It’s my favourite time of the month again – monthly favourites time! August was definitely one of those months where my main focus was skincare… I have had some bad times, guys; but nonetheless, I managed to shop my stash and re-discover some old loves that I had sitting in the back of my makeup drawer. Yes, even though August was a prominent month full of new releases, I still showed love to my ‘oldies’!
Face of Australia Limited Edition Glamazon Contour & Highlight Kit – I actually started using this again thanks to a brilliant tag my gorgeous friend Katina Lindaa created on Instagram, called #mixupyomakeup. Basically, she encouraged us beauty junkies to dig through our stash and use things we have neglected for a while. I remember this being released some time last year and costing around $10. I’ve been obsessed with the contour side of this duo; it’s amazing for the price and I really don’t know why I hadn’t used it in so long. The shade is a matte cool-toned taupe brown, which is perfect for creating shadows. It blends out so easily and lasts quite well on the skin. These days there so many contour kits that have really warm shades, and this is one of the very few that doesn’t – so hard to find. The highlight shade is pretty great too. I wish FOA would make this permanent!
Rimmel London Stay Matte Long Lasting Pressed Powder – Guys, as I mentioned my skin had been giving me trouble, and one of the changes I experienced this month is getting extra shiny. I went from normal to combination skin, so I naturally started reaching for this baby again and I remembered how fab it is at keeping oils at bay. It sets my base so nicely – no cake or emphasis of dry patches. Inexpensive, check. Super effective, check.
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Wardrobe – I’m sure you’ve seen/heard all the hype surrounding this gorgeous palette. Clearly, I gave into it and purchased it late last year; but to be honest, I never reached for it as much as I have been in the past few weeks. Feeling disatisfied with most of my setting powders when it comes to locking in my under eye concealer, I decided to try Dim Light, and voilà, it’s faaaantastic. The area just looks smooth, slightly highlighted, and no creasing is in sight.
Benefit Watt’s Up Highlighter – This is the best cream highlighter I own, hands down! I purchased this on a whim while I was walking around Boots in London a few years ago, back when I didn’t know much about highlighter (or Benefit) at all. In fact, this was my first ever Benefit product, and it’s still going strong. Again, one of those products I kind of forgot about, until I recently decided to make highlighting the cheekbones a non-optional step in my daily routine, and we became best friends. This can look super natural or super intense, it doesn’t disturb your foundation underneath, and it’s a great cream base should you wish to intensify your highlight by dusting a powder on top. LOVE.
Transformulas Lip Volume* – When I received this product, I was very sceptical… I mean, how much difference can a lip balm make, right? Well, as I discovered, a lot actually. I really feel this has made a difference in the four weeks I’ve been using it, especially to my top lip – it looks a little bit bigger and more plump! It’s also a pretty amazing lip balm, and it softens lip lines. I’ll be so sad once I run out. Let me know if you want a full review with before and afters!
Real Techniques Duo Fibre Contour Brush – I’ve been loving this brush specifically for blending out my concealer and for highlighters (both cream and pressed). With concealer, I love that it doesn’t sheer out the coverage, and with highlighters, it picks up and deposits the right amount of product. It’s so soft and the perfect size to multitask with!
Formula 10.0.6 Deep Down Detox Ultra-Cleansing Mud Mask – This is one of the things I’ve been reaching for to calm my skin down lately. I had this gem of a face mask sitting in a drawer, not getting much love; can’t even remember the last time I used it. But I’m so glad I dug it out – I feel it really does what it says! It leaves my skin feeling soft, smooth, less red and blemishes less angry. I’ve been using it twice a week or when needed, and I’ll probably repurchase it, considering it’s $9!
Skinstitut Glycolic Scrub 14%* – I received some Skinstitut items early in August and I’ve liked everything I’ve tried so far, but this scrub is a stand out. This is one of the best exfoliators I’ve ever used. It really has helped improve my skin’s texture, has made it appear brighter and less dull, and has banished my flaky dry patches. I use this two to three times a week tops, as it can be a little drying. Its exfoliating beads and active ingredients make it a great product for problematic skin, but if you’re on the sensitive side, this might aggravate it.
Have you tried any of these products? Share your favourites with me below! (Link me if you have a blog!).
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