Good morning class,
Today I want to chat to you about some of my FAVE products from February, March & April (because I’ve been slack with favourites posts)!
I’ve been sent, gifted and purchased lots of items over the past couple of months (as usual, I’m a shop-a-holic!) and here are some of the products that I am absolutely loving and using almost every day!
ZA Cosmetics True White Plus Liquid Foundation
I have absolutely been obsessed with this foundation (and another one of the ZA ones which isn’t mentioned today). I received this one from ZA themselves and wanted to have a good try of it before I talked to you guys about it. I take a while to “get in” to foundations and I like to really test them out before I decide if I like them. Luckily, this one passed all the tests and I am in love!
I’m planning on doing a full review of three of the ZA foundations – coming soon, so I won’t rant on too much about it now. What I will tell you is it’s super pale (which is good for fair skinned people), it’s super duper brightening, it is a good coverage – not too heavy, not too light – and it applies really nicely! One of my new faves!
(You can buy this at Life Pharmacy in NZ or click the title to find other stockists in your area – super cheap stuff!)
Australis Fresh & Flawless Powder
Okay guyyys, you know I’m obsessed with this stuff. I know it, you know it, but I felt bad about leaving it from my favourites because I love it so much! I feel like those of you who haven’t yet tried it NEED to be reminded about how amazing it is. I have written an entire blog post on it here and I even gave some away! (It’s her favourite now too, I’m sure!)
So, if you haven’t felt the love and bought this $10!? powder and had a wee play around then you’re really missing out!
(You can buy this wonderful stuff at Kmart in NZ and Australia – not sure about other parts of the world)
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Lightscapade
Alright. I’ve had this for forever. And I’ve loved it. It’s nice and light and fantastic for pale skin. HOWEVER, recently, I found a new use for this godsend. Most of the time, I can never find a concealer light enough to highlight under the eyes. I always want to achieve that Shaaanxo bright eye look but it never works because I’m too pale as it is. BUT lately I’ve been setting my concealer with a touch of this Lightscapade powder and then putting a bit of the Australis powder on-top to set my whole face and it gives me this amazing bright under-eye glow which I LOVE. I know it’s a highlighter, and it’s a bit sparkly and all that jazz. However I find that by putting a dash of normal powder over-the-top it counteracts the sparkles and leaves me with just the brightness. Worth a try if you have the product already! I’d been dying for the Bare Mineral’s powder in Well Rested that Shannon uses but I think this could be a good alternative until then?
L’Oreal Lumi Magic Pure Light Primer
This is another one of those products that I’ve had for forever but “forget” to use for ages. I’ve just started using it now and I am in LOVE!
I don’t know why I never got into it ages ago. It’s what I imagine MAC Strobe Cream to be like, however it’s way cheaper! It’s so brightening and feels delightful on the skin. It looks indescribable. As in, I just tried to think of something in looks like but mind blanked. It looks like reflective white glue but doesn’t feel like glue to apply – if that makes sense. Either way, I am loving it! Praise the lord I started using it again too because I just ran out of my tried and true Mac primer. A+ from the teacher herself!
Moisture Mist Bronzer
This one was gifted to me by a friend and I am LOVING it. If you want a more in-depth review with swatches and the like – let me know! For now I’m just going to talk (verbal diarrhea-style) , as that’s what I’m good at and that’s what we’re here for.
So this is the perfect colour for someone pale, and I think it would also work for most skin tones. It’s got a bit of shimmer in it, but it’s subtle. It applies nicely with a bronzing brush and it’s easy to blend. It’s fine and it’s in nice sturdy packaging. I love the Moisture Mist packaging actually! Really easy to open and it’s got a nice big mirror. It will be getting a lot of use!
Trilogy Vital Moisturizing Cream
I literally just ran out of moisturizer before my friend gave this to me and THANK GOODNESS IT’S AMAZING because I kind of hate buying moisturizer. It’s so hit and miss, and it’s expensive and it’s not exciting to buy like a lipstick or eye shadow is. However – if you’re like me and hate buying moisturizer then save yourself the drama and buy this one! It’s everything I love in a moisturizer. Super creamy and moisturizing (of course), smells delish, not oily, natural and all that jazz. I have found my holy grail! This is weird, but I also like the lid. It’s made with a thin coating of metal on the outside and it’s just nice and luxurious when I’m opening it in the morning. It’s ALSO got Rosehip oil in it which is a BIG GOLD STAR from me! Rosehip oil is amazing stuff for the skin and great on pimples and scarring. I’ve noticed my skin has been looking amazing after weekly use of this moisturizer God.
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer
You guys KNOW I love this concealer! Holy Grail. Nuff said.
I’ve talked about it before here – go read why x
ZA Beauty Sponge
I’m planning on talking all about this one very soon in a blog post- but for now I’ll let you know that I LOVE it. It’s more dense than the beauty blender, but it’s cheaper and it’s bigger (which I like). Personally, I LOVE this. I find it so easy to use, and very comparable to the beauty blender. Check it out. x
I have a few pairs of these gorgeous lashes made by the gorgeous Shannon Harris or Shaaanxo and I LOVE them! They’ve got a nice thin band which means that you can’t see them and they’re not as obvious. They’re easy to apply, and there’s lots of different styles! Plus I’m all about supporting Kiwi businesses! Especially when the owner is such a genuinely nice person. Check it out here
Essence Lash Princess mascara
I went shopping with my friend and we went exploring to parts of Auckland unknown and found a goldmine of Essence at a Farmers store. SCORE! I hadn’t tried Essence before because they don’t have it at my local Farmers, so I picked up this mascara and an eyeshadow as I was incredibly poor that week. I chose this mascara because I THINK I heard Sally Jo talk about it, and it has a cool name. Princess? I love princesses! Anyway, it’s a comb brush and it’s perfect. I LOVE comb brushes because they separate my lashes like no tomorrow! All I want in life is separated lashes. My lashes are already pretty long so I don’t need length. This mascara is good. Especially if you like combs. And it was like $6.
Billion Dollar Brows brow pencil
I received this from a friend and I’m in love!! It’s got quite a large applicator, and you can’t sharpen it or anything so I can’t use it for a really defined brow – but it works well for an everyday sort of brow. IDEAL that it has a spoolie brush on the end. 5 gold stars!
Colourpop Super Shock Eyeshadows
Okay guuuuuuys, guys, guys, guys. You KNOW I am obsessed with Colourpop… do you need me to explain further or can we just be happy with the fact that Colourpop will always be in my favourites? PS fave shadows at the moment include; Bubbly, Tassle, Get Lucky, I Heart This. xo
ZA Cosmetics Eyeliner Pen
Seriously. Why don’t more people rave about this thing? It’s probably the best eyeliner pen I’ve ever used. Either that or I’ve just become really good at doing winged liner. But I think it’s actually just the best liner I’ve ever used. Nice wet formula, but it dries really fast. Easy to use, cheap, cheerful. BUY MEEEE.
Lips & others
Colourpop Lippie Stix & Pencil in Wifey
Okay, this maybe isn’t my FAVE shade of lippie stick and pencil in the Colourpop range ( I’m not sure I can pick a favourite), however it’s been my most worn this month! I am just loving the bright pink, and it wears really nicely throughout the day. (The kids absolutely love it too!).
Pink Sugar Sensual Perfume
Delish! This perfume is one of those ones I used to own ages ago but only recently repurchased. It reminds me of drinking and being 21. It brings back good memories plus it smells like sugar and pink and lollies and happiness. If you ever see it round, have a sniff.
Sparkly Phone Case
You guys know me. I am obsessed with sparkles and glitter. This phone case is the coolest of the cool. It’s see through and it has glitter and stars inside that move around like those kids cups you could get where the glitter would move around between the outside and the inside of the cup. If that makes sense? I bought mine for $5 free shipping off eBay. Have a look!
That’s it for my favourites this month. I don’t want to do any more talking! I’m sorry there’s only been one post a week for the past two weeks. I have all these ideas and posts ready, but I’m never home when there’s good light for photos for you! Plus school is busy at the beginning of the term. Either way, there will be PLENTY of posts coming + two giveaways in the next week or two I promise!