Monthly Favourites – June 2016

Happy July! I hope my fellow Canadians had a great Canada Day last Friday and I hope all the Americas out there are having a good Fourth of July today. These Favourites are kind of all over the map this time around; some makeup, some skincare and toothpaste, so keep reading to find out what I loved in June.

Top to bottom: Posh and Wicked

NUDESTIX Gel Color Lip + Cheek Balms ($28): NUDESTIX has totally made me a fan of a glossy look – quite a departure from my usual matte preference. The Gel Lip + Cheek Balms are absolutely fantastic multitasking products that have quickly become handbag staples for me. The glossy finish still packs a punch in terms of pigment, and applies incredibly evenly on the lips, cheeks and even eyelids. I’ve been using Wicked, the berry shade, loads on my lips and cheek, and I’ve been using the lighter Posh on the lips, cheeks as a kind of highlight and even eyelids for that almost wet runway eye look.

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Liar ($21): In my last post I wrote about the Urban Decay Vice Lipsticks and my favourite is definitely Liar, the nude shade in the Cream formula. The colour is incredibly opaque, feels so comfortable on the lips and last for a good number of hours. Liar is a nude with quite a strong peachy/pink tint that doesn’t totally wash out my complexion. Definitely my current pick from the new/reformulated lipstick collection.

La Roche-Posay Serozinc (€12): I've only been using this for a week or so but I already know that I love it. It has been years since I started reading about this (thank you skin goddess Caroline Hirons) and I was absolutely ecstatic when I found it in an Italian pharmacy. This is a spray, similar in spritz to a thermal water (like the Evian spritz), which I spray on my face following my acid toner. The zinc calms any irritation on my face while still keeping my face hydrated after the more aggressive acid, before moisturizer, and feels quite refreshing on the skin. Great if you have blemishes or you skin is just particularly angry (acne, dryness, etc.). It has been incredibly helpful for clearing up my travel enduced blemishes so if you're going to Europe, pick up a couple of bottles because this little gem isn't available in Canada or the US.

Marvis Toothpaste ($12): Yes, I realize that $12 is an absolutely obscene amount of money to spend on toothpaste, but let me explain. I picked up a tube of this toothpaste in Italy last year after seeing it in a grocery store for €3. Having seen these tubes in department stores in Canada for $12, I decided to give it a try in Europe to see if it is worth the price tag. Well my friends, there was no turning back and I picked up an embarrassing 16 tubes this year. Marvis toothpaste has a uniquely fresh taste and I feel like it really helps to eliminate all the plaque on my teeth. It also comes in really interesting flavours, like Lavender and Ginger, which are absolutely delicious. If you can afford to pick this up for $12 or if you’re in Europe and can get it at the cheaper price, it’s definitely a winner for me.

Laura Mercier Oil Free Primer ($25 for 1oz or $43 for 1.75oz): As the weather got hotter and hotter in June, it became increasingly more important to prime my face if I wanted my makeup to last through the humidity. This Laura Mercier Oil Free Primer works very well under both light and heavier foundations. It doesn’t feel silicon-y on the skin, it’s quite light and leaves a very even base. It also doesn’t irritate any active blemishes on the skin and helps to keep the shine at bay – I definitely powder over top as well but it helps to work with a base that is slightly matte in finish. This primer works particularly well the Laura Mercier Oil Free Tinted Moisturizer, both cult Laura Mercier products that I just started using over the past month.

Have you tried any of these products? What did you love in June?


* Gel Color Lip + Cheek Balms gifted by NUDESTIX