Sooo.... I was browsing through my drafted posts, thinking about what I'd update the blog with and I came across this post that I had wrote last year (2015). I'll also be posting a more recent favourites post for this June, and it's quite interesting to see the differences between years. Anyway, let's get into it. (My apologies about the photos, since I no longer have many of these products, or didn't get around to taking the photos some time ago. But I used retail photos for most of them.)
It's been too long since I've done a favourites post here on the blog. If I find a combination of products that works, I hardly stray from them. Truthfully, I meant to post these products since April (haha), but since they've mostly remained the same, why not share!
This combination works well to keep my breakouts under control. The dermopurifyer foams well and cleans gently, while also being fragrance-free. Coupled with the Scrublet (from L'Oreal), which I use for gentle exfoliation, this is a very effective combination for everyday use.
Biore Pore Unclogging Scrub
The BodyShop Tea Tree Blemish Fade Night Lotion
Hair care:Vital Olive Oil Hair Mayonnaise
I love this hair mayonnaise because it leaves my hair feeling very moisturised and seems to have a lot of great ingredients (including olive pieces within the mix). I get this in the same box as my hair relaxer, and I just haven't needed to buy the full-sized product since they give you more than enough for one or more uses in the kit. In the touch-up kit however, you get those plastic packets.
Design Essentials Vitamin Restore
Dr.Miracle's Leave-in Conditioner
My hair feels rather silky after using this product.
Design Essentials Sleek Edge Control
I have kinky, unruly edges. and for years they just would stick out and do whatever they felt like. A friend of mine told me about edge control about a year or 2 ago and I decided to try one, but had no luck because I thought I would need maximum hold and the gel was WAY too hard to even use. Enter Design Essentials. I was first drawn to them because of their sleek packaging and then the smell. I love this product! It works, at least for a few hours and makes my edges feel moisturised, and they make little cute curls, although they're never completely sleek for a whole day. This is still a vast improvement from no edge control and my first try with edge control, haha.
Makeup:Maybelline FIT ME Matte & Poreless Foundation- Toffee Caramel 330
Milani Color Statement Moisture Matte lipstick - Matte Orchid
This lip colour now lives in my bag and can brighten up any makeup look that may be bland. Furthermore I just put this regardless of if I'm wearing other face makeup. It can be worn full pigmentation, or sheered of with lip balm to give a nice stain to the lips. I really like the colour and it was very affordable too, being around $10-12BDS. Although it's supposed to be matte, it's not as matte or drying as a MAC lipstick, and I'd describe it as more of a creme finish.
Milani Easybrow Automatic pencil - Natural Taupe
Since I changed to a lighter hair colour, I found that darker brows looked meaner and so I switched to this very affordable, yet useful brow pencil from Milani. It's just $10BDS, yay! It's waxy enough to keep the brows tamed, yet has just enough colour to tint my brows lighter. I do wish is that it was a little less creamy so that the pencil would keep a pointy shape for more precision. On another sad note, I can only get this to last about a month :(.
It'sJudyTime palette by BH Cosmetics
This has been my go-to palette this year. You can do everyday neutral eye looks and some times a pop of colour using this palette. AND even without a primer the colours are vibrant and stay all day! I'm so glad I got this.
Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge