Let me know what you think, but I’m thinking this type of post is going to replace a ‘monthly favourites’. Honestly I’m a bit bored coming up with monthly favourites, sometimes I don’t have much of a change to my actual faves (creature of habit here) and I don’t want to come across as disingenuous. But I usually have products I have thoughts about (good and bad) so I thought when I have a few I’ll pop them up in a post together as kind of a pseudo faves/hates/mini review kind of a thing. It may not come monthly, it may come more often, we shall see.
Hair perfume, yep it’s a thing. And it’s a fabulous thing! Byredo Blanche is one of my all time favourite scents and I have almost the entire line of products in this scent (including the hair perfume), but recently I purchased the Gypsy Water Hair Perfume and oh my, it is gorgeous. The Mr reeeaaaalllyyy likes it 😉 lols. I have said it before and I’ll say it again, I am shocking when it comes to describing scents so lifted fresh off the web here are the deets – This delicately scented, sensuous spray is complementary to your Eau de Parfum. Gypsy Water, one of Byredo’s signature scents, unleashes a vibrant burst of Bergamot, Lemon, Pepper and Incense in a weightless formula that leaves the hair nourished and luminous. The long lasting scent comes in a travel sized bottle to ensure your hair is smelling delightful anytime, anywhere! I prefer to use this as my sole perfume for the day, couple of sprays through the hair and the scent really is lasting (and beautiful). One drawback is I kind of feel it is a little drying on the hair. On the plus side, it’s a great way to test a scent from the notoriously pricey Byredo line without dropping a tonne of cash.
I (had) misplaced my Anastasia Brown Definer (not to worry, I’ve found it safe and sound since) so I pulled out an eyebrow pencil I’d long ago tossed aside – the Nars Brow Perfector in Caucase. Now, excuse the horrendous swatch, it is quite a hard texture and I knocked the top of the tip off when I was being a little rough swatching. But for an everyday quick brow fill in this pencil is not bad. I top it with a bit of either the Benefit Gimme Brow or Anastasia Clear Gel and I’m done. The shade is neither too warm or cool and because of its hard waxy texture you are not going to get that ultra defined instagram brow – I’m ok with that, I personally prefer a far more natural brow. There’s no little spoolie on the end so that’s a bit of a disappointment because I do find it (and every pencil) needs a little brushing out once applied. On the whole it’s ok. I see why Anastasia gets the hype, but if you’re in a pickle this works.
Onto a product I just can’t get on board with at all. The Mecca Cosmetica In A Great Light Compact. Now, firstly I assumed this was a cushion. And it sort of is, sort of isn’t. Packaging tells me it is, it opens and folds out like all other cushions, but when you actually get to the foundation part, you realise it’s not a cushion, rather a mesh covering the foundation underneath. Reviews online for the most part are positive and I could completely overlook the mesh rather than sponge if the foundation sat on my skin nicely. Well, it doesn’t. I ordered the shade Fair which is the second lightest and it comes off quite yellow toned which is not my undertone, but thats not the fault of the compact. The shade range is not very comprehensive, offering just 4 shades and I bought fair – the second lightest and the jump between shades is quite significant. Once applied it is patchy, unflattering on my pores and looks and feels so drying on my skin. My skin is dry but for a foundation that claims that it is hydrating I certainly don’t get the effect all. The reviews are mainly positive, so maybe it is just me.
Lastly something that does amazing things for my complexion is the new Hourglass Illume Sheer Color Trio. Wowza this compact is just beautiful, the shades are perfect for me (and anyone with a light-medium skin tone – unfortunately deeper skin tones might find this a little pointless) the creams are sheer but blend beautifully ontop of foundation or tinted moisturiser. I have never experimented too much with cream bronzers in the past but being winter and the fact my skin is sucking the life out of anything I put on it this is helping me maintain a lasting bronzy glow without looking powdery or dry. I tend to use either a brush or my fingers to apply the creams to my face and then blend out with a beauty blender. I tried blending with a brush but I prefer the softness the beauty blender gives to the face. The highlight is subtle and more daytime appropriate and if I had to pick a least used in the palette that would be it, but the bronzer and blush are stunning.
So this is it! Is there anything here you’ve tried or want to try? Let me know your thoughts 🙂