk Dry Shampoo for Brunettes and CoLab Sheer and Invisible London Dry Shampoo
Alternate night shampoos have been working very well for me but I couldn't find a way to manage my day-old scalp and its burgeoning oils after I got very lazy and kept it in line with some half-hearted sprinkles of Lush No Drought and Tresemme spray. I finally got sick of it and saw duo packs of Klorane Dry Shampoo on sale and remembered how effortless and effective this product is in oily hair. I was out and in dire need of dry shampoo and I didn't have any on me so I went to Priceline and decided to try Ruth Crilly's CoLab dry shampoo - I liked the London scent better than the others, though the New York scent was a strong contender.

New Girl Season 5
I've watched New Girl since it came out and I binge-watched Season 5- oddly enough I LOVED Megan Fox in it!

JessBeautician's Vegan June
I meant to mention this in a monthly favourites blogpost for June since that didn't happen, it's making an appearance now. I loved how passionate and creative Jess got with her vegan recipes throughout the month of June and they were videos that I looked forward to and sometimes snuck into my lunch break because I didn't know vegan food could be that interesting and delicious! I am not vegan and I do not plan to go vegan but I love vegetables and often eat meat-free meals so this was hugely inspiring.

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