One month down, eleven to go. Time flies when you’re having fun, right? I’ve been really enjoying the first few weeks on 2016 on many levels, not only when it comes to beauty related matters. But since the focus of this blog is beauty, that’s what I am going to stick to while sharing my thoughts on five great (mostly makeup) products from my recent routine.
I haven’t bought a MAC lipstick in a while but this shade from the recent Ellie Goulding collection was too beautiful to pass on. It’s a perfect everyday coral-pink shade, beautiful on lighter complexions. The Creamsheen formula is easy to apply (even without the mirror) and does have a bit of a natural shine, so there’s no need for a gloss. It’s not the longest lasting finish, but I don’t mind it at all and I am happy to reapply as needed – to be honest I actually prefer lippies that fade without leaving a ring around the edges of the lips, in case I don’t have time to touch up my makeup throughout the day.
The Only You lipstick is currently living in my handbag (it’s actually the only one I carry with me at this stage – I guess the name is more than appropriate 🙂 ) and I don’t think it’s going to change anytime soon. I am actually tempted to buy a backup if the shade is still available.
This highlighter has been extremely popular in recent months, so if you’re tired of hearing how great it is, you may want to scroll down to the next product in this post. But there’s no denying that it is a hit…I’ve been resisting it for months and only purchased it towards the end of the year. Ever since then, it’s been on my face almost every day – yup, I put my beloved Cindy-Lou Manizer aside for now. Champagne Pop may not be ideal for very pale skin as it is quite gold and warm. However, if you’re light, light medium or darker, definitely go for it. One word of warning though – it is extremely intense, so don’t go heavy-handed and load the brush with the product. One swipe is more than enough.
Becca Champagne Pop shade was released as limited edition, but lately the brand has made it permanent, which is great because you don’t need to rush to get it and if you need a bit of time to save enough money to splurge, there’s no risk that it’s going to disappear from the market before you’re ready.
Another highlighter? You must be thinking that I am doing everything I possibly can to be visible from space! Well, while it would be quite cool, each of the products mentioned serves a different purpose in my makeup routine and I use them around different areas on my face. This Laura Geller Highlighter is not as shiny and intense as the Becca one, I would describe the finish as satin. For that reason, I like to use it in the triangle under the eyes, not directly under, but just a bit lower. The product adds a bit of coverage and, most importantly, a beautiful and healthy glow to the face. It just makes you look more radiant and fresh.
Size-wise, you’re only getting 1.8g of product (which feels like nothing comparing to the Becca Highlighter, which is 8g) for a price that may seem excessive. Is it worth paying AUD $34.95? It’s really up to you, to me it’s more than worth it and I will definitely repurchase. Luckily, I don’t think I will have to do it in the next few months since you only need a tiny bit to achieve the desired effect.
I won’t go into much detail about this palette today because I plan a dedicated post to showcase its’ full potential. But if you still have a chance to purchase it, definitely have a closer look at it during your next visit to Mecca. It may not be a revolutionary set of colours, but for someone who gravitates towards soft, everyday shades, it’s like a one-stop shop. Especially if you have pale to light-medium complexion. Here, you have a great variety of neutrals with a couple of brights added to the mix for versatility.
The quality of the shadows is excellent, as you would expect from Urban Decay. Both shimmers and mattes feel soft, blend well and look opaque on the lids. The Blackout shade is probably the best quality black I’ve ever used – I have it in the Naked 2 palette as well but it doesn’t compare to the newer version here. So, consider this a teaser and keep your eyes peeled for the full review of the Gwen Stefani palette in the next week or so.
I’ve left the only skincare product in this post for last, but it’s well worth a mention for one, very important reason – I managed to get my husband to use it without my constant nagging 🙂 For the first time ever, he actually reaches for it everyday, simply because he likes it so much. It’s a body lotion designed especially for sensitive, itchy skin. I’ve been using it for months to combat first signs of irritation after showering or shaving and it’s been great. When you need a quick relief from itchiness – a thin layer of Lipikar will do the job in no time. My husband has had an eczema patch above his ankle ever since I’ve met him and it’s never gone away because he’s been constantly scratching it. Few weeks with a regular, daily treatment using La Roche-Posay body lotion and the affected area is much smaller and seems to be healing well.
When it comes to products suitable for sensitive, eczema prone skin, I can only say positive things about La Roche-Posay products. If you’re struggling with any of those issues, you wont find anything better in the drugstore range.
And we’re done with the first favourites post of 2016. Here’s to discovering many more great products this year. Is there anything you’ve been particularly enjoying in January?