It’s that time of the month again when I get to ramble about my monthly favourites. At the end of April, I received my Sephora shipment (I prefer buying online because I get to choose my 3 free samples and browse all the deluxe samples, heh!) from the VIB sale so May has been pretty exciting. My skincare is still the same but now my bottles are starting to get depleted and I have to start thinking of what to buy next which is exciting and daunting at the same time when everything is done online. How I wish there was a brick and mortar store with all the natural brands I’m interested in so I can touch everything before I decide to purchase.
One of my depleting bottles is my True Nature Botanicals Pacific Exfoliating Cleanser. I wish I knew a decade ago how important cleanser is. I always purchased cheap foamy cleansers and spent my money on creams, when really a cleanser is much more important than a cream. Anyway, now I’m a little older and wiser. This cleanser is so mild yet cleans my skin so well without stripping it. The smell is so refreshing which is a great pick-me-up. I’ve mentioned it in a previous post that I’ve had to tone down on my usage from 3x to once a day so I don’t blow through it in a month!
While my skin is still a bit damp, I pat a pump of Dr. Alkaitis Soothing Gel as a toner all over my face and neck. I am completely convinced that this is a one of the key products in my lack of blemishes so far this year. Yes, there is alcohol in it, albeit organic grape alcohol as opposed to the really cheap stuff found in other toners with alcohol that dries out the skin and is ridiculously bad for you. With this, I feel no stinging or drying, but work fast because it absorbs very quickly.
Within seconds of applying my Soothing Gel, I apply 5 drops of True Nature Botanicals Pacific Balancing Oil, morning and night. 1 on my forehead, and 2 drops on each side of my face that gets shared with my neck; 5 drops in total. And no need for added moisturizer afterward unless I’m feeling a bit dehydrated in the morning, which happens sometimes here, in our dry climate. No greasiness, just supple skin. And no insane fragrances – they’ve got nothing to hide!
A little Pai Echium & Argan Eye cream goes a long way, so I don’t even use a full pump. If I anchor my thumb on the side of the pump while I press it down with my index finger, I can easily control how much cream comes out (see picture). About half a pump is shared between both eyes.
My skintone is rather sallow so I almost never leave home without blush. I’ve rediscovered this MAC Virgin Isle Cream Colour Base and it’s awesome. It practically looks neon but you only need a smidge on each cheek because it goes such a long way, and it looks good on every skin tone, from super fair to super dark. You can see in the picture how subtle it can be when blended out. Only thing is I have to use my fingers in the pot so I wipe it down with 99% alcohol every so often to try and kill all the germs from my fingers. If my day is going to be extra long, I layer this with powder blush on top for extra longevity.
Ever since I bought my first Anastasia Brow Powder Duo a few months ago, I seem to have a little Anastasia obsession, the latest being her Dipbrow pomade. Um, I love Ash Brown. Once again, it was a toss up between Granite and Ash Brown and I figured Dipbrow was going to go on darker than the powder so I picked Ash Brown, and am I ever glad I did. The shade is not super ultra dark like granite and very neutral – not too warm, not too cool. Perfect for a natural look on dark hair girls.
In my post last month, I mentioned that I wish my Hurrah SPF Lip Balm came tinted. Well, I found myself a pretty tinted lip balm! I had a Fresh Rose balm from a Sephora birthday gift and it wasn’t tinted enough for my lips, so I started searching through their shades, trying to find something that would show up on my lips. Truth be told, I didn’t realize how pigmented this shade, Passion, was! It didn’t look this potent when I tried on the back of my hand in the store, but whatever. I really like the berry.
I found this body oil while perusing Sephora.com during their VIB sale. Jao Goe Oil isn’t organic but smells and feels so delicious! It’s a semi-solid oil made with a combination of butters and oils that squeeze out of a tube. It’s easy to use and clean. The only downside is how wonderful it smells even though there is no perfume added. I can’t put it on from neck to toe like I did the first couple of times because the scent would start making me feel too heady. It’s also rather $$$ so I only apply it on my extra dry bits, like my eternally scuffed up knees.
What are your favourites this month? :)