Beauty: January Favourites!

Quick one from me today because as much as I did buy things in January, a lot of it was things I haven’t had enough time to really try to see if they’re actual favourites. As for these, well they were instant wins, in my book.

KEVIN.MURPHY Young.Again Immortelle Infused Treatment Oil

GOOD GOD. Okay so, for my wedding, I went blonde. Super white, icy platinum blonde. I went blonde from bright red. No matter how slowly we did it, my hair suffered. Badly. It was fried by the end. I’m still rehabbing it, even though I went dark for awhile (have gone back to red now, see later in post). It’ll take some time, but it’s getting there.

I bought this on the recommendation of a few people in a makeup thread I frequent, and I have not looked back.

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Shiny purple bottle of goodness!

Like all KM products, you don’t get much for your buck. That is my only complaint about this brand. However, I will say with this one that you only need a little tiny bit. Half a pump is plenty for my hair, PLENTY.

After I wash and towel dry my hair, I squeeze some of this into my palm then rub my palms together and run it through my hair, concentrating on the last third. It smells lovely and feels really nice. I then comb my hair and either let it air dry or dry it with the hair dryer. The oil just really softens everything so much, and eliminates that crunchy feeling that dry, damaged hair can have.

I also use a smidge of this through my dry hair before I straighten it, just to give it a bit of a coating before I apply heat. It’s great stuff, I’d highly recommend it.

Pros: Smells amazing, makes my hair feel great. A little goes a long way. Can be used dry or wet.

Cons: Expensive. Smallish bottle for the price.

You can get it from Adore Beauty for $49.95.

Malin + Goetz Acne Treatment

I have talked about this before but oh my god, my skin. It’s a jerk. It hates me. I spend so much money on it and do all kinds of nice things to it but it continues to rebel against me at every turn. It is a horrible naughty teenager and I don’t know what I did to deserve this. I really don’t. But it has gotten better lately, I guess every jerk teenager has to grow up sometime huh?

Regardless, I still get the odd pimple. More than the odd pimple. Hormonally I get them pretty regularly, otherwise I can get them for the most random reasons. Who knows. Anyway, I find this stuff to be rather fabulous.

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MAGICAL POTION ??????

It is a spot treatment that you leave on overnight. It is an overnight treatment because it looks like you have little spots of plaster on your face. Nobody wants to walk around like that. And you can’t wear it under makeup. So, the product description on the Mecca page is thus:

“This treatment for problem skin synthesizes salicylic acid with active sulfur to effectively target breakouts.”

The sulfur sediment sits at the bottom of the jar, you are instructed never to shake the bottle. The first ingredient is isopropyl alcohol which is usually a red flag for me, it indicates that something will be very drying, but since what you’re trying to do with products like these is dry out your spots then it’s not so bad. Also, the alcohol is just the solution that the sediment sits in if that makes sense – if you look closely at the above picture you can see that there’s a layer of clear liquid above the white stuff. It keeps the sediment solution nice and hygienic which, as we know, is very important for skin like ours.

So you just do your night routine, then dip your cotton bud / q-tip into the sediment and dot it on, right onto your pimple, let it dry and go to bed. If you don’t let it dry first, it will smear on your pillow so you do want to give it a few mins.

The first time I used this stuff I was so happy! The next day my red, angry pimple had largely gone away. That trend continues. Some are more stubborn than others and I SERIOUSLY need to stop squeezing them, ugh, but I think this is a wonderful product and I really recommend it for those of us who get the odd spot. Would I recommend it to someone who has a full face of acne? No. It’s not cost effective and it’s not really the kind of thing you want all over your face.

Pros: Works like a dream. You only need a tiny bit. I can’t imagine ever running out of this though I am sure it will happen at some point. Reasonably priced.

Cons: Smells very strong, it’s not bad as such, but it is a strong medicinal / sulfury type smell. Makes you look weird. Your husband will make jokes. Because he is mean.

Grab it at Mecca Cosmetica for $29.

REN T-Zone Balancing Day Fluid

Oh my god. I just realised this isn’t available on the Mecca website. So I won’t talk too long about it!

I am CONSTANTLY on the hunt for a daily moisturiser that won’t make me an oil slick by 11am. And this is a total winner. My skin feels soft and moisturised, not that horrible tight-dry feeling that some of the more gel moisturisers can leave one with. My lovely mum sent me a HUGE PACKAGE of skincare, some requested and some she and her partner Dann (Mumma 2) chose themselves. One of those was a cute little travel / sample set of a mask, moisturiser and cleanser. I’ve started using the cleanser and it seems really nice, needs more time to make a full decision. The mask I haven’t given a go yet because I’m still polishing off a sample of the Chantecaille clay mask.

But THIS. Oh my word, this:

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Hello, beautiful.

It’s just lovely! A light texture, you only need a little bit and it spreads over the face so nicely. It sinks in super fast and doesn’t leave the face feeling greasy at all.

I really like REN and am looking forward to using more of their products as that made up the bulk of what mum sent me. You can get this one online at a few places, though nowhere in Australia. However, she also sent me the REN Clarimatte T-Zone Balancing gel-cream and that one is certainly available at Mecca. I won’t bother with pros and cons because you can’t get it here anyway. Sorry team!

Bourjois Healthy Balance Pressed Powder

I have been using a translucent powder for a few years now. Specifically the Make Up For Ever Translucent HD powder. It’s really nice. But sometimes you just want a bit of colour and extra coverage in your setting powder, right? Right.

This little baby is just perfect for the job. It’s still super light, it’s very finely milled and pressed.

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Bonus roof reflection. You’re welcome!

It’s super slim, in sturdy packaging and just gets the job done. It’s soft enough that your brush picks up enough powder but not too soft so it cakes on the brush. Not much more to say about it really. I use it to set my makeup when I want just a bit more coverage and colour. For a drugstore type product, I find it pretty damn impressive!

Pros: Very finely milled powder, a little goes a long way. Not too soft. Brush picks up just the right amount. Comes in 4 shades (I have the lightest). Packaging is sturdy, price is right.

Cons: I honestly can’t think of any. It’s just a basic powder, it’s hard to think of what could go wrong?

You can grab this nifty little number for $20 from Priceline.

That’s it from me for today, tomorrow is my birthday and I’m taking the day off work for the first time ever! I am going to the pub at 9am to watch the Super Bowl – my team is playing (the New England Patriots obviously). I hope you all have a magical week!

Love+++

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