Beauty products I’ve been loving

If you’ve been looking for some new beauty products to try, stop searching and keep reading!

As mentioned in a previous blog post, I am a major beauty junkie – I love using new products as much as the next make-up addict.

Below are some products I’ve been using lately that I love so, so, so much that I feel everyone needs to know about and start using, stat! Many of them aren’t available in Australia (they might be, but in small, secret stores) but I am sure you can find all of them online.

If you really like this post, and want to know about other products I use and love, let me know!

1. K-Palette 1-Day Lash Perm Volume Curl mascara

k-palette mascaraI am a big fan of K-Palette’s 24 hour tattoo liner and have been using it for so long that I can’t even remember when I started. I bought this mascara in February 2015 but only started using it a couple of months ago and I love it! The formula is one of the best I’ve used, on par with Diorshow and Maybelline, and the best part is the odd, paddle-shaped brush. It gets every lash, retains your curl AND pumps up your lash volume without clumping. I’ve only found this in Asia so if you’re in the area, or can find it online, get it ASAP.

2. NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation

nars foundationNARS makes great products all round – I love their blushes, liquid highlighter, lipglosses, lipsticks, lip crayons, eyeliners… I could go on. I made the switch to this foundation after a NARS makeover at Mecca Cosmetics in early 2015. It was perfect for Australian weather and provided great, long-lasting coverage. I wasn’t sure how it would go, moving to Laos where the weather was more humid and I’d be sweating more. However, it still works amazingly and lasts all day, even after a sweaty bike ride around town. It adjusts to your skin tone and has such a natural looking finish. There are plenty of shades so even if you have a crazy, hard-to-match skintone, I’m sure you could find a colour that matches perfectly.

3. Sephora Smoothing Primer

sephora primerThis is possibly the best primer I have used that is also super affordable! Before buying this, I always used the Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer, which is quite expensive ($76 for 30ml at Mecca Cosmetics) so I only used it for special occasions. When I was in New York in 2014, I thought I’d give this a try and oh-em-gee, it works just as well as the Hourglass primer. It cost me USD$15 when I bought it in NY, and MYR$52 (I think!) when I bought it again recently in KL, so it’s about the same price globally. It comes in a tiny bottle, but a little goes a long way.

When it’s nearly finished, don’t throw it out yet – invest in this cool little Sephora Bottom’s Up beauty spatula to get out every single bit of primer, and this is great to use for all bottled products!

4. Mentholatum Deep Moist lip balm

mentholatum_deepmoistStrange name aside, this is the best lip balm I’ve ever used – yep, I’d even rank it over Nuxe’s cult Reve de Miel and Australia’s favourite, Blistex. Admittedly, this is not a new buy but I have to mention it – I’ve been using this for at least six years now and even though I try to use new lip balms, I always come back to this one. I started using it when I was on Roaccutane because – for anyone who’s been on it can testify to this – my lips were SO dry, cracked and painful. It was the only lip balm that kept my lips soft (deep moist really is an accurate name for this product) and since then, I’ve carried it with me at all times. Like K-Palette products, I’ve only ever found this brand in Asia, so if dry lips are a problem for you and you’re in the area, stock up on this lip balm – I guarantee you’ll not find anything like this!

5. Da Vinci round powder brush

da vinci brushI bought this about a month ago in Berlin, as I had lost my old powder brush in Prague the week before (not really, it fell behind the washing machine in the bathroom and I couldn’t be bothered getting it). I purchased it in a Douglas store (which was amazing in itself) and it was recommended to me by the store assistant. It’s made in Germany and of such amazing quality -the bristles are so soft and it applies powder very evenly. I highly recommend it if you are looking to upgrade your powder brush – it wasn’t cheap, costing me around €27 (grrr, Australian currency exchange rates) but was so worth the investment!

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