2018 Beauty Favourites – January to June

It’s not quite the end of the month yet, but today I thought I would share with you my beauty favourites from January to June. I don’t think I’ve ever talked about my monthly favourites, largely because I use the same products for long periods of time. However, I feel like within a six-month time frame, I’ve used enough of a variety to share some discoveries I’ve really enjoyed.

All of these products were either new to my collection in 2018, or it came into my collection in 2017 but I didn’t really get a chance to use and form an opinion on them until this year.

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Oribe Texturizing Spray

I have never been into hair products, not even drugstore brands, so I don’t know how I ended up with an Oribe product. I bought this in April from my hairdresser, and I fell head over heels for it right away. It really provides my hair with a lot of texture, and separates my curls exactly the way I want them to, when they tend to clump up together into one large curl when I don’t use product. I haven’t found a product since that works quite as well. Not to mention, Oribe products smell orgasmic! Unfortunately, I used up this travel-sized texturizing spray within a month – I can’t remember exactly how much it was, but it was about $35 for 75mL, which is expensive stuff! If I can’t find a replacement, I think I *will* repurchase this. In the meantime, I’ll keep searching.

Delectable Nourishing Hand Cream – $14.95 (Discontinued)

Canadian beauty bloggers have been talking about the Delectable line forever, but I haven’t had a chance to try anything from them until I found a 6-tube set of their hand creams during Christmas. I specifically loved the scent Snow Sugar, but overall I’ve really been enjoying the formula of this hand cream regardless of the scent. The formula is thick without being greasy, and most importantly, it keeps my hands moisturized very well.

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Farmacy Green Clean Meltaway Cleansing Balm with Echinacea GreenEnvy – $44

I’ve always been a cleansing oil type of girl, but this Farmacy Cleansing Balm has convinced me that I need to dive headfirst into the world of cleansing balms. Although this is very gentle, makeup just melts right off when I use this. I did an in-depth review of this cleansing balm here.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Colour Correcting Fluid Green – $35

Right after I bought this during the Sephora VIB sale, I was so close to returning it. Little did I know how much I would love it when I learned to use it. I mostly wanted to use this on some red hyperpigmentation I have from pimple scars, but I found that when I sheered the corrector out, it didn’t do anything in terms of correcting the colour. However, I discovered that if I placed just enough corrector to cover the spot and didn’t sheer it out, it would completely cover up my hyperpigmentation once I applied concealer and foundation on top. To be honest, I don’t know if that’s how you’re “supposed” to use it, but it works for me. Keep your eyes out for a more in-depth review of this product soon!

The Ordinary 100% Plant Derived Squalane – $7.90

I picked up four products from The Ordinary back in March, and this one is my favourite by a long shot. In fact, this is probably one of my favourite skincare products that I’ve tried in the last year. Squalane is supposed to have many benefits, but the one I was looking for was hydration. My skin feels so supple and smooth after using this! It is a face oil and admittedly, it IS greasy, but I apply it before bed so I don’t really care that I look like a greaseball. In March and April, I did apply moisturizer on top of the oil, but since it’s gotten warmer, I’ve found that just this oil as the last step is enough hydration. Also, how do you beat the price? I do plan on doing a review on the products I have tried from The Ordinary, but I do want to wait for the 6 month mark before I do it.

 

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ILNP Nail Polish in Jello Shot – $14.99

I mentioned this nail polish in my Summer Makeup Picks post, but I can’t get over how much I love, love, love this fuchsia holographic nail polish. This shade just makes me so happy; I love that it’s bright without being full-on neon. The formula is easy to work with and is opaque in about 3 coats (it’s a jelly finish so it’s not completely opaque). I’m going to be wearing this all throughout summer!

Zoya Nail Polish in Tinsley – $11.99

I used this nail polish non-stop during spring, but it’s still going strong in the summer. This is the perfect shade of peach, with gold shimmers – it kind of reminds me of NARS Orgasm in polish form! Like Jello Shot, the formula is easy to work with, although it chips a little faster than ILNP polishes (about 5 days before I see some slight chipping).

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Tarte Lights, Cameras, Lashes Mascara – $30

I rarely find mascaras that I really enjoy, but the Tarte Lights, Cameras, Lashes is in the Top 3 mascaras I’ve tried in the last year or two. bought this mascara on a whim last year, and didn’t get to using it again at the beginning of 2018. It’s been the best mascara I’ve used so far this year – great volume and length, with no flaking or smudging throughout the day. You can read my review here.

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in Weenie – $5 USD

I’ve enjoyed all of the Super Shock Shadows I’ve tried so far – the bouncy texture is really interesting to use, and it is super pigmented and easy to use. However, the shade I’ve been using the most by far is Weenie, which is a rose gold; in fact, this has been my most reached-for eyeshadow in the last 6 months!

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Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured in Moonstone (Discontinued)

This guy has been part of my Project Pan for the last six months. Silly me, I somehow thought I would be able to finish this fairly new highlighter (to my collection) within a 6-month timespan. To be honest, I’m getting sick of this highlighter, but that’s only because I’ve been using it 5 days a week for six months straight. It has nothing to do with the formula, shade, or performance of it, all of which I love. Read my review of this product here.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Parisian Lights – $38 USD

I tried not to put two highlighters in this list, but I couldn’t pick between both! I purchased this back in February and have been absolutely loving it ever since. It’s a peachy-pink highlighter with champagne shimmer. Whenever I didn’t feel like wearing Moonstone, I always wanted to reach for this one instead. You can see more detail on this highlighter in this post.

That’s it for my favourites! Have you tried any of these products? Please share with me your favourite products in the first half of the year?

 

 

 

 

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9 thoughts on “2018 Beauty Favourites – January to June

  1. Wow! I wish these products were available in Sweden! They sound amazing! To be honest, I haven’t heard any of them except tarte and UDC but it made me so curious! Thank you sharing! 💖

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  2. I’m using Oribe shampoo and conditioner. They’re so good and smell AMAZING! Too bad they don’t fit my budget, I’ll repurchase the biggest size available if I become very rich in a few days🤣

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  3. I am still bummed that I wasn’t quick enough to get my hands on the Delectable Hand Creams. Why is it that the best formula are always limited edition or discontinued!

    I’m rather surprised that you’re now loving that UD corrector – looking forward to that review. 🙂

    How can you bring yourself to use that Becca highlighter in Parisian Lights? That pretty design! You monster!

    Hmm what have I been enjoying for the first half of the year? Good question! I really liked the Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette in Natural Beauty. I also finally opened the Sleek i-Divine eye shadow palettes and they’re impressive. Skincare wise I cracked open the Pixi Glow Tonic and it’s effective without being drying. The Belif The True Cream Moisture Bomb is great and so is the eye cream.

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    • I remember going to the same Superstore that I bought mine at, thinking that I would be able to find you a set for you, and was so sad when I couldn’t find them anymore! It was only a few weeks after, too…

      I know, a little part of me died inside when I dipped my brush into that Becca Parisian Lights highlighter! Maybe I need to start buying two of everything – one to keep pristine and admire, and one to use. LOL.

      Oooh yes, you brought that CT palette with you to Poland, didn’t you? I’ve been using the Pixi Glow Tonic a lot in the past few months and I still can’t decide what I think of it. Sometimes it feels like it’s giving good results for my skin, but other times I don’t think it’s doing anything. Lately, I’ve been enjoying it. Like you said though, it isn’t drying!

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  4. I love Oribe products! My hairdresser uses them all the time and I love the way they smell. But I’ve never been able to justify the price. But one of these days I’m going to take the plunge!

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  5. I’m never really excited about hair products but I’m curious about that Oribe spray now, it sounds amazing! That price though…
    I love the green clean balm too, It’s so good at removing every last trace of makeup!
    I need to pick up that Jello Shot polish. Every time I see it on your instagram or blog I want it on my nails!

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