October beauty favourites!

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I always find life starts to speed up at this time of year. Working in publishing there’s always plenty that needs to be done in time for Christmas – stockpiling copy for January issues and putting together special material for any clients’ Christmas activities, so for me it’s a great time to make sure I have some pamper products on hand for the end of a tiring day…

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First off is a little lip palette by Sleek which has become a real grab-product for me – something that sits quite nicely in my handbag next to my powder compact, meaning I use it a lot! This quad is called ‘Tease’ and features four highly pigmented lipsticks, one matte pinky plum, a satin pink and two red glosses called ‘Show off’, ‘Spotlight’, ‘Paris’, and ‘Dita’. The palette has a mirror and comes complete with dinky little brush which is easy to get a decent defined shape with. I love all the shades and often blend them together, finishing with a gloss to the centre of my lips. Gorgeous. An absolute bargain at £8.99, Sleek.com or Superdrug.

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I recently rediscovered the Boots brand Natural Collection, and am loving a couple of their staple products. This eyeshadow duo in ‘Mocha/Latte’ is a steal at just £1.99. Fragrance free and easy to blend, the darker chocolate shade is perfect for the outer corners of your eyes, or for layering over liquid eyeliner for a softer finish, with the cream shade perfect for highlighting. I’ve actually also been using the brown shade on my eyebrows with a thin brush and it’s the perfect colour match!

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This TRESemme hair spray is amazing! pro-shine lasting hold, it doesn’t have a strong smell – just the classic TRESSemme scent – and gives a really reliable hold without being too crispy or sticky. It’s easy to brush out, and is totally buildable. I used it for Halloween and partied for seriously solid hours without one hair moving out of place. I’ve actually had this for ages, it’s an X-Factor limited edition, but I’m pretty sure it’s the same as the Gloss Magnifying Fixing Spray, £2.66, Boots.
I’m already a massive fan of MAC lip glass, and couldn’t resist this new shade ‘Social Season’ from the Heirloom collection, a cremeshene glass it’s a beautiful candy pink colour with tiny subtle sparkles, perfect for Christmas. £19.50, MAC.
A new product to me, Dr. lewinn’s Instant Beauty Radiance Booster is a moisturiser with aloe vera and rice bran oil to suit all skin types. It smells so delicious, like an elderflower Collins cocktail – or cucumber! With a creamy and light texture it promises to make you feel like your skin has had hours more rest and works really well under makeup instead of a primer. £26 from Debenhams.

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Another of my new faves from Natural Collection, this lip pencil in ‘Ruby Rose’ works beautifully combined with the MAC cremesheen. A shade I really love, the plummy pink colour can be built up to a strong bright pop of colour, and works well as a liner to other lipsticks, or lined and then filled in completely, but you’ll want a little balm or gloss to stop your lips drying out. Another absolute bargain at just £1.99 from Boots, there’s no good reason not to try it!

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My final October favourite is another contouring product (I’m getting obsessed!) this classic little Bourjois chocolate box palette has been re-released with a highlighter as the Delice de Poudre Duo. Although not quite as deliciously scented as the Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil, it does actually have a sweet, powdery smell, with a bronzing half and a light shimmery highlighter. The Bronzer gives a subtle shadow and is easy to blend with a large brush, but it’s the highlighter that is the star of this dinky duo, with a light glow it gives a natural sheen without looking overly sparkly or fake. With just a quick dust over my cheek bones, nose and cuspids bow I’m ready to go! £7.99, ASOS. Although I believe I picked it up as a Boots 3-4-2 deal.

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