Here are some of my top picks for August. In fact, a few of them are making it in my Holy Grail items! Since it is an in depth skin care post, I’d like to mention that I have combination to oily skin (more oily in summers than fall) so these products have been working for me at this time of the year.
Clinique Even Better Foundation
What a wonderful find this has been! I read many mixed reviews on this one but for my oily skin, this is just a beautiful foundation. I would not wear it in the morning, as it is medium to high coverage and gets oily (only in T-Zone) in hot weather. But for evenings this is perfect, in fact, the slight dewiness is very appealing for oily skin too. Just set it with powder (Personal Favourite is the one by Laura Mercier!) and you are good to go…
Available at All Sephora Outlets
Boots Eye Cream
This little gem is very inexpensive. This is very moisturising and also a perfect base before concealer. The texture is rich which helps any concealer glide perfectly. The perk of this one is, it is fragrance free too and does not irritate my eyes.
If you are looking for an inexpensive eye cream to moisturise and be a makeup base, this is it. However, for anti-ageing properties and other brightening benefits, do not expect magic from this one.
Available at all Boots outlets
I’ve loved these two chubby sticks to death this month! What a wonderful find the Autograph Ultra Shine Twist-Up Lip Colour in Strawberry has been. It is so pigmented and so so creamy, glides on beautifully.
Available at Marks & Spencer’s all across UAE
I am comparing this to Clinique’s Chubby Stick intense, which is slightly expensive but just as good. If you are looking for the perfect nude, try the Curviest Caramel, It is the best nude I’ve ever had and great for on-the-go moments.
Available at all Sephora outlets across UAE
There are two fragrances I’ve been loving! First one has to be the Jo Malone English Pear and Fressia, which personally lasts all day on me.
The scent is light and fresh, the base notes are more floral, and throughout the day the scent transforms into a classier version of itself. I know this is going to be a re-purchase as I have already purchased the same body crème, which together is a very sensual scent.
Available at Jo Malone all across UAE
For a quickie during work, I love having this small eau de toilette roll on in Blueberry from Zara. It was quite inexpensive and fits perfectly to carry all around. It’s a sweet subtle scent, which does last for 5-8 hours, and I love the simple packaging.
Available at Zara outlets all across UAE
Real Techniques Contour Brush
A budget brush that is so multipurpose, it is unbelievable. I have used this for contouring (obviously!), blusher, foundation, setting and even concealer. The size of the brush ensures, you can do a meticulous foundation routine, concealing as well as selective powdering.
Available from www.souq.com
PRODUCT I REGRET BUYING!!!
KORRES Wild Rose 24-Hour Moisturizing & Brightening Cream
This cream has a whipped cream consistency and smells like off-dairy! I personally think it has way too much fragrance for a skincare item for facial purposes. I’d prefer the formula to be more creamy and less sniffy. This was on the $30 mark from www.asos.com but did not work for me at all.