June Favourites & Wishlist

30 Jun 2018, 12:18pm -

Beauty Advice

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MILANI Conceal + Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation + Concealer
00A Porcelain
This is here because it's the best foundation I own for when I'm taking pictures. It's a combination of medium coverage and a lovely satin finish that does the job, but also 00A is a perfect match for my skin tone, which is very rare. It's quite a thick foundation and yet, it never looks nor feels heavy on the skin, so I can wear it in hot weather too.

BOURJOIS Radiance Reveal Concealer
Concealers tend to last ages when it comes to my stash because I always use only small dots of the product, but I ran out of this one recently and I made sure I repurchased it as fast as possible. It's my favourite concealer, even though it's not full coverage, but I always prefer the natural skin-like finish to full opacity. It looks so natural and hides imperfections without drawing attention to them by looking too matte or cakey. I use it under my eyes and on my nose, while for spots I reach for my more opaque stash.

MAX FACTOR Creme Puff Blush
Lavish Mauve
This is my go-to/"looks good with anything" blush because it's a quite a neutral, gently defining type of colour. It's a natural, muted pink shade, not really mauve on my cheeks as the name sugests. It's got a nice pigmentation and a smooth formula that's easy to blend, and to me this is definitely one of the best blush formulas in the drugstore.

CATRICE Kaviar Gauche LE
Highlighter C01 Éclat D'Or
I've been reluctant to put this into favourites for months now because what's the point of you knowing that this is awesome if you can't get it anymore, but maybe with the next Catrice update, they'll have a similar formula. I've been using it almost exclusively in the last months because it's such a pretty highlighter. It's a lovely champagne shade with finely milled shimmer that looks like natural glow. I'm so glad the pan is so massive and I know it'll last me ages. I hope Catrice puts a similar formula in their permanent range because this is just an amazing.

ESSIE Nail Lacquer
Eternal Optimist
Everyone loves this shade when they see it on my nails and I get asked a lot which it is. It's a muted warm pink that I think will suit so many and it's one of those shades that's appropriate for almost every occasion. It's one of the best shades Essie makes.

SALLY HANSEN Color Therapy Nail Polish
180 Chai on Life
I don't like this that much on my hands because it looks a bit too yellowy beige, but for some reason it looks so perfect on my toes. It's a great nude for fair warm skin tones. Formula could be a tiny bit more thick because now it spills on my cuticles when I'm applying it, but it at least it lasts well.

AVON Luck La Vie
eau de parfum
I feel Avon fragrances are the underdogs in the beauty world, at least some. Granted there are plenty of generic fruity-florals, but they have some really nice scents (their old Herve Leger was just dreamy and Avon Mesmerize Black is such a great comfy winter scent). Luck La Vie appealed to me because of the beautiful bottle, but it's not just that. It is a fruity-floral, but without the boring vanilla and the base here is the interesting cedar, makes it more mature without losing the fruity-floral flirty character. I said in stories it's a fragrance that will appeal to Daisy fans and the green, fresh floral note in this is represented by lily-of-the-valley which is paired with non-candy smelling strawberries. The base reveals the cedar note, but it's still got that a fresh fruity-floral and green character, which makes it youthful, but still serious enough that you'd be comfortable wearing it to the office. Compared to the original Luck, La Vie feels greener and less smooth, that's why a lot of people prefer the original and I plan to get my hands on it one day too.

Oahu Coconut Sunset
I mentioned this on stories as a deeper version of a beachy scent that reminds me of Lolita Lempicka Elle L'Aime. It's a beachy coconut fragrance for those who don't like coconut being the centre of attention because here it's mixed with this oriental base of amber and incense. There is a juicy note in the first minutes, which reminds me most of that sweet mango that was in Escada Taj Sunset, but quickly the creamy coconut and tiare flower come into prominence and give it that typical fancy sunscreen scent, but due to amber this could easily pass as fragrance that's not exclusive to summer. Staying power is nice, I get several hours, which is really good for a body mist, but even so, there is a very generous 250 ml in the bottle which will last a while. I'm getting kind of obsessed with these BBW mists, they are so good and I'd love to have a larger collection.

I was a bit ill this month, though it didn't last long, since I tend to bounce back quickly, but regardless, I used hand sanitizers all the time and everywhere. There Pocketbacks are so cute and they smells so nice, they just make you feel better. All have a strong scent, which I like and actually Sorry I'm Latte has been my fake fragrance several times so far because the scent lasts so long. I particularly love Spiced Apple Wood, even though it's an autumn scent, but it's so unique with its lovely woodsy note and fresh apple. I so wish I had some beachy and fresh scents too. I love that they come in such a cute size because I can easily carry it anywhere. Soap & Glory Hand Maid is another sanitizer I rate high and I feel the texture is even a tiny bit better, plus it smells like candy.


Midi Floral Skirts - White with roses and pockets, $13.74 // Dark blue with mauve flowers, $11.00 // White with cherry blossoms, $9.45


Catrice is doing another update in the next months and this time I'm actually interested in some of the new stuff. I have my eye on the new HQ Radiance foundation, since I've actually started to appreciate the HD Liquid Coverage a lot more (good skin care improved my skin texture and foundations I hated started to look decent). They are also releasing new blushes and given my experience with Catrice's blushes, I have high hopes for these. The Metal Sensation eyeshadows look so tempting too, but I need to see their pigmentation first. Peel off glitter nail polishes look nice too, but I'll only get them if I like the shades in person.

I'm tempted by more BBW body mists. In particular Bali Blue Surf which is described as a fresh beachy coconut scent (I'd also love At the Beach, In the Sun and Beach Sand, but Salma doesn't have them). Sensual Amber and Brown Sugar sound like warm, comforting scent I might like since I love Twilligt Woods so much. Pocketbacs are also on my mind at them moment, especially beachy and fruity fresh scents, but they are expensive on ebay with shipping.

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