Saturday, September 30, 2017

September Favourites

Spring has sprung, and I'm posting some monthly favourites today! I've been loving some new products in my everyday routine, and some that are fading my acne scars.

It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream
I have been loving this product applied with the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge for a good everyday base. The sponge is its redeeming factor because when applied with a buffing brush I found it to be a bit sticky and hard to blend because the product has a thicker consistency than most foundations that I've tried. With the damp sponge it's a lot more manageable and finishes with an even, thin blended layer. I have the shade Light and it's a good match- if anything it veers a bit dark for me. The CC cream doesn't feel heavy on the skin and gives good medium coverage for everyday use. The SPF50+ is nice to have but not crucial for me because I apply a separate sunscreen everyday anyway. Bonus points for the pump tube!

Tarte Amazonian clay full coverage airbrush foundation
I journeyed to Sephora at Pacific Fair down at the Gold Coast for this product and I'm glad I did! It's a nice alternative to the previous powder foundation I was using, which was the Laura Mercier Mineral Powder. I don't know if I prefer it yet - this is definitely more matte, and Tarte's range has more shades. It's not cakey, it's not powdery on the skin and it provides medium coverage (contrary to its claim). I did want to buy the airbuki brush that is sold alongside it but I couldn't find it in Sephora and had to leave without it. Maybe if I used that brush it might appear more full coverage, but until then I'm just using buffing brushes and it's a decent medium coverage and a good shade match.

Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty Instant Look in a Palette
For my first CT purchase- go big or go home, right? I've eyed the Filmstar Bronze and Glow and the eyeshadow quads for a couple of years now, and when I saw these palettes on Youtube I thought they'd be a great way to try the best of CT. I love all the shades and I've made quite a dent in the cheek shades from everyday use.

Go-To Properly Clean
I've been using this as a cleanser in the mornings and it's great. I prefer to use it in the mornings when it only needs to remove residual skincare product and whatnot because it isn't enough to remove makeup, and I prefer a more astringent cleanser to do my double cleanse.

La Roche-Posay Effaclar cleanser
I've been loving the double cleanse after micellar water or cleansing oil. I finished the Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions cleanser and used up the Hada Labo cleansers I'd brought back from Singapore (I loved the one for sensitive skin!) and decided I would try a new cleanser. This is just a lightly fragranced, colourless gel cleanser but it cleanses thoroughly, isn't stripping, not too fragranced and yet super affordable as well. I bought it in a Priceline sale (anybody else feel like those 40% sales are happening way more frequently than they used to?) and I really like it for a double cleanser.

The Ordinary Advanced Retinoid 2%
I love this! I bought this before the brand got into all that hot water for its business with Estee Lauder and I love this product for helping my acne scarring to improve. My skin hasn't been clear since I was 14 years old and it's a massive source of insecurity and draws heaps of unwanted attention so now that it's relatively blemish-free and I'm just dealing with the scarring, this and the other products below can be attributed to improvement in my scars fading a lot quicker than they used to.

The Ordinary Lactic Acid 5% + HA 2%
I like this too - not as much as the retinoid but lactic acid loosens the bonds between the skin's cells so that cell renewal is quicker. I alternate between the retinoid, this lactic acid, and the products below.

Paula's Choice Resist C15 and Resist Pure Radiance Skin Brightening Treatment
This was a little duo I bought from Paula's Choice because I finished the Hylamide Vitamin C serum and wanted another vitamin C product. Both sounded right up my alley to fade acne scars and I think they're also factors to my skin's improvement.

Thursday Plantation Tea Tree Oil
I've mentioned it on the blog previously but my family visited the Thursday Plantation a few years ago on a family holiday so there's a twinge of nostalgia when I use anything from the brand. This is probably the fastest acting spot treatment I've found - it does tend to dry out the skin around it so be wary of applying it neat if you have sensitive skin, but I've been liking it for topical applications on burgeoning spots. I still like the Benzac AC 5% benzoyl peroxide treatment but lately I've only been getting infrequent larger spots so this tea tree oil has been my go-to.

Bared Shoes
My colleague was wearing some really cute flats and mentioned they were good for your feet too (they have a footbed designed by the brand's founder who is also a podiatrist)- and I saw a Facebook ad for the same shoes for the Vogue Online Shopping Night earlier this year and snagged the Lapwing in black leather on sale! They recently had a sale and that's when I bought the Florican style in plum nubuck. I love both pairs and while they're expensive, I think they're definitely worth it - just wait for them to go on sale! I notice a huge difference when I'm wearing these all day instead of flats from Novo or Rubi. They're very well-made and I consider them to be investment pieces that won't ruin my feet in years to come.

Herbal Tea
I used to love green tea and I still do, but I've been turning to peppermint tea and chamomile tea to have herbal teas throughout the day as a decaffeinated alternative. I have one coffee in the morning and herbal teas and water all day afterward.

30 Days of Bible Verses Lettering
I wouldn't even say I'm a novice at lettering - I just dabble, but I love the work that people have been doing and sharing for this. I've also read to be wary of the notion of the 'Instagram Bible' so it's good to take these things with a grain of salt but some of these artists are so talented!

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