13 July 2017

New in Beauty: July


It's been a while since I've sat down to write a post about beauty products. I find that I'm blogging about other topics more and more instead. The truth is, I don't have the money to buy all the new releases and I don't really want to buy stuff just for the sake of a good blog post. This is a topic Tenneil touched on (or rather, went into depth with), so please check out her blog post because it resonates with me so much. That aside, it's time to talk about the new beauty products I've acquired recently, some new to the beauty world and some new to me- from a new drugstore foundation to that famous skincare from The Ordinary.

The new base

New to the beauty world, new to me. I've been trying out this base the past few days and it's sort of love at first use. Revlon Youth FX Fill + Blur Foundation (with SPF 20) is more meant for ageing skin, but that doesn't mean it doesn't do a good job at smoothing out my complexion and making it GLOW. While this is actually quite a high coverage with a thick consistency, I find it works well as a tinted moisturiser/BB cream type deal on lazy days. I tried applying this with a beauty blender and it was awful, but with fingers it's magic. I very rarely introduce new foundations into my life after finding my faithful NARS Sheer Glow, but I will definitely be incorporating this into my routine. It has a really smooth consistency you can feel just by swatching it on the back of your hand, so I can see how this would be good for wrinkled skin. If you love your matte foundations steer clear because this gives such a nice radiant result. Also, in something that's a bit of a laugh, one of the lightest shades, 130 Porcelain is a touch too dark for me (drugstore foundations are usually too orange for me) but I can get away with it, and maybe even have 'porcelain' as my summer colour (ha ha).

Brush alternative

As mentioned above, I've been using a beauty blender recently. Even if it's not great with thicker foundations like above, it is wonderful with more liquidy foundations like NARS Sheer Glow. My brush now feels rough and streak-inducing next to this soft sponge. While the original beauty blender is actually quite expensive, I think its well worth the price- at least if you can find a good way to clean it (still searching). I always forget to use my primer now because this makes my base go on like a dream- no clinging to dry patches, uneven coverage etc. I'm very late in the game to this one, but I'm glad I picked up a sponge at long last.

Cult skincare

Without a doubt, The Ordinary skincare has been one of the biggest beauty brands mentioned over the internet recently. Making waves for its focus on 'one ingredient' for each product, it means you're able to DIY your own skincare routine- adding in what you need most. It's also known for its really really cheap prices- the two items I got only cost me about $20 (NZD). At $8, The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution is a bargain. Salicylic Acid is designed for blemish prone skin (me to a T) and fights the appearance of breakouts. You can either dot this on pimples or put a thin layer all over the face/in concentrated areas. For the couple of weeks I have been using this, I can see it really does help to bring down pimples so they're not in that gross, gigantic crater state.

The other product I picked up, The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 (only $12), has certainly been a skin saviour of late. Essentially, hyaluronic acid is known for its hydrating properties and makes your creams more effective. In this way, it works well after you've cleansed and before you apply your moisturiser because it will smooth out your complexion, making for a more even tone, and hydrate the deeper layers of the skin- as the moisturiser traps in everything. I have loved using this so far and it is a great alternative to oils or heavy serums (if your skin gets clogged up by these things usually). I'm desperate to try out more from The Ordinary, especially their foundation, but that's difficult to find and their products are notorious for selling out anyway.

The new mascara

Since my last Maybelline Lash Sensational dried up, I've been looking for a new mascara to fill the void. Out of everything in my beauty routine, this was the area I was severely lacking in- I absolutely hate my lashes sometimes -all I ask for is a clump-free formula that lifts lashes and provides decent volume. That's pretty much what every mascara on the market claims to do, but so many of them can be disappointing. A recent addition is the new L'Oreal False Lash Superstar X Fiber which has two sides- one is a primer and the other is the mascara. While I think mascaras with a primer can be a little gimmicky, in this case I do think it helps to get more lift and volume into the lashes. I think the selling point of this is that the little fibres on the mascara brush reach even the smallest of lashes, coating and lifting each one. I'm not sure if this is my ride or die yet, but this product is working well for me at the moment as I find some mascaras can be too clumpy, where as this gives a fluttery volumised look without being too spidery-looking.



Those are the products I've been trialing lately. Will you try any of these?

-Emma


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