Hey all! Who had a fantastic Halloween? I know I did. This year, I was a greek goddess and decked out in white and gold to go trick-or-treating with my niece and nephew. Actually, many of my favourite products from this past month snuck their way into my Greek Goddess make up look. What a lovely transition.
I have reviewed this item this month so I wont go on about it but the Essence All About Sunrise palette has been a go to eye shadow palette for me. I have been playing around with a few different looks from the more subtle to the super gold goddess look I wore this Halloween. For $4.99, I recommend giving it a go especially if you’ve got brown or blue eyes. These colours will make them POP. Keep in mind though that not all of these palettes are made equally. I picked up the All About Candies compact recently with next spring in mind and with the luck I had the first time around, I thought it was going to be great. Wrong. The eye shadows are not nearly as pigmented and aren’t even quite as creamy as the All About Sunrise palette I’ve come to love. It’s a shame because I am really looking for some good pastels.
Keeping on eyes, I found a mascara that could rival my Too Faced Better Than Sex but with a drugstore price tag. I am talking about the Marcelle Curling and Lengthening mascara**. My only con with the product so far is the packaging. The writing on this thing is just on a peel off label which is already peeling off and looking a bit gross. Otherwise, it does totally lengthen and separate. It is a wet formula which I prefer with a curled wand and it isn’t a classic bristle brush which tends to be my fave as well but with the wand being curved, I don’t think it bothers me. Bravo Marcelle, another winner in my books!
I’m including the Benefit Gimmie Brow in this post because I have changed my mind about it. Initially, I didn’t like how this product preformed. It didn’t fill in the sparser areas of my brows and it was kind of clumpy. I’d go as far as saying my eyebrows looks a bit lopsided when I used it. Fast forward to Amy watching Jackie Aina being a genius as always and clean her mascara wands, etc. Duh. It seems like a no brainer but once I did that with my Gimmie Brow, it works 1000x better.
This month, I have a primer, 2 concealers and a foundation favourite. I am not sure if I strayed from these all month to be honest. The primer should be no surprise as I am all into the Smashbox Photo Finish primer line for its smooth feel and poreless finish. This is the mini Smashbox Photo Finish Colour Correcting primer. It doesn’t work miracles but it does reduce the redness on my face that always seems to interfere with foundation. Speaking of, I have been into the MUFE Ultra HD foundation. Again, I have done a review on this glorious foundation that you should check out for more detail and to see how it looks on the skin. Spoiler alert: it looks great.
Then there is concealer. I have the Hard Candy Glamoflauge in light and Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla. Again, Jackie convinced me to pick up the Nars concealer in the How To Cover Up Dark Circles video she posted and I am glad I did. The price tag is steep but to give it a try, I picked up the mini (available at Sephora in 2 shades) and we will see how far that goes. The Glamoflauge, however, I have had and used for a while but it always seemed a little greasy and heavy. That what the Sephora brand blotting papers I have here are for! After applying, I blot my under eye area and set with powder and voila! It is SUPER bright and less creamy/heavy plus a tiny dab goes a very long way. I have been switching between these two for the past month and I am sure I will continue to do so into November.
For some skin care, I have the Ole Henriksen African Red Clay Foaming cleanser and though I don’t consider it a fave necessarily, I have determined I love foaming cleansers 110% more than the creamy, gel or oil cleansers. I find it easier to work with and it really, really cleans my face. This stuff is almost gone and I am disappointed that it is the last foaming cleanser in my collection of cleansers.
Speaking of disappointing, I have an unpopular opinion to share. I was going to review this product but decided against it for now because I really don’t have much to say about it. I am talking about the Bioderma Sebum H2O Micellar Solution. It works exactly the same as a make up wipe but for 3x the cost plus the use of 3 or more cotton pads. I removed half my face with my Life Brand make up wipes and half with this and the only differences were the Bioderma side didn’t feel as stiff but it also took twice as long to remove and didn’t take off as much as the make up wipe side. Not worth it for me at all.
This little acne spot treatment sample has been working some miracles for me. I broke out randomly last week after being pretty clear for a while and so I whipped out this treatment. I have always liked Murad and this Acne Spot Fast Fix does the trick on my pimples, that’s for sure. As an added bonus, it smells really good and lasts forever.
I have also loved the Lippy Girl Lip Love Lip Conditioning stick this month. I put it on my lips at night and by morning, my lips are a) still coated in a layer of moisture, b) totally matte lip stick ready and c) feel super soft. Its organic, vegetarian and cruelty free as an added bonus plus is smells like Mint/Eucalyptus.
Finally, my last fave is a perfume. This is just a sample of the Aerin Amber Musk perfume but it has lasted a while and I plan on asking Santa for a bottle for Christmas this year. It smells really cozy and warm. I actually kept this sample because it reminds me of my favourite thrift store. Everyone compliments me when I wear it and I love how it lasts on my skin so hopefully, I can get my hands on at least the roller ball before this sample runs out!
I’ve been promising a giveaway for a while when I hit 555 followers on my instagram and overnight, it seems to have happened! 5 is obviously my favourite number so this milestone must be celebrated! Here are a few of my favourite things from the past year or so. You could win them all!
Included in no particular order: the Rimmel Scandaleyes Volume Flash mascara, the Too Faced Shadow Insurance eye shadow primer, the Marcelle Forever Sharp eye liners in Black and White, the COLAB Volume Extreme travel sized dry shampoo in London, and the Montagne Jeunesse Super Fruit Mud mask.
Til next time, ttfn x