I'm back after almost six months of hiatus. I just haven't been in the right zone to post anything. I guess being pregnant can do that. And to be honest, I haven't been wearing makeup these past months because my skin was really, really bad during the first trimester. It has started to calm down a little so I'm able to wear makeup without fearing it'll get worse.
I thought today I'd post about my current base products. These aren't new products except for the skin tint so they shouldn't be hard to find.
LA Girl Pro Conceal concealer in Creamy Beige - I start with this product because it's good at covering red blemishes and acne scars which I have a lot of. It's more on the peachy/yellowy side so it's also good at covering dark circles. I basically apply this all over my chin, my nose and forehead where I have a lot of red marks. Then under my eyes. It has a brush tip that's not the softest but makes it easy to apply the product to the skin.
NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint in Groenland Light 3 - I got this product as a birthday gift to myself last February and it's the only base product I've used. It lives in my daily makeup bag. It has SPF 30 too which makes it a two in one product. I apply this using my fingers and blend using a sponge (I blend all the products mentioned in this post with a Real Techniques sponge, except the powder which comes with its own sponge). The finish is velvet matte, not too flat and has no shine at all. On a good day, I can get away with just this and LA Girl concealer on my skin.
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in Fair - I don't use this product everyday, only when I want to highlight. I apply this in a reverse triangle shape below my eye, on my forehead, chin and down the bridge of my nose then I blend with a sponge.
L'Oreal Mat Magique BB veil - I am a powder girl for life, I can't leave the house without a powder product in my bag. This is the one I've been using lately because it provides coverage. During the middle of the day, the skin tint and concealer will usually fade around my T-zone area and this powder helps control the oil and add coverage. Win win.
I've been using these products for about two months now and I'm still very happy with the finish it gives. On weekends, I switch the NARS tint with the Sheer Glow foundation and keep everything else the same.
One word: cream. 2015 is the year I've finally admitted to myself that I prefer cream products when it comes to blush, bronzer and highlight. I still like my powder products and since I live in the tropics, there are days when I can't wear cream products. But if I had my way, it's all I'm going to use.
My favorite cream blushes are from Illamasqua, Bourjois and Topshop. But if it's value for money, I would go for the Bourjois and Topshop ones. The Illmasqua one is just too huge and I don't see myself ever finishing it. The texture of the two are very similar. They're cream to powder types that lasts all day on the cheeks. They also have a wide range of shades from nude to pink to red! One product from Topshop that I became obssessed with are their cheek jellys. It's a cream blush that's more liquid than the regular cream blush. It doesn't turn to powder to keeps your cheeks looking dewy. I have this in a pretty berry color called Sibling which was such a favorite, it lived in my bag for more than a month.
For highlight, I always go back to this tiny pot of cool highlight from Topshop called Glow. It's a white iridescent color that works well with my skin tone. I like to wear it on its own or sometimes I use it to amp up my more subdued highlighters.
Come back tomorrow for my favorite products for the eyes!
I know, I know. It's almost the end of the month and I've only started posting about my favorites from 2015. I don't know what to say except this month has been bonkers. I will try to do better with my posting schedule and hopefully February will be much better.
But let's get cracking with the products! I thought I'd break the products down into base, face, eyes and lips. Let's start with base. The only primer I've used consistently in 2015 is the Clinique Skin Primer. I prefer it to the Benefit one because it doesn't ball up. I do notice that it keeps my foundation on longer than when I don't use it. Since you also only need a small amount, this tube is going to last a long time. For foundation, I will give this to the L'Oreal Infallible 24H-Matte. I have oily skin so more often than not, I will reach for this on a day to day basis. It's a matte foundation that is also able to make the skin look smooth and not flat. I have a new concealer love right now but I have to consider the one that I've reached for the most for the year. And that is Maybelline Anti-Age Rewind Concealer which I am almost out of. It blends easily and brightens the undereye area. It's not ideal for blemished though and for that I use the NARS Radiant Creamy concealer (not pictured). For powder, I don't even have to say it but look at how well loved that Rimmel Stay Matte powder is. The cover broke so I had to tape it so I can still use it. I already have a back up of this. This powder does not keep me matte all day but it's a good one for when you want to touch up throughout the day. It doesn't cake and the transparent shade is just shade, it doesn't add extra coverage that you don't need.
Come back tomorrow for my face product favorites!
Diptyque Baies (Berries) Candle - If I didn't get this as a gift, I would have gotten one for myself. This blog is named after berries so it's only a matter of time until I got this. This is now sitting on my vanity table which makes me super happy whenever I sit there to put on my makeup.
"Closely related to the eau de toilette L'Ombre dans l'Eau, it expresses the irresistible freshness of a bouquet of roses, sweetened with blackcurrant leaves."
Laura Mercier Warm Roasted Chestnuts Candle - I finally finished the fig candle I got in 2014 (I think) so I added a LM candle in my wishlist. This year's candle is a different scent - very warm and woodsy. It might not be to everyone's taste but I like the strong scent. I have this in my bathroom and it's what I burn together whatever vanilla scented candle I have when I take a bath.
Diptique Geranium Odorate Rollerball - I ran out of my Jo Malone Wood Sage and Sea Salt spray so I needed a new perfume to have in my bag. I got this last year and I wanted to get it again because I love the scent. When I run out of this small rollerball. I will have to buy the big bottle.
L'Occitane Pamplemousse Rhubarbe hand cream and lip balm - I have not used the balm yet but the hand cream is super nice and travel friendly. I feel like like any product from this brand is always a nice gift to receive.
Happy 2016 everyone!
Before we go ahead with fresh new things for the year, I wanted to give a shoutout to the products that saved my skin in 2015. I never really had a lot of skin problems throughout the year as I was very good with my skincare habits. I removed my makeup every night (properly with a makeup remover and then face cleanser); I applied toner, eye cream and moisturiser (sometimes even with an overnight mask or serum) and I stayed away from products if they break me out. Then in December something happened. My skin rebelled and had a full on breakout mode. I woke up with three massive zits on my face and new ones kept on appearing every morning. They were centered around my T-zone and at one point, my chin looked like a murder scene - it was red all over. I am not sure what it was that caused the reaction but I suspect it's the mask that I used for the first time and didn't get on with. This went on for two weeks and that's when I decided to go back to my tried and tested products for acne-prone skin.
I went back to my old cleanser which is the REN ClearCalm 3 Clarifying Clay Cleanser. This is a cream cleanser that works to deeply clean the skin. I use this as my second cleanse after I use an oil to remove my makeup. I follow it up with the Celeque Acne Spot Corrector Gel which I need to replace soon as I'm all out. I apply it directly to my zits and it helps to calm them down and dry them out faster. Then I use the VMV Hypoallergenics Super Skin 2 Monolaurin + Mandelic Acid toner which is a deep cleaning, acne-managing and mattifying toner. Then I follow it up with my usual eye cream and night cream so my skin doesn't dry out. I also use the Origins Out of Trouble mask once a week as it is a mask for troubled skin. I also use the Aesop Parsley Seed Mask which is deep cleansing but I didn't include it in the photo as I feel like the Origins one worked better.
All in all, they helped calm down my skin and while I still have scars from major spots, I'm happy with where my skin is at right now. I will keep on using these products until I'm sure my skin is back to being good. So I wouldn't be featuring new skincare products in the new few posts but makeup is a different matter. I will make a post about them soon (I hope!).