Monday, 7 July 2014

Winter Beauty Picks


Those in the Southern hemisphere have well and truly entered the cold front. While I'm mostly a creature of habit, I do love using the change in seasons as a valid reason to change up my makeup routine. It also gives me a chance to whip out my beloved scarves and knits again! 
Here are a selection of products I've been using during these colder months including some rediscovered favorites. 

Due to the drier state that my skin tends to lean towards in Winter, I don't like to load it up with a heavy foundation that just accentuates the dryness. Instead, on some days I opt for the Maxfactor CC Cream* in Fair which hydrates the skin, yet also provides impressive coverage for a CC cream. It feels comfortable and lightweight and Fair does a good job in matching my pale, sun-deficient skin. 


When I don't feel like wearing a liquid product, the Arbonne Got You Covered Mineral Powder Foundation* in Ivory is my makeup base of choice. Not only is the shade Ivory spot on, this particular product just proves my thinking that mineral foundation offers zero coverage completely wrong. It offers natural, medium coverage that just blends softly in the skin and I can confidently walk out the door with just this on. Its way of application and longevity could be improved but its not a problem for those days when I'm out for 5 hours max.

For some reason, Winter always gets me in the shimmery or frosty eyeshadow mood. It's a bit much for me personally to rock a frosty shadow on the lid everyday so I like to go for a subtle inner corner highlight. Instead of the standard pearly white, I've been going for more of a shimmery pink with the Eyeshadow/Eyeliner Pen* in shade 5 from BornPrettyStore (discount code available in sidebar). I like how it's not overly creamy making it hard to overdo the shimmer, and for two bucks you really can't go wrong. 


Whilst reorganizing my desk, I found the Paw Paw Lip Balm by Natralus buried under a bunch of papers and has become one of my go-to lip balms this month. I find that it is the perfect in-between; not too heavy yet not so light that its effects on the lips are short lived. 

Since doing my Revlon Lip Butter collection post, I've rediscovered the shade Berry Smoothie and it has been a welcomed change to my usual light baby pinks. It is a deeper, berry-toned pink and is so wearable for someone who wants to sport a more seasonally appropriate lip, yet too cowardly to wear a really dark lip. Of course, I still have those days where I want to wear a brighter pink to stand out amongst the dreary weather and the Maxfactor Colour Elixir lipstick* in Magenta Divine has been perfect for that.

The Winter season has also given me an excuse to play around with the Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in Plum Wine. I know these are a hit or miss product but I personally love how you can apply it sheerly or build up the intensity and Plum Wine is a gorgeous, subtle plum-pink shade. 

Arbonne Got You Covered Mineral Powder Foundation in Ivory || Maxfactor CC Cream in Fair
Maxfactor Colour Elixir in Magenta Divine || Revlon Lip Butter in Berry Smoothie || Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in Plum Wine || BornPrettyStore Eyeliner in shade 5

What are your Winter beauty staples?


*Provided for consideration. My opinions are 100% honest as always.


25 comments:

  1. I'm from down under as well! I get sad seeing all the summer inspired blogposts/videos out there. nice to hear from a fellow australian experiencing the cold winter! The maxfactor CC cream sounds interesting!

    Lovely post! :D

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    1. Woohoo Hello fellow aussie! I know right, the bright fun colours and summer clothes make me miss Summer.

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  2. Great picks! Both of your foundation options sound amazing! I definitely also gravitate towards the more berry/plums in Winter, but for some reason this year I've still been loving the peachy-pinks! It's an addiction.

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

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    1. Peachy-pinks are my faves too! No matter what the season. x

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  3. Love the Revlon Lip Butter. I also prefer a much more hydrating product in the winter but my current skincare products seem to be looking after me so I'm still using either a Natio Cleverstick or some Maybelline BB. I must try the Maxfactor CC though :)

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    1. Agreed, I need a hydrating base in Winter! Ooh never heard of the Natio one!

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  4. I love the lipstick colours - especially the Revlon Lip Butter! They're my favourites. Also that Maybelline blush is gorgeous :)

    The Sunday Chapter
    Angela xo

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    1. Love it, they're berry/plum but still neutral and wearable.

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  5. Awesome lip picks! I love mauve/plum shades for the lips all year round! I might be heading to cool weather in the coming months, need to get a setting powder to lightly set my bases instead of the typical foundation powder buff over that I do in humid hot singapore!

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    1. Whenever I'm in SG, my skin always feels so stifling under all the foundation and powder, but without powder everything will just melt off haha! x

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  6. lovely blog :)
    http://saltskinned.blogspot.com.au

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  7. Berry smoothie looks gorgeous - the perfect winter shade. I keep telling myself to pick it up, because I've seen it on quite a few blogs.... but thanks for the reminder, lol! :) The CC cream also sounds like something I'd like to look into. Thanks for sharing! :)

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    1. Haha no problem! Thanks for reading x

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  8. Hey I was wandering if the Max Factor CC Cream transferred? I'm addicted to my bourjois healthy mix foundation for the reason that it feels like I skin...I wanna find a good bb/cc cream that does the same job! Love your beauty products here !x

    Lisa | Multitasking Damsel

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    1. If I set it with a powder, it doesn't! :) x

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  9. Some really great picks! Love your choices. Berry Smoothie is my absolute fave lip butter and I have like 12-13?

    Sue / www.suelovexx.com

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    1. Thanks! Wow that's quite a collection :)

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  10. Where did you buy your dream bouncy blush? I hate how Australia hasn't got them :(
    xx
    http://sparkleoftc.blogspot.com.au/

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    1. I got it in a US makeup swap. I know, I don't think we'll ever get them because it's been so long :(

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  11. the blush looks so perfect for winter season :)

    xx
    http://felishmichelle.blogspot.com

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  12. Yayy! Love finding fellow Aussie bloggers. Great picks girlie! Those lip colors are so pretty :)
    Natalie♥
    Yours Truly, NY


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  13. All those products sound amazing!
    Evi // http://www.evithefashionista.blogspot.ca/

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