Thursday, July 13, 2017

June Favourites

I'm really getting back into makeup and this June Favourites post is not only late, but also pretty much my everyday makeup routine.

I love Bourjois so much as a brand I once owned 6 of their small pot blushes, and I recently culled my makeup collection (had to throw out so many things I had bought in 2012!) and threw out so much expired makeup. I rediscovered the City Radiance Foundation and it's been my go-to face base for months now. I do work in the CBD where there's a lot of secondhand smoke and traffic but I can't say I've noticed the anti-pollution benefits, because you can't realistically see that in the short-term. I always used Bourjois foundations in two shades, 52 Vanilla and 53 Light Beige because neither matched perfectly and that is still the case - the City Radiance foundation in 02 Vanilla is slightly too light for me but it's still workable. I've almost used it up and it was so easy to blend, gives light-medium coverage and doesn't feel heavy on the skin. I'm so excited to use it up because I've bought a new base to move on to!

I've had the Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealer (relaunched and discontinued) before and it lasted for absolutely ages - so long that my sister commented on multiple occasions that it was the gift that keeps on giving. I love the medium to high coverage that a concealer should rightly give, and though the shades have changed in the relaunch

Bourjois City Radiance in 02 Vanilla and the relaunched Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealer in 52 Medium.

The BareMinerals BareSkin Perfecting Veil in Light to Medium came in a BareMinerals set that I bought because I wanted to try Complexion Rescue and I didn't think much of it when I started using it. It did the job, and it didn't look cakey. Once I hit pan (woo!) I decided it was time to find a new one because while this one did the job, it wasn't as silky or undetectable on the skin as I liked. I've wanted to try the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Powder for years but I usually do my makeup on the way to work and I really needed a pressed powder so it wouldn't fly all over the car like loose powders to. I swatched theBalm Sexy Mama and bought it that day (despite the risque cover!) because it was so silky and fine. I've really liked using it so far and it's undetectable on the skin, which is exactly what I wanted!

I love EcoTools and I've bought all of mine from iHerb - this is no exception. This Fan Brush is so great for applying cheek products and in a pinch I use it to apply setting powder too. I actually love the fan shape for applying bronzer as a soft contour and blush on the cheekbone. I've seen fan brushes be used for applying products with a light hand like highlighter, but for me it's been a nice change to the usual cheek brushes. EcoTools make their brushes with synthetic bristles, bamboo handles and recycled aluminium, making the process that much more sustainable, which is so encouraging and something I'm keen to support.

I didn't realise the Tarte 12-hour Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed blended right into the blush pink microfiber throw. I love this blush - I haven't used another since getting it at the beginning of the year. It's a perfect natural brown-based pink that doesn't look doll-like or unsuited to the season. I also conducted a mass cull on one of the April public holidays and found out most of my makeup had expired, including all of my blushes from 2012/2013. Moral of the story is don't buy more than you need.

In that cull I found I needed a new bronzer and in Sephora's Benefit sale I decided to take the plunge and get the big kahuna (Benefit Hoola), instead of some cheap copy which I would constantly try to stack up against the idea of Hoola that I had conjured in my mind after hearing so much about it for years. I really like Hoola - it's a good shade for my skin tone (I have light-medium yellow-toned skin) to mimic a natural tan and I like the wooden-handled brush it came with as well - the shape helps for things like contouring, but less so for a general application to add warmth to the skin.

I got this Benefit Gimme Brow deluxe sample in 03 Dark Brown in the Girls Just Wanna Have Fun set in the same Sephora sale on Benefit. I really like it for a quick way to add some colour and shape to the brows, but only when the brows have been threaded, or tweezed and groomed like I do when I haven't made time to go to the threading salon. It doesn't really help sparse areas, so if that's your main thing, stick to pencils and pomade.

After trying Maybelline NY's Lash Sensational Waterproof mascara last year and finding it was a great mascara, I dabbled in a couple of others. I tried the Kiss Me Heroine Volume and Curl and the CoverGirl The Super Sizer but I found the Kiss Me was difficult to apply because the brush was enormous (I've had this one multiple times before and I don't recall the brush being so big and annoying to use?!) and the Super Sizer flaked towards the end of the day. Disappointed, I repurchased Lash Sensational Waterproof on sale and I believe it could be my all-time favourite mascara. Just sayin'. Big claims. Waterproof? Check. Holds curl? Check. Volume? Check. Definition and separation? Check. All the boxes. Super easy to apply and extremely affordable (+ often on sale) are just bonuses.

The DHC Deep Cleansing Oil was something I'd heard so many people praise but I didn't want to plunge into getting the full size from Sasa online until I'd tried it by buying the little travel size. I love it. It cleanses so thoroughly (even waterproof mascara!) and feels almost silky to massage onto the face to get rid of makeup, and doesn't leave skin feeling parched like the HadaLabo Cleansing Oil did after a while. I'll definitely look at buying the full size when I run out.

Paula's Choice Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution Regular Strength (2% Salicylic Acid) has been a lifesaver. I used it on a cotton pad swept over the face morning and night everyday and didn't really notice a significant difference. I ran out and when I went without it I did a clay mask (Sukin Charcoal Anti-Pollution masque) and tried using SK-II Facial Treatment Essence and immediately broke out and developed blackheads. I laid off the SK-II and went straight back to what I knew worked for me and am onto my second bottle because it helps move active breakouts along quicker, keeps my pores blackhead-free and refined the texture of my skin - especially the areas with hyperpigmentation.

I bought The Ordinary's Advanced Retinoid 2% and Lactic Acid 5% + HA 2% when Myer first started stocking the brand and a sales rep was present. He recommended alternating these two products every night for my hyperpigmentation and acne scarring and I think they've definitely helped my skin along. Between the Paula's Choice Anti-Redness 2% Salicyclic Acid exfoliant and these two products, dark marks are moving a lot quicker than they used to, I get fewer active breakouts and when I do, they disappear a lot quicker.

Tom Misch has been playing heaps on my Spotify - I like Crazy Dream, So Close, Beautiful Escape and In The Midst of It All. My sister likes to make travel vlogs when we go away and she used this  song most recently for our Melbourne trip.

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