I started doing quarterly favourites this year since monthly favourites don’t work for me, as my favourites tend to remain fairly static month over month. But with the changing seasons, I do find a shift in my skincare and makeup, so I’m able to pick some some seasonal favourites to share. My mid-year favourites focus on items I used in the Spring and when I went on my trip to Japan.
Here are my thoughts on each:
• Avene Ystheal Anti-wrinkle Emulsion – I started using this on my under eye area to fight fine lines and I’m really impressed! This contains a very mild form of retinol, in the form of Retinaldehyde. I used to use the Eluage Cream which is much richer so I was concerned about using it under my eyes (milia!) but the Ystheal is perfect.
• La Roche-Posay Effaclar K – I use this as my t-zone moisturizer in the warmer months to help combat blemishes. It doesn’t provide a lot of hydration but when combined with my normal serum, it’s perfect for the summer. My tube has maybe a few more weeks worth of product left and I went to Shoppers Drug Mart to replace it and was informed they stopped carrying this in Canada! It was suggested that I try either the Effaclar Duo (I tried it before, didn’t like it – it’s more of a spot treatment) or the Effaclar Mat or the new serum – I received a sample of them to test out but I’m not holding out hope! 😥
• Mary Kay TimeWise® Age-Fighting Moisturizer Normal/Dry Skin – this was a surprise hit. I started using this a earlier this year but set it aside to use the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream. The MK one is a great glycerin-based all rounder moisturizer that I like for daytime use.
• OPI She Sells Sushi by the Seashore – got this during my epic 4 for $20 OPI haul and was surprised at how much I liked this peachy pink shade with a pearlescent finish. It’s straight out of the 50’s but it just works.
• Teez Melted Copper – this is a stunner on the nails with the scattered holographic shimmer. I’m itching to buy the purple version of this, called Amazing Amethyst.
• Revlon Nail Enamel in Ethereal 008 and Matte Pearl Glaze 785 – I was pleasantly surprised by both of these – I got them from an online discount retailer for $2 each. By themselves they’re pretty (Etheral is a sheer white, and Matte Pearl Glaze is an opalescent sheer topper) but together, they’re gorgeous! Like a light pink coloured opal.
• Essie Maximillian Strasse-Her – review on this coming up shortly! 😉
• Biotherm Body Butter – this was in my empties but I had the foresight to take a picture of the tub when I just started using it:
• Lavanila The Healthy Deodorant in Vanilla Grapefruit – this will be featured in the final post of my transition from antiperspirant to deodorants. 🙂
• Kenra Professional Platinum Silkening Mist – this smells soooo good! This provides a light sheen to the hair and doesn’t weigh it down. It’s not an essential part of my hair styling routine but it gives it a nice finishing touch.
• Garnier Whole Blends Green Tea Green Apple Refreshing Shampoo – this smells like crisp green apples! I also love how well it clarifies my hair to remove any product residue.
• Cake Beauty Satin Sugar Dry Shampoo & Body Powder – a long time favourite of mine for 2nd day hair. It’s a loose dry shampoo that’s tinted brown – it doesn’t provide much volume but it does remove greasy feel and it smells like cake! I pour this into a baggie and apply it with an old face brush to the roots of my hair. They now offer this in a brush-on container – super handy!
• Clarins UV PLUS HP SPF 40 Day Screen Tint – this technically is skincare but I can call this makeup too since it acts like a light tinted moisturizer on casual days. I’ll be doing a mini review of this soon.
• Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Custard – review of this coming soon!
• Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Skin-Transforming Makeup in 25 Nude Beige – review of this coming soon, too! 😛
• CoverGirl TruNaked Eyeshadow Palette in Roses – I still love this and reach for it regularly – full review with swatches is here (aren’t you glad I didn’t say “review coming soon?”)
• Tarte Tartelette Tease Palette – just reviewed this recently, it’s a great travel palette and I was happy to have taken it to Japan with me.
• Nars Cinematic eye shadow in Mississippi Mermaid – I received this as a gift and I love this versatile shade! It’s great on the lid, or in the inner corner, or brow bone. The Cinematic formula was only released for a limited edition part of the Guy Bourdin Collection, and I don’t understand why, because it is smooth and buttery, and pigmented.
• The Body Shop Eye Colour in 37 Pink Champagne – this formula is long discontinued but they had some of the best formulas, especially the shimmers. The texture reminds me of a pressed pigment, similar to the L’Oreal Infallibles. Let me know if your’e interested in seeing my collection of these shadows, I own 18 of them! This particular shade is a pinky lavender that I like to wear on my lid with a darker brown on the outer v.
• Lancome Color Design eye shadow in Impress – I’ve had this eye shadow for a while and it keeps getting neglected in favour of other shiny things. The pigmentation of this is out of this world. And it lasts really well on the lids too. I should get more of these singles… I have this theory that eye shadow singles are better quality than those in palettes. Does anyone else think this?
• Maybelline Lash Sensation mascara – I forgot to take a picture of this but it’s in my Trash Stash post here. I received this in the swap I made with Nicola – she told me it was one of her favourite mascaras. I was a little hesitant because I did not had much success with Maybelline mascaras in the past. I was proven wrong! This is amazing for volume and length, plus it holds a curl. The only issue I had was that it smudged slightly on my lower lashes – I remedied this by using my Clarins Double Fix mascara top coat.
TheBalm Instain blush in Swiss Dot – a highly pigmented, long lasting peachy coral blush that provides the perfect flush for a fresh Springtime look. Review and swatches of the other TheBalm Instain blushes here.
• Physicians Formula Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Blush in Warm – remember when these blushes were all the rage? Physician’s Formula has really got a niche in the market with these iconic product, don’t they? This is a nice highlighting blush – it provides a sheen and a hint of colour. Sometimes I like to layer this over bronzer on my cheeks as my blush. Debatable if it really elevates my mood though… 😛
• Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil in Honey – I got this during a a Shoppers Drug Mart Optimum Points Redemption event and kept forgetting to use it. Well, I suffer from cold sores on my lip from time to time and I can’t use anything harsh on my lips during that period. But this lip oil really saves my lips! (I don’t apply directly to my lips – I use a fresh Q-tip to apply, no worries. 😉 ) It has a thicker texture than other lip oils and lasts reasonably well on the lip (~2 hrs).
• Sephora Collection Oil Infusion Color & Care in 06 Bubbly Grenadine – I got this in January and have been enjoying the bright tint on my lips for the Spring. The lip oil feels smooth on the lips and not sticky or overly slippery – feels more like silicone rather than oil based.
• Buxom Full-on Lipstick in Amsterdam – I got this in a Sephora Black Friday kit years back and just started to really appreciate it. The minty flavour is almost gone but the lipstick doesn’t smell bad. This feels like a balm on the lips and I like the chubby pen format – I get precising and lip coverage all in one. I’m hoping to wear this more regularly so I can finally say I use up a whole lipstick! (it only has 1g of product, that’s not cheating, right?)
• Prestige Lipliner in L02 Shimmer – I’ve been trying to pay more attention to my lip liner collection since I picked up a whole bunch of Prestige ones when Rexall was clearing them out for $1. This shade has been a favourite – it’s a browny nude with a slight sheen to it. I fill in my whole lips with the liner and add a bit of clear gloss on top.
• Kevyn Aucoin Super Soft Buff Powder Brush – this was one of those brushes I saw rave reviews on MakeupAlley and I lemmed it for ages, and finally bought it online from an ebay shop a few years back. Then when I received it, I wasn’t sure what to use this for – it has natural bristles but is shaped like a foundation buffing brush. I didn’t love it with liquid foundations because it absorbs product, but I recently I rediscovered it, and it’s great for compact foundations. Lately, I’ve been using it with my Shiseido UV Protective Compact Foundation and it applies really smoothly and makes the powder sink into the skin.
• Smashbox Crease Brush #10 – probably my favourite crease brush at the moment (it alternates between this one and the Sephora Pro, coincidentally also called Crease Brush #10). It just has the perfect shape and the right amount of flex for blending out crease and transitional colours without much effort.
I feel like I’m being a big tease with this favourites list since at least 5 of the items don’t have descriptions except for “reviews coming up”… I’m just backlogged with my posts! 😛 Have you tried any of these items?