I have a September Favorites! I honestly anticipated that I was going to be too busy to write up a favorites post this month seeing that I moved countries two weeks ago and my first guests will arrive by the end of the week! My daily routine turned out to be a lot more chilled than anticipated and I am easily able to keep up with my blogposts. You will notice there are not a lot of makeup items in this month’s favorites, I think I wore makeup exactly three times in the last month. Without any further ado, let’s dive into my September Favorites.
Neostrata Spot Treatment Gel
My skin is a giant mess at the moment. I had perfect skin with zero blemishes when I arrived in the Netherlands. Three days later I woke up to a horrible, cystic breakout that has not cleared since. I think this might be a combination of shuffled hormones (common for me with air travel), eating more sugar and refined carbohydrates (I mean, how can I not? The stroopwafels and waffles are simply scrumptious!) and the water is very different here to what I was used to. Luckily I brought my Neostrata Spot Treatment Gel with. Although it doesn’t prevent new blemishes from developing, the gel makes a significant difference in how quickly the existing spots dry out and disappear. This is quite a potent formula and my skin peels where I applied it after a few days which I see as a good sign. Hopefully my skin will sort out this hissing fit soon.
Balea Duschgel Sweet Smoothie
The bizarre thing here in the Netherlands is that toiletries, makeup, skincare and cleaning supplies are literally double the price that it is in Germany. To give you an example: standard toothpaste will knock you back nearly R45 here whereas it costs around R15 across the border. Luckily for us we live only 30km from the city Aachen in Germany and we went there a few weeks ago to stock up on toiletries and cleaning supplies. They have a franchise called DM which is similar to Dischem. While browsing for showergels my eye caught this adorable packaging of the Balea Duschgel Sweet Smoothie. How cute is it?! It smell like fresh-out-of-the-oven rich vanilla cupcakes with marshmallow frosting. Hungry yet? Of course it doesn’t do anything more than what any ordinary showergel would do, but I love, love, love the scent and miraculously it doesn’t make my skin itch. It was also dirt cheap, less than €1. Definitely a firm favorite this month!
Nimue Sun-C SPF40
Despite my current lazy-ass lifestyle, I do a daily 5km run and because I don’t have a car yet it means that I walk/cycle an additional 6 or 7km to the shops and to keep myself busy during the day. This means that I spend a lot more time outdoors than usual. As it is very much sunny at the moment, I take extra care with applying sunscreen before I leave the house. This re-ignited my love for the Nimue Sun-C SPF40. It is specifically formulated for the facial skin with a high SPF and broadspectrum UVA/UVB filters. I am very pedantic when it comes to textures and sticky formulas don’t sit pretty with me. I really like that the Nimue Sun-C SPF40 sinks into the skin like a moisturizer and doesn’t leave your skin sticky or oily at all. In fact, you will forget that you applied sunscreen. It works very well with makeup and I give this product a big thumbs up. I wrote an additional review on this product that you can read here if you are interested.
Essence Eyebrow Designer
As I mentioned previously I really didn’t wear makeup during the month of September. My skin is upset and frankly: nobody knows me here, so I don’t care too much what I look like when I go out of the house (this is probably a bad attitude to have!). There is however a line to be drawn and I draw that line at eyebrows. I brainwash myself that I can totally get away without makeup or mascara as long as my eyebrows are done. It is so weird that such an insignificant part can make such a massive difference. Purely for the convenience and how quickly it applies, I fell in love again with the greatness that is the Essence Eyebrow Designer pencil. Everytime I have gotten compliments about my eyebrows in the past I was wearing this pencil – I kid you not. It is dirt cheap at only R27, it glides on so smoothly, creates a natural looking brow and is really long lasting. A must-have for every makeup bag!
I think it is quite general knowledge that I am a huge fan of the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. While I was packing for my departure I discovered two brand new Beauty Blenders that I completely forgot about. As my one Real Techniques sponge (the cat destroyed it….) had a premature death and I always have two sponges ready, it made sense to use one of the Beauty Blenders again. I need to give credit where credit is due: the original Beauty Blender is honestly just in a different league compared to other beauty sponges. Yes, I still think the Real Techniques sponge is awesome especially given the huge price difference, but man, the flawless finish of the Beauty Blender is just something else. They are hideously expensive though: it retails between R350-R399 in SA and here in the Netherlands it is not much cheaper coming in at €20. But they are just so, so good. So, if the budget allows or maybe as a birthday wish: treat yourself at least once to a Beauty Blender. They are really, really, really that good in creating an airbrushed, flawless finish.
Ok, this is it for my September Favorites. I can’t really believe it is almost October! For me this means we are going into winter, but to be honest, I am actually looking forward to experiencing my first European winter!