Monday, 21 September 2015

September favourites

This month I've been indulging in a few new products and a few old and well-loved ones. Bobbi Brown BB Cream SPF 30 was and still is my holy grail BB cream. This yields a very natural light to medium coverage with a luminous dewy finish. It's creamy, moisturising, pore-refining and provides a decent amount of sun protection, perfect for dull, dry skin

I have always loved the Lancome Miracle Cushion foundation, and this month I've been using this product almost exclusively. This provides a light to fairly medium coverage that's ultra lightweight on the skin. This water-based formula is very hydrating and provides a gorgeous dewy, flawless and natural finish. The best thing about this cushion foundation compact is that it's portable, great for touch ups and quick fixes.

The Urban Decay Revolution High Colour Lip Gloss in the shade 'Liar' is this month's bag essential. It is the perfect medium pink-beige nude shade. It's has the colour intensity of a lipstick, shine of a lipgloss and sits comfortably on the lips. These lip glosses are easy to apply and they make the lips appear more fuller and plump. For all the above reasons, this is one of my favourite everyday lip colour this past month.

Lately I've been flaunting a bit of an exaggerated highlight. I feel that it defines and adds a lot more dimension to my face. Whenever I strobe, you best believe I'm using my holy grail Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder in Highlight 01*. This product has a sheer, buildable intensity and provides a very soft, luminous finish perfect for highlighting the tops of the cheek, the cupids bow, down the bridge of the nose and brow bone. If you're looking for a ride or die highlight powder, I highly recommend the Laura Mercier Matte Radiance baked powder.

Laura Mercier Lip Parfait Creamy Colourbalm have amassed nothing but rave reviews since it's release and I cannot fault them; they definitely live up to all the hype. I received mine in the shade 'raspberry ripple' which is a lovely pink-mauve shade but the one I recently bought, and have been obsessed with is 'Cinn-ful' which is a slightly cool-tone medium/deep beige the perfect MLBB shade. This is the perfect shade, the perfect formula and the perfect size to carry around in my make up bag. This has a rich, creamy texture that's super smooth, super saturated with a cream sheen finish. These lipsticks are infallible and they're easily my most loved products. Ever.

Brushes are indispensable tools. I prefer using brushes over any other or tool, applicator or method when it comes to applying my make up as it is a lot more efficient, gives me a lot more precision and blends my make up seamlessly. I have been using my Sigma Beauty Brushes* exclusively as they are made of very soft, synthetic fibres that do not scratch, irritate or micro exfoliate the skin. They apply and blend both cream and powder products exceptionally well and I cannot stand to live without them. My favourites are the Flat Kabuki F80, 3D HD Precision Brush, Buff and Blend E39 (not pictured), Angled Brow Brush E75(not pictured), Small Contour Brush F05, Tapered Highlighter Brush F35. Each of these can be found here at Sigma Beauty.

I have been a loyal fan of the Philosophy Skincare Renewed Hope in a Jar* for a while now so when they recently formulated a Renewed Hope in a Jar specifically for very dry skin types, I immediately knew it would be the one for me, even though I was already more than satisfied with the current Hope in a Jar moisturiser. I instantly fell in love with it - it is deeply moisturising, cooling and works to retexture dull and dry, flakey skin instantly. It's super rich and emollient and gives the skin a smoother, dewy glow. I especially love how it feels once it's absorbed into the skin, it doesn't feel masking, heavy, greasy or tacky; It just feels and looks like healthy, hydrated skin. If you have very dry, dehydrated or ageing skin, I highly recommend trying these.

Paula's Choice skincare is still fairly new to me, but I've been testing the Skin Recovery range for a while now, and I have nothing but love for them. I am especially impressed with the Paula's Choice Skin Recovery Softening Cream Cleanser* lately that I've also been using this exclusively over the past couple of months. I've been using this religiously with my sonic cleansing device and I noticed a dramatic difference in the texture of my skin. I find that it is a lot more smoother, more hydrated and a lot more supple. It's super gentle on my dry, sensitive skin and did not cause any skin irritations or break outs. It's non scented and performed really well; deep cleansing and replenishing my skin as well as effectively removing make up residue. This product gets a big tick of approval and high recommendations from me! Love, love, love.

Lately, I've been obsessed with strobing and have completely rejected contouring because it does require a lot more effort to blend and perfect, however, after recently discovering how to 'tontour', I've been obsessed with the St. Tropez Everyday Face Light/Medium Gradual Tan*. This is the perfect shade for contouring and although it does seem a little intimidating, gradual tanning is a lot more forgiving and natural, and under foundations, it looks a lot more subtle and seamless.

In the shower, I've been lathering myself with Dove's Aqua Moisture Nourishing Bodywash* and the Sanctuary Spa White Lily & Damask Rose Body Wash*. I have always loved Dove products, but Sanctuary Spa has been killing it with their bath and body products, lately. They're luxurious, they smell beautiful, sensual, alluring…and the packaging is just gorgeous. The Sanctuary Spa Salt Scrub is also a favourite of mine lately for full body exfoliation. I love the scent, I love scrubbing dry, flakey dead skin off and the oils from the scrub feels super nourishing and moisturising.

After showering, I normally follow with St. Tropez Prep and Maintain Tan Enhancing Moisturiser*. The scent is lovely, and it gives my skin a more softer, smoother and moisturised appearance and texture. I use this days before I fake tan to make sure my skin is properly prepped for a natural, even coverage.

Whenever I'm feeling fancy, instead of using the tan enhancing moisturiser, I'll switch it with the Kit Cosmetics Body Lotion. This lotion is sweetly scented like vanilla smoothie and is fairly moisturising and skin-softening. I love this especially for it's pleasantly sweet scent and I sometimes prefer using this over perfumes.

If you liked my monthly favourites post, let me know and I'll remember to do one each month. Also if you would like to see more of these posts, visit my friends Thy at Biscuits & Makeup for her monthly favourites post, and Hani at THEHANIHANII for her monthly favourites post.

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  1. I've been using the Philosophy moisturiser this month too and absolutely loving it! Definitely agree with the refreshing and refining claim. The Laura Mercier highlighter looks gorgeous. I also had a swatch of the lip parfaits and they are so pretty!

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

    1. The lip parfaits are a lot better on the lips than they appear when swatched. They're one of, if not the best lipsticks I own. The quality is similar to the YSL rouge volupte lipsticks. And the Philosophy moisturiser is by far the best I've tried. It gives me a flawless, smooth base - I've been using it as a make up primer!

  2. So many goodies! The UD gloss made it into my September favourites too! I can't wait to try the LM Lip Parfaits, they sound amazing. xx

    Daniela |