May FavouritesSaturday, 30 May 2015
I'm not going to launch into a massive big post about my whereabouts for the past, oh...five months (yikes)? Nope, that's for another post. Instead, I'm bringing you a baby post on some products I've been loving lately - some new, some old.
One of my favourite beauty launches in Australia this month was the YSL Fusion Ink Foundation. Now, this was quite a late release (I remember reading reviews on this last year, oh dear) but better late than never! I was already a big fan of the YSl Le Teint Touche Eclat foundation, so I wasn't surprised when I completely fell in love with Fusion Ink. It seems to blend out seamlessly, with almost no effort at all, and gives you a beautiful, velvet like finish. I'd say it sits around a medium coverage, but I've found it fairly build-able. The finish definitely leans towards a matte, but it still retains this sort of 'glow' about it. I love applying it, I love how lightweight it feels, and I love the finish it gives me. Thumbs up, YSL!
Continuing with complexion, I have been ALL about that glow lately, and I think coming into the winter months, I'm desperately trying to cling onto that summer glow to give some life to my somewhat dull skin. The Josie Maran Argan Illuminizer is something I have definitely talked about on here before, but it dawned on me the other day that I could also mix it in with my foundation to make my complexion even glow-ier. How it has taken me so long to discover this, I do not know. The results are to die for though, and I'm struggling to find a foundation this DOESN'T work with. For such an affordable product, I'm still completely shocked at just how versatile it really is.
I've been pulling out this gorgeous highlighter lately as an alternative to my usual theBalm Mary Lou highlighter, and it's totally love. It's the MAC Mineralise Skinfinish in Perfect Topping, which unfortunately was a limited edition product available at the beginning of the year. I snapped it up if only because of how it looks - can you blame me? It's almost too good to use...almost.
For the cheeks, I've been loving all over again the MAC Mineralise Blush in Warm Soul. It's such a beautiful, neutral colour that finishes off the cheeks perfectly when you just need a subtle warmth to the cheeks, with added glow. All about that glow, remember? Paired with a nice bronzer, it always completes those neutral but warm looks that I'm always trying to achieve.
The amount of palettes in my makeup drawer right now is almost embarrassing. Hello, my name is Brodie, and I have a palette problem. But when this Stila Nouveau Natural Eyeshadow Palette hit the shelves, I instantly knew it had to be mine. I mean, look at it. Warm, neutral shades with the perfect mix of shimmer and matte. I barely blinked and I was already handing over my credit card. I am continuously impressed with Stila's eyeshadow offerings - to the point where I now own three of their eyeshadow palettes plus the individuals. The fact that this one also included their famous 'Kitten' shade made me very happy - you'll see more about this particular shadow in a later post...
My mascara choice for the month kind of surprised me. I wasn't sold on the Too Faced Better Than Sex when I first bought it. Sure, it gave volume and length, but I didn't see what all the fuss was about (and why it sold out at work over and over again). Somehow, the change sort of happened overnight. Okay, I still think my Clinique High Impact Extreme Volume is the holy grail, but this is so damn close that some days I'm not even sure what to reach for. Also, the name makes me laugh, so there's that.
Lastly is actually an old favourite - it's the Hourglass Femme Nude Lip Stylo in No. 3. I bought this months ago and it's been my go to nude lip ever since. The formula is a little on the matte side, which I don't normally love as I tend to get dry lips quite often, but it seems to have enough slip in the formula to still allow for a smooth and long lasting application. I love their nude collection, I find they're really flattering and great paired with a bold eye. I also like to apply a little lip gloss on top to either make a subtle colour change or tone the 'nude' down a little. It also helps on those days where your lips feel that little bit on the drier side!
I forgot how much I could write - sorry for the explosive paragraphs. I've never been one to keep it short...!