What I’ve Been Loving (Half One – 2017)

So I’ve got a little confession to make… I’ve been sitting on this post for MONTHS. 2017 is in full swing and it’s been a mad one so far. I was hospitalised & on bedrest for the most of January and haven’t stopped or had a moment to rest and recharge since I’ve been back up and running. I guess that’s just part of getting older and perhaps living in a city that never seems to sleep. I’ve not had time or energy to change much in my routine, so these are some beauty bits I’ve either rediscovered or newly purchased that I’ve been using – on an almost daily basis – during the first half of 2017.

Le Labo LYS 41 – 100ml for £175 via Liberty
Let’s just go from most expensive to cheapest products this time OK? Jk, but not really. If you know me well, you know I love receiving fragrances as gifts but hate splashing a lot of cash on them myself. In fact, I rarely buy fragrances for myself, for that particular reason. That being said, I’ve not regretted purchasing LYS 41 for one second.

With 41 different notes, it’s a mixture of the florals Jasmine, Tuberose Absolute, Lily and Noble Woods, Vanilla and Musks. I suck at describing scents, but to me it smells soft, feminine, warm and gentle. I always get so many compliments when wearing this and because it’s an EdP, it’s incredibly long-lasting. I think this could be my signature scent you guys…

NARS x Sarah Moon Blush in Impudique – £23 via Look Fantastic
Whenever NARS come out with a new limited edition blush range, I listen. I ordered Impudique on a whim without having seen it in person and I’m actually glad I did. It’s a bit more red and intense than I’d usually go for —I’m a sucker for plum and dusty rose shades, but a light dust of this on the cheeks completely brightens my complexion. Especially since I’ve been recovering from illnesses and late nights at the office, my complexion has been in need of a bit of a healthy flush.

The Ordinary Niacinamide 10 + Zinc 1% Serum + Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 Serum – £5 and £6 via ASOS
I feel like everyone and their neighbours have been talking about The Ordinary lately and I kinda get why. My friend was kind enough to donate me these serums as her skin didn’t react well to them —Allie, if you’re reading this, THANKS because my skin loves them and I’ve already repurchased both. Niacinamide and Zinc are power minerals to combat breakouts, skin healing and inflamation, whilst Hyaluronic Acid is the key ingredient to look for when you’ve got dehydrated skin. Layer them or wear them on their own —either way, your skin will love you for it.

Chanel Le Vernis in Organdi – £18 via John Lewis
I can’t remember the last time I’ve been so obsessed with a nail polish colour, because I’ve genuinely worn Organdi to death and I’m afraid it’s time to buy a new one. Maybe it’s just me, but in the past I’ve struggled to find the right pale, blush pink shade for me. Essie’s Fuji is too cool and chalky, whilst Ballerina is too sheer for my taste. Organdi is just a happy medium and is very flattering on my skin tone. It lasts for a good 4-5 days before it starts to show some wear —layer the Gel Coat if you want some serious staying power.

Missha Eyelash Curler – £4 via Yes Style
Suffering from the cliché ‘straight elephant lashes’, no mascara can make them curl without a lil’ help. Since I am of Asian descent, I do find eyelash curlers made by Asian brands suit my eye shape better. Whilst Shu Uemura and Shiseido’s offering aren’t bad, Missha is the cheapest of them all and it does the same – if not a better – job. Material wise, it does feel rather light and flimsy, but I guess you get what you’re paying for.

RMS Beauty Living Luminizer – £30 via Cult Beauty
RMS is hands-down one of my favourite natural & organic makeup brands out there. It’s easy to use, very accessible and it does what it promises without much fuss. The Living Luminizer provides a subtle – yet noticeable – healthy sheen. Dab a bit on your cheekbones, brow arch and the bridge of your nose and faking radiant skin has been made just that little bit easier.

SkinOwl Beauty Drops PM in Mangosteen – £68 via Cult Beauty
Mangosteen is a superfruit that contains ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) value, which helps your skin cells absorb oxygen and prevents skin inflammation. Due to its natural capability to correct and prevent blemishes from resurfacing, it’s been my go-to night treatment. It also contains Baobab, which is packed with antioxidants and helps to revitalise the skin and protect it agains free radicals. Living in a city as polluted as London, every little helps in that department.

Etude House Curl Fix Mascara in Black – $14 via Soko Glam
This is my HG mascara and the only one that I’ve finished and gone through TUBES of. It holds the curl, doesn’t budge and is truly waterproof, which is also maybe its downside. Removing this mascara requires a lot of effort and I’d recommend using either their range of oil makeup removers or the specially designed Curl Fix Mascara Remover to prevent you from pulling out your lashes by accident.