Beauty Favourites

JUNE BEAUTY FAVOURITES

Hey my lovelies I know I’m a little late as we are now into the second week of June however you know what they say… Better late than never 😉 So here are my *favourites for June…

*Please note these are all purchased by me and so therefor this is my own personal opinion on what works for me and what I like…

1.  LASHES IN A BOX

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I am always looking for the best quality lashes out there – so when I heard about Lashes in a Box I thought I would give them a try.  After perusing their website, I learned they are a luxury line of 100% handmade false lashes, containing 20 piece set of lashes. This is not all, with every box purchased; the company will donate a portion of its proceeds to organizations that help others in need each year. So after much thought I decided on No. 1No. 2 and No. 4. The brand offers 10 different styles ranging from natural strips to dramatic strips. Each pack contains 10 sets of lashes and costs $25.00 (plus $15.00 shipping for me to Australia) – it works out to be $2.50 a set (not including shipping) – that is damn good value for money if you ask me. I will admit I was weary of what I might end up with, but I am pleased to say that when I received them I was pleasantly surprised. The quality is amazing – they are soft and fluttery and do not have that synthetic, stiff feel to them that a lot of “cheaper” lashes have. Unlike other brands, Lashes in a Box do not that irritating glue on them that holds the lashes to the plastic insert making it near impossible to remove (sometimes damaging the lashes in the process). All in all I would say they are high quality for low-cost, very easy to apply and really make your eyes stand out. I give them:

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2.  REVLON COLORSTAY WHIPPED FOUNDATION

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I have previously always been a big fan of the MAC foundation range. If anyone asked me which foundation they should try I would most certainly have named a MAC type. However over this past year I have been working on expanding my knowledge by experimenting and trying lots of different brands ranging from the High end to the “drug store” alternatives. So when I heard about Revlon’s new Colorstay Whipped Creme Makeup I will admit I was hesitant as I’ve never really been fond of Revlon as a cosmetic brand. My go to foundation was MAC’s Studio Sculpt in NW25. However having heard and read so many positive reviews I thought I should buy it and see what all the fuss was about. So I have actually worn this every day, and some nights, for the whole month of June – and… O-M-GEEEE! I can officially say I am converted! This foundation is AMAZING! The consistency of the foundation is different from any other foundation I’ve tried. It’s not like your typical cream foundation (Laura Mercier Silk Creme, MAC Studio Sculpt – my old go to, etc.), it’s much denser. If you’re not a fan of mousse formulas, don’t worry, it’s nothing like the texture of Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse (which I have tried and find to be just AWFUL). It’s more emollient and thicker, yet very creamy and still has somewhat of a mousse-like feel. If you read the ingredients list, it’s packed with silicone, but it doesn’t have that familiar silicone primer, powdery texture. If you hold this container upside down you will see this product ain’t going nowhere! I’ve experimented a lot with this foundation, and while I love a full coverage foundation I have found that it’s not the easiest formula to work with. It needs some moisture to spread across my face easier, so it’s vital for me to ensure my face is primed properly, and I then add a touch of MAC’s Strobe Cream by either applying it directly to my face or my preferred method – mixing it in with the foundation or prior to application.  So all in all I would say that for me personally I am adoring this because for a full coverage it feels very light on my skin, natural finish, photographs well, its long-lasting and my purse is cheering on the price tag of $34.95 in comparison to MAC’s Studio Sculpt of $52! So I would highly recommend trying this – let me know if you fall in love with it as much as I have!

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3. EMBRYOLISSE LAIT CREME CONCENTRE

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Since its inception in 1950, the French-pharmacy staple has become, for many beauty insiders, the gold standard for soothing, no-frills face moisturizers. Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré  has been used as everything from a cleanser, makeup remover,  foundation-mixing agent,  and a primer. After being recommended by a teacher at my college, I couldn’t help but try it – and you know what? I fell head over heels in love with this product. It is divine. Putting this on  my face actually feels so luxurious and I swear you can almost feel your skin take a sigh of relief. I’ve made sure it has prime position on my beauty stand – but don’t just take my word for it go and get a tube – I guarantee you wont be disappointed. I give this:

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4. MAC’s Strobe Cream

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MAC define their Strobe Cream as –

“The ultimate quick fix for the skin. Super-powered with potent botanicals; de-snoozes, de-stresses, moistens, freshens and boosts the look of dull, flat or tired-looking skin with a fully loaded vitamin zap and a mega dose of green tea. Brightens and clarifies with iridescent particles and antioxidants. Enhances the effects of light on all skin and in all lighting conditions from sunlight to spotlight”

MAC classify this as skincare and not make-up because it is treated as a moisturiser with the added bonus of luminosity. When you swatch it on your skin, you will see that it leaves a pink/purple sheen. There is no trace of sparkle or glitter, it is more of an opalescent finish. As you can see, the packaging is quite slick in a white tube with a black lid. There is no pump for this product, instead you give the tube a little squeeze and you get 50mls of product which is a decent amount. There is also a 30 ml travel size available in MAC Pro stores. Personally I find by mixing one part of this with one part high coverage foundation such as Chanel Perfection Lumiere, MAC Studio Sculpt or my new favourite Revlon Colorstay Whipped Foundation, it helps to me to achieve a really glowy finish, with good coverage. All in all I would give it:
 
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5.   MICHAEL TODD TRUE ORGANICS  – PUMPKIN MASK NUTRIENT RICH FACIAL MASK 

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According to Michael Todd this mask is a –

“Rejuvenating facial treatment which uses nutrient-rich Pumpkin blended with Glycolic Acid. Contains high concentrations of proteolytic enzymes, anti-oxidant beta carotene and over 100 other essential vitamins, minerals, phytosterols and fatty acids. Exfoliates to remove dead skin, impurities and toxins, moisturizes and firms, improves elasticity and pliability of the skin, unclogs pores allowing skin to breathe and facilitates movement of skin oils. Adds brightness and radiance to the skin and significantly improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.”

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I have typically normal/combination skin that airs on the dry side at times. So for me, this mask is AMAZING. I was a bit skeptical at first – I mean pumpkin, really? However I will say I have offically been converted! I will admit that I found the mask’s effect on my skin to be a rather intense experience, dont worry it is not a harmful burning to fear, but more like an intense heat. I actually quite liked the feeling. After using it, my skin is left with a nice approving rosy, dewy glow and the cliché smooth-as-a-baby-bottom texture. I wear a full face of makeup every day – because of that I firmly believe Michael Todd’s Pumpkin Mask has helped me avoid breakouts and generally just helps with a detox at the end of the week. My only critisim is that while it comes in a very generous, airless 100ml pump dispenser – the dispenser is its downfall. Upon the first couple of uses it took a lot of effort to get a small amount out. Around the third use, the pump quit working altogether. So never fear I just hacked into it by unscrewing the cap and shook some out. This can be a little messy and possibly contaminate the product, but I’m not that fussed about it. I hope that I just happened to receive a bad pump. All in all I love this product but because the pump is basically crap Im having to give this a:

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So there we have it kids – my June Faves! Hope it was helpful and maybe inspires you to go out and maybe sample one or two – let me know what you think or what some of your favourite products are – thanks for reading

xoxo

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