August 2, 2017

Monthly Favourites - July 2017

It's time for another round of Monthly Favourites! These were my favourite products for July 2017!

These were the products that I reached for the most throughout the month.

Clinique - Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief
This refreshing, oil-free cream-gel is a "drink" for skin, continuously plumping its appearance with hydration. The luxurious, addictive texture and ultra-hydrating formula make it a frequent fliers’ favorite. It improves the appearance of fine lines, flakiness, and tightness, leaving skin looking and feeling happier and healthier—even through shifts in humidity. It immediately cools and refreshes for a soft, smooth complexion. It can be used as a five-minute moisture mask, or over makeup for a luminous glow. 

I've been using this gel cream strictly for under my makeup, and it works so well! I don't find it hydrating enough for night use, but during the day, it's perfect! It goes on so smooth, and soaks into the skin quickly. It doesn't pill under makeup, and its just comfortable. I'll be repurchasing a full size in the fall when Sephora has their vib sale.

Sunday Riley - Good Genes (All-in-One Lactic Acid Treatment)
Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment is formulated with high potency, purified grade lactic acid that immediately exfoliates dull, pore-clogging dead skin cells, revealing smoother, fresher, younger-looking skin. Fine lines appear visually plumped while the skin looks more radiant. With continued use, the appearance of stubborn hyperpigmentation and the visible signs of aging are reduced for a healthier-looking complexion. Perfect for all skin types and all ages, this treatment is enhanced with licorice for brightening, Good Genes clarifies, smooths, and retexturizes for instant radiance.

Sunday Riley - Luna (Sleeping Night Oil)
Luna works throughout the night to deliver more visibly youthful, luminous, even-toned skin in the morning. Trans-retinoic acid ester (retinol) complex reduces the appearance of pores and wrinkles, while visibly improving the signs of premature aging, including fine lines, uneven texture, age spots, dryness, and dullness. Balanced with blue tansy and German chamomile essential oils—both rich in soothing, blue azulene—the look of redness and sensitivity are visibly balanced for a calm, even-toned complexion. Luna is clinically proven to improve the appearance of fine lines, radiance, and skin smoothness in as little as four weeks, while advanced retinol ester mixed with potent botanicals makes this product the ultimate transformational, soothing, sleeping night oil. 

I've been using the Sunday Riley face products for about a month now, maybe even closer to two months, and I'm really enjoying them.  My skin is less dehydrated, and I can see the fine lines on my forehead disappearing. I will wash my face, apply a toner, and then apply the Luna oil. This stuff is blue, and has a slight scent. It absorbs well into the skin, but I like to let it absorb for about half an hour, before going in with my next step, which is the Good Genes. I then let the Good Genes absorb into my skin for an hour, before going in with another serum, because I find it will easily pill if I don't give it enough time to absorb. Good Genes has a very strong scent, and it slightly stings, but it's nothing unbearable. When I ran out of the Drunk Elephant Framboos AHA, I was trying a Neostrata AHA and it actually made my skin start to peel and look/feel so dry. I gave that one up and started using the Sunday Riley Luna and Good Genes, and the dry skin disappeared within 3 days, and my skin began to feel great again. I'd reconsider purchasing the set again in the future. Again, during the vib sale. Hopefully it's still available then!

Tarte - Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush in Paaarty
Infused with natural clay harvested from the banks of the Amazon River and naturally baked by the sun, this nutrient-rich blush benefits all skin types for a fade-free flawless finish that lasts an amazing 12 hours. Inspired by tarte's bestselling shades of cheek stains and lip tints, the colors range from soft to vivid to suit a wide variety of skin tones. For oily skin types, Amazonian clay minimizes oil in and around pores to balance skin and keep product in place. Those with dry skin will benefit from the clay's nourishing and hydrating properties, which naturally restore skin's moisture. Combination skin types can rely on its ability to zero in on skin concerns and deliver benefits to restore complexion harmony. The result: Blush that wears better, longer, and truer.

I got this deluxe sized blush from someone in a Facebook group who was selling the blush and liquid lip from the Sephora birthday gift. This blush is a natural shade, but it's so pretty, and it really does last for the whole day!

Lancome - Teint Idole Ultra Longwear Foundation Stick with SPF 21 - in 110 Ivoire C  
A 24-hour wear, highly pigmented, foundation stick that provides high coverage in a super-gliding, weightless texture for a matte finish. 

I actually receieved this stick foundation back in November 2016 as part of a ChickAdvisor campaign, and you can see my original thoughts on it here.  I kind of forgot about it to be honest, and then I was going through one of my makeup aresas, and found it.. and decided to give it a go. And I fell in love with it again! It really applies beautifully, and can be used with a makeup sponge (I've been using Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge) and it just looks great. As I mentioned in my past review, I do wish this was a half a shade lighter, because it is a tad too orange for me, but it goes on smooth, blends out nicely, leaves the skin looking natural, and just sits nicely on my skin when I use the Clinique Moisture Surge gel cream. I'm glad I've rediscovered it, because it's all I've been reaching for throughout July!

Tarte - Shape Tape Contour Concealer in Fair
A best-selling, full-coverage, vegan, blendable concealer that instantly brightens, smooths & shapes skin.

I did an initial review on the shape tape here. Hearing other reviews, I was afraid that it might cling to my dry patches, but I don't have that issue at all. You need a very very small amount, and the doe foot applies a lot of product, so you have to watch out when applying. But it blends out so nicely, you can use a brush, a sponge, your fingers, and there are no issues. I don't have any problems with it creasing like I do with other formulas. The one I've been using is fair (I purchased fair beige as well) and I don't feel like it matches my skin, it pulls a little more yellow, but blending it out does help. I would say it's better for your under eyes than it is to spot conceal, but it's a great concealer.

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