So obviously, I missed my April favourites post…..but don’t worry I’ve combined April and May and I am even early for a change!!
I’ve been super busy the last two months and so I have just been using my ‘old faithful’ products that are consistently in my beauty bag. This is fine of course – except when you want to write an interesting blog post for your monthly favourites……but don’t worry, I did enjoy a couple of things that are not usually in my general routine of beauty products. It’s a short list – but still worth a quick read.
Real Techniques Stippling Brush
I’ve been a long time supporter of the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush as it works so well with the Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation. But when I started using the L’Oreal True Match Foundation I realised that the formula and consistency of the makeup required a different tool. The Stippling Brush gives a lovely light air brush effect and helps the makeup to melt into the skin and gives me that ‘my skin but better’ look.
L’Oreal True Match Foundation
As you know, the L’Oreal True Match Mineral Foundation is my holy grail foundation so I was eager to try this liquid foundation version – especially given the positive reviews on blogs and You Tube with comparisons to one of the Giorgio Armani foundations. I was not disappointed. Light, fragrance free easily applied and absorbed into the skin, a great colour match for me….it was wins all around! I love this foundation – nice and light for summer and totally buildable for the winter months and for special occasions.
Milk Face Wipes
Ok – it seems from this blog post that I have strayed away from some holy grail products and been unfaithful. I promise that this is not the case – I have just been trying to incorporate a few new things into my regime. I was interested to try this new range developed by Olympic swimmer Michael Kim and his wife Lindy so I thought I would start with the face wipes. They are a great size and have a really excellent exfoliating side which I enjoy using every 3 days or so in my routine. My Mum recently tried one when she visited and really liked them so I added a pack to her Mother’s Day present.
Josie Maran Argan Lip Treatment
I love using this at night. I love the cute little pot on my bedside table. It’s a very smooth silky treatment and a little goes a long way. Another beautiful product from Josie’s range which I am excited about being able to purchase locally when Sephora opens in Sydney later this year.
Macadamia Shampoo and Conditioner
It was time to try something different when my Redken All Soft Shampoo and Conditioner was all used up. I saw this range and thought I would give it a go and of course I love it. It does almost a better job than the Redken (although I still love the Redken All Soft Oil) so perhaps that is a little harsh. The bottles are a funky shape and it has a very pleasant fragrance.
Clinique Moisture Surge Face Spray
I’m lazy. I admit it. So I don’t know why face mists took me so long to find and appreciate. I spritz this on my face when I wake up. I spritz it again after I take a shower and on days when I am at home going make up free and even when I am at work and I want to refresh my makeup. I love this but it’s so expensive…. but I don’t care.
Revitanail 3D Top Coat
Wow……I haven’t really been involved in the gel nail fad but when I read a magazine article about them and they profiled some options – including this readily accessible option from the drug store…..well I couldn’t help myself. It definitely adds shine, has good staying power and basically I think it’s great and suits my needs, so I won’t be purchasing a high-end version. It takes a little bit of strength it remove it – but all in all I love it.
Sally Hansen Complete Salan Manicure Nail Polish- Temptation
This shade is totally out of my comfort zone and I really don’t know what came over me when I purchased it – apart from the fact I have been seeing this coral colour everywhere and have been really enjoying it. Family and friends were a little shocked to see it on my nails (and then I added the 3D Top Coat to really make it pop!) but it’s nice to have a little fun every now and then. I removed it when I had some high profile events and returned to the usual soft pink professional manicure – but it was a fun weekend colour.
Essie – Master Plan
My nail polish fad continued. I saw this advertised in a magazine and then I had to have it. Then when I painted my nails I realised by I liked it so much….it is very similar to Nails Inc Porchester Square. Anyhow, it’s a great Essie formulae and lasted well with my Natio Top Coat. Have you tried any of the new season Essie polishes.
Elle Australia – May 2014
I’ve been a fan of this magazine since it launched. It makes a nice change from the rest of the glossies – some intelligent articles mixed of course with the latest fashion and beauty advice. I particularly enjoyed
Nashville – Season 2
I love Nashville the city and I love this tv series just as much. Great music and characters who you care about…..it’s been picked up again for another season! Excellent. I can continue to admire Connie Britton’s hair!
The Americans – Season 2
This is hands down the best show on TV at the moment. It’s got so many twists and turns, excellent acting and is a great flashback to the 1980s. I’m very happy that it got picked up again for Semester 3.
So that’s what I loved in April and May……what about you?? Monthly favourites is definitely one of my favourite blog posts and videos to watch….so looking forward to hearing all about everyone’s favourites this month!