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June Favourites

July 2, 2012

I have bought quite a few new items in the last month (especially since starting this blog), but because June is end of the university semester which means exams and assignments, so I haven't been going out and experimenting with new makeup. This favourites blog is more about things that I have either been reaching for, or things that I have bought and have been surprisingly impressed with.

Skin Care

Dr Lewinn's Refining Toner - New June product
I haven't tried too many new skin care products this month, and I did do a daily skin care routine blog post the other week, so I won't go over it again. I am also still loving the hair and skin products I mentioned in last months favourites. I did decided to mention this toner, only because I bought it from a bargain bin at a chemist, and I wasn't expecting much, but was pleasantly surprised. I have been using toner for at least 10 years now, and I have only recently decided to switch to alcohol free toners. The first one I tried was Kiehl's Cucumber Herbal toner and it didn't do much for me at all, I even started skipping toner from my skin care routine. When I started using this Dr Lewinn's toner, I actually felt like it did something and I have been using toner every day and night since, so I'm more including this product for renewing my love for toner. I bought it for $11, but it usually retails for $34.95. Would I repurchase? For $11 - definitely, for $34.95 - yes, if I can't find anything as good for cheaper.

Does anyone have a good alcohol free toner that they recommend?

Left to right: Storm Sleek I-Divine palette, MAC Mineralized Blush in Sakura, Korres Lip Butter in Jasmine, Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow/Liner in Marry Up, Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Concealer, and Illamasqua Lipstick in Diablo


This favourites is mainly about makeup this month. I have bought a lot of makeup online, especially since I was behind my laptop for so many hours studying for uni, I found that my procrastinating always lead me to looking up makeup online. This months favourite consists of a few new items and a couple of older items that I have been frequently using during June.

Illamasqua Lipstick in Diablo - Old product
I love this lipstick, and I have noticed that the few times I went out at night, I wore this colour. I love dark lips for cold weather, and this lipstick is my favourite of the dark lipsticks I own (note to self, do a winter lipstick blog post). This lipstick is the perfect mix between dark red, dark purple, and dark brown, I would say this is the perfect neutral dark colour. I bought this lipstick on ASOS when they were having a makeup sale. I think I got it for $22ish. I have since realised that the Illamasqua website is pretty good for prices, and if you spend over a certain amount, the shipping is free. I might save up and place a big order some time in the future. This lipstick beats the MAC formula hands down. It is so smooth and luxurious. The smell is similar to the MAC lipstick smell, but it's pretty subtle. It lasts reasonably well, but its not matte so it doesn't last for hours on end. I do find that it fades nicely so you don't need to reapply too often. Also the packaging looks and feels really good quality. I have heaps of MAC lipsticks and only one Illamaqua lipstick - trust me, this will change! Highly highly highly recommend Illamaqua lipstick, and especially this one if you like a nice dark lip. See swatches below

Diablo swatch with flash:
Diablo swatch without flash:
(ps sorry about the blurry photo, I will try to retake it soon)

The swatch with the flash makes this lipstick look very red, I would say that the real life colour is a mix between the flash and no flash photos. See more swatches at the end of this post.

Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow/Liner in Marry Up - Old product
I have been pretty lazy with eye products, day to day I have been tending to wear this benefit cream shadow by itself, generally just with mascara or sometimes with eyeliner. This is my quick eye makeup routine, but the good thing about this product is that it's a great colour and it looks like I have put in more effort into my eyeshadow than I have. This product is pretty good, it's smooth to put on, and once it dries, it lasts all day with minimal creasing. I wore this yesterday alone and I found that it had slight creasing after around 6 hours, it lasts much longer with eye shadow over the top. I love the colour too, it's like an easy to wear neutral brown with a some hints of copper and taupe. It's great for brown eyes. See swatches below

Sleek I-Divine palette in storm - New June product
If I have put on eyeshadow, I have always reached for this palette, I honestly don't think I have worn any other powder eyeshadow this month. It's a great palette, and it's easy to use. My only criticism are that there are only three matte colours (see my review for swatches), which I tend to use a lot, so a couple more would have been nice. Also I find if I use this for a day time look, with the intention of only using the lighter colours, I always end up with a dark smokey eye - I guess the dark colours are just too tempting. You can buy this from the Sleek website for $10.

Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Concealer - New June product
I did a review on this concealer when I first got it, and I think by doing that review it made me like the product more. I think its because I took a photo with one eye without the concealer and the other eye with the concealer. I had no idea that it made that much of a difference! I don't have much under eye darkness so I often skip the under eye concealer step. I still don't use this when I'm just hanging around the house or just going to the shops, but now I do use under eye concealer significantly more than I ever did. Concealer to me used to only be about hiding blemishes. This concealer has made me see the light!

MAC Mineralized Blush in Sakura - New June product
If you read my blog at all, you probably would have seen me swatch this when I first bought it, and you would also know that I am loving blue based pink blushes for winter. This blush is a little gimmicky... but I like gimmicky. You can see my previous review on this blush for more swatches and my initial thoughts of this blush, but I after more use I have a few more things to add. I still love the colour (which is why I have it in my favourites), but it is a little chalky, which might be inappropriate for darker skin tones, and maybe even tanned skin. In addition, it doesn't have the best lasting power, I find that you put it on, it looks awesome and then after it sinks in it dulls a little. What I tend to do is that I will put it on after my foundation, and then after I have done the rest of my makeup, I go back and put a little more blush on. That tends to make it a little more vibrant and last a bit longer too. See swatches below

Korres Lip Butter in Jasmine - Old product
I thought I would mention this because I keep this next to my bed and I love using it. I'm not a lip gloss expert, so I don't know all the technical terms, but all I know is this lip gloss is not sticky at all, and I LOVE the smell. I got this in a pack of three coloured glosses, and I expected this to be the worst out of the three. Jasmine is a pretty weird smell for a lip gloss, but omg this is amazing! (and I never say omg). The smell is like a soft honey caramel and I wish I had a perfume/body wash/body butter that smelt like this so I could smell this all the time. Germaphobic people and people with long nails might be put off by the tub, but it doesn't bother me too much. I also think you can get these is a tube form these days. Like every Korres product I own, I got this on strawberry net, and I think a pack of three (which came with rose and pomegranate) was only about $10. Highly recommend this gloss! See swatches below

Swatches with flash:
Left to right: Korres Lip Butter in Jasmine, Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow/Liner in Marry Up, Illamasqua Lipstick in Diablo, MAC Mineralized Blush in Sakura

Swatches without flash:

Random favourites

Lindt Strawberry Intense Chocolate
I have eaten my fair share of sugar this month with exams, but I discovered a new amazing chocolate. I am a fan on Lindt dark chocolate in general, but this new strawberry one is amazing. It has little pieces of freeze dried strawberries in it, and I ate three blocks of it in June.  My boyfriend isn't a chocolate person, but he even gets excited with this one. If you like dark chocolate, try this one!

My favourite TV show for June would have to be Girls. I was a bit skeptical after the first episode, but I really got into it. It's pretty much a show about four girls in their early 20s, and I have a love/hate relationship with each of the characters. The main character annoyed me so much in the first episode, all I could think was that she was a spoilt brat who mooched off her parents, I think I took it a little personally since I've had to put myself through law school for the past three years without any help. The more I watched it, the more I warmed to the characters - maybe except for Jessa, who I never really connect with. I watched the whole first season in about a week. Its a HBO show, and they are generally all pretty good. Give it a go if you like HBO shows, and if you a girl in your 20s - you will no doubt see a part of yourself in some of the characters.


  1. I'm so keen to try Sleek. They have a few matte palettes I wouldn't mind picking up. I love how cheap they are too. I guess I'm just a little bit hesitant because I don't want to end up with eyeshadows I don't use. Do you know if you can take the pans out? Oh and what's the staying power like?


    1. there is a matte palette that I want but it does have heaps of colours in it that I know I wont use, and thats why I ended up buying this palette. I will use most of the colours: the nudes in the day and the darker ones at night.

      they are really pigmented and stay vibrant all day, there is a little bit of creasing by the end of the day, but I generally don't use a primer so creasing is expected.

      give it a go, for the price they are great, there are heaps on ebay or the site is really good - but the shipping is $7.50 so you might want to get a few things.

      I'm not sure if you can depot them, I dont see why you cant. but I like the palettes, they are very thin and easy to store


  2. Diablo look amazing! Also - I love Girls!
    S xx

    1. YAY a Girls fan! Ps I adore your blog! xx


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