Monday, 31 July 2017

Current favourite things

Is there anything quite so satisfying as new beauty buys you adore?

Every time I think there isn’t anything I need or want for a while, I stumble on something I’m convinced I can’t do without. I’d seen the Clarins Summer collection floating around on Instagram and other blogs, but because I’m not the biggest Clarins fan, I dismissed it for a good long well.

Don’t get me wrong, as a brand Clarins is lovely, and I’m rather in awe of the Courtin-Clarins cousins, but most of their products are made with parabens, and I live a paraben free life.

Try as I did, I couldn’t find a list of ingredients for this incredible bronzer and blush duo so I choose to believe it’s a friendly. It’s the most beautiful thing, but is slightly tricky to open and I’ve almost dropped it twice! I'd link it now out of stock I'm afraid

Finally, I have a simple retinoid, with no frills attached. Thank you, Caroline Hirons for your takedown of cosmetic retinoid products, because that’s the main reason I’m over paying crazy money for anti-ageing products, when the ingredients we need are cheap themselves. Thank you, Deciem, for opening our eyes!

I do like The Ordinary’s Advanced Retinoid 2%, but I wish the retinol content was slightly higher. I can’t wait to pick up more from the Ordinary soon!

For an extra dose of hydration, I’ve added the Clinique Moisture Surge Hydrating Supercharged Concentrate to my routine. Another Caroline endorsed product! I love it, and it brightens a fair bit! The gel texture feels almost watery, it contains antioxidant spheres, so I do feel it’s a good fit for me and what I prefer from skin care.

Lastly, I’m so in love with Dior Absolutely Blooming! It’s fruity sweet, the packaging is so pretty, and so, so me. It’s been a long while since I’ve been excited by a scent so I’m very happy!

I suppose this counts as my July favourites! What were yours?

Sunday, 23 July 2017

New In...Morphe Brush Haul

There are so many different types of brushes I still need, but I tend to stick to the same Sigma or Real Techniques. They’re great, but I get bored so easily and even though I clean my brushes every week or two, I need variety. You know?

Since I can’t buy Morphe makeup, I stick to their brushes!

(Left to right) New to my collection is the R2, a beautiful big tapered fluffy brush, which I rather enjoy using for bronzer. I mistakenly bought this instead of the R0, which is larger and the one I wanted. But this will do for now!

Also, there’s the goat hair R10, a dense cheek brush with the softest bristles, and the R13 which is similar to the Real Techniques Contour Brush but narrower, with slightly longer bristles.

I’m quite excited by the eye brushes, because I needed tiny brushes for detailed work in my crease and below my lower last line. For that, I now have the R43, the R41, and the R42!

I’ll admit to being pleasantly surprised by Morphe’s Rose Gold Collection.

It took me the longest time to buy any, but I rather like everything I’ve tried. Which will teach me a lesson about judging brushes by their online thumbnails!

I like the feel and weight of them, and the rose gold design. But I do wish the bristles were more cohesive. Between the synthetic and goat hair bristles in the collection, I much prefer the latter even though the fluffier of the synthetic I’ve tried still do a beautiful job.

Do you have any favourite Morphe brushes?

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Deconstructing the face

I don’t do heat.

I grew up in the Mediterranean, and while that sounds dreamy to most, the feeling of melting from the inside is all too familiar! That’s why I moved to London. The promise of overcast skies and rain every other day? Sign me up!

I explained my base in detail when I posted about my Every Day Face. I’m obsessed with a flawless base, mostly because it covers my redness, melasma, hyperpigmentation, and heavily set dark circles, and I just love the process of doing it all!

Then again, it’s been so hot recently that I couldn’t stand the feeling of sweat running down my face, so foundation had to step aside.

Bare skin I’m not afraid of. But going bare at work was a frightening thought.

On a whim, I mixed Estee Lauder CC Crème with REN Vita Mineral Moisturising Cream and Clarins Beauty Flash Balm and I quite like the result! Being me, I still used Double Wear Concealer and baked with Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder, and went ahead with my usual eye, contour and highlight.

I’ve figured it’s not the worst thing after all, trying different complexion products and relaxing a little bit. I use very little foundation anyway, and mostly to cover redness, and I rely on concealer for the rest. And you know, maybe this is the best time to finally try the Cover FX Custom Cover Drops if I miss the coverage that much.

Do you make any changes when it’s too hot?
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