Monthly Favorites: June 2013

June definitely flew by fast, didn’t it? This year is just rushing its way through!

Anyway, although this month was a bit rocky, I’d have to say it was a pretty good month overall. And my blog is now a month old! To celebrate, I’m starting my monthly favorite series.

You’re all probably familiar with the monthly favorites concept by now. For those of you who aren’t, I basically just talk about the things I enjoyed throughout the previous month.

Now, let’s jump into my June Favorites, shall we? :)

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1. Viktor and Rolf’s Flowerbomb

This has always been a favorite of mine, but like I talked about in my Colors of the Rainbow Tag, I put it away for quite a long time. By some force of nature, my hand gravitated towards this one at the beginning of the month, and I haven’t stopped spritzing this on myself since. The scent is very sweet, and it’s nearly verging on sickly. According to Sephora, it has notes of Sambac jasmine, centifolia rose, cattleya orchid, and ballerina freesia bloom on a base of patchouli. I have no idea what some of those are, but the combination is fantastic! I don’t think they sell this in the Philippines, but I do believe that it’s easy to get a hold of in other countries. My only advice is that a little goes a long way, so be careful since you might smell sickly sweet throughout the whole day (and yes, it does last a long time!). Unfortunately, I’m nearly out of it, but I will definitely repurchase it at some point because overall, it is a great scent.

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2. Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel 

If I will be honest, I only bought this since practically everyone in the beauty world absolutely adores this cream bronzer. When I first used this, I had no idea how to use it nor did I like the way it looked on me. I’m already tan (sorta) so it kind of blended into my skin and left a slightly orange tinge to my skin. After that, I left it in my makeup drawer with a sigh. In May, I stumbled upon an article which discussed how using your fingers is an effective way to put on your makeup and she indicated which parts of your hands to use for where. Ideally, you would use cream products since they’re easier to work with using your fingers. Once I finished reading, I pulled this out immediately. According to the article, you’re supposed to use ‘the ball of your palm’ (or something), which is the bit that your thumb is connected to, and it fits perfectly in the hollows of your cheeks. I was amazed! I loved the way it looked on my cheeks since it gave a slightly defined cheekbone and a warmth to my skin. Now that I think about it though, I think it might help if you have a tan on; I tried it last year and I was a lot lighter then. Ideally, this is a bronzing makeup base, but people use it as a bronzer instead of a primer, but I do think it works well both ways; I have yet to try it as a primer though. Oh, and I use this with brushes too, so you’re not limited to using just your hands. I honestly do think I got my money’s worth out of this product, and I look forward to more months of using this. Image

3. Origins Checks and Balances Face Wash

4. Avene Extremely Gentle Cleanser

This month, after so many months, my skin has been pretty good (so to speak). I’m not sure which one between the two is the real master, but I’ve been using these two the whole month to cleanse my skin and it’s been working wonders. The first one, as it says is a frothy face wash. I use the tiniest amount of this—smaller than a pea size—lather it all over my face and it just bubbles up so well. What I love about it is that it does what it says: it checks and balances. Meaning, it controls the production of oil and cleanses the skin of all impurities, as well as moisturizes and locks moisture in. After washing, my face doesn’t feel stripped of its natural oils, and it feels very soft and clean.

The second one is a no-rinse type of cleanser, so what I do is, I put a dollop on a cotton pad and swipe it across my face and it just takes away all the gunk in my skin. I usually use this on no makeup days or “I’m too lazy to go to the bathroom” nights and it works like a charm. I also use this in conjunction with my Celeteque toner and it seems to help get rid of the leftover residue. Yeah, it kinda does leave a slightly oily feel to the skin which is why I use the toner. It says this is formulated for more sensitive skin, but it’s fine on my skin.

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5. Smashbox Photo Finish Dark Spot Correcting Primer

I’m not exactly sure if it helps with my dark spots and hyper pigmentation, but I do think that just like the other Smashbox primers, it’s pretty good. I will admit that I do prefer the more silicone-y primers though. The reason this is a favorite is because I’ve been using this over any other primer that I own. It provides a nice base that my foundation can cling to, and it helps with its longevity. I also think that it helps hydrate my skin so I don’t feel the need to put on a moisturizer before I put on my makeup. (That’s complete bullcrap though; I never moisturize before makeup)

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6. Benefit Pocket Pal

This has been a makeup bag staple for me this whole month as I rediscovered the beauty which is the Benefit Benetint Lip and Cheek stain. The reason why I chose this instead of the original one is because of the genius design that is the Benetint on one end and a clear gloss on the other. i keep this in my bag if I don’t put any makeup on and I suddenly decide that I want a blushing bride look and a gloss to my lips. Obviously, my favorite bit is the Benetint. It’s just such a lovely lip and cheek stain that literally stains your lips and cheeks. It leaves such a healthy flush on your cheeks and it looks sooo natural, and it makes my lips look less dead since they’re naturally pale. The consistency is very watery which makes it easy to blend, and you can layer it so there’s no worries about putting too much on the first time. I do own one in its original packaging, but I’d rather not carry a glass bottle in my bag.

RANDOM:

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 7. Bag from Thailand

My friend got this for me when she got back from Thailand last May. I wasn’t sure how I felt about it when she first gave it to me, but of course I accepted her gift. I’m very lazy when it comes to lugging stuff around so this small bag is perfect for using everyday to school. I don’t mind that it doesn’t have a zipper because it’s much easier for me to reach inside to get my things. I also absolutely adore the design—I really like elephants and Thailand and the warm colors… Ahhh, it’s lovely. Thank you, Dahee!

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 8. Nike Trainers

My old trainers wore out so I decided to buy a new pair to celebrate my new beginnings (I just signed up for a membership at the gym!). It’s a darker periwinkle color which I enjoy very much and they’re really comfortable. The inside is a tennis ball yellow, and the laces are grey. I’m actually surprised I was attracted to the grey, but whatever. It’s about the comfort anyway (although the color does help a lot!).

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9. Braun MultiQuick 5 Hand Blender MR550 Buffet

I know this is a weird favorite, but for some reason, I decided to whip out this hand mixer and I always find a reason to use this. I use the smaller bowl/cup thing, put the blade and mixer on top and purée everything I can get my hands on. So far I’ve made tuna spread, egg salad, pasta sauce, mango juice, coconut smoothies, etc. I even made mashed potatoes. It’s amazing! I’m actually contemplating on making all my foods turn into liquid; it might help with my diet, I’m not sure. But yeah, it’s so great! For those who want something like this, I highly suggest you pick this one up.

Those are my favorites pretty much wrapped up. I’m kinda bothered that it’s at 9, but oh well.

I’d love to know what your June favorites are. Comment them below!

With love,

Julia

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