Where has the year gone? I can’t believe that May is nearly over and we are now heading into June – half way through the year!
It’s been a stressful month with new jobs, illness, accidents with the kids and crazy weather. Helping me on through all of this have been these products below. They have been my ride or die and have helped me to not look like something the cat dragged in.
Lush Honey Trap Lip Balm – I bought this because my favourite lip balm from Nivea seemed to have been discontinued. This was a recommendation from a super nice guy that worked in the Botany store. Although I’m not a fan of honey flavoured/scented products this lip balm is amazing. It keeps my lips smooth and hydrated and nicely conditioned. I’ve been wearing a lot of liquid lipsticks lately and with this lip balm you can skip having to scrub your lips to keep them in the condition that liquid lipsticks require.
Dermalogica Hydra Blur Primer* – I love a good primer and have always tended to gravitate towards hydrating ones. As you can see, this is a tester so I well and truly tested it. The consistency of this primer is dry-ish and feels more along the lines of a pore filling primer. It does seem to blur out my skin inconsistencies and I noticed a visible reduction in the appearance of pores. I’m now really interested in trying other primers from Dermalogica.
Dr Lewinn’s Anti-Ageing Tinted Moisturiser SPF 30 – If you’re going to buy this with the intention thinking that it provides coverage, then don’t do it. This moisturiser, although tinted to look at, added no colour whatsover when applied to my skin. However, I didn’t purchase it for coverage. I purchased it for the SPF and the fact that it is not a white cream means means that you don’t get that ashy cast to your face that some SPFs can add – especially if you have a medium skintone or darker. It is a good moisturiser that lasts all day. The lid does get a bit messy because the product has that tinted colour added to it, but that’s the only drawback.
Skinfood Renew Certfied Organic Coconut Oil* – I love adding oils to my face especially in the cooler months when my skin can be dehydrated. This oil is a lighter, runnier consistency than say a Trilogy oil and I really like that difference. It seems to be light enough to wear under a moisturiser during the day and also adds a boost to my night cream without making it all too heavy.
Cover Girl Ready Set Gorgeous Foundation – This was recommended to me by a fellow blogger who is slightly lighter in skin tone than I. I was pleasantly surprised. The closest high end foundation I can compare it with is Lancome Teint Idole. It’s a full coverage foundation that doesn’t cake and really does last all day. It’s matte but not too matte and other products layer beautifully over the top. I’m in the shade 220 which is slightly light for my NC40 complexion right now, but I just added bronzer and contour and it was perfect.
MAC Sheertone Blush in Peaches – Where has this blush been all my life? Chay Roberts, the makeup artist that did my recent MAC Makeover used this on me. It’s the perfect warm toned blush for my skintone. If you like Melba and want to go a little deeper, then this is the blush for you. I’ve worn it for about 3 weeks straight and that’s saying something! If you’d like to read my blog post about my MAC Makeover, just click here.
Billion Dollar Brows Universal Brow Pencil* – At first I was a little skeptical about this one. I’m not really sure it’s universal – it works on my dark brows, but I’m not sure it would work on some of my lighter skinned sisters. The spoolie on the end is great. The colour is a good cool toned brown. I wish the tip was a little smaller for finer application, but that’s my only gripe. I grabbed this when I had to go to hospital at short notice after my son had an accident and we had to stay the night (he’s better now btw) and it was a real life saver. When you’re in hospital you don’t have time to do the whole brow pomade and set thing, but this BDB pencil gave me nice natural looking arches so I looked good, and didn’t have to make up the rest of my face to balance the brows out lol.
Mary Kay Lash Intensity Mascara* – This little mascara packs a punch. I have teeny weeny lashes and have had many mascara disappointments over the years. This mascara coats my lashes easily and adds volume as well as length to help achieve that Bambi look we all love. I reviewed it in a separate blog post, so just click here to read further.
Cailyn O Wow Brush* – When I first received this brush I didn’t really know how to use it. A couple of failed attempts put me off and then I tried it with my Australis Cream Contour Kit and fell in love. It adds the perfect amount of cream contour and blended it out so easily. After that success I tried it again with foundations and had better luck. I use this with my more full coverage foundations and then still go in with a cream contour afterwards. It gives a smooth finish – similar to the finish you achieve if you use a beauty sponge.
Nude by Nature Angled Blush Brush* – I’ve been bronzer and contour crazy this last month. My favourite brush for applying powdered contour is this one from Nude by Nature. The angle helps to apply product just under my cheekbones and the consistency of the hairs on this brush just make everything appear air brushed – which is great for me as I can tend to be a little heavy handed! I did a review of their entire brush set, just click here to read it.
Morphe M330 Eyeshadow Blender Brush – I’m relatively new to the Morphe brand. I got this brush as part of a bundle when I bought a palette from NZSale. It’s beautifully soft and perfect for applying crease colours. I’ve been using it a lot this month and have found that it hasn’t shed despite me washing is regularly. The handle is thick and comfortable to use and I’m surprised at the good quality of this brush for the price.
MAC Eyeshadows in Texture (velvet) and Tempting (lustre) – Two shadows that I bought as part of my MAC Makeover, they have been a staple this past month. I’ve work Texture nearly every day as it’s the perfect crease colour that works if I pair with warm or cool colours. Tempting is a beautiful cooler toned bronze with a shimmer that pairs beautifully with Texture and with other colours too. It’s that perfect kind of grungy smokey look that you can wear during the day and then vamp up for night time.
Nyx Eyeshadow in Nude – you can see that this is well loved. It’s my perfect brow bone highlight. Not too white, but it adds enough definition, especially with the colours I’ve been wearing lately. It’s also a good colour to use to set your eye primer too. It’s a must have. I wish I’d bought a back up!
Gerard Cosmetics Hydra Matte Liquid Lipsticks in Cher and Everything Nice – As I said above, I have been wearing a lot of liquid lipsticks this month. I’ve been on the go and have been relying on these to provide all day colour. They haven’t disappointed. These two colours are my favourites in my collection and I’ve worn either one or the other for most of the month. I love the consistency of the Gerard Hydra Mattes – they are easy to apply and comfortable to wear. They don’t dry your lips out. They do transfer very slightly and will come off if you eat a burger. I really recommend these to you if you haven’t tried them already.
MAC Twig Lipstick – This oldie but goodie is one of my favourites. It’s the perfect deep browny mauve colour that seems to go with everything and always seems to give my complexion a bit of an oomph! It’s a staple in my collection and I will just keep on repurchasing.
There you go! That’s all of my faves for the month. Did you see any that you liked or have tried? Let me know in the comments below.
Just a wee disclaimer – the products I have marked with an asterisk were given to me as part of goodie bags at events or sent to me to review. My opinions are 100% honest.