It has been AGES since I did a proper monthly favourites post.
So with no further adieu I share with you my January and February 2016 favourites.
Being a blonde, fair skinned Aussie my skin has no hope of a gorgeous tan so I have to resort to either fake tan or a wash off bronzer.
Having a tendency to remember at the last minute and realizing that I haven’t allowed enough developing time for a fake tan, I regularly resort to the Makeup Studio DD body miracle cream in Natural to give me a beautiful tanned glow.
Unlike other body glow products I have tried in the past the DD body miracle cream leaves a ‘glow’ rather than a glittery shiny unnatural sheen.
It applies quickly and easily without being sticky or greasy and doesn’t rub off onto my clothes thus making it the perfect solution to achieving a flawless golden glow.
I am a traditionalist when it comes to using toner in my facial routine. Many people state that you can forgo toner, but I am a huge advocate and use it both morning and evening.
I fell in love with the Wonderstripes Facial tonic upon first swipe as it is the perfect pick me up in the warmer months due to the cooling effect of cucumber extract. The smell is divine and my skin feels beautifully refreshed and clean and it is even safe to use on the eyes. My only negative – it is only in a small 100mL bottle.
I have been a huge lover of Moo Goo skincare for many years and have regularly recommended the range to friends when they have told me of their sensitivities to regular skincare products.
Recently MooGoo have branched out into other areas including Dusty Girls – their makeup range. Dusty Girls includes products such as foundation ,bronzer, eyeshadows, mascara, lipsticks and blush.
I was recently sent the gorgeous Pink Ladies blush to try and was initially concerned about the shimmer that is quite noticeable in the pan. Being in the older age bracket I try to steer away from shimmer/glittery products but I needn’t have worried as this blush is beautiful.
The colour is a perfect ‘girly’ pink with a slight gold undertone which suits my fair complexion beautifully. There is a subtle ‘sparkle’ but it enhances the cheeks rather than being a huge glitter ball demanding attention.
It also comes in a huge compact which makes it great value for money at only $25. It will take years to hit pan!
Every single Clarins product that I have had the pleasure of trying has been a winner for me. From the famous Beauty Flash balm, to their khol pencils which I use daily, to their latest eyeshadow palette – I am in love.
I am pretty conservative with my eyeshadow colours so when I saw the Pretty Night palette I knew it would be perfect for me.
There is a combination of 3 matte and 2 satin shades thus being the perfect mix to create both day and night looks.
I find the darker colours in the palette to apply a little easier than the lighter ones with the matte Beige Peau (the first one in the palette) the most difficult. It is a beautiful colour which is the perfect all over lid colour that feels very creamy, but I do find I need to layer it considerably to get any colour payoff.
The colour that I have been using almost daily is the second in the palette – Dore Cuivre which is a beautiful golden brown which I have been using in the centre of my lid to give it a lift. It applies like a dream and is sure to be my most used colour in this lovely Clarins Palette.
I am REALLY hard on my nails. Traditional nailpolish does not stand a chance on me – that was until I tried the Revitanail 3D top coat.
I don’t often wear nailpolish on my fingernails due to the regular chipping that occurs, but since trying the Revitanail 3D polish I have been wearing it almost every week.
I love the super shine that it leaves on my nails and the polish lasts SO much longer when I use this as my top coat. I have even taken to using it on my toenails and now the only reason for me to remove my polish is because of the regrowth that shows – not because of any chipping. It is a definite winner.
We are super lucky in Adelaide to have the Make-up Studio Australian Distributor. I was first introduced to the range at the Adelaide Hair and makeup show and was super impressed with the huge range and quality of their products.
Make-up Studio was started in the 80’s by a team of professional makeup artists who wanted to produce high quality products suitable for the film and photographic makeup industry. All of their products are HD quality and the colour payoff is second to none.
Walking into their store was exciting and overwhelming but their customer service ensures that you purchase the right product for you.
All of their eyeshadows are available in a single round compact that can be transferred into a 2, 5 or 10 pan compact.
I have a favourite Bobbi Brown eyeshadow that is no longer available and I was so excited to see the Dazzling Taupe from the Superfrost collection as it is an almost exact match – except for one thing – it is better.
The quality of the Make-up Studio eyeshadows is incredible. One swipe and you have incredible colour which is only intensified by using wet – thus making it perfect for use as an eyeliner.
I am 100% sold on the quality of the Make-up Studio products and can definitely see me adding to my collection.
Last year I had a Mecca Cosmetica gift voucher to spend and received this eyeliner as a gift when I bought an Ardency Inn lipstick. I am SO glad they included it as I have fallen head over heels with this super soft, dark black eyeliner that stays put no matter where I put it. I have SO many black eyeliner pencils that claim to be smudgeproof that aren’t, so I rarely buy any as they just end up sitting in my drawer. Not this one. It is brilliant. I use this almost every day to tightline and it is the most comfortable eyeliner I have used on the inner rim of my eye. Normally I end up crying the eyeliner away but I have never had an issue with this one.
If you get the opportunity to trial this in store make sure you do as I am sure you will not be disappointed.
I have lost count of the number of mascaras I have tried in my life. It would have to be in the 100’s.
I am VERY fussy. I want my mascara to hold a curl, add volume and lengthen my very short lashes.
I also want my mascara to look natural and not leave my lashes looking like spiders.
The Runway Room Powerlash does it all.
The super large brush applies just the right amount of product onto my lashes and I am yet to have any issue with clumping (which is a common issue for me).
I choose to use Powerlash as my weekday mascara as it leaves my lashes looking black, separated and natural, and being vegan and cruelty free is the icing on the cake.
I admit that the initial reason I bought the Daddyo shampoo was due to the name. We used to refer to my recently departed Father-in-law as Daddyo and everytime I use it I think of him.
It is just as well that the product is great otherwise it could have been disappointing.
The lovely rich purple toned shampoo leaves my coloured blonde hair with shine, bounce and volume whilst protecting it from brassiness. I have been using this since August 2015 and I haven’t quite finished the 500gm bottle yet so it is amazing value for money.
A word of warning though. Ensure you do not get the concentrated purple shampoo on any clothing as it could stain it. We have a towel that has a couple of small purple splashes on it that we cannot remove.
I am a huge lover of Witchery clothes, but I have to say I was a bit skeptical about how good their makeup would be.
As a Witchery card holder I occasionally get sent a voucher to spend so I figured that I had nothing to lose if I used it to try a couple of their makeup items. I chose the eyebrow pencil in blonde and a black eyeliner, and whilst the eyeliner is OK, I have really fallen in love with the eyebrow pencil.
The spoolie on the end is beautifully stiff which helps to push my eyebrows in place and the pencil is the perfect combination of creaminess and opaqueness. At only $9.95 it is great value for money and as an added bonus it is cruelty free.
Have you tried any of these brands? Which of these has sparked your interest?