My top 10 favorite finds last July
I almost forgot about this monthly list! Last July I did actually fail to jot down my favorites, so this one is sorta like a comeback. I've found quite a few that I really like last month. It'd be a shame if I didn't give them another push.
This is probably my best find in the last few months: the Burt's Bees Daisy White Facial Toner. This is an amazingly gentle toner that did wonders in brightening up my skin! I've been using a few new other skincare stuff (I should blog about my updated routine soon), but I think that this toner is key to how nice my skin is today.
Recently I got a bottle of the Burt's Bees Tomato Toner, which is a more intense product compared to the Daisy White. If you've been reading this blog a while then you know I was crazy about that one! I love them both to bits. Can a girl use two toners interchangeably? YES. (But not in one go ok?)
The Estee Lauder Pure Color Crystal Lipstick in Crystal Baby is the ultimate "my lips but better" lipstick for me. It's so sweet and subtle and makes me look like a nice person. Haha. I get a kick out of just opening the cap and marvelling at the packaging. This is a staple!
Another new lipstick that I'm digging Pixy Lasting Matte Lipstick in Be In Love. It's just 300 bucks but you guys, the color and the formula is quite nice! It's the perfect doll pink that's warm enough to be flattering - think Pink Nouveau but wearable on Asian skin.
One reader bought a tube because of my review, although she was wondering why it didn't look as pigmented on her as it did on me. Well, I have pale lips so I can get away with paler colors - yes, even if they run a bit streaky. If you have pigmented lips, my suggestion is to wear a nude or coordinating lip pencil underneath lippies like Be In Love to get maximum opacity.
One of the perks of having good skin is that we don't need to wear a lot of makeup. Unless I'm going to a long-haul event, I've given up heavy liquid foundations for sheer ones like the Bobbi Brown Oil Free Tinted Moisturizer SPF15. This is a hydrating tinted base that has a decent SPF15 for daily wear. I either apply sunscreen underneath or dust a powder foundation with higher SPF on top.
I like the brightening, barely there finish. This enhances my skin nicely without looking like I piled on the foundation.
Still in the sheer zone, I have been enjoying the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder. This is a great setting powder that gives a poreless, flawless finish while offering a bit of oil control!
For quick contouring, I've been turning to the Stila All Day Bronzer in Light. It warms up my skin like a bronzer should - just without the shimmer! That and the light, nutty shade makes it ideal for contouring. ^_^ I also like that this is fairly long-wearing even in humid weather.
I am and will forever be a fan of the Bifesta makeup remover, but for quick jobs, the Burt's Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes is my favorite. It's just a really convenient way to remove a day's worth of makeup without going through a LOT of cotton pads! What I do is, I add a couple of pumps of Bifesta to the wipe to boost its cleansing power. Neat trick. Try it out. ;)
I've been obsessing about the Zoeva Luxe Complete Brush Set since I got it. It's just so...what's the word, AWESOME. I love each brush and have been using them almost exclusively in the last two or three weeks! You must get this set once they are restocked in Luxola.
I finalized my travel plans this weekend and I can not wait. I'm already planning what to bring and off the top of my head, I'll probably be sneaking a couple of duos from the Charm Double Duty Makeup Brush Set in my suitcase. While this isn't something I'd use for my daily makeup routine (Zoeva is still the best set), these Charm brushes are must-haves for traveling.
And here's another cool brush: the Mary Kay Skinvigorate Cleansing Brush. I find this to be a great addition in my skincare routine since it cleans up any product build-up thoroughly. My pores have never been this purified since, well, ever. With this Mary Kay mechanical brush and the Cure Aqua Gel, I just might never have to get a real facial again!
Yes I will blog about my skincare routine, okay! Any new finds on your end lately?