This month's beauty favourites post is so overdue that I debated calling it an early October favourites. I've been slacking on the blogging front a lot recently, for no good reason other than I haven't really been feeling it as much lately, and I find that a good favourites post always helps me to get back into the swing of things. Even though my motivation to blog has wavered slightly, my love for make-up definitely hasn't and I'm excited to share the products that have made their way into my everyday beauty routine since my last favourites instalment.
This time of year, it's impossible to pen a good favourites post without mention of at least one autumnal themed product. My pick? The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Mood Exposure which I had coveted for so long. Seriously, this baby had been on my wishlist since the blush range was first released, and since I owned so many similar blush shades I kept putting off the purchase. The fact that it's a pricey little number didn't help either. But I am a sucker for getting all seasonal with my make-up and this purchase was bound to happen sooner or later with the arrival of the autumn months. And I'm so glad that it did. I do love me a good neutral toned blush and this is probably the prettiest one I own. Applying blush is a step in my make-up routine that I tend to skip more often than not, but now that I have this in my life it's become the part of my routine that I most look forward to. It somehow manages to contour my features and warm up my complexion at the same time, and the finely milled formula blends into the skin beautifully. It's early days yet, but I'm going to go out on a limb and say that I can see this one becoming an all time favourite blush. For mascara, I have discovered an unexpected favourite - the Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara. I say unexpected because I hadn't ever come across a Maybelline mascara that blew me away (and I had tried quite a few), until now that is. A couple of weeks back I was getting ready to re-purchase the Make-Up Forever Smoky Lash Mascara after coming to the end of it, but when I spotted the newest addition to the Maybelline mascara family on offer in Boots I decided to pick it up and give it a whirl. And I haven't actually worn another mascara since! It has quite a wet formula and reminds me of L'Oreal Telescopic which is an old favourite of mine, except as well as separating and lengthening the lashes Lash Sensational also adds volume. I love it so much that I'm half thinking of picking up the waterproof version too... The Becca Shadow & Light Brow Contour Mousse has been getting a lot of love from me ever since my Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade dried up, and I'm happy to say that it's been a hit! The shade may be the teeniest bit too warm toned for my liking but I've still be wearing it on a daily basis and liking the results. I apply the 'arch defining creme' to my brow bone most days too and I have found that it makes a huge difference to my overall look. Highlighting my brow bone is not a step that I would have previously incorporated into my daily make-up routine, but this little duo means I never forget.
I've been getting more use out of my Bite Luminous Creme Lipstick Duo in Fig & Date recently, and I'm totally obsessed with the buttery smooth and rich formula. Why oh why must Bite Beauty be a Sephora only brand?! The shades are very autumnal which is why I've been getting more wear out of them, but to be honest they do sit firmly in the neutral category so they could be worn any time of year really. Last month seemed to be the month that I came to the end of a lot of products (which inevitably equalled a big bill for beauty repurchases... post coming soon!) - the NARS Pro Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base was one such product. Even though I got along really well with it, instead of repurchasing it I decided to go for the Too Faced Shadow Insurance Eyeshadow Primer which I had been interested in using for a while. I picked up the original version which is non-tinted meaning that it doesn't interfere with the colour of your eyeshadow. It's basically a lightweight primer which evens out and camouflages any discolouration on the eyelids, and creates the perfect canvas for what ever eyeshadow is to be applied on top. It prolongs the wear of eyeshadow and eyeliner, and my eye make-up always looks freshly applied even at the end of the day when I'm wearing this stuff underneath. A little goes a long way, and I can imagine this tube lasting for a hell of a long time (which is a plus compared to the NARS offering). And lastly, we have skincare. I've switched my evening skincare routine up slightly (maybe it's time for an updated post), and after coming to the end of my Sarah Chapman Skinesis Overnight Facial I decided to see what all the fuss was about with the Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate. I haven't been using it every night because it's fairly heavy duty stuff, but on the nights I have been using it I have definitely noticed a difference in the suppleness and hydration levels of my skin the next morning. I think this will see me through the winter months just nicely!
What were your favourite beauty products from September?
Lots of love, Rachael