January FavouritesTuesday, 4 February 2014
You know when you have this amazing image in mind pre-photograph sesh, and you get so excited to shoot it only to find it's just not happening? That was me, yesterday. Risked my life on the edge of my unstable couch arm, all for nothing. Sweat, blood and tears my friends. Literally.
So, this unfortunate, minimal image above will have to do, and on the plus side, I got my Canon 5D MK III back and damn, I forgot how good it is. Hello, lover!
Enough about the technicalities though, let's focus on where the heck January went. Anyone? Because I could have sworn New Years was not that long ago. What a blur, but I do have a few recent favourites to share with you, some old and some new!
First up, can I just rave to you for a moment about my obsession with my new perfume? Because Oh My God. Say hello to Escentric Molecules 01, a bit of a cult beauty item and also a favourite of Madonna and Elton John, apparently. Fun fact! I am just SO in love with this scent, it's bordering a little unhealthy. See, I am definitely not a sweet scents kind of girl, and a lot of perfumes either come off too sweet, too floral, or just smell like generic perfume on me. I tested this while on a shopping trip in the city recently and after about five minutes of being on my skin and me wondering where this amazing smell was wafting from, I realised it was from me and I handed the credit card over before I could even consider how much money I was about to fork out. And then I proceeded to go home and spray some more on me so I could smell it while drifting off to sleep. I told you, unhealthy. This is a woody, natural scent and has so much science behind it, it hurts my poor little brain. The website gives a better description than I ever could.
I've been reaching for a few oldies this month, and it's really nice and refreshing giving products a second go and finally being able to justify why you bought them in the first place. One you would have seen popping up everywhere last year was the La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo. I have read so many reviews on this treatment, and had so many people rave about it, and when I finally caved and bought it, I found myself a little disappointed. It didn't seem to do much for me, other than maybe help reduce the size of my pores on my nose. It wasn't until earlier in the month when my skin decided to have a hormonal breakout that this gem finally shined. Awful, swollen, sore under-the-skin pimple? Gone within three days. A MIRACLE, ladies and gentleman. Consider me won over.
I've also been digging out my MAC Mineralise Skin Finish in 'Soft & Gentle' a lot lately, and I've really been enjoying the gentle highlight it gives my cheekbones. I've started working it into my daily routine, just to make my face look a little brighter on those 6am start days, and I've had quite a few people comment on it and ask what I was wearing. Score.
It's become a thing now where I can't leave the house without applying lip balm. Chapped lips or not, on goes one of my favourite Maybelline products, either in 'Mango Pie' or 'Smoothing Cherry'. They're cheap, they're cheerful, and they work. I always have one in my handbag and one on my bedside table for quick fixes.
Another lip product and one mentioned in my last post, the Bourjois Colour Boost Lip Crayon in 'Orange Punch' has been a firm favourite, it's easy application and everyday colour being a winner in my standard routine. It's not the best on dry lips, and is slightly glossier than I would normally like, but I can't help but continually pick it up. The colour is not even remotely orange tinted on my lips, but instead becomes this gorgeous berry pink colour and I have to say, I am really, really enjoying it...
Lucky last, two MAC products to mention, and again these have been mentioned in my last post. I've been reaching for the In Extreme Dimension Mascara a lot lately, giving my beloved Clinique High Impact Extreme Volume a bit of a well needed break. This might not be reaching my 'holy grail' standards but it does a pretty damn good job. Very similar in consistency to the Clinque, and almost as much volume in as little time. It's not quite got that 'oomf' that Clinque gives you, nor does it have it's lasting power, but it's a pretty close alternative.
I've also been loving my new eye-shadow in 'Texture', it's just a great colour I can get everyday wear out of. I just quickly brush it on my top lid and a smudge on the bottom waterline and done. Quick and easy brown smokey eye. It's also very buildable, and works as a great base colour. I have recently worn it as a base, with 'Sketch' in the corner, and a little hint of 'Cranberry' over the top of Sketch, and oh man. Gorgeous, and earned a few compliments from the ladies on the make-up stands in Myer. Why, thankyou.
And that's it from me today, time to go attempt a stir fry for dinner in an attempt to cram a ton of vegetables into my system. Wish me luck, and tell me your thoughts on this months picks! Have you tried any? What have been your favourites?