Monday, September 5, 2011

Favorites: August 2011


September is here, so it's time for August favorites!
These are the beauty items I've been using the most during the past month.


- Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel:
During the cold months I like to use a moisturizer that's a little more rich. But during the warmer months, my face tends to get a little more oily, so I prefer a moisturizer that absorbs in to my skin easily and doesn't make it more oily than it is. This oil-free moisturizer leaves my skin soft and hydrated, but not shiny. It isn't super cheap, but for the amount of product you're getting (125ml) €41,24 is a good price to me. If you live in the UK or US, you're lucky because it's a lot cheaper there : $24.50 = €17,18 (!!! that's half the price we pay in €, not fair lol) , £27 = € 30.72.
US shop online (Clinique) $24.50 for 4.2 fl oz / UK shop online (Boots) £27 for 125ml / BE shop online (Ici Paris XL) €41,24 for 125ml

- MAC Prep & Prime Highlighter in Radiant Rose:
This a highlighter pen with a little brush that's meant to brighten and prime under the eyes (think YSL Touche Eclat). I like to use it underneath my concealer or on it's own when I want to quickly brighten up my under eye area. It can also be used as a highlighter on top of your foundation (browbone, cheekbones,...). I think this is a great multi purpose product and perfect to keep in your makeup bag.
US online shop $23 / UK online shop £17 / €18,50 in MAC stores and counters in Belgium and the Netherlands.

- Seche Vite dry fast top coat:
I've been painting my nails alot more the last couple of weeks. I usually paint my nails at night and thanks to this top coat, I don't have to wait an hour before going to bed after painting my nails. This dries my nail polish in a couple of minutes and leaves a super glossy finish. It also makes my nail polish last longer.I can't do my nails without this topcoat anymore!
US shop online (Ulta) $9,95 for 0.5 fl oz / UK shop online (Beautybay) £8,99 for 15ml / BE or NL shop online (Boozyshop) €7,95 for 15ml

- Catrice Brow Styler:
I usually use an angled brush (MAC 263) and an eyeshadow (MAC Brun) to do my eyebrows. I have been looking for a good eyebrow pencil for a while now for when I just want to fill them in  quickly or to take with me for touch-ups during the day. Before trying the more expensive brands, I searched through the cheaper brands first. I decide to try the eyebrow pencils from Catrice and I must say, I really like them. I like that they're not too soft so they don't give off too much colour. The colours have kind of a grey undertone which make them perfect for filling in eyebrows. I also like how the have a little spoolie brush on the end, very convenient for on the go. Only downside about this product is the fact that it only comes in two colours, the lightest one might be too dark for blondes.
Catrice is a German brand but I'm not sure where you can find it internationally. I do know you can find Catrice in Kruidvat stores in Belgium and the Netherlands. These pencils were €2,49 each.

- Armani Code eau de parfum:
I discovered this parfum a couple years ago and I've loved it since. I like using it at night when I go out. I'm really bad at describing scents so I'm not going to attempt to. Here's what's on the Giorgio Armani website: "Orange Blossom is the Muse of this creation: a miracle of the nature, the quintessence of femininity. A unique creation reveals this flower's full magic and operates its metamorphosis by the incredibly soft embrace of Madagascar vanilla and a touch of honey. Sambac jasmine, from India, amplifies the radiance and elegance of this celebration of noble materials. An unforgettable fragrance that exudes a mysterious charm."
BE online shop (Ici Paris XL) €62,40 for 50ml / US online shop (Sephora) $65 for 1.7 fl oz / UK online shop (Boots) £52 for 50ml

- The Body Shop Coconut shower cream:
First of all, I love coconut! If you don't like the smell of coconut, you probably won't like this one. I love how this lathers up  and how it makes my skin feel super softer.. Bought this huge bottle during a sale one time but I just refill it with the smaller bottles. I like the pump on this cause it keeps me from using way too much. The key ingredients in this are cocoa butter, coconut oil, glycerin and sunflower seed oil which make this shower cream great for normal to dry skin.
US online shop $8 for 8.4 fl oz / UK online shop £4 for 250ml

- Shu Uemura eyelash curler:
I don't always curl my lashes because they are pretty curled with just mascara. I do however curl my lashes when I want them to stand out more and appear longer, especially when I'm not wearing a lot of eyeshadow or not any at all. I like this eyelash curler because it curls my lashes really well without having to squeeze really hard. I've never pulled out an eyelash with this curler! It also fits the shape of my eye really well. I know this is  pretty expensive for an eyelash curler, but it will last you for years!
US online shop $19 / Uk online shop £20 / BE: €25 at the Shu Uemura store in Antwerp (Address here)

That's it for this month. If you have a question about any of these products, feel free to ask!

What did you love in August?

Up next: MAC Me Over haul!



  1. Armani code is gewoon fantastisch ! Ik heb hem eens in de solden op de kop getikt en ben er helemaal weg van :)

  2. Try Artdeco Eyebrow Pencils, I use the one in shade #5 and it's perfect. It's only $7. :) I heard their brow powder is great too but I wan't able to find it here.

    And, Armani Code is on my wishlist :D

  3. Unfortunately, Artdeco isn't available here in Belgium. Thanks for the tip though! I'll look out for their pencils next time I visit a country where they do sell Artdeco.