So I have spent the past few days contemplating what my first official blog post should be about and I have decided there’s no better way to start it than a ‘January Favourites post’. I’m hoping this will help you get a feel of what the content of this blog will be and help you see the type of products I am interested in and think highly of. Most of these are beauty related, such as things like shampoos and foundations that I am currently LOVING. So without further ado let’s get cracking.
I am pretty fussy when it comes to makeup I’m not going to lie. I don’t tend to venture out and try new products, but this summer (I live in the Southern Hemisphere, and YES it is summer here) I have been pulled in by the amazing colours and shades and I have persuaded myself to by some new lipsticks. The first I love is one of the Revlon ones from the Super Lustrous™ Lipstick Range, and it is in the colour ‘Cha Cha Cherry’. Normally there is no way I would go for something this bright and I normally do like to keep it quite simple with nudes and peaches but I am absolutely OBSESSED with this lipstick. It has a crème finish and looks amazing on your lips. Personally I think it would suit almost every skin-tone. The only down-side of these lipsticks is that they don’t have the best staying power and after a couple of hours they tend to fade quite a bit. This is a small price to pay considering how easy they are to apply.
The second lipstick I am currently in love with also was quite a bit of a gamble. I was In Australia over the summer break and I managed to pay a visit to a store called ‘Sportsgirl’. Sportsgirl is basically a clothing shop, but they also stock a small amount of makeup. I ended up picking up a lipstick in the colour ‘Queen of Hearts’. It has a Pearl finish and is a very orangey red. I’m not going to lie, at first I definitely wasn't a big fan of this colour, in the tube it came off pretty orange and I was quite sure I wouldn't like the texture of all the ‘sparkles’ in it. By the time I put it on I had gotten the idea into my head that it was going to look pretty bad, but It ended up looking so nice. It is very creamy and soft and feels really nice to wear. You don’t feel the glitter on your lips, but I do find you need to be pretty careful when applying this lipstick as it can smudge quite easily. I guess you get what you pay for (AUD$9.99). Sadly I won’t get to visit Sportsgirl again any times soon as I don’t have any plans in the immediate future of visiting Australia.
My favourite foundation of January and basically my go-to foundation for anything is Maybelline’s 24hr SuperStay™ Liquid Foundation. This is a medium to full coverage foundation and promises it can
-Withstand heat, sweat and humidity
- Flexible breathable, all-day comfort
-Oil free – non pore clogging
-Suitable for all skin types
So I decided that it sounds like the dream foundation and since using it I have decided that for my skin – It is! I have a lot of redness on the apples of my cheeks which I’m not the fondest of and seriously sick of everyone telling me that I’m sun burnt or ‘blushing’. This foundation covers my redness perfectly and doesn’t look or feel cakey if applied correctly. I have this foundation in the colour nude. It matches my body perfectly and doesn’t oxidize throughout the day which is a major bonus! It may seem pretty orange in the bottle and it does have quite a yellow base. It is pretty hard to get the right colour for you with these foundations as the colour range is terrible! I’m pretty sure there are no more than 8 colours available in New Zealand, only 3 of which are yellow based. This is a pretty thick foundation so if you are looking for something very light this may not be the foundation for you, but personally I love this foundation and when applied with a stippling brush or a round top brush you get the perfect flawless finish.
Moving on to the eyes, I have tried so many mascaras recently, from high-end to low-end and I keep coming back to the same one. Maybelline mascaras are one of the most famous products that Maybelline puts out and there is a very good reason for that. It was hard for me to pick a favourite from their range as I am in love with every one that I have tried. The colossal volum’ Express™ Waterproof mascara proved to be a godsend over summer, with being out on the boat and going from beach to beach I found that it literally lasts ALL DAY. The mascara gives your lashes the perfect amount of volume and spreads out your lashes amazingly! The mascara is pretty hard to remove, but can be easily done with the right makeup remover.
My Favourite Shampoo and Conditioner definitely has to be Palmolive® Naturals Intensive Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner. I have pretty dry hair and I find in the summer it gets extra dry especially the tips. Now let me start by saying that Palmolive Shampoos are definitely not a high end product as both the products together probably cost around (NZ$13.00). I wasn't expecting much in the way of it being able to add a lot of moisture to my hair I mainly purchased it as I had seen someone on YouTube raving about the scent of this shampoo. My hair doesn't normally hold a scent very well and I was keen to see if It could hold the scent of this shampoo/conditioner. It advertises that it smells like coco cream which I normally love, yet this Shampoo didn't smell like Coco Cream. I was pleasantly surprised to find it smelt of green-apples mainly and an assortment of other fresh scents. My hair also held the scent of this amazingly, I am onto my Day 3 hair now and I can still smell it when I take my hair out of a bun or it swishes in front of my face.
A product that stood out for me in the skincare category, is The Body Shop® Duo Body Butter in the scent Macadamia. I was able to get my hands on this product at New Zealand Fashion Week last year and haven’t been able to put it to good use until summer came around. Let me just start by saying this Body Butter smells incredible! It has such a rich luscious scent. When in Australia, I didn't even need to wear a perfume this was enough and it is a perfect summery smell as well. It completely got rid of any dry skin on my body and would last at least 2 days (which is an amazing feat for a moisturiser). I love this as there is a body butter side for extremely dry skin and a moisturiser side for skin that only needs a little bit of smoothening. This is pretty pricey for a moisturiser ($32.50) but for the working power of it I would definitely re-purchase this despite the steep price.
So this concludes my January Favourites. I hope you all enjoyed my first official blog post. I really enjoyed writing this and I look forward to writing more in the future. Enjoy the rest of your week.
Talk to you soon