September was a super busy month for me – but of course there’s always time to try new products, and fall in love with ‘old’ products all over again. The weather may be getting dull but it certainly doesn’t mean your makeup has to. Here’s a round up of my favourites last month!
1. Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Even Finish Foundation SPF, £31, Bobbi Brown
I bought is foundation after Charlotte introduced me to Bobbi Brown and it’s become part of my staple makeup kit. I use the shade Porcelain as I’m actually pretty pale, and I use it on my jaw line, brushed up to my cheek bones, then blended with a slightly darker shade (cheats contouring!) and it smells lovely too! The coverage is good, and though thick doesn’t feel sticky or greasy.
2. Pür Minerals 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup, £24, M&S
I like a hard wearing coverage to my makeup base during the day, and require a decent powder that will set my foundation and stay strong through any work stress sweat! This little compact by Pür Minerals can actually be used on its own as a lovely fresh base, or built up for added coverage – their brushes are really good too and I particularly like about this compact is how easy it is to blend and use. I use the shade ‘Light’ and unlike some powders doesn’t add unwanted strength to the colour when you build, just added coverage.
3. Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Instant Perfector, £20, Clinique
Pollyfill for your face – this stuff quite literally fills the gaps! I was recommended this product by one of the lovely ladies at my local Clinique counter when I was struggling with open pores, and it’s still my favourite ‘primer’. It comes in three shades, I use ‘Invisible Bright’, and has a creamy, almost slightly gritty texture. The product is easy to work with and silky to blend. I use a pea-sized amount over my nose, my chin and on a scar I have on my cheek and it massively reduces the appearance of the marks here.
4. Too Faced Sweetheart Perfect Flush Blush, £24, Beauty Bay
This blush is just too cute! What’s not to like, from it’s beautifully darling packaging where you’ll find the baked blusher is not just vegan friendly but also paraben free, and when you – eventually – use it up you can keep the little ceramic pot it comes in too. I chose the shade ‘Something about berry’ which is a strong blue-toned pink. Infused with Lingonberry Extract to brighten the skin it combines three shades so is easy to manipulate and build colour.
5. Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint, £3.99, Boots
An absolute bargain, I’m a big fan of the Gelly series of Barry M nail polishes. They tend to look ace after two coats and also last a decent amount of time too. I couldn’t resist this shade ‘Mustard’ and feel its perfect for Autumn. The first time I tried this it actually stayed on for a whole week – I also like to use Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat – and it barely chipped. The colour is warm and caramel-like and goes beautifully with deep plums and browns.
6. MAC Cremesheen Glass, £17.50, MAC
I first got this lipgloss when MAC released their Devine Night collection, and have recently come back to it when I failed to find a decent red gloss on the high street, having forgotten about it in my makeup bag – oops. Unfortunately this shade ‘Prepare for pleasure’ doesn’t seem to be available online at MAC but there’s still tons of other gorgeous shades, and they are available on EBay too. The formula is soft and non-sticky and is really easy wear, unlike some glosses which feel heavy and treacle-like, it also offers a decent wear time – having to apply only a couple of times throughout a working day and has a subtle vanilla scent.
7. Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara, £19, Beauty Bay
Terrible name, amazing product. I have a serious mascara problem and am forever in search of the holy grail of lash lengthening. The eyelash expert in me is seriously impressed and I have to say I will defiantly be buying this again. I prefer a ‘traditional’ brush with decent bristles over the more commonly used rubber variety and this one offers a slight pinch in the middle too so you can get right into the crannies and cover every single lash. If you’re a weird mascara-connoisseur like me you’ll know what I mean when I say that the product smells right… some mascaras just smell cheap, but this one smells excellent. It’s not dissimilar to Dior Show, but I found it lasted longer without drying out. It’s totally easy to build up too so you can get custom coverage, with no annoying flakey bits. Oh, and the pale pink metallic packaging? CUTE!
8. Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer, £25, BeautyBay
My final favourite from September is another Too Faced goody. This matte Bronzer in the shade ‘Light/Medium’ comes in an ornate gold compact, which once opened up releases a distinctive scent of milk chocolate, which in my opinion makes brushing it on your face even more enjoyable! For those who want to try a little contouring or adding more definition to cheekbones this is a great everyday product which is easy to build and blend without any scary, harsh tones, and did I mention it smells just like chocolate?