It’s favourites time! I feel like I haven’t done one of these in a while, probably because I didn’t do a favourites post for February… oops! But thats okay because now l get to show you what I’ve been loving in the past two months! I will blab on about uninteresting stuff a bit further down the post (a little life update), so let’s get into the important bit right now: makeup!
The scorching heat and yucky humidity of North Queensland have really been getting to me (and my makeup), so I decided to switch things up where primers are concerned. The Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer and the Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equaliser Mattifying Primer have been an unbeatable combination where both longevity and keeping matte are concerned. Why it took me so long to work this power couple out is beyond me! The Hourglass primer really makes makeup last through the day like nothing else I’ve tried, and you only need the tiniest bit of the MUFE primer to keep the T-zone completely shine free. Both are completely undetectable on the skin, they don’t cause any of my chosen bases to cake or ball up, and they haven’t broken me out. Love.
On the first week of March I finally got to try my very first Burberry Beauty products. I won’t go into detail too much as I’ve planned a separate post, but the Burberry Warm Glow Natural Bronzer in Nude Glow 03* has been my go-to for the entire month. Gorgeous texture, packaging, and I could blend it with my eyes closed. The Burberry Kisses Sheer Lipstick in Nude Beige 201* has barely left my hand bag or my lips. It’s super moisturising, lightweight and the perfect everyday nude. I’m completely obsessed and already have my eye on a few more Burberry goodies! Watch out, bank account.
As far as concealers and correctors are concerned, my most reached for were the Becca Backlight Targeted Corrector in Pistachio* and the Becca Ultimate Coverage Concealing Crème in Macadamia* (full reviews here). Despite the touch of shimmer in Pistachio, I’ve been using it everyday to neutralise the redness around my nose, and the Macadamia Concealing Crème has been my go-to, do-it-all under-eye concealer and blemishes concealer. Both fab products from Becca!
During one of my trips to Kmart a month and a bit ago, I decided to deviate from the homewares section and check out the beauty section instead. I couldn’t resist taking home with me a couple of Elf brushes, and the Elf Complexion Brush has been one of my most used since. It’s an $8 synthetic brush that is incredibly soft, it hasn’t shed once nor lost its shape – totally worth checking out! I love to use it to set my base with powder. For precise spot concealing á la Lisa Eldridge, I’ve discovered the Real Techniques Detailer Brush from the Core Collection. It’s a small, rounded flat brush that is perfectly sized to target specific areas. It pairs beautifully with my heavy duty Becca Ultimate Coverage Concealing Crème!
I moved houses at the very end of February which was not only super stressful, but it wrecked havoc on my skin. Well, that and not having time to even pop a face mask on. But when I did get a chance, it was this – the Dermalogica Charcoal Rescue Masque*. I got this sample size from Ry.com.au and it couldn’t have come at a better time. It’s a do-it-all charcoal mask suitable for all skin types that really delivers on its promises; one of those scarce ones that instantly make a visible difference after just one use. It helped calm any angry blemishes, absorb oils, exfoliate and brighten my complexion all in one go. This little bottle is almost empty and I need to purchase the full size pronto. I will have a full review up on it soon – keep your eyes peeled!
Last but definitely not least, my latest fragrance obsession – Paco Rabanne Olympēa. My partner got me this as a little surprise in early December (he was probably sick of me stopping to smell it every time we went into Myer) but for whatever reason I’ve only been wearing it almost non-stop in the past month. I’m at a loss for words – I can only describe it as mouth-watering. It’s sweet, it’s warm, it’s delicious. Olympēa is described as a modern oriental, with its top notes being green mandarine, water jasmine and ginger flower; its middle note being salted vanilla; and its base notes being sandalwood and ambergris. I can’t resist anything with vanilla in it as it is, but this is so unique due to the saltiness of the fragrance. If you enjoy the likes of YSL Black Opium or Lancôme La Vie Est Belle, then you will love Olympēa.
That’s it for my favourites, guys! Now onto something a little bit different.
I wasn’t sure if I should even mention it because I didn’t think anyone would care. But some of you may have noticed (or not, carry on) that I was quiet during the months of January and February, and that is due to a couple of reasons. Firstly, I spent a few weeks holidaying in Indonesia; and then upon my return, as I mentioned, I moved houses. My makeup collection and photography equipment were boxed away for quite sometime until I got everything sorted out (strongly recommend you take time off work when moving!). Secondly, I kinda lost my blogging/Instagramming mojo. All of a sudden I stopped enjoying posting pretty pictures on IG, started worrying too much about what other people were doing, and I managed to suck the fun out of it all. Blogging was feeling a little bit like a chore. I felt like I was putting in a lot of hard work for nothing, so I decided not to force it and get back to it when I felt ready. I started again (this time with an attitude change) at the beginning of March not because I had to but because I wanted to. I missed talking to you guys, seeing your beautiful posts and sharing my thoughts on products with you, too. So I wanted to know, do you ever get into ruts like I did? What did you do to change your mindset? I’d love to know!
Also, share your monthly favourites post with me below – I’d love to see yours, and leave you a comment. x
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