Hi everyone! Figured I'd make good on my promise to come back from my hiatus and do a quick post on some products I've been loving lately. To start, skincare! From top: Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask, Alpha-H Balancing Cleanser, and Nuxe Creme Fraiche de Beaute Light moisturizer.
I had received a generous sample of the Nuxe Creme Fraiche light moisturizer from the team at Sephora, and loved it. It's light but deeply moisturizing, and also performs well on the tricky job of both moisturizing the dry/flaky areas of my face (typically my nose) and mattifying and balancing the oily areas (forehead and chin). It sits well under makeup, and can be used both morning and night. The only downside to it is that it has parabens, so I might be on the lookout for another moisturizer (Dr. Hauschka's are tempting me!), but I'm quite liking this one overall!
The Alpha-H balancing cleanser has received rave reviews from various bloggers, and once my Emma Hardie balm ran out I needed something a bit lighter but still effective. I don't usually use cream cleansers, but I have some trust in Alpha H due to my good experiences with Liquid Gold, and this one really works like a charm. It takes off eye makeup fairly well, and leaves my skin feeling refreshed, never tight. I've been rotating it with my Organic Surge gel cleanser whenever my skin flares up a bit, and overall it seems to be keeping breakouts under control.
One persisting problem I have however is with skin clarity - even if I don't have breakouts, sometimes my skin just looks quite congested because of the heat, dust, sweat, etc. The Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey mask is gentle and detoxifying, and seems to help calm down congestion. I've also used it as an overnight spot treatment on blemishes, including those annoying beneath-the-surface-ones, and while it's not a miracle worker it does help calm and reduce them. Plus, it smells gorgeous and feels quite luxurious to apply. Definitely a new staple for me.
I may also have, erm, developed a Chanel habit. After discovering how amazing their nail formulas are, I stopped into their store and picked up Starlet, a summer-appropriate coral pink with a bit of subtle glimmer. I feel a bit Barbie Girl wearing this kind of color, but it's not garish or over-the-top. Plus the polish wears for about five days without chipping (using a base coat, Revlon), which is a record for me.
And of course I needed a lipstick to match (of course), and the Rouge Coco Shine in Liberte was a surprising find - coral pink was not a color I was expecting to look good on me, but it's light and glossy and subtle and really looks perfect for the season. A bit 60's, too, which I like. I'm an obsessive lip product applier so I don't mind that it wears off quickly - one quick slick from the bullet and I'm set.
And I posted this in my Instagram-updates, but this is my current favorite perfume. I mean, Tom Ford, how can it not be? I love all of his scents - so unconventional but classic and beautiful. I can't wear uber-feminine perfumes (outside of pure, single-note floral scents like rose), I like my spices and oud and tobacco and incense, blends which are earthy, rich and intense. Violet Blonde sits in an interesting middle ground for me. It has floral notes, of course, but powder which smooths them out and a bit of musk to deepen the fragrance, making it more classic (and sexy, frankly). It makes me feel very Old Hollywood when I wear it - retro but not at all grandma-ish.
That's a completely personal take, someone might read the fragrance completely differently - which is kind of the beauty of perfumes, isn't it? They adapt to the wearer.
I have a bit of new makeup that I'll swatch soon! Stay tuned.