I have discovered so many awesome things this month and I have been so excited to do my favourites post. Everything here is new for the month of August - and I have more new makeup that I love but I decided to leave a few things that I discovered at the end of August maybe for next months favourites.
So the things I will be mentioning in this favourites post are:
- Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation in Fresco
- Korres Wild Rose Mineral Foundation in Fair
- Jordana Eye Primer in 01
- Real Techniques Brushes
- Maybelline Super Stay 14 Hour Lipstick in 005 Perpetual Peony
- Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in 015 Cherish and 025 Sweetheart
- Bourjois Blushes
- Bourjois 10 Days No Chips nail polish
- Marc Jacobs DOT perfume
Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation in Fresco
I decided to grow up this month and get a better foundation for nights out and important work events etc. I decided to try the Estee Lauder double wear because it has a semi-matte finish and doesn't contain oils. I initially got a sample from the Estee Lauder counter at Myer, which allowed me to test it over a few wears and I got properly colour matched. I also wanted to see if it would make me break out, as I often break out from heavier foundations. I didn't want to buy the whole bottle if it was going to make my skin horrible, but so far my skin has been fine. I don't wear this foundation daily, so I don't know what it would be like if you were to treat this as your every day foundation. This is easy to apply, it doesn't go on patchy and takes a little while to set so you have plenty of time to blend. It is also medium build-able coverage, so I often build it up over problem areas and use this more as a concealer. I do need to set it with powder, but if you had dry skin you probably wouldn't need to do this. I find that this does stay put all day without getting patchy or oily. This is available in Australia for $50. My only wish is that this came in a pump container.
Korres Wild Rose Mineral Foundation in Fair
Strawberry net were having a sale and this mineral foundation was only $12.50 (closer to $11 with discounts). I decided to give it a go, and I have been very impressed. Its so easy to use, and it gives a nice light matte coverage, which is perfect for me since I have combination oily skin. I have never used a powder foundation before, and I really like the finish, however I do often need to use some concealer on hard to cover spots. This is slightly too light for me, but because it is a light coverage it blends in really well. I liked it so much that I bought another light, and a medium (for summer) before the sale ended.
Jordana Eye Primer in 01
I am not a pro on eye primers, I rarely wear them and so I don't know a good from a bad, but I really liked this one because the colour is a perfect neutral base for when I do a light eyeshadow look with a dramatic eyeliner. This primer blanks out any colour imperfections and makes a great canvas for your makeup. Its almost like NYX's jumbo pencil in milk, but is a more skin toned colour. It was also only $2. See my post on it here.
|Without flash: Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation in Fresco, Korres Wild Rose Mineral Foundation in Fair and Jordana Eye Primer in 01|
|With flash: Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation in Fresco, Korres Wild Rose Mineral Foundation in Fair and Jordana Eye Primer in 01|
Real Techniques Brushes
I bought the whole set of the real techniques brushes at the very end of July and I have been loving them this month. You can see my post of my collection here. I decided to show my most used brushes. For my eyes, I am loving the base shadow brush for a versatile brush - I often will only use this brush for everything when I am doing a quick look. I am also religiously using the deluxe crease brush to blend my eye shadow. I also love the accent brush which is perfect for putting highlight in the corner of your eye or putting a cream shadow under your eye (which I have always found to be quick tricky with bigger brushes). For the face I mainly use the blush brush, which is a strange shape but works beautifully for blush. I also have been loving the expert face brush for applying powder foundation. This brush was my favourite to begin with and I did try to use it on liquid foundations, but I felt like it left streaks which I would have to buff out with another brush, so now I only use it for my powder foundation.
Maybelline Super Stay 14 Hour Lipstick in 005 Perpetual Peony
I have two of these lipsticks, and I will start by saying that they do not last any where close to 14 hours. I would say you can easily get 2 hours + without eating or drinking, but less than that if you are eating or drinking. They do smell nice, almost like a berry gloss, and there are beautiful colours in the range. This is my favourite out of the two I have, its a nice opaque mauve and I haven't seen a colour like this before. This reminds me of a work friendly St Germaine from MAC, and I would repurchase this colour over and over. These cost about $18 in Australia, but you can often get them in Priceline on sale.
|Without flash: Maybelline Super Stay 14 Hour Lipstick in 005 Perpetual Peony|
|With flash: Maybelline Super Stay 14 Hour Lipstick in 005 Perpetual Peony|
Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in 015 Cherish and 025 Sweetheart
|Without flash: Maybelline Super Stay 14 Hour Lipstick in 005 Perpetual Peony, Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in 015 Cherish and 025 Sweetheart|
|With flash: Maybelline Super Stay 14 Hour Lipstick in 005 Perpetual Peony, Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in 015 Cherish and 025 Sweetheart|
I discovered Bourjois blushes this month and I love them all. You can see a more indepth post and swatches here, but I just wear them most days and thought I had to include them. They are great colours, smell nice, have nice packaging, and they have heaps of shades. I am loving these this month.
Bourjois 10 Days No Chips nail polish
Heads up, this nail polish is going to be in my top products of 2012! This is the longest wearing nail polish I have ever tried. You can wear this easily 4, maybe 5 days with minimal wear. I love doing my nails, but I don't have enough time to do them every 2 days, so I hate nail polish that wears off quickly. I know I can put this on Sunday night and only need to take it off on Friday, that is amazing in my books! Sadly this is limited in colour range, I think there may be about 8 of them, but you can buy them from Priceline for $13 and I have most of the range. See my review of them here.
Marc Jacobs DOT perfume
I got this sample from my August Lust Have It box (see review here), and I am loving it! It is the perfect light sweet floral perfume. I wore this out to my boyfriends birthday and got a lot of compliments on it. This will soon become my go to perfume, so I guess I will need to splash out on a full size version soon.
What are your favourite products of August?