Hey gorgeous, how are you doing? Happy weekend! *woop woop*
Today I thought I’d share with you my beauty standouts for the month of September, because I’ve really encouraged myself to dig through my beauty draws and try out new things of a morning, instead of slapping on the same-old-same-old.
Although my skin hasn’t been excellent throughout September I feel that my makeup has been looking at it’s best, and that can only come from trying new things! Seeing as I’m pretty content with my everyday products at the minute I decided to tell you about them too, because sharing is caring after all.
First thing’s first, let’s have a little chat about base. if you read my recent beauty haul you’ll know that I picked up the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge and I was really keen to give it a whirl, as I’ve never used a sponge to apply foundation before.
Well… Seeing as it’s made an appearance in my favourites, you guys have probably guessed that I love it – and you’re right! I’m obsessed with this sponge! I never thought I would enjoy using anything for foundation other that a brush, but this has well and truly proven me wrong. It just gives such a gorgeous flawless effect on the skin, and because it has no bristles like a brush there’s not a streak mark to be seen!
I’ve also been really enjoying this to apply my Copacabana highlighter from NARS, as because it’s a liquid it can look a bit of a zebra-stripe (probably not the look I’m going for?). If I dab a bit onto the sponge and then pat it onto the cheeks, I find it blends in so much more evenly and gives me a really pretty sheen.
Also for complexion, at the start of the month I’d completely fallen head over heels for this Crème Puff Blush from Max Factor in the shade Nude Mauve.
I’m not massively into contouring, as because I’m so pale it’s a right challenge to make it look natural, and I’m sure I’m not the only one who struggles with that – contouring and bronzing are tricky, right?
As this blusher is such a neutral tone I was actually using this quite high up on my cheekbones to give me touch of definition and act as a contour, because there’s no warmth to it which eliminates the risk of looking orange! It also gives a touch of pink too so I love this for an all-over cheek colour, ideal for busy mornings when extra time in bed is much appreciated!
My go-to mascara of recent times has, quite surprisingly, been Roller Lash from Benefit. I say surprisingly because when I first bought this I was so utterly disappointed – it was clumpy, thick and a wet formula that seemed to glue my lashes together so that every time I looked up all I could see was a sheet of black.
If it was a drugstore mascara I probably would have given up and chucked it in the bin, but because it’s Benefit and because it was expensive (around £20) I was determined to make it work for me, as here in the UK we can’t return cosmetics.
After watching endless tutorials I finally figured that using the side with the shorter bristles resulted in far less clumping, and it really separated and lifted my lashes too, so I’ve been lur-ving this stuff. I’m not sure if I’ll replace it or not when it dries up though, as it was flipping pricey!
I’ll start with the Soap and Glory Gloss Stick which you can just see hovering in the background! This was a huge favourite of mine last year and I only pulled it out again recently but I’ve become obsessed with it again! It’s just the most perfect toffee-nude for my complexion and it goes with just about every makeup look that I could manage to create!
The Rimmel Lipstick was another feature of my haul, and another thing that I’ve been wearing most days! It’s in the shade 08 which is rather similar to Soar Lip Liner from MAC, so I’ve just been layering the two products up and I’ve created such a gorgeous deep nude that’s perfect for autumn. This lipstick is also super moisturising so it’s ideal for the colder months!
So… Although I’ve loved September, bring on October in full force, because the closer we get to Halloween the better. I can’t wait to throw a hundred spooky makeup looks at you! (and, dare I say it, the closer we get to Halloween, the closer we get to CHRISTMAS. Yes, I said it, the C word)
What have you loved through September?
Enjoy your weekend!