03 July 2015

June Monthly Favourites: 2015

It's that time of the month again, to share the products I've been reaching for the most! I realize know that all of my picks this month are makeup choices, so I will be sure to include my most recent skincare, haircare or lifestyle loves in my next monthly favourites since I don't want them to be forgotten! I had a pretty good mix between new favourites and rediscovering things I already had in my beauty collection this month. Keep reading to hear some more in depth reviews!

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette

So this palette won't be anything new for many of you. For me, it also isn't a new purchase, I bought this last year when it was very hyped up, and since then Too Faced have even released a Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette, but I hadn't really used this eyeshadow very much since I bought it, as you can see I have barely got a dent in it! I have rediscovered it this month and really appreciate the great mix of neutrals, with bolder colours, as well as mattes and shimmer shades. I do get annoyed that I can only see the shade names when I use the transparent sheet overlay, I wish they had them written on the palette itself for easy reference, but I'll forgive you this time Too Faced!

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette Swatches
Marzipan | Salted Caramel | Crème Brulee | Champagne Truffle

Here is a look at some of the different shades and formulas. Both the matte and shimmer shades are extremely pigmented, buttery soft and ultra blendable - any makeup lover's dream. I love that you can take this palette with you on a trip, and create a diverse range of different looks, ranging from natural daytime looks to more colorful, daring and adventurous smokey eyes.

Marzipan, Salted Caramel, Crème Brulee, Champagne Truffle

2. L'Oréal Infallible 24H Stay Fresh Foundation ($31.95 AUD)

L'Oreal Infallible 24HR Stay Flawless Foundation

Also, not a new purchase for me, I've had this foundation for a while but never really got around to incorporating it into my foundation rotation. I've been using this for a more full coverage base, especially on big nights out instead of my Estee Lauder Double Wear as my skin has been a little on the dryer side lately and I find this foundation more hydrating. I've discovered that the shade 145 Beige Rose is a little too pink-toned for my skin, as I usually prefer a more neutral beige, however I can get away with it when I set with a yellow based powder. Next time, I would try a different shade. The finish of this foundation is a demi-matte finish and I find that it does not look cakey at all while still providing excellent coverage over redness and acne scarring.

L'Oreal Infallible 24HR Stay Flawless Foundation Beige Rose

3. Covergirl Trublend Fixstick* ($14.95 AUD)

This was kindly sent to me to try and I didn't really love it when I applied it as a normal concealer for covering up blemishes or under my eyes. It is a waxy consistency and not as easy to blend as you would want for a concealer applied under your eyes or to blemishes. However, this month I have found a new use for this baby, to really define my brows after I have filled them in. I have really been loving it to clean up my brows and make the shape look perfected. The pencil applicator makes it great for this job which requires precision and I blend it out with my beauty blender or finger. I'm not a big fan of the smell (waxy) but at least I've found a use for this product that I didn't initially love.

Covergirl Shineshadow Copper Flirt Platinum Club

4. Covergirl Bombshell Shineshadow* ($11.95 AUD)

I've owned these Shineshadows from Covergirl for a while now, but it has only been this month that I've really been reaching for them a lot. These are amazingly easy to use and so good for when you are in a rush. There have been more than a few days this month that I have traded in my extra 15 minutes of makeup time for an extra long sleep in, and when I have been pressed for time, I slap on Copper Fling to my lids and my eyeshadow is literally done, and looks well put together after applying some mascara over top. The darker shade, Platinum Club is a great base to use for a darker eye look such as a smokey eye. These are amazing and don't crease on my lid at all. If I use this on my lids, I don't need a primer, and they can be worn a lone or layered under eyeshadows.

Covergirl TruBlend FixStick Concealer in Light, Covergirl Bombshell Shineshadows in 325 Copper Fling and 310 Platinum Club
(L-R): Covergirl TruBlend FixStick Concealer in Light, Covergirl Bombshell Shineshadows in 325 Copper Fling and 310 Platinum Club

5. Rimmel Oh My Gloss!* ($13.95 AUD)

I'm sure you may have heard from this recent release from Rimmel with these new Oh My Gloss! lip glosses that provide up to 6 hours of colour, shine and moisture for the lips. I was graciously sent the shades Ooh La La (Bright Pink) and Snog (Neutral Pinky Beige) to try and I have been pleasantly surprised by these glosses. They are not sticky whatsoever and actually last surprisingly well on the lips. I have been loving Snog paired over my favourite nude glosses like MAC Modesty or Shanghai Suzy Leah Baby Cocoa.

Rimmel Scandaleyes XX-Treme Mascara

6. Rimmel Scandaleyes XX-Treme* ($16.95 AUD)

This new offering from Rimmel is actually quite a good quality drugstore mascara. As you can see from the picture above, the brush is quite unique and mimics that of my recent love, the Benefit Roller Lash Mascara. The Scandaleyes XX-Treme has a brush that is designed to hook on to each individual lash and stretch them out creating the illusion of extreme length. I still prefer the original Benefit mascara, but if you were keen to try something similar that gives a mixture of extreme length and curl, then this would be a good one to purchase without breaking the bank.

7. Dr. Lewinns Insta-Perfector Blur Cream* ($29.99 AUD)

I have actually not tried any skincare products from Dr. Lewinns before but the brand is available at Priceline and I was sent this blur cream to trial. This particular product was a new introduction into my makeup routine and it has really helped to keep my makeup in place all day. The formula is creamy but works to to minimise pores, blur the appearance of fine lines and imperfections, and create a smooth, matte finish. At first I found that this left my face feeling slightly tacky, but after using a little less and leaving it to dry for about 30 seconds I haven't had any issues and have been able to achieve a matte base. This product is best used after your normal serum/moisturiser and before foundation. It is a moisturising formula but if you have dry skin you'll still need your normal moisturiser as well. 

Dr. Lewinns Insta-Perfector Blur Cream

8. Nude by Nature Pressed Mattifying Mineral Veil* ($29.95 AUD)

Nude by Nature Pressed Mattifying Mineral Veil

I have been loving this product from Nude by Nature so much!!! If you're looking for a great setting powder that will add a touch of coverage without being cakey at all, this is the one for you! Nude By Nature have recently released a line of pressed powders, differing from their traditional loose mineral powders to which they are well known. I generally prefer pressed powders for on the go touch-ups, since they are much easier to throw into your makeup bag and come with a handy mirror for quick applications. I use a mini kabuki brush to apply this when I'm traveling or on the run. This shade is universal, and should suit all skintones. It worked perfectly for my medium skin. I have used this with all different foundations and finishes, and every time it helps to achieve a flawless base, with a semi-matte finish.

Nude by Nature Pressed Mattifying Mineral Veil

9. Napoleon Perdis Cheek To Chic Blush Duo #1 ($39 AUD)

Napoleon Perdis Cheek To Chic Blush Duo #1

I've had this blush for over a year now, and it is a recent re-discovery of mine. Lately I have been going for more beige and natural tones (see my recent 5 Favourite Blushes Post), but I keep forgetting how gorgeous this light pink and lilac blush duo look when applied! They are very natural and subtle, and I find look best when applied directly on the apples of the cheeks. They pair really well with a old highlighter for a very glowing and fresh look. I bought mine from Terry White Chemist but had trouble finding this duo available online.

Napoleon Perdis Cheek To Chic Blush Duo #1

Well, I hope you enjoyed all of my new and old beauty finds this month! Please let me know what products you have been enjoying for the month of June. If you have your own monthly favourites post or video, please feel free to link it down below as well!

*This product was kindly sent to Bows & Pleats for consideration. All reviews are 100% honest and my own. 


  1. Woohoo to the Chocolate Bar palette! It was in my May favourites but I seriously loved it in June too :) I'm also really liking Rimmel Snog - such a great everyday shade.

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

  2. Yaaas for the Chocolate Bar Palette. Salted Caramel is my favourite crease shade of all time! I really want to try the Oh My Gloss glosses by Rimmel, they sound great! xx

    Daniela |

  3. I love how we have both been feeling the chocolate bar palette these past few months! It's a good winter palette isn't it!!! :) Thanks for reading lovely! x

  4. Yes!!! It's such a pretty transition shade!!! I use it all the time too! Ii'd highly suggest snog from the Rimmel glosses, they aren't sticky at all and give pretty good color payoff or layer well over a nude lipstick! xx

  5. I've completely fallen in love with this palette, every single shade is stunning :) the shineshadows look stunning too, I've never heard of them! Lovely post. x

  6. Salted Caramel & Marzipan are life! The two most used shadows from my chocolate bar palette!! 🙌🏼🙌🏼

    Mel x | Loads of Lifestyle

  7. Sarah, I bought my chocolate bar palette last Nov when I was doing a road trip in the
    US. Sadly, it's still seating in my drawer untouched. Looking at your swatches made me want to use it :)
    Do you prefer the L’Oreal Infallible 24hrs foundation or Nars Sheer Glow? If I do recall correctly, you own Nars Sheer Glow, right?

    Hana | Bold-Expression

  8. Yes, I actually own lots of foundations including Sheer Glow (I am a true makeup addict, lol). Infallible is much higher coverage than Sheer Glow so it is better for a big night out or when you want your makeup to last a long time. I think Sheer Glow is more natural on the skin and more illuminating but it doesn't last amazingly well! I hope that answers your question :) xx

    I hope you use your Chocolate Bar Palette again! I have been loving mine lately so much for the amazing neutrals.

  9. Aren't they amazing??? I have been using my palette non-stop! Do you have the second one? It didn't appeal to me as much. Thanks for reading babe it means so much to me!

  10. I couldn't agree more! It's so great for an everyday or neutral look, and then has darker colours for a bolder smokey eye. Thanks so much for reading! x

  11. Oohh I love pink blushes with a sheen like that Napoleon Perdis! The Chocolate Bar palette looks super nice, but I know I personally won't get much use out of it so that's what's stopping me. The L'oreal infallible foundation sounds great! I find it hard nowadays to find a full coverage foundation that ISN'T matte! And it always sucks to see it clinging to dry patches ya know?

    Sheri | Behind The Frames

  12. I love Sheer Glow too, Sarah :) What shade are you? My shade is Punjap. Ahh, So far, I can't find a good drug store shade that suits my skin tone & I can hardly find a matte drug store foundation that is good either. I might try the Infallible one in the future :)

    Hana | Bold-Expression

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