I’ve been watching a lot of YouTube makeup tutorial’s lately and I was inspired by the monthly favourites that some of the girls do. Here are my very own faves, a la WoahStyle.
These two lipsticks by Givenchy are on high rotation for winter, Mandarine Bolero and Fruity Orange. Mandarine Bolero #304 is a matte velvety orangey red that isn’t overly orange nor overly red. I’m not sure how to describe it but I swear it’s the perfect day time red.
Fruity Orange #14 is more on the orangey side but still very wearable and very flattering to my olive skin. It’s slightly sheer and slightly glossy. I consider this one to be more subtle.
I always use a nude lipliner under my lipstick to give it more staying power and two of my current faves are #03 by The Face Shop (about $4, the perfect coral nude) and Givenchy Beige #3, which is a peachy beige.
I'm crazy obsessed with makeup brushes these days and I picked up this five piece Sonia Kashuk set at Target recently for about $16. It has some good brushes that I was missing - foundation brush, blending brush, and 3 other brushes that I use for eyeshadows and contouring.
I also love the cheap and reliable powder brush by The Face Shop ($12) and this amazing concealer brush #57 by Sephora that helps blend away my dark under eye circles in the morning. Another one I can't do without is my eyebrow angled /spooley brush which fills in my sparse brows.
I’m fairly new to using Benefit’s Hoola and now I can’t go a day without bronzer. Another one that really like is Dessert Sun by Edward Bess. Unlike Hoola, which is a flat colour, EB has a nice shimmer. Don’t get me wrong, both are brilliant for adding definition to the face and I swear my makeup has never looked better!
After applying bronzer to my cheekbones and forehead, I bust out the blush. My favourite all time blushes (yes plural!) are Stila Custom Colour Blush in Coral and Chanel #70 Tweed Brun Rose. I use Tweed first and then layer Coral on for blushy glow. Then take a clean blending brush and sweep it across the cheeks to make sure it’s all blending well.
For the winter I’m still loving my Hourglass Liquid Powder Foundation in Light Beige. It has a nice light-medium coverage that helps bring my skin to life during this time of year. I use NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer to hide my under eye circles and even out my skin tone. Finally to brighten up my face, I use Benefit’s Watt’s Up highlighter, another Benefit first in my life that I don’t know how I did without!
SKIN & HAIR
I prefer natural body and skin care and right now I’m loving the Peppermint Shampoo & Conditioner from Seabuckthorn. The peppermint feels great and it soothes my scalp in the winter. I wash my face with their Cleansing Bar which has seabuckthorn seed and fruit oils and use a little nose brush by Miisha to help clean on the corners of my nose to prevent blackheads.
To take off my makeup, I love the Camomile Cleansing Oil by The Body Shop. I use it on my damp face it to easily get rid of everything.
I’ve switched to a richer face moisturizer for winter and I’m loving the Cocoa Skin Cream by Meow Meow Tweet. It’s organic and vegan and only has four ingredients - cocoa butter, shea butter, virgin coconut oil and hempseed oil. I also use it as eye cream and lip balm.
Oh - and to keep away the stinks and sweats I’m using a natural deodorant - also by MMT with lavender. I like to take the natural skin care thing as far as I can!
I hope you enjoyed my first Monthly Favourites. I’ll post a second part to this on my favourite clothes and accessories of the month! Thanks for reading!
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