Bobbi Brown Lip Favourites

I'm a Bobbi Brown girl. I've loved them for years and years and years, and I honestly don't think I've ever come across a Bobbi product I didn't like. I love everything the brand stands for, and that they're kind of the og 'love the skin you're in' makeup line. But sometimes, it's fun to add a punch of lip colour. And with a million formulas and shades, it can be a bit overwhelming to choose. So here are some of my faves!

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I think my favourite formula is just the normal Lip Colour. It's a creamy, semi-matte formula that feels super comfortable and delivers a huge amount of pigment. They have 30+ shades, all of which are beautiful, but I do have a few must haves. I've almost gone through an entire tube of Burnt Red, which a huge shocker considering the amount of lipsticks I own. This is a beautiful brick red that doesn't lean too warm. I'm also big into Brown which was the first lippie Bobbi ever made. It's a medium-tone pinky brown and is pretty much the perfect every day shade.

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The Luxe Lip Colours are fairly new to me, but I fell in love quite quickly. They're incredibly pigmented and long-wearing, but also somehow moisturizing without moving all over the place. I think they may actually be magic. I'm convinced. My all-time favourite shade is Parisian Red. This baby is sitting squarely on the list of 'Amelia's All Time Favourite Lipsticks.' It. Is. So. Flattering. I never thought I'd be able to pull of orange-based anything before trying this. But my opinions have changed. Bobbi describes this as a yellow red, which is maybe why I like it. Again, it's warm without being too warm. I could honestly happily buy all of these lipsticks, the nudes are divine. But if I had to pick two more faves they'd be Uber Beige and Pale Mauve.

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I also bloody love the Art Sticks but am somehow missing all of mine (kind of freaking out). This is one of the best and easiest lip formulas I've come across. They're sort of like a chubby stick, but in a properly sharpenable wooden pencil. They're a creamy-matte finish that truly wear all day long. I sort of want to buy them all, but I think my faves are Dusty Pink and Sunset Orange (the most perfect guava shade). The reaaaally awesome think about these is that you can also use them as blush! I'm also a  big fan of Bobbi's normal Lip Pencils. Again, they're super long wearing but actually comfortable. Red is one that I'll purchase again and again.

Are you guys as in love with Bobbi as me? I think I have a bit of a problem (oops). Also! I've been switching up the format of my posts a bit, do you like these smaller sectioned off bits of info? Or my rambly long paragraphs? Maybe a bit of both!

Drugstore Favourites

It's no secret that I don't really talk about drugstore products very often. I don't think I exclusively talk about high end brands, because we all know I love the Ordinary and Pixi. But when it comes to makeup, I like spending a little extra money for that luxe packaging and higher quality. Because lets face it, most drugstore packaging isn't the prettiest. But! I do have some products from the drugstore that I really do love and reach for often so I thought I'd tell you about them.

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We all know I'm a foundation-floozy so I've obviously tried a bunch from the drugstore. Generally I don't love them, but these two are really great. The Maybelline Better Skin Foundation is actually up there on my favourite foundations list. So much so that I've almost used this entire bottle. Me. Use up a foundation. Madness. It's got quite a thick, creamy texture but feels really lightweight on the skin and blends easily. The finish is a demi-matte and it has a medium coverage. It's also super long wearing and strangely water-resistant. I used the Pixi Makeup Setting Spray over this yesterday and it took two oil-based cleansers and a makeup wipe to get it off. This is meant to help make your skin better over time but obviously I don't use it often enough to see results from that. A good ol' tried and true foundation is the L'Oreal True Match. I go back and forth between loving and hating this, I think it depends on how my skin is acting. I think the main selling point of this is that it comes in a millllllion shades. It's a super liquidy consistency and provides a decent amount of coverage. It's got a satin to dewy finish and is honestly just really easy. A must try!

The Maybelline Master Concealer is one of the most full coverage concealers I've ever used. It's really creamy and a little bit goes a loooong way. I like it because it isn't super drying on my face, but still lasts well. However, it can definitely be really drying under the eyes so go for the Age Rewind if you're looking for an undereye concealer. I suppose I'll include the NYX Wonder Pencil here because it's sort of a concealer. This little guy is so incredible if you like clean lines in your makeup. I'm not so much bothered any more, but I used to use this around my eyebrows to make them super sharp. I really only use it now to create a really clean and crisp red lip. It makes it super easy to straighten out the lines of your lips, and the creamy formula means it blends effortlessly. The last base products I love from the drugstore are the Pixi Glow-y Powders. They are so finely milled and pigmented and beautiful it's kind of unreal. I wish the packaging was a little nicer, but the product is amazing so I deal with it. My favourite is London Lustre but the other two are equally as gorgeous.

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I don't use a ton of eyeshadows period any more, but I do still really like the L'Oreal Infallible Eye Shadows. They're basically like pressed pigments so have a ton of colour payoff and apply really nicely (especially with your finger). The wear time on these is pretty incredible, they basically stay as you applied them from dusk till dawn. Win. I also really love the elf Smudge Pots. I've talked about these before, but they're basically a gel-like cream shadow. The formula is super lightweight but I find that it easily lasts all day on me. My favourite shade is Cruisin' Chic, a taupey brown, but I definitely need to pick some more up! I think elf is generally a huge drugstore win. Their products are pretty hit or miss, but they're so cheap I don't mind picking things up just to try. Plus Target has an awesome return policy so if I reaaaally could be bothered to return things you can. Anywho, I discovered a gem this way...

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I picked up one of the elf Matte Lip Colours to make my order reach free shipping from Target (lol) and ended up falling in love. That was the shade Rich Red, which conincidentally is kind of like Target's red. It leans a little more orange and I love it. I recently picked up Natural and Tea Rose as well. The formula is similar to the NARS Velvet Matte Pencils, but a little creamier. They seriously last all day, and when you eat they actually fade pretty well (thank god).

As with the eyeshadows, I can't often be bothered with doing a full-on lip. But, the Rimmel Exaggerate Liners make the job a whole lot easier when I decide to. This is one of the first things the blogging community made me buy wayyy back when and I still love em'. They're really creamy so go on like a dream but once they set they seriously stay put. I mostly use Red Diva, but the neutrals like Ravish are nice as well.

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As far as drugstore skincare goes, I'm a Pixi Loyalist through and through. I have an entire post here about my favourites from the brand. If I had to tell you to go pick up a few things today, I'd say the Glow Tonic, Glow Mud Cleanser, and the new Rose Caviar Essence. These three are my faves at the moment. I don't think that I'll ever stop using Glow Tonic (100% serious, like never), it's incredible. I've started using it in the morning as well instead of washing my face and my skin loves me. I'll have more to say about the caviar essence soon but it feels incredible going on. SO hydrating.

That's it from me! Do you have any drugstore things you can't be without?

Links I Love

This week I thought I'd give a little love to some of bloggin' babes and talk about some awesome posts!

01  Nida's post on Getting Rid of Skin Texture
02  Jennifer's post on Glowing Summer Skin
03  Cindy's Current Makeup Edit
04  Anna's Wedding Beauty Guide
05  Rebecca's post on Storing Beauty Products Safely (v important)
06  Kelsey's Makeup Lately
07  Kate's post on her City Travel Staples

I love reading blogs more than anything, so leave me some posts you've been loving in the comments!

A Simplified Skincare Routine

Sometimes when you try a million and one products a week, your skin can freak out a little bit. Even elephant skin like mine. So, I have a pretty simple skincare routine that I always go back to! It's nice and soothing, hydrating, and still keeps my skin looking goooood.

Honestly, these are all products that I'll never stop using so sorry if I say that a lot. Having said that, Milky Jelly Cleanser is the best cleanser I've ever put on my face and I'll never stop using it. It's pH-balanced and incredibly conditioning so it cleanses but never strips. It's gentle enough to use on your eyes and it removes makeup. Basically the full package. I follow that up with the Estée Lauder Micro Essence. It's an essence-in-lotion and it is soooo hydrating. This product is originally from the Asian market and was then brought over here, so it's made with the ideals of Asian skincare. Aka hydration and anti-aging. It contains sodium hyaluronate to hydrate, caffeine to firm, and chamomile to soothe. Since using this, I've definitely noticed more hydrated and brighter skin. It's obviously quite pricy, but it is incredibly similar to SK-II and half the price. We have it at my CCS so I would check your local one!

Next up in the routine is my beloved Rose Hip Seed Oil from the Ordinary. This stuff is holy grail, it's actual magic. Rosehip Seed Oil is rich in linoleic acid, linolenic acid and pro-vitamin A, which means it's super hydrating but also helps repair the skin. It contains polyunsaturated fatty acids which when absorbed into the skin convert to prostaglandins, which are involved in cellular membrane and tissue regeneration. It's also one of the lightest oils on the market, meaning it absorbs really well. Aaaand it's super high in Vitamin C! More on that in an upcoming post. I'll seal that in with Glossier's Priming Moisturizer Rich. This baby is also rich in fatty acids, as well as ceramides, which help to reinforce the skin barrier over time.

In the morning, I've been toning with Pixi Glow Tonic instead of cleansing and my skin is looooving it. I find that this gets rid of grime without wiping all of last night's skincare goodness off. I also use this every night in between MJC and the Micro Essence. (I've also got $5 off your first Pixi purchase here!). Finally, I use the Glossier Invisible Shield. Every. Single. Day. I'm a little scared @ the universe because I'm listening to Thinking Out Loud right now and Ed sang "I fall in love with you every single day" as I was typing every single day. Okay. Anyway, sunscreen is the most important thing people!! You can slather on all the expensive creams you want. If you aren't protecting your skin from the sun you will never see the fruits of your labour. This one is my favourite because it's clear, lightweight, and is full of antioxidants to protect me from free-radical nasties.

And that's it!! A simple five-product (okay six) routine from Amelia?? Who am I?