I'm just going to be doing a quick post on my January favourites, since it's almost the end of the month - and BOY, did it pass by so quickly. I remembered going shopping on New Year's Eve like it was just a few days ago... really feels odd. I've been quite busy with a studio site visit for one whole week, and it was crazy - being under the hot sun for a full day and measuring every single corner of a temple we were assigned to. I didn't even notice that we've been there for 4 days straight. While my teammates and I were resting at the porch of the temple, we saw a group of tourists going in, and one of them couldn't last for even 5 minutes there, and was coughing so badly because of the incense smoke. I felt so bad for her but also felt really badass because all of us didn't bat an eye however hard it gets. Kudos to us.
So. Having said that, it is time to relax and de-stress myself by being here on my blog, and what better way than to be writing about some January favourites. It's therapeutic as f**k. This list includes all of the products I have been reaching for a lot and recent discoveries that has exceeded my expectations as well (and became a favourite, duh). This is going to be a long one, so switch on your air-conds (for peeps in KL, it's super hot here right now, am I right?), grab some of those Royce Nama Chocolates or a salad (whichever, I support you whole-heartedly), and kick back with me. Here we go.
The *ultimate* January Favourites beginnnnnns now.
1. Bobbi Brown Blush Brush
I have had this brush for over a year now, and it is the only blush brush that I own - simply cause it's the only blush brush I need. I've never talked about this on the blog, so I'm adding it onto my favourites this month. From the shape of the brush itself, you can see that the brush is very densely packed and has a dome-shape to it which isn't too round, if that makes sense. It's almost okay for you to use this as a contour brush if you want a more diffused sculpt, as the handle shapes the brush to be flatter on its' sides. The bristles are made from natural hair (mixture of goat and pony) and oh lorddddd, it is so so soft. So fluffy and soft that almost everytime I freshly washed and dried the brush, I would go all over my (also freshly cleansed) face with this brush, and just sit there and let the brush pamper me. Don't judge me, if you're a makeup lover and you have a soft brush, I just know that you guys do it, too - pfft. The brush picks up products well and distributes colours evenly, so if I'm using my more pigmented blushers, I simply have to tap the brush onto the pan, lightly. Not only you're saving on your products, but your blusher would look on point. Hollerrrr. So, I would highly recommend you to drop by your Bobbi Brown counter and pick up this baby! Especially for those just starting out on building a makeup brush wardrobe.
2. Diorskin Star Sculpting Brightening Concealer
This babe of a concealer is just honestly off the charts. I have tried a good round of brightening concealers, like the YSL Touche Eclat, Laura Mercier's Secret Concealer and many many more. But I've never came to repurchase any of them, hence have been trying out so many other brands - until I got my hands on the Diorskin Star Concealer. Unlike its competitors, the Diorskin Star has the ability to actually cover the dark pigments on my under-eye area. Brightening concealers usually offers light-to-medium coverage which is so annoying because I don't want to cake up my under-eye area by adding more products, know what I mean? Not about that cake-face life. With the Dior concealer, I only need the tiniest bit and it covers any discolouration and tiredness around the eyes. If I'm on-the-go, this provides enough coverage for any spot-treating the skin. So I'm quite happy with the Diorskin Star - well, quite is an understatement actually because I'm very happy with the coverage it offers, how it is so blendable and the lightweight feeling that it has. I've purchased this last September I think (?) and have been using it ever since. Love.
3. M.A.C. 217 Blending Brush
There's a reason why this is the best-selling item at M.A.C. Cosmetics, I just got this a few weeks ago and it's immediately become my favourite brush because it makes blending waayyyy too easy. I think this brush is also responsible for making me enjoy using eyeshadows, and creating more complex eye looks lately! The 217 is oh-so fluffy and dense at the same time, and it is sooooo soft, again, it doesn't have anything to do with the performance of the brush, but it just makes your "me-time" so much more enjoyable. For now, I'm fine with just having the 217 in my brush collection, but I have to be honest, I've been eyeing for Suqqu brushes next *gasp*. My only comment on this brush is that since the bristles are white, I get really irritated if I don't clean it right after I use this. Ya I'm a bit anal about cleaning my brushes so it's either I'll pick up another brush, or I'll just have to suck it up and clean it everyday.
4. Marc Jacobs New Nudes Sheer Lip Gel in Anais
Fact : The scent that I have been using the longest time, 7 years and running, is the fragrance Daisy by Marc Jacobs. Because of the success of their fragrances and clothing line, I was intrigued by the Marc Jacobs Beauty line. I've had my doubts, not all luxury brandnames were consistent with the quality of their beauty lines. So, I picked up the Sheer Lip Gel in Anais, which is a gorgeous brownish nude to test out their lipstick range. To my surprise, I loved using this and was pulling it from my lip stash constantly. The formulation of the lipstick is very comfortable on the lips, and the pigment of the colour Anais shows up on my skin, despite it being a "nude" nude. This lipstick smells delicious, too. Like vanilla buttercream, and I love it. It retails for MYR100, which is not bad at all for a high-end product. And did I mention that it is very, very heatproof? Lipstick bullet lasts through a day of camping without melting off. Awesome.
5. By Terry Rouge Terrybly in 100 Terrybly Nude x Perfect Lip Liner in 1. Perfect Nude
I have talked about this in a previous post, which is a full-on test drive review (you can read all about it here). But for a quick recap, the Rouge Terrybly lipstick is a plumping, anti-aging lipstick, and most probably is the motherland of all lip products, and I've tried a lot. Dubbed as the Steve Jobs of Cosmetics, Terry de Gunzburg did an impeccable job with the Rouge Terryblys, especially on the nude shade, 100. I often use this when I'm feeling a little bit fancy and want a bit of oomph on my lips because it virtually plumps up my lips. Yes. It does. If you're one to try out that Kylie Jenner overlined lips - but you don't want to look borderline drag (sorry Kylie), opt for a lip plumping lipstick like the Rouge Terrybly. The colour is quick tricky to use, if you're not used to blanked out nudes, but over a lip liner, I use the By Terry Lip Liner in Perfect Nude, it won't be an issue. I don't mind this because I use every lip product with a lip liner, anyway. Hence, that is why both of these products are hand-in-hand on the favourites list :)
6. Eucerin Lip Aktiv SPF15
I got this in desperation, because my lips were chapped as f*** for the past month, I don't even know why. I couldn't take it anymore on one particular night, dropped by my local drugstore, initially to get Aiman's toiletries (come thruuu Guardian), and picked up this Eucerin lip treatment because honestly the packaging looks so sterile, and I assumed it was a no-fuss, good ol' lip balm. Fortunately, I was right. This lip treatment contains Vitamin E and shitloads of Dexpanthenol. Basically it speeds up skin regeneration, and improves the hydration rate on the outer layer of the skin as well as maintaining it's softness and elasticity. My lips are absolutely well hydrated throughout the day, and definitely feels softer (I use this at least twice a day). At night, I swipe the lip treatment across the lips, build the layers up and let it sink into the lips overnight. I believe you can use this over any rough patches on the skin, but I'll have to either sterilise it first or melt it into a jar, it'll be more convenient that way. I'll let you know what's up.
7. Caudalie Make-Up Remover Cleansing Water
I treat my skincare routine like it's a spa day, literally every night, and it takes too long sometimes that I spend close to an hour to do the whole thing hahaha. BUT - this micellar water comes in handy for when I'm exhausted coming back from the studio, and I just need a quick cleanse at the end of the day. It has a refreshing effect to tired skin from the mixture of ingredients in the solution, which is perfect for those long hours of CAD-ding and Photoshop-ing (design students, you feel me?), so I'm still not missing out on that spa-like routine I do. I love the formulation of the Caudalie micellar, it doesn't sting my eyes, and jives well with my sensitive, dry skin.
8. Dior Hydra Life Creme Serum
I've been using this for over a year now, and this moisturiser have one of the most unique textures I have tried to date. It has a very lightweight consistency, you can see from the picture above, but it hydrates your skin so well, and leaves a very apparent glow after the product has sunk into the skin. I prefer using this during the night-time as it is very, very hydrating, but since it doesn't feel like a heavy cream, I suppose it's okay to use it during the day, as well. When it's not too hot outside. The moisturiser is infused with youth essential hydrating essence from the exclusive Dior Gardens. This is my go-to moisturiser for when my skin is feeling parched after a long day out. The price tag for this one is a bit hefty, close to MYR300 for a tub. I mean, that is outrageously expensive. I bought this last year for my birthday, so I suppose if I buy it for my 2016 birthday, it will be slightly justified. Hahaha.
9. Tata Harper Moisturising Mask
From my Net-A-Porter Summer Edit (reviewed on my blog ages ago), I received a travel sized Tata Harper Moisturising Mask. When I opened the jar, I was baffled to how this very runny, very thin liquidy product will ever be able to do its job right. Really. But to my surprise, it did it job pretty good. I suppose the runny consistency that it has actually runs to its advantage. Massaging it into the skin, the product sinks in very quickly and leaves a comfortable feeling on the skin. I use this as an overnight treatment, every now and then. Even though the travel size jar is very very small, this mask has lasted me for almost 8 months now. You don't need a lot of product for it to cover your whole face, and I don't need to build up the layer, as well. Tata Harper reigned as a holy grail for many, many beauty editors and I can see why.
9. iS Clinical Active Serum
This stuff works hard core. It promises to reduce pigmentation, and to smooth out the skin, and it does exactly that. I use this as a spot-treatment as my skin might be too sensitive to apply it as a face serum, and it definitely works wonders in reducing any spots and mild cystic acne and bumps on my skin. Be very wary of this serum if you're planning on a purchase because it has very mixed reviews online. Might be unsuitable for certain skin types but it definitely works well with mine. But that goes to any other products too, if you're planning to make a purchase, do your research first. It will save you from wasting your time and money.
10. Urban Decay Naked 2 palette
*A slight addition to the January favourites list, it completely slipped my mind to mention the star of the show, Urban Decay's Naked 2. I got this as a birthday present years ago and never got around to using it - ever. I found that the colours were too metallic, it was too smokey-eyed, so I gave it a pass but still held on to it in my stash. I did a swatch review on it in my previous blogpost, and completely fell in love with it again. I love to use Booty Call as a highlight on the centre of my lids, the lightest colour Foxy as a base colour and for a pop of colour - Chopper, Suspect and Verve are absolutely stunning. If you own a Naked 2 palette, I think it's time to revisit it and fall in love all over again.So, that is the end of my January favourites! What are your current favourites? Let me know in the comments. The post has been long enough so I will cut it short here, so thank you for hanging out with me! Have a good day x
x FARAH A.