Happy 2017! Each month, I'll be posting my favourite products that are either new to me or that I re-fell in love with. I always love watching favourite videos on YouTube and reading about new products on beauty blogs. I'm always trying new things so here we go!
January was a slow month, I'll admit. I don't tend to purchase too many new beauty products after Christmas and New Year (mostly because I stock up *hard* before the holidays) but I do have a few new goodies that I've been using lots.
MAC Prep+Prime Essential Oils Stick
Fantastic for the under eyes! Wears great under concealer - it creates a smooth, hydrated base and the makeup seems to almost sink into it for a flawless finish.
I'm a huge fan of MAC's original essential oils (Grapefruit and Chamomile, yummm), but oils can get messy and it's easy to use too much. The oil stick ensures that an even layer is applied and I recommend tapping it into the skin to make sure it absorbs.
The essential oils stick can also be used all over the face, day or night, or as a highlight. Pat onto cheekbones for a natural, dewy look.
MAC Lip Scrubtious
This has been a life saver this winter! With the weather doing it's winter then spring then back to winter thing, my lips have been so dry. I mainly use the MAC Lip Scrubtious before I put lipstick or gloss on. It rubs away all dry flakes and leaves behind a hydrated feeling.
To use, I scoop the tiniest amount out (you don't need a lot!) and simply use my finger to smother it all over. Easy! Then I wipe away all the nasty stuff with a tissue.
I picked up Sweet Vanilla but the Lip Scrubtious line also includes Candied Nectar, Fruit of Passion, Summer Berry, and Sweet Brown Sugar.
PS. You can also make your own lip scrub at home! Brit+Co have some great recipes for different scrubs.
Maybelline Great Lash in Clear
A classic! If you haven't tried clear mascara as brow gel, do it now.
Brow gels can get expensive and they really don't have to be. A mascara and a brow gel work the same - separate and set. I use the Maybelline on myself as well as stock one in my kit for my clients and I totally believe in this product! Simple and effective.
The only downside is the Great Lash packaging is clear so, as you can see, the brow gel will get a slight brow-coloured tint.
The New New Age Cosmetic Clay
Masks! I'm obsessed! If you read my last post, you know I use sheet masks regularly. I love how hydrating and brightening sheet masks are but I was missing that deep, deep pore cleansing from my routine. Until I saw this Bentonite and French Green Clay mask! I love masks like these because you can mix them with water or raw apple cider vinegar for a deep clean. I did try it with apple cider vinegar and although the smell is not the best thing ever, it's the method I prefer. My skin felt smoother and tighter than with just water.
How it works: Bentonite clay is composed of volcanic ash and is believed to have healing properties. When it comes in contact with liquid, the clay produces and "electric charge" that draws out toxins. French green clay also draws out impurities but has toning properties that tightens and refreshes the skin.
I got mine at Purdy Natural.
e.l.f. Powder Brush
I've been on the hunt for the perfect highlight brush. I tried a fan brush and I wasn't a fan (I'm not going to acknowledge the pun even though I just did...). I wanted something medium sized, domed, and super soft.
So when I saw this e.l.f. brush at the grocery store for $2, I thought I'd give it a try. And I'm glad I did! This brush applies highlighting powders so softly and allows you to build with multiple layers. Since the bristles are domed, the longest bristles make contact with the skin to apply the product while the shorter bristles, since they only barely touch the skin, work on blending out the edges. This brush does the work for you!
The only downside is that the brush is just a tad too big. It's not a huge deal but if you do like a more strategic highlight rather than and blended, blown out highlight, try a domed brush that is a bit smaller.