Monthly Favourites

September Favourites

Clarisonic Mia

Whenever the weather becomes warmer our skin has a tendency to become oilier.  Sebum in your skin begins to emulsify with the heat and the oil travels to the upper layer and out of the pores more easily.  This coupled with more humidity in the air can change your skin type dramatically.  I find the transition from winter to spring the hardest on my skin as so many do.  The combination of post winter dehydration with spring oiliness can leave our skin feeling like a waxy sponge (not at all appealing). With all that said, this month I’ve been so grateful for my Clarisonic.  The deep cleansing and exfoliating action has been a godsend, keeping breakouts at bay and helping to remove that barrier so all the good moisture I’m packing on can actually get in.

Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate

And this is some of that good moisture…described as a replenishing elixir with pure essential oils this has been my “go to” for evenings to calm, nourish and generally balance the skin.  The best way for me to describe the effect this has on my skin is  “content”. The lavender calms and eliminates blotchiness while Evening Primrose doses skin with Omega 6 and essential fatty acids which in a nutshell, rejuvenate and repair.  These oils are blended in a Squalane base (from Olives) that acts much like our own natural moisture factor and it feels very light and silky, not clogging at all.  Only two drops are needed and massaged into the skin for a much brighter and happier complexion in the morning.

Alpha H Liquid Gold

This best-selling “cult” resurfacing treatment is a must have in my skin care routine.  Not a very complex product it is simply a glycolic lotion that you wipe over a cleansed skin to exfoliate the skin.  Somehow though the pH, the percentage of acids and the base are perfect and the results are consistently great.  When I use this at night my skin looks so much better the next day.  It reduces pore size, fades hyper-pigmentation and makes the skin so much softer the next day.  Dry patches disappear and all that’s left is normal skin.  I use this alone to get the maximum effect and only use it every 3 or 4 days.  It tingles a little on application but this passes quickly. Love it and the name is apt!

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder (Etheral Light)

Unlike a highlighter which is applied to high points of the face this powder is used all over to pick up light.  It’s so subtle but this is what I really love about it.  With very dull skin this month I’ve loved dusting this over my face and neck to achieve that subtle glow you get when you’ve done some exercise.  (Exercise starts next month)  The powder is very finely milled so it won’t give your makeup that caked appearance you can get from some mattifying powders.  It sets the makeup beautifully and reflects on the skin concealing any imperfections.

Bobbi Brown Lip Colour (Beige 02)

I think I’ve worn this every day since I bought it on a lipstick spree.  A perfect nude in my opinion, warm yet pale and doesn’t make you look like the walking dead.  Teamed with a soft smoky eye and touch of bronzer and you have the perfect “no makeup” makeup lip colour.  I think this would suit anyone with fair to medium skin.  The texture is creamy without being thick and dries semi-matte. It also lasts quite well.  Need to top up every couple of hours but easy to apply from the bullet without a mirror.

Kai Perfume Oil

I’m a sucker for a scent that claims to become bespoke on the wearer and I simply had to have this. Developed in Malibu this gardenia scented potion said to be a favourite of Charlize Theron, Reese Witherspoon and Naomi Watts.  Generally I’m not a lover of very floral fragrances but this is an exception, it has a clean, fresh scent and the gardenia oil is very realistic unlike some sickly sweet versions I’ve tried in the past.  I love the roller ball bottle which is so handy to throw in your handbag. It is spring in a bottle and very girly and I’ve been loving it.  I’m not sure how individual it really is though it did change on my skin and become softer with fresher undertones.

Nars Ita Kabuki Brush

Those who know me understand my addiction to good brushes.  These are the tools of the trade after all and can be the difference between good makeup and great makeup!  This brush has become one of my all-time favourites.  The flat design makes it perfect for contouring, it creates a wonderful “cut” contour in the hollows of the cheeks giving my round face some much needed dimension, also great for the sides of the nose to give it a narrow appearance and wonderful for applying highlighter to the upper cheeks.  Highly recommend this brush for those of you who like to contour with bronzer.

I could have included many more products to this list but narrowed it down to my top 7.  Let me know what you’ve loved this September.