Time for some favorites!
I actually have majorly toned down my makeup usage this month and have been focusing much more on nails and hair, so as you would assume, these favorites reflect that!
I went to Sally’s Beauty a few weeks ago to try out a hair mask I heard about from the girls at @dupethat. And, in my usual fashion, I left with about a dozen other products. Big fan of mostly everything I’ve tried so far. However, the only thing making its way into my favorites this month is the original hair mask that drew me to the store. It’s by Hair Chemist and is a Macadamia Oil Hair Mask. So far, it’s making my hair feel great. My curls are really, really hard to maintain, and I feel like sometimes they get dry. This is doing a great job (in conjunction with a few other items, it takes a village) in keeping it nice and fluffy without too much frizz.
Speaking of hair, my next favorite is a very old, tried and true curl cream. I’ve been using this since high school. Sometimes I ditch it for something new, but whenever I go back, it’s always great. It’s the Not Your Mother’s Beach BAbe Texturizing Hair Cream. There’s a spray in this line too, but I feel like it does nothing, maybe make my hair frizzier. This hair cream though is great. It feels like something that will make your hair sticky, but trust me, it makes the hair soft and silky, and it smells great.
Let’s venture onto skincare. The first was a face wash I tried on a whim. I’ve been loyal to the La Roche Posay Effaclar line, but didn’t feel like paying for it this month. So, while I was at Target, I picked up the Cetaphil Oil Control Face Wash. I am very skeptical with new face wash with my sensitive skin and usually do not try anything new. The only reason I did was because of the good name Cetaphil has in the sensitive skin universe. So far, it is actually doing wonders for my oily skin. I am so shocked by this. It’s doing a great job.
Next in the skincare world is a lotion that was the most amazing lotion I’ve ever tried but will probably never shell out the cash for. Peter Thomas Roth’s Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream. I got this as a little sample from Sephora in a huge skincare sample bag at checkout. It is probably the most amazing face lotion I have ever used. It immediately turns to a cool, chilly water on the face and doesn’t feel heavy or linger around. It is such a delight for oily skin. If this wasn’t $54 dollars, I’d scoop it up in a heartbeat but I really, really don’t think I can shell out that kind of money (I’m sure one day I’ll cave).
Moving onto the makeup world. The first is this amazing brush from Japonesque. I’m sure you’ve seen my post, but I won a massive Japonesque giveaway and in a little set was this amazing brush. I’ve been using it almost exclusively for highlight. Want to know what it’s best for? It fits so well in the Kat Von D Alchemist Palette, which you should always just assume is a monthly favorite, I just don’t want to mention it every single month. The Japonesque brush set is called the Must Have Color Correcting Duo. I guess it’s meant for color correcting, but I think this brush is just perfect for highlight.
It’s the softest brush I’ve ever felt. Really amazing. I also have been loving the Japonesque Velvet Touch Face Palette. While everything in the palette is beautiful, my all time favorite is the highlight. It’s actually the only powder highlight that looks like a liquid highlight on the face. I’ve pulled back on using powder highlights a lot recently because they really don’t do my skin any favors, but this one seems to be an exception.
Staying in the Japonesque world, let’s move on to their brush cleaner/conditioner. I’ve always been a firm believer that you don’t need to use a conditioner and that just soap and water is fine (with a spritz of alcohol at the end). Trust me, it gets the gunk out, but it does not leave them as soft as using a conditioner. I guess this is my favorite because I’ve never used one before, but it’s really good. I love the bottle it comes in and everything. Also, it gets the nail polish out of my nail art brushes and leaves them soft for the next time I use them, which is ideal.
And I suppose a great way to end this would be with the nail art brushes. They’re from Amazon and were a whopping $7.95. Not much more to say about these other than of all of the nail art brushes I’ve tried, these have been the best yet.