Current Beauty Favourites
Monthly favourites posts aren't my jam at all, but every now and then, I'll find a few reoccurring standouts within my stash. While these products were once new to me, they've been tried and tested over the course of a few months and now I can report back to say that they're still holding up and they're still firm favourites. As I attempt to use up old makeup, it's mostly skincare and haircare this time around, but nevertheless, I've still got an amazing lineup of products that I've been loving lately to share with you all.
First up is the REN Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Milk. It was love at first use falling for this dreamily silky cleanser, so much so, after a mere two or three uses, I've already confirmed it as a staple within my routine. Using this as a second step cleanser in my double cleanse, the REN Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Milk purifies, calms and soothes skin with its delicate milky texture and subtle herbal fragrance, reminiscent of Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser. Although aimed for sensitive skin, I really can't imagine a skin type not getting along with this and it's thoroughly more enjoyable to use than their Rosa Centifolia Cleansing Gel, which I've had in the past. Unless it's a balm-type gel, I much prefer milky cleansers and the fact that I couldn't use it around my eyes made it a definite non-repurchase. The Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Milk, however, is suitable to use on all areas of the face and leaves it feeling beautifully soft and nourished.
Eye cream is one of those products you can never be sure about. For the past few years, I've stuck with the Origins Ginzing Refreshing Eye Cream for daytime use due to its brightening properties, but I've never been able to settle on a nighttime one because I could never tell if they actually doing anything. I've used eye creams from Caudalie and Indeed Labs in the past, though they left me disappointed and underwhelmed by how little (if anything at all) they did in terms of hydration. The game-changer, however, came about a couple of months ago when I began using the Nuxe Contour des Yeux Prodigieux, and that should have come as no surprise because I've been nothing but blown away by every single one of Nuxe's products I've tried. My under eyes are quite dry, which concealer can often exacerbate, but since introducing this Nuxe eye cream into my nighttime skincare routine, my under eyes are considerably more hydrated and my concealer applies so smoothly! I'm still quite tempted to try out the Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream next, but for half the price of that one, I'm so happy I've finally discovered an eye cream that actually works. For those of you also suffering from dry under eyes, I'd definitely check this one out.
I just might be the only beauty blogger here who doesn't have a bathtub. In a way, it's good because I can't go on Bubble Bar spending sprees at Lush, but in a way, it's bad because I can't go on Bubble Bar spending sprees at Lush! I always make the most of the bathtub whenever I'm back home, but when I saw that Lush had brought out The Comforter Bubble Bar in shower gel form, I was over the moon and couldn't wait to pick this one up. With its sweet and luscious blackcurrant aroma, The Comforter Shower Cream has a rich, thick consistency, making it feel oh so luxurious against the skin. It even lathers up pink! Long after you've showered, the fragrance still lingers on the skin and makes for a really lovely pamper product for those of us who are unfortunate not to have a bathtub.
Moving onto haircare, when I initially began using Sachajuan Hair Repair, I admittedly didn't think anything of it. I didn't notice a difference to my hair at all, and it wasn't until I was without it while staying with my family in Docklands that I realised I was missing it and it was in fact, actually doing my hair some good. I was given this product to me a while go during my beauty social media internship last year, but only got around to using it just recently while I was using up other hair masks. It's an intensive treatment for damaged and stressed hair and even reduces frizz, which is definitely something I need! For the short amount of time I was without it, my hair felt quite dry and wasn't as soft as it usually is, but since picking it back up again, it's returned to its normal state. Applying it after I've finished both shampooing and conditioning, I don't use this every time I wash my hair, but when I do, my hair is sure in for a treat and I think I'll be sticking with this as my go-to hair mask from now on.
In need of a new hair protectant spray, I couldn't wait to try out the Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Primer, which I'd heard rave reviews on. Infused with six different types of oils, it detangles, prevents frizz, tames flyaways and protects against breakage, heat-styling and UV damage. What an all-rounder! The scent of this product is just heavenly too because as the name would suggest, it has that real hairdressers product smell to it, which makes it really pampering. This is another product I definitely can't see myself straying from.
The two makeup products I have to talk about are ones I featured in my first Sephora haul back in December. It was then in my Best Beauty Products of 2015 post that I spoke about how much I preferred the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner over the Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner and four months on, this still rings true. Honestly, I feel like this eyeliner was sent down from angels because I swear, my winged eyeliner is on point every single time with this one. Even when I think I've stuffed it up, it still manages to look good! The paint brush tip allows for the most precise, sharp line and although I've heard people say it's hard to remove, I honestly don't know what they're talking about because it comes off with the utmost ease for me. I tried Jennifer's Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen when she came over while in Melbourne last year, and although I did initially want to buy it myself, I've now changed my mind. It is absolutely luxurious, but I just don't see the point in buying an eyeliner with two different nibs when I know I'd only ever use the smaller one - especially when it retails for a whopping $84 too! Honestly, I think the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner is equally just as good.
It took me a long time to jump on board the Beauty Blender bandwagon. I was always a little hesitant because I knew it required more effort in application than simply using a brush, but now I can say the results are so worth it! Never has my foundation looked more perfected, natural and so skin-like. I can't stop staring at my skin! I don't use my Beauty Blender on an everyday basis for work because I'd obviously rather sleep in, but if I'm going out and have a little more time to spare to get ready, I'll whip out the Beauty Blender and give my skin that flawless finish.
What are your current favourite beauty products?