Since it's christmas season aka shopping season, I went a bit nuts at Sephora and decided to do a December Favourites for the products that I've tried and tested.
Urban Decay De-Slick Oil-Control Makeup Setting Spray, $48 from Sephora
One thing I really not like about being in Singapore is the humid climate that makes my face an oil reservoir. I was kinda apprehensive about this spray but the sales assistant swore by it. There were two other types - All Nighter and Chill (the former one for combination skin that helps to control oil while hydrating and the latter for dry skin types). I tried the All Nighter though I had oily skin because there were some days when I spent the entire day indoors with aircon and didn't want my skin to get too dry. But after trying it out for a week I realise there wasn't a difference to the oiliness on my face after a whole day out. So I went back to exchange it for the De-Slick and ever since then, this setting spray has been the last essential step to my makeup routine!! My makeup stays on even after 12 hours (when I'm indoors). I've not tried being outdoors for extended periods of time but after about 1 or 2 hours in a place without aircon my skin still seems matte but looks well hydrated and fresh! After this spray changed my life, I've got compliments about my makeup and skin too! I highly recommend this spray to anyone battling with melted makeup due to oily skin.
Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara, $32 from Sephora
There was this girl from my class who always had the most perfect lashes. There were long and voluminous and very black. Turns out the secret was Better Than Sex. The wand is hourglass shaped making it easy to apply to lashes that are hard to reach. Although the mascara is very black and voluminizing, I don't like how it's very wet, making my lashes look clumpy and runny. What you can do to salvage this is run a cotton bud through the lashes to get the excess out!
Tarte The Buffer Airbrush Finish Bamboo Foundation Brush, $50 from Sephora
I've been finding the perfect brush to apply my liquid foundation and I think I found the ONE. The bristles are super soft and it makes applying foundation really quick and easy. I apply 1-2 small globs of foundation onto the ends and dot my entire face - cheeks, forehead, nose, chin using the brush. Then in big sweeps I brush and spread the dotted foundation, working from inner to outer parts of my face. The effect is a flawless airbrush finish.
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment, $18.95 Priceline
I'm not sure if you can currently find this product in Singapore. I bought it just before I came back from Sydney and it has been one of my must-have makeup product ever since. I like that it's easy to apply with the sponge applicator (although the downside is that it's a breeding ground for bacteria), and that the product doesn't cake under the eyes. Also, it really brightens the under-eye area, hiding all traces of bad sleeping habits! I will definitely buy this again considering that it's really affordable and does the job.
philosophy Winter Snowflake Bodywash Gel (from the Duo Set), $42 Tangs / Sephora
I am quite picky about scents for body gels and lotions and my two favourite have always been vanilla and almond. I just found my third favourite by philosophy.. Winter Snowflake from their Holiday range. I think they released it just for Christmas and won't be selling it once Christmas ends so you better get on it quick! It makes an awesome gift idea this christmas especially with the pretty packaging. Or you can always just spoil yourself...