I know, I know. I've been a fairly useless blogger —especially when it comes to monthly faves, which I've conveniently been skipping for the past few months. Better late than never, eh? So yes, favourites... I've been quite good and have been trying to keep my routine quite minimal – in my books – and similar.
NARS Velvet Matte Tinted Moisturiser in Alaska 2 – £30, Space NK – It's a no brainer that this is on the list, seeing that this is almost the only base I've been wearing over the past few months. It's light to medium coverage, very buildable and feels very light on the skin. It's got a velvet/skin-like finish that keeps oil at bay for most of the day, but does require a mid-day blot. The best when you want a slap-dash-go kinda base.
LEADERS Aloe Soothing Sheet Mask – $1.13 (each), Korea Depart – When I went to China, the one thing I stocked up on was sheet masks. LEADERS was one of the brands that I've always wanted to try, it being one of the best-selling sheet mask brands in Korea. And with the vast majority of brands and products that keep rolling out on a weekly basis, that means a lot. LEADERS was created by a group of top dermatologists and their stuff does what it promises on the label. I've tried 3 different types and the Aloe Soothing mask is by far my favourite. It instantly calms the skin and I feel like my skin (and spots!) are left less red and angry. Also the best after a stressful day (or week) at work or if you've been flying. I had this on during my flight back to London (13 hours in total!) and my skin didn't even look that bad because of it.
REN Flash Defence Anti-Pollution Mist – £24, Space NK – You know it, I know it: REN is by far one of my favourite brands in the world. They just happen to hit the nail on the head, every single time. Their Anti-Pollution Mist is a great pick-me-up, though I love using it as a toner as well, when I feel extra groggy. It contains Zinc, which helps to strengthen the skin's natural defences against oxidative stress. It's mentally refreshing and my skin literally drinks this stuff up. Also great to spritz throughout a long-haul flight.
RMS 'Un' Cover-Up Concealer in 22 – £28, Cult Beauty – I like this so much that I'm actually on my second tub and a third one is much needed. A little goes a long way and you'd be surprised the coverage it has. It's full coverage without looking cakey or flaky on the skin —you could even use this as a foundation all over the skin. I love having this on me to touch up on work and I've been doing so for the past few months.
Mahalo Rare Indigo Beauty Balm – £88, Alyaka – Oh boy, this must be the most expensive skincare item I've ever used on my skin. That being said, this purple pot of goodness is worth every penny. Filled with 29 beautiful active ingredients, such as Rare Indigo Plant extract, which has anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antimicrobial, anticancer and detoxifying benefits. If you're worried that it's going to be too rich for blemish-prone skin —don't. Whilst it doesn't zap away blemishes, it definitely calms and soothes my skin.
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