09 December 2015

November Favourites

I have another handful of favourites to share that I've discovered in November. I have been using these favourites almost everyday since purchasing, and I am in love!

MAC 196 Slanted Flat Top Foundation brush
I purchased this from Singapore. I don't think it's available in Australia though. As you may already know, I normally use my fingers when it comes to foundation application for three main reasons - 1. I'm lazy when it comes to washing brushes. 2. Using your fingers warms the foundation and may assist in better application. Also, there's no wastage, as I do find I use more foundation when using a brush (foundation gets stuck between bristles). 3. Haven't found a brush that is worth the effort in washing regularly... until now! This brush is seriously amazing. It has soft, dense bristles that provides an even, flawless finish, and the slated flat top enables you to reach every corner/contour of your face. 

From memory, I paid about SGD$65 less 5% (yay for tourist discounts). It is also available on the US MAC website for USD$35. Totally worth every cent!

Marc Jacobs Remedy Concealer Pen in 00 Stand Corrected
Another Singapore purchase (although I don't remember how much I paid for this) that has featured in many makeup mess pictures on my instagram account. This is absolutely fantastic as a brightener for dark under eye areas. It's smooth and creamy, making it extremely easy to blend. It is fairly expensive at Sephora AU - $52, but it is cheaper than YSL Touche Eclat ($59) and I think the Marc Jacobs Remedy Concealer Pen (MJ pen) is better than the cult favourite touche eclat for both formula and packaging. 

Similar to touche eclat, the MJ pen has a push button thingy at the bottom of the pen that when pressed, releases product. However, instead of a brush, the MJ pen has a slanted palladium applicator  that is quite cooling and would help reduce puffiness. It also is a lot more hygienic than a brush you can't wash.

Chanel Perfection Lumiere in B30
After finishing a sample of the Chanel Perfection Lumiere (featured in October's empties - read here), I knew I had to have this foundation. The Perfection Lumiere is indeed perfection. It provides medium coverage that is buildable to a full coverage, and dries to a satin-matte finish. With a setting powder over the top, Perfection Lumiere lasts all day. I do get a bit oily with this foundation (but I haven't found a foundation I don't get oily with) - however, nothing an oil blotter paper or two can't fix. It does have a fairly strong perfume scent, as with most high end/luxury foundations, but I love it. 
I purchased this foundation from Singapore (can't remember how much I paid for this either, it seems that I have blocked out most of the prices I paid whilst shopping in Singapore :P). However, it retails for $86 in Australia. It is on the pricey side, but I think it's so worth it. I would definitely get a sample before purchasing though, as everyone's skin is different and what works for me, might not for you. 
Guerlain Meteorites Flocons Enchantes Light Enhancing Powder
This Guerlain powder is so gorgeous! I adore the snowball looking packaging with the powder pearls and stars (although, I think they're meant to be snowflakes?). There are three types of pearls in this powder - beige to even out skin tone, champagne to illuminate and golden for a sun-kissed effect. 

I adore a matte finish, but sometimes feel like it makes my skin look a bit flat. When I use this powder to set my foundation, it gives me a matte finish that I desire but also illuminates my skin, thanks to the light deflecting iridescent "snowflakes". 

This powder is a limited edition holiday 2015 special and retails for AUD$97. It's such a bargain, considering it retails for USD$80 in USA, which equates to approximately AUD$109!

That's it for November's favourites. What is your current must-have(s)?

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