This month I've actually discovered some amazing new products that haven't left my daily makeup drawers! Of course there are some of the usual suspects in the mix, as well as some makeup I haven't reached for in a while and wanted to get some use out of.
I've been using an old favourite for prepping my skin recently that I haven't dug out in ages! It's the Soap & Glory One Heck of a Blot Primer* | £11 |, which you could be misled into believing is a super-matte product. Although it does give my skin a more satin, less oily finish that helps my base last, it actually has a cream formula that's quite hydrating. This makes it perfect for balancing out my combination skin. I mask my dark circles with my usual Bobbi Brown Corrector (Peach) | £19.50 | review | before going in with foundation.
I've been enjoying a combination recently: mixing in a drop or two of the Iconic London Original Illuminator* | £30 | with the Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra Long-Wear Foundation* (3W2 Golden) | £35. I've been banging on about both products a lot recently and together they're magic! This foundation is absolutely beautiful; it has a breathable formula that blends out so nicely and gives a luminous satin finish. It's a build-able medium to full coverage that's nice and long-wearing. It gives me glow without causing any surface shine and comes in so many shades. I feel like it's too soon for me to call it (I wouldn't want to come on too strong...) but I think this could end up being up there with my all-time favourites. The Iconic London drops are in a sort of amber rose gold tone and a couple of drops in my foundation just gives an amazing glow to the skin. They can also be used over foundation for a more intense look.
In terms of the rest of my base makeup, it hasn't really changed from last month's post. The Nars Soft Matte Complete Concealer (Ginger) | £24 | is the perfect natural-finish but great-coverage product to conceal any dark circles or blemishes, as well as to tidy up my brows. I've also been enjoying the Maybelline Age Rewind Eraser Eye Concealer (Nude) | £8.99 | just to freshen up and brighten under the eyes, as it's such a lightweight product. I then set my makeup with a natural, luminous powder: my MAC Mineralise Skinfinish Natural (Medium-Dark) | £24.50.
I'm absolutely in love with the Elf Baked Highlighter in Apricot Glow | £5 | at the moment! The thing with this highlighter is that you have to break through the overspray of the product to reveal its real texture, which is so soft and luminous and not at all glittery. This shade is a gorgeous warm apricot tone that's really unique and works so well on my skin tone. In terms of adding some warmth, of course I've been loving my Becca Sunlit Bronzer in Ipanema Sun | £32. It has such a smooth formula and isn't at all powdery. Although matte-look, it does have this very soft sheen to it, which I think is one of the things that makes it blend so nicely and evenly. It's definitely pigmented, so you only need a light hand but I love the tone of it on me; it's warm without being orange. For blusher, my current favourite is the Clinique Cheek Pop in Fig | $23. Sadly this shade isn't available in the UK but several of the other blushers from this line are and it's one of my all-time favourite formulas! It has a slight sheen, which makes it incredibly smooth to apply. It's pigmented but won't leave you looking like clown and has amazing wear-time. This shade is a gorgeous warm plummy tone that's unlike anything else in my collection.
Of course I alway use my Urban Decay Eye Primer Potion (Original) | £17 | because it ensures my eyeshadow stays in place all day long without creasing. I've been using a new base shadow cream recently - the MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Layin' Low | £16. This isn't my ultimate favourite because, as you can tell from the swatch, this slightly peachy matte nude is very close to my natural skin tone, however it does do the job. It neutralises the colour of my eyelid, ensuring the power shades applied over it really pop. In terms of eyeshadow, I've been using my Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette | £39 | review. I've got so much more use out of this palette than I'd ever expected! I love the smooth, pigmented quality of Too Faced shadows and they're very easy to blend, also lasting really well throughout the day. I'm in love with the warm tones in here and it's actually a surprisingly versatile palette.
Two of my current favourite eyeliners are the same as last month: the Rimmel Scandaleyes Kohl Kajal in Black | £3.99 | for tight-lining and my favourite Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner in Intense Black | £14.50 | for a precise, pigmented and long-wearing winged liner look. But I also have a rediscovery in the mix: the Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon in Amber Haze | £19. It's such a gorgeous warm golden-bronze shade with a soft metallic sheen. I love using it on the lower lash line for a soft look and lasts all day without smudging or transferring.
Finishing off the eye area, I apply a bit of mascara and then tidy up my brows. I have a new product I'm in love with at the moment: the L'Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara | £11.99! I do still class Lash Sensational as my favourite but this is definitely up there too for me now. It has a fibre wand and is more of a volumising product, which I don't usually go for, however this isn't at all clumpy. As well as volume, it still gives me some lift and length. It just gives my lashes an all-round boost and I love that it never flakes on me. On the brows I've been using my usual Benefit Gimme Brow Gel* (03) | £20 | to set, but to define and shape I'm back to the NYX Micro Brow Pencil (Espresso) | £8. It's pretty much identical to the much-pricier Anastasia Brow Wiz and has a fine, twist-up pencil on one end that has the perfect not-too-soft, not-too-waxy texture and on the other is a spooly. It gives a soft, natural everyday look and the tone of this is pretty spot-on for my hair colour.
Both my lip options this month have been warm-toned and matte! The first is the Urban Decay Comfort Matte Vice Lipstick in Carnal | £15.50. I just love the formula of this - although it gives a matte finish, it really does glide right onto the lips. It has a very opaque texture and I love the colour! It's a sort of warm brown-terracotta nude that's perfect for autumn. The other one I've been reaching for a lot is the Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lolita II | £17. This is a very warm, almost orange-toned nude colour. This formula is very fluid but mattes down to a long-wearing finish. It's not overly drying, though there are more comfortable liquid lipsticks in my stash.
What have been your go-to products this month?