Sunday, 4 November 2012

October Favourites {2012}

I've got stuck in somewhat of a make up and beauty rut of late, and most of the products that feature in my October favourites are actually things that have been trusted staples for a while now, but I often forget to mention. I've been {very loosely} trying to operate on a 'one in, one out' beauty product basis, which often means some things get overlooked whilst I desperately scrape the dregs of another product up.


MAC Eye Shadow Quad {self made}
Top left ~ Patina; Top right ~ Carbon; Bottom left ~ Shroom; Bottom right ~ Satin Taupe
I'm trying to make more of an effort with my eye make up again, and whilst daily work make is applied more with ease and speed in mind, if I'm off out I've tried to use more than just a simple wash of shadow over the lid. I've dug out my {self made} MAC eyeshadow quads again, and my 'neutrals' are always my most used. Satin Taupe is easily my favourite MAC eye shadow, and looks great paired with Patina, with Shroom in the inner corner and as a brow highlight. I often use Carbon to line my eyes, or darken up the crease and outer corner shadow of an evening. Simple, reliable and effortless.

Clinique High Impact Mascara
I've lost track of the amount of mini Clinique High Impact Mascaras I have tried over the years, so often are they included as a GWP or magazine freebie - which is how I acquired the most recent tube. Previously I've been significantly underwhelmed, and chucked them in the bin after one or two uses, however, I've persevered this time and actually ended up wearing this mascara almost every single day of October {there's a fair amount of product in this small tube actually too!}. It separates my lashes well, holds a good curl and provides definition that doesn't flake. I have found it transfers under my bottom lashes slightly throughout the day, and wouldn't purchase a full size, but I've enjoyed actually using one up for once!

Essie Bahama Mama
Another month, another Essie nail polish. I am fast becoming addicted to Essie, and would quite happily contemplate streamlining my collection and have it largely compiled of just the beautiful shades in the Essie diffusion line. Bahama Mama is just stunning, a "warm, rich, creamy dark plum" that perfectly complements autumn, and makes me feel more stylish and elegant. I love darker shades on me, and find it to look good on long or short nails.

Korres Pomegranate Lip Butter
As a recent convert to the infamous Korres Lip Butters, I too can now loudly sing their praises. I don't think they are the most hydrating lip balms I've ever tried, however, they leave my lips feeling soft and subtly tinted - I do love a good multi-tasker! They smell great and the pigmentation is surprisingly good for a tint. These have fast become a handbag and desk essential for me.

Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal in 004 Taupe & 005 Nude
These purchases were entirely enabled by Meg {stalk her on YouTubeTwitter or her blog}, and I'm so pleased I got hold of them. Marketed as "long-wear waterproof eye liner" the 'Scandaleyes' are perfect for wearing along the waterline, or even for smudging out and wearing as an eyeshadow or base. They have a soft and creamy texture, and really do have decent longevity - I wear the Nude shade on my waterline to help me look more awake, and it's still detectable in some form at the end of the day - albeit not quite as perfect as when it was applied. The Taupe shade lends itself perfectly to a gentle smokey eye, and it's dirty mauve brown tones are fantastic for autumn style.

Revlon Lip Butter in Berry Smoothie & 17 Mirror Shine in Belle
I've been leaning toward more berry toned, darker lipsticks now that autumn is upon us, and dug out some staple favourites from my humble collection. Both of these shades are effortlessly wearable and help me to look {and feel} instantly more 'together'. I find it easier to coordinate the rest of my make up when I'm wearing a slightly darker, more berry toned lipstick too, so do tend to gravitate toward them.


Mama Mio OMega Body Buff*
You all know I like a good scrubbing, and there aren't many scrubs I don't like or haven't used. However, I'd never before tried a scrub that is designed to be applied to DRY skin, BEFORE you shower - enter the OMega Body Buff. The pumice grains are tiny, and the scrub feels 'dry' - in comparison to my normal sugar/salt scrubs - meaning that it's not messy or sliding off all over the place whilst you hop around the bathroom buffing yourself. It's a great time-saving product, that I tend to apply whilst waiting for the shower to warm up, and it leaves my skin feeling smooth and actually fairly moisturised. As scrubs go it's pretty pricey, but used once or twice a week I think it's a great product.


Schwarzkopf Professional BC Oil Miracle Finishing Treatment*
I've been using this Oil Miracle Finishing Treatment for months now, and really love it. Initially I preferred my Moroccan Oil, so was attempting to use this up first, although I've ended up rather loving it, and my hair feels so much nicer when I use this. I believe there is actually a 'light' version of this product, however, I find this to be lightweight and barely detectable after use. It's a relatively thick oil, that I run through the ends of my hair when wet, before blow drying. My hair absorbs it instantly, it helps to keep my dry ends soft and tamed, and makes styling a little more streamlined. I like the lingering scent when I waft my hair too, it's soft and clean but not overpowering.


iPhone 5
Early October meant the time had finally come for me to upgrade my phone contract, and I opted for the newly released iPhone 5 {after much terrible service, delays and faffing by O2}. I must admit to not being overly excited by new technology, I just wanted a faster, sleeker phone, and I've got to say it was worth the wait to get my hands on. 

iPhone 5 padded case 
To keep my shiny new phone safe, I invested in this gorgeous padded case, purchased from eBay {link to seller}. It's made out of a lovely Cath Kidston fabric 'Hampton Rose', and fastens with a loop and button at the top. It's excellent quality and superbly well made, meaning my phone is protected as well as stylishly housed.

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