Yep, it’s time for my monthly favourites blog post again! I won’t go on about how this month has gone by at the speed of light because I say it every month. I’m officially over Winter now, it’s been a good couple of cold months but I’m ready for Spring to get here. I’m looking forward to gardening, popsicles, self-tanning, summer salads, vibrant nails and sandals.
This month I enjoyed testing out quite a few new skincare and makeup products – reviews will follow soon!
First in line, we have my number 1 favourite of the month.
I have really enjoyed using my Urban Decay NAKED palette this past month. The colours in the palette are so versatile – 9 of the 12 colours contain shimmer in various amounts (some have a frosted finish and others have a satin finish), 1 contains straight-up glitter (Half-Baked) and then 2 are neutral matte brown shades. If you are the ‘Queen of the Neutral Eye’ like me, then this palette will fulfil all your needs. The 2 matte shades are perfect for defining the crease (Naked will work best with pale skin and Buck will work best with darker skin tones as Buck is a warmer, darker version of Naked) and then you have an array of coppers, golds, bronzes, chocolates, a grey and a black to choose from. There are also 2 gorgeous highlighting shades in the palette called Virgin and Sin. The eyeshadows are great – they’re smooth, super pigmented and a dream to work with. Urban Decay products are available on BeautyBay (but the duties / taxes on their parcels are quite steep) or eBay (but beware of fake products). Rubybox started to stock some Urban Decay products under their VIP section but none of the NAKED palettes.
Favourite because I can create a variety of eye-looks with just this one palette.
Then we have a primer by L’Oreal called Magic Lumi Light Infusing Primer.
I either mix this primer with foundation or I apply it directly onto my skin before applying my foundation. It reminds me of the MAC Lustre Drops but the L’Oreal one is 1. more affordable and 2. a multi-tasker. It works well as a primer because it doesn’t sit on the skin like a silicone-based primer, it melts into the skin. But then, it also works well as a light-infusing product because it contains very fine white shimmer particles. Don’t let the idea of white shimmer particles scare you – yes, the primer is white but it doesn’t give a white tinge to the skin at all.
Favourite because it gives my dull Winter skin a beautiful glow, without looking oily.
Next up we have a non-beauty, but rather nail care product – Concord Instant Nail Polish Remover.
I remember using this when I was still in high school and I’m not exactly sure why I haven’t been using it ever since… I ‘rediscovered’ this little pot a few months ago while browsing around in Dischem. I immediately snatched it up because I could remember how well it worked for me back in the day. I think the price of this is like R 15,00 but the fact that it’s so cheap is just an added bonus. The real reason why this is a favourite is because it gets the job done – FAST! Pop your finger in the jar (inside the jar there’s a circular sponge with a hole in the middle) and swirl it around for a couple of seconds. When you take your finger out, you nail will be free of nail polish. Who has time for cotton pads and nail polish remover and all that rubbing? I don’t! Now, I know what you’re wondering: Doesn’t the liquid inside get dirty / stained? It does after a while but it doesn’t transfer to your fingers at all. Now if only they would correct that horrible typo on the jar…
Favourite because it is effective & efficient.
Then we have a wonderful blush called Corallina from Milani.
This is the perfect blush for when you’re looking for a pop of colour on your Winter cheeks. It gives you those ‘I-have-been-playing-outside-in-the-snow’ rosy cheeks, which I personally love because it’s different to all the other blushes I have. Corallina is the darker, more vibrant version of Milani Luminoso (which has developed quite the cult following). One thing I must add about this blush, though, is that a little tiny bit goes a long way. You only need to touch this baked blush dome with a brush and it will be more than enough for your cheek. In the pan it looks quite frosty but it actually provides just the perfect amount of ‘glow’ (not shine). Milani products are not available in South Africa but you can purchase them on Cherry Culture or BeautyJoint (they offer affordable shipping plus the duties / taxes on their parcels are not bad at all).
Favourite because it gives a gorgeous coral glow to the cheeks and doesn’t emphasize pores.
Nextly (yes, I said nextly) we have a life saver – the amazing Bioderma Sensibio H2O.
Another product with quite the cult following, and with good reason! It removes makeup (waterproof included) plus cleanses, refreshes and soothes the skin all in one go. With just one swipe of a soaked cotton pad, my foundation, eyeshadows, mascara and blush is removed. I like to use this right before I get in the shower to remove most of my makeup. It’s also effective enough to use on those nights when you just can’t be bothered to wash your face with a cleanser and water (I don’t do this very often, don’t worry). Bioderma products are available at Dischem stores.
Favourite because I have used it through all the phases my skin has gone through this past year (this is my second bottle). It’s suitable for sensitive, normal, combo, oily or dry skin and cleanses the skin without aggravating it. It also doesn’t leave the skin feeling tight and dry like some toners do.
Lastly we have Jordana’s Fabuliner in Brown.
I like my eyeliners, whether in liquid or pencil form (I’m not all that crazy about gel liners though). This liquid eyeliner is affordable ($ 2,99 or R 30,00) on Cherry Culture, it’s easy to work with and the felt-tip point is flexible enough so that it doesn’t feel like you’re scratching the skin whilst applying. The colour pigmentation of this pen is intense, it’s a dark brown colour, and doesn’t flake-off by lunch time. I have back-ups of back-ups of these eyeliner pens (in black and brown) because they’re so awesome. Jordana products are not available in South Africa but you can purchase them on Cherry Culture or BeautyJoint (they offer affordable shipping plus the duties / taxes on their parcels are not bad at all).
Favourite because the colour applies evenly, it doesn’t fade or smudge and it’s very affordable.
Un-favourite of the month goes to the imPress Press-on Manicure.
These did not impress me at all (haha – see what I did there?) because although the pamphlet says they last up to 7 days, within the HOUR one of the nails had already peeled off. I received this in a Rubybox / Glossybox / Glambox last year and rediscovered it a couple of weeks ago as I was reorganising my nail things. I decided to give it a go just because it looked interesting and I wanted to see exactly how long it would last. It didn’t last and to be quite honest, they look extremely fake on the nails.
Happy August, everyone!