I have to say, I’m pretty excited about my August Beauty Favourites.
As a beauty blogger, I’m fortunate to receive boatloads of cosmetics and skincare to test out. I have no need to buy anything beauty-oriented for oh…I dunno…the next 600 years? Every now and then though, I buy my faves that will forever be in my beauty arsenal.
There is something to be said to walk into a store and buy the exact thing you want. To get that instant gratification of actually finding a tube of the mythical Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Boy is exhilarating! And that is exactly what I did when Ryan and I travelled to Montreal recently – indulged in a little (lot) of beauty retail therapy.
This list is a mix of my favourite products and a few that I discovered that totally blew me away. I’m excited to share these with you all because I truly think they are universal winners.
XX Balm is that lip balm that you’ll be reaching for over and over again, especially now that the temperature is cooling off. I got two of them: mer-rah-kee and myke. Mer-rah-kee, which means “to put some of your soul into everything you do”, is lightly scented of lemongrass and bergamot. I’m seriously obsessed. Myke, a jasmine and grapefruit scented balm is heavenly too.
Both are made of beeswax, therefore are a little waxy and stay put for hours. While waxy, the shea butter and jojoba oils melt nicely with the warmth of your skin to provide a nice, soft, comfortable feeling. Both are highly moisturizing and never leave your lips feeling gunky and gross like some other all-natural balms.
Made in Canada, XX only uses the highest quality ingredients. Their products are tested on humans only, and the XX website is a breath of fresh air! Every page is replete with uplifting notes reminding you to live your best life with strong intentions. XX is a big supporter of local charities too. 10% of all sales benefit charities such as Operation Smile, Calgary Youth Science Fair, Brown Bagging For Calgary Kids and CandleAid Lanka.
While in Montreal, I popped into Etiket, an upscale beauty boutique and spa. I was delighted to see a huge selection of Tata Harper products! This stuff is hard to find!
I wanted to try out the Revitalizing Beauty Oil forever now and was thrilled to see that Etiket stocked it.
I tried a little on my hand and I was immediately sold. This oil is thick, rich and smells heavenly. Think green tea and rose.
This glorious oil made my skin gleam. My next trip to Montreal will be solely to acquire another bottle of this liquid gold.
I have owned this colour before and lost it, which broke my heart, mainly because it’s damn expensive at $55.00 a tube. The colour is so soft, milky and perfectly pinky sheer though, that I ran out and bought another.
The case itself is stunning. It features a little pop-up mirror that’s awesome for obvious reasons. The formula smells of rosewater too – very Guerlain.
You can find shades that are similar for less money, but this colour looks so great both with a smokey eye and for an easy day look that I reach for it frequently.
As the formula contains ruby powder (omg!!!), it’s a bit gritty which some may not love, but the powder reflects light so beautifully, I’m ok with it.
I was on the hunt for a sheer, pinky-brown balm and found it in Guerlain’s KissKiss Roselip in Chic Pink. It’s one of those perfect tinted balms that you can apply without a mirror.
Chic Pink is good for lips too as it contains all sorts of good stuff like hyaluronic acid and jojoba oil to plump and soften your kisser.
The case is super gorgeous too. I rock this colour when I opt for that no-makeup makeup look. Cat eyeliner, mascara, a little blush, some Chic Pink? Easy peasy day look.
Ok – so I went a little bananas at the Guerlain counter. I had full intentions of buying the Guerlain Terracotta Le Parfum but they are perpetually sold out. The counter manager suggested the Terracotta Huile Sous Le Vent body oil which smells the same.
I’m a body oil fanatic so I said “Sure. Why not?” Three cheers for impulse buys! This body oil is a dry oil, so it won’t ruin your clothes. It smells heavenly too of Tiare flowers (similar scent to gardenia), ylang ylang and vanilla. Picture a relaxing beach where your only care in the world is one piña colada or two.
While it’s a dry oil, it leaves skin nice and glowy which is straight up my alley. This will be coming with me on my upcoming trip to Spain.
I have had my eye on this candle for years! Thrilled to finally own it! Violet is possibly my favourite scent and Diptyque delivers.
In true Diptyque form, the fragrance is quite strong and the candle has great throw. This isn’t for the faint-hearted. I haven’t even lit the candle yet and the entire top floor of our home smells of violets. PERFECT.
If you are looking for a candle that is extremely long-lasting and perfumes your entire home with this light, fresh scent highlighted by cedar and iris, Violette is for you.
Charlotte Tilbury’s Eyes To Mesmerize cream eyeshadows are stellar! I own several in the taupe and bronze shades. I love them because they are easy to put on, and a little goes a long way. You’ll have the little pot of shadow forever. They also pack a serious punch as they are all highly pigmented.
I wanted something fun and eye-catching though, so when Charlotte Tilbury had their awesome online sale a few weeks ago, I snapped up Cleopatra.
Cleopatra is a stunning, bright, peacock blue colour. On my skin colour, it really pops and looks quite green. Really fun for a night out! Ladies with green or blue eyes, you’ll want to run out and buy this like, yesterday.
Last but not least is my all-time favourite facial cleanser, SkinMedica Gel Cleanser.
My sister-in-law who works for a dermatologist and plastic surgeon got me hopeless hooked on it. It’s one of the first cleansers I’ve tried that actually removes all of your makeup effectively. Despite being a gel cleanser, it doesn’t leave your face feeling so dry that it’s going to crack either.
Since I started using this over a year ago, my skin has definitely gotten better. Funnily enough, when I ran out of it in July and didn’t replace it, I broke out. NEVER AGAIN. Bonus tip: SkinMedica’s GlyCo Pro Exfoliating Cleanser is the best exfoliant I’ve ever used – hands down. I’ve heard horrible, awful rumours that it is being discontinued in Canada. *lonely tear rolls down cheek*
Hope you enjoyed my August Beauty favourites. Let me know if you decide to try any!