October Favourites

I honestly started the month thinking I was going to have a spending ban. In all truth though, it’s ended up being one of the spendiest months of them all! I will definitely try to do one for most of November though seeing as Black Friday is on the way, there’s not much point buying anything when it will inevitably be discounted! Anyway, these were the standouts from this month.

Please look past the slightly juvenile packaging and the (annoyingly) rubbed-off text because this product is an absolute winner! Like it’s famous sister, the Glow Tonic, this beautiful-feeling mud cleanser contains 5% Glycolic Acid. However the fact it’s a wash-off cleanser instead of a toner that stays on your skin makes it more gentle, though you still get that instant radiance boost.

Whilst this is a little pricier than some of Nip + Fab’s other products, it also happens to be probably the best thing I’ve tried from them. It’s so beautifully nourishing and hydrating without being too rich or heavy for my combination skin.

I think I have finally found the One when it comes to drugstore primers! This has a lovely cream formula that’s so easy to apply and stops the shine creeping in. I love how my makeup goes on when I’m using this and it definitely prolongs the wear-time of my base.

I no longer feel bad for banging on about this because Cult Beauty have confirmed they will be re-stocking it in limited numbers! This wasn’t what I expected from ABH, but in a good way. I was fearful this would be insanely pigmented and just too much, however it has a gorgeous, natural, glitter-free look and So Hollywood is the perfect pure gold shade.

I’ve narrowed it down to the 3 absolute standouts for me from this set that I hadn’t tried before. These are the Highlight, Cream Cheek and Defined Buffer. Firstly, I think these brushes are gorgeous and Zoeva continues to be my favourite brush brand. Secondly, there was definitely a gap in my collection for cream product brushes. The Highlight brush is gorgeous for powder formulas, as it picks up just the right amount of products, however it’s incredible for blending out cream highlight to get a natural finish. Other than stippling brushes, I’d never tried something designed for cream blusher as I always preferred to use my fingers. However the Cream Cheek has converted me as it applies them perfectly to give that natural flush of colour, and again I like it for powder products too as it applies them so evenly. Finally, there’s the Defined Buffer, which is the most amazing foundation brush for a flawless full-coverage base in seconds.

Cover FX Custom Cover Drop Brush* | £32

This has inadvertently become quite a brush-heavy post! However I really couldn't not mention this one from Cover FX. I'm still playing around with the famous Cover Drops however this was an instant love for me. Don't let the name put you off, as this is incredible with any foundation. It is pricey but if you're going to invest in one foundation brush, I totally recommend this. The shape and tightly-packed bristles make it unlike anything I've ever used before but it applies any foundation flawlessly. You barely have to blend with this as it does all the hard work for you.

I love me a bit of Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup (post here) but it’s seriously full coverage I reserve for nights out or to build a bit more coverage where I need it if I have something lighter on. Double Wear Light is pretty much exactly what I was looking for; a proper long-wearing foundation that keeps my skin free of shine but it’s more of a light-medium coverage.  I have Shade 4, which I was incorrectly matched to but I’m a big fan of the formula so I'm really liking this at the moment.

In all honesty, other than the Naked 1, none of the other pre-made Urban Decay palettes have really called my name so this month I decided it was about time I explored their single eyeshadows. By no means is this the most cost-effective thing in the world (stick with the excellent-quality pre-made palettes if you like the shades) however I’m really glad I discovered these less-talked-about shades. My favourite is a gorgeous, warm light gold shimmer called Easy Baked. It makes a stunning highlight or lid shade and has the signature Urban Decay pigmentation, smooth formula and incredible lasting-power. Also, having seen them swatched together, this looks very similar to the ABH So Hollywood Illuminator. I'd never have thought to dupe an eyeshadow to a highlighter but if you didn't manage to get So Hollywood or want to save some cash... 

I cannot believe I put off picking some of these up for so long! Bad Blogger! However better late than never and I can tell you these are well worth the hype; I picked up one and loved it so much that the next day I went out and picked up two more! Although they’re pricey for the drugstore, there’s always an offer on and I think they’re so worth it. The formula is so creamy, pigmented and long-lasting. Despite being matte they don’t feel dry on the lips at all. Nude-ist is one of those dusky pink/mauve/nude shades that I seem to gravitate towards.

I finally finished the last tube of my stockpiled e.l.f. primer and though I know they’ve re-launched their UK site, I had a Debenhams voucher so I decided to try something new in the form of this much-hyped Urban Decay offering. I have to say they’re pretty similar but the Urban Decay is just that bit sheerer, which I like and it does make eyeshadow colours pop and last that tiny bit better than the e.l.f. so I may be converted.

Essie is a brand I love for nail polishes and one I definitely need to explore more. This month I picked up In Stitches, a deep dusky pink (see it in action here). It’s such a lovely shade for this time of year and perfect if, like me, you struggle to pull off brighter shades but you want something a little more than your standard nude. The formula is so opaque and it stayed chip-free for several days, even on my weak nails!

What do you think of my favourites and what were yours this month?


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  1. I love and adore the UD primer, although I've never tried the ELF primer. Although I love the UD one for being so sheer!
    Jodie, xo // Jodie Loue

  2. The ABH Highlighters look absolutely gorgeous - really need to try and get my hands on one soon! The S&G One Heck Of A Blot primer has definitely been one of my faves too recently, it works so well at keeping me shine free.

    Amy | The Beauty Post

  3. I'm a big fan of DL Light too - only recently bought it, but it's love! Also love So Hollywood! Nudist looks right up my street! xx


  4. Ahhhh I really want the ABH highlight! x


  5. The Pixi Glow Mud Cleanser sounds brilliant!

    Lucy | www.foreverseptemberr.blogspot.co.uk

  6. Some great products there and I am keen to try that PIXI cleanser as I am coming to the end of my current cleanser. :)

    Pams Stuff and Things

    1. If you're a fan of the Glow Tonic I'm sure you'll love it! xx

  7. I'm sooo curious about Glow Mud Cleanser and Cover FX Drop. Thanks for accurate reviews :)

  8. I recently got the UD primer as well and have really loved that it goes on sheer. I was using the primer by Stilla before, but it was very limited in terms of color options. That So Hollywood shade looks gorgeous! I wish it were in one of the palettes :P

  9. I love your favorites posts! So many amazing recommendations! The Pixi Mud cleanser looks so interesting, I have to try it!

    xx, A Little Dose of Makeup

  10. I love your product selection, like always. But that Pixi glow mud cleanser is next on my list.

    Sam || Beautydetour

  11. Double wear light is on my wishlist, heard so much great things and I love double wear and like you, just want something a little lighter x
    a life of a charlotte

  12. I really like the ABH highlighter, I feel like I already own so many but I need that shade! My favorite this month is NARS blush in Sin.

    Kelly // Perfect Shade of Mauve

  13. The cream cheek brush is one of my favourites! I'm still a little on the fence with One Heck of a Blot, it feels lovely but it's just not stopping oil for me unfortunately!

    Danielle's Beauty Blog

  14. I'm desperate to try One Heck of a Blot it sounds amazing! Great post Jasmine and lovely photos as always <3

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    1. Thank you lovely and I hope you get a chance to try it :) xx

  15. So many awesome products :) I've been also loving the S&G primer! The ABH highlighter is to die for!! x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

  16. Yay! The primer is completely a game changer for me! Such a shame about the Pixi packaging...hmmmm! I'm still waiting to get my hands on it though. I'm on a spending ban this month, for real ;)
    Sal xxx
    UmmBabyBeauty | @ummbaby

  17. Essie polishes are always a favourite of mine, lately I've been loving Pedal Pushers from their Spring collection.


  18. Lovely picks, Jasmine! :) that primer seems insanely popular! Shame about the Pixi packaging, but the product itself sounds amazing xx

    Laura | Lala London: Beauty & Lifestyle

  19. Sounds like a great roundup of favorites, Jasmine! I've really been wanting to try one of the Bourjois Rouge Velvets but unfortunately they're a bit too difficult for me to get my hands on in the U.S. I've been lusting over the ABH highlights, but really want to swatch them in person before I get one. And I was able to get one of the Becca highlighters at 20% off so that'll probably get put on the back burner for now.

    Cindy // www.cindyhyue.com

    1. Yeah I did end up ordering my highlighter without seeing it before, which was risky but luckily I ended up loving it :) xx

  20. I love UD single shadows! You are killing me with the ABH highlighters. I have been eyeing them up since before they launched. They only sell them in some Macy's in the US or online. I really want to swatch them so I need to find which store has the counter.

  21. I always love your photos. I'd love to try the Rouge Edition range pretty soon.
    My Lipstick Stash

  22. That ALWAYS happens to me! When you go shopping and you have money to spend, nothing catches your eye. WHEN you don't have money, its like being in a sweetie shop and everything sparkles!haha... Love the sound of the PIXI mud cleanser, it also has hyaluronic acid in there which will make your skin get its hydrate on!


  23. Ahh your favourites are always full of new goodies!!! I really wanna try the Pixi cleanser and that Anastasia Beverly Hills illuminator looks so gorgeous! Love the UD primer potion - it's the best one I've ever tried! xx

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  24. So Hollywood looks like my dream highlighter, I really want it but I know it will be a nightmare to get hold of! They always have to make the nicest products limited edition!

    Lauren Ashleigh xx

  25. There's a lot on here that I haven't tried, I love when favorites like that. I keep seeing UK bloggers rave about Pixi beauty! I know we have it here in the US, but it's not as popular here. I think there's only one store that sells it, and most of them don't even carry the full line.

    Also Nip + Fab wasn't really that popular here either, but lately I've seen an expansion in their products. They used to only have a few items in specific stores, but now I'm seeing more of their stuff in different places.

    I'll have to test some things out from these two brands!


    1. Pixi actually only just became widely available in the UK so I think that's why we're all going a bit mad for it right now haha xx

  26. I know the feeling! :') your head is like "I'm going to save some money this month" but all the stores are like "here come and buy our new releases".
    I really want to try that primer! It sounds perfect for me!

    Love, Charline | Charline Has a Blog

  27. Love this post! I'm always so interested to see what makes it into people's monthly favourites! I think I might have to give the mud cleanser a try!

    Jodie @ Jodetopia x


  28. Those Zoeva make-up brushes are so pretty!! I love Urban Decay primers, I think they're one of the best in the market!

     Miriam ♥ A whole lot of serendipity

  29. My bank balance is crying right now because I literally want everything you mentioned. I am so sad, I really want that moisturiser just because Kale is in it? 😂 magical stuff! & that So Hollywood highlight...ugh dreamy!

    Kat | www.kathorrocks.com

    1. Haha well if it's good for your body, surely it's good for your face! xx

  30. I was planning on going on a spending ban as well but broke it! *cries*
    At least your purchases were well spent.
    I have to try the ABH highlighter- I keep putting it off.


  31. Lovely picks. Half Baked is gorgeous! So pretty for a quick wash of colour on the lids. I'm waiting for the Zoeva Bamboo set and this made me so much more excited! xx

    Daniela | MissNewBeauty.net

  32. I also got Happy Nude Year and Beau Brun, I like the sound of Plummy Girl - thanks for the tip! :) xx

  33. Thank you for your comments :) hope you enjoyed this month's favourites xx

  34. I love Half Baked too, such a gorgeous shade! And I really want to try the Pixi Glow Mud Cleanser but such a shame that the text rubs off that quickly.



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