What I’ve Been Loving (July 2015)

I’m a bit late with last month’s favourites, but August is finally(?!) here and the countdown to freedom/hell/stress/my dissertation deadline has officially started. To everyone who’s been or is going on a trip: I hate/envy you. To everyone who’s on the same boat: we can do this and we’ll bloody ace it. Stress is slowly starting to kick in  —I mean, how can it not with less than 4 weeks left! It’s definitely taking a toll on my skin: hormonal stress + bad diet + late nights = blemishes, dull and uneven skin. Yikes. However, with my recent trip to Boots – and some other products in my stash – I managed to mix some bits and bobs that made it possible to pull myself together and make me look presentable.

I’ll start of with makeup this time, because Rimmel London’s Lasting Finish Concealer is amazeballs. 030 Warm Beige is my perfect match, covers imperfections so well and it’s identical to MAC’s Studio Finish Concealer. It’s easy to blend in, medium to full coverage and lasts all day. Also, it’s just £5, meaning you could nearly buy 3 of these instead of one MAC concealer. The only downside to this product is it’s very limited shade range, but it’s definitely worth checking out. I’ve been wearing this every single day since I got it and I’ll definitely repurchase.

The next is a mascara, which is super random for me. The only times I actually wear mascara is when I go out, have a party or when I’m just bored. However, I think Etude House’s Lash Perm Curl Fix may have changed my habit for good. It stays on forever, doesn’t smudge(!) and each time I wear this, I get so many compliments saying my lashes are 1) super long, 2) look amazing and 3) look super long. It’s super waterproof and holds the curl really well, which is surprising as my lashes are super straight. The only downside? Because it stays on forever, it literally doesn’t budge. They sell an eye-makeup remover with it, which works, but still requires a triple-cleansing. (I’ve tried it with their Real Art Cleansing Oil, which also did the job). Is it worth it the hassle, I hear you ask? Absolutely.

I know, I know. What use is makeup when your skin it isn’t looking great. Well, I can’t say these products have turned my complexion around, but I can say that they definitely helped in the process. I’ve only used Indeed Labs’ Pepta Bright for 2 weeks now, but I do think smaller hyper pigmentation spots faded and my cheeks look clearer. Hylamide Booster Low-Molecule HA Serum has definitely made my skin feel more plump (not pictured, as my Mum stole mine…) though I’m not sure I like it as much as Hydraluron, yet… I’ve just picked up Hylamide Booster Glow Serum yesterday and I’ll keep you posted. First observations: smells terrible, delivers instant glow. Currently there’s an offer on Indeed Labs (1/3 off) and Hylamide products (£5 off) at Boots.

The rest of my (night time) routine includes a mix of two Noer Organics oils, which are the Renewal Facial Elixir and one that’s bespoke. Noer’s founder, Mia, has handcrafted this oil based on my skin concerns and type, which contains of a blend of Mangosteen Oil, Açai and Goji Berry, Apple Seed, Moringa, Baobab and Bulgarian Rose. Aside from smelling incredible, I feel like the mix of antioxidants and nourishing ingredients have made my skin look and feel more smooth and plump. Also, I’ve been whipping up a DIY Yoghurt and Honey mask, which I think has helped clear my skin up as well. Signing off now, as I’ve got a Methodology to work on. Wish me luck!

ALSO: I’m on Snapchat now. Finally, after a decade… Kidding, but now I’m obsessed! Add me (@wngyee) for real-time beauty and life snaps. Simples.