2018 Quarterly Favourites - Q1

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Hey Sunshines, following my empties, I did want to post my favourites of the quarter as well. While discovering many products that I ended up liking, I wanted to post only my top 5 in makeup, skincare and lifestyle to truly show what I loved and used pretty much on the daily.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Make Up 

 

»  Nars Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation

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I would’ve never expected to love this Nars Foundation as much as I do. I’m not a fan of any Nars foundation and prefer a natural ( slightly more to the dewy side )  and lightweight coverage. So when Nars brought out this full coverage longwearing one, I took a gamble and purchased it anyway. I’m so glad I did, because not only does it look really natural (make sure to hydrate and prep the skin well if you have dry skin), but you can sheer it out and you’re set for the day. Although I do have to point out that it isn’t transfer proof on me unless I set it.

 

»  Cover FX Perfect Setting Powder

I’ve done a full review on this powder, so if you’ve already read that, this should come to no surprise. Ever since I got it, I grab this every single time I need to powder my face and I still can see no fault in it. While the price tag is slightly higher, I’m just under half way through in 3 to 4 months, so all things considered, definitely worth the purchase. 

 

»  H&M Eyeshadow Primer

Despite many of the H&M products I tried being misses, this one does go into my favourite because it hasn’t failed me yet. I love using it as both an under eye and regular eye primer and it hasn’t caused texture, or other issues, on top or underneath any foundation or primer I’ve use. While this doesn’t beat neither my Nars Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base nor the UD Primer Potion, it is one of the best affordable eye primer I’ve found.

 

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»  Rimmel Lipsticks

I’ve always loved the formula of Rimmel lipsticks, but lipsticks are the one item I switch out the most in my makeup kit. These past few months, I’ve fallen back in love with them and even liked their Stay Matte liquid lipstick version. Long lasting yet not drying and very comfortable to wear. Here are my top favourite shades.

 

»  Urban Decay All Nighter Pollution Protection

 

Show me any product with the claim anti-pollution and I’m sold. When I saw UD launch this in the states, I made sure to check the counter every time I went shopping for the past few months and once it was out, 3 stores later, I managed to find a counter where it wasn’t sold out.  This formula is nearly exactly the same but they’ve replaced several ingredients to protect your skin against environmental damage like magnesium and zinc along with a few other antioxidants. They’ve also omitted benzyl alcohol from this one, which is another win. Despite a few ingredient changes, the formula works just as well as the regular version.

 

 

 

 

 

Skincare

 

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»  Physiogel Calming Relief Anti – Itch Cream

I haven’t heard / seen that much of Physiogel, but bought this cream awhile back when my skin was irritated and this definitely helped a lot of with the sensitivity. Using it both on the face and body, it doesn’t feel sticky or interfere with makeup application. I will make sure to always have a tube in my skincare stash just in case I need it.

 

»  Avene Rich Hydrating Cream

I’ve mentioned this in my empties, so I won’t be going on about how much this has helped my skin through it’s tougher times. I’ve been through about 4 or 5 tubes of this in the past few months, so I can’t write this post without mentioning this gem. I also use it as a quick mask in the morning if my skin is needing that extra boost of hydration. 

 

»  Aesop Immediate Moisture Facial Hydrosol

I’ve done a review on the Aesop kit and from all the products in their Concord set, this has to be favourite. Not for hydrating the skin, but for making your makeup look it’s best with powder. While the MU forever mist I mentioned in my empties gave me a similar result, this does top if off for making my powder melt into the skin the most, giving it the most natural and cohesive look, especially for heavier makeup application days.

 

»  Klairs Rich Moist Soothing Serum & Klairs Supple Preparation Facial Toner

I’ve done a full blown review on these two products and considering how much I didn’t know I needed them, I absolutely love and can’t go without these anymore!

 

 

Miscellaneous

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»  Crabtree & Evelyn Hand Lotion

I recently bought a few sets from this brand as gifts and got a bunch of samples to try as well. The travel sized hand lotion were surprisingly such a good find and I used them everywhere I go, they’re the perfect size to carry, moisturises without leaving your hands sticky and they smell delightful.

 

»  Crabtree & Evelyn Cuticle Oil Pen

I also grabbed the Cuticle Oil Pen, because, well, my nails are a disaster.  I haven’t gotten a manicure in years, so in efforts to make them a bit more decent, I got this. I love how compact this is and gives your nails and cuticles that quick shine for when you’re on the go.

 

»  Percy & Reed Shine & Fragrance Spray

Besides slacking on my nails, I slack on my hair care too. I recently went to the hair dresser who scolded me for doing a terrible job at maintaining my hair. Ah well. While I know I should take better care of it, I got this Shine & Fragrance spray for days when I have evenings drinks or dinners and let my hair down. It adds such a nice gloss and maintains the frizz and overall hair beautifully.  

 

»  Waitrose Camomile, Limeflower & Lavender Infusion with Lemon & Orange Peel Naturally Caffeine Free Tea

My mornings consist of a few cups of coffee, while my evenings are for tea. My sleep was never impacted by caffeine until recently, so I switched to caffeine-free tea. I’ve been absolutely loving this one for its unique flavour blend.

 

»  TV Shows

No favourites post will go without a few tv shows to mention. I haven’t really watched that many lately, because I’ve been really busy and I’m a binge-watcher that needs a whole afternoon just on the couch undisturbed. I’m so focused that I even get angry when my partner talks to me during an episode and have to press rewind. Nevertheless, I did find a few gems, predominantly documentary types.

 

Dirty Money
I was immediately hooked when I saw the trailer and have recommended it to everyone who loves a good documentary about business and how the world works. There are 6 episodes, each about 1 – 1 ½ hours long consisting of different corporations and how they fooled society for monetary gains. A few include HSBC’s dealings with Mexican drug cartels, the Volkwagen clean diesel scheme, Canada’s maple syrup heist (Seriously, who knew maple syrup was so valuable?!) and a Trump episode because how can a TV show about deceitful business owners go without him?

 

 


Drug Lords
Another documentary type of 4 episodes, each about 40 minutes long. This one is in relation to drug cartels. I love watching these type of tv shows because it just opens up your eyes to a completely different world.

 

 

 

 

Riviera
I caught this last one on my flight back from Korea and have watched the 10 episode series this past week and despite its very average ratings, I actually enjoyed it. Based on a murder mystery with a family of a lavish lifestyle, it does have a great cast including Julia Stiles and Adrian Lester (Now I’m considering rewatching the entire Hustle series).

 

 

 

 

 

So these are my favourites all summed up, what have been yours this quarter / month? Any good tv shows to recommend?

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