I’ve been really missing my Monthly Favorites column.. have you guys? I’m sorry that I’ve been so caught up with life (things are a whirlwind right now) and left this monthly column on the backburner. Now that I’ve settled most of my issues, I thought I’d check in again. I actually had a fair bit of favorites accumulated over the past few months, but it turns out I found them pretty ‘meh’ in the end… I think that played out for the best in the end because I’ve managed to weed out the disappointing ones and thus post only the best here!
Oh and yes, I feel that I should mention… a lot of these favorites are all interlinked. By that I mean that I use a lot of them in conjunction with each other. So do forgive if a lot of them mention another item in the mini review itself. 🙂
P/S: I got a tip from makeup artist Larry Yeo to focus usage of CC/BB Creams in areas like the center of the face rather than the side; this way, even when we sweat, there is no horrid sweat trail. Also, in his words, “though you have makeup on, your skin still looks like skin.”
I’ve used a range of different sunscreens since this and despite liking some of them a lot, this one remains my number one. In case you’d like to know, I’ve used up TWO full bottles and I’m on to my third already. Yupp, if that doesn’t tell you how much I love this, I don’t know what would.
P/S: Sometimes, for a little more moisture, I mix the IDS Sunscreen with Hada Labo’s Air Aqua UV Day Emulsion.
Stockist: IDS Clinic
Price: SGD $73
The bronzy shade is perfect for my slightly tan skin tone and it also buffs in beautifully to the cheekbones to produce this beautiful ethereal glow. This isn’t difficult to apply though one should build up the color slowly since it can go on quite strong. I love to use this with the contouring shade (Radiant Light) in my Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette because the two colors go together so well. I used to think that achieving that middle ground of looking made up with minimal makeup was impossible but looks like this pairing has gotten me there!
Stockist: MAC Counters
Price: Approx SGD $52
Months later.. I’m ashamed to say.. I found out I was using the wrong type of brush for these powders all along.. Whilst I no longer use Dim Light all over my face as a finishing powder like I used to.. I found that Radiant Light and Mac’s Soft and Gentle would go great when I used the 13Rushes Ultimate Shader to blend them into my cheekbones. I would then proceed to use Incandescent Light on my nose bridge and lightly go over the cheek areas with Dim Light. Altogether, I think the look really goes great. However, I go all out with every shade only on dates with my boyfriend. For an everyday look I stick with the MAC + Radiant Light Combo.
This really does deserve the cult status it has achieved – for the highlighting/contouring noobs like me, this is a great starting palette! Not too bold but amazing enough to create that dreamy finish. (Read more reviews by fellow users HERE)
Stockist: Sephora US / Beautylish (to be alerted on availability)
Price: Unsure, sorry!
This shader is, well, as it’s name goes.. the ultimate. The brush is soft, densely packed and so beautifully shaped. I can easily use the “sharp” side for highlighting smaller areas and sweep the broader side it across my cheek contours for darker shades/darker blushers! It picks up color easily and spreads it like a dream. I no longer have to constantly swirl my brushes into blushers or highlighers or contours for a good pigment when I have this brush.
Price: SGD $22.50
It resembles Dior’s Lip Glow slightly but the payoff is quite different. This one does provide color on the lips.. but perhaps only at about 20% – 30%? Larry Yeo was the makeup artist at the event and he recommended it to be used as a pre-lipstick lipbalm that could get a decent tint on the lips with adequate hydration. Thereafter, any lipstick used on top will still have a good base, so that there would still be good color below even if the lipstick feathered/faded away. I guess in that case it could be considered a hydrating colored primer? Hmmm.
Since I have had lip embroidery done, this lip tint stick is fine on its own for me. I love the peachy smell, the moisture it provides my lips and the right amount of peach in it to make my lips look healthy without the obvious pink tinge! Very pretty! I can picture using this with bronzy makeup for a sunkissed look.
Stockist: The Face Shop
Price: Unsure, sorry!
However, I was proven wrong the moment I used this. The powder may be white, but it blends so wonderfully into the skin so one hardly notices it at all. Also… the oil control… is insane. On days when I use my BareMinerals in the morning but know I’ll be outdoors a lot after, I take this powder with me instead. It removes all traces of oil and keeps the skin looking matte for hours on end. Sometimes I get friends who ask me what amazing powder I’m using to look decent even when the sun is boring down. The answer is: THIS! 😉
Price: Less than SGD $10
Price: SGD $158
We’ve come to the end of my favorites post! Anything you’re interested about learning more about? Feel free to let me know. If you’re also a sufferer of dry/itchy/sensitive/acne prone skin, just drop me a mail to talk it out too. I know the feeling! 🙁
Hope you guys have a lovely rest of the week! xx