I’ve enjoyed a wide range of products over March. My skincare and makeup choices have been a lot more considered during this change of season because my skin tends to go a bit crazy at this time of year.
Here’s my list of favorites that have really stood up to the test over March.
Trilogy Balancing Gel Cleanser – I use this as part of my double cleanse at the end of the day. I usually remove my make up with an oil based cleanser like coconut oil, than I go in and cleanse with this. It’s fresh and light and doesn’t make my skin feel like I’m stripping it. My skin feels nice and refreshed afterwards. It’s New Zealand made, natural and cruelty free as well.
Antipodes Divine Face Oil – What an absolute life saver! If you’re a regular to my blog or Instagram then you’ll know how much I love Trilogy oils. I apply this to my dehydrated skin after cleansing in the morning and before applying moisturiser. When I use this, the moisturiser seems to sink more deeply into the skin. I can also use this at night-time before applying my night cream. I’m nearly out of this and will need to re-purchase. If you wanted to try this, you can purchase a smaller bottle along with a face cream for a really good price. Trust me, once you try this, you will be a convert. This is another Kiwi product that is natural and cruelty free.
Clinique Pep Start Eye Cream – This eye cream is actually a cross between a cream and gel in consistency. With a bevy of goodies in it’s ingredient list, you’re assured this is good for you. It’s designed for people on the go (just like me lol) so I slap this on whenever I’m feeling a little fatigued as well as the usual times – in the morning and at night. It really does make a difference and the consistency means that makeup applies smoothly over the top. If you’d like to read my full blog review of this, click here. This was sent to me, but I will definitely purchase this once it runs out.
Australis Cream Contour Kit – I was excited to receive this kit when I attended the recent Talk Beauty event. This contour kit is perfect for me. I use the darker colour to contour, applying with my Cailyn Oh Wow! Brush and then blend it in. The lighter colours are great to use as concealers, even on my fairer skinned friends whom I’ve had the pleasure of making over recently. Here is my makeover of Laura who is wearing this product..
W7 Honolulu Bronzer – Supposedly a dupe for Benefit Hoola, this W7 Honolulu (get it?) Bronzer became a favorite really quickly. It looks like nothing in the box, or even when you swatch it, but when you apply it to the face it’s amazing. The consistency is super smooth and the pigmentation is just perfect for my skin-tone (currently NC40 in MAC foundations). It’s also very accessible price-wise, so I’m ready to purchase some back-ups. This is the first time that I’ve tried anything from the W7 brand and I’m impressed.
Nyx Blush in Dusty Rose – This blush is the perfect dusky pink colour. Nyx blushes are fantastic quality and easily compare to MAC blushes, but at a fraction of the price. I’ve been reaching for this a lot over the last month as it’s a blush I can always rely on.
MAC Extra Dimension Skin Finish in Double Definition – This is one line from MAC that always impresses. The MAC Extra Dimension Skin Finishes are so finely milled and apply a stunningly beautiful metallic highlight to your cheeks. They are always limited edition so that’s the only rub. I bought Double Definition because it’s a beautiful gold colour and one half is supposedly the same as the iconic Whisper of Gilt (which I wasn’t able to get my hands on). I love this highlighter. It applies a lovely gold highlight when used lightly. If you spray the brush with Fix+ and apply, you’ll look like a gorgeous golden metallic robot – perfection!!!
ChiChi Brow Pomade – This has quickly overtaken my Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade as my No 1 brow product – and for those of you that know me, this is a huge deal. I use the colour Soft Brown. The consistency is softer and creamier than the Anastasia one, but I really like that about it. It doesn’t dry out and it’s very easy to apply. It also gives me a much more natural finish. The price is great too – only NZ$20 from Farmers.
Collection Eyes Uncovered Palette – a recent purchase from the drugstore (supermarket actually), for around NZ$15, this palette has been a real eye opener. It’s amazingly pigmented, the colour choices are spot on, and the shadows stay on all day (with a primer). The only thing it doesn’t have is a matte for a transition/blending colour, but that’s no biggie for this price. If you love a bronze smokey eye then this is the palette for you. I’ve already convinced some of my friends to purchase and they already love it too!
MAC Eyeshadows – I’ve reached for two MAC shadows over the others in my collection over this last month. Uninterrupted is a Pro-Longwear shadow that sadly has now been discontinued. It’s the perfect mustard brown colour that looks gross in the pan, but when you apply it you’ll wonder how you lived without it. It can take any look from average to amazing in one step. It’s the perfect transition/blending colour, particularly for those warm looks. Even if you’re rocking a deep cool smokey eye, then blending out with this is sublime.
The second MAC shadow is Embark – a deep rich slightly warm dark brown. It’s a staple and perfect for the outer lid to create depth and definition.
Mary-Kay Cosmetics in Berry Stylish – I’ve been loving the Mary-Kay range. I received this lipstick when I went to a recent event, having not heard much about Mary-Kay at all. I was amazed to find out what a quality brand this is. The lipsticks are superb. Here is my full review of the City Modern Collection, of which Berry Stylish is one item. This shade is so rich and deep – the perfect pop of colour that can brighten any outfit. It’s also super moisturising so you can just keep re-applying and keep your lips nice and soft.
Kat von D Liquid Lipstick in Lolita – Sephora has only recently opened online in New Zealand and now we Kiwi’s can buy the Kat von D brand without it costing an arm and a leg (just an arm now lol). I’d heard so much about Lolita that I wondered if it was overhyped. When Sephora had a free shipping day I decided to take the plunge. Now in terms of colour – for me this is the perfect everyday dusky pink liquid lip. The colour suits my NC40 skintone and the finish is matte without the dryness that is prevalent in liquid lipsticks. I absolutely love it. HOWEVER, one of my friends who is very fair (she’s perhaps an NW15) tried it and it did nothing for her. So, beware it’s not a one size fits all. If you’re keen, do your homework and really check out images of people who have the same skin tone (and undertone) as you.
That’s it my lovelies – hope you liked my faves! Sorry it’s a bit late, but we had some health issues with our kids (one by one). All good now though 🙂