Recent Favorites // May 2013
My beauty routine has fallen into quite a rut these days despite my near constant hauling of products I can't easily find in the states. Here's a look at the mish-mash of beauty products I've been really enjoying and using a lot lately. I have done full reviews with swatches of several of these products which I will link accordingly so I don't have to sound like a broken record.
Hair-wise I'm a fan of the Number 4 Lumiere d'hiver Reconstructing Masque which instantly gives my locks a boost but the L'Oreal Elvive Total Repair 5 Hair Mask does a similar job at a fraction of the price. The L'Oreal hair mask nourishes the hair and feels like a supercharged conditioner which I like to use about once a week. Also in the bath time category is the Rituals Yogi Flow Shower Foam which is a unique gel-to-foam body wash that is incredibly fun to use. The scent is sweet and floral and the foam is dense and almost moisturizing. Rituals is a Dutch brand and unfortunately they only have stores in some European countries but I highly recommend checking them out if you ever happen upon a location.
In terms of makeup I have been loving the Stila Merry and Bright Palette which was limited edition but the convertible color is in Lillium and is permanent. The eyeshadows are very similar, if not the same, as the ones in the Stila In The Light Palette and are perfect everyday shades. The matte shadows are especially nice and make getting ready in the morning a cinch. I'm loving KIKO cosmetics and their Ultra Glossy Stylo in 807 and Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow in 05 are definitely my favorite things that I picked up from the Italian brand. Both are effortless colors that I can swipe on and depend on to look nice. Essence mascaras actually impressed me considering the relatively inexpensive price. I specifically like the Get Big Lashes Waterproof Mascara for my top lashes and the All Eyes on Me Waterproof Multi-Effect Mascara for my lower lashes. The only setback is that the Get Big Lashes mascara tends to clump and thicken after one and a half months of use but as a temporary substitute for my beloved Maybelline mascaras (which actually cost a pretty penny in Europe) I can deal.
Check out the video below to see my recent favorites up close!
What have you been loving lately in terms of beauty? Any European brand cosmetics you would recommend I check out?