Thursday, 2 April 2015

March '15 Favourites | my gift to you | peachsbeauty

hi there,

Today I want to share with you what I've been loving this past month. It's a mishmash of beauty products with some miscellaneous things thrown in at the end for good measure. Hope you enjoy!

@peachsbeauty March '15 Favourites - | #mgty | #peachsbeauty

1 | Daiso Cotton Pad Dispenser $2.80
The first item is not a beauty product but a makeup junkie essential - a cute as a button cotton pad dispenser. I saw them in black (shown) and pink (similar to the mirror - also from Daiso), but I have seen images online of clear ones and translucent pink ones. It's just so handy to keep your cotton pads in there with a lid so they don't get dirty and dusty. It does come with some cotton pads as well, the Daiso ones in the double pack pink boxes, though my favourite are the 'Fresh Cotton' which comes in a soft pack of 130pc.

@peachsbeauty March '15 Favourites - Daiso, shu uemura, Maybelline, Bobbi Brown, Chanel - | #mgty | #peachsbeauty
2 | Maybelline Color Elixir in Rose Redefined $17.95 at Priceline -
3 | Bobbi Brown Art Stick in Dusty Pink $44 at Bobbi Brown -
I have been loving these two colours together and on their own lately. I'm back on my cool-toned pink lipstick bandwagon after a brief detour through bright-lips town. The Art Stick also doubles as a cream blush when mixed in with a moisturiser which is great for matching your lips. It really surprised me how much I love the Art Stick because although it applied matte, it feels so comfortable and creamy on the lips. It doesn't stain so it isn't a long-wearing lip product but it does wear off nicely if you're drinking and you will need to reapply after a meal. If throughout the day I feel like some glossy pink lips then I layer the Maybelline Elixir on top. It's actually quite pigmented on its own but layered on top of the Art Stick get a completed saturated pink lip. It does have quite a florally scent which I personally don't mind but can see it driving some people up the wall. 

4 | Shu Uemura DeepSea Water Lavender Mist $56 at Fresh Fragrances and Cosmetics -
Not sure why but lately I've been having a little bit of trouble sleeping, which happens to me on and off quite regularly. I love using Shu Uemura's Lavender Mist lightly all over my face before I head of to snooze land. The subtle lavender scent really helps me feel relaxed and the extra hydration is always welcome.

5 | Thayers Rose Petal Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera $11.24 at iHerb -
Even though March is the beginning of Autumn, it's still quite warm here so I have been enjoying using a refreshing toner after cleansing as well as throughout the day. Some of you may have tried witch hazel before that was quite harsh but this is "Rose Petal water blended with Hazel Extract and Aloe Vera" and has no alcohol, no paragons and no propylen glycol (whatever that is..). All I know is that it makes my skin feel fresh and clean without any dryness or discomfort - although it does kind of have that old granny rose scent, you've been warned.

6 | Chanel Body Excellence and Nourishing and Rejuvenating Hand Cream $107 at Fresh Fragrances and Cosmetics -
This hand cream is an absolute luxury (and so it should be given the price tag). It's creamy, lightweight and sinks in immediately. It just leaves your hands feeling really soft and smelling amazing. I love ending a pamper day/night/routine with this because I can smell the 'floral-fruity' scent all day and it's divine. 

7 | Sunsilk Keratinology Advanced Reconstruction Program Overnight Treatment - Discontinued??
I started using this lately because I've been too lazy to use a hair mask when I shower. I can use this in my hair every night to keep it smooth and not feeling dry without it weighing my hair down or leaving a residue feeling. I didn't think I had the product for that long but apparently it's discontinued now.. I would love recommendation for your favourite overnight hair treatment!

8 | Alpha-H Liquid Gold with Glycolic Acid $47.37 at RY -
In terms of acid exfoliators, I have always preferred Paula's Choice 2% BHA Lotion to the liquid gold as it was gentler and more suited to my skin type. However, having recently moved to a hotter and more humid climate I found that my skin was not as sensitive so I could use the Liquid Gold without any irritation. I use it about three times a week to exfoliate and smooth out the texture of my skin which seems to become more of an issue during the hotter months. 

9 | Billie Goat Soap Peach Lip Balm $5.95 -
I use this before I go to bed every night and I wake up with the softest lips. It smells exactly like peach candy and makes me want to eat sweets every time I smell it even though it has no fragrances and no colour, no parabens, no SLS, no 'nasties' and no animal testing. 

10 | MUA Undressed Eyeshadow Palette £4.00 at MUA -
Last but not least beauty product is the MUA Undressed Eyeshadow Palette. I used this in my Reese Witherspoon inspired GRWM [watch] so you can see it in action there. The colours are gorgeous and pigmented, so easy to apply and blend, not powdery, quite smooth and the metallic shades are just to die for. A really great, super affordable palette that will take you from day to night.

Best Read: Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami, Philip Gabriel (Translator) -
Murakami's books are always so thoughtfully written and really makes you think about life. I've been addicted to his writing ever since 1Q84 and I definitely want to read more of his books. I'm posting a Book Banter on this read to let you know my thoughts so stay tuned for that!

Best Watch: Scandal Season 1-3 -
My friend recommended Scandal to me last month and I was hooked straight away. I just kept going season after season, now I'm all caught up and four seasons in, it's still as fresh as the first episode. The storylines are always new, nothing repetitive. Really recommend for anyone who is into American political drama.

Best Person: Bonnie from BonnieBeautyXo -
A fellow Shanghainese girlie down under! (Sort of) She's a beauty YouTuber from Dunedin, NZ. She's so cute, her makeup is so on point and I actually love her accent. She liked one of my photos on Instagram, which totally made my day!

Leave me a comment letting me know what you've enjoyed using the past month to enter into my birthday giveaway on April 30!

xox cheng

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