some favourites right now – beauty

It has been a hot minute since I’ve talked about anything beauty related on here, so I thought that instead of shoving some more fashion content down your throat today I’d switch it up a little bit. I honestly think if I was a youtuber I would make a favourites video every month, mostly because I just love rambling on about things I’ve been loving so much, but because on here I’m putting my thoughts into writing I can definitely reign myself in a bit.

For at least the last month or two I’ve been stepping away from wearing much makeup. I love makeup so very much, but lately my skin seems to be just hating any makeup I’ve been putting on it and it’s just not seemed very happy so I thought I’d give it a much needed breather. Because of this I only have one makeup product that I wanted to talk about and that’s the E.L.F Baked Highlighters.

I have two shades; Moonlight Pearls, which is a perfect face highlight for my pale af skin, and also Apricot Glow, which I absolutely do not use on my face but makes such a beautiful light eyeshadow and looks amazing when you lay it on top of other shadows. I just feel like you can’t go wrong with these, they’re literally $10 each, and while they aren’t my absolute favourites, they’re definitely up there.

Moving into skincare, this is THE SHIT. One of my friends actually recommended this to me (shout out Ash), and I’ve been using it ever since. It removes all the dead skin from the top of your skin which is kind of disgusting, but also so satisfying. Your skin will feel so so smooth after using this, it’s amazing. Plus it’s so quick and easy to use because unlike a mask, you don’t have to leave this sitting on your skin, you just put it on and then start rubbing it off straight away.

This is one of those products I just really like having because while I’m not too sure what it does for my skin, I know my skin just seems to love it. This is basically an aerosol toner for oily skin, and it really just seems to work for me. Toners are a big thing for me, I can not do my skincare routine without using one. I usually use a different toner first on a cotton pad and wipe that all over my face and then I’ll go in with this one and just spray it on my face and let it soak in. I have combination, kind of oily skin which can definitely be prone to blemishes and I find that La Roche-Posay has a line of products that work so well for me.

After I give myself a very healthy spritzing with my toner, I’ll go in with moisturiser. I’m so upset because I loved this IT Cosmetics one so much and I went to repurchase it on the Sephora website but it’s just not on there. I bought it when I was in store but I really don’t go up to Sydney that often so I don’t know when I’m gonna be able to get my hands on another jar of this. This cream is probably one of the first moisturisers ever that my skin has really seemed to love, which is a tricky thing for me to find. Distraught that I don’t have a new one to dig into.

I am by no means a hair person, mine never looks particularly good, but this conditioner is really good in my books. My hair gets oily pretty quickly normally, and because I’m blonde and my hair is usually pretty silky and smooth you can tell, so heavy shampoos and conditioners do not go down well with me. This is like my perfect hair product, it’s purple to help neutralize any yellow tones, but mostly it’s the fact that it moisturises my hair and makes it feel so soft, but it doesn’t weigh it down and my hair doesn’t get greasy as fast because it’s pretty lightweight.

Lastly, my current most worn perfume, My Burberry Black. I always go for those kind of deeper, semi masculine scents over fresh or floral ones, and this one is sooooooo fcking good. I’m really bad at describing scents, but I looked this up and the base notes are amber and patchouli which explains why I love it so much. At the same time though it has this kind of sweet and feminine twist and I’m so in love with it.

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On an everyday basis, I’ve  pretty much got my makeup routine down to as simple as possible while still looking put together enough. I know what works for me and what my favourite products are, so I thought I’d write a little something up that goes over everything I do and what I’ve been using to do them.

PRIMER – TOUCH IN SOL NO POREBLEM PRIMER

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I’ve spoken about this primer in an earlier blog post, and I haven’t stopped using it since then. It’s pretty much a perfectly balanced mix of what I want in a primer; it blurs my pores, it increases the longevity of my makeup and it feels slightly hydrating too. I can definitely tell a difference in the way my makeup looks and wears when I switch it out for another primer.

FOUNDATION – THE ORDINARY SERUM FOUNDATION IN 1.0NS VERY FAIR

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I bought this foundation on a whim only because their coverage foundation was out of stock, and my hopes for it weren’t very high because I really didn’t think it was going to work with my skin type, but I was completely wrong. This foundation is gorgeous. I think it might be my favourite foundation that I’ve ever tried. I’d say it’s a light to medium coverage (which is what I prefer for every day), but the finish is I think what really gets me. It’s very natural looking in a sort of ‘your skin but better’ way. It’s got a luminosity to it but even though my skin can get oily at times, and I’ve usually got this on my face for 10 hours at a time at least, it doesn’t make me look like a complete oily mess. This foundation, in my mind at least, shouldn’t work this well for my skin but it just does, as well as coming in a colour pale enough for me. I’ve already ordered another bottle because I’ve been using this every day without fail, and the best part is I don’t feel guilty about it because this bad boy only sets me back $13.50. All around amazing.

CONCEALER – MAYBELLINE FIT ME IN FAIR

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I think I’ve mentioned in a previous post that I haven’t found my perfect concealer as of yet, but lately, I’ve been using Fit Me from Maybelline and I do really like it. I would say I’m definitely one of those people that prefers using a lighter coverage foundation and then only concealing what I want and using a concealer with decent coverage to do that. I think that my main struggle with finding the right concealers is that in many cases, the lightest colour is not light enough for me. The shade of this one is pretty decent, but I really like how it looks on the skin; I don’t find that it cakes up or looks like it’s sitting on top of my skin, and it also wears very well. All-in-all a very good concealer, I just wouldn’t say it’s the perfect one for me.

CREAM CONTOUR – L’OREAL INFALLIBLE SCULPT CONTOURING PALETTE IN 01 LIGHT/MEDIUM

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This stuff is soo good. I used to think cream contouring was super scary and time-consuming, but using this product makes it exactly the opposite. The colour is a perfect neutral/cool tone which works really well on my skin, it is so easy to apply, and it blends like a dream. It’s more of a cream to powder formula than just the traditional cream, which I think is another reason as to why I love it so much. This step takes me honestly close to no time at all and just adds a little bit of bronzey goodness to my face, while still being lovely and subtle.

POWDER – LAURA MERCIER LOOSE SETTING POWDER IN TRANSLUCENT

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I’m definitely a loose powder over pressed powder girl, and this powder is my number one. I’ve spoken about this before so I won’t go on and on, but I like to use apply this under my eyes and on my t-zone (the places that I want to stay set down) with a damp beauty sponge, and then I just take it lightly over the rest of my face with a brush. It doesn’t get cakey, it gives my skin a lovely not-quite-blurred-but-almost look which is awesome considering it doesn’t claim to be a blurring product. This is an expensive powder but in my eyes, and for me it’s worth the money.

CONTOUR – KEVYN AUCOIN SCULPTING POWDER IN LIGHT

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My favourite contour product ever. I’ve been using this consistently for the past 2 years, and in that time I’ve never felt the need to try anything else. Originally I had it in the medium shade, but I repurchased it in light and it’s just the perfect cool toned, light contour which doesn’t look like a harsh line on my pasty face. If anyone was to ask me to recommend them a contour powder, there’s no doubt in my mind this is what I’d tell them to buy. It’s an expensive powder, but if you’re in a position where you want to spend a bit extra then this is something that I would say is worth it.

BLUSH – MAC TOLEDO LIMITED EDITON BLUSH OMBRE IN RIPE PEACH

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I’m very sorry that you can’t buy this blush anymore because it really is very beautiful. I don’t use it so much in winter, but in summer it’s perfect. I love how, because of the ombre effect, you can kind of choose if you wanna go for a more pink or a more peachy look depending on how you feel or what suits the eye/lip you’re going with. I’ll leave it at that because it’s obviously not available anymore, but if something like this ever is released again, snatch it up while you can because you won’t regret it.

HIGHLIGHTER – E.L.F BAKED HIGHLIGHTER IN MOONLIGHT PEARLS

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Again, I’ve spoken about this in a couple of posts, and for good reason because it’s so beautiful. I’m not going to ramble on forever about it, but I love this highlight so much. The shade is gorgeous, and the way it blends onto the skin is so wonderful. Like I said I won’t go on too much, but there is so much love in my heart for this highlighter, and if you’re on the hunt for something good – buy it.

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EYES – MAC BLUSH & E.L.F HIGHLIGHTER, BOURJOUIS VOLUME 1 SECONDE

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On an every day basis, I am super lazy with my eyes. All I do is run some of the same blush I use on my face through my crease to add a little bit of colour and definition, and then just pop some of my highlighter on my inner corner and bring it slightly onto the lid, and that’s it. Takes literally 30 seconds and makes me look that little bit more awake and put together. Since I have eyelash extensions I’m not very fussy with my mascara as I only use it on my lower lashes. Lately I’ve been using the Bourjouis Volume 1 Seconde because I had it lying around, and while it’s good I know that I’ve used better ones in the past.

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BROWS – BENEFIT GOOF PROOF BROW PENCIL & BENEFIT GIMME BROW IN 3

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I usually like to keep my brows pretty natural and simple, and I think that a brow pencil is the best and easiest way to do this. This one from Benefit is my favourite one that I’ve tried. The shape of the pencil is perfect for the shape of my brows, and it means that it’s super easy for me to define and fill them in very quickly. Then after that I go over them with another Benefit brow product, the Tint My Brow, which just lets me brush them into place and add a little bit more colour and volume to them. Benefit does brow products very well in my opinion, so if you’re after some new brow goodies definitely check them out.

SETTING SPRAY – GLAM GLOW GLOWSETTER MAKEUP SETTING SPRAY

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My makeup never feels complete until its set, and my favourite setting spray right now is this one from Glam Glow. It just makes all the makeup on your face seem to melt and just come together so beautifully, and leaves your face looks subtly luminous, but it doesn’t make my skin look shiny or oily at all. If I forget this step I can tell a difference in how my skin looks, and the way in which my makeup wears throughout the day. I wouldn’t want to go without this product.

LIPS – RIMMEL OH MY GLOSS IN 100 LOVE BUG

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I’ve gotten so much more into glossy and just natural looking lips lately, so this is perfect just to chuck on top of some lip balm just to add a little bit of something, without adding a strong wash of colour. This gloss in particular has little tiny bits of sparkle through it which I think is so cute too. It’s just a super easy gloss to chuck on and then be able to reapply easily throughout your day.

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After writing this all out, it seems like a lot but I promise you this makeup is sooo easy and it only takes me 10-15 minutes to do. I’d say the step I spend the longest on is my foundation because I like to take my time making sure its all blended and buffed into my skin, but after that everything else is a breeze. And the more often you do the same routine the faster you’ll get.

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Emily

 

I’m one of those people that just loves to try new makeup, so when I use a product up and decide to go out and buy that same product again instead of trying out something different, then that’s a pretty good sign. Anyway, today I thought I’d put together a list of some makeup that I still have in my collection and love, that I’ve made the effort to go out and buy multiple times.

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When it comes to foundation and concealers, these are the two things I go through most often, but also the ones that I try out different products for most regularly. I’d say this is probably because I’m yet to find my ride or dies, but there have been two foundations and one concealer that I’ve gone back to a few times while I’m still on the search for my all time favourites. The first foundation is the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour Full Coverage Foundation, and the second is the L’oreal True Match. These foundations are very different from each other, Tarte offers a full coverage (like the name would suggest) and is definitely a thicker formula than the L’oreal, which is a medium coverage and much lighter and more liquidy in texture. I love both of these foundations alone for their own reasons, but I love them even more mixed together into a little foundation cocktail. Doing this gives you the high coverage and lasting power from Tarte, but the finish and the bit of glow peeking through from the L’oreal.

Master Conceal from Maybelline is probably my favourite concealer I have tried yet. Firstly, the colour is actually light enough for my super pale face, and on top of that it has insane coverage and wears so well too. I’ve been through a few tubes of these now and it’s definitely my go-to if I suddenly run out and need to buy a new concealer asap. Because it is so heavy duty it can be easy to go overboard at first, but if you just use a small amount it still covers everything and it blends beautifully. This also means it lasts for ages so it’s a bit of a win-win in my opinion.

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I’ve spoken about the E.L.F Baked Highlighter in Moonlight Pearls before so I’ll keep this short and sweet, but this is my favourite highlight. I reach for it over Becca, Hourglass, etc. However, the packaging is absolute shit but when I’m paying $10 for otherwise an amazing highlighter I really don’t care. The awful packaging is the reason I went out and bought another of these because my first one broke, but I’m so glad I did because it’s super amazing.

Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder could honestly be one of, if not my favourite makeup product that I own. I use this every single day without fail. The first one of these I went through was in the medium shade, but since then they have come out with a light shade so you know when I bought this again I went for that one. The cool tone of it is perfect for my skin tone, and it’s super soft and easy to blend. This stuff isn’t cheap ($63 for 4grams) but it lasts forever and is just so beautiful that I think it’s worth it. So if you’re in the market for a good contour powder and wanna treat yourself a little bit, I would definitely say this is the one for you.

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Lastly, my Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil. I love the colour, the formula, the shape of the pencil, everything about it is perfect for my eyebrows. These are so easy to use, I just define the tail of my brow, and the arch and then I just give the rest of my eyebrows a quick once-over. I have reasonably thick brows, but they’re a little sparse in some areas so this is perfect. Of course, the packaging is very cute, and it has a spoolie on one end which is pretty much a necessity. This is one of those products again that is small but lasts for ages, so I think it’s worth the little investment.

I hope this little insight gave you some ideas, or at least helped you waste some time. Either way, I hope it was enjoyable.

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Emily

 

 

Since I’ve been getting my eyelash extensions done (which has probably been happening for about a month and a half, give or take) I’ve been into much simpler makeup, glowy skin and glossy lips. And with  my skin behaving pretty well too lately and the bit of a confidence boost that the lash extensions give me I’ve toned down my everyday makeup a little bit.

Firstly, powder. I’ll be the first to admit that I used to go a bit ham with the powders, however now that my skin has kind of chilled out on the oil and glowing, healthy skin is in I’ve definitely calmed down a lot. I know that I am incredibly late to the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder party, but now that I finally bit the bullet and spent $62 on a powder I completely 100% see why there’s so much fuss about it. It’s amazing. It sets my foundation and concealer wonderfully, and considering too that when I’m working my makeup has to endure an average of about 10 hours on my face, it makes it last and wear so much better.

Because I’ve been into lighter powder these days I only use the Laura Mercier powder in my t-zone where I’ll get oiliest, and then I’ve been dusting the rest of my face with the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Radiant Light. I bought this back when I was into very matte skin so I never got the use out of it, except now that I’ve gone back to it, I don’t want to stop using it. The concept of the whole Ambient Lighting range from Hourglass is really cool, and the execution of it is just as good. They’re so finely milled it’s insane, and they give the skin soft illusions somehow and look absolutely lovely.

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I think I found my perfect primer in the Touch In Sol No Poreblem Primer. This smoothes the skin, feels hydrating and does such a good job of blurring pores all in one, while also extending the longevity of makeup. For what I want in a primer, this has it all. Makeup sits so well and looks so pretty on top of this. Unlike other pore filling/blurring primers the texture of this is much more of a liquid and therefore feels so much nicer to blend into the skin. I am in love, there is nothing about this primer I’m not liking.

If I’m talking about glowy skin there is no way I can skip mentioning the E.L.F Baked Highlighter in Moonlight Pearls.

This is my FAVOURITE highlighter. I like this better than my Becca one, my hourglass one, and any other high-end or affordable highlighter I’ve ever used. I’m not really into the whole super metallic highlighting trend, I prefer the kind of ‘lit from within’ more natural looking glow. This powder sits beautifully on the skin, and gives a slight almost wet look by just looking like its melted into every powder on you face so seamlessly. On top of all this it’ll only set you back $10, that’s one sixth the price of a Becca highlighter. Everyone needs this.

Now, onto eyes, and therefore my discovery of 3ina (mina). I’ve only tried a couple of the eye products so I can’t speak for the brand as a whole, but from what I have tried I am so impressed.

The Eyeshadow in 112 has been my go-to everyday shade ever since i bought it. It’s the perfect cool tone brown, which isn’t too dark or light. The quality is so so good for the price that you’re paying, the pigmentation is good and they’re super blendable.

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Even though I love their powder eyeshadow’s for the easiest everyday makeup, their Cream Eyeshadow in 313 has honestly blown me away. It is absolutely stunning. These go on super smooth and once they set, they’re set in place all day. Crazy pigmented, and so gorgeous.

Like I said earlier in the post, I’ve been swapping out the matte and favouring really glossy, plump looking lips.

My top picks for this are firstly the Lanolips 101 Ointment Multi-Balm in Peach to hydrate and smooth my lips, and then on top the Too Faced Sweet Peach Creamy Peach Oil Lip Gloss in Papa Don’t Peach to add a little bit of colour and a lot of shine.

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This lip gloss is pretty much perfect for just throwing on everyday when you want a little bit of something, but don’t wanna look too much. The colour is so lovely, and it hydrates really nicely considering it’s just a gloss. And both these products also smell (and taste) like peaches so that’s an added bonus for sure.

If you only take one thing away from this post, buy the ELF highlighter.

Emily x

 

 

 

 

Lately I’ve been buying and trying out quite a bit of new skincare, so I thought I might as well share my thoughts on the things I’ve been using recently. I’m pretty sure none of these products are new releases, so they’re just new to me (not new in general). Also I think it’s important to note that I have combination skin, which can get a bit oily but these days stays more or less normal for the most part.

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CLEANSERS

 

I’ve only been trying out two new cleansers lately, the first one being the Trilogy Make-Up Be Gone Cleansing Balm. I bought this cleansing balm in the hopes that it would be similar to the Clinique cleansing balm but cheaper, but I definitely don’t like it anywhere near as much. For me the major problem with this cleansing balm is that it doesn’t melt down from a balm into an oil consistency. If you’ve ever tried the Clinique balm you’ll know what I mean by this. This was definitely the first thing I noticed when I used the Trilogy balm, as you’re massaging this over your makeup it doesn’t feel like it’s breaking it down as effectively as it should be and you can feel it like another layer on your skin. When you buy the Trilogy balm it comes with a natural cotton face cloth which in my opinion is totally necessary if you want this to remove makeup effectively. With this cleansing balm you NEED to wipe it off with some sort of face cloth, it can’t just be rinsed off with water. If you don’t wipe off this balm all of the makeup and residue that you’ve been trying to remove from your face will stay on top of your skin, and that’s why I sadly haven’t been enjoying using it

However, I’ve also been trying out Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel by La Roche-Posay and I have been loving this. It’s formulated for oily sensitive skin, so it isn’t too harsh on my skin but it stills works on any excess oil I have. I feel like this is one of those products that at first you can’t really tell if it’s working or not, but after using it over time my skin has had so many less little blemishes and spots. I love that this, even though it’s made for people with oily skin, hasn’t felt as though it’s drying out my skin at all when I’ve been using it. For anyone with skin similar to mine I would 100% recommend it.

MOISTURISERS

Just like with the cleansers, I’ve also been trying out two moisturisers. However, unlike the two cleansers I’ve been loving both of these. The Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Cream is a perfect night cream for me, or for days when I feel like my skin just needs something a bit heavier. It’s texture is so smooth and light, but it definitely is very hydrating and sinks into the skin quickly and so nicely. The only reason that I don’t use this as my one and only is because with my skin type sometimes it just unnecessary. That’s where the other moisturiser comes in. For most mornings and also the nights when I just want something lighter on my face I have been loving the Avene Hydrating Serum. Even though it’s described as a “hydrating serum for dehydrated skin” I have been loving this as a moisturiser instead of a serum. This gives my skin the perfect amount of hydration for everyday, especially when I use it in the mornings. It sinks into the skin so perfectly, but your skin doesn’t feel like it’s had nothing put onto it either. As a general rule I always prefer to use a slightly more heavy moisturiser for the night time and then something lighter in the mornings, so these two for me have been a perfect combination.

TREATMENTS/MASKS

As well as trying to find myself some new favourite everyday skincare bits, I’ve also been using a couple of new treatments and stuff of that nature.  Recently a new Korean beauty counter has opened up near me and apart from the masses of single sheet masks I’ve bought from there (which are all very good) I also picked up the Neo Gen Dermalogy Bio-Peel+. These are a pack of little pads which essentially allow you to do your own facial peel. After taking off the plastic label which was written in English and being left with only Korean on the packaging, I can’t remember what these pads (more specifically the lemon ones which I bought) claim to do, but I can say that I’ve been liking to use these maybe 2-3 times a week and my skin feels so extremely smooth and lovely afterwards which gives them my approval.

The Rodial Super Acids X-treme Hangover Mask is the mask that I have loving and constantly reaching for ever since I bought it. Like the bio-peel pads, I’ve been using this mask about 2-3 times a week and I have honestly noticed a difference in my skin. My skin doesn’t get a lot of big pimples but I can be pretty prone to getting little bumps and blackheads in my t-zone, and after using this consistently I have definitely been getting them less and less. My skin feels so clean and fresh after I use this, but it never feels like it’s been stripped. I would absolutely recommend this mask for anyone with skin similar to mine, or prone to little imperfections. Super impressed.

The last little bit I’ve been using for the last couple of weeks is the Super Spot Remover by Origins. The bottle for this product is absolutely tiny, but don’t let that throw you off buying it because it honestly packs the biggest punch. It’s a salicylic acid based solution that helps to get rid of any blemishes or spots that you have, or if you can feel one about to pop up this will help to prevent it from coming up to the surface. This is my new favourite spot treatment. For a long time I swore by the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion  to get rid of spots, but this works so much faster, doesn’t get flakey on your skin, and it also goes on clear so if you have to leave the house after you’ve put it on you don’t need to worry about funny looking dots on your face. Although the bottle for this is absolutely minuscule you only need the tiniest bit, and even though I’ve been using this religiously on little spots I’ve had, I have hardly even made a dent. If you’re in need of a new spot treatment this the one to go for.

Hope you enjoyed my mini review on some new bits and pieces.

Emily