Laura's Favourites: June Makeup and Skincare
Its July! I hope all of you Canadian readers had a wonderful Canada Day, and wishing all of you south of the border a Happy 4th of July tomorrow. I’m not really sure where the year has gone, but nevertheless, here we are in July and that means it’s time for June favourites!
This will come as no surprise to any of you who follow me on IG. After ditching my Skinceuticals 0.5 Retinol I opted for this one and haven’t looked back. Jordan’s formula features 0.2% pure retinol with cranberry seed, argan, and marula oil. Described as an “all encompassing moisturizer, multivitamin, and antioxidant treatment facial oil” this has brought a serious glow to my skin while gently resurfacing without any irritation. Lightweight and silky on the skin, I find myself reaching for this multiple nights a week and with the impressive price tag, I don’t feel bad about nearing the end of my bottle. Jordan’s Etoile + Retinol retails for $43 USD and can be found here. For all of my Canadian friends, shipping to me in Toronto usually takes about a week, and I’ve never had to pay customs. While you’re there, pick up his Plie cleanser and Hydrate serum, you won’t be disappointed.
On the opposite end of the price spectrum is this Skinceuticals moisturizer. Containing pure ceramides, natural cholesterol, and fatty acids in the first 2:4:2 cholesterol dominant ratio, it “helps restore skin’s external barrier and support natural self-repair.” I purchased this in an effort to improve skin texture, smoothness, and the appearance of my pores and it didn’t disappoint. After 3 consistent months of use, it has definitely helped with dehydration while being lightweight enough to use during the warmer nights. I use this as my last step in my evening routines and wake up to comfortable, rejuvenated skin in the mornings. Skinceuticals Triple Lipid Restore retails for $127 USD and with 3 months of regular use, I have about ¼ left. It’s definitely an investment, and my goal this summer is to test a couple more budget friendly alternatives before repurchasing. I can say with about 87% certainty that a new jar of this will end up in my cabinets before the year is over.
I only started using this self tanner at the beginning of the month and have fallen completely in love with it. I’m diligent with SPF on my face but love a tan for summer and this was recommended to me by my beautiful friend, Liz (@lizalaskabeauty, if you aren’t already following her, hop on it). Being fair skinned, self tanning my face always makes me nervous and in the past I’ve had enough orange skinned days to proceed with caution when it comes to anything promising a natural glow. This mist, infused with rose water, aloe vera, and chamomile, promises to provide a gradual tan that develops over time, while being colourless and stain-free. True, true, and true. The first time I used it I applied it sparingly after cleansing at night, waited until it was dry, and continued on with the rest of my routine. I was disappointed to wake up to no colour. I spoke with Liz and she mentioned she liberally mists this onto her face, so the next time I tried, I went in heavy handed with a good 8-10 sprays, and then used my fingers to quickly spread and pat it into my skin to ensure even coverage. Six or so hours later, I was a beautiful golden colour about 1-2 shades darker than my natural skin tone. My skin wasn’t oily or greasy, it was beautifully bright and even toned, enough so that there was no need for foundation. I’ve found using this twice a week in the mornings is enough to keep the glow without deepening it too much, although if I do use an acid toner or exfoliating mask it does remove the majority of the colour. Retailing for about $26 USD, this has been a great addition to my summer skincare, and the bottle will easily last me throughout the season and into the new year as well.
Fun fact: I am a sucker for these two words: “limited edition.” I have tons of makeup that was either a) hard to get or b) limited edition that is collecting dust in my drawers because it wasn’t the right fit for me, but I felt I HAD to have it. Luckily, with this palette, that wasn’t the case. I was initially worried that the shades would overpower my fair skin or that it would be too glittery (I’m looking at you, Becca x Jaclyn Hill Palette) but it was perfect and I find myself reaching for this often. The bronzer shade, Malibu Soleil, gives a beautiful warm glow and surprisingly can be layered easily. Hibiscus Bloom, the blush shade, when applied with a light hand, is gorgeous and equally balanced with both pigment and subtle shimmer. I am not a big highlight person, but I’ve been loving using both of these as eyeshadows and find they bring the entire look together. This retails for $46 USD and is a much loved member of my palette collection.
For me, summer makeup means bare skin, bronzed cheeks, and long lashes, but my bare skin has some redness, pigmentation, and dark circles that I would prefer to be covered without having to use an all over foundation. Enter the Charlotte Tilbury Retoucher. Highly pigmented and moisturizing, I swipe this under my eyes, around my nose and chin, and onto any marks to quickly neutralize shadows and redness without looking made up at all. I set this with loose powder and it lasts all day, never creasing, caking, or separating as the day goes by. It also applies seamlessly for touch ups without looking like an additional layer of makeup on a day old face. In my opinion, this out performs the cult favourite YSL Touche Eclat and its older sister ByTerry Touche Veloutee, both I find drying and harder to layer and blend. The Retoucher is also better priced at $35 USD
I wasn’t going to include this in my June favourites since I’ve only had it for one week, but I’ve worn it every single day since then and am resisting the urge to go out and buy 5 more. It’s also limited edition so it makes no sense for me to profess my love for something after it is unavailable for purchase. I have full lips and find a hard time with lipsticks overpowering my face, in addition to a strong dislike for matte formulas as they mean one thing to me: drying. CT Pillowtalk is neither drying nor overpowering, and is a soft nude pink that works for both day and night. It is the perfect finishing touch for my makeup looks and makes me feel polished and put together. I also purchased the Pillow Talk liner (no willpower, none) and the combo is beautiful. It retails for $34USD and I’m just about to add 3 more to my cart so I can have one in my purse, car, and diaper bag. Update: it’s sold out again on the US website. Get it if you can!
That’s it for June favourites. I hope you all had a wonderful month and have some things to look forward to in July. I’m joining in my gorgeous friend Marissa’s (@beautyandthemountains) #10products10days challenge for the first part of the month. It was hard for me to pick only 10 products to use for 10 days but I feel confident in my choices. I am, however, already missing my not-chosen cleansers and mists and we are only on day 2 of the challenge. Love skincare and on IG? Come join us in the challenge start anytime during the month of July!
Wishing you all a great week,