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Sorry that it’s been so long since my last monthly favourites. To be honest, I’m not a person of change. So if I find something that I like or enjoy using, I stick with it! So I’m really happy that in the month of July, I have started using some new skincare/makeup items, most of which I have also been loving. Without any more fillers, here are my July 2013 beauty favourites.
Avon Elements Youth Restoring Anti-Wrinkle Eye Roller
I was really happy to have received some of the new skincare products from Avon. I have never tried any of their Elements line before so it’s definitely a new experience for me this month. The moisturizing formula, infused with nutrient-rich Amethyst Mineral Complex, helps skin appear healthier and younger as fine lines look reduced. What I also really like about this product is that it’s a roller type of applicator. The cooling ceramic roller ball smoothes the look of wrinkles and any fine lines. (Swatch below)
Avon Element Moisture Boost Night Gel Cream Oil-Free
I’ve always been a huge fan of gel moisturizers. So this night time gel cream is just perfect for me. I need something with an extra moisture boost now because my skin has been going through some major changes, which I think it’s a result of getting older. My skin is definitely not as oily as my teen years and those, I always end up with some dry patches/spots on my face. This is formulated with Camellia Tea Leaf, which is very soothing for the skin. It targets oily and dry areas so skin stays in perfect balance and it’s suitable for sensitive skin as well. (Swatch above)
Real Techniques By Samantha Chapman Buffing Brush
Ever since I purchased the Core Collection at Walmart, this brush and I have pretty much been inseparable. Even though it’s suppose to be a brush for powder makeup, I find that it’s very nice to use with liquid foundation. I’ve especially been loving these two combos for making my skin look flawless even if I have some dry spots on my face. And not to mention that the entire Core Collection is very affordable, which makes it an extra bonus!
Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation in 150 Nude
I’ve always been a huge fan of Revlon foundations, my favourite one is still the Colorstay one. But this Nearly Naked foundation has been my go-to foundation in the past 2 months. I think the formula is very beautiful and it really does simply just melt into my skin. It feels very much like a tinted moisturizer because it’s very thin in consistency. But of course, I think it has a much better coverage! The product sets to almost a powdery finish. The staying power of this product is around 7 hours on my oily skin, so I would say that it’s very decent. Overall, highly recommend this foundation for a very natural and “naked” coverage.
Rosebud Perfume Co. Mocha Rose Lip Balm
Smith’s Rosebud Salve is THE cult lip salve. It conditions, moisturises and smooths the lips and any areas of spot dryness. I’ve been such a lover of these lip balms and when I saw the Mocha version at my Sephora, I just can’t say no. I like the ones that come in a squeezable tube much more because I never like to use my fingers to apply lip products. Those it’s pricey, at $9 per tube, I think it’s worth it. I have never found another lip balm that keeps my lips as hydrated and smooth as this one. (Swatch below)
Maybelline SuperStay 10HR Stain Gloss in Fresh Fuchsia
I am so in love with this lip stain! Now, this review is going to be solely on this colour alone because I haven’t tried any of the other colours yet so I can’t say the same about it. However, what I can say is that this colour is just beautiful! Why I really like the idea of lip stain is the fact that as a teacher, I can’t constantly go to the washroom between classes to freshen my makeup. Thus, I usually need something that will either last me throughout the day or at least until lunch time. I couldn’t say at the stain lasts for 10 hours, but it does very fairly for around 6 hours. (Of course after eating, I would reapply the product). While it can be a little drying on my lips it’s nothing too bad. I really like the initial finish and there’s a nice range of shades, but most are pinks and berries. Can’t wait to pick up more shades! Plus, the applicator reminds me a lot of the YSL stains, which I think it’s great! (Swatch above)
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It’s been 3 months since my last favorites post! Sorry for that! Life has unexpectedly took over my blogging life in the recent months. (And not to mention that I’ve been a good girl in trying to save money so I’ve been restricting myself from buying anymore makeup) But now that most things are slowly coming together, I finally have time to do a little monthly favorites. Not much makeup related products this month, but more hair and skincare related products. Keep scrolling down to find out what’s been on my hits list for the month of March.
TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Heat Protection Shine Spray
I’ve always been a huge fan of Tresemme’s hair products (not their shampoos/conditioners). More specially, their heat protectant because a) it really works and b) they are extremely affordable. So when I heard about their new line of products, called Keratin Smooth, I couldn’t resist buying a bottle of the heat protection spray. I use this thing on a regular basis on my hair just before blow dry. It’s very simple to use with the nozzle spray and with the $5 price-tag at Walmart, you can go crazy with the spraying! Haha! I’m joking. A decent amount thoroughly distributed through the hair is enough. When blow drying, make sure that the hair dryer is pointing downwards to aid the smoothness of your hair.
TRESemmé Leave-In Split End Conditioning Treatment
Another win for Tresemme! This is actually a new product that I discovered recently. It’s a really simple leave-in conditioner that’s supposed to help seals in the split ends. When I first pumped the product out, I quickly realized how thick it was because it was a cream texture. I feared that it would weight down my hair. However, once applied and dried, my hair was instantly smoothed and fizz-free! I’m not kidding, it really does seal in my split-ends leaving the tips of my hair very soft! They suggest that you use it on towel dried or damp hair but I do prefer to use it on my dry hair after styling. Just pump twice, rub the product around your hands and apply on hair concentrating on the ends. That way it is added frizz control and conditioning throughout the day.
Soft Bendy Hair Rollers Foam Curlers (No Heat Required)
I had these for a few years now, but recently rediscovered my love for them. Since my ombre has become more apparent after lightening it, I started curling my hair on a regular basis. (Something about curly hair just make ombre looks so much better) I wake up super early in the morning now, thanks to my job, so I can easily use these after a shower and have enough time for it to work. I find that leaving it in my hair for an hour to an hour and a half is sufficient to make my hair curly. Now, you’ll not get defined curls, but more like waves. If you don’t have as much time in the morning, you can easily sleep with them on. If you want to know how to use them, click here. I purchased mine from a local dollar store, $1 for 1 pack = 4 pieces and I bought about 4 packs for my hair.
Dr. Morita Sakura Cleansing Oil
Another new discovery this month! Since I had finished my Origins Cleansing oil, I was in search of a new makeup remover for my face. When the Neutrogena one failed me, I came upon this one at my local T&T (a Taiwanese supermarket in Toronto/Vancouver). I was a little hesitate to try this because I was not familiar with the brand but I took a risk since it was a Taiwanese product (I’ve always loved Taiwanese skincare products) and was a decent price of $8. And I’m so glad I did! This thing works just as well as my Origin and Bobbi Brown cleansing oil without being too thick. I really dislike cleansing oils that are thick and this one is very light. Keep in mind that since it is made with sakura, it does have a huge sakura scent, which some people will not like. If you can read Chinese, this is the company’s website with the information on the product.
Once again purchased from T&T, I’m so in love with these facial puffs. I used this for all my toners and makeup remover because not only are they soft on your skin, but a little bit of the product goes a long way. Yes, these are more expensive than your regular cotton balls or cotton pads (around $5-$7 for 180 pads but if they are on sale, then it’s only $3!), but in the end, you are saving money on the product. I will not be replacing these anytime soon!
Finally, I’ve been obsessing over cosmetic wedges. I’ve actually abandoned all my foundation brushes and replaced them with these. Why? I’m not exactly sure but my skin has been changing. I find that I’m not as oily anymore and that I tend to get a lot of dry areas on my skin. And whenever I try to apply my foundation with brushes, it just emphasizes on those dry areas. The only thing that doesn’t, are these sponges! They are so inexpensive and can be disposed of after a week’s use. I got these once again at my local dollar store for $1 / bag. I would suggest looking for some that are latex-free and made in a “reputable” place. These ones are made in Canada.
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