Sunday, 2 November 2014

October Beauty Favourites

a picture of the beauty products I have loved in October

Another month down and this one has been a bit of a cracker! It was the month that my workload nearly broke me and totally threw my blog schedule out of the window, but yet it was one of the happiest times of my life as I also married my wonderful husband. Talk about highs and lows!

Anyway, back to my October beauty favourites. Things are a bit makeup-centric this month, but that's never a bad thing eh?

The beginning of the month saw much excitement with the release of the Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 Palette (£22). I don't own the original and one of the reasons for this is that I don't have much need for a black shadow so for me buying a dinky small palette that contained one was a waste. What I love about the second palette is that it's more cool toned which suits my skin much better, and it had a nice dark (but not too dark) brown instead of the black. Perfect for smoky eyes or using as a liner. Since I got this I've used it so much. It's really portable which I love as I tend to apply my make up on the train to work every day - classy I know!

Still on the subject of makeup, I pulled out an old well loved but seemingly misunderstood product, MAC Studio Face & Body Foundation (£21.50). This is my second bottle of this foundation as the first one separated after sitting unloved in my stash (the joys of water based solutions!). This is often revered or slated in the beauty world which I don't understand. It can break a lot of people out (thankfully not me!), but the trick with applying this beauty is to go for a couple of thin layers and blend, blend, blend. It then takes on a second skin like appearance and lasts all day, leaving a perfect finish which is not at all cakey. It's a light foundation so you will need a concealer if you have boo-boos to hide. I'm really glad to have discovered this again, it makes my skin look really healthy, but natural. Even better you can now get it in a smaller 50ml size so hopefully I'll actually get to use all of this one.

We all love a blogger inspired purchase so I have Anna to thank for making me lust over the Bobbi Brown Eye Blender Brush (£25.50). I love my MAC and Real Techniques brushes to apply eye shadow with but I was missing a soft and fluffy blender to finish off the job. This brush fills that gap perfectly. I have sensitive eyes so anything scratchy is a no-no. I have a few Bobbi Brown brushes now and they do not disappoint. Sure they are expensive, but they work and last forever.

I spend ages filling in and setting my unruly brows and am always looking for the perfect eyebrow pencil that's fine and not too warm in colour. I love the Kevyn Aucoin Precision Brow Pencil which I've repurchased many times but at £21 I really needed to find something more affordable. The Soap and Glory Archery 2 in 1 Brow Filling Pencil & Brush (£8) is often referred to as a dupe for the Anastasia Brow Wiz and I really, really like it. The inclusion of a brush on the end with a lid so it doesn't get covered in fluff is really neat! It has a very fine nib so creates small realistic hairs in an instant. Bargain!

With October being quite a busy and stressful month my skin went into meltdown and along with erupting with very painful spots, was incredibly dull and dehydrated. I've been loving using the Rodial STEMCELL Super-Food Day Cream SPF15* (£49), which has fixed my dry issue and has added an extra radiance to my skin that I usually only get with a primer. I talked about the Rodial STEMCELL range in full last week, so make sure you check out this post for more info.

How was your October and what was your favourite thing about it?

Laura

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