September and October were bloody good months for makeup. I had a couple more events, a.k.a reasons to throw on makeup, than usual, which meant I had more time and more motivation to play with makeup and finally try out some of the untouched, untested beauties in my collection.
Just look at the difference it makes to my favourites when I bother to keep a list over the two months, rather than random scrambling in the last couple of days of the month. There’s definitely plenty of items to talk about that I’ve been loving over September and October so let’s get into it.
Everything I’ve tried from the Marc Jacobs brand has hit the mark for me but I’ll admit I didn’t try this one out straight away. But since I reached for it at some point in September, I can’t get enough. No matter what base I put over the top, it just looks better when I’ve prepped the skin with this. It gives a dose of hydration and a tiny bit of glow while also improving the wear time. Yes, it’s an expensive one, but I’ve still just got to recommend it when it works this well.
Savvy Colour Corrector in Anti Dark-Circles
AVAILABLE FROM: Priceline (but not online yet, it would seem!).
I spotted this newbie in the Savvy stand during a routine trip to Priceline and was instantly intrigued. It reminded me of my beloved Urban Decay Colour Correcting Fluid so I thought it was worth a go, considering it was something like $5. As expected, it’s not as pigmented as the UD and has more of a subtle brightening effect when directly compared but I’ve still been absolutely loving this as step one of my under eye concealer routine to even out the colour, followed by another, higher coverage concealer.
The latest addition to my already overflowing collection of loose setting powders but this one is well worth it. I’d heard such good things about it so I couldn’t resist picking it up via Shopandbox and since then, I’ve hardly reached for anything else. It does a beautiful job of setting the face and leaving the complexion looking just a little bit better. No creasing under the eyes, no caking on drier areas – it’s a winner.
AVAILABLE FROM: Priceline.
Another powder that I’ve been loving reaching for when I needed a little something extra. This is essentially the budget version of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder. I apply it sparingly to the outer parts of my face, mostly the cheeks and the forehead and suddenly everything looks just a little more put together. Sure, it improves the wear time of my makeup fairly well but the main drawcard is the subtle glow it leaves behind.
I avoided most of the hype on Fenty Beauty launch day but after seeing photo after photo, I couldn’t resist trying out this gorgeous highlighter duo from the brand. And I haven’t been disappointed. Beyond the fact that the packaging and presentation is so beautiful, the highlighters themselves have left me very happy. The left shade, Lightning Dust, is perfect for every day wear – no shimmer, it just a gorgeous luminosity to the skin and we all know how much I love a subtle glow every now and then. And if I want a little something extra, I throw Fire Crystal over the top. It ups the intensity and the sheen factor while still looking super flattering. Needless to say, I’m interested in trying more from the range ASAP.
I’ve had a bit of experience with Smashbox mascaras in the past and I’ve really enjoyed them, namely the X-Rated mascara from the line-up. But lately, this one has been my go-to. And it’s pretty close to perfect for me. It separates my lashes beautifully and provides a great amount of natural length and volume – exactly what I’m after. If it held just a little more of a curl, I’d be calling this holy grail. Will need to reach for it again next time I get a lash lift and then we’ll see what I think.
Lip liners have never really been my thing, even though I’ve been accruing quite a collection. But I’ve been making more of a concerted effort to reach for them lately and I’ve been loving the results – cleaner lip lines and a bit more definition never went astray. And this creamy but not-too-creamy liner from Huda Beauty has been a much-reached for shade. It’s a gorgeous, my-lips-but-a-little-more-mauve shade. And it’s been working with plenty of the lip options I’ve been reaching for (even more mauve, surprising absolutely no-one). It’s a great formula – foolproof, even for a noob like me. Super impressed.
It’s been a while since I’ve tried anything from the Gerard Cosmetics line-up but I can’t deny I’d heard great things about their setting spray since it launched. So I was very excited when I got the chance to try the rose scented formula, that my lovely friend Nikkia collaborated with them on. And I’ve got to say, this surpassed my expectations by far. It’s made such a difference to the overall look of my finished makeup and it’s helped so much with the longevity. I’ll admit I normally forget to apply setting spray but after using this for the last couple of months, I think I might be a convert.
It’s been a long while since I’ve had the Shu Uemura in my stash but man, it’s nice to have it back. There’s no wonder this is such a cult classic – this remains one of the most effective cleansing oils I’ve ever tried. It does a brilliant job of really dissolving away any makeup on the face and leaving my skin feeling cleansed and comfortable. It’s been one of a couple of options I’ve been reaching for to cleanse away all of my makeup before going in with a second cleanse. It’s pricey, sure, so it’s hard to justify when I have other favourites that are way cheaper, but for now, you can’t tear me away.
My hair is definitely in need of a trim, it’s been looking a little more frazzled than normal lately so my main priority has been keeping it healthy and hydrated. And this has been my go-to, sitting front and center on my desk for the last couple of months. On many occasions, putting a bit of this oil through the lengths of my hair has been the difference between frizzy and sleek. I’ve been reaching for it when I get out of the shower, when I’ve just straightened my hair or just when things start looking a little lacklustre and things instantly start looking better. Definitely one of my top favourites from the Natura Siberica line.
I normally chop and change a little when it comes to what highlighting brush I reach for but for the last couple of months, this one has been all I’ve been reaching for. There’s something about the shape that’s just perfect for placing the colour onto the cheekbones before blending it out so it doesn’t just look like a stripe of shimmer on your face. It picks up just the right amount of product and never lets me down.
The whole reason I did my Shopandbox order the other month was to pick up the two, new Kat Von D fragrances. After testing them at the Sephora Showcase in June I was desperate to get my hands on them. And this month, it’s pretty much all I’ve been wearing. Saint is a gorgeous slightly sweet, fruity floral and it’s been my perfect daytime scent. Sure, it’s not as complex as some other fragrances I own, or even it’s sister scent, Sinner, but give it a spritz next time you’re near a Sephora and see what you think. I actually need to stop reaching for it so there’s some left in case I want to take this to Europe with me…
What have been your favourites lately?
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