June 2015 Favourites

My apologies for the most belated favourites post that I’ve ever done but I’ve been busy and exhausted with a new job, so this later date is going to have to do. I’m pleased to report that while this is a smaller edit of product favourites (and hopefully a less lengthy post), I’ve been loving these beauty products dearly and borderline obsessively throughout June. Aaaand I will have another post up in the next few days detailing my more random favourites because they did really add up this time around…

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Clinique Deep Comfort Body Butter ($35)

Throughout June, my dry and irritated skin was loving this gentle and indulgence fragrance-free treat. Although there is nothing miraculous in the formula, – not that it would have an impact if there was considering the jar packaging – I have been enjoying this slightly pricier rich cream because a little goes a long way and it instantly soothes even more severe dry eczema patches without any sort of burning or stinging sensation.

L’Oreal Magic Lumi Highlighter in 860 Fair/Clair ($15)

I’ve been reaching for this light-coverage concealer-highlighter-hybrid on a daily basis, either over the top of a more intensive correcting concealer (when my dark circles were severe enough that I knew that this pale pink formula was not going to provide enough help) or on its own when I was just looking for some brightness. I adore how light and weightless the formula is and how undetectable it is on the skin but I don’t love how alcohol-laden the formula is – and I’m not sure how I feel about the colour match, as it seems a bit too pale for any sort of coverage at the moment. However, it was a nice one for adding instant brightness in a few seconds.

Guerlain Terracotta Joli Teint Powder Duo in 01-Clair Brunettes ($60)

Throughout June, my obsessive love for this limited edition bronzer did not wane in the slightest. Unless I was reaching the next product for a more contoured look – rather than a healthy glow – I’ve happily been swirling this gorgeous bronzing powder on my cheeks, forehead and jawline. With a kabuki brush, I find that it adds the perfect amount of warmth and a non-shimmery healthy glow to the skin with minimal effort and time involved – and I love that you can use the sliver of peach as a blush. It’s just so smooth and finely milled. I promise I will actually get onto doing a full-fledged review of this – honestly.

MAC Matte Powder Blush in Blunt ($21/$26)

On days that I’ve wanted a sculpted look rather than a bronzed glow, I’ve been reaching for my newly acquired neutral brown contouring powder. It’s not actually cool toned but it isn’t warm either so it can help to sculpt but it does not leave any sort of grey cast – and it’s so pigmented that I have to be careful but because of this, it would suit a wide variety of skin tones. I like to concentrate it in the hollows of my cheeks with the Real Techniques Contour Brush before dusting the excess along my temples to achieve a subtle sculpted effect that doesn’t read too over the top in everyday life.

Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain in Milan Moment ($15)

I wasn’t gravitating towards or particularly enjoying any sort of high maintenance lip product throughout June, but I did adore this staining but nourishing non-sticky balmy product. I love the semi-sheer tangerine tint that it leaves on my lips even after I’ve drank coffee and the like – and more than that, I love how it stains effectively but still leaves that balmy hydrating texture. There’s something so indulgent about this hydrating and lightweight formula that actually fades in a gradual subtle way that does not require any maintenance or thought.

What were you loving in June?
Maggie, x.

 

The Birthday Beauty Acquisitions

Short story even shorter: I just had my twenty first birthday and because my friends and family know me so well, there were a fair number of beauty gifts and I thought I would share them…

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Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer in SX04 ($58)

I’ve always wanted to try the famous Kevyn Aucoin SSE so as soon as it was available at Sephora, I knew that I was serious about this uber concentrated and oil-infused concealer pot. I’ve been pleased with this concealer despite the praise that the product consistently gets. I do have to say that this shade runs a bit darker and more orangey than I would expect a fair shades with golden undertones to run – but it does work with my bit of a tan on my fair skin. And it might just be even more concentrated than everyone boasts in the best way possible.

Living Proof Extending Curl Memory Travel Kit ($36)

I’ve always wanted to try the sulfate and silicone free products from the brand,Living Proof, so this trial set of their curl range was right up my street so obviously it was added to my list. I must say that all three are rather nice but the Curl Defining Rinse is fantastic – it detangles my hair like nothing else with it’s unique gel texture while adding lightweight moisture.

Briogeo Curl Charisma Rice Amino + Avocado Leave In Defining Cream ($23)

Briogeo is one of those other brands that has made sulfate and silicone free products for curly hair that has always intrigued me, so I was thrilled to get the opportunity to try out their curl cream. It’s even more interesting that it has some hold to it and is designed for looser curls as well that works to define them with a lightweight texture.

Clinique Deep Comfort Body Butter ($35)

Moisturizer (particularly for the body) is not something that one normally gets excited over, although with my eczema and general sensitive skin issues, I’m more disposed to considering investing more money and time into. Regardless, I loved receiving this fragrance-free nourishing body butter. It’s not exactly miraculous but the concentrated balmy cream is all kinds of lovely and soothing.

OPI x Coca Cola Take 10 Set

Lauren, my nail polish loving bestie, continued her tradition of giving me these exciting 10 piece mini polish kits from OPI and I couldn’t be more happy about it – and I admit it, no matter how materialistic that it sounds. I love the OPI formula and these colours are right up my alley and different from all my other shades, consisting of reds, a corally hue and some nice darker offerings. I’m thrilled to have another tube of Nail Envy and to try the Top Coat, too!

Revlon Nail Enamel in Revlon Red ($7)

Along with a gorgeous scarf and maxidress, my friend, Laura (generously) gifted to me this traditional red polish and while I have not applied it yet, I’m excited about it for three reasons; one being that I’m a red kind of girl, two being that I’ve always wanted to try the classic Revlon formula and three being that I don’t have many colours in this shade family. Will report back.

Sephora Lotus Mask ($8)

I’m a face mask kind of girl so sheet masks have caught my attention once or twice, especially those with beneficial ingredients such as this one but I tend to be put off by the price and the fact that they are a single-use product. I’m really excited to try out this “moisturizing and soothing” one, though. It contains only a tiny bit of fragrance as potential irritations and is full of emollients and soothing ingredients.

Any new purchases to share?
Maggie, x.