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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

January 2017 Beauty Favourites.

I didn't publish a December favourites for a few reasons:

1. I was generally lazy in the blogging department.
2. There was no shortage of '2016 favourites' posts to keep everyone occupied on that front.
3. I didn't really use a whole lot of products during the holiday season, anyways.

But I'm back this month with a bunch of new-to-me favourites that I picked up or discovered during my holiday break that I thoroughly enjoyed using:

I've been searching for a sunscreen/SPF product that doesn't leave me feeling oily for the longest time now. I saw this mentioned on Jackie's 2016 favourites video and boy oh boy was I missing out. It sure is difficult to get here in Australia, but finally uniting with this glorious baby was worth the effort. It's a mattifying sunscreen. MATTIFYING! It's literally the only non-oily SPF product that I've found, making it amazing for oilier skin types. Its SPF 45, which is a damn good amount of protection for a matte face product, and it completely disappears in to the skin. You literally cannot see or feel it at all. It's basically like applying a moisturiser, which is also what it does: moisturises. My life is complete.

I've commented on the condition (fine, damaged, dry, split ends, frizzy) of my hair a multitude of times in the past, and it's getting increasingly difficult to find something that suits my needs. This little beauty has really changed the game for me so far! It's a convenient leave-in (silicone free) spray that has completely transformed the look and feel of my hair. It has a light-weight, non greasy formula that leaves my hair much more soft and silky to the touch, feeling so much stronger and healthier and my split ends have reduced in appearance significantly. Ka-ching!

3. The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter
This is an old love, but I repurchased a tub of this cleansing butter after about a year of trialing different make-up removing products. It melts into your skin so luxuriously, removing all make-up gently and easily. This is definitely geared towards dry skin types (but is also amazing on sensitive skin), so I can't comment on how amazing this would be on oilier skin types as it is quite a rich formula, but the dry parts of my face absolutely love this stuff. I just apply a small amount to my dry face (and eyes!), massage in for a minute or so and rise off either in the shower or with a muslin cloth. It's super hydrating and leaves my skin feeling soft and nourished. Because this is so gentle, I tend to use this as a make-up remover rather than as a cleanser, so I do follow-up with a light cleanser afterwards. I just don't know how effective it is at cleaning the skin.

4. James Read Overnight Sleep Mask Tan
I'm going to start off by saying that I hate fake tan; I'm terrified of looking blotchy/orange/horrible. Well, at least I was. After a recommendation from a friend, I finally faced my fears and fake tanned myself pretty. Guys! There is literally no way you can mess this up! You put it on, go to bed, and wake up tanned. It's as simple as that! The formula is amazing in which they've really thought about your sheets and clothes - It's a colourless gel, meaning your bed, etc. isn't going to stain AND your sheets, etc. just plain don't stick to your body at all. How they did it, I don't know but it's a dream to use.

It's hard to find a moisturiser that works well on combination skin, and  although this is kind of pricey, a little bit does go a long way and it moisturises my dry areas better than anything else I've tried, so I'm okay (mostly) with paying a little more than I usually would for something that works well for me. I would be reluctant to recommend this to someone with extremely oily skin, but it works well to hydrate my dry patches whilst not contributing to the slight oiliness of my T-zone.

What products are you loving lately?

As always, this post has not been sponsored in any way, meaning that none of the items mentioned have been sent to me, endorsed or paid for by anyone other than me, myself and I, nor does this post contain any affiliate links. I will always disclose such information using an asterisk (*) for full disclosure to my readers.


  1. I'm going to see if I can find that Benefit sunscreen. SPF that mattifies is like some sort of magic!

  2. I love the camomile cleansing butter! I use it every day and even use it to clean my brushes.

    Roxie | The Beautiful Bluebird

  3. I get lazy in the blogging department in December too! These all look to be things I need to try ... thanks for the recommendations!

  4. These products all sounds awesome. I definitely want to find the Benefit Sunscreen and the Living Proof Instant Repair!!!

  5. Thanks for the review on Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream. I was thinking of buying this, but I am an oily one :/
    I'm still on the search for my favorite face cream. Currently I'm using a real pearl cream I bought in China, and praying my wrinkles disappear faster...haha

    Madelain | http://www.wheremyheartwanders.com

  6. I'm obsessed with everything Kiehl's and I really need to check out this moisturizer! I used other products before by the brand and loved them, but not this particular one yet!


  7. Ha! I use 4 of the 5 items you listed. The tanning thing i might pass on still bc im dark already, but yeah, Bravo on this!


  8. Definitely do! I wish I lived somewhere where it was readily available. If you can access it, make the most of it I say. x

  9. :o I never thought to use it to clean makeup brushes. What a good idea! I'm definitely going to give it a try - thanks for the tip. :) x

  10. Holidays = laziness if you ask me. :P
    I highly recommend all of these things - definitely worth a try. :) x

  11. Yessss! They're probably my two favourite picks from this list. Highly recommend. :) x

  12. Aww. I don't have oily skin so I can 100% confirm that it's not going to work, I do know that it is quite thick and rich. Perhaps not the best option for you - you can always ask for a sample to try, though! Good luck on your face cream search! x

  13. Oooh, gurlllll you need to give this a try if you've loved Kiehl's in the past. 110% x

  14. Great minds. :P Aha, fake tan definitely doesn't sound like something for you, then. :P x


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