Monday, 31 October 2016

October 2016 Beauty Favourites

Yet another month has raced by so I'm back at you today with the best in beauty from the month of October. Skipping the clichés this time so here's a brief overview: month went by so fast, can't believe October is basically over, almost Christmas, so cold, something about chai, yadda, yadda, yadda. I feel like this month I have a fairly well-rounded bunch of favourites. I've been mildly obsessed with a lot of these bits and lugged them around with me in my (very overfilled) handbag for weeks. So here's a little show and tell of my favourite beauty bits from the last month!

Wet 'n Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder in Precious Petals - So, I know that this was limited edition, but due to the success of this powder, Wet 'n Wild are apparently bringing them back in permanent form, hurrah! This is basically the best and most affordable drugstore highlighter I've come across. The shade, pigmentation, blendability - all of it is on point. If you see it, grab it!

H&M Powder Blush in Apricot - There's probably been one of these in my favourites for the last five favourites posts. They're just some of my all-time favourite blushes, not only for the formula, but also for the shades. I especially love their neutral colours and this one is no exception. It's a light, apricot pink that looks gorgeous on the cheeks.

Colourpop Super Shock Shadow in Muse - Again, Colourpop: omnipresent in my favourites posts. They just make a lot of my favourite makeup! Let me know if it's getting tiresome! This shade. What a stunner. It's a super warm rosy, coppery shade (back at it with the fab shade descriptions again, you're welcome) and it literally feels like butter. The cream/powder hybrid that is the Super Shock Shadow will probably never cease to amaze me. $5 very well spent.

MAC Eyeshadow in Coppering - This an eyeshadow I was completely obsessed with this time last year and it's been a firm favourite throughout October too. If you're a fan of that super rich, coppery eye, then you should definitely give this a swatch the next time you're at a MAC counter. It really makes blue eyes pop and the formula is pretty darn decent too.

MAC Lipstick in Bowl Me Over - I think this collection (It's A Strike! collection) is slowly but surely making it's way out of stores again, so if you want it, you'll have to be quick. This is described on the website as a burnt brown shade, but there's more red to it than you may initially think. Especially when it's on the lips it runs a little less brown and a little more berry-toned, but it's such a gorgeous shade nonetheless. The one downside? It's a retro matte so it's so drying. If you're not bothered by that then this one is a great pick, but if you're someone with very dry lips, this might be a bit of a challenge to work with.

MAC Liptensity Lipstick in Doe - I was intrigued by this new line of lipsticks from MAC, and I eventually caved and bought one to try. I was torn between this shade and Driftwood, but they were sold out of the latter, so I didn't have to choose! I'm so super impressed with this lipstick. I can apply it before I leave for work and it will still be intact four hours later. Considering this is a satin lipstick, that's pretty good! I definitely think I'll be getting another shade at some point.

Grown Alchemist Lip Balm Vanilla & Watermelon - Was this in last month's favourites? If so, sorry! It's pretty much the only lip balm I use when I'm at home. It sits on my desk, perched between my many hand moisturisers and sanitisers, does a great job and hydrating my lips and smells like watermelon. My only gripe is the packaging. The product always starts going out the tube as soon as I take off the lid, even though the tube doesn't get squashed as it stays on my desk. Ergo not a great one for your handbag, unless you're willing to depot. Aside from that, a lovely balm!

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream - In my recent Sinkside post, I chatted a bit about this moisturiser and said that it was a little to heavy for my skin. Now that the weather has cooled down, I've actually been really grateful that I have this. I use a really small amount and it's enough to cover my whole face and to keep it hydrated. The texture is lovely and I think it's a fab choice for the colder months.

Clinique Pep Start Eye Cream - I received this at the Clinique Pep Start event in Zurich, which I was able to attend through work. First off the event was absolutely amazing, second, this eye cream is lovely! I had a brief stint with eye cream back in the day, before deciding it was too expensive and too much faff. I do, however, have very dry under-eyes, so in a bid to stop my concealer from creasing and looking ten years older than I really am, I started using this. It's really done a great job at keeping my under-eye area hydrated, without irritating my eyes, which, as someone with sensitive skin, is something I'm super grateful for. A great option to try if you're slightly younger, looking for a high-end eye cream that works and won't break the bank.

Aesop Resurrection Rinse Free Hand Wash - I believe I've said this before, but this is probably one of the most extra things I've ever bought. I have a bunch of hand sanitisers already and you can get lovely ones for a few quid. But are they packaged as nicely as this one? No! In all seriousness, this is a nice solution for those that cannot stand the alcohol-y smell of regular disinfectants. It has a much more neutral, herby scent and gets the job done just as well. I'm also a firm believer in treating yourself every once in a while. Overall, very pleased with this purchase!

So there we have it, another monthly favourites post done and dusted. A bit of a longer one this time round, so I tried to keep the details (somewhat) brief. Have you tried any of the bits on this list? What've been some of your October favourites? Let me know!

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  1. LOL "something about chai." But seriously, how is it almost Christmas?! That's crazy! I'm so glad that wet n wild made it permanent! It was a summer staple for me :D That grown alchemist lip balm sounds amaaazing. I don't believe I've ever tried any watermelon flavored beauty products which is a real shame. Thanks for the rec on the clinique eye cream! I really need to start using on consistently XD

    Mili | Sharmtoaster

  2. That lipstick shad is so pretty!I can't believe it's heading for November already

    Beauty Candy Loves

  3. Nice Photos, consistent and flawless !

    Ellie | @dashhoundhq xo

  4. I've been skipping chai and goes straight to hot-chocolate and hazulnut toffee ;) On to the makeup products, I'm soooo happy to hear precious petal is now a permanent product, I've only swatched it in store when it was limited and the texture it's too lovely.

    Selene Addicted

  5. I've been looking all over for those Wet n Wild highlighters, I'm so glad they're making them permanent!

  6. Love these favorites and have used several of them! Thanks for sharing your thoughts. The photos are beautiful!

    xoxo Emily

  7. The H&M Blusher is so so so good! I'm obsessed with it!

    Lots of love,
    Gara. xx

    PS: If you fancy reading a little something...

  8. I have an H&M blush in a colour that doesn't quite work for me, but I'd love to try another because they are so affordable. And the ColourPop shadows are great, I'm so excited that they're more accessible for those of us who don't live in the US now!

  9. I'd love to get the W&W highlighter but my drugstore only carries a few of their products - poo.

    Angela / Blush & Pearls


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