June and July Favourites!

June/July Favourites // Maddie's Beauty Spot

I’ve combined my June and July favourites as I’ve been quite absent from my blog of late! This has mostly been due to less free time than usual as I settle into my new job and have a lot of family and social commitments. I decided it would be best to take a flat break from my blog instead of stressing myself out to produce content I wasn’t happy with.

Of late I have been doing a lot of cleansing of my Pinterest private folders where I keep most of my blogging knowledge, and I plan to implement a lot of strategies I have been reading about. I am thinking of implementing a blogging series to my blog as that’s a lot of what I am interested in now, as much as I am in beauty. Let me know what you think of this. I love seeing other bloggers in the beauty and lifestyle industry talking about blogging as well.

My favourites have been quite varied this time, covering makeup, haircare and skincare!

Skincare Favourites

Bioderma Hydrabio Serum
I received this in the goodie bag from Bioderma at the Bioderma Hydrabio Serum event in May (you can read a great review on Sarah’s blog here. I’d been looking at trying a serum for quite awhile and I had tried a few samples from Mecca without yet purchasing. Since using this serum I’ve found my skin has become smoother before applying my moisturiser, and far less dry. This serum retails for $45.99 and is of a clear gel texture, and not runny at all. I’ve not tried anything from Bioderma before but I look forward to trying more the next time Priceline has a skincare sale.

Sukin Micellar Water
I received this Micellar Water in my goodie bag at the Doll Connection event last October and finally got around to opening it, after finishing my Garnier product. Firstly, I have actually been preferring this to the Garnier water which is interesting as it’s such a cult favourite in the beauty community. I find Sukin removes more of my makeup and is not as stripping or drying on my skin. I’ve used a few Sukin skin care products before and quite enjoyed them so it’s no surprise that the formula works well on my skin. This micellar water is also one of the cheapest available I have found, at only $9.99.

Rosehip Plus Rosehip Oil
Rosehip oil has saved my skin over the last year. If you’ve been following me for awhile, you’d know that my skin became intensely dry and peeling last Winter and I really struggled to enjoy applying makeup. My mum gave me a sample of her rosehip oil and I became obsessed! When Rosehip Plus contacted me earlier this year I jumped at the chance to try out their cleanser as well as a fresh rosehip oil. I use rosehip oil before my moisturiser in the evening after taking my makeup off.

June/July Favourites // Maddie's Beauty Spot

Haircare Favourites

Natura Siberica Oblepika Oil Complex for Dry and Damaged Hair
I received this from the Bloggers United event in May as well. Natura Siberica is the sister brand of Rosehip Plus, and I also received a hair mask which I have only recently remembered to start using in the shower so I can’t give a review yet. I really enjoy the consistency of this hair oil, as well as the smell of it (citrusy?). The dropper is really helpful for dispensing the correct amount of product which is often the cause of waste in a lot of products whose packaging is rubbish.

This oil makes the ends of my hair so silky, and although I don’t remember to use it every day (and it wouldn’t be practical, given that I wash and blow dry my hair every day) I have still found results in the softness of my hair over the last six weeks or so. I look forward to seeing how this works in conjunction with the hair mask.

Lady Jayne TanglePro Detangle Brush
I received this brush from Lady Jayne earlier in the month, and luckily, I had been in need of a brush since I usually use a comb. I think my hair’s been less tangled using this each day, and I love how easy it is to use and clean out of my hair. I’ll be using this for a long while yet!

Makeup Favourites

Too Faced Peach Palette
I purchased this as a complete impulse purchase a week or so after it came out in Australia. I wasn’t determined to buy into the hype at all, I would consider 2016 the year of unsubscribing to the hype of beauty products personally. I actually love the shimmer shades and a greater variety of matte shades to that of the original chocolate bar and semi-sweet palettes, which I find interesting as each of those has been my favourite at the time until the next Too Faced palette came out. I prefer the way this palette is laid out, with even sized pans, as well as with darker shades on the right and lighter shades on the left.

Overall, my favourite matte shades are the four along the bottom: Peaches N Cream, Georgia, Puree and Summer Yum. For shimmer, I’ve been loving Luscious and Cobbler for an everyday look. I have heard the Peach palette is being rereleased during the Christmas holidays but I’m unsure if it will return to Australia. For a really in-depth review post-hype of the shades, check out this awesome post by Tasha at Shiwashful.

NARS Lipstick in Rosecliff
This lipstick was actually the lipstick used on me at the NARS event back in March, and I regretted not purchasing it. Imagine my surprise when it turned up in a PR package from NARS themselves! Such a lovely dusty pink colour, the most similar in my collection is MAC Mehr however far lighter but still a pink toned nude. Temptalia did an excellent review and swatch hereThis lipstick has a satin consistency to it, and the wear time is long. This is the first NARS lipstick I’ve owned so I’m impressed at the quality.

Tarte In Bloom
I picked this up at the Sephora Media Event before the launch of the Pacific Fair store last month. This was one of the only products I had been ‘umming and ahhing’ about for the last few months, already owning the original Tartelette palette. I decided to just go for it, as we received 20% off for being Media. I’ll have a full haul up soon. The quality of this palette is the same as the first, fantastic texture (creamy and long-wearing), excellent pigmentation, and the packaging is both practical (heavy duty plastic with a huge mirror, and a solid clasp) and beautiful. So exciting to have access to Tarte up close now although I already own a number of items through friends buying and an overseas trip.

That’s it for June and July’s favourites – what have your favourites been?

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  • I love the Tarte Palette! Great favorites!


  • The Tarte palette is just so so gorgeous! I am desperate to get hold of it but it’s so hard being in the UK!

    Gemma Louise

  • Rosehip Oil is a must must MUST in the house of Christie. 😉 I don’t know how I lived without it, especially during Winter. I’m also keen to get my mitts on that Tarte palette! 😮

    Christie’s Take on Life. xx

  • I enjoyed using the Sukin micellar water as well! Although I didn’t like using it around my eyes. I’m currently using the Essano one which is quite nice. I just bought the Tartelette in Bloom palette and I’m going to use it today! I’m so excited!!!!

    xo Kat @ Katness

    • I’ve been using that mini bottle of Maybelline eye makeup remover on my eyes and brows for the last year, regular micellar waters are sometimes to harsh for my eyes 🙁

      The shade range in the Tarte palettes are really versatile which I like!

  • I have been LOVING the Tarte In Bloom palette as well. I am obsessed with it! I am so happy that I got it. I also love the Bioderma hydrabio serum and I am so happy that we got this at the Bloggers United Au event! Thanks for linking my post!!! So happy you are back with a new post. I think it is a great idea to do a series on blogging tips. It’s also awesome that you decided to take a little break from blogging instead of putting up content that you aren’t happy with! I would be the exact same.

    Sarah | Bows & Pleats

    • Yes I’ve got a few Bioderma things since the event, really enjoying them 🙂 I just love seeing how others blog and other parts of their life.

  • Thanks for mentioning my review! I am glad you really like the Sweet Peach palette! I do get quite a bit of use out of it – luscious and the matte warm brown shades are definitely my favourites! I just tend to ignore the ones I don’t like haha 😛 I’m yet to open up my Bioderma serum because I have a bunch that I’m working through but I’m excited to try it out!

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

    • Haha yeah I’m not sure when I’d use the super dark shade and I could not agree with you more about that shade being the same as NARS Orgasm!
      The Bioderma serum is pretty affordable compared to other serums at less than $50 so I kind of wish I had picked up back ups in the recent Skincare Priceline sale… but I’m trying not to buy backups because they encourage my hoarding tendancies haha