It definitely did not feel like a month has past ever since I typed out my Beauty Favourites and Lessons Learnt from 2016, and here we are, already in February. Despite the rush against time, January was a pretty good start to the year for me! I’ve also tried out a few new products from various brands which will be showcased in the upcoming posts as well, so do keep a look out if you’re interested! But let’s just dive into the outstanding products that I have been loving for the past for the month.
Kat Burki Balancing Elixir in Cucumber*
This balancing elixir is currently my favourite and go-to facial spray. This spray is meant to help boost the radiance of the skin and help to soften it with Vitamin C-enriched antioxidants and calming Lavender Hydrosols.This also contains highly concentrated forms of Vitamin C, Grapefruit Seed Extract and Camu Camu Berry (interesting fact, this contains 30 times the Vitamin C of an Orange!) to help support collagen production, brighten, lighten and tighten the skin for a firmer, more youthful glow. I love the scent of this spray – it is fresh yet calming at the same time. In the mornings, I will spray this onto the face after my entire skin care routine to help freshen me up. I like to spray this after my makeup application as well, as it helps to remove any cakiness that powder products can tend to leave on the skin. My skin does feel hydrated after each use, like the skin is drinking up the nutrients and moisture that this spray gives. It looks less sluggish and brighter, with a slight glow. I am not sure which ingredient in this spray is the reason for this, but I can tell you that my skin is really loving this stuff and I honestly can say that this is the first facial spray that I can really see the effects on my skin.
One thing that I am not a huge fan of would be the spray mechanism itself, as it is a tad to strong for my liking, thus resulting in more of a direct hit onto the face, rather than a fine mist. Another disadvantage is that shipping to Singapore is really pricey (about SGD 50). I wanted to repurchase one, and the shipping fee did surprise me and I had to reconsider my decision. For my readers in the US though, Kat Burki does provide complimentary shipping with each order (lucky!). Just heard that Kat Burki will be launching in Singapore this coming spring! Excited! This Balancing Elixir retails for USD 65 and you can check it out on the Kat Burki Website here.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette
This palette is absolutely stunning and I am so glad that I managed to get this! Despite this being a permanent addition to their makeup line, I was never quick enough and it kept getting sold out on Beautylish and Beautybay, so thankfully my friend could snatch one up for me (thanks Sharmain!). This palettes really does not require much introduction, but for a quickie, this consists of 14 eyeshadows that leans towards the warmer neutral spectrum with some pops of red and pinks. ABH shadows are quite a dream to work with in terms of its formulation (soft and creamy), pigmentation (wham bam intense) and blendabilty (it really is a dream to blend). Ever since I got this, it has been what I have been using daily and I can’t seem to put it down. Also, the shade Primevera makes a lovely highlight shade as well. I got mine for USD 42 from Beautylish here.
Innisfree No Sebum Blur Powder
The Innisfree No Sebum Powder in its iconic green pot is highly raved about (and for good reason, that stuff’s good) but I was really intrigued when I saw this No Sebum Blur Powder in the stores when I was visiting Malaysia. It comes in a similar pot like its more famous counterpart, just that it is white in colour. This powder, when dispensed, it thicker and denser in formulation and is beige in colour. Despite so, I don’t see it altering the colour of my foundation (unless you pack it on like there is no tomorrow, then maybe).
I really do like it as it seems to make my skin look smoother and it does seem to reduce the appearance of pores and texture around my nose and cheeks. In terms of its oil control, I do find it to be decent, but it is not as good as compared to the Original No Sebum Powder in my opinion. I can’t remember how much I got it for in Malaysia, but it is retailing for SGD 13.30 on the Innisfree Website here.
Real Techniques Miracle Sculpting Sponge
My beautyblender has officially broke down so I had to use alternatives until the next Sephora 20% sale. I picked this up from lookfantastic during their black friday sale (you can check out my haul here) and I was a little apprehensive to use it at first as it has a really odd shape. This sponge is meant to help contour and highlight the facial features, with the larger end for contouring and the smaller end for imparting that glow onto the skin.
As I am a rebel (clearly), I decided to use the larger end as it has a flat side that feels lovely when pounced onto the skin. This sponge feels really soft as well, just like the original miracle complexion sponge. This works great for applying foundation and concealer (using the smaller tip!) as well as for its original purpose, blending out cream contour and highlight. This retails for SGD 9, and I got mine from lookfantastic Singapore Website here.
That is it for my beauty favourites in January 2017! The past month zoomed by way too fast and it is pretty scary how time flies. I have been reading books about mindfulness and am trying to practice it, in order to appreciate each and every day and for all the time and experiences that I have. I thought I would also share with you one quote that really did help me in January, and it is actually from the movie Kung Fu Panda (I know, I see it on your face and that was my initial reaction too).
“You are too concerned about what was and what will be. There is a saying: yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.”
Pretty wise, eh? It was from Master Oogway, in case you were wondering. Hope your January went great and I am excited for what February brings.
Any of these are your favourites as well? Do share with me!