Saturday, November 9, 2013

October Favorites 2013!

What's up home skillet? (I realize "Hey everyone!" is getting dull.) I'm aware that I'm more than a week late for October Favorites but like what everyone says better late than never. I'm not gonna blab on and on and probably bore every atom of you so here's what I have been obsessed with in the month of October!

Skin Care
My skin has been the worst the past month and I felt like I had to actually unzip myself out of my atrocious skin and zip myself back in a flawless one. It was that bad and I guess I can only blame it on one thing - change of skincare routine. (Don't worry, I immediately diverted back to my previous skincare routine which does wonders to me!) I actually purchased the entire Clinique skincare set and I hated it so bad with the exception of this moisturizing gel! Everyone's been raving about the Clinique + instead of the one I am head over heels with and I have completely no idea why that is so but nonetheless, this works just fine for my absurdly sensitive skin. It absorbs into your skin immediately when you smear it all over your face and it's definitely not one of those thick moisturizers which will end up making you feel like there's a gallon of water on your skin.

Holy grail. I hate myself for not wanting to try this amazing face mask until I had to spent $20 more to receive a stamp from The Body Shop. I have always find myself pampering my skin with My Beauty Diary's sheet masks until I discovered that TBS's Tea Tree clay mask is actually my best friend. Personally I think it's a tad bit pricey but it is the most accurate thing to a miracle in a tub. It does not feel heavy or too thick for the skin at the slightest except for the scent of it. I have never been fan of the smell that tea tree products have to offer but I don't really let it affect me because it actually made my skin condition a billion times better! I know that you're supposed to apply masks on your face only about two to three times a week but personally, applying it every other day works best for me.

Make Up
Moving on to my forte, I have been attached to Benefit's they're Real! mascara. I don't favor wands with natural bristles because plastic bristles works best for my lashes! Benefit's they're Real! has an astonishing wand with plastic bristles and it gives me lashes a darker, longer and full finish - which is exactly how I want my lashes to look like! The only downside to plastic bristles is that it is sadly pretty stiff and not soft so it may hurt your upper water line when you don't apply it the right way or when you're just rushing and all that silly jazz. I have received compliments on it and people honestly thought that I had falsies on! It does not look clumpy - infact it does a majestic job at separating my lashes. It's definitely waterproof and thankfully I don't suffer getting it removed at the end of the day!

I am a credulous for essence's mascaras like I have 3 of them and counting. They offer the best drugstore mascaras in the entire drugstore world! I kid you not. No doubt they're the most inexpensive yet does a pretty insane job at keeping your lashes looking stunning throughout the entire day. It's all under $10 and that it a mental price for mascaras in Singapore. Stay All Day does not really give you thick and dark lashes but it does a stupefying job at making your lashes look naturally long and curled. This is literally the quintessential everyday mascara for a more natural look! It does not smudge and it does what it says - stays all day keeping your lashes look stunning!

Maybelline's Baby Lips (color) chap sticks has gotta be my most used chap sticks currently. It is insanely moisturizing and the exciting part is that it gives off a tint of colour when you have it on your lips. It does not have an overly glossy finish but it definitely look more glossy than any other chap sticks around town. I managed to get my hands on these babies when I was in Malacca and they have it in their drugstores. I am not too sure if they have these in Singapore, unfortunately.

I decided to go for Berry Crush since it is that time of the year to have bold, dark and berry lips! It is not opaque and neither does it appear heavy or thick on your lips - it's a really light and glossy berry tint which I am absolutely in love with because it is perfect for school and an everyday lip colour!

I figured that since you can't get it in Singapore, there's no harm getting two of them. The other chap stick I got is in the shade Coral Flush. It is leaning towards the orangey-coral rather than the pinkish-coral tone and if you're not comfortable to have orange lips, then not to worry because the pink in your natural lip colour will help to tone down the orange in Coral Flush!

Moving on to face products, I used up Benefit's the Porefessional like cray and I need to rush down to Sephora as soon as I'm done with this post! It's known to minimize the appearance of huge and visible pores and at the same time create a smooth canvas on your face before applying foundation and all that jazz. I personally prefer to apply this on my forehead (where I have break outs) and cheeks (where I have ridiculously large pores) to create an insanely smooth canvas for me to work on. It does make my make up stay a little bit longer than usual and in case you're wondering, the Porefessional balm is a skin tone primer. So you don't have to worry about it creating white patches under your make up throughout the day.

I have also been using Benefit's Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Foundation this past month and I am obsessed. It is no doubt a heavy coverage foundation and you can skip concealer with this foundation. I feel that it is very lightweight, creamy and very easy for you to blend it in (great for beginners). This would be one of those foundations that looks better throughout the day after it oxides and it adds luminosity to your skin without making it look oily!

To seal all the good stuff, I have been spritzing Urban Decay's de-slick Make Up Setting Spray (oil-control) after I have applied all my make up. I feel that this works best for those who wants to achieve a dewy finish rather than matte. It is oil-control so it makes your skin look dewy but not over done and at the same time help to control the oil throughout the day.

Miracle in a bottle. This would be an alternative for Bioderma. I have been using Caudalie Make Up Remover Cleasing Water at the end of the day to remove my make up and it is by far the best - if not the just as goos as Bioderma. You get more product and it is a couple dollars cheaper than Bioderma. It does not come with any scent, which I like and I would apply it a cotton pad to remove my make up. (usually 2-3 cotton pads) Bioderma can sometimes break me out but Caudalie has actually made my skin appear a lot better!

If you know me, you know I love TRESemme. I am currently using their shampoo and I have never stopped using TRESemme's Heat Tamer Spray eversince the first bottle. I can tell you that there is a massive difference between having the heat tamer spray in your hair before applying heat to it and not having it in your hair. Heat would definitely dry up your hair without any heat protection product and this is actually inexpensive at all. It smells great so why the heck not?

I can never stress you enough about how much I love my Tangle Teezer. It is effortless to get your hair tangle free. No unnecessary tugging and you do not have to worry about hair loss or damage when using it on wet hair.

Non-Beauty Favorites
We all know that Yankee Candle comes up with the best scented candles all year round. The entire shop smelled divine and they were having Autumn Leaves burning in store. I immediately told them that I wanted whatever candle that was burning and I fell in love. I have this burning almost every night and you can see how slow it's burning and I'm guessing that this will be able to last me until next Fall. It smells like Bath & Body Work's Leaves candle except spicier.

I have tons of basics in my closet and the only way to make it look more put together and dressed up would be accessorizing it. I have been pairing most of my basics with this amazing statement necklace which I got from New Look! It is not one of those ridiculously heavy chunky necklaces. Quintessential.


Like what I've said earlier in the blog post, my skin broke out so bad because of Clinique's products and one of their products which broke me out would be the Clarifying Lotion. It says that it helps to exfoliate your skin and obviously it does but it was a bit too harsh for my skin. You can literally feel it peeling and it usually stings. Also, the fact that it is too harsh for my skin, it made my skin more oily than it already is.

That is it for my October Favorites xx