Current Favourites

“January, month of empty pockets! Let us endure this evil month, anxious as a theatrical producer’s forehead.” – Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

sake balm, pro sculpting duo, jo malone mimosa cardamom, limecrime poisonberry, mufe, bobbi brown larsson and jennings

First of all I’d like to wish all of you who read ReadBetweenTheEyeliner a very happy new year. I’ve been a bit absent in the past few weeks but I mean to start 2016 as I mean to go on.

I have been enjoying a lot of beauty (and non-beauty) items in the past few weeks and I thought I’d share my current faves:

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1. Jo Malone Mimosa & Cardamom Cologne (100ml, $125)

This is such a lovely all-rounder fragrance. Like a typical Jo Malone fragrance, it’s not super strong but it leaves a nice, soft freshness in its wake. It’s simultaneously floral and warm with a hint of spiciness. Describing perfumes is extremely difficult but every single time I wear this, I’m chased down by somebody to ask what I’m wearing. I can’t think of a better recommendation that that so check it out if you get the chance!

2. Boscia Sake Balm, $46

This is the perfect moisturiser for oily skin. The bouncy gel texture disappears almost immediately into the skin and it’s entirely responsible for how amazing my skin has been looking lately. The glycolic acid and sake in this moisturiser has my skin glowing and it can even be used alone as a primer. If you have normal- dry skin, I’d recommend adding an oil or another moisturiser to it for extra hydration but this is the perfect product to layer under foundation.

3. Limecrime “Poisonberry” lipstick, $18 (currently on sale for $5)

I know Limecrime is (deservedly) controversial in the blogging streets but I’d forgotten how much I loved this lipstick. The dark purple is a showstopper and the best part is that it has wonderful staying power. I never have to touch up when I wear this and it’s so flattering on all skin tones. I’m hesitant to buy anything from Limecrime’s website since my personal information was compromised with my last order, but all their lipsticks are currently on sale for a whopping $5. These usually go for $18 so the choice (and risk) is entirely yours….

4. Bobbi Brown Corrector in “Very Deep Bisque”, $25 

The Bobbi Brown correctors live up to everything you’ve heard and more. I have more correctors than you can shake a stick at but I’ve come back to this again and again. It’s the perfect consistency, doesn’t crease, and manages to look natural while making my dark circles disappear. They come in an impressive 12 shades so there’s something for everybody.

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5. Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Stick Foundation, $43

I wasn’t blown away by the re-tooling of the liquid HD foundation as I didn’t see much wrong with the old formula but I’m a big fan of the stick version. It covers wonderfully without looking heavy and it gives a nice radiant finish, which is ideal for the Winter. it unfortunately doesn’t come in as many shades as the liquid but there is still plenty to choose from.

6. Make Up For Ever Small Highlighter Brush #140, $34 & Pro Sculpting Duo #2, $39

This MUFE brush was a completely unnecessary purchase since I definitely did not need a new highlighter brush but I’ve been loving it for more precise highlighting duties. It’s super soft and blends products out really well. I’ve been enjoying using it with my neglected Pro Sculpting Duo. The bronzer side of the duo has absolutely no use for me as it’s almost the exact same shade as my skin but the highlighter side is gorgeous! It reminds me of a slightly more golden version of Anastasia’s “So Hollywood” highlighter. It’s not a must-have if you’re darker-skinned as you won’t be able to use the bronzer side but the bronzer is a nice shade for you fairer toned ladies.

7. Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick in #10 “Espresso”, $46

Yes it’s another foundation stick but this one I’ve been using to contour. I was unsure of it at first as it leans much redder than I usually like my contour shades, but this shade gives me a lovely warmth for my skin. It blends so easily and stays on all day to boot. Yes, it’s pricy but a little goes a looooong way for my purposes.

8. Larsson & Jennings CM Rose Gold Watch, $380

I’ve been fiending for this watch for a while but the price was always a hindrance since I most definitely do not need a new watch. However, the rose gold version of this Larsson & Jennings watch just kept calling out to me and when they did a (rare) sale on Black Friday, I decided to snap it up. I love a good minimalistic watch and the 40mm size also ticked my big watch box. This watch is beautiful and well-made in person and it attracts a lot of compliments despite its minimalism. It comes in different colours and sizes to suit most preferences so I highly recommend you checking it out.

9.Jessica Jones & Making a Murderer (Netflix)

I loved Daredevil when it was release on Netflix earlier last year so I was chomping at the the bit for Jessica Jones. It took a few episodes to get into it as the pacing is a bit slow at the beginning but I thoroughly enjoyed the newest instalment in the Marvel universe. It was darker than I expected but a great cast (hello to my hubby Mike Colter) with a fantastic villain made this worthwhile. Highly recommended.

I’m still in the middle of Making A Murderer but whoah is it gripping stuff. I’ve had to take a break because the injustices were making my blood boil but it is truly gripping viewing. Run, don’t walk!

10. Ty Dolla $ign- “Miracle/ Wherever” 

I’d never really paid Ty Dolla $ign much attention before and I often got him mixed up with the countless other singer/ rapper hybrids in the music  streets but that all changed with the release of his latest album Free TC. Ty’s raspy singing voice is a delight and this surprisingly soulful album has a little something for everybody. My favourite song often changes but “Miracle/ Wherever”, a duet with his incarcerated brother TC is the one I come back to again and again. Have a listen:

So there you have it. It was hard narrowing it down to just 10 but this is everything I’m loving right now. Anything catch your eye? Let me know what you’ve been enjoying in the comments below!

Nana Adomah

(I’m extremely active on Snapchat (nanaadomah)- these days so be sure to follow me for instant reviews and unboxings!)

 

 

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The Great Cleanse

“We need deep cleansing of our thoughts on and often so that we can recharge our energy for our own health, happiness and purpose”- Kishore BansalIMG_1857

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IMG_1863In what seems to be a running theme, I’ve had this cleanser set from Sephora for a while now and I thought I’d share before they get rid of it for good.

‘The Great Cleanse’ is a collection of 12 of Sephora’s best cleansing products and in my opinion, it’s a steal at just $48. I’d already tried almost all of the cleansers in the kit before purchasing it so I pretty much knew what I was getting. The set consists of larger-than-sample sizes of the following:

  • Sephora Collection Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover(1.69 oz)- I use this regularly and it’s a great eye makeup remover in the same vein as Lancome’s Bi-Facil.
  • Caudalie Make-Up Remover Cleansing Water(3.38 oz)- A micellar water from a trusted brand. You get a sizable amount of this and it should last a while. I’m really looking forward to trying this.
  • Nude Skincare Perfect Cleanse Nourishing Cleansing Oil(0.5 oz)- I’ve had a sample of this before and found it hard to remove but maybe I’ll fare better on a 2nd try.
  • Boscia Makeup-Breakup Cool Cleansing Oil(1.7 oz)- Never tried this before but looking forward to it
  • Fresh Soy Face Cleanser(1.7 oz)- This cult classic non-foaming cleanser is one my faves and it’s extremely gentle on the skin.
  • Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash(1 oz)- Never tried this before either.
  • Philosophy Purity Made Simple(2 oz)- A nice basic cleanser. I’ve tried it before and it was perfectly fine but nothing spectacular.
  • Ole Henriksen African Red Tea Foaming Cleanser(1.5 oz)- I love the foaming action of this cleanser but I prefer to use it in the Summer as it’s too drying for me in the Winter.
  • Glamglow Powermud Dualcleanse Treatment(0.5 oz)- I own the full-size of this and it’s a lovely cleansing mask.
  • Algenist Genius Ultimate Anti-Aging Melting Cleanser(1.5 oz)- I LOVE this cleanser and it’s one of my favourite cleansing oil/ gels. Leaves the skin feeling so soft.
  • Boscia Tsubaki Oil-Infused Exfoliating Powder(0.36 oz)- I also the own the full-size of this and I love to mix it with a cleansing oil for some extra oomph.
  • Boscia Mini Konjac Cleansing Sponge– Check out my review of the full-sized sponge here.

If it’s not obvious by now I’m completely won over by this set. It’s a great way to try some of the hottest cleansers around and I love the fact that there are so many different types of cleanser included in the kit. The Caudalie and Glamglow cleansers are on sale individually for $14 and $19 respectively so you really are getting a fantastic deal. You can still snag this on the Sephora website for the great price of $48.

Let me know in the comments if you’d like more of an in-depth review on any of the featured cleansers.

Nana Adomah

Boscia Konjac Cleansing Sponge Review

Historically, I’ve been utterly terrible at taking care of my skin. I wear makeup almost everyday and it’s easy to just allow myself to be lazy, knowing that I can always cover up any blemishes with a bit of concealer. However, I’ve really made an effort over the last 6 months or so to look after my skin and I’ve definitely seen a difference. I purchased a Clarisonic and now I actually look forward to taking off my makeup.

With my new skin care regime, I’ve also become interested in natural products and most of my skin care is natural. Bearing this in mind, I was really excited to try Boscia’s new konjac cleansing sponge.

The sponge is made out of 100% pure Asian konjac root and this is supposed to balance the pH level of the skin in addition to absorbing any impurities. This sponge feels rock hard when dry but squeeze some water into it and it becomes… well… “sponge-like”. It feels really soft on the face and I don’t even feel wary using it on the delicate skin under my eyes. It also needs a tiny amount of cleanser as it really foams up. I’ve also used it after my Clarisonic without any cleanser just to balance my skin’s pH level.

The Bottom Line:

  • This is a great sponge for those who like natural skin care remedies.
  • This is a tad pricy at $18 in my opinion, especially since you’re supposed to replace it every 2-3 months.
  • The sponge takes a good 10+ hrs to dry completely so that’s something to consider if you plan on traveling with it.
  • The sponge will definitely increase the shelf-life of your daily cleanser.

I really like the concept of this sponge and I give it a solid 4/5!

Nana Adomah