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Saturday, 1 December 2012

November Favourites

Kiehl's Aromatic Blends Orange Flower & Lychee body cleanser and body lotion, Shiseido Natural Cream Concealer, Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Liner, Ben Nye Luxury Powder, H2O Face Oasis Hydrating Treatment, Dior Lip Glow

Kiehl's Aromatic Blends - Orange Flower & Lychee:
Skin Softening Body Cleanser ($30 AUD from David Jones): Lathers really well, cleans the skin while conditioning at the same time, leaves the skin smelling refreshed, summery, florally and fruity every time I get out of the shower.
Skin Softening Body Lotion ($38 AUD from David Jones): Lightweight yet very moisturising, leaves the skin feeling extra soft and smooth, the tropical fresh fruity and sweet fragrance is much more distinct when using the body lotion compared to the body cleanser. Love the scent, especially for summer.

Ben Nye Luxury Powder in Cameo ($8.15 AUD from
A matte finish loose translucent powder with a hint of colour that provides good coverage throughout the whole day. You probably know this powder best in creating Kim Kardashian's signature flawless make up look. This powder definitely creates this flawless look and does not disappoint. The texture is so fine and silky smooth, it is so easy to apply, and lasts the whole day. If you're not fond of the matte look like me, you can always just apply it on certain areas such as the forehead to stop shine, over blemishes or under the eyes to brighten, set, and prevent concealer from smudging, the side of the nose to hide redness, or you can even do what Kim Kardashian's makeup artist does when using the Ben Nye powder and use it to brighten and contour the face. 

Kim Kardashian's make up artist applies Ben Nye Banana colour powder (as she is quite tanned) below the eyes, just on top of the cheek bones, side of the noes, a line on top of the nose and a little bit on the forehead and chin to create her famous structured, highlighted and flawless look.  
And just to add, the price of this powder is very reasonable.. definitely a really good buy!

H2O Face Oasis Hydrating treatment ($35.70 AUD from
A light weight gel moisturiser that hydrates without being too oily or rich on the skin. I have combination skin (oily T-zone and dry cheeks) and this moisturiser is perfect for me, especially during the spring/summer time however maybe not enough for winter/autumn as my skin gets quite dry during these times. What I love about this moisturiser is that it is so lightweight but hydrates at the same time, helps balance out my combination skin (doesn't leave my T-zone oily and doesn't leave my cheeks dry), leaves the skin feeling soft and subtle, and a little bit of the moisturiser goes a long way. I even think this moisturiser would be really good for sensitive and acne prone skin as it is such a light formula and gives a nice cooling sensation when applying it to the skin. 

Shiseido Natural Finish Cream Concealer in Light Medium 2 ($50 AUD from David Jones):
A creamy concealer that provides good coverage without looking too cakey or dry. Unlike other good coverage concealers that tend to be thick and hard to apply, Shiseido's concealer is so smooth, creamy, and thin in consistency which makes it very easy to apply and blend through. Ive tried a lot of good coverage concealers in the past and they always tend to look too thick and dry especially under the eye area however this concealer doesn't crease or dry out and looks so natural as it doesn't have that matte finish. At first I thought the colour was a little bit too yellow for me but in fact I find that the yellowish tone helps cover my pinkness, especially around the sides of my nose, on acne scars and even under the eye area. This concealer stays on for relatively long provided you apply a powder over it to set it (otherwise it can smudge easily). 

Dior Lip Glow ($48 AUD from David Jones): 
A lip conditioner with a hint of pink. Not only does this lip balm leave my lips feeling smooth and conditioned, but it also helps bring out a tinge of colour to my lips, making my lips look naturally plump and berry pink. I also love that it has SPF 15 to prevent any discolouration on the lips. Cute packaging and has a nice minty vanilla scent too. Although the colour is not as intense as the Revlon Lip Butters, Dior Lip Glow focuses more on the moisturising factor and gives a rather natural glowing look. The only thing is that it is a quite pricey :/

Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Black ($21.47 AUD from
This liquid eyeliner is really the best when it comes to staying power as it stays on all day. Urban decays liquid liner is quite pigmented and sets to a glossy black. The thin brush tip is also something to brag about as it allows you to create precise winged lines and makes it hard for you to make a mistake. Because I don't have very big eyelids, I don't mind the thinness of the brush but if you had large eyelids then maybe this brush would be considered too thin for you. Although this eyeliner is waterproof, it comes comes off quite easily when using eye makeup remover. When using liquid liner, I usually like to use gel liner first so that the colour and staying power is enhanced. 

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