How is everyone?
I know I’m rather late on this Favourites post given that we’re into the second or so week of July, but it’s definitely not a post I want to miss! Last month, I didn’t have any beauty favourites because I was in the midst of testing so many products that I needed to give more time for an opinion overall. Plus, I didn’t want to force any product as favourite. Honesty is the best policy after all. Otherwise, it was a laid-back month which I think, showed.
It was my birthday in June – any other June babies too? We had a heatwave for a couple of days, going up to around 30 degrees so you’ll see some products here that helped me deal with that. Sometimes, I’m not sure how to deal with my skin in warmer climates, but my game seems more solid this season like I’ve finally figured it out.
‘How?’, you ask. Let’s find out:
Bioderma Sebium H2O Micellar Water
Avène Thermal Spring Water
L’Oréal Paris Pure Clay Detox Wash
The Ordinary Advanced Retinoid 2%
Real Techniques Stippling Brush (not pictured)
Herbal Skin Doctor Exfoliating Foot Treatment
LUSH Pink Peppermint Foot Lotion
L’Oréal Elvive Triple Resist Reinforcing Shampoo
Some products are really worth the hype: If you’ve heard about micellar waters, then you must know about Bioderma, right? I have, on many occasions but it wasn’t until recent that I actually tried it, seeing as the duo-package worked out more economical for my pocket. (Yes, I’m that person.) One night, I finally opened the Bioderma Sebium H2O Micellar Water, tried it and loved it. It’s that good. It smells and feels really fresh on the skin. The scent reminds me of cucumbers with a hint of citrus. I use this as a ‘morning cleanser’ and it’s always a great feeling to use this on my skin because of how cooling it is. It also works a treat with makeup-removal (though you may need something else for your eye-makeup). Recommend!
Summer’s best friend: I went crazy for beauty waters and mists last time I shopped in Boots, picking up many products I’ve heard great things about but never tried. The Avène Thermal Spring Water has made the Favourites list because it’s been the perfect accompaniment in much of my routine. Toner, skin refresher, setting spray…it’s quite the multi-tasker and I’m convinced that I will always need one of these in my routine now. Oh, and 30 degrees hot weather? This product’s got your back.
I haven’t felt this excited for drugstore cleansers since forever: I recently reviewed a drugstore cleanser in this post because I felt it was really worth talking about! It’s the L’Oréal Paris Pure Clay Detox Wash. I use it as my second cleanse after using a cleansing balm or oil, and I enjoy using it each time. It’s a dark grey, charcoal colour which might seem daunting at first, but it’s more of a mid-grey when you lather it on your skin. You’ll eventually forget the colour even bothered you because it’s so gentle and moisturising on the skin!
This product is an empty now, but I still want to talk about this: I have been quickly going through my The Ordinary Skincare stash. I have not used any other treatment or serum (with the exception of sheet masks) in the last 6 months. I resumed my use of The Ordinary Advanced Retinoid 2% to every other day until it was finished (boohoo) and honestly, I noticed the changes right away. My skin was re-texturised and brightened…it’s really something that you have to see for yourself! I’m itching to get myself more of this stuff because it’s truly magical.
The brush that has been missing from my kit: Do you ever feel that you’re itching to buy something? Well, at the time, I was itching to buy some new brushes even though technically I was okay. I picked up the Real Techniques Stippling Brush (not pictured) because I remember my good friend talked about this; and now it’s all I’ve been using for my foundation! It gives a really airbrushed but natural finish, with no brush marks. You can really control the consistency so that your base isn’t thick or clogged if you know what I mean. I’ve even tried this with powder blush and it works a treat too!
People talk about Cinderella’s shoe but not Cinderella’s feet: Some time ago, either just before Christmas or just after, I had purchased the Herbal Skin Doctor Exfoliating Foot Treatment from TK Maxx. I realise that I am extremely lazy with my feet, so this sat on my dresser for a good 6 months. Just…wow. I’ve never used a foot mask like this before so I didn’t know what to expect. It’s really weird at first because you basically wear these booties for 90 minutes as stated (I think that’s why I was lazy but watching a film helped). Once removed, you rinse your feet. I didn’t think too much at the time, but a week later, BAM! I noticed my feet started to peel a lot. Gross I know. But with a pumice stone and some effort, your feet become easily brand new.
If you need a bit of pink in your life: I’ve slowly become accustomed to looking after my feet more and it’s really paying off. I purchased the LUSH Pink Peppermint Foot Lotion months ago but I’ve been using it much more lately especially as my feet are as brand new now. (!!) If you’re not put off by the smell of peppermint then I’d really recommend this. It blends well into the skin and the next day, you really feel the results. I even use this on my legs since the pot is so huge!
Finally a shampoo that I think I can stick to: I have quite a hard time finding a shampoo that really works for me and so there’s never really been one that I’ve stuck to loyally. Some shampoos leave my hair feeling a bit flat, or easily greasy the next day. Others make my scalp feel rather dry especially the longer I use it. I recently discovered the L’Oréal Elvive Triple Resist Reinforcing Shampoo and I actually enjoy using it! One of the main reasons I like it is because even on ‘second day hair’, it still looks fairly decent which generally wasn’t the case with other shampoos. Hair doesn’t look flat either so will be repurchasing! 🙂
What have been your favourites? ❤
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