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Friday, June 24, 2016

June Beauty Favourites! | Throwback post

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!


Eucerin Dermopurifyer Cleanser & Scrublet
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 

Sometimes you need deeper exfoliation and really need to cleanse those pores, so I like the Biore Unclogging Scrub to give me that. It's not as abrasive as the St. Ive's Apricot scrubs, but the sad thing is that the spherical beads may be the ones which take too long to biodegrade. I'm on the look out for a scrub that has more environmentally-friendly exfoliants, but nothing too rough to cut me.

The BodyShop Tea Tree Blemish Fade Night Lotion

I would use this morning and night to keep my skin clear since tea tree oil is naturally antibacterial and antifungal. Although the concentration is a lot lower than using the pure oil, it seems to work very well on pimples. I love that it dries matte as well!

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

Prior to relaxing, I put this on my ends to help with protecting them from relaxer overlap and run off. Especially now that my hair is dyed and bleached, it helps my hair not to get cut right off by the relaxer. I also use this for deep conditioning and it for one smells great and is great for preventing (or fixing) breakage. I definitely need to use it more often though, especially since I need to be taking better care of the coloured hair.

Dr.Miracle's Leave-in Conditioner

This is a good everyday moisturiser. I hauled my 2nd bottle of this back in April, and it still has been doing wonders for my hair. I have to make sure I maintain my moisture-protein balance otherwise I end up with spaghetti or straw- hair. This product contains both moisturising ingredients such as honey, sweet almond oil, olive oil, jojoba oil and coconut oil, while still having protein in the form of hydrolysed silk, hydrolysed keratin, hydrolysed wheat protein and hydrolysed milk protein.
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.


Maybelline FIT ME Matte & Poreless Foundation- Toffee Caramel 330

After my first impression video, I started wearing this to work (and there's no air conditioning) but it still looked pretty good by the end of the day. I could blot with an oil sheet, as I don't walk around with powders,and it  would look nice again. It does wear off during the day, but it isn't hideous, nor does it sink into wrinkles or make you look old. The colour match in person was good too.

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

This sponge is the bomb! (Thanks Sam!) I can apply liquid foundation with it, powder even blush if I wanted to, and everything looks so flawless and well-blended. This is not half as expensive as the Beauty Blender, but I think it does a great job and is soft. However, I need to be more gentle with mine, especially when it comes to washing it, as the sponge can't take as much a scrubbing as I expected. (I really like to make sure I get out all of the foundation stains.)

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