Sunday, February 3, 2013

January 2013: Top Ten Beauty Products

It's taken me awhile to decide whether to do a post to show you all my empties for January or just show you my favourite products but I think my favourites are definitely more exciting than the meager few things I managed to use up in January.  I'm notorious for using half of something and then putting it away in the cupboard and opening something new but I'm working on it... Kind of.

From now on, at the beginning of every new month I'll be posting about my favourite products used in the previous month and I'll be keeping it to a Top 10.

Without further ado and in no particular order....

1. Benefit Brow Zings.  This little compact containing a wax and powder with 3 brushes/tools has changed my life (as much as makeup can).  I have it in shade medium and it's absolutely perfect.  You can see my full review here

2.  De Lorenzo Novafusion Colour Care Shampoo in Fire Red.  Anyone with red hair knows how difficult is to keep the colour fresh.. I use this 2 or 3 times a week leaving it in for up to 5minutes when I have the time and bam my hair is shiny and red again.

3.  St Ives Apricot Scrub - Renew & Firm.  This is one of my holy grail items that I just can't live without.  The granules in this one aren't as harsh as the original apricot scrub so I can use it everyday.  It takes off my makeup with ease and leaves my face feeling fresh and clean and even though my skin tends to lean on the dry side it doesn't feel like it's stripping my face down the way other cleansers can.

4.  Makeup Academy Lip Balm in Sugar Lips.  I've talked about these lipbalms in earlier posts and ever since receiving this earlier in the month it hasn't been far from my side.  It's so creamy on the lips with a hint of colour and the moisturizing benefits last for a really long time.  I now have this in every colour - one for my bag, my car, beside my bed, my makeup kit and my bathroom :)

5.  Limecrime Eyeshadow Helper.  I'll be doing a full review on this product soon as I just can't speak highly enough of it.  I have been using this everyday under my eyeshadows and I haven't had any creasing or fall-out even on really hot days and even when I've worked out.  I have a palette of BH eyeshadows which I haven't used much as they are a cheaper quality and don't have very much pigmentation or staying power but as soon as I put this primer underneath it totally transformed these eyeshadows into pigmented shadows that amazingly lasted all day.

6.  Maybelline Full n Soft Mascara.  My holy grail mascara.  I've tried hundreds of mascaras ranging from $5 to $60 but I always come back to this.  My eyelashes are naturally curly and this mascara gives them major volume without clumping or making the eyelashes hard.  It's name really does speak for itself!

7.  Moisture Mist Dual Control Foundation in Ivory.  In January I rediscovered my love for this foundation after finding a half used tube in my makeup drawer.  As far as I can find this foundation is only available in New Zealand and I've already got an order in with a friend to send some over to me.  This foundation gives  the perfect coverage which is buildable.  It has a lovely creamy texture and just sinks right into my skin.  I have drier skin so I don't know how it would go on oily skin - I do know that I didn't like to wear it in Darwin on really hot sticky days but that goes for any foundation really, just slides off.

8.  Makeup Academy Palette - Artistry.  I got this palette for free with an order from MUA in January and I love it.  It has 6 shimmery eyeshadows, 2 blushers, a bronzer and shimmer powder.  The eyeshadows are great, really pigmented and last all day and the other face powders are all really nice natural colours that I've been enjoying wearing.

9.  A'kin Rosehip Oil - I use this every night as a night moisturiser.  It's lovely and hydrating and sinks straight into my skin without leaving an oily residue.  I hadn't used this for awhile but have definitely noticed a huge improvement in my skin just in using it for the last 3 weeks.

10.  Banaban Coconut Oil - I joined the Coconut Oil bandwagon this year after reading the hilarious review by Jenna Marbles  (Don't read her review if you're sensitive to choice words!)  I've been using coconut oil on everything from cooking, to removing makeup, cleansing, hair treatment, moisturiser and bath oil.  It's an amazing oil with hundreds of benefits.  I bought it from my local health food shop and I recommend reading up on it and trying some if you can.

And that concludes my top 10 products for January.  I hope you enjoyed.  Feel free to ask any questions about any of the products or let me know what your favourite products have been recently. 


  1. I had bright red hair for almost a year and the DeLorenzo Nova Fusion Shampoos, as well as Fudge, were my saviours. I've done a whole post on maintaining red hair which can be found here. It's just my tips on maintaining and looking after a bright red mane.

    Love the favourites post. x

    1. Oooh thankyou that's an awesome post on red hair. I have the fudge paintbox sitting in my cupboard but it looks so bright that I'm too scared to use it. Would you use the whole bottle in one go?

  2. Ohhh the MUA lip balm is so adorable! I haven't seen that before.

  3. love oils! just bought the rosehip one from moogoo :)
    couldn't seem to like using coconut oil to remove makeup though, it seemed hard to take it off itself! been using jojoba oil and loving it :)

    love your blog! so nice to see another aussie/kiwi one! :)


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