January 28, 2014

January Beauty & Skincare Favourites!


This month I was totally obsessed with my skin so all I wanted to do was perfect my skin or on the days I didn't have perfect skin, I wanted products that would fake the look of perfect skin. So without further ado, my first ever favourites post! Make sure you stick around until the end of the post for my secret to faking perfect skin! 


 1. Mario Badescu - Seaweed Night Cream - Now I know this says night cream... but I do use this day and night and my skin has never been better. For those of you who are not familiar with my previous blog, I should be the ambassador for Mario Badescu, that's how obsessed I am with the line. I have converted SO many of my friends and family to this skincare line and they all love it!

I have been using Mario Badescu consistently for about 2-3 years now and so, just like every other skincare fiend out there, I started getting bored with my routine and I started dabbling with Aesop skincare. I first bought the Parsley Seed Masque and I do truly love that but I also got the cleanser and the moisturizer, and although there was nothing particularly wrong with the products, my skin just didn't look as good as it did when I was using Mario Badescu. So after a month or so with my Aesop moisturizer, I parted ways with it and bought my usual Mario Badescu cream.  


 2. Benefit - Rockateur Blush Box - I got this as a Christmas present from a dear friend last year and I have just been using it non stop on myself and also on my clients as well. It is just the most perfect balance of peach, pink, mauve and bronzey tones that makes is such a universal colour. The colour payoff isn't too pigmented also which I think is actually a good thing on a blush because that makes it more difficult for you to overdo it with the blush (One of my absolute pet peeves!).


 3. Sunday Riley - Liquid Light #110W - If you have quite an even skin tone or want something that is quite light to wear, you will love this foundation. It is definitely best for people with drier skin, just because I find that it is quite moisturizing and gives a beautiful dewy effect to the skin. I've been using this non stop this month and I find that it gives me just enough coverage for a day to day foundation. 


 4. bareMinerals - Original Golden Fair - I was always skeptical to try mineral foundations just because as mentioned above, I do have a drier skin type so I've always thought that buffing a mineral foundation on myself would just create a hot mess. In comes, Jaclyn Hill from Youtube, now she has dry skin as well and she mentioned on one of her favourites that she likes to set her T-Zone with this baby and I have noticed her skin looking GORGEOUS lately so obviously I ran to the nearest Mecca Cosmetica and got this little miracle worker. 

This powder is so fine and has the most gorgeous finish, due to the micro light reflectors and sets my makeup beautifully as well as giving me that extra bit of coverage if I so wish to. 


 5. NARS - Radiant Creamy Concealer Chantilly - As you can see from the photo, this concealer is WAYYY too light for my skin tone but I really was close to that colour in winter believe it or not! Although I can't really use this on blemishes anymore, I do use it to highlight my under eye area when I go out at night and as the name suggest, it's just SO creamy and I also find this concealer to be really pigmented. Time for me to get one in my current colour! 


 6. Too Faced - Pink Leopard Bronzer - I got this product actually about a year or so ago and never touched it until last month. Yeah... I know! It was definitely one of those impulse purchases after watching Sam from Pixiwoo use this on her cheeks and looking absolutely gorgeous after doing so. Silly me, didn't check whether or not it was a matte bronzer or not and just decided to grab it, and when I got home I was a bit floored because I really don't like any bronzers with any type of shine or shimmer to it. 

After deciding that it was time for me to just get adventurous and try this thing because it was sitting in my makeup bag looking all forlorn and lonely, I found out I loved it! Somehow, the sheen that this product gives makes the bronzer look more natural which is how this little baby made it into my daily summer makeup routine. 


7. Sparmax Mini Air Compressor + SP-35 Air Gun - This is my pride and joy right here! And my secret to beautiful, glowing skin in a matter of seconds. I know not everyone will have this hunk of a machine at home (Side note, mini my butt! This this is definitely not mini and definitely not light! My shoulder hurt and I've broken many bags from carrying this thing!) but there are more and more companies now that produce cheaper airbrushing system and I just think that I save so much time airbrushing my foundation rather than fiddling about with my BeautyBlender sponges. 

On the days that I want more coverage than what my Sunday Riley Liquid Light can offer, I use my aibrush. I know what most of you will think, this nut case uses airbrushing as a day to day kind of thing? Are you serious? And my answer to that is, oh yes! This nut case is! I find that it takes me less than 45 seconds to get my whole face done with this thing, and since I am very impatient when it comes to putting makeup on myself, this is definitely my secret weapon to beautiful skin every day! 

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So, what are your favourite beauty and skincare products this month?

94 comments:

  1. OMGGGOSH now i know your secret!! lol i probably won't get your version of air brush but i definitely think i will now look into a smaller.. non professional home version lol do you have a recommendation??

    i have that exact too faced bronzer and i know what you mean i love the slight shimmer even tho i usually don't like glittery bronzers but for some reason that one is just perfect for summer.

    i'm going to try out that mario badescu face cream now!!! always looking for a newer better one.. and your skin is amaze!!

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    1. Hello dollface!

      My other makeup artist friend uses Temptu and it's super light to carry around and I think that would be a good place to start if you were looking to buy an airbrush system! :)

      My skin was not so amaze when I went off to be adventurous with my skincare products :( I'm just trying to calm it down now and it's gotten a lot better :) Mario Badescu I tell you.. it's amazing and so affordable too!

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  2. omg a thing such as an airbrush gun actually exists? helloooooo, where has this thing been all my life!

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    1. Ohh yesss! That airbrush gun is my little saviour when I need to look perfect but don't have enough time!! :)

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  3. Haha, that airbrush foundation looks SO interesting! I didn't know it was such a quick tool. I want to try a mineral foundation just for the sake of trying one (I have oily skin) and Bare Minerals always seems to get great reviews. x

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    1. One of my best friends has oily skin and she swears by the matte version of bareMinerals! You should give it a go doll! It's pretty affordable too :) I think it was roughly around $35 from Mecca? :)

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  4. i love this post.thanks for sharing your beauty and makeup secret.im eyeing the airbrush gun and too faced pink leopard bronzer xxxx

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    1. You're so welcome darling! I always love sharing my loves because I'm hoping I can help at least one person discover something that they've never seen before! :)

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  5. Thank you for sharing! Love all the products! xx

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    1. You're so welcome! I am so glad you enjoyed the post :)

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  6. I really want to get my hands on an airbrush system!

    I'm inviting you to the giveaway I'm currently having on my blog:

    Sammy Dress Giveaway

    Hope you join! ^^

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    1. Yes, the airbrush system is definitely amazing :)

      Thank you so much for inviting me and I will definitely join ;)

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  7. I would love to try the benefit blush, NARS concealer and that adorable leopard bronzer!

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    1. The blush is amazing, same as the NARS and Too Faced and I highly recommend you do! I think you'll love it! :)

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  9. OMG! that leopard bronzer seems amazing... Want it, Gotta Have it!!

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    1. That was exactly how I felt about it! Just looking at it makes me happy :D

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  10. these are amazing!!!!! <3
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  11. Hey Phoebe, have you tried the Mario Badescu Silver Powder? I've used it a couple times and they don't seem to be doing anything. Either that or I'm not using them properly :( Btw I'm so jealous of your airbrush machine!
    x Court

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    1. Hi Marcelle!

      I haven't tried the Mario Badescu Silver Powder but that's only because I am pretty happy with the way I unclog my pores at the moment :) I find that when I use the Mario Badescu Seaweed Cleanser and Moisturizer, and also use the Glycolic Acid Toner, it keeps my pores relatively unclogged because of the clarifying properties of seaweed, but when I do want to do a pore strip, I find that The Face Shop Volcanic Ash Pore Strip is AMAZING. Definitely even better than the Biore Charcoal one! :)

      I hope I've helped doll! Sorry I didn't have an opinion on the Silver Powder though :(

      x

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  12. The Mario Badescu cream sounds amaazing! I'll have to look into it once I exhaust my current skincare stash :) and the Benefit blush is super pretty xx

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    1. If you have a dry/combo skin, I think you'll adore it like I do! :D I hope you get a chance to try it out and love it as much as I do :)

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  13. So beautiful products. ;-)
    Lovely greets Nessa

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    1. Thank you for the visit Nessa and I'm so glad you liked the products :)

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  14. That blush is such a pretty color! And I totally love the pattern on the bronzer--so cute! I wish I had the motivation and time to experiment with makeup, but most days I have to get up and go! I have been trying out eyeliner though. Anyways, you're gorgeous and thanks for the detailed reviews!

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    1. It's definitely a gorgeous colour, the Rockateur :D I think you will definitely like it, especially if you don't have much time in the morning and just want something that's fail safe :D It's similar to MAC Warm Soul which is famous for being universal :)

      Thanks for the visit as well Lily!

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  15. I have never heard of Sunday Riley, but it sounds amazing. I definitely need my skin to be dewy looking.

    http://ahleessa4realz.blogspot.com/

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    1. It's always nice to have that healthy glow I think! :D I heard about Sunday Riley from Lisa Eldridge (My favouritest person in the world!)

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    1. Thank you for coming by! I'll definitely make sure I visit your blog :)

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  17. wonderful post!
    following you via gfc and bloglovin now. hope you'll follow me, too!
    happy day!

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    1. I'll definitely make sure I do the same too doll! Thank you for coming by :)

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  18. I've never used any Mario Bedescu products but I know they are raved about! The hype must be there for a reason :D
    Bea x
    Bea's Beauty Blog

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    1. They are amazing! And also SO affordable :) I also like how they have a wide range of products so that if I get bored with one moisturizer, I can just move on to another one that's just as amazing!

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  19. thats a shame about the nars concealer not being your current colour, but at least you're getting one in your colour. Looks like an amazing product and I have heard many good things!

    Kassie www.styledevoured.com

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    1. The NARS definitely lives up to the hype, it is so amazing and I can't wait to get it in my colour :)

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  20. I love the pink bronzer - I always wanted to try one of these but was never sure how to deal with it ;-) xx

    www.lackofcolor.at

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    1. I was honestly stumped as well when I first opened up the compact... was this a bronzer or was it a blush, it had both! But if you swirl them together and just use it on the places where you bronze up first, it gives the most beautiful bronzey/frostbitten rosy look that looks natural because of that tiny bit of sheen :)

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  21. I have that Nars concealer too and love it. And you're totally making the case for the Mario Badescu product, i feel like i need to try it!

    xx Hélène
    www.fashionoverreason.com

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    1. I think you will love it doll! The creams are so high in quality, yet quite affordable as well :) Just make sure you get the right moisturizer/skincare for your skin type! :D

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  22. I want to try the nars concealer but it's a bit pricey..

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    1. It is a bit pricey but in my opinion, SO worth it! It's the creamiest concealer and with amazing pigmentation as well! I got my best friend (who's SUPER picky with her concealer) onto this and she loved it :)

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  23. Thank you so much for your reviews! I wanted to try mineral powder for some time now so thanks for the info! xx

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    1. I think you will be surprised at how flattering this can be, I was definitely surprised! :)

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    1. You're so welcome my love! I'm glad you enjoyed the post :D

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  25. Nice picks, I'd love to see a review of your Air compressor!!
    x

    http://holaflo.blogspot.com.ar/

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    1. I will definitely note that down in my notes and make sure to do it once I get my proper camera up and running! I may even do a video on i if I ever get to courage to post on YouTube!

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  26. That looks nice!!

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    xoxo

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind comment and visit! :)

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  27. They sound so good <3

    GIVEAWAY on my blog!

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    XOXO,
    Inês

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    1. Thank you so much doll! :) I will make sure to join the giveaway :)

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  28. I have the same thoughts as you did with the BM original foundation. And I love Jaclyn Hill, and I think you just sold me on it! And that bronzer looks amazing!

    Emma
    www.the-yellowbird.com

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    1. It will honestly surprise you how flattering it can look! I even swatched it a few times before I bought it and it didn't look THAT nice on my hand but when I actually tried it, I was amazed at it :D

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  29. thanks for dropping by my blog lovely [; great review, keep up the good work hun!!
    also, if you're interested, let's follow each other? do let me know!!

    Xxx
    www.thedancingpencilonpaper.blogspot.com

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    1. I think I already follow you on GFC but I'll make sure I follow on Bloglovin too!! :)

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  30. wow that night cream looks interesting,, id love to see the ingredient list, did u review it as well?? x

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    1. It is so nourishing and rich, I think if you have quite dry skin, you'd love it :)

      I haven't done a review on it but I did look up the ingredients and it is as follows:

      INGREDIENTS: Deionized Water(Aqua),Bladderwrack (Fucus Vesiculous) Extract,Polyglycerylmethacrylate,Stearic Acid,Isopropyl Myristate,Cetyl Alcohol,Glycerin, Hydrolyzed Elastin, Hyaluronic Acid, Collagen,Propylparaben,Triethanolamine,Benzoic Acid,Imidazolidinyl Urea

      Hope that helped doll!

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  31. What a nice blog! Follow you! I Invite you to check out my blog...;)

    Kisses from Spain!

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    1. Thank you so much for the kind comment hun! I'm checking out your blog now and it is fantastic!!! I will definitely following you ;)

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  32. The Nars concealer is everything. I love it so much.

    Dejhana | Waite a Little

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    1. It is a gorgeous concealer isn't it! I don't know what I did without it! :D

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  33. the benefit blush looks amazing!! and love the packaging :D

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  34. great post and wonderful products !!! :)

    best wishes
    Lorá

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  35. Hi dear!! Good morning :)
    Your blog is so cool, i really love your style!!
    Come to see mine, and my new post "Stand here"
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  36. Some great picks for your first favorites! I'd love to see a step-by-step process of you using the airbrush. It's such a novel idea to me that you actually spray on foundation, haha. My favourites this month have been some tried and true products but you can see them on my blog in my most current post :)

    Deb | Debra Bros Blog

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  37. i really want to try that nars concealer! and that benefit rocketeer blush looks so gorgeous!

    Animated Confessions

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  38. oh I have always wanted to try that Benefit Rockateur Blush Box but just haven't ever gotten around to it! I do tend to go a bit wild with the blush though and as soon as I go to the bathroom for the day and see it I feel SO embarrassed with my bright pink/red blush stained cheeks haha!

    :) another wonderful blog go you good aussie blogger! haha :) did you do anything fun for australia day??

    www.dearyouloveem.blogspot.com

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  39. these nars concelear looks so great!

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  40. thanks for sharing! and thx for following! will do the same~

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  41. Brilliant blog, great posts and beautiful proprietress! What to want more ...
    I follow you right now (on bloglovin + GFC) and welcome to visit my
    blog about fashion .



    Regards,
    Katherine Unique


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  42. Love the look of the rockateur blush. o: The colour seems so versatile

    xx Katherine Tealeaf
    Galaxerie

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  43. wow nice airbrusher. I still have yet to try one

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  44. I need to try that seaweed cream and the nars concealor! Perfect timing actually because I'm finally almost done using my current one (I don't like to waste!) Nice to see your pretty face again! xx

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  45. I love NARS concealer!!!

    xx

    http://www.madridforniagirl.com/

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  46. ive been meaning to pick up the nars concealer too.. everyone seems to love it! that, and the nars eye primer!!
    and i'll make sure to also check out mario badescu soon too, i've never heard of his creams before but you've now got me interested!

    rachel x
    blush&brunch

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  47. oh such a good post! reminds me to use that concealer a bit more

    from helen at thelovecatsinc.com

    ps. there's a high-end skincare giveaway on my blog, click here!

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  48. All of them seem like great products! I really want to try the Nars concealer.

    Beauty Inside Art

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  49. Those are amazing PRODUCTS THERE!!<3 lucky gal!!

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  50. Love that Rockateur blush - I've almost hit the pan on mine!

    xo Deborah
    Coffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes

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  51. Did I say that looks nice? ;)

    http://shareasecretmag.com/

    xoxo

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  52. Great picks! I really want to check out that new benefit blush too!

    Would appreciate if you checked out my blog
    notanobession.blogspot.com

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  53. I've the same NARS liquid concealer and I loved it! I'll probably get another one soon =)

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