Another month comes to an end and another favourites blog post compiled. I love writing these as I really enjoy looking back over the month and thinking about what I’ve used and why. It’s a nice little snapshot of my month. This one is mostly beauty with the usual Kindle recommendations as well. So let’s go!
September ’15 Beauty and Lifestyle Monthly Favourites
This month I’ve jumped between 3 very different books. The first was ‘Eleanor & Park‘ by Rainbow Rowell. A YA love story that I finished in a few days. She writes so well about crushes, first love and lust, and awkward teenagers so it was pleasingly nostalgic to read.
The second was ‘A Series Of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning’ by Lemony Snicket. This is a wonderfully dark children’s book that turns many of the familiar childhood story tropes on their head. It had me chuckling on the tube and (surprisingly) the fact I’d seen the film version didn’t take anything away from it. I know some of the hardcore fans (this series has a serious cult following) didn’t like the casting but I thought it was great. This book is the perfect blend of creepy, clever and I would’ve loved it even more had I read it as a child.
The last was ‘The Shock Of The Fall‘ by Nathan Filer which could not be more different to the other books. This is a really harrowing story about mental illness, grief and guilt written in a very sensitive, touching and sometimes funny way.
I switch up my base fairly often depending on how my skin is behaving with regards to rosacea, dry patches, dullness etc. This month I’ve fallen back in love with Estee Lauder Double Wear Light Foundation. I wore this on my wedding day and it is perfection in a bottle: it’s high coverage but doesn’t look or feel mask-like; long-wearing with hardly any shine; has a matte finish; it’s easy to blend… just lovely.
This Elizabeth & James ‘Nirvana Black’ rollerball has been calling to me now that the days are getting shorter and everything feels a little bit chillier. I got this in my Sephora New York haul and it’s such an unusual scent that I can’t compare to anything else I’ve tried. It’s 0.34oz and glass so it’s not the most practical thing to carry around with you. According to the Olsen twins themselves, it combines “alluring violet, sensual sandalwood, and rich vanilla that strike the perfect balance between masculine and feminine”. SO GOOD.
Blusher is another product I swap in and out all the time, but this B.Cheeky Powder Blusher in ‘Macaroon’ has been a definite favourite this month. It’s very soft and easy to blend and gives my pale skin the perfect flush of colour. PLUS the blushers are only £2.50 at the moment. That is RIDICULOUS.
I had heard really great things about the Seventeen Eye Eye-shadow Monos so was excited to pick two up at the beginning of the month. The first was this one: ‘Rose Quartz’, a really pretty metallic champagney-pink that that has a beautiful bronze/browny glow in certain lights. This has a lovely texture thats feels quite creamy (even though it’s a powder shadow), so it’s a dream to apply. Easily layered for a more impactful look, but still looks very pretty as a light wash of colour. However you may have to be careful with this shadow, as the first time I bought it, by the time I got it home it had shattered and crumbled entirely (failing to survive a 5 minute walk safe in my handbag!) and when I swapped it in Boots, at least 5 of the others on the shelf had smashed. So it’s not one to take out and about with you! I also bought the dark blue shadow which is SO incredibly beautiful but is very patchy and hard to apply. I’m hoping that more playing around with it will help as it’s too gorgeous a colour to not use!
If you didn’t see my review of the Madam Glam gel nail varnishes you are in for a treat – heat-activated colour-changing nail varnish. YES. The blog post has some links to videos of them in action so head over there for all the info.
The No7 ‘Stay Perfect Shade and Define’ liner and shadow pencils are another product fellow bloggers have been raving about. Apparently this shade, ‘Cool Mink’, is a dupe for the By Terry Ombre Blackstar ‘Misty Rock’ eyeliner which is crazy expensive so I thought I’d give this a whirl. I love the colour – a very subtle purple-brown-nude with a shimmer running through it. The swatches below show it drawn on (on the left) and smudged in (on the left) to show how it can be worn. The biggest pro for this is the staying power: when I did these swatches for the photos, by the time I’d taken the photos the colour had set and I could not wipe it off with my hand or with a cloth – I had to get some make up remover on that bad boy. Brilliant for those of us with oily eyelids. However, one thing I didn’t like was that when I wore it I could feel it on my eyes: the colour didn’t budge or crease but it was as though my eyelids were sticky. Very strange. If you can get over that, I really recommend them. Long-lasting, twist-up packaging so great for on-the-go touch ups, good amount of product for the price… plus No7 always have those £5 off vouchers in Boots so you can get a bargain!
I have tried Urban Decay’s De-Slick Oil-Control Setting Spray before (another favourite I wore on my wedding day) but I hadn’t repurchased it and had forgotten how great it was. Instead of wearing it as a setting spray, recently I’ve been using it under my foundation as a primer, and combined with the Estee Lauder DWL this is my new dream team. I get a tiny bit of shine on my nose right at the end of the working day, but otherwise it’s all kept in place. It doesn’t feel tight or heavy on my skin and it’s a fine mist so isn’t unpleasant to apply.
And that is it for this month! Do any of these bits and pieces catch your eye? What have you been loving this month? Let me know in the comments!