Tuesday, 1 September 2015

July + August Favorites

Since I failed to get a favourites list up last month, I decided to combine all of the products I've loved over both July and August. Since it's a bumper crop, I'll jump right into it:

RMS Buriti Bronzer: This bronzer is perfect for the summer months. There is nothing I would change about it. Rather than being a typical orange bronzer, it has red undertones, mimicking an actual tan. It is beautifully luminous on the skin, without being glittery or over-the-top and it blends easily (I prefer to use a stippling brush). I'm not one to normally wear bronzer in winter, so I'll be temporarily retiring this one once autumn rolls in. But keep this in mind for next summer...or get it now if you want to have a beach babe look year round! Available at Beauty.com for $28.

JINsoon Nail Polish in Kookie White: I adore the look of white nail polish with a tan, and Kookie White offers an interesting twist on this. It is a very, very pale white-based blue shade. I like the way the formula applies (not streaky or gloopy, both of which seem to be common with pale shades). It didn't last particularly long on my nails before chipping, but few polishes do due to my weak, peeling nails. This is my first JINsoon polish, but I would be willing to try out other shades based on this one. Available at Nordstrom for $18.

Josie Maran Honeymoon Honey: I've loved this blush formula for years, but Honeymoon Honey sat unloved in my drawer in favour of Pink Escape (reviewed here) until recently. Applied with a stippling brush, this absolutely melts into the skin. It looks terrifyingly brown in the pan, but on the cheeks it is a beautiful pinky neutral shade. If you want a dewy, glowy cheek without slapping on any shimmery or sparkly products, give this a try. And as an added bonus, this will last you a lifetime as you need to use only the smallest amount each time (and it doesn't seem to have problems with drying up). Available at Sephora for $22.

Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Gel: This is my second bottle of this stuff and I would not want to be without it. Paula's Choice products are no-nonsense, but they get the job done. I have non-sensitive, clog-prone skin that needs as much chemical (and sometimes physical) exfoliation as it can get it. Pairing this with Sunday Riley Luna (another favourite) has made my skin smoother and more radiant than I have ever seen it. Available at Paula's Choice for $28 (the site also allows you to order samples if you want to try out products before committing to a full-size).

Sunday Riley Luna: There has been massive hype around this product over the past few months, so I will get my thoughts on whether you need this out of the way: I think it is a great product and I notice that it does make a difference on my skin (it improves the overall radiance and texture of my skin, and I have noticed that it helps blemishes heal faster). But I think you might be disappointed if you think that this product will single handedly fix all of your skin concerns overnight. For that you will need to come up with an appropriate regime for your skin, which could include Luna. For that reason, I recommend trying a sample of this first, if you can (Sephora has been popping up with deluxe samples of this with the code LUNAOIL now and again). But overall, I have had a good experience with Luna and it has replaced my Sarah Chapman Overnight Facial Serum. Available at Sephora for $105.

Roger & Gallet Fleur de Figuier Eau de Toilette: I talked about my new obsession with fig scents here, and although I do really love Diptyque Philosykos, I think Fleur de Figuier from Roger & Gallet is my favourite. It's sweet floraly scent (super articulate, I know) that is feminine without being sickly or too juvenile. The bottle is simple and small enough to through into my hand bag for a mid-day spritz. And the price tag is right: available at My-Dermacenter for about $18.

MAC Lip Liner in Subculture: Over the past year or so, lip liners have become a must-have in my daily makeup routine. But Subculture stands out amongst the crowd. It is the perfect liner for my lips. Most other lip liners either make my lips too dark or too pink, but Subculture is pretty much a slightly warmer dupe for my natural lip colour. It is, therefore, perfect to wear when I don't want my lips to change the colour of a lipstick or a lipgloss by making it cooler. This is a staple that I think everyone could use in their collection. Available from MAC for $16.50.

Too Faced Melted Chihuahua: I'm not quite sure why I waited so long to jump on the bandwagon of the Too Faced Melted Lipsticks, because they are phenomenal (and possibly my favourite lipstick formula of all time). I think I was worried that the application would be a mess and/or that they would bleed, due to their 'melted' nature. But I finally gave in to the hype and picked up Melted Chihuahua after seeing a number of rave reviews. It's a shade I would normally avoid like the plague, as it falls into the 'brown' category. But it has just enough pink that it ends up being a stunning warm neutral lip that goes with everything. I've picked up a few more shades from the Melted line, but Melted Chihuahua remains my favourite! Available at Ulta for $21.

Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Deep Comfort Balm: I've spent a lot of time at the beach this summer and have been desperately trying to prevent my tan from peeling (and yes, I know I should be avoiding the sun altogether...) I've been trying to keep my skin as hydrated and moisturized as humanly possible, which led to my discovery of this gem. I think I paid less than 3€ for it at the drugstore and it is easily one of the most moisturizing lotions I've ever used. Similar to a body butter, this rubs into skin easily and doesn't have a strong scent (to me it simply smells clean). If you want a cheaper alternative to the Body Shop Body Butters, I would recommend giving this a try. I'm not sure if this is available in all markets, but if you see it, throw it in your cart!

Whew! Those are all of my favourites for now (well, there are more, but I tried to be selective so as to not have a post the length of War & Peace). Let me know what your favourites have been below! And please check out my BloglovinInstagram, and Twitter!

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