And so we say goodbye to July – I hope you had a good one! I was pretty much settling in and trying to avoid the temptation to buy all the beauty products I wasn’t able to get my hands on in Australia… 🙂 I was also rediscovering my beauty collection after three months apart, so my list of monthly favorites could have been a lot longer. However, I managed to narrow it down to the usual 5 products.
Let’s start from this little fancy tool from Synergie Skin. It’s a derma roller featuring a patented biocompatible polymer technology (as opposed to metal needles often used with similar devices). The needles here are very short which makes the rolling process comfortable and not very painful. Derma rollers are designed to create micro holes in the outer layer of the skin to allow ingredients from your skincare products to penetrate it much better.
I’ve been using the tool 2-3 times a week (although it can be used daily), especially before applying face masks. I feel like this is the best way to make the most out of those and really let the skin soak in every active ingredient. Similar goes for serums and night creams – you don’t have to limit yourself to just masks. If you’re looking to step up your skincare routine, this is a great way to do it!
When moving to Texas I didn’t expect to move to the hottest place I’ve ever been to. It is scorching hot in here – pretty much 38 degrees Celsius every day ever since I arrived. Needless to say, I am not leaving the house without sun protection. The Alpha-H Protection Plus Cream is great not only because it provides broad spectrum, high SPF, but also because it is slightly tinted. I wouldn’t describe it as makeup, but it does lightly enhance your skin tone and, most importantly, doesn’t create a white cast.
The cream is easy to spread and doesn’t have a typical sunscreen scent, which is another bonus. Apart from the sun protection it also keeps the skin hydrated and looks very good under makeup. I’m not too crazy about the packaging because the flip top can sometimes spit a leftover cream as you close it, but I can look past it. If you live in Australia, the Mecca brand has a similar spf 50+ cream that is a bit more affordable.
This product may not be relevant to some of my readers because it’s only available in Poland, but if you ever happen to visit my home country, I highly recommend checking out the Tolpa brand. This night cream is very affordable and it has a lovely rich, nourishing texture. According to the description, the consistency should change to more of an oil as you apply it, but I don’t think it’s really the case. Yes, it doesn’t feel heavy, but I wouldn’t go as far as saying that it feels like an oil.
The cream has a strong scent, which may be an issue for some of you. I really like the jojoba fragrance, so it doesn’t really bother me as long as there’s no irritation. This product leaves the skin feeling soft, supple and comfortable – no tightness at all. It has natural active ingredients and can be used on sensitive skin types. Highly recommended.
It’s not really a surprise that I’m including the Pur Soiree Dairies Palette in my favorites. If you read my review (here), you should already know that I am a big fan and I reached for it a lot this past month. It’s a lovely selection of neutrals with good color payoff, amazing blendability and great staying power. Not to mention the trendy packaging.
Soiree Diaries palette is compact, travel friendly and surprisingly versatile for just 12 shades. If you want to know more about the product, check my detailed review with swatches.
I’ve been meaning to talk abut the Cozzette brushes for months, but better late than never, right? I bought three of them (no S175, D220 and P360) at IMATS Sydney last year and have been using them on a regular basis since then. These are truly amazing, starting from the beautiful purple handles and gunmetal ferrules. The bristles are beautifully tapered and maintain their shape perfectly – I washed them multiple times and they look pretty much brand new.
I like to use them to either place the color in the crease or for blending. The S 175 brush (it’s the bottom one in the photo above) is my go to for applying transition shades. The D220 brush (in the middle) is just a bit smaller and more precise and the P360 works well when cutting the crease or defining the outer corner. Cozzette brushes are not too expensive, but their quality is comparable to the pricey ones I have in my collection. They are also cruelty free.
An honorable mention goes to the Mellow Cosmetics Matte Liquid Lip Paint for convincing me to step outside the box and reach for a brown-toned nude instead of the usual peachy ones… What are your current beauty favorites?